Legislature(2009 - 2010)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

01/28/2010 03:30 PM Senate COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

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03:47:15 PM Start
03:48:25 PM SB43
04:12:34 PM Fairbanks Annexation, Legislative Review
04:13:18 PM SB212
04:24:52 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
Moved SB 43 Out of Committee
Heard & Held
           SB  43-SECOND VERSE OF ALASKA'S STATE SONG                                                                       
3:48:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR OLSON announced the first  order of business to come before                                                               
the committee would be SB 43.                                                                                                   
SENATOR MENARD,  sponsor of  SB 43,  said the  bill would  add an                                                               
official second verse  to the Alaska Flag Song. SB  43 has a zero                                                               
fiscal note  and will  implement something  many have  wanted for                                                               
years.  She  explained that  the  Alaska  Flag Song,  written  by                                                               
Juneau  resident, Marie  Drake,  was adopted  by the  territorial                                                               
legislature  in 1955.  Having just  had the  50th anniversary  of                                                               
statehood, this would  be the appropriate time to  add the second                                                               
verse. Passing  SB 43 would  be an  overdue honor to  Carol Beery                                                               
Davis, who wrote the second verse  out of love for Alaska and its                                                               
Native population  in 1987, and  pay homage to Benny  Benson, who                                                               
designed the Alaska state flag.                                                                                                 
3:52:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CONSTANCE DAVIS, daughter of Carol  Beery Davis and Trevor Davis,                                                               
spoke  in support  of SB  43. She  said her  mother [Carol  Beery                                                               
Davis] came  to Juneau in  1920, worked  as the organ  player for                                                               
silent  movies, and  became close  friends with  Elinor Dusenbury                                                               
and Marie Drake,  secretary to the Commissioner  of Education. In                                                               
1926, the Governor and the  American Legion started a contest for                                                               
school children  to create a  flag. After choosing the  flag, the                                                               
Commissioner of  Education said school children  should receive a                                                               
flag and a  copy of the Flag  Act. Ms. Drake wrote  a jingle that                                                               
she thought would be more  appropriate for children than the Flag                                                               
Act. Ms. Constance Davis said  that recognition of Alaska Natives                                                               
and Benny  Benson, who designed  the flag,  were left out  of the                                                               
poem  at that  time.  Ms.  Drake travelled  around  the state  to                                                               
introduce  the   poem  to  children;  the   poem  was  officially                                                               
recognized  by  the  Legislature  in 1955.  Ms.  Constance  Davis                                                               
explained that  Ms. Dusenbury,  who had moved  back to  Omaha but                                                               
was  very  homesick  for  Haines,  Alaska,  wrote  the  music  to                                                               
accompany the poem.                                                                                                             
3:54:58 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. CONSTANCE  DAVIS explained that  the second  verse recognizes                                                               
Alaska Natives, especially  Benny Benson, the beauty  of the land                                                               
and the progress  of Alaska and Alaskans. She  explained that the                                                               
second verse is  not a rewrite of the song,  but an addition. She                                                               
noted  that not  all newcomers  learn  the song  anymore and  she                                                               
would  like the  University of  Alaska, Fairbanks,  who owns  the                                                               
copyright, to print sheet music again, with both verses.                                                                        
SENATOR  MENARD pointed  out  that Fran  Ulmer,  former Mayor  of                                                               
Juneau,  and former  Lieutenant Governor,  has expressed  support                                                               
for the second verse, as has the University of Alaska.                                                                          
MS. DAVIS  said the  Alaska Youth  Choir and  conductor, Missouri                                                               
Smyth,  have been  singing the  second verse  when travelling  to                                                               
other countries.                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON  asked for clarification  that Marie Drake  wrote the                                                               
poem and Elinor Dusenbury wrote the song.                                                                                       
MS. CONSTANCE  DAVIS replied yes  and explained that  they worked                                                               
together though Ms. Dusenbury was in Omaha.                                                                                     
3:58:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  CONSTANCE DAVIS  said  people were  talking  about a  second                                                               
verse  when a  friend approached  her 95  year old  mother [Carol                                                               
Beery Davis,] who  stayed up all night working on  it. The second                                                               
verse was Carol Beery Davis' last gift to the state.                                                                            
CHAIR OLSON asked  if Carol Beery Davis was 95  years old in 1987                                                               
when she wrote the second verse.                                                                                                
MS. DAVIS replied yes.                                                                                                          
CHAIR OLSON recognized Senator Egan as being in the room.                                                                       
3:59:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR OLSON opened public testimony.                                                                                            
