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ACR-14 Session procedures: United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 14


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Morrell
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Achadjian, Bill Berryhill, Conway, Donnelly, Garrick, Gorell, Grove, Hagman, Harkey, Jones, Knight, Logue, Mansoor, Miller, Nielsen, Norby, Olsen, Smyth, Valadao, Wagner)
(Coauthor(s): Senator Anderson, Emmerson, Gaines, Huff, La Malfa, Walters)

February 01, 2011


Relative to the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 14, as introduced, Morrell. Session procedures: United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
This measure would state the intent of both houses of the Legislature to begin each of their respective floor sessions, following the opening prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag, with a recitation of an excerpt from the United States Constitution, and to begin their respective floor sessions held nearest in time to the 4th of July of each year with a recitation of the full text of the Declaration of Independence.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are the founding documents of our country; and
WHEREAS, Those two documents, taken together, contain the core principles upon which the government of the United States and the governments of the individual States are based; and
WHEREAS, Our republic cannot function and will not endure unless our elected leaders uphold their oath of office to defend the principles of limited government contained in our founding documents; and
WHEREAS, It is proper and necessary for elected officials to frequently refer to the substance of those documents in order to be reminded of the fundamental principles that shape the governing apparatus of our country; and
WHEREAS, Regular recitations of the contents of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence serve as an important reminder to elected representatives of their proper roles and functions and of the scope and limits of the powers granted to them by the people; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That it is the intention of both houses of the Legislature to begin each of their respective floor sessions, following the opening prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag, with a recitation of an excerpt from the United States Constitution; and be it further
Resolved, That it is the intention of both houses of the Legislature to begin their respective floor sessions held nearest in time to the 4th of July of each year, following the opening prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag, with a recitation of the full text of the Declaration of Independence.