86R2497 BPG-D
  By: Price H.R. No. 2133
         WHEREAS, The observance of Constitution Day on September 17,
  2020, commemorates the signing of our nation's foundational
  document; and
         WHEREAS, On September 17, 1787, the course of history was
  forever altered by the 39 delegates who added their names to the
  constitution, the world's oldest written national charter of
  government; it provided the framework for our republic, and its
  opening words, "We the People," affirmed that citizens hold the
  responsibility for determining the course of their country; and
         WHEREAS, The framers of the constitution, in their great
  wisdom, separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the
  principles of majority rule and minority rights, the ideals of
  liberty and equality, and the interests of the federal and state
  governments; and
         WHEREAS, Creating a republic representative form of
  government, the first three articles of the constitution
  established the separate legislative, executive, and judicial
  branches, each limited in power by a system of checks and balances;
  the 10 amendments known as the Bill of Rights were added two years
  after the signing of the constitution in order to guarantee
  specific civil liberties; and
         WHEREAS, The U.S. Congress passed a bill in 2004 designating
  September 17 as Constitution Day and requiring that schools teach
  students about the vital role of the constitution in our society;
  the legislation prompts citizens to reflect upon the ideals of
  freedom set forth in the constitution and ensures that future
  generations will understand the importance of this historic
  document; and
         WHEREAS, Since the 18th century, the United States
  Constitution has served as the bulwark of our liberty and as a model
  for the charter documents of emerging democracies around the world;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize September 17, 2020, as Constitution
  Day and encourage all Texans to learn more about the many ways in
  which the U.S. Constitution continues to shape our lives.