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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 21, 2019 11:50 AM
From: Representative Frank Burns
To: All House members
Subject: Declaring May 1, 2019, as Law Day in Pennsylvania
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are under attack nearly every day in the United States. It is impossible to imagine a free society without these individual liberties, yet historical and current debates surrounding them continually challenge us to consider their boundaries and resilience.

It is fitting then, that the American Bar Association has chosen its 2019 Law Day theme as “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” Law Day events educate people of all ages about the legal system and celebrate liberty, justice and equality. Additionally, they teach children about the importance of civil and human rights and promoting equality for all under the law.

In Pennsylvania, Law Day is marked in classrooms from Kindergarten through college by visits from judges and lawyers who talk with students about their legal rights and responsibilities.

Perhaps now, more than ever, our First Amendment guarantees to free speech and a free press – cornerstones of representative government – must be taught and celebrated. It is up to all of us to understand and protect these rights to ensure, as the U.S. Constitution proposes, “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”

Please join me in recognizing May 1, 2019, as “Law Day” in Pennsylvania and celebrating the ideals of “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” for all.

Introduced as HR124