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First Substitute H.C.R. 3

Representative Julie Fisher proposes the following substitute bill:






Chief Sponsor: Julie Fisher

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor honors the life and
             12      service of President Abraham Lincoln on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    honors the life of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America,
             16      for his dedication to equality and unity; and
             17          .    urges Utah's public and private schools to recognize the life of Abraham Lincoln in
             18      appropriate ways for the benefit of Utah's students.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             22      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             23          WHEREAS, Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Hardin, Kentucky;
             24          WHEREAS, in his early adulthood years working along the Mississippi River, a deep
             25      and permanent impression was made upon him as he witnessed some of the acts of cruelty and

             26      horrors of slavery;
             27          WHEREAS, Mr. Lincoln served several terms in the Illinois State Legislature and one
             28      term in the United States House of Representatives;
             29          WHEREAS, in races for the Senate and the Presidency, Mr. Lincoln engaged in
             30      historical political debates with Stephen A. Douglas that showcased his love of country and
             31      hatred of slavery;
             32          WHEREAS, more than two decades before his presidential victory in 1860, Mr.
             33      Lincoln stated that the only danger that could ever destroy the United States "must spring up
             34      amongst us. It cannot come from abroad . . . we must live through all time, or die by
             35      suicide";
             36          WHEREAS, during the Civil War, the nation's darkest hour, President Lincoln's
             37      prophetic warning seemed all but reality;
             38          WHEREAS, the nation was eventually reunited, but at the cost of more lives than that
             39      of all American soldiers who have died in all wars since, and the life of its president;
             40          WHEREAS, in 1862 President Lincoln helped to pass legislation creating the funding
             41      for the Pacific Railway which, after his death, was completed at Promontory Summit in 1869;
             42          WHEREAS, President Lincoln's words, most famously and succinctly found in the
             43      Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, the Gettysburg Address in 1863, and his second inaugural
             44      address in 1865, will live forever; and
             45          WHEREAS, President Lincoln truly gave the last full measure of his devotion to the
             46      nation he loved:
             47          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             48      Governor concurring therein, honor the life of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United
             49      States of America, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth, for his dedication to
             50      equality and unity.
             51          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge Utah's
             52      public and private schools to recognize Mr. Lincoln's life in appropriate ways for the benefit of
             53      Utah's students.
             54          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah State
             55      Board of Education and the Utah State Board of Regents.

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