Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2013
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Anderson files measure to construct Bill of Rights monument at Capitol
Sunday, Dec. 15, will mark the 222nd anniversary of the adoption
of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. In recognition of
that anniversary, numerous Oklahoma lawmakers have joined as co-authors
of a non-partisan effort to recognize the significance of the Bill
of Rights through the filing of Senate Bill 1159.
SB 1159 would allow a monument recognizing the importance of the
Bill of Rights to be placed on the grounds of the State Capitol.
Costs associated with the project would be paid for with private
Anderson, principal author of the bill, said 29 additional legislators
have joined as co-authors of the proposal.
“This is a unifying project that Republicans and Democrats
in the House and Senate have embraced,” said Anderson, R-Enid.
“It is my hope that all 149 members of the Legislature will
join as co-authors of this measure by the time the bill reaches
the Governor’s desk.”
Anderson’s proposal is part of a nationwide effort by The
Bill of Rights Monument Project, a 501(c)3 charity, to place similar
monuments on the grounds of every State Capitol. Arizona dedicated
the first monument to the Bill of Rights at their State Capitol
on Dec. 15, 2012.
“The Bill of Rights represents the most significant declaration
of individual rights and liberties that has ever been written by
man. It establishes the fundamental principles and philosophy upon
which our government is based, and it is therefore essential that
we recognize its importance for generations to come through the
establishment of this monument,” Anderson said. “We
live in the greatest nation in the world in large part because of
the individual freedoms that are guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
That is what I want every Oklahoman to remember when they visit
our State Capitol and view this monument.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Anderson: (405) 521-5630