Bill Text: MI HB4856 | 2017-2018 | 99th Legislature | Engrossed

Bill Title: Holidays; other; "Patriot Week" in Michigan; designate. Creates new act.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-12-11 - Referred To Committee On Government Operations [HB4856 Detail]

Download: Michigan-2017-HB4856-Engrossed.html

HB-4856, As Passed House, December 6, 2018




















July 12, 2017, Introduced by Rep. Tedder and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.


     A bill to designate the period beginning on September 11


through September 17 of each year as Patriot Week in this state.




     Sec. 1. (1) The legislature recognizes that understanding


American history and America's First Principles are indispensable


to the survival of our republic as a free people. In great


reverence to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the


legislature acknowledges that American citizens must take time to


honor the First Principles, founders, documents, and symbols of


their history. The events that led to the signing of the


Constitution of the United States of America by the delegates of


the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, have


significance for every American and are honored in public schools


across the nation on September 17 of each year as Constitution Day.


Revolution, the rule of law, the social compact, equality,


unalienable rights, and limited government are the First Principles


upon which America was founded and flourishes. Exceptional,


visionary, and indispensable Americans such as Thomas Paine,


Patrick Henry, John Adams, John Marshall, George Washington,


Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr.,


Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Jefferson, and


James Madison founded and advanced the United States. The


Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Congressional


resolution forwarding the Constitution to the states, Marbury v


Madison, Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions,


the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the I


Have A Dream speech are key documents that embody America's First


Principles and have advanced American liberty. The Bennington flag,


the original Betsy Ross American flag, the current American flag,


the Suffragist flag, the Fort Sumter flag, the Gadsden flag, and


the flag of the state of Michigan are key physical symbols of


American history and freedom that should be studied and remembered


by each American. Recognizing that each generation needs to renew


the spirit of America based on America's First Principles, key


historical figures, founding documents, and symbols, the


legislature declares that the period beginning on September 11


through September 17 of each year shall be known as "Patriot Week",


which symbolically begins on September 11 and concludes on


September 17, Constitution Day.


     (2) The legislature encourages citizens, schools and other


educational institutions, government agencies, municipalities, and

nonprofit, religious, labor, community, and business organizations


to recognize and participate in Patriot Week by honoring and


celebrating the First Principles, key historical figures, founding


documents, and symbols of America to renew the spirit of America.


     Enacting section 1. This act takes effect 90 days after the


date it is enacted into law.