Legislature(2019 - 2020)DAVIS 106

03/12/2020 08:00 AM TRIBAL AFFAIRS

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09:01:28 AM Start
09:02:06 AM HJR29
09:08:28 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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-- Postponed to 9:00 am --
*+ HJR 29 ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1945 TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
           HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON TRIBAL AFFAIRS                                                                          
                         March 12, 2020                                                                                         
                           9:01 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Tiffany Zulkosky, Chair                                                                                          
Representative John Lincoln                                                                                                     
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative Sarah Vance                                                                                                      
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bryce Edgmon, Vice Chair                                                                                         
Representative Dan Ortiz                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 29                                                                                                   
Commemorating the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 29                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1945                                                                                    
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KREISS-TOMKINS                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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02/24/20       (H)       TRB                                                                                                    
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JOSIAH NASH, Intern                                                                                                             
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins                                                                                         
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HR 29 on behalf of Representative                                                              
Kreiss-Tompkins, prime sponsor.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JONATHAN KREISS-TOMPKINS                                                                                                        
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  As prime sponsor, presented HJR 29.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:01:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  TIFFANY ZULKOSKY  called  the House  Special Committee  on                                                             
Tribal  Affairs meeting  to order  at  9:01 a.m.  Representatives                                                               
Lincoln, Kopp,  Vance, and Zulkosky  were present at the  call to                                                               
order.   Representative Talerico  arrived as  the meeting  was in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
             HJR 29-ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 1945                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:02:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ZULKOSKY  announced that the  only order of  business would                                                               
be  HOUSE  JOINT  RESOLUTION  NO.  29,  Commemorating  the  Anti-                                                               
Discrimination Act of 1945.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:02:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSIAH  NASH,  Intern, Representative  Jonathan  Kreiss-Tompkins,                                                               
Alaska  State   Legislature,  presented  HJR  29   on  behalf  of                                                               
Representative   Kreiss-Tompkins.     He   said   HJR  29   would                                                               
commemorate   the   seventy-fifth   anniversary  of   the   Anti-                                                               
Discrimination  Act of  1945 [on  February 16,  2020].   In 1945,                                                               
Alaska Natives faced systemic discrimination.   If they went into                                                               
public  establishments,   they  would   see  signs   reading  "No                                                               
Natives,"  Mr. Nash  informed the  committee.     He stated  that                                                               
Elizabeth Peratrovich,  the Alaska  Native Sisterhood  (ANS), and                                                               
the  Alaska Native  Brotherhood  (ANB) worked  to  get the  Anti-                                                               
Discrimination Act, the  first of its kind based  on race, passed                                                               
in 1945.   The Act  laid groundwork for similar  race-based anti-                                                               
discrimination legislation in the U.S.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:04:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JONATHAN  KREISS-TOMPKINS,  Alaska  State Legislature,  as  prime                                                               
sponsor  of  HJR  29,  informed   the  committee  that  Elizabeth                                                               
Peratrovich's descendants are still  living in communities in his                                                               
district, and she  is as much an icon in  Southeast Alaska as she                                                               
is   statewide.     The  ANS   and  ANB   suggested  HJR   29  to                                                               
Representative Kreiss-Tompkins, he said.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:05:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP asked how long it took to get the Anti-                                                                     
Discrimination Act of 1945 passed.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:05:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMPKINS replied  from very  early in  the                                                               
twentieth century William  L. Paul, Sr., and others  in the Civil                                                               
Rights   movement   were    agitating   for   anti-discrimination                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:06:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP asked whether a copy of the Act was                                                                         
available.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:06:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMPKINS indicated it would be provided.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
[HJR 29 was held over.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:08:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Special Committee on Tribal Affairs meeting was adjourned at                                                                    
9:08 a.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HJR 29 Sponsor Statement March 10 2020.pdf HTRB 3/12/2020 8:00:00 AM
HJR 29
HJR029A.pdf HTRB 3/12/2020 8:00:00 AM
HJR 29