Legislature(1995 - 1996)

01/30/1995 05:10 PM MLV

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                   HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON                                  
                 MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS                                 
                        January 30, 1995                                       
                           5:10 p.m.                                           
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                               
 Representative Pete Kott, Co-Chairman                                         
 Representative Ivan Ivan, Co-Chairman                                         
 Representative Eldon Mulder, Vice Chairman                                    
 Representative Richard Foster                                                 
 Representative John Davies                                                    
 Representative Ed Willis                                                      
 MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                
 Representative Gail Phillips                                                  
 COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                            
 * HCR 5:Commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor by                          
 establishing Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.                                    
   PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                     
 (*First public hearing )                                                      
 WITNESS REGISTER                                                              
 PREVIOUS ACTION                                                               
 BILL:  HCR 5                                                                
 SHORT TITLE: PEARL HARBOR REMEMBERANCE DAY                                    
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 01/23/95       115    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                 
 01/23/95       115    (H)   MLV                                               
 01/30/95              (H)   MLV AT 05:00 PM CAPITOL ROOM 17                   
 ACTION NARRATIVE                                                              
 TAPE 95-1, SIDE A                                                             
 Number 003                                                                    
 The House Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs was              
 called to order by CO-CHAIRMAN PETE KOTT at 5:10 p.m.  Members                
 present at the call to order were Representatives Ivan, Mulder,               
 Foster, Davies and Willis.  Absent member was Representative                  
 Number 038                                                                    
 CO-CHAIRMAN KOTT commented that there hadn't been a committee                 
 organization meeting as of yet.  He said he would try to schedule             
 it for next week if possible.                                                 
 Number 045                                                                    
 HMLV - 01/30/95                                                               
 HCR 5 - PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY                                        
 CO-CHAIRMAN KOTT introduced HCR 5 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day).             
 He said Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack            
 against the United States forces located at Pearl Harbor and nearby           
 military facilities.  This attack came without warning and without            
 a declaration of war.  Over 2,000 Americans were killed, and many             
 others suffered grievous injuries.  A major portion of the United             
 States Pacific Fleet was decimated, leaving many other Americans in           
 the Pacific exposed to attack and capture.                                    
 Japan's action on this date ushered in our involvement in World War           
 II.  Thereafter, for over four years, the United States was engaged           
 in a great global conflict, marked by the unimaginable suffering of           
 untold millions, both military and civilian.  The lives of an                 
 entire generation were disrupted, and many still bear scars from              
 this conflict.                                                                
 Over 50 years have elapsed since the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Those           
 Americans who were then old enough to remember that day are aging,            
 and many are no longer with us.  Someday, that generation will be             
 gone, and no one will be available to bear witness to that pivotal            
 event in our history.                                                         
 As a people, we can not afford to forget what happened.  Lessons              
 were learned which remain relevant to this day.  Suffering was                
 endured for our freedom, and this cries out for recognition.  Blood           
 was spilled by a heroic generation so that we, today, can enjoy               
 freedom.  It would be a sacrilege to fail to acknowledge our                  
 continuing debt to the who gave so much to us.                                
 Accordingly, it is proper-- indeed, necessary-- to continually                
 remind ourselves, and future generations, of the events of December           
 7, 1941.  HCR 5 does just that, by designating that day as Pearl              
 Harbor Day and calling on the Governor to issue and appropriate               
 proclamation.  Your support is appreciated.                                   
 Number 093                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD FOSTER stated that resolutions like this               
 were good ones.  He also wanted to know what it would take so we              
 wouldn't have to bring this before committee every year because the           
 number of veterans in the House and Senate was dwindling, and he              
 was afraid there wouldn't be enough push to get it through in                 
 following years.                                                              
 REPRESENTATIVE KOTT thought it would take a bill.                             
 REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD FOSTER suggested introducing one.                      
 REPRESENTATIVE KOTT stated that if it was the will of the                     
 committee, that would be fine.  He commented that he had a                    
 constituent notify the office that would've liked to have seen                
 this, a  statute calling upon the state to recognize it as a state            
 REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DAVIES also felt it would be a fine idea to               
 make this an annual event but felt it would take another step to              
 make it a state holiday because of the financial implications, and            
 the fact that there's other events in history that would warrant              
 making them holidays also.                                                    
 Number 132                                                                    
 CO-CHAIRMAN KOTT agreed with Representative Davies.  To make this             
 a bill, we would have to re-draft this and bring it back before the           
 committee.  At this point we would have to table this resolution.             
 Number 147                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER pointed out that the committee could keep               
 this going as a committee sponsored resolution.  He then moved to             
 pass HCR 5 out of committee,  with unanimous consent.  He followed            
 that up with a motion that they sponsor a bill to make this a                 
 yearly event.                                                                 
 CO-CHAIRMAN KOTT addressed the first motion to move HCR 5 out of              
 the Military and Veteran Affairs Committee.  He asked, "is there              
 unanimous consent?"  Hearing no objection, it was so moved.  The              
 second motion was to tie this measure into statute and make it an             
 annual event.  There was no objection to this motion,                         
 Representative Kott indicated that a bill would be requested and              
 brought to committee.                                                         
 Number 112                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked if there was any further business.                  
 Number 180                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER brought up the idea that there might possibly           
 be a meeting during the interim, whether it be inspecting the rural           
 guard facility in Nome or Kotzebue.  Maybe something on the base              
 closure getting a briefing in Fairbanks or somewhere down here in             
 between sessions.                                                             
 Number 191                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE ED WILLIS concurred and described a tour they went             
 on years ago that took them all over the state, and stated this was           
 a very informative trip.                                                      
 Number 201                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE KOTT felt that there was something underway to have            
 the committee meet in Ketchikan or somewhere in southeast to tour             
 a submarine.                                                                  
 Number 213                                                                    
 CO-CHAIRMAN IVAN IVAN supported this plan to have the committee               
 meet somewhere other than Juneau, because it gives veterans in                
 other parts of the state the opportunity to see the legislators and           
 talk with them, and it gives the legislators the opportunity to see           
 some of the conditions in rural Alaska, so we can better understand           
 what goes on with our military veterans in the bush.                          
 Number 231                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE ELDON MULDER referred to something they had done in            
 past years which was to invite the commanders of the Air Force and            
 the Army down to make presentations.  He suggested the                        
 Representative Kott's staff contact them and invite them down.                
 Number 243                                                                    
 CO-CHAIRMAN KOTT thought that was an excellent idea in light of the           
 new commanding general taking over.  It's important that we develop           
 a good relationship.                                                          
 Number 252                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER wondered if they would consider inviting                
 General Lestenkof so they could talk about the downturn with the              
 guard membership, also the problem with trying to match his budget            
 with the federal dollars coming in.  He said he would like to talk            
 to him before the session gets to far underway that we all might be           
 too busy.                                                                     
 Number 262                                                                    
 CO-CHAIRMAN IVAN stated that February 15, 1995, had been set for              
 his presentation.                                                             
 REPRESENTATIVE MULDER stated that the commander of Alaska Command             
 was General Larry Bosey and the commander of the army is General              
 Tom Needham.  Representative Mulder said his office has their phone           
 numbers if need.                                                              
 There being no further business to come before the House Special              
 Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Co-Chairman Kott                  
 adjourned the meeting at 5:25 p.m.                                            

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