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HouseBill Number: 3118Primary Sponsor: WilkinsCommittee Number: 11Type of Legislation: CRSubject: U. S. FlagResiding Body: SenateComputer Document Number: 3118Introduced Date: Jan 08, 1991Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Feb 06, 1991Last History Type: Introduced, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Wilkins Tucker Huff Clyborne Cole Haskins Corning CatoType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 3118 Senate Feb 06, 1991 Introduced, referred to 11 Committee 3118 House Feb 05, 1991 Adopted, sent to Senate 3118 House Jan 30, 1991 Committee Report: Favorable 24 3118 House Jan 08, 1991 Introduced, Referred to 24 Committee 3118 House Dec 27, 1990 Prefiled, referred to 24 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
January 30, 1991
Introduced by REPS. Wilkins, Tucker, Huff, Clyborne, Cole, Haskins, Corning and Cato
S. Printed 1/30/91--H.
Read the first time January 8, 1991.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 3118), memorializing Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution for ratification by the states, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:
SAMUEL R. FOSTER, for Committee.
MEMORIALIZING CONGRESS TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION FOR RATIFICATION BY THE STATES SPECIFYING THAT CONGRESS AND THE STATES MAY PROHIBIT THE PHYSICAL DESECRATION OF THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Whereas, although the right of free expression is part of the foundation of the United States Constitution, very carefully drawn limits on expression in specific instances have long been recognized as legitimate means of maintaining public safety and decency, as well as orderliness and productive value of public debate; and
Whereas, certain actions, although arguably related to one person's free expression, nevertheless raise issues concerning public decency, public peace, and the rights of expression and sacred values of others; and
Whereas, there are symbols of our national soul such as the Washington Monument, the United States Capitol Building, and memorials to our greatest leaders, which are the property of every American and, therefore, are worthy of protection from desecration and dishonor; and
Whereas, the American Flag was most nobly born in the struggle for independence that began with "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" on a bridge in Concord, Massachusetts; and
Whereas, in the War of 1812, the American flag stood boldly against foreign invasion, symbolized the stand of a young and brave nation against the mighty world power of that day, and, in its courageous resilience, inspired our national anthem; and
Whereas, in the Second World War the American flag was the banner that led the American battle against fascist imperialism from the depths of Pearl Harbor to the mountaintop on Iwo Jima and from defeat in North Africa's Kasserine Pass to victory in the streets of Hitler's Germany; and
Whereas, the American flag symbolizes the ideals for which good and decent people fought in Vietnam, often at the expense of their lives or at the cost of cruel condemnation upon their return home; and
Whereas, the American flag symbolizes the sacred values for which loyal Americans risked and often lost their lives in securing civil rights for all Americans, regardless of race, sex, or creed; and
Whereas, the American flag was carried forth to the moon as a banner of goodwill, vision, and triumph on behalf of all mankind; and
Whereas, the American flag to this day is a most honorable and worthy banner of a nation which is thankful for its strengths and committed to curing its faults and remains the destination of millions of immigrants attracted by the universal power of the American ideal; and
Whereas, it is only fitting that the people should blend their voices in a forceful call for restoration to the Stars and Stripes of a proper station under law and decency. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly memorialize Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution for ratification by the states specifying that Congress and the states may prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States of America.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of this state's congressional delegation.