News Release (Feb 24, 2015)
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution today, sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, which designates March 8 as "Charter Day" in Pennsylvania.
House Resolution 96 commemorates the charter that King Charles II of England signed on March 4, 1681 granting William Penn a tract of land, which would eventually become known as Pennsylvania. The resolution also honors the Frame of Government of Pennsylvania, which Penn drafted to serve as the colony's first constitution and contained rights such as freedom of religion, freedom from unjust imprisonment and a guarantee of free elections.