CONSTANCE   MUNRO,  representing   herself   and  Alaska   Native                                                               
Sisterhood Camp Two, said as a  new resident of Alaska, the first                                                               
legislative activity she  attended was the singing  of the Alaska                                                               
Flag Song in  1971. She was "a little stunned"  and remarked that                                                               
she  would   not  sing  the   song  until  Alaska   Natives  were                                                               
recognized. Carol Berry  Davis suggested a contest  should be run                                                               
for a second  verse. The Native Coalition  of Legislators decided                                                               
a  second verse  should  be a  gift from  a  non-native, not  the                                                               
product of a contest.                                                                                                           
4:02:07 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MUNRO explained that when she  had to leave Alaska in 1985 or                                                               
86, she told  Carol Beery Davis that she  regretted not achieving                                                               
the  gifting of  a second  verse to  Alaska Natives.  Carol Beery                                                               
Davis called Ms.  Munro the next morning and said  she had a gift                                                               
[the  second verse  for the  state song.]  Members of  the Alaska                                                               
Native Brotherhood  and Sisterhood and Alaska  Native legislators                                                               
looked at  the second verse.  Some testified the first  time this                                                               
piece  of legislature  was proposed  [HB 45  in 2003].  She hopes                                                               
this legislative body will take the lead and get SB 43 through.                                                                 
4:04:37 PM                                                                                                                    
MARIE DARLIN, representing herself, said  that though it has been                                                               
tried  before,  she  was  glad  to see  the  second  verse  might                                                               
actually  become  law.  She  feels   it  really  deserves  to  be                                                               
4:06:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR OLSON asked if Senator  Egan, as the first state Governor's                                                               
son,  would like  to say  anything about  the second  verse being                                                               
added to the state song.                                                                                                        
SENATOR EGAN said he was in full  support of SB 43. He had talked                                                               
to  former  Lieutenant Governor  and  former  Juneau mayor,  Fran                                                               
Ulmer,  about the  second  verse. The  Juneau  assembly passed  a                                                               
resolution in support of the second verse years ago.                                                                            
CHAIR OLSON  asked what  Senator Egan's dad  would say  about the                                                               
second verse being added to the state song.                                                                                     
SENATOR  EGAN said  he  would be  in  favor of  it  and that  his                                                               
mother, who  is 95 years old,  still sings the first  verse every                                                               
day and is slowly learning verse two.                                                                                           
4:08:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KOOKESH  recognized  Ms.  Monro's  dedication  over  the                                                               
years. He  said he is  an Alaska  Native and a  lifelong resident                                                               
and was disappointed to see  this legislation fail previously. He                                                               
was a member of the House  and then the Senate when majorities in                                                               
those  bodies would  not  adopt  a bill  with  the words  "Alaska                                                               
Native" or the  word "tribe." For the first time  in history, two                                                               
bills  were passed  in 2009  with the  words "tribe"  and "Alaska                                                               
Native." He  said the state  seal has  no depiction of  an Alaska                                                               
Native. This is a great step  in the right direction and he hoped                                                               
SB 43 would pass.                                                                                                               
SENATOR  THOMAS  moved  to  report  SB  43  from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations.                                                                                                     
4:10:41 PM                                                                                                                    
At Ease                                                                                                                         
4:12:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR OLSON said the motion needed to be restated.                                                                              
SENATOR THOMAS  moved to report  SB 43  to the next  committee of                                                               
referral with individual recommendations  and a zero fiscal note.                                                               
Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                           
           ^FAIRBANKS ANNEXATION, LEGISLATIVE REVIEW                                                                        
4:12:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR THOMAS  requested that the Senate  Community and Regional                                                               
Affairs   committee  hold   hearings   on   the  local   boundary                                                               
commission's December  10th, 2009  approval of the  annexation of                                                               
several parcels of property in the Fairbanks area.                                                                              

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
1-28-2010 Senate Community and Regional Affairs Agenda.PDF SCRA 1/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
SB 43 Sponsor Statement.pdf SCRA 1/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
SB 43
Fiscal Note SB 43.pdf SCRA 1/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
SB 43
SB 43 Bill Back up.pdf SCRA 1/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
SB 43
Fairbanks Local Boundary Commission Statement of Decision.PDF SCRA 1/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
Local Boundary Commission
SB 212 Sponsor Statement.pdf SCRA 1/28/2010 3:30:00 PM
SB 212