HSCR 1: Disapproving Executive Order No. 84.
00HOUSE SPECIAL CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1 01 Disapproving Executive Order No. 84. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS women continue to suffer significant wage disparities in the workplace, 04 serious personal harm from rising rates of domestic violence, and have not achieved full 05 equality of treatment within our society; and 06 WHEREAS the problems of women as individuals, as wage earners, and as consumers 07 of health and other services require focused attention for the redress of inequitable conditions; 08 and 09 WHEREAS children increasingly live in poverty without adequate nutrition or health 10 care and suffer from rising rates of child abuse and neglect; and 11 WHEREAS the health and well-being of Alaska's children must be the concern of all 12 people, not just their parents, because we all have a stake in their ability to become self-reliant, literate, and prod 13 adults; and 14 WHEREAS there is currently one commission focusing on solutions for inequities and
01 needs involving women and one commission focusing on solutions for the problems and needs 02 faced by children and youth; and 03 WHEREAS the governor, under authority of art. III, sec. 23, Constitution of the State 04 of Alaska, has proposed to combine the functions of the Alaska Women's Commission and 05 the Alaska Commission on Children and Youth; and 06 WHEREAS the consolidation of the Alaska Women's Commission and the Alaska 07 Commission on Children and Youth dilutes the focus and attention required to solve the 08 problems facing women and children; and 09 WHEREAS the consolidation of these commissions perpetuates the misperception that 10 the concerns of women inevitably include the concerns of children and that they are so closely 11 linked that they cannot be considered separately; and 12 WHEREAS the consolidation of these commissions suggests a caretaker paternalism 13 in which women and children are treated alike as persons without individual identity; and 14 WHEREAS art. III, sec. 23, Constitution of the State of Alaska provides that unless 15 disapproved within 60 days of a regular session by resolution concurred in by a majority of 16 the members of the legislature in joint session, an executive order becomes effective at a date 17 designated by the governor; 18 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that Executive Order No. 84 is 19 disapproved.