Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/26/2004 04:06 PM WTR

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
   SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON WORLD TRADE AND STATE/FEDERAL                                                                  
                           RELATIONS                                                                                          
                         April 26, 2004                                                                                         
                           4:06 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator John Cowdery, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Thomas Wagoner                                                                                                          
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Gretchen Guess                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Ralph Seekins                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 34                                                                                                  
Sending a  message of goodwill  to President Chen  Shui-bian, and                                                               
reaffirming  the  Alaska   State  Legislature's  2003  resolution                                                               
urging  the United  States Congress  to support  the granting  of                                                               
official Observer Status to the  Republic of China and to support                                                               
negotiation  of  a free  trade  agreement  with the  Republic  of                                                               
China.                                                                                                                          
     MOVED CSSJR 34(WTR) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 34                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: TAIWAN STATUS AND PRESIDENT                                                                                        
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF WORLD TRADE & STATE/FED                                                                         
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04/22/04       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/22/04       (S)       WTR, STA                                                                                               
04/26/04       (S)       WTR AT 4:00 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Daniel Chen                                                                                                                     
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Public Advocacy                                                                          
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CHAIR JOHN COWDERY  called the Senate Special  Committee on World                                                             
Trade and State/Federal  Relations meeting to order  at 4:06 p.m.                                                               
Senators Olson,  Wagoner and Cowdery were  present. Chair Cowdery                                                               
announced that the purpose of  today's meeting is to congratulate                                                               
the re-election  of President Chen  Shui-bian of the  Republic of                                                               
China on Taiwan.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
               SJR 34-TAIWAN STATUS AND PRESIDENT                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. DANIEL  CHEN, from [Indisc.]  in Seattle, joined  members via                                                               
teleconference.   He  told members  an  inaugural celebration  is                                                               
planned for President  Chen Shui-bian in early June  and he hoped                                                               
more delegates could attend.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. CHEN asked  members, in order to avoid  confusion between the                                                               
Republic of China and the People's  Republic of China, to add the                                                               
words "on  Taiwan" after the Republic  of China on lines  3, 4, 7                                                               
and 14 of page 1 and on line  2 of page 3. He also asked that the                                                               
same change be  made on page 3, line 2,  regarding sending a copy                                                               
of the resolution to the Honorable Chen Shui-bian.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CHEN extended  an invitation  to Senators  Olson, Guess  and                                                               
Wagoner  to visit  Taiwan in  early June  and told  Chair Cowdery                                                               
that  he plans  to  arrange another  trip  for 6  or  7 days  the                                                               
following year. He  extended a greeting to  all participants from                                                               
the director general.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WAGONER moved  to approve SJR 34  with the abovementioned                                                               
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COWDERY  announced  that  without  objection,  the  motion                                                               
carried. He then thanked Mr. Chen and adjourned the meeting.                                                                    

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