2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
December 7, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Steineke, August, Bernier,
Craig, Endsley, Jacque, Kapenga, Kestell, Knilans, Krug, Kuglitsch,
LeMahieu, Litjens, A. Ott, Petersen, Pridemore, Ripp, Spanbauer, Strachota,
Thiesfeldt, Van Roy and Stroebel, cosponsored by Senators Lasee and
Galloway. Referred to Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs.
1Relating to: renaming the decorated tree on display in the capitol rotunda during
2the Christmas season as the State of Wisconsin Christmas Tree.
Whereas, the state of Wisconsin respects all religious and cultural customs and 4
is desirous of properly naming the publicly displayed symbols of our state's diverse 5
holiday traditions out of respect for all traditions; and
Whereas, the decorated tree that has been on display in the capitol rotunda 7
annually during the Christmas season since 1916 was known as a "Christmas tree" 8
until 1985, when state officials began referring to the tree as a "holiday tree"; and
Whereas, the Wisconsin legislature wishes to return to this tradition and join 10
numerous other states and public institutions and millions of American families in 11
celebrating the Christmas season with a Christmas tree; now, therefore, be it
12Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That
the decorated tree 13
annually displayed in the capitol rotunda during the Christmas season shall be 14
known as the "State of Wisconsin Christmas Tree."