Pennsylvania officially declares 2023 the year of Taylor Swift – with corresponding laws

Taylor Swift's record-breaking Eras Tour stopped in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, giving a noticeable boost to the local economy. Finally, it seems, Pennsylvania – known to some as the “birthplace of Taylor Swift” – is ready to give back to the pop star who gave so much. On Swift's 34th birthday on December 13, a resolution was passed recognizing the year 2023 as the “Taylor Swift Era” in Pennsylvania.

It was a close decision, with the motion winning by 103 votes to 100. (Most of the opponents were Republicans, and in case you're interested, a few Democrats too.)

The argument for this decision was Swift's enormous influence on Pennsylvania: her stops on the Eras Tour in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh not only led to higher expenses in these cities, but Swift also donated the proceeds from each stop to hunger relief organizations.

Her greatest influence in the eyes of lawmakers was how she encouraged young voters to register to vote. Rep. Maureen Madden of Monroe County was particularly outspoken about Swift's influence in this regard, finding it more relevant than ever for women in the current political climate.

“I turn 64 today and I'm thinking about who's going to carry on our legacy,” she said on the House floor. “She's not popular because she writes breakup songs. She's popular because the largest demographic of eligible voters, 18- to 24-year-olds, listen to her and do what she says.”

Those who disagreed with this decision mostly found it trivial or pandering to Hollywood. In addition, some members focused on Swift leaving Pennsylvania to pursue her music career in Tennessee.

Perhaps the most entertaining part of this hearing is how many speakers used Swift's lyrics to discuss their side. For example, Rep. Joanna McClinton silenced someone by quoting iconic lyrics from “Shake It Off,” saying, “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” (You can't make this up.)

Tell them, Congressman McClinton!

For the opposition, Rep. Russ Diamond used the lyrics (and song title) “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” to remind others how Swift had supposedly broken with her home state when she moved to Tennessee for her music.

Pennsylvania, like the rest of the world, is in the “Taylor Swift era” because she is Spotify’s Global Artist of the Year. TIME's Person of the Year and a regular NFL star, so it was time to immortalize that title somewhere. Well done, Pennsylvania!

Taylor Swift's Pennsylvania

Taylor Swift's Pennsylvania

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