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(J.R.H. 259)

Offered by: Representatives Helm of Castleton and Rogers of Castleton.

Whereas, the liberties Vermonters cherish are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the first ten amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights, and

Whereas, James Madison was a primary drafter of the United States Constitution which replaced the ineffective Articles of Confederation as the basis of our form of national government, and

Whereas, James Madison maintained detailed written accounts of the Constitutional Convention that were not published until the last of the document’s signers, who was James Madison, died, and

Whereas, James Madison, in collaboration with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, wrote a series of newspaper articles, urging the states to ratify the new Constitution, and

Whereas, these historically significant articles became collectively known as the “Federalist Papers”, and remain a fundamental resource, outlining the political theories that shaped the government of the United States, and

Whereas, James Madison held many important positions in the government of the United States, including United States Congressman, Secretary of State and ultimately, President of the United States, and

Whereas, March 16, 2001 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of James Madison, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates March 16, 2001 as Liberty Day in Vermont.