Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

02/15/2017 08:00 AM Senate EDUCATION

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08:00:54 AM Start
08:04:08 AM SR3
08:15:46 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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Moved SR 3 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 15, 2017                                                                                        
                           8:00 a.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Shelley Hughes, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 3                                                                                                         
Proclaiming February 2017 as Black History Month.                                                                               
     - MOVED SR 3 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                              
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: SR 3                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: FEBRUARY 2017: BLACK HISTORY MONTH                                                                                 
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) BEGICH                                                                                                   
02/01/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/01/17       (S)       EDC, STA                                                                                               
02/15/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
SENATOR TOM BEGICH                                                                                                              
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SR 3.                                                                                          
CELESTE HODGE GROWDEN, Executive Director                                                                                       
Shiloh Community Development                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SR 3.                                                                             
ED WESLEY, Former President                                                                                                     
Black History Month Committee                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SR 3.                                                                             
CALVIN WILLIAMS, Political Action Chair                                                                                         
John S. Parks Name Panel                                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SR 3.                                                                             
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
8:00:54 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHELLEY  HUGHES  called   the  Senate  Education  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 8:00  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Giessel, Begich,  and Chair  Hughes. Senator                                                               
Stevens arrived shortly thereafter.                                                                                             
            SR 3-FEBRUARY 2017: BLACK HISTORY MONTH                                                                         
CHAIR HUGHES announced that the only order of business would be                                                                 
SR 3.                                                                                                                           
SENATOR TOM BEGICH, Sponsor, Alaska State Legislature, presented                                                                
SR 3. He paraphrased from the following sponsor statement:                                                                      
     In  1926, Dr.  Carter  G. Woodson  established a  Negro                                                                    
     History Week to coincide with  the birth week shared by                                                                    
     President  Abraham  Lincoln   and  abolitionist  leader                                                                    
     Fredrick  Douglass.   It  was  Fredrick   Douglass  who                                                                    
     observed  that it  is easier  to build  strong children                                                                    
     than to  repair broken men, which  makes it appropriate                                                                    
     that the Senate Education  Committee would be the first                                                                    
     committee  of  referral  for this  resolution  honoring                                                                    
     Black History Month.                                                                                                       
     In  1976,   then-President  Gerald  R.   Ford  expanded                                                                    
     February  to  Black  History  Month  in  honor  of  the                                                                    
     nation's  bicentennial.  He  reinforced the  idea  that                                                                    
     African Americans  and the role they  played in history                                                                    
     are  not  forgotten.  The   "whereas"  clauses  in  the                                                                    
     resolution  cite some  of those  examples, such  as the                                                                    
      honoring of Company L, 24th Infantry, which was the                                                                       
        African American company which helped build the                                                                         
     Alaskan Highway.                                                                                                           
SENATOR BEGICH  reported that last  night the  Anchorage Assembly                                                               
dedicated  their transit  center to  John S.  Parks, a  long-time                                                               
Black activist. He encouraged support of the resolution.                                                                        
8:04:08 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  recommended  a  National  Geographic  video  on                                                               
YouTube  on  the  building  of  the  Alaska  Highway  by  African                                                               
CHAIR HUGHES  asked Senator Begich  to provide the video  link to                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
SENATOR BEGICH agreed to do so.                                                                                                 
8:05:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CELESTE  HODGE  GROWDEN,  Executive  Director,  Shiloh  Community                                                               
Development, Inc. (SCD),  testified in support of SR  3. She said                                                               
the main  goal of SCD  is to  empower youth, minorities,  and the                                                               
disadvantaged  to improve  lives. Their  goal is  to enhance  the                                                               
quality   of  life   of  those   less   fortunate  by   providing                                                               
transitional assistance, economic  and educational opportunities,                                                               
job  search support,  health education,  prevention and  wellness                                                               
programs,  and  youth  mentorship.  SCD's major  emphasis  is  to                                                               
develop and promote programs that  advance minorities, youth, and                                                               
the  disadvantaged in  health, education,  justice, and  economic                                                               
development. She thanked  Senator Begich for sponsoring  SR 3 and                                                               
urged passage of SR 3.                                                                                                          
CHAIR  HUGHES  thanked  Ms.  Growden  and  congratulated  her  on                                                               
receiving an honor at the Anchorage Assembly meeting.                                                                           
8:06:41 AM                                                                                                                    
ED  WESLEY,  Former   President,  NAACP-Anchorage,  Chair,  Black                                                               
History  Month  Committee,  testified  in support  of  SR  3.  He                                                               
pointed  out that  it is  unfortunate  that there  is a  separate                                                               
category  for Black  history. He  stressed that  the omission  of                                                               
Black  history from  American History  books takes  place due  to                                                               
those who want to keep that  history from being included. Over 50                                                               
percent  of comforts  and conveniences  enjoyed  today come  from                                                               
African American inventions.                                                                                                    
8:09:19 AM                                                                                                                    
CALVIN WILLIAMS,  Political Action  Chair, NAACP, Chair,  John S.                                                               
Parks Name  Panel, testified in  support of  SR 3. He  noted that                                                               
Anchorage's transit center  was named after Mr. Parks,  who was a                                                               
carpenter with little  education and yet able to  do great things                                                               
for  Alaska  and his  community.  He  pointed  out that  much  of                                                               
history has  been lost because  of lack of  a place to  house the                                                               
information.  He  thanked  the  committee  for  its  efforts  and                                                               
suggested  having  a  permanent   housing  place  for  historical                                                               
8:12:13 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  opened public testimony. Seeing  no testifiers, she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
SENATOR  BEGICH noted  that colleagues  in the  Senate have  been                                                               
recognizing the  important contributions of national  and Alaskan                                                               
African Americans.                                                                                                              
CHAIR  HUGHES voiced  appreciation for  SR 3.  She asked  for the                                                               
will of the committee.                                                                                                          
SENATOR GIESSEL moved  to report SR 3,  version 30-LS0418\D, from                                                               
committee  with   individual  recommendations.  There   being  no                                                               
objection, the motion carried.                                                                                                  
8:14:01 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
8:15:04 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  brought  the  committee back  to  order  and  made                                                               
8:15:46 AM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Hughes  adjourned the  Senate Education  Standing Committee                                                               
at 8:15 a.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SR 3 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 2/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
SR 3
SR 3 - Legislation Ver. D.pdf SEDC 2/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
SR 3