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H.C.R. 6






Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor expresses support for
             10      civic education and Utah's Legislators Back to School Program.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    emphasizes the importance of legislators promoting greater understanding of the
             14      legislative process and building public trust and confidence in representative
             15      democracy through civic education;
             16          .    recognizes Utah's high level of participation in the National Conference of State
             17      Legislatures' Legislators Back to School Week from students, teachers, and
             18      legislators during 2004; and
             19          .    urges increased support for and participation in Utah's Legislators Back to School
             20      Program during the 2005-2006 school year.
             21      Special Clauses:
             22          None
             24      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             25          WHEREAS, civic education is a vital tool to promote greater understanding of the
             26      legislative process and the role of legislators in representative democracy and to build public
             27      trust and confidence;

             28          WHEREAS, Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence stated,
             29      "There is but one method of rendering a republican form of government . . . by disseminating
             30      the seeds of virtue and knowledge through every part of the state by means of proper places and
             31      modes of education . . . and this can be done effectively only by the aid of the legislature";
             32          WHEREAS, Utah legislators, students, teachers, and administrators realize the
             33      importance of compromise in reconciling competing interests in a diverse society;
             34          WHEREAS, Utah legislators met personally with 16,500 students in 165 schools and
             35      545 classrooms in 2003 to answer questions and listen to concerns on issues affecting students'
             36      lives; and
             37          WHEREAS, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) established
             38      America's Legislators Back to School Week, a bipartisan program for legislators across the
             39      nation to impart greater understanding of the necessity for debate, negotiation, and compromise
             40      in the legislative process of developing effective public policy, and to engage future voters and
             41      leaders in a dialogue about the value of representative democracy and to adapt to each
             42      individual state:
             43          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             44      Governor concurring therein, emphasizes and urges support of civic education to promote
             45      greater understanding of government and the role of legislators in representative democracy.
             46          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor designate
             47      September 19-23, 2005 as Utah's Legislators Back to School Kickoff in Utah and urge all
             48      members of the Legislature to visit students in classrooms during that week or during the
             49      school year.
             50          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the State Board
             51      of Education and the executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-22-04 1:35 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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