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State of Arkansas

85th General Assembly

Regular Session, 2005 HCR 1023
By: Representative L. Smith

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

REQUESTING AND PETITIONING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PROPOSE FOR SUBMISSION TO THE STATES FOR CONTINUED RATIFICATION AN EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.


Subtitle

REQUESTING AND PETITIONING THE UNITED

STATES CONGRESS TO PROPOSE FOR

SUBMISSION TO THE STATES FOR CONTINUED

RATIFICATION AN EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED

STATES.

WHEREAS, in the United States women are still deprived of equal Constitutional rights, equal salaries, equal access to positions of responsibility, and equal treatment in terms of health care, insurance, and Social Security; and


WHEREAS, men would also benefit from equality of rights under the law; and
WHEREAS, the Equal Rights Amendment was written in 1923 to eliminate or modify many state and federal laws that discriminate against women; and
WHEREAS, the language of the Equal Rights Amendment, "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex," has been unchanged since 1923; and
WHEREAS, the central tenet of the Equal Rights Amendment was that sex should not be a determining factor in establishing the legal rights of individuals; and
WHEREAS, the Equal Rights Amendment was approved by Congress in 1972; and
WHEREAS, Congress placed a deadline of June 30, 1982, on the ratification process; and
WHEREAS, at the time of the deadline the Equal Rights Amendment had been ratified by thirty-five (35) states and only needed the ratification of three (3) more states; and
WHEREAS, Congress has the power to adjust or repeal the previous time limit on the Equal Rights Amendment, determine whether state ratifications subsequent to 1982 are valid, and accept the Equal Rights Amendment as part of the Constitution after three (3) more states ratify; and
WHEREAS, the State of Arkansas is one of the states that has yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,
NOW THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EIGHTY-FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:
THAT the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas respectfully requests and petitions that one (1) or more members of Congress introduce a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that provides that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the proposed resolution not require ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment again by thirty-eight (38) states but permit ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to become effective with ratification by three (3) states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment by June 30, 1982; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT certified copies of this resolution be transmitted by the Secretary of State to the President and Secretary of the United States Senate, to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, to each member of the Arkansas delegation to the United States Congress, and to the presiding officer of each house of each state legislature in the United States.


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