Bill Text For HB1330 - Introduced

 1|                          STATE OF OKLAHOMA                            |
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 2|             1st Session of the 52nd Legislature (2009)                |
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 3|HOUSE BILL 1330                      By: Ritze                         |
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 6|                            AS INTRODUCED                              |
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 7|       An Act relating to the state capital and Capitol                |
  |       Building; providing for legislative findings;                   |
 8|       creating the Ten Commandments Monument Display Act;             |
  |       authorizing the placement of a monument displaying              |
 9|       and honoring the Ten Commandments on the grounds of             |
  |       the Oklahoma State Capitol; authorizing the Secretary           |
10|       of State to work with certain persons in designing a            |
  |       monument; providing for the location for the                    |
11|       monument; authorizing the Attorney General to defend            |
  |       certain challenges; providing for codification                  |
12|       providing for noncodification; and providing an                 |
  |       effective date.                                                 |
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16|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:                  |
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17|    SECTION 1.     NEW LAW     A new section of law not to be          |
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18|codified in the Oklahoma Statutes reads as follows:                    |
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19|    The Legislature finds:                                             |
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20|    1.  That the Ten Commandments found in the Bible, Exodus 20:1-17   |
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21|and Deuteronomy 5:6-21, are an important component of the moral        |
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22|foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of        |
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23|America and of the State of Oklahoma;                                  |
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 1|    2.  That the courts of the United States of America and of         |
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 2|various states frequently cite the Ten Commandments in published       |
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 3|decisions;                                                             |
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 4|    3.  That the Ten Commandments represent a philosophy of            |
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 5|government held by many of the founders of this nation and by many     |
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 6|Oklahomans and other Americans today, that God has ordained civil      |
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 7|government and has delegated limited authority to civil government,    |
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 8|that God has limited the authority of civil government, and that God   |
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 9|has endowed people with certain unalienable rights, including life,    |
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10|liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;                                 |
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11|    4.  That in order that they may understand and appreciate the      |
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12|basic principles of the American system of government, the people of   |
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13|the United States and of the State of Oklahoma need to identify the    |
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14|Ten Commandments, one of many sources, as influencing the              |
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15|development of what has become modern law; and                         |
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16|    5.  That the placing of a monument to the Ten Commandments on      |
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17|the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol would help the people of     |
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18|the United States and of Oklahoma to know the Ten Commandments as      |
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19|the moral foundation of law.                                           |
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20|    SECTION 2.     NEW LAW     A new section of law to be codified     |
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21|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 10.1 of Title 73, unless there     |
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22|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:               |
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23|    A.  This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Ten       |
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24|Commandments Monument Display Act".                                    |
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 1|    B.  The Oklahoma Secretary of State or designee is hereby          |
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 2|authorized to permit and arrange for the placement on the State        |
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 3|Capitol grounds of a suitable monument displaying and honoring the     |
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 4|Ten Commandments.  The Ten Commandments monument shall use the same    |
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 5|words used on the monument at issue in Von Orden v. Perry, that the    |
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 6|United States Supreme Court ruled constitutional.  This monument       |
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 7|shall be designed, constructed, and placed on the Capitol grounds by   |
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 8|private entities at no expense to the State of Oklahoma.  The          |
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 9|Secretary of State or designee is authorized to assist private         |
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10|entities in selecting a location for the monument and arranging a      |
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11|suitable time for its placement.                                       |
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12|    C.  In the event that the legality or constitutionality of the     |
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13|Ten Commandments monument is challenged in a court of law, the         |
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14|Oklahoma Attorney General or designee is hereby authorized to          |
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15|prepare and present a legal defense of the monument and shall work     |
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16|with any legal services provider, if any designated by the             |
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17|Legislature.                                                           |
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18|    D.  The placement of this monument shall not be construed to       |
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19|mean that the State of Oklahoma favors any particular religion or      |
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20|denomination thereof over others, but rather will be placed on the     |
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21|Capitol grounds where there are numerous other monuments.              |
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22|    SECTION 3.  This act shall become effective November 1, 2009.      |
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24|    52-1-5295      LRB    01/06/09                                     |
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