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Last spring's bill to declare October 21 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Colombia has been approved in its second reading in the lower house of Colombia (Cámara de Representantes).
On May 12, 2013, Madre Laura Montoya Upegui became the first Saint from Colombia. The aforementioned bill to declare October 21, the date of her birth, as a new annual public holiday in Colombia was introduced earlier this year (2013-03-29) by Carlos Alberto Zuluaga and would amend Colombia's Law 51 of 1983, which specifies the dates of the 10 annual religious holidays and 8 annual civil holidays.
Law 51 of 1983, is also named Ley Emiliani, after its architect, who died a decade ago (2005-10-02).
The President of Colombia's Congress, Roy Barreras, had gone on record as being opposed to this bill purporting to declare May 12 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Colombia (2013-04-02).
The Santa Laura bill now moves to the Colombian senate for the last 2 readings.
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