Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

02/25/2020 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SJR 14 CONST. AM: VOTES NEEDED FOR VETO OVERRIDE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
*+ HB 56 ESTABLISH HMONG-AMERICAN VETERANS DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 56 Out of Committee
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
*+ SB 101 MARCH 12: ASHLEY JOHNSON-BARR DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 101 Out of Committee
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
+= HB 109 MILITARY CHILDREN SCHOOL RESIDENCY WAIVER TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 109(EDC) AM Out of Committee
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
*+ SJR 18 WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 169 LICENSE PLATES: COUNCIL ON ARTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 169(EDC) Out of Committee
          HB 56-ESTABLISH HMONG-AMERICAN VETERANS DAY                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:42:23 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK  announced the  consideration of  HOUSE BILL  NO. 56,                                                               
"An  Act  establishing May  15  of  each year  as  Hmong-American                                                               
Veterans Day."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:42:39 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GERAN  TARR,  Alaska State  Legislature,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska,  sponsor of  HB  56,  introduced HB  56  speaking to  the                                                               
following sponsor statement:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     House Bill 56 recognizes  and honors the Hmong veterans                                                                    
     who  fought  alongside  the United  States  during  the                                                                    
     Vietnam   War,  by   proclaiming  that   May  15th   be                                                                    
     recognized  throughout the  State of  Alaska as  Hmong-                                                                    
     American  Veterans  Day, for  this  year  and years  to                                                                    
     come.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     There are  an estimated 260,000  Hmong-Americans living                                                                    
     in  the United  States with  an estimated  3,500 Hmong-                                                                    
     Americans living in Alaska. Many  of these Alaskans are                                                                    
     veterans and  all have been  impacted by the  legacy of                                                                    
     the  Hmong  fighting  for  the  United  States  in  the                                                                    
     Vietnam  War.  Beginning  in the  1960's,  the  Central                                                                    
     Intelligence  Agency began  recruiting Hmong  people to                                                                    
     help  U.S. soldiers  in  the  fight against  communism.                                                                    
     Between  1962 and  1975,  about  12,000 Hmong  soldiers                                                                    
     died  fighting  against  the  Laotians.  After  the  US                                                                    
     withdrawal from  Vietnam in 1975,  the Lao  kingdom was                                                                    
     overthrown by the communist party  and the Hmong became                                                                    
     targets. The Hmong people were  displaced and forced to                                                                    
     relocate from Laos to Thailand,  with some ending up in                                                                    
     UN  refugee camps.  It has  been estimated  that 30,000                                                                    
     Hmong  were killed  by the  communists while  trying to                                                                    
     reach  refuge in  Thailand. All  in  all, over  100,000                                                                    
     Hmong people died  as a result of both  the Vietnam and                                                                    
     "Secret" Wars.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The Hmong people  put their faith in  the United States                                                                    
     government,   which  promised   them  citizenship   and                                                                    
     veteran  status after  the war.  It's taken  over fifty                                                                    
     years  for  them  to  receive   the  rights  they  were                                                                    
     promised at  that time, but  still- we must  do better.                                                                    
     By  recognizing May  15th  as Hmong-American  Veteran's                                                                    
     Day,  we can  celebrate and  honor the  Hmong who  were                                                                    
     lost,  the  sacrifices  made  to  this  country,  while                                                                    
     bringing pride to their families.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     We ask for your support  for HB56, recognizing May 15th                                                                    
     as Hmong-American Veterans' Day.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR read the following paragraph from a                                                                         
Legislative Research report:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The  U.S  government  kept  the   Secret  War  in  Laos                                                                    
     confidential  until 1997.  On  May 15,  1997, the  U.S.                                                                    
     government publicly acknowledged  that it had supported                                                                    
     a prolonged  air and ground campaign  against the North                                                                    
     Vietnamese Army and  Viet Cong from Laos,  and in honor                                                                    
     of the Hmong and other  combat veterans from the Secret                                                                    
     War,  dedicated the  Laos Memorial  on  the grounds  of                                                                    
