Rep. Charles Pickering, Republican from Mississippi, introduced House Joint Resolution 102 on June 26, 2002 proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to guarantee the right to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. It was submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary. On July 18, 2002 it was referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution.
House Joint Resolution 102 resolved, "by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
SECTION 1. The first article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States shall not be construed to prohibit the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag."