SENATE RESOLUTION No. 66

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† JIM WHELAN

District 2 (Atlantic)

Senator† SHIRLEY K. TURNER

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Van Drew, Weinberg, Thompson and Diegnan

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Urges President to establish Presidential Youth Council.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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A Senate Resolution urging the President of the United States to establish a Presidential Youth Council.

 

Whereas, Young Americans under the age of 25 comprise over one third of the United States population, yet youth are underrepresented in the policymaking process; and

Whereas, Youth participation and engagement are universally recognized as safeguards of democracy, but the majority of young Americans do not believe they have a substantive voice in their government; and

Whereas, Policy decisions made today will have a pronounced impact on future generations; and

Whereas, The unique perspectives and valuable insights of young people are essential to ensure that investments made by government in youth programs and services are effective and efficient; and

Whereas, Numerous members of Congress, governors, state legislatures, mayors, and city councils have created youth councils that have proven to be an effective means of receiving input from young people, leading to more effective and efficient policies; and

Whereas, The United States Congress is currently considering House Joint Resolution No. 47, introduced on April 23, 2015, which supports the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council that would advise the President and the administration on the perspectives of young people, make public policy-related youth programs more efficient and effective, and address issues that will affect the long-term future of the United States; and

Whereas, House Joint Resolution No. 47 recommends that the council be composed of 24 individuals who are 16 to 24 years of age, have backgrounds reflective of our nationís diversity, have participated in public policy-related programs or initiatives, and can constructively contribute to policy deliberations; and

Whereas, A Presidential Youth Council would provide youth in America, who are systematically underrepresented and as a result often disengaged, with an opportunity to share their views and perspectives at the highest levels of our government; and

Whereas, The Senate of the State of New Jersey supports the creation of a Presidential Youth Council, which will promote the interests and welfare of our countryís youth, allow the voices of young people to be heard, and ensure that policies that will affect youth are developed with their input and valuable perspectives; now, therefore,

 

†††† Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† The President is respectfully urged to establish a Presidential Youth Council in order to advise the President and the administration on the perspectives of young people, make youth programs more efficient and effective, and provide valuable input on policies that will affect the long-term future of our nation.

 

†††† 2.††† Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the President of the United States, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, and each member of Congress elected from this State.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† The United States Congress is currently considering House Joint Resolution No. 47, which supports the establishment of a Presidential Youth Council to advise the President and the administration on the perspectives of young people, make youth programs more efficient and effective, and address issues that will affect the long-term future of the nation. The Presidential Youth Council would be composed of youth who are 16 to 24 years of age, have backgrounds reflective of our nationís diversity, and can constructively contribute to policy deliberations. This House respectfully urges the President to establish such a council.