Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to immediately provide for the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Section 7 of chapter 4 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1984 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out clause Eighteenth and inserting in place thereof the following clause:-
Eighteenth, "Legal holiday" shall include January first, July fourth, November eleventh, and Christmas Day, or the day following when any of said days occurs on Sunday, and the third Monday in January, the third Monday in February, the third Monday in April, the last Monday in May, the first Monday in September, the second Monday in October, and Thanksgiving Day. "Legal holiday" shall also include, with respect to Suffolk county only, March seventeenth and June seventeenth, or the day following when said days occur on Sunday; provided, however, that the words "legal holiday" as used in section forty-five of chapter one hundred and forty-nine shall not include March seventeenth, or the day following when said day occurs on Sunday.
SECTION 2. Section 13 of chapter 136 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The provisions of sections five to eleven, inclusive, shall, except as provided in section fourteen, apply to all legal holidays, except the third Monday in January, the third Monday in February, March seventeenth, the third Monday in April, May twentieth, June seventeenth, and November eleventh after one o'clock post meridian, or on the day following when either of said days occurs on Sunday.