Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/27/2003 03:05 PM MLV

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AND                                                                           
                       VETERANS' AFFAIRS                                                                                      
                         March 27, 2003                                                                                         
                           3:05 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bob Lynn, Chair                                                                                                  
Representative Beverly Masek, Vice Chair                                                                                        
Representative Nancy Dahlstrom                                                                                                  
Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                    
Representative Max Gruenberg                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Hugh Fate                                                                                                        
Representative Bruce Weyhrauch                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9(STA)                                                                                       
Expressing  confidence in  and  support for  all  members of  the                                                               
military,  their  families,  and  employers  of  members  of  the                                                               
National Guard.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSJR 9(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 185                                                                                                              
"An  Act changing  the name  of  the Department  of Military  and                                                               
Veterans'  Affairs to  the Department  of Military  and Veterans'                                                               
Affairs  and Homeland  Security; and  providing for  an effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 16                                                                                                   
Expressing  confidence in  and  support for  all  members of  the                                                               
military,  their  families,  and  employers  of  members  of  the                                                               
National Guard.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS ACTION                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 9                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE:SUPPORTING MEMBERS OF MILITARY                                                                                      
SPONSOR(S): SENATOR(S) BUNDE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Jrn-Date   Jrn-Page                     Action                                                                                  
03/05/03     0355       (S)        READ THE FIRST TIME -                                                                        
                                   REFERRALS                                                                                    
03/05/03     0355       (S)        STA                                                                                          
03/11/03                (S)        STA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                     
03/11/03                (S)        Moved CSSJR 9(STA) Out of                                                                    
                                   Committee                                                                                    
                                   MINUTE(STA)                                                                                  
03/12/03     0469       (S)        STA RPT CS 5DP SAME TITLE                                                                    
03/12/03     0469       (S)        DP: STEVENS G, HOFFMAN,                                                                      
                                   COWDERY,                                                                                     
03/12/03     0469       (S)        DYSON, GUESS                                                                                 
03/12/03     0470       (S)        FN1: ZERO(S.STA)                                                                             
03/17/03     0536       (S)        RULES TO CALENDAR 3/18/2003                                                                  
03/18/03     0536       (S)        READ THE SECOND TIME                                                                         
03/18/03     0536       (S)        STA CS ADOPTED UNAN CONSENT                                                                  
03/18/03     0536       (S)        ADVANCED TO THIRD READING                                                                    
                                   UNAN CONSENT                                                                                 
03/18/03     0537       (S)        READ THE THIRD TIME CSSJR                                                                    
                                   9(STA)                                                                                       
03/18/03     0537       (S)        COSPONSOR(S): WILKEN,                                                                        
                                   COWDERY, DYSON,                                                                              
03/18/03     0537       (S)        ELLIS, ELTON, FRENCH, GREEN,                                                                 
                                   GUESS,                                                                                       
03/18/03     0537       (S)        HOFFMAN, LINCOLN, OLSON,                                                                     
                                   SEEKINS,                                                                                     
03/18/03     0537       (S)        STEVENS B, STEVENS G, TAYLOR,                                                                
03/18/03     0537       (S)        THERRIAULT, WAGONER                                                                          
03/18/03     0537       (S)        PASSED Y18 N- E1 A1                                                                          
03/18/03     0539       (S)        TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                           
03/18/03     0539       (S)        VERSION: CSSJR 9(STA)                                                                        
03/19/03     0575       (H)        READ THE FIRST TIME -                                                                        
                                   REFERRALS                                                                                    
03/19/03     0575       (H)        MLV                                                                                          
03/19/03     0575       (H)        REFERRED TO MLV                                                                              
03/19/03     0595       (H)        CROSS SPONSOR(S): LYNN,                                                                      
                                   WILSON                                                                                       
03/26/03     0655       (H)        CROSS SPONSOR(S): GRUENBERG                                                                  
03/27/03                (H)        MLV AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 102                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 185                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE:RENAMING DEPT. MILITARY/VETERANS AFFAIRS                                                                            
SPONSOR(S): MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Jrn-Date   Jrn-Page                     Action                                                                                  
03/12/03     0511       (H)        READ THE FIRST TIME -                                                                        
                                   REFERRALS                                                                                    
03/12/03     0511       (H)        MLV, STA                                                                                     
03/12/03     0511       (H)        REFERRED TO MLV                                                                              
