Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 210
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Concurrent Resolution 5051
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution urging the United States Postal Service to issuea commemorative postage stamp honoring America's coal miners.




A Concurrent Resolution urging the United States Postal Service to issue

a commemorative postage stamp honoring America's coal miners.

WHEREAS, The Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee of the United

States Postmaster General is urged to recommend for issuance as soon

as practicable a United States Postal Service stamp commemorating the

vital role of coal miners in the history and economic productivity of the

country. The stamp would commemorate a class of American laborers

who in their immigrant origins reflect the melting-pot ideals of the nation,

who with their manual labor make possible the technological conven-

iences of modern American life and whose contributions to the nation's

welfare are generally unknown to the public. A stamp commemorating

coal miners holds the promise of illustrating a colorful and historically

rich segment of society for the benefit of schoolchildren, stamp collectors,

educators and the public; and

WHEREAS, United States coal miners perform a unique and vital

service for the nation because without a man or woman at the controls

of a dragline or working in a darkened mine shaft, coal would not tumble

into the trucks and barges that crisscross the country to power the boilers

that generate over 50 percent of the nation's electricity; and

WHEREAS, Coal miners keep the nation supplied with an energy

resource that produces electricity for the lowest cost, when compared to

fuels other than nuclear, and which makes possible the country's un-

matched productivity and prosperity; and

WHEREAS, Coal miners provide a vital pool of labor with the exper-

tise to produce energy supplies from vast national coal reserves which

serves to buffer the country from a dangerous dependence on foreign

energy fuels; and

WHEREAS, Several hundred shaft mines were constructed and op-

erated in southeast Kansas giving employment to thousands of immigrat-

ing, European-born and native-born miners and their descendants,

thereby establishing a cultural diversity that remains to this day; and

WHEREAS, Underground mining was instrumental in the historical

development of the Cherokee-Crawford coal field, impacting employ-

ment, demographic movements, transportation networks, commerce, and

settlement patterns in the region; and

WHEREAS, The coal mines developed in southeast Kansas stimulated

industrial activity in an otherwise largely agricultural state: Now, there-


Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That the Legislature of the State of Kan-

sas urges the United States Postal Service to issue a commemorative post-

age stamp honoring America's coal miners; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State send an enrolled

copy of this resolution to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o

Stamp Development, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant S.W., Room

5670, Washington, D.C. and to each member of the Kansas legislative


Adopted by the House March 29, 2002.

Adopted by the Senate

April 11, 2002.


Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002