HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 99-1056
BY REPRESENTATIVES Lee, Fairbank, Stengel, Alexander, Allen, Bacon, Berry, Clapp, Clarke, Dean, Decker, Gagliardi, George, Gordon, Gotlieb, Hefley, Hoppe, Johnson, Kaufman, Keller, Kester, King, Larson, Lawrence, Mace, McKay, McPherson, Miller, Morrison, Nuñez, Paschall, Pfiffner, Scott, Sinclair, Smith, Spradley, Swenson, Taylor, Tochtrop, Tool, Webster, S. Williams, Windels, Witwer, Young, Zimmerman;
also SENATORS Anderson,
Andrews, Arnold, Blickensderfer, Chlouber, Congrove, Dennis, Dyer,
Epps, Evans, Hernandez, Hillman, Lacy, Lamborn, Linkhart, Martinez,
Musgrave, Nichol, Owen, Pascoe, Powers, Teck, Wattenberg, Weddig.
CONCERNING THE INAPPROPRIATE RADIO COMMENTS OF HOWARD
STERN, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, REQUESTING DISCIPLINARY ACTION
BE TAKEN AGAINST HOWARD STERN.
WHEREAS, The General Assembly has been greatly touched
by the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School on April
20, 1999; and
WHEREAS, The state of Colorado and the nation have
been shaken by the Columbine High School tragedy and have been
grieving the senseless loss of life and talent; and
WHEREAS, The members of the Sixtysecond General
Assembly recognize the importance of freedom of speech as a tenant
to the dialogue that makes the United States great; and
WHEREAS, The General Assembly also asserts that members
of the media and broadcasting companies need to be accountable
for the tasteless and inappropriate comments made during such
a period of grief and devastation; and
WHEREAS, Personal responsibility is fundamental to
the success of our state and nation; and
WHEREAS, Editorials from the Rocky Mountain News
have reported comments made by Howard Stern to include:
"There were, like really goodlooking girls running
out with their hands over their heads."
"Did those kids [the suspects] try to have sex with any of
the goodlooking girls? They didn't even do that?"
"At least if you're going to kill yourself and kill the kids,
why wouldn't you have some sex?"
"I mean, if I was going to kill some people, I'd take them
out with sex."
WHEREAS, The general manager of the radio station
KXPKFM (96.5) that aired the radio program in which Howard
Stern made these comments, chastised Coloradans who called in
to complain and indicated that 'they were looking for someone
to attack'; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives
of the Sixtysecond General Assembly of the State of Colorado,
the Senate concurring herein:
(1) That the members of the Sixtysecond
General Assembly of the state of Colorado request that Howard
Stern be censured for his comments;
(2) That Howard Stern and the general
manager of KXPKFM (96.5) send a letter of apology to Columbine
High School as a demonstration of their personal responsibility
for their offensive and thoughtless comments; and
(3) That Chancellor Media Corporation
discontinue airing Howard Stern's radio program within Colorado
and that KCNCTV (Channel 4) discontinue the broadcast of
the "Howard Stern Radio Show".
Be It Further Resolved,
That copies of this resolution be sent to Howard Stern, KXPKFM
(96.5) radio station, KCNCTV (Channel 4), and the principal
of Columbine High School.
Russell George Ray Powers
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PRESIDENT OF THE
OF REPRESENTATIVES SENATE
Judith M. Rodrigue Patricia K. Dicks
CHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE SECRETARY OF
OF REPRESENTATIVES THE SENATE