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Putnam Commissioners Support US Constitution In Resolution

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Putnam Commissioners Support US Constitution In Resolution

Putnam County Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the US Constitution Monday night.

Commissioner Jordan Iwanyszyn proposed a resolution during the April meeting that would support the second amendment right to bear arms. Several commissioners expressed concern about picking out one constitutional amendment to support.

County Attorney Jeff Jones worked on the resolution, taking commissioner concerns into account. The resolution specifically mentions the second amendment, but also highlights the Bill of Rights and the relationship between government and the people.

“The Bill of Rights guarantees individual liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion,” the resolution reads. “The Bill of Rights establishes the rules for due process of law. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted  in 1791  as part of the Bill of Rights declares, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The resolution goes on to say commissioners will not dedicate physical or financial resources toward infringing on constitutional rights.

Commissioners voted unanimously to pass the resolution Monday night with no discussion. Some commissioners last month expressed concern last month about using board time and resources to pursue the issue.

In other business, commissioners approved a parking ordinance to control the two new parking lots constructed for the Justice Center. Written to apply more broadly across other county parking facilities, if needed, County Mayor Randy Porter said he and Sheriff Eddie Farris wanted to make sure the new lots would not be used for tractor trailer parking or some other non-facility use.  Both lots are located along Spring Street and are available for Justice Center parking.

Commissioners also approved the appointment of Larry Rodgers to the Double Springs Utility Board.


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