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TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE MANY OUTSTANDING HOME BUILDERS AND RESIDENTIAL SPECIALTY CONTRACTORS IN OUR STATE BY DECLARING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008, SOUTH CAROLINA HOME BUILDER DAY.
Whereas, the members of the South Carolina General Assembly recognize that a healthy and prosperous society must fulfill the desires and aspirations of the majority of its members while protecting each of its individual's rights; and
Whereas, the citizens of our State desire to live in communities which meet their individual needs and where they and their families can grow and prosper, while conserving the natural resources of our State at the same time; and
Whereas, our forefathers earnestly sought to ensure the protection of an individual's property rights by establishing these rights in both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution; and
Whereas, homeownership provides a sense of home for South Carolina families and their children and results in better education, more secure and well-kept neighborhoods, economic development, and a better quality of life for the youngest citizens of our State; and
Whereas, the purchase of a home for most South Carolinians is the single largest investment they will ever make and is the largest source of wealth creation in our nation; and
Whereas, all families in South Carolina, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, handicap, familial status, or national origin should have the opportunity to pursue the American dream of homeownership; and
Whereas, housing affordability and the choices available in housing should be market driven, based on the principles of a free market, so the American dream of homeownership can be protected and preserved for future generations of South Carolinians; and
Whereas, South Carolina's Home Builders Association has nearly six thousand members and nineteen local home-builder associations throughout the State; and
Whereas, Home Builders Association of South Carolina provides its members with diverse and specialized services in South Carolina in the purchase, resale, construction, and remodeling of residential homes containing one and two families; and
Whereas, in addition to the array of member programs, products, and services that Home Builders Association of South Carolina offers to its members, the association also provides critical continuing-education resources to home-building professionals in South Carolina; and
Whereas, beyond the services it provides to its members, Home Builders Association of South Carolina has taken public-interest positions on local, regional, state, and federal issues relating to the protection of homeowners and the home-building industry, including private property rights, reasonable regulations, sound land use policy, and fair taxation; and
Whereas, Home Builders Association of South Carolina and its members are truly the builders of the American dream of homeownership. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, recognize and honor the many outstanding home builders and residential specialty contractors in our State by declaring Wednesday, March 26, 2008, South Carolina Home Builder Day.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to William "Bill" G. Smith, 2008 President of Home Builders Association of South Carolina.
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