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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
November 16, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Jacque, LeMahieu,
Pridemore, Craig, Thiesfeldt, Wynn
and T. Larson, cosponsored by Senator
Grothman. Referred to Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs.
AJR77,1,2 1To amend section 1 of article I of the constitution; relating to: the terms people and
2person (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
The constitution states that all people are born equally free and independent
and have certain inherent rights, among which is the right to life. This constitutional
amendment, proposed to the 2011 legislature on first consideration, replaces the
phrase "are born equally free and independent" with the phrase "are equally free and
independent" and defines the terms "people" and "person" with respect to the right
to life to include every human being at any stage of development.
A constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures,
and ratification by the people, before it becomes effective.
AJR77,1,3 3Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That:
AJR77, s. 1 4Section 1. Section 1 of article I of the constitution is amended to read:
AJR77,2,25 [Article I] Section 1. All people are born equally free and independent, and have
6certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;
7to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from

1the consent of the governed. As applied to the right to life, the terms "people" and
2"person" shall apply to every human being at any stage of development.
AJR77,2,5 3Be it further resolved, That this proposed amendment be referred to the
4legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three
5months previous to the time of holding such election.
AJR77,2,66 (End)
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