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2017 Special Session
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
Syttende Mai Weekend
Preliminary Draft - Not Ready For Introduction
March 10, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Hebl, Nerison, Berceau, E.
, Considine, Crowley, Fields, Hesselbein, Kessler, Milroy, Ohnstad,
Petryk, Pope, Sinicki, Subeck, Stafsholt, Thiesfeldt and Wachs,
cosponsored by Senators Miller, Shilling, Bewley, Cowles, Erpenbach,
Hansen, Harsdorf, C. Larson, Olsen, Ringhand, Risser, L. Taylor, Vinehout
and Wirch. Referred to Committee on Rules.
AJR16,1,1 1Relating to: proclaiming May 19, 20, and 21, 2017, Syttende Mai Weekend.
AJR16,1,42 Whereas, Norway, which means “Northern Way," is the sixth-largest country
3in Europe, covering 148,715 square miles, and has a population of more than 5
4million people; and
AJR16,1,65 Whereas, Norwegian immigrants have made countless contributions to the
6cultures of Wisconsin and other regions of the United States; and
AJR16,1,87 Whereas, one out of every twelve Wisconsinites claims Norwegian ancestry;
AJR16,1,119 Whereas, “Syttende Mai," Norwegian for “May 17," celebrates the anniversary
10of the 1814 signing of the Norwegian Constitution that declared Norway's
11independence from Denmark; and
1Whereas, the Norwegian Constitution is the third-oldest in the world, being
2predated only by the constitutions of the United States and France; and
AJR16,2,53 Whereas, Norwegian culture can be found throughout Wisconsin in the cuisine
4of lutefisk and lefse, in the art of rosemaling, and in the presence of wood-carved
5trolls; and
AJR16,2,106 Whereas, Wisconsin communities, such as Stoughton, Blair, Mt. Horeb, Westby,
7and Woodville, will celebrate Syttende Mai in many ways, including parades,
8Norwegian displays, Norwegian street music and dancers, Syttende Mai King and
9Queen presentations, Syttende Mai runs, special museum tours, choral concerts,
10church services, and Norwegian drama; and
AJR16,2,1211 Whereas, thousands of Wisconsin residents of Norwegian heritage will
12participate in these activities during the month of May; now, therefore, be it
AJR16,2,17 13Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
14legislature proclaims the weekend of May 19, 20, and 21, 2017, Syttende Mai
15Weekend in the state of Wisconsin, and declares that all residents of this state are
16honorary Norwegians for that weekend and are urged to observe the Syttende Mai
17Weekend with appropriate celebrations.
AJR16,2,1818 (End)