Bill Text - HCR11 (2014)

Commemorating the ratification of the seventeenth amendment to the United States Constitution.


Revision: June 15, 2014, midnight

HCR 11 – AS INTRODUCED

2014 SESSION

14-2133

10/03

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 11

A RESOLUTION commemorating the ratification of the seventeenth amendment to the United?States Constitution.

SPONSORS: Rep. Horrigan, Straf 6; Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills 28; Rep. Timothy Smith, Hills?17

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

ANALYSIS

This house concurrent resolution commemorates the ratification of the seventeenth amendment to the United States Constitution concerning the direct election of senators.

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14-2133

10/03

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen

A RESOLUTION commemorating the ratification of the seventeenth amendment to the United States Constitution.

Whereas, prior to 1913 the United States Constitution provided that senators were elected by the state legislatures; and

Whereas, in May 1912 the United States Congress passed a proposal for a constitutional amendment requiring direct elections for the Senate for ratification by the states; and

Whereas, on February 19, 1913 the state of New Hampshire ratified the amendment; and

Whereas, the amendment was formally declared adopted on May 31, 1913 when ? of the states had ratified the proposed amendment, making it the Seventeenth Amendment to the United State Constitution; and

Whereas, on November 3, 1914 with the direct election of 32 United States Senators, Jacob?Harold Gallinger became the first senator from New Hampshire elected by popular vote; and

Whereas, that the seventeenth amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteed the right of the people to elect their own United States senators; and

Whereas, that the first national general election for senators held 100 years ago was a huge step forward for democracy; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the general court of New Hampshire hereby affirms the state’s support for the direct election of senators; and

That copies of this resolution be forwarded by the house clerk to the governor and the members of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation.

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