Charlton, Solomon bill to establish commission to plan America’s 250th birthday voted out of committee

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Reps. Alex Charlton, R-Delaware, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila. today announced their bill to establish the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission was voted out of the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee.

The unanimous vote comes one day after Charlton and Solomon held a Capitol news conference on their bipartisan effort.

“The nation’s semiquincentennial is an opportunity for all Pennsylvanians to recognize the American experiment and how it has been sustained by sacrifice and the willingness to stick to it and see it through,” Charlton said. “We hope this celebration will inspire a new generation of Americans to continue to sacrifice when necessary to ensure the process of freedom, liberty and happiness for the next 250 years.”

House Bill 1793 would establish a commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The commission would submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and the General Assembly by September 2018.

“Pennsylvania is truly a state that’s rich in culture and history and as the home of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what better way to celebrate our nation’s 250th birthday than having our commonwealth host this celebration,” Solomon said. “We want this event to be a means to promote the achievements and contributions of all 67 counties to our nation’s past, present and future.”

House Bill 1793 now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.