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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 155 – Legislator’s Back To School Day


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SCR155.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
LEGISLATOR'S BACK TO SCHOOL DAY - Stating findings of the Legislature,
providing legislative intent supporting civic education and declaring the
third Friday of September as "Idaho Legislator's Back to School Day."
02/29    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/01    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
03/02    10th ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Title apvd - to House
03/03    House intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/09    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/10    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/23    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote - to Senate
03/24    To enrol
03/27    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed
03/28    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-fifth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2000
                                       IN THE SENATE
                            SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 155
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  5        WHEREAS, Idaho was created as a representative democracy in which all gov-
  6    ernmental  power is inherent in the people who exercise that power through the
  7    legislative, executive and judicial branches; and
  8        WHEREAS, in recent years, citizen interest in government and knowledge  of
  9    the  political system has declined in part due to a weakening belief in, and a
 10    lack of understanding of the virtues and knowledge  needed  for  a  successful
 11    republican form of government; and
 12        WHEREAS,  Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence stated,
 13    "There is but one method of rendering a republican form of government durable,
 14    and that is by disseminating the seeds of virtue and knowledge  through  every
 15    part  of  the  state by means of proper places and modes of education and this
 16    can be done effectively only by the aid of the legislature"; and
 17        WHEREAS, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has passed a
 18    resolution that says that the operations of the  state  legislatures  and  the
 19    roles  of  individual legislators are often little understood by citizens, and
 20    that public understanding of the institutions and processes of the  government
 21    is critical to building public trust and confidence; and
 22        WHEREAS,  the  NCSL resolution also states that state legislatures need to
 23    bring about better understanding of the concept  of  representative  democracy
 24    and  that education about representative democracy should emphasize the impor-
 25    tance of compromise and the difficulty of resolving competing interests  in  a
 26    diverse society; and
 27        WHEREAS,  civic education is a vital tool to promote greater understanding
 28    of the legislative institution and the role of legislators  in  representative
 29    democracy; and
 30        WHEREAS,  NCSL  has urged the nation's state legislatures to promote civic
 31    education about representative democracy; and
 32        WHEREAS, NCSL has established America's Legislators Back to School Day,  a
 33    national  day  on  which state legislators across the nation visit schools and
 34    classrooms to talk about the legislature and  to  observe  activities  in  the
 35    schools; and
 36        WHEREAS, legislators will benefit from interacting with students, teachers
 37    and administrators.
 38        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
 39    sion of the Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of  Repre-
 40    sentatives concurring therein, that the Legislature of the State of Idaho sup-
 41    ports  civic  education  to  promote  greater understanding of the legislative
 42    institution and the role of legislators in representative democracy.
 43        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the State of Idaho declares
 44    that the third Friday in September shall be designated  as  Idaho  Legislators
  1    Back  to  School Day and urges all members of the legislature to visit schools
  2    on that day.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 
                      RS 10107 
     This measure is intended to support civic education and declare the third Friday of
     September as Idaho Legislators Back To School Day.
                    FISCAL IMPACT
     There is no fiscal impact. 
     Name:      Sen. Clint Stennett
               Phone: 332-1351 
               Sen. John Andreason
               Phone: 332-1405 
                                             STATEMENT  OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                                 SCR155