Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/08/2001 03:40 PM STA

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                  SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE                                                                              
                           March 8, 2001                                                                                        
                             3:40 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                              
Senator Gene Therriault, Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Randy Phillips, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Rick Halford                                                                                                            
Senator Drue Pearce                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
HOUSE BILL NO. 100                                                                                                              
"An Act establishing the third Saturday of each June as Juneteenth                                                              
Day."                                                                                                                           
     MOVED SCS HB 100 (STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                              
Relating to proclaiming April 2001 as Sexual Assault Awareness                                                                  
Month.                                                                                                                          
     MOVED CSSCR 6 (STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
HB 100 - No previous action recorded.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SCR 6 - No previous action recorded.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
Representative Lesil McGuire                                                                                                    
Alaska State Capitol, Room 418                                                                                                  
Juneau, AK 99811-2995                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT: Prime sponsor for HB 100                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Dino Allen                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, AK 99513                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supports HB 100                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
John Joeright                                                                                                                   
Staff for Senator Leman                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol, Room 516                                                                                                  
Juneau, AK 99801-182                                                                                                            
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained SCR 6                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Trisha Gentle                                                                                                                   
Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse                                                                                     
No address provided                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SCR 6                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Lauree Hugonin                                                                                                                  
Alaska Network Domestic Violence Sexual Assault                                                                                 
130 Seward, Room 209                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK 99801                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SCR 6                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Annette Kreitzer                                                                                                                
Staff to Senator Leman                                                                                                          
Alaska Capitol Building Room 516                                                                                                
Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions on SCR 6                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 01-11, SIDE A                                                                                                            
Number 001                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN GENE  THERRIAULT called the Senate State  Affairs Committee                                                          
meeting to order at 3:40  p.m. Present were Senators Phillips, Davis                                                            
and Chairman Therriault.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The first order of business was HB 100.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                       HB 100-JUNETEENTH DAY                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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REPRESENTATIVE   MGUIRE,   prime  sponsor  of  HB  100,   said  that                                                            
Juneteenth  Day is the  oldest known celebration  commemorating  the                                                            
end of slavery  and is observed in  Alaska on the third Saturday  of                                                            
each June.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Juneteenth Day  has been celebrated in Anchorage and  the Park Strip                                                            
for many years  and HB 100 is an effort to have the  State of Alaska                                                            
give it the recognition  it is due. HB 100 respectfully requests the                                                            
Governor  to  issue   a  proclamation  commemorating   the  day  and                                                            
providing  Alaskans a time  to gather in celebration  of the  end of                                                            
slavery.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  asked Representative  MGuire  to remain  at the                                                            
witness table while teleconference testimony was taken.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DINO ALLEN,  from Anchorage,  said he had  organized Juneteenth  Day                                                            
celebrations on  the Park Strip since 1993 and he  heartily supports                                                            
the celebration  and the legislation. It is a wonderful  opportunity                                                            
to educate  Alaskans on the  long and difficult  history of  African                                                            
Americans.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  said that he spoke with Representative  McGuire                                                            
just before  the meeting and she said  the legislation started  as a                                                            
resolution. He  asked whether the drafter recommended  a change from                                                            
the resolution to a section of statute.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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REPRESENTATIVE   MGUIRE   said   that  initially,   she  thought   a                                                            
resolution was sufficient,  but decided that it was important enough                                                            
to  deserve   a  place   in  statute.   Because  resolutions   carry                                                            
distinction  through  just  one legislative  session,  a  resolution                                                            
would need to  be passed each session for yearly recognition  so she                                                            
decided it was best to put it into law.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  observed that  language for bills is  much more                                                            
concise than that  for resolutions and that language  in the statute                                                            
needs to clearly  explain that Juneteenth  Day celebrates  an end of                                                            
slavery  in  the United  States  and  its territories  in  1865  and                                                            
requests  that the  Governor  make a proclamation  for  the day.  He                                                            
recommended that  on page 1, line 6, the sentence  end after "1865".                                                            
The  second sentence  would  read,  "The  Governor shall  issue  the                                                            
proclamation to  commemorate the day." The third sentence  would say                                                            
"On Juneteenth  Day, the citizens of the state are  urged to reflect                                                            
on the plight  of early African Americans and appreciate  the unique                                                            
freedom and equality enjoyed by all state citizens today."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He asked for Representative  McGuire's response to  the more concise                                                            
