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2019-04-15 Senate Journal

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2019-04-15                     Senate Journal                      Page 0830
SJR 8                                                                                                                         
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 Supporting the ratification of                                                                    
the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade; encouraging                                                                 
the federal Administration to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs on                                                          
imports from Canada and Mexico; and urging the United States                                                                    
Congress and the federal Administration to call on Canada and Mexico                                                            
to remove retaliatory tariffs on all goods and services exported from                                                           
the United States, was read the third time.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved the resolution be returned to second reading                                                             
for the purpose of considering Amendment No. 1 through Amendment                                                                
No. 4. Without objection, the resolution was returned to second                                                                 
reading.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Kawasaki offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 1, following "trade;":                                                                                           
     Insert "urging the United States Congress to change the                                                                  
production wage rate calculation in the United States-Mexico-                                                                 
Canada Agreement from an average hourly base rate to a                                                                        
minimum hourly base rate;"                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 8, following "marketplace;":                                                                                       
     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS, under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-                                                                
Mexico-Canada Agreement, the production wage rate of $16 an hour                                                                
is calculated as an average hourly base rate, which minimizes the                                                               
potential effect of the production wage rate by allowing employers to                                                           
pay some workers much less than $16 an hour and use the pay of high                                                             
wage workers to raise the average wage rate;"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 11, following "agreement":                                                                                         
        Insert "with a change to the production wage rate calculation"                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 17, following "United States":                                                                                     
     Insert "; and be it                                                                                                        
     FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges                                                                 
the United States Congress to change the production wage rate                                                                   
calculation under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-Mexico-                                                             
Canada Agreement from an average hourly base rate to a minimum                                                                  
hourly base rate"                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                                                     
Senator Costello objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 1?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  6   NAYS:  13   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                

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Yeas:  Begich, Giessel, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Hoffman, Hughes, Micciche,                                                             
Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 1 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki offered Amendment No. 2:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 1, following "trade;":                                                                                           
     Insert "urging the United States Congress to change the                                                                  
production wage rate calculation in the United States-Mexico-                                                               
Canada Agreement to provide that the production wage rate will                                                                
be adjusted for inflation;"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 8, following "marketplace;":                                                                                       
     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS, under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-                                                                
Mexico-Canada Agreement, the production wage rate of $16 an hour                                                                
is not tied to inflation, which allows employers the option to ignore                                                           
inflation and pay workers less than the agreement intends;"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 11, following "agreement":                                                                                         
     Insert "with a change to allow adjustment of the production wage                                                           
rate for inflation"                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 17, following "United States":                                                                                     
     Insert "; and be it                                                                                                        
     FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges                                                                 
the United States Congress to change the production wage rate                                                                   
calculation under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-Mexico-                                                             
Canada Agreement to provide that the production wage rate will be                                                               
adjusted for inflation"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 2.                                                                     
Senator Costello objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 2 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 2?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  5   NAYS:  14   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Hoffman, Hughes,                                                              
Micciche, Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 2 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Amendment No. 3 was not offered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki offered Amendment No. 4:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 1, following "trade;":                                                                                           
     Insert "urging the United States Congress to remove the United                                                           
States exemption from the discrimination provisions of the United                                                             
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement;"                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 8, following "marketplace;":                                                                                       
     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS ch. 23, art. 9, n. 13 of the United States-Mexico-                                                               
Canada Agreement needlessly exempts the United States from the                                                                  
coverage of the provision that requires the parties to the agreement to                                                         
implement policies they consider appropriate to protect workers                                                                 
against employment discrimination on the basis of sex, pregnancy,                                                               
sexual orientation, gender identity, and caregiving responsibilities, to                                                        
provide job-protected leave for birth or adoption of a child and care of                                                        
family members, and to protect against wage discrimination;"                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 11, following "agreement":                                                                                         
     Insert "with the removal of the United States exemption from the                                                           
discrimination provisions"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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Page 3, line 17, following "United States":                                                                                     
     Insert "; and be it                                                                                                        
     FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges                                                                 
the United States Congress to remove the United States exemption                                                                
from ch. 23, art. 9, n. 13 of the United States-Mexico-Canada                                                                   
Agreement"                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 4.                                                                     
Senator Costello objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 4 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 4?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  5   NAYS:  14   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Hoffman, Hughes,                                                              
Micciche, Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 4 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 was automatically in third                                                                        
reading.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8                                                                        
Supporting the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada                                                                  
Agreement on trade; encouraging the federal Administration to                                                                   
remove the steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada and                                                                
Mexico; and urging the United States Congress and the federal                                                                   
Administration to call on Canada and Mexico to remove retaliatory                                                               
tariffs on all goods and services exported from the United States, pass                                                         
the Senate?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                

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YEAS:  19   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Gray-                                                                 
Jackson, Hoffman, Hughes, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Micciche, Olson,                                                                     
Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 passed the Senate and                                                                     
was referred to the Secretary for engrossment.