Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Senator Knapik to Discuss Memorial Day Bill on WBZ Radio Morning Show Wednesday

Senator Michael Knapik will be talking with news anchor Deb Lawler on WBZ Radio 1030 Wednesday morning regarding his proposal to honor the state's veterans by prohibiting stores from opening on Memorial Day. The interview is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.

Knapik is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 1826, An Act Relative to Massachusetts Veterans, which would mandate that all stores and shops in the Commonwealth be closed on Memorial Day to allow for proper recognition of the sacrifices members of the Armed Forces have made for the United States. Since the repeal of the state's "blue laws" in 1994, stores and shops have been able to operate with no restrictions on this holiday.

"Memorial Day is a day when citizens should stop to give pause and remembrance to the sacrifices of our veterans and the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country," Knapik noted. "It's important that we restore a sense of solemnity to this day."

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 1826 on Wednesday morning at 11 in hearing room B-2.