wording.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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REPRESENTATIVE  MGUIRE  thought the comments  were constructive  but                                                            
wanted assurance  that if she agreed  to the changes, the  amendment                                                            
would be  passed as a conceptual  amendment  so passage wouldn't  be                                                            
delayed.  She objected  to removing  "suffering  and sacrifice"  and                                                            
changing  it  with  "the plight"  because  it  doesn't  capture  the                                                            
essence of  what she intended. However,  her primary goal  is to get                                                            
the measure  passed  from committee  so she  would acquiesce.  Other                                                            
changes seemed to be technical and clean up.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  said that passing a conceptual  amendment would                                                            
allow opportunity to work with the language.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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REPRESENTATIVE  MGUIRE  agreed but said that "plight"  is a nebulous                                                            
concept and she would prefer specifics.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  said they would work on the wording  to reflect                                                            
her desire to use "suffering and sacrifice."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He asked for questions  or objections from committee  members. There                                                            
were none  so amendment  1 was adopted.  He noted  that there  was a                                                            
zero fiscal note for the bill.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He asked for the will of the committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DAVIS  made a motion  that SCS HB  100 (STA) and its  fiscal                                                            
note move out of committee with individual recommendations.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
There being  no objection,  SCS HB  100 (STA)  moved from  committee                                                            
with individual recommendations.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         SCR  6-APRIL 2001 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOHN JOERIGHT, staff to  Senator Leman, introduced the resolution as                                                            
legislative  desire to increase public  awareness of the  prevalence                                                            
of sexual  assault and  abuse in  Alaska by  proclaiming April  2001                                                            
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Sexual assault crimes in  Alaska are the highest, per capita, in the                                                            
nation at 2.4  times the national average. It is estimated  that one                                                            
in four  Alaska women  will  be an assault  or abuse  victim in  her                                                            
lifetime. Greater  awareness is needed because unreported  incidents                                                            
are about eight times higher than the documented occurrences.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Thirty-six   other  states  have   declared  April  Sexual   Assault                                                            
Awareness   Month  to   better   coordinate  national   efforts   in                                                            
preventing,  educating  and  promoting  a  better  understanding  of                                                            
sexual   assault.    The   Statewide  Sexual   Violence   Prevention                                                            
Conference, to be held  September 5-7, 2001, will undoubtedly have a                                                            
greater impact with the passage of SCR 6.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He pointed out  the need to delete the word "first"  on page 2, line                                                            
10, because this isn't the first conference to be held.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
TRISHA  GENTLE, Director  of the  Council on  Domestic Violence  and                                                            
Sexual Assault,  expressed  support for the  resolution and  thanked                                                            
the sponsor and  the committee for their efforts in  heightening the                                                            
public awareness  of domestic violence  and sexual assault  problems                                                            
in Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LAUREE HUGONIN, Director  of Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and                                                            
Sexual  Assault,  also  thanked  the  sponsor   and  committee.  She                                                            
explained that activities  are usually planned throughout the month;                                                            
communities  plan marches  and candle light  ceremonies and  provide                                                            
time and  place for victims  to speak out  about crimes perpetrated                                                             
against  them. The  recognition that  the resolution  would  provide                                                            
would be appreciated.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT asked for questions. There were none.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He proposed  deleting  the word  "first" from  page  2, line 10,  as                                                            
amendment 1  because this isn't the  first conference. There  was no                                                            
objection.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He spoke with  Senator Leman's staff  about rewording lines  6 and 7                                                            
on page  1  and they  agreed that  it could  be improved.  He  asked                                                            
Senator Phillips for his input.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS said it  was a formal resolution and the word "our"                                                            
on line 6 was informal.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT suggested substituting "Alaska" for "our."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DAVIS  asked whether  "one in four"  referred to Alaskan  or                                                            
national statistics.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
LAUREE HUGONIN  said she  thought it was  a national statistic  that                                                            
one in four women and one  in six men will be sexually abused by the                                                            
time they are eighteen.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ANNETTE KREITZER,  staff to  Senator Leman,  clarified that it  is a                                                            
national, not Alaskan, statistic.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  proposed amendment 2, page 1,  line 6, to read,                                                            
"Whereas one in four women  in America are likely," thereby dropping                                                            
the specific reference  to mothers, daughters, sisters  or wives and                                                            
making it a collective.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ANNETTE  KREITZER said  that they  struggled with  the word  "will,"                                                            
just as Chairman  Therriault had, when rewording line  6. Since they                                                            
were quoting a national  statistic, the word "will" is more accurate                                                            
because one  in four women will experience  sexual assault.  This is                                                            
very  different than  one in  four women  are likely  to  experience                                                            
sexual assault.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN  THERRIAULT  said he  had  no objection  to  that being  an                                                            
amendment  to  amendment   2. There   were  no  objections  and  the                                                            
amendment was adopted.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He asked for other amendments and noted that there was a zero                                                                   
fiscal note. There were no other amendments.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DAVIS moved CSSCR 6(STA) and zero fiscal note from                                                                      
committee with individual recommendations. There were no                                                                        
objections.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.                                                                                          

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