Legislature(2023 - 2024)GRUENBERG 120

02/28/2023 03:00 PM House STATE AFFAIRS

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             HB  23-FILIPINO AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH                                                                         
3:26:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHAW  announced that the  final order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO.  23, "An Act establishing the month  of October as                                                               
Filipino American History Month."                                                                                               
3:26:38 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GENEVIEVE MINA,  Alaska State  Legislature, prime                                                               
sponsor,  introduced   HB  23.     She  presented   a  PowerPoint                                                               
presentation,  titled "HB  23  Filipino  American History  Month"                                                               
[included  in the  committee  packet].   She  began  on slide  2,                                                               
highlighting Jose  Rozal as  a national  hero of  the Philippines                                                               
for his  aide in liberating  the country from  Spanish colonials.                                                               
She discussed the  substantial impact that Filipinos  have had on                                                               
Alaska, as the largest Asian  American Pacific Islander group and                                                               
the biggest immigrant  group in the state.  She  conveyed that HB
23 would  commemorate Filipino American History  Month, which had                                                               
been celebrated since 1992.                                                                                                     
3:29:02 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE MINA  advanced to  slide 3, which  illustrated the                                                               
following Filipino  contributions to  the U.S.: Firstly,  in WWI,                                                               
over 250,000  Filipinos served in the  U.S. Army in the  far East                                                               
under   general  Douglas   MacArthur;  Secondly,   Larry  Itliong                                                               
organized  a  cannery  workers' union  in  Alaska  and  persuaded                                                               
Ceasar Chavez to start the  Delano Grape Strike of 1965; Thirdly,                                                               
more  than   150,000  Filipino   nurses  emigrated   to  America,                                                               
strengthening labor shortages in the health care sector.                                                                        
3:31:58 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE MINA  detailed the history of  Filipinos in Alaska                                                               
on  slide   4,  which  read  as   follows  [original  punctuation                                                               
     Filipinos are the immigrant group in Alaska, with over                                                                     
     27,000 Filipinos residing in the state.                                                                                    
     Since 1788,  Filipinos have been in  Alaska through all                                                                    
     walks  of life:  whaling crewmembers,  cannery workers,                                                                    
     community   and  religious   leaders,  small   business                                                                    
     owners, teacher, and more.                                                                                                 
3:33:12 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  MINA concluded  by  discussing Filipino  American                                                               
History  Month  on  slide  5, which  read  as  follows  [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
     Recognized in 1992 by the Filipino                                                                                         
       American Historical Society to celebrate Filipino                                                                        
     history in the United States                                                                                               
          Recognized in Congress in 2009 FAHM has been                                                                          
       recognized by the California State Legislature and                                                                       
     Hawaii State Legislature                                                                                                   
3:35:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHAW invited questions from members of the committee.                                                                     
3:35:54 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  asked how  Filipino American  History Month                                                               
had been historically celebrated in Alaska.                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE MINA  recounted examples of  various celebrations,                                                               
including  the   annual  Filipino   festival  in   Ketchikan  and                                                               
gatherings  at the  University of  Alaska Anchorage  (UAA).   She                                                               
emphasized  the   importance  of  cultural  gatherings   to  talk                                                               
specifically  about Filipino  history  and  to build  connections                                                               
between different communities.                                                                                                  
3:37:21 PM                                                                                                                    
ROSE  HART, Staff,  Representative Genevieve  Mina, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  provided additional  context on  the ways  in which                                                               
Filipino  Americans  were  honored, recognized,  and  celebrated.                                                               
Specific to the  Alaska State Legislature, she  cited House Joint                                                               
Resolution  15, which  recognized the  contributions of  Filipino                                                               
vets  during  World  War  II, and  again  via  Senate  Concurrent                                                               
Resolution 14,  which recognized Filipino American  History Month                                                               
in 2010.                                                                                                                        
3:38:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHAW, referencing  his  past  military service,  mentioned                                                               
three six-month tours  he spent in the  Philippines, during which                                                               
time he worked on behalf of the Philippine Embassy.                                                                             
3:38:36 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  asked whether the  bill sponsor had  a plan                                                               
to educate students on Filipino American History Month.                                                                         
REPRESENTATIVE  MINA  said no  concrete  outreach  plan had  been                                                               
developed  at  present;  nonetheless, she  acknowledged  that  it                                                               
would be  a great opportunity  to raise awareness.   She welcomed                                                               
the  idea  of  creating relationships  with  different  community                                                               
members  who  could  teach, educate,  and  share  knowledge  with                                                               
3:40:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHAW proceeded with invited testimony.                                                                                    
3:40:37 PM                                                                                                                    
EDRIC CARRILLO,  President, Filipino Community  Inc., paraphrased                                                               