03/27/03                (H)        MLV AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 102                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
KAREN McCARTHY, Staff                                                                                                           
to Senator Con Bunde                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  on  behalf  of the  sponsor  of                                                               
SJR 9, Senator Bunde.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 03-5, SIDE A                                                                                                             
Number 0001                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BOB  LYNN called  the House  Special Committee  on Military                                                             
and   Veterans'   Affairs  meeting   to   order   at  3:05   p.m.                                                               
Representatives  Lynn,  Dahlstrom,  Cissna,  and  Gruenberg  were                                                               
present at  the call to  order.  Representative Masek  arrived as                                                               
the meeting was in progress.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SJR  9-SUPPORTING MEMBERS OF MILITARY                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN announced that the  committee would hear CS FOR SENATE                                                               
JOINT  RESOLUTION  NO.  9(STA),   Expressing  confidence  in  and                                                               
support  for all  members of  the military,  their families,  and                                                               
employers of members of the National Guard.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Number 0133                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
KAREN  McCARTHY,  Staff  to  Senator   Con  Bunde,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  SJR 9 on  behalf of the  sponsor, Senator                                                               
Bunde.  Ms. McCarthy provided the following comments:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Senator Bunde  introduced SJR 9 because  all members of                                                                    
     our nation's  military, whether active duty,  Guard, or                                                                    
     Reserve, deserve  our support, especially at  this very                                                                    
     dangerous time.   This resolution  is the least  we can                                                                    
     do for our gallant young  men and women in all branches                                                                    
     of  the  military,  for their  families,  and  for  the                                                                    
     civilian  employers  who  help  make  it  possible  for                                                                    
     members of the  Guard to participate in  the defense of                                                                    
     our country.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     SJR   9  expresses   the  Alaska   State  Legislature's                                                                    
     recognition of the commitment of  our Guard and active-                                                                    
     duty  military  to  the  security   of  our  state  and                                                                    
     country; support for  the men and women  who defend our                                                                    
     freedom; gratitude  for the sacrifices of  the families                                                                    
     and  civilian  employers  of  our   men  and  women  in                                                                    
     uniform; and  the hope  that all  members of  the Guard                                                                    
     and active-duty  members of the military  return safely                                                                    
     to their families.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The  language of  SJR  9 was  approved  by the  Alaskan                                                                    
     Command and  the Department  of Military  and Veterans'                                                                    
     Affairs.   It  passed the  Senate with  all 18  members                                                                    
     present  signing  on  as co-sponsors.    Senator  Bunde                                                                    
     appreciates that  SJR 9 has been  handled expeditiously                                                                    
     in the House,  due to the timeliness of  the issue, and                                                                    
     thanks members  of the committee  and other  members of                                                                    
     the House for their support for this resolution.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CISSNA offered her  appreciation that the National                                                               
Guard is being recognized.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN noted  his support of SJR 9 and  anything that is done                                                               
to  support the  military, whether  active, reserve,  or National                                                               
Guard.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Number 0349                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG moved  to  report CSSJR  9(STA) out  of                                                               
committee with  individual recommendations [and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes].   There  being  no  objection, CSSJR  9(STA)  was                                                               
reported  from  the  House  Special  Committee  on  Military  and                                                               
Veterans' Affairs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HB 185-RENAMING DEPT. MILITARY/VETERANS AFFAIRS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  turned the  committee's attention  to HOUSE  BILL NO.                                                               
185, "An Act changing the name  of the Department of Military and                                                               
Veterans'  Affairs to  the Department  of Military  and Veterans'                                                               
Affairs  and Homeland  Security; and  providing for  an effective                                                               
date."   [The bill was  sponsored by the House  Special Committee                                                               
on Military and Veterans' Affairs.]                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Number 0428                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  explained that this  legislation wasn't                                                               
intended  just  for  the Department  of  Military  and  Veterans'                                                               
Affairs.   Work is  being done  on the  legislation to  provide a                                                               
vehicle  for  statutory  changes  necessary  to  accommodate  the                                                               
homeland  security   concept.     In  response  to   Chair  Lynn,                                                               
Representative  Gruenberg related  his  belief that  the work  is                                                               
being done as quickly as possible.  [HB 185 was held over.]                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN updated  the committee  on the  rally supporting  the                                                               
troops in Iraq scheduled for tomorrow on the capitol steps.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Special Committee  on Military and Veterans'  Affairs meeting was                                                               
adjourned at 3:20 p.m.                                                                                                          

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