HARRISBURG – Just a day before the nation celebrates its most recent birthday, State Reps. Alex Charlton (R-Springfield) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) announced their bill to establish the Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission was signed into law by the governor.
“It’s extremely important for us to recognize Pennsylvania’s integral role in the founding of the United States,” Charlton said. “The semiquincentennial in 2026 is a chance for all Pennsylvanians to engage in a shared undertaking of national unity, as well as remembering the Pennsylvanians who had an enormous impact in the past, present and future of our great nation.”
Act 28 of 2018 establishes a commission to plan, encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The commission will submit a comprehensive report that includes the specific recommendations of the commission to the governor and the General Assembly by September 2018.
“By our Commonwealth playing host to the nation’s 250th birthday, we hope for an extensive, expansive and exciting dialogue in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, a dialogue that brings together all Pennsylvanians and all state and local governments to plan how we welcome the world to our state for this yearlong celebration,” Solomon said. “I thank Rep. Charlton for his leadership and partnership on this bill, and I look forward to exploring together what infrastructure investments are needed throughout our Commonwealth to prepare us for this historic and memorable celebration.”
The passage comes after Solomon and Charlton held a news conference in October to introduce their bipartisan effort. To view Charlton and Solomon’s press conference, visit this link
“I’d like to thank the governor for signing this bill into law and allowing our state to lead the efforts on America’s 250th birthday planning,” said Charlton.” “For Pennsylvanians, it is both a privilege and responsibility to host the nation and the world on the anniversary of America’s founding.”
The commission will consist of the following members:
• One Republican and Democratic member of the Senate.
• One Republican and Democratic member of the House.
• Twenty private citizens who will be appointed by the governor, Senate and House.
• Non-voting members including the Secretary of the Commonwealth; the attorney general; the auditor general; the chair of PA Historical and Museum Commission; the secretary of transportation, Education, and Conservation and Natural Resources; the adjutant general, and the chairman of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The Pennsylvania Semiquincentennial Commission will meet at points throughout the Commonwealth at times and locations determined by the chairperson, whom the governor would appoint.
Representative Alexander Charlton
165th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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