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S.J.R. 8





Sponsor: Ed P. Mayne

             5      This joint resolution of the Legislature designates March 16, 2003 as Liberty Day in the
             6      state of Utah. The resolution urges the citizens of Utah to reflect on the freedoms granted
             7      to them in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
             8      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             9          WHEREAS, the citizens of the United States of America enjoy liberties through the
             10      passage of documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the United States
             11      Constitution with its Bill of Rights;
             12          WHEREAS, the rights and liberties enjoyed by the nation's citizens today are rooted in
             13      these cherished documents that gave birth to this nation;
             14          WHEREAS, the patriot James Madison, fourth President of the United States, was the
             15      major author of the Virginia Plan, the model and the basis for the United States Constitution
             16      that emerged from the Constitutional Convention of 1787;
             17          WHEREAS, James Madison kept detailed written records of the debates and
             18      compromises that were an integral part of the Constitutional Convention of 1787;
             19          WHEREAS, James Madison wrote many of the newspaper articles now known as the
             20      Federalist Papers, outlining why states should endorse the new Constitution;
             21          WHEREAS, these writings have endured as some of the best arguments for the form of
             22      government established by the Constitution;
             23          WHEREAS, James Madison introduced the Bill of Rights into the 1st Congress of the
             24      United States, which were adopted as the first ten amendments to the Constitution;
             25          WHEREAS, since many Americans are not familiar with the contents of the
             26      Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, an important effort should be made to
             27      promote and nurture a familiarity and understanding of these founding documents; and

             28          WHEREAS, the 16th day of March, the birthday of the distinguished Founding Father
             29      James Madison, is a fitting day to designate as Liberty Day, a celebration of the Declaration of
             30      Independence and the United States Constitution, which establish the unalienable rights and
             31      liberties of this nation:
             32          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             33      designate March 16, 2003 as Liberty Day in the state of Utah.
             34          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges that Liberty Day be
             35      celebrated as a remembrance of the freedom that Americans were given in the Declaration of
             36      Independence and the extraordinary rights and liberties protected in the Constitution.
             37          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that gratitude and thanks be given to Lions Clubs
             38      throughout Utah and the nation for initiating and carrying Liberty Day to the students of the
             39      state and nation.
             40          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that gratitude and thanks be expressed to all
             41      representatives of the people who have voluntarily given their time to serve and to speak to
             42      Americans about the founding documents.
             43          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Lions Club
             44      International and the secretary of the Utah Lions Clubs.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-27-03 11:16 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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