Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 25, 2014
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Senate approves proposal to construct Bill
of Rights monument at Capitol
The state Senate today approved legislation that would
allow a monument to the Bill of Rights to be placed on the grounds
of the State Capitol.
Anderson, author of Senate Bill 1159, said the proposal was
a unifying project signifying the importance of the individual freedoms
enshrined by the Bill of Rights.
“The liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights deserve to
be given a place of prominence,” said Anderson, R-Enid. “As
lawmakers, we must govern by constitutional principles, and this
monument will serve as a powerful reminder of our guiding values.
By authorizing this project, the Legislature can send a message
to the people that protecting these liberties will remain our foremost
Anderson noted all costs associated with the project would be paid
for with private donations. Arizona became the first state to dedicate
a monument to the Bill of Rights at their State Capitol in 2012.
“Establishing this monument will give Oklahomans a chance
to celebrate one of our country’s most significant accomplishments
for years to come,” Anderson said.
A bipartisan group of 41 lawmakers have joined as co-authors of
the measure, which was approved by unanimous vote. SB 1159 now advances
to the House for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Anderson: (405) 521-5630