By Bob Katzen
The State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would establish an official holiday in Massachusetts to commemorate the life of President John F. Kennedy and promote civic engagement and voter participation. The holiday would be officially observed annually on Election Day—the last Sunday in November in all odd-numbered years and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in all even-numbered years.
The bill would also create an 11-member commission on the celebration of JFK Day to recommend activities that promote civic engagement and voter participation including establishing an inclusive education curriculum, hosting special events, marketing, voter engagement activities and voter registration.
“I am proud to have filed this bill to honor the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and to encourage civic engagement in our commonwealth and voter participation in our elections,” said Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough). “As the first constituents served by John F. Kennedy on his path to the White House, we have the opportunity to rightfully honor a native son that rose to be one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history.”