Bill Text: NJ SJR55 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Urges U.S. Congress to pass Equal Rights Amendment.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 8-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-11 - Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading [SJR55 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-SJR55-Introduced.html

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SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

No. 55

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 22, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

Senator  SANDRA B. CUNNINGHAM

District 31 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Cruz-Perez, Diegnan, Singleton, Sweeney and Stack

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Urges U.S. Congress to pass Equal Rights Amendment.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


A Joint Resolution urging the United States Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

Whereas, The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women; and

Whereas,  The ERA states: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex - the ERA establishes within the United States Constitution the unambiguous and unassailable rights of women under the law"; and

Whereas, New Jersey suffragist leader Alice Paul, who was instrumental in the passage of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote, and Crystal Eastman authored the ERA in 1923.  It was introduced for the first time in the United States Congress that same year; and

Whereas,  In 1972, the ERA passed the United State Congress and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification. Congress set a ratification deadline of March 22, 1979, and through 1977, 35 of the required 38 states had  ratified the amendment; and

Whereas,  In 1978, a joint resolution of the United States Congress extended the deadline for ratification to June 30, 1982; and

Whereas,  Five states rescinded their ratifications of the ERA prior to June 30, 1982, and no other states ratified the amendment between 1979 and the 1982 deadline.  As a result, the ERA was not adopted as part of the Constitution; and

Whereas,  The ERA has been reintroduced in every session of the United States Congress since 1982.  The last time it received a floor vote in Congress was 1983; and

Whereas,  On January 23, 2017 Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) reintroduced the ERA in the United States Congress; and

Whereas,  Passage of the ERA by the United States Congress and its ratification by state legislatures would affirm this country's commitment to equal rights for women and introduce the idea of sex equality as a fundamental principle in the United States Constitution; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    The Legislature hereby urges the United States Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment as reintroduced by Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ed Markey in order to affirm this country's commitment to equal rights for women and to introduce the idea of sex equality as a fundamental principle in the United States Constitution.

 

     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the General Assembly to each member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation.

 

     3.    This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution urges the United States Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment as reintroduced by Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Ben Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ed Markey in order to affirm this country's commitment to equal rights for women and to introduce the idea of sex equality as a fundamental principal in the United States Constitution.

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