Legislature(2011 - 2012)CAPITOL 106

04/12/2012 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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        SCR 24-COMMISSION ON 100TH ANNIV. OF LEGISLATURE                                                                    
8:21:02 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LYNN announced  that the next order of  business was SENATE                                                               
CONCURRENT   RESOLUTION   NO.   24,   Establishing   the   Alaska                                                               
Legislative   Celebration  Commission   to  organize   events  to                                                               
commemorate the 100th  anniversary of the first  convening of the                                                               
legislative branch of government in Alaska.                                                                                     
8:21:15 AM                                                                                                                    
TIM   LAMKIN,  Staff,   Senator   Gary   Stevens,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature,  gave a  PowerPoint  presentation on  behalf of  the                                                               
Senate Rules  Standing Committee, on  which Senator Stevens  is a                                                               
member.   He said the  convening of the first  Alaska Territorial                                                               
Legislature was  45 years in the  making and took place  on March                                                               
3, 1913.   He  showed a  photograph of Juneau  in 1905  and noted                                                               
that the  usable land then was  just where the mountains  met the                                                               
sea.  In 1911, U.S. Congress  authorized the funds for the Alaska                                                               
[territorial] capitol;  however, because  of a  lack of  land and                                                               
the advent of  WW1, construction was not  started until September                                                               
1929.   The building, then  known as the Federal  and Territorial                                                               
Building, was  completed in February  1931.  Mr. Lamkin  showed a                                                               
photograph of  the first [Territorial] House  of Representatives,                                                               
dated  Spring  1913.   He  noted  that  the House  was  comprised                                                               
entirely of men at the  time; the first female representative was                                                               
elected  in  1923.    He  said  the  initial  gatherings  of  the                                                               
Territorial Senate were held in  the Elks Lodge, but related that                                                               
he  had  been unable  to  get  confirmation regarding  the  early                                                               
gathering place of  the House members, other than that  it met in                                                               
"various halls."                                                                                                                
8:25:11 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  LAMKIN  indicated  that  from   1913  to  1947,  the  Alaska                                                               
Territorial  House had  16  members serving  15  committees.   In                                                               
response to  a question, he  said the  Senate was comprised  of 8                                                               
people.  He  indicated that in one particular  60-day session, 84                                                               
bills were passed.   He offered examples of  the legislation that                                                               
was passed, and  he noted that the first bill  to pass gave women                                                               
the right to vote.  Mr. Lamkin  pointed to a member of the Alaska                                                               
Territorial  Legislature, depicted  in  a  photograph, and  noted                                                               
that  the man's  name was  Elwood  Bruner (ph),  whom Mr.  Lamkin                                                               
discovered was a distant cousin.                                                                                                
8:29:21 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN  said SCR 24 is  a rare opportunity to  pay tribute to                                                               
Alaska's  history.   He  noted that  there  were some  historians                                                               
available to testify.                                                                                                           
8:30:00 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  LYNN noted  that some  of the  laws passed  by the  Alaska                                                               
Territorial  Legislature are  still  in effect,  and he  ventured                                                               
that it  would be  interesting to  look through  some of  the old                                                               
8:30:20 AM                                                                                                                    
STEVE HAYCOX, Professor  of History, testified in  support of SCR
24.   He expressed his  hope that  the legislature would  see the                                                               
proposed   concurrent  resolution   not   only  as   an  act   of                                                               
commemoration  of  the first  legislature,  but  also an  act  of                                                               
education  for the  citizens of  Alaska -  particularly students.                                                               
He said  SCR 24 represents  the beginning of  self-government for                                                               
Alaska.   He stated James  Wickersham, the principal  champion of                                                               
the  bill   that  created  the  legislature,   was  committed  to                                                               
democracy and government  by consent of the governed.   He talked                                                               
about the long road from  territorial government to statehood and                                                               
the lesson that provides young  Alaskans regarding the importance                                                               
of perseverance.  He ventured  that the commission would not need                                                               
to  spend much  money,  because  people could  use  "on line  and                                                               
electronic  technology"  to do  "what  needs  to be  done  fairly                                                               
reasonably."   He suggested having  a half-day public  session on                                                               
March 3.                                                                                                                        
8:32:41 AM                                                                                                                    
CLAUS  M.  NASKE,  Professor   Emeritus,  University  of  Alaska,                                                               
Fairbanks,  remarked   upon  the  interesting  manner   in  which                                                               
legislators arrived in Juneau  during territorial days, including                                                               
some  by  foot.   Regarding  the  work  done by  the  territorial                                                               
legislature,  he said  one  of  the constraints  had  to do  with                                                               
taxation.   He mentioned an influential  lobbyist who represented                                                               
fishermen.   Mr.  Naske said  the Alaska  Territorial Legislature                                                               
met  every  other  year  and   established  devices  intended  to                                                               
circumscribe  the federally  appointed governor.   He  echoed Mr.                                                               
Haycox' remark that not much money  needs to be spent, but opined                                                               
that  it is  worthwhile  to remind  people  of Alaska's  colorful                                                               
history.  He stated his support of SCR 24.                                                                                      
8:35:29 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  stated her  support  of SCR  14.   She                                                               
asked Mr.  Naske what  the first  budget was  and how  many bills                                                               
were passed that year.                                                                                                          
