Today’s Editorial June 23: Planning time needed for extra holiday

From the looks of it we’re going to another public holiday this year.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts told us Friday that when the referendum on the proposed changes to the constitution is held, it will likely be a day off of work for most.

That’s just one of the reasons it is so incumbent on the Legislative Assembly to go ahead and table a bill on the referendum, get it debated and passed if that is the general will of the House.

Employers must have some time to make contingency plans for their businesses and employees for another public holiday.

Too, it is more than likely that the referendum election will be held this summer; again, if that is the will of the majority in the House.

Families are already making vacation plans. Some may want to plan those holidays off island around any referendum.

There is also the weather to consider.

While we don’t normally have hurricanes in the early summer months, they are possible.

We are in the throes of hurricane season and anything is possible.

Mr. Tibbetts told us all on Friday that the announcement regarding a referendum would come very shortly.

Our lawmakers have been busy recently settling matters in Finance Committee and have not had a chance to table any bills that deal with the referendum issue.

There is still much to be done before any such bill is tabled and approved.

We do know the House won’t resume its work until Wednesday.

Once it does resume, any bills tabled will have to be debated on both sides; something that rarely occurs in just one day in the House.

You can be sure that the debate will be fierce on this issue between the ruling party and the opposition.

We would hope that any decision to hold a referendum will be made in time to give employers and holiday makers enough time to plan ahead.

As for the weather, it’s something we can talk about, but nothing we can do about.

Employers must have some time to make contingency plans for their businesses and employees for another public holiday.

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