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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 21 – Healthy marriage, educatn promoted


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HCR021.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
HEALTHY MARRIAGES - Stating findings of the Legislature and encouraging the
promotion of public awareness and education regarding the value of healthy
marriages to men, women and children and to Idaho's communities.
03/14    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/15    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
03/16    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
    Rls susp - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Deal
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/17    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/25    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/29    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Lodge
    Title apvd - to House
03/30    To enrol
03/31    Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed
04/01    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 21
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4        COMMUNITIES.
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS, the divorce rate in Idaho and nationally has  been  accelerating;
  7    and
  8        WHEREAS,  just  as  the  family  is the foundation of society, the marital
  9    relationship is the foundation of the family  and strengthening marriages  can
 10    only  lead to stronger families, children and communities, as well as a stron-
 11    ger economy; and
 12        WHEREAS, an inability to cope with stress from both internal and  external
 13    sources  leads  to significantly higher incidences of domestic violence, child
 14    abuse, absenteeism,  medical  costs,  learning  and  social  deficiencies  and
 15    divorce; and
 16        WHEREAS,  relationship  skills can be learned and, once learned, relation-
 17    ship skills can facilitate communication between parties  to  a  marriage  and
 18    assist  couples in avoiding conflict, and once relationship skills are learned
 19    they can be carried into  parenting, the workplace, schools, neighborhoods and
 20    civic relationships; and
 21        WHEREAS, by reducing conflict and increasing communication, stressors  can
 22    be diminished and coping can be further enhanced; and
 23        WHEREAS,  when effective coping exists, domestic violence, child abuse and
 24    divorce and its effect on children, including absenteeism from school, medical
 25    costs and learning and social deficiencies are diminished; and
 26        WHEREAS, the state has a compelling interest  in  educating  its  citizens
 27    with regard to marriage and, if contemplated, the effects of divorce.
 28        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 29    of  the  Fifty-eighth  Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the
 30    Senate concurring therein, that we are adopting  this  resolution  to  promote
 31    public  awareness  and  education about the value of healthy marriages to men,
 32    women, children and Idaho's  communities,  to  encourage  public  programs  to
 33    reduce  the  disincentives to marriage in means-tested aid programs and social
 34    service programs, to promote the emotional and financial health and well-being
 35    of Idaho's children, and to encourage healthy marriage standards when adopting
 36    and implementing new public policies to promote the  emotional  and  financial
 37    health and well-being of Idaho's children.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                             RS 15005

State Leadership can take the lead in promoting public awareness
and education about the value of healthy marriages to men, women,
children and Idaho's communities.  State run programs and
policies can effectively work to help parents develop and
maintain stable, healthy relationships for the benefit of their
children versus promoting disincentives to families whom are
trying to maintain a two parent household for the benefit of
their children.

Research confirms that children who are raised by their own
parents in a healthy married family enjoy, on average, better
physical and mental health and are less likely to be poorer than
children raised in single-parent families, thus saving social
service tax dollars.  Therefore, the purpose of this concurrent
resolution is to present in a simple, proactive manner an
opportunity for our state leadership to promote and encourage the
institution of healthy marriage in Idaho's public policies.

                           FISCAL NOTE

There is no cost to the general fund; however, healthy marriages
could result in future savings of state expenditures.

Name:  Senator Patti Anne Lodge 
Phone: 208-332-1325
Name:  Representative Bill Deal
Phone: 208-332-1000

Senator Brad Little           Representative Darrell Bolz
Senator Curt McKenzie         Representative Carlos Bilbao
Senator John McGee            Representative Robert Schaefer
Senator Monte Pearce          Representative Dolores Crow
                              Representative Robert Ring
                              Representative Gary Collins