MR. NASKE  said he has  that information  in his books,  but does                                                               
not  know off  hand.   Notwithstanding that,  he said  the budget                                                               
amounted to  about $2 million  at one point.   He said  there was                                                               
not much  money available  to spend; taxation  and the  powers of                                                               
the legislation  were limited.   He said  the first  state budget                                                               
was  just about  $40  million,  which is  a  drop  in the  bucket                                                               
compared to the current budgets of several billion dollars.                                                                     
8:36:38 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN stated that the budget in 1913 was $200,000.                                                                         
8:37:18 AM                                                                                                                    
MARIE  DARLIN specified  that  she was  testifying  on behalf  of                                                               
herself.   She  said  she is  a  walking tour  guide.   She  said                                                               
considerable research  has been  done and she  would like  to see                                                               
more  done.   She  explained the  reason  the Alaska  Territorial                                                               
Legislators met in  the Elks Lodge was  because that organization                                                               
offered the space for the least  amount of money.  Following that                                                               
the  legislature  met  in  the   Goldstein  building,  which  she                                                               
indicated was  erected in 1913-1914.   Regarding a  building that                                                               
was referred  to as the  governor's house, she explained  that it                                                               
was  used as  offices;  the governor  actually  lived across  the                                                               
street.    She   confirmed  that  Mr.  Wickersham   was  the  one                                                               
responsible  for getting  a territorial  legislature.   She  said                                                               
there was a person  who took six weeks to get  to Juneau to serve                                                               
in the  legislature, because he traveled  through Interior Alaska                                                               
by dog team and from Valdez on a  steamship.  She said one of the                                                               
reasons that  he may have  taken so long  to arrive in  Juneau is                                                               
that back  then the steamships  often traveled first  from Valdez                                                               
to  Seattle before  heading back  north  to Juneau.   She  echoed                                                               
previous  testimony that  the legislature  met every  other year,                                                               
and  she said  U.S. Congress  put many  stipulations on  what the                                                               
legislature could do.   She said Mr. Wickersham  bought the house                                                               
on Seventh Street  in 1928.  She explained that  the women in the                                                               
photos  of the  earliest legislature  were staff  to legislators.                                                               
She offered  her understanding that  the first woman to  serve on                                                               
the  legislature was  not  elected,  but took  the  place of  her                                                               
husband; the second  female legislator was elected.   She pointed                                                               
out that the Alaska Territorial  Legislature gave women the right                                                               
to vote seven years before U.S. Congress did.                                                                                   
8:42:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. DARLIN, in response to  Representative Gruenberg, offered her                                                               
understanding that  Henry Rodin at  one time was  the territorial                                                               
8:42:49 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  PETERSEN,  regarding  the  aforementioned  period                                                               
when Alaska's  governance had  to be  approved by  U.S. Congress,                                                               
remarked  upon the  great  distance between  the  East Coast  and                                                               
Alaska and the challenges that must have presented.                                                                             
8:43:26 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LYNN,  after ascertaining  that there was  no one  else who                                                               
wished to testify, closed public testimony.                                                                                     
8:43:35 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG   noted  that   the  date   the  Alaska                                                               
Territorial  Legislature first  convened  - March  3,  1913 -  is                                                               
shown  on  page 2,  line  8.   He  expressed  his  hope that  the                                                               
proposed commission  would recommend  that schools  might observe                                                               
that historical event on that  date, and that legislative members                                                               
could visit schools on that date.                                                                                               
8:44:38 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  moved to  report SCR  24 out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.  There being no objection,  SCR 24 was reported out of the                                                               
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         
CHAIR LYNN  commended the committee  for its work, said  this may                                                               
be the last  meeting of regular session, and handed  the gavel to                                                               
Vice Chair Keller.                                                                                                              

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
01 SB 179 Original.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
02 SB 179 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
03 SB 179 Background Information.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
04 SB 179 Letter of Support Alzheimers Assn.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
05 SB 179, Support Alaska Commission on Aging.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
06 Support email - Cunningham SB179.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
07 SB 179 Fiscal Note DMVA.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
08 SB 179 Fiscal Note DPS.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 179
SUPPORT Regina Manteufel SB53 4-10-2012.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SB 53
01 SCR24_BillText.PDF HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
02SCR24_Sponsor_Statement_29March12.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
03 SCR24_Alaskas_1stHouseRepresentatives_1913.jpg HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
04 SCR24_Alaskas_1stSenate_1913.jpg HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
05 SCR24_SessionLaws_Summary_1913.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
06 SCR24_HomeRule_forAK.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
07 SCR24_2ndOrganicAct_1912.PDF HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
08 SCR24_FiscalNote.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SCR 24
01 SJR 11.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
02 SJR 11 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
03 SJR 11 National Foundation for Women Legislators Support.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
04 SJR 11 Background Information.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
05 SJR 11 National Women's History Month.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
06 SJR 11 Congressional Bills and Other Resolutions.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
07 SJR 11 Accomplishments of Women.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
08 SJR11 NCWL Meryl Streep Photo.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
09 SJR 11 Woman Suffrage Statue Issue.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
10 SJR11 Explanation of Changes Version A to A.A.pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11
11 SJR011-1-2-020812-STA-N (1).pdf HSTA 4/12/2012 8:00:00 AM
SJR 11