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                                                      PRINTER'S NO. 1263

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE RESOLUTION

No. 170 Session of 2003


        INTRODUCED BY WAGNER, LOGAN, COSTA, KITCHEN, TARTAGLIONE AND
           STACK, NOVEMBER 3, 2003

        REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, NOVEMBER 3, 2003

                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Urging the Congress of the United States to consider an
     2     amendment to the Constitution of the United States which
     3     gives 17-year-old citizens the right to vote.

     4     WHEREAS, Public policymakers make a tremendous number of
     5  decisions involving young men and women 17 years of age and
     6  older; and
     7     WHEREAS, Young people deserve to be heard today on actions
     8  and policies which will affect them when they are adults; and
     9     WHEREAS, With parental consent, 17-year-olds are able to
    10  enlist in the armed services and fight for our nation on foreign
    11  soil; and
    12     WHEREAS, Several states, including Maine, Texas, California,
    13  Minnesota, Florida, North Dakota and Hawaii, are considering
    14  lowering the voting age; and
    15     WHEREAS, A number of municipalities from Anchorage, Alaska,
    16  to New York, New York, have undertaken a review to determine
    17  whether the voting age should be lowered; and
    18     WHEREAS, When teens were permitted to vote in a Baltimore

     1  mayoral primary, voter turnout among teens matched the general
     2  primary turnout; and
     3     WHEREAS, With 40 million young people in the United States
     4  between 12 and 19 years of age, young people should not be
     5  ignored as a political force; and
     6     WHEREAS, The energy and passion young people bring to the
     7  political process ensures accountability from public
     8  policymakers and promotes individual and civic responsibility;
     9  and
    10     WHEREAS, Permitting 17-year-olds to vote will encourage
    11  public schools to more vigorously pursue civics lessons as part
    12  of a well-defined curriculum that helps develop more socially
    13  active and informed citizens; and
    14     WHEREAS, It is important to instill in young men and women
    15  the importance of voting as a means to spur continued
    16  involvement in the political process; therefore be it
    17     RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    18  urge the Congress to consider an amendment to the Constitution
    19  of the United States that enables 17-year-old citizens to vote
    20  in all elections; and be it further
    21     RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to
    22  the presiding officers of each house of Congress and to each
    23  member of Congress from Pennsylvania.





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