                                                      th                                                                        
     Arlington National Cemetery.  As a result, May 15   has                                                                    
     become an  historic date for  Hmong veterans,  since it                                                                    
     represents  the  fist  time   that  the  United  States                                                                    
     government  officially  and   publicly  recognized  the                                                                    
     contributions  of these  soldiers who  fought alongside                                                                    
     the Americans during the Vietnam War.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She  highlighted   the  letters  that  are   online  from  people                                                               
supporting this effort.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:46:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK invited Mr. Lee to provide testimony.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:46:59 PM                                                                                                                    
PASERT LEE, President and Founder,  Hmong Alaska Community, Inc.,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, stated that he  is testifying in support of HB
56 to  establish May  15 as Hmong-American  Veterans Day.  He has                                                               
celebrated this  day for  seven years now.  He reported  that the                                                               
Hmong volunteered  to support the  CIA during the Vietnam  War in                                                               
Indochina  and   35,000  lost  their  lives.   In  conclusion  he                                                               
expressed hope that May 15  would become officially recognized as                                                               
Hmong-Veterans Day.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:49:30 PM                                                                                                                    
MAI  XIONG,  Hmong  Alaska Community,  Inc.,  Anchorage,  Alaska,                                                               
stated support  for HB 56  establishing May 15  as Hmong-American                                                               
Veterans Day.  The Hmong  community has  been celebrating  May 15                                                               
for seven years  and would like it to  be permanently designated.                                                               
When the war ended on May  15, 1975, the military left Laos. Many                                                               
Hmong veterans died during that  war. She expressed hope that the                                                               
bill would be signed into law on May 15.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK offered his understanding  that more Hmong lost their                                                               
lives in  the war than  American soldiers. He mentioned  that Mr.                                                               
Lee was wounded  several times fighting in support  of and saving                                                               
the  lives of  American soldiers,  and he  expressed appreciation                                                               
for his service and what he does in the community.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR thanked him for his service.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:53:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REVAK opened  public testimony  and after  ascertaining no                                                               
one from  the public wished  to testify, closed  public testimony                                                               
on HB 56.  He noted that the  bill has one zero  fiscal note from                                                               
the Department  of Administration. He  solicited the will  of the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  commented  on  the  number  of  days  that  are                                                               
celebrated  in commemoration  of  the military  which shows  that                                                               
Alaskans honor people who have served their country.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:54:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  moved to report  HB 56, work  order 31-LS0338\A,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:55:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK  found no objection and  HB 56 was reported  from the                                                               
Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SJR 14 Sectional Analysis 2.21.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SJR 14
SJR 14 Backup NCSL Threshold 2.21.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SJR 14
SJR 14 Backup NCSL Table US States 2.21.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SJR 14
SJR 14 Oppositon Letters 2.21.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SJR 14
HB 56 Letters of Support 1 - Received by 2.11.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
HB 56 Sponsor Statement 2.26.19.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
HB 56 Legislative Research Report 13.254 3.7.13.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
HB 56 Memorial Suport Doc 2.21.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
SB 101 Letter of Support Lisa Ungry 2.12.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Jane Winzer 2.14.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Anthony J. Cravalho 2.13.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Kristen Dau 2.17.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter or Support Bruce Nelson 2.13.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Sponsor Statement 2.13.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 News Article 6.4.2019 “No More Silence”_ Her Kidnapping, Sexual Assault and Murder Stunned a Town, and Started a Movement — ProPublica.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Lizzie Davis 2.13.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Lizzie Davis photo 2.13.20.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Mona Norton 2.19.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SB 101 Letter of Support Mayor Lewis Pagel 2.21.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 101
SJR 14 SPONSOR STATEMENT 2.21.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
SJR 14
HB 109 Legal Memo 2.22.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 109
HB 56 Support 2a recived 2.11.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
HB 56 Suuport 2 b recived 2.11.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
HB 56 Support 3a recieved 2.11.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56
HB 56 Support 3b recieved 2.11.2020.pdf SSTA 2/25/2020 3:30:00 PM
HB 56