the following written remarks [original punctuation provided]:                                                                  
     I strongly urge your support  for HB 23, which seeks to                                                                    
     establish  October as  Filipino-American History  Month                                                                    
     in  Alaska state  statute. As  a Filipino-American  and                                                                    
     President of  the Filipino Community Inc.,  I have seen                                                                    
     the  positive  impact  of recognizing  and  celebrating                                                                    
     culture  and community  in promoting  understanding and                                                                    
     The Filipino  community in Alaska has  made significant                                                                    
     contributions  to our  economy,  culture, and  society.                                                                    
     Filipinos  have  significantly influenced  the  Alaskan                                                                    
     workforce  in education,  health care,  and information                                                                    
     technology  to   name  a   few.  Filipinos   have  also                                                                    
     contributed greatly  to the  cultural fabric  of Alaska                                                                    
     through   our   culinary  traditions,   music,   dance,                                                                    
     language, and literature.                                                                                                  
     Celebrating  Filipino  history  and  culture  has  many                                                                    
     benefits. Learning about  other cultures and traditions                                                                    
     can help break down  barriers and improve communication                                                                    
     and  understanding  between  communities. It  can  also                                                                    
     provide  an important  context for  issues and  improve                                                                    
     government services.                                                                                                       
     Furthermore, recognizing  the history  and achievements                                                                    
     of  Filipino  Americans  in  Alaska  can  serve  as  an                                                                    
     inspiration  for future  generations to  participate in                                                                    
     community  services and  work towards  a better  future                                                                    
     for all of us. I hope  to see this bill passed into law                                                                    
     so  that Alaskans  from all  backgrounds can  celebrate                                                                    
     our  common  heritage  and work  together  to  build  a                                                                    
     stronger and more vibrant state.                                                                                           
      Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward                                                                      
          to working with you and other members of the                                                                          
     legislature to pass this important legislation.                                                                            
3:43:27 PM                                                                                                                    
GABRIEL GARCIA,  PhD, Professor,  Public Health, UAA,  shared his                                                               
personal history and contextualized  the impact of learning about                                                               
his  history as  a Filipino  American.   He  stated that  knowing                                                               
Filipino American history made him want  to do better as a person                                                               
and to pay  forward the sacrifices of those how  came before him.                                                               
He encouraged  the committee  to pass the  bill, adding  that the                                                               
cost to the state was zero, but the impact would be priceless.                                                                  
3:46:36 PM                                                                                                                    
E.J. DAVID recounted the history  of the first Filipinos' arrival                                                               
in Alaska.   He emphasized  the significance of  Filipino culture                                                               
and their  long rich  history in  Alaska, highlighting  the large                                                               
Filipino communities within  the state.  He  noted that Filipinos                                                               
made deep  connection with indigenous  peoples of  Alaska, adding                                                               
that  Filipinos  and  Alaska Natives  worked  together  to  fight                                                               
discrimination  and  other  issues.    He  provided  examples  of                                                               
notable  Alaska  Native  Filipino   leaders.    He  concluded  by                                                               
conveying  both  the hardships  and  resilience  of Filipinos  in                                                               
Alaska  and urged  passage of  the  HB 23  to recognize  Filipino                                                               
Alaskans by officially establishing  October as Filipino American                                                               
History Month.                                                                                                                  
3:51:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHAW opened  public testimony on HB  23; after ascertaining                                                               
that no  one wished  to testify  online or  in person,  he closed                                                               
public testimony and announced that HB 23 would be held over.                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 2 - Fiscal Note - ADM.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 2 - Israel Anti-Discrimination Act Sectional Analysis.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 2 - Israel Anti-Discrimination Act FAQ.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 2 - Israel Anti-Discrimination Act Sponsor Statement (1-30-23).pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 2 - v.A.PDF HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 23 - Fiscal Note - OMB Statement of Zero Fiscal Impact.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 - Fiscal Note - Various.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Letters of Support 2.23.22.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Presentation.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HJR 3 - Supporting Documents - 5 reasons to support National Reciprocity.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23 Sectional Analysis 2.23.23.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Supporting Documents 2.23.22.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB 23 Sponsor Statement 2.23.23.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HB0023A 2.23.23.PDF HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 23
HJR 3 - Fiscal Note - HJUD.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HJR 3 - Supporting Documents - BILLS-117hr38ih.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HR 38
HJR 3 - Supporting Documents - Need for Conceal and Carry Reciprocity.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HJR 3 Sponsor statement.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HJR 3 Summary of Changes between Ver B and Ver S.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HJR003A.PDF HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HJR003B.PDF HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2 - Alaska Community Support Letter.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 2 - Anti-BDS Letter 2023.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2
HB 2 - PowerPoint Presentation.pdf HSTA 2/28/2023 3:00:00 PM
HB 2