Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/29/2004 09:10 AM RLS

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HJR 48-TAIWAN STATUS AND PRESIDENT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR ROKEBERG  announced that the  next order of  business would                                                               
be HOUSE JOINT  RESOLUTION NO. 48, 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.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Number 250                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MIKE PAWLOWSKI,  Staff to  Representative Cheryll  Heinze, Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature,  presented HJR  48  on  behalf of  the  House                                                               
Special  Committee on  Economic Development,  International Trade                                                               
and Tourism  which requested the  legislation of the  House Rules                                                               
Standing Committee.  He explained  that HJR 48 is a reaffirmation                                                               
of Legislative  Resolve 29, which passed  both bodies unanimously                                                               
last session.   The resolution  encourages the Republic  of China                                                               
on Taiwan  to be  granted Observer Status  with the  World Health                                                               
Organization.   The resolution also encourages  the United States                                                               
Congress to  negotiate a free  trade agreement with  the Republic                                                               
of China on Taiwan.  Moreover,  the resolution sends a message of                                                               
goodwill to President Chen Shui-bian on his reelection.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PAWLOWSKI  turned to the  amendment in the  committee packet.                                                               
He explained  that the amendment  would provide  clarification by                                                               
shortening the technical name of  the Republic of China on Taiwan                                                               
to Taiwan where appropriate.   In response to Chair Rokeberg, Mr.                                                               
Pawlowski confirmed  that he had  checked this with  the protocol                                                               
officers of the U.S. State Department.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Number 269                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BERKOWITZ  inquired  as   to  why  a  message  of                                                               
goodwill is  being sent to  President Chen Shui-bian  rather than                                                               
the people [of the Republic of China on Taiwan].                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. PAWLOWSKI highlighted that President  Chen Shui-bian has been                                                               
and continues  to be a very  good friend of the  State of Alaska,                                                               
and therefore  this resolution  is specific  to the  president on                                                               
his reelection.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE McGUIRE moved that  the committee adopt Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 1, as follows:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 1, after "President Chen Shui-bian";                                                                          
        Insert "and the people of the Republic of China                                                                         
     on Taiwan"                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PAWLOWSKI  said  he didn't  believe  [Representative  Heinze                                                               
would have any problem with Conceptual Amendment 1].                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Number 295                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE McGUIRE  moved that the committee  adopt Amendment                                                               
2, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1 line 3:       add on Taiwan following "China"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1 line 4:      add on Taiwan following "China"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1 line 7:      add on Taiwan following "China"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1 line 11:     delete [the Republic of China, in]                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1 line 14:     delete [the Republic of China] and                                                                     
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 1:      delete [the Republic of China] and                                                                     
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 Line 4:      delete [the Republic of China] and                                                                     
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 9:      delete [the Republic of China] and                                                                     
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 12:     delete [the Republic  of China] and                                                                    
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 13:     delete [the Republic of China] and                                                                     
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 16:     delete [the Republic of China] and                                                                     
                         insert Taiwan                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 25:     add on Taiwan following "China"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 28:     add on Taiwan following "China"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2 line 31:     add on Taiwan following "China"                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Number 299                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOTT  moved to report  HJR 48, as amended,  out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.   There  being  no  objection, CSHJR  48(RLS)  was                                                               
reported from the House Rules Standing Committee.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                

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