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S.C.R. 2






Chief Sponsor: John L. Valentine

House Sponsor: Kevin S. Garn

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the people of Utah
             11      to return to fundamental principles that will lead to greater civility and respectful public
             12      discourse.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    urges the people of Utah to return to fundamental principles that will lead to greater
             16      civility and a new spirit of community; and
             17          .    invites all Utahns to join the Legislature and the Governor in affirming established
             18      ground rules for respectful public discourse and behavior.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             22      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             23          WHEREAS, the Utah Constitution, Article I, Section 27 states, "Frequent recurrence to
             24      fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and perpetuity of free
             25      government";
             26          WHEREAS, the Utah Constitution, Article I, Section 1 observes that, among our
             27      "inherent and inalienable" constitutional rights is the fundamental right "to communicate freely

             28      about our thoughts and opinions";
             29          WHEREAS, we may also be "responsible for the abuse of that right";
             30          WHEREAS, there should be a renewal of respectful discourse and behavior in civic and
             31      public settings in Utah;
             32          WHEREAS, this is not an appeal for all citizens of the state simply to get along;
             33          WHEREAS, there are profound differences among Utahns, and spirited debate is a vital
             34      part of American democracy;
             35          WHEREAS, participation in American civic and public life does not require that we
             36      sacrifice our deepest convictions but that we best protect our own rights by protecting the rights
             37      of others and adhering to high ethical standards;
             38          WHEREAS, the following ground rules of civic and public engagement recognize the
             39      important place of the rights, responsibilities, and respect inherent in our civic and
             40      constitutional compact;
             41          WHEREAS, it is vital that the importance of rights and the dignity of each individual
             42      be remembered;
             43          WHEREAS, our society is founded upon the proposition that all people are born free
             44      and equal in dignity and rights, and that freedom of conscience and expression is at the
             45      foundation of our rights;
             46          WHEREAS, each of us should be responsible both in the exercise of our rights and in
             47      protecting the rights of others;
             48          WHEREAS, especially on matters of personal faith, claims of conscience, and human
             49      rights, public policy should seek solutions that are fair to all;
             50          WHEREAS, all people, especially our leaders and the media, should demonstrate a
             51      commitment to be respectful in discourse and behavior, particularly in civic and public forums;
             52          WHEREAS, respect should also be shown by being honest and as inclusive as possible,
             53      by mindfully listening to and attempting to understand the concerns of others, by valuing their
             54      opinions even when there is disagreement, and by addressing their concerns when possible;
             55          WHEREAS, public discourse can be passionate while maintaining mutual respect that
             56      reaches beyond differing opinions;
             57          WHEREAS, intimidation, ridicule, personal attacks, mean spiritedness, reprisals
             58      against those who disagree, and other disrespectful or unethical behaviors destroy the fabric of

             59      society and should not be tolerated;
             60          WHEREAS, those who engage in this behavior should be brought to light, held
             61      accountable, and should no longer enjoy the public's trust;
             62          WHEREAS, the social compact "of the people" and "by the people" is "for the people,"
             63      and each person has a responsibility to build community; and
             64          WHEREAS, on divisive issues, areas of common ground should first be explored, and
             65      effort should be given to build broad-based agreement, giving due regard to the concerns of
             66      minority points of view:
             67          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             68      Governor concurring therein, being concerned about growing incivility in our civic and public
             69      settings, urge the people of Utah to return to fundamental principles that will lead to greater
             70      civility and a new spirit of community and invite all Utahns to join us in affirming established
             71      ground rules for respectful public discourse and behavior.
             72          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be posted on the Internet
             73      websites of the Legislature and the Governor.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-22-08 3:05 PM

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