Lawmaker files bill to create Texas holiday for late singer Selena
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A lawmaker in Texas is trying to create a statewide holiday in honor of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Pérez. 

Under the measure, which Democratic state Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos filed on Tuesday, the Texas native and Queen of Tejano's birthday on April 16 would be celebrated as an official holiday, which would be known as "Selena Quintanilla Pérez Day.”

"April 16 is Selena Quintanilla Pérez Day in memory of the contributions to Tejano music of Selena Quintanilla Pérez, an award-winning singer and recording artist," the text of House Bill 2492 reads.


"Selena Quintanilla Pérez Day may be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities,” the bill adds.

The bill must first be passed by the House committee before the full chamber can take a vote. The measure would then head to the state Senate and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for consideration before taking effect.

If passed, Ramos’s bill would take effect on Sept. 1.