The state House of Representatives voted to create a paid holiday in honor of civil rights on the same day as the federal Martin Luther King Day but left King's name off the measure.
Lawmakers voted 243-105 on Thursday to establish the holiday on the third Monday in January, the same day the federal government and 48 states honor King's Jan. 15 birthday. The Senate could vote to send the bill to Gov. Judd Gregg as early as next week. Gregg has said he will sign it.Gregg argued against having both a civil rights holiday and a Fast Day because it would mean two paid holidays. He suggested a Sunday holiday, but the House rejected it.
Fast Day started in 1681 when the colonial government commanded citizens to pray and fast for the recovery of the New Hampshire's colony's ailing first governor, John Cutts. Cutts died, but the fast day lived on.