1| STATE OF OKLAHOMA | | | 2| 1st Session of the 52nd Legislature (2009) | | | 3|HOUSE BILL 1330 By: Ritze | | | 4| | | | 5| | | | 6| AS INTRODUCED | | | 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. | 13| | | | 14| | | | 15| | | | 16|BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA: | | | 17| SECTION 1. NEW LAW A new section of law not to be | | | 18|codified in the Oklahoma Statutes reads as follows: | | | 19| The Legislature finds: | | | 20| 1. That the Ten Commandments found in the Bible, Exodus 20:1-17 | | | 21|and Deuteronomy 5:6-21, are an important component of the moral | | | 22|foundation of the laws and legal system of the United States of | | | 23|America and of the State of Oklahoma; | | | 24| | | | Req. No. 5295 Page 1 ___________________________________________________________________________
1| 2. That the courts of the United States of America and of | | | 2|various states frequently cite the Ten Commandments in published | | | 3|decisions; | | | 4| 3. That the Ten Commandments represent a philosophy of | | | 5|government held by many of the founders of this nation and by many | | | 6|Oklahomans and other Americans today, that God has ordained civil | | | 7|government and has delegated limited authority to civil government, | | | 8|that God has limited the authority of civil government, and that God | | | 9|has endowed people with certain unalienable rights, including life, | | | 10|liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; | | | 11| 4. That in order that they may understand and appreciate the | | | 12|basic principles of the American system of government, the people of | | | 13|the United States and of the State of Oklahoma need to identify the | | | 14|Ten Commandments, one of many sources, as influencing the | | | 15|development of what has become modern law; and | | | 16| 5. That the placing of a monument to the Ten Commandments on | | | 17|the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol would help the people of | | | 18|the United States and of Oklahoma to know the Ten Commandments as | | | 19|the moral foundation of law. | | | 20| SECTION 2. NEW LAW A new section of law to be codified | | | 21|in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 10.1 of Title 73, unless there | | | 22|is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows: | | | 23| A. This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Ten | | | 24|Commandments Monument Display Act". | | | Req. No. 5295 Page 2 ___________________________________________________________________________
1| B. The Oklahoma Secretary of State or designee is hereby | | | 2|authorized to permit and arrange for the placement on the State | | | 3|Capitol grounds of a suitable monument displaying and honoring the | | | 4|Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments monument shall use the same | | | 5|words used on the monument at issue in Von Orden v. Perry, that the | | | 6|United States Supreme Court ruled constitutional. This monument | | | 7|shall be designed, constructed, and placed on the Capitol grounds by | | | 8|private entities at no expense to the State of Oklahoma. The | | | 9|Secretary of State or designee is authorized to assist private | | | 10|entities in selecting a location for the monument and arranging a | | | 11|suitable time for its placement. | | | 12| C. In the event that the legality or constitutionality of the | | | 13|Ten Commandments monument is challenged in a court of law, the | | | 14|Oklahoma Attorney General or designee is hereby authorized to | | | 15|prepare and present a legal defense of the monument and shall work | | | 16|with any legal services provider, if any designated by the | | | 17|Legislature. | | | 18| D. The placement of this monument shall not be construed to | | | 19|mean that the State of Oklahoma favors any particular religion or | | | 20|denomination thereof over others, but rather will be placed on the | | | 21|Capitol grounds where there are numerous other monuments. | | | 22| SECTION 3. This act shall become effective November 1, 2009. | | | 23| | | | 24| 52-1-5295 LRB 01/06/09 | | | Req. No. 5295 Page 3© 2010-13 eCapitol, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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