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February 26, 2009


Gerry Cohen

"In addition to Connecticut, states that memorialized Congress fewer than 10 times over this 20 year period were North Carolina and Mississippi. Why do some states use this process more often than others? The answers are not entirely clear."

In the case of North Carolina, our House and Senate rules have forbidden memorials since the early 1980s when leadership tired of pro and anti smoking aimed at congressional actions on smoking and tobacco crop supports.

Senate Rule 40(b)
"(b) All memorializing, celebration, commendation, and commemoration resolutions, except those which solely honor the memory of deceased persons or a North Carolina institution, or both, shall be excluded from introduction and consideration in the Senate."

The House has a similar rule.

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