EFA Legislative Alert, April 3, 2006
Dear Eagles and Friends:
Updates on HB272, HB345, and HJR32. PLUS, don’t forget to vote tomorrow if you are in Anchorage.
First, HB272, the poker room bill will be heard again in Senate Judiciary. Testimony will be taken again for those who did not get to testify last time. If you or someone you know has been adversely affected by gambling, please make arrangements to call in to testify on Thursday, April 6 at 8:30 am. If you are not close to an LIO, let me know and we will try to help you call in to the committee. This bill is terrible and MUST be stopped.
Good news on HB345, the bill to raise the compulsory age of education to 17. This bill was scheduled to be heard again this week and we got word today the hearing is cancelled and will NOT be rescheduled this session. Your phone calls, emails and testimony were effective! The bill is dead!! Great job!!
HJR32 was heard in House Judiciary last week and is not scheduled again as of yet. We need to let our voices be heard loud and clear on this one. This bill is a constitutional amendment and if passed would allow the people of Alaska to vote on whether to strengthen the one-man, one-woman marriage language we inserted in 1998. This has been made necessary by the creativity of our Alaska Supreme Court which found that the “rights” of same-sex couples had been violated because they were not allowed to marry in Alaska and hence could not access the benefits of marriage. The court managed to ignore OUR rights and now we wish to exercise our right to vote to amend the constitution. The Alaska State Constitution states in the “Declaration of Rights,” Article I, Section 2:
“All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”
Testimony on HJR32 last week was much the same as we heard in the Senate. The argument used by those opposed to this bill is primarily that the people of Alaska can NOT be trusted with something as important as the constitution. Homosexual activists contend that such weighty matters should be addressed only by judges, legislators and doctors. Yes, you read that right, doctors!
Dr. Maureen Longworth, a Juneau doctor, testified that only those who had sworn a “sacred oath” should be allowed to decide who receives the benefit of marriage. If that name sounds familiar, it should. Dr. Longworth was a party to the lawsuit against the state that precipitated this latest attack on marriage. In her testimony Dr. Longworth never mentions her involvement in the lawsuit.
The founding fathers of our state government said that all power in government belongs to the people. Sacred oath or not. It is the right of the people of Alaska to decide the outcome of this matter. Not the courts, not the legislature, not the governor and certainly not your family physician. Dr. Longworth brought a statement from the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) strongly opposing HJR32/SJR20. If you want to let them know you disapprove of their stand, contact the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians at email@example.com. You can also talk to your own family physician and ask him or her to contact the AAFP.
If you want to help protect marriage in our state by petition, request a petition from:
Eagle Forum Alaska
PO Box 377
Delta Junction, AK 99737
Thank you for all you do.
Working for the family,
President, Eagle Forum Alaska
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