SDLRC - 2020 House Concurrent Resolution 6018 - SD Legislature To urge the adoption of a joint rule requiring the state Constitution to be read aloud on the floor of both houses each Legislative Session.
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION,
To urge the
adoption of a joint rule requiring the state Constitution to be read
aloud on the floor of both houses each Legislative Session.
the Constitution of South Dakota establishes the organization of the
government and protects the rights of the citizens; and
the Constitution is our employment contract with the people which
outlines the duties, powers, and limits of the Legislature; and
every elected official takes an oath to support the Constitution of
the United States and of the State of South Dakota, and has a solemn
duty to read, understand, and follow them faithfully; and
the periodic reading of the Constitution of South Dakota is a
convenient refresher for the legislators as well as an educational
demonstration for the public:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the
Ninety-Fifth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate
concurring therein, that the Joint Legislature Procedure Committee is
urged to adopt a joint rule at its next meeting in substantially the
Constitution of South Dakota shall be read aloud in its entirety once
per legislative session, to be divided up into daily readings on no
less than half of the legislative days. The presiding officer of each
house shall select one or more members for the reading of the
Constitution of South Dakota. During the reading, a quorum of members
must be present, and order must be maintained at all times.
Catchlines are not law.
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