HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 14

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HJM014............................................................by BIETER
BASQUE HOMELAND - Stating findings of the Legislature and calling for the
immediate cessation of all violence occurring in and near the Basque
homeland; and to request that a peace process be undertaken.
                                                                        
01/28    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/29    Rpt prt - to St Aff
03/05    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/06    Rls susp - PASSED - 64-0-6
      AYES -- Aikele, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Black, Block,
      Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Clark, Collins,
      Crow, Cuddy, Denney, Ellis, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(13),
      Field(20), Gagner, Gould, Hadley, Hammond, Harwood, Henbest, Higgins,
      Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg(Duncan), Kendell, Kunz, Lake,
      Langford, Loertscher, Mader, Martinez, McKague, Montgomery,
      Mortensen, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Raybould, Ridinger,
      Roberts, Robison, Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith(33),
      Smylie, Stevenson, Stone, Tilman, Wheeler, Young, Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Bedke, Deal, Meyer, Smith(23), Trail, Wood
    Floor Sponsor - Bieter
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff

Bill Text


                                                                        
                                                                        
  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2002
                                                                        
                                                                        
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                        
                                HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 14
                                                                        
                                         BY BIETER
                                                                        
  1                                   A JOINT MEMORIAL
  2    TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SECRETARY OF STATE  OF  THE  UNITED
  3        STATES,  THE  SENATE  AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN
  4        CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF
  5        IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE PRESIDENT  OF  THE  BASQUE
  6        AUTONOMOUS GOVERNMENT, THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, THE SPANISH PRIME MINIS-
  7        TER AND THE KING OF SPAIN.
                                                                        
  8        We,  your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the
  9    State of Idaho assembled in the Second  Regular  Session  of  the  Fifty-sixth
 10    Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
                                                                        
 11        WHEREAS,  during the early part of the twentieth century, a wave of Basque
 12    immigrants left a stretch of coastline along the Bay of  Biscay  destined  for
 13    the  state  of  Idaho  where  many initially found work as sheepherders in the
 14    ranges and pastureland of Idaho; and
 15        WHEREAS, the state of Idaho has long since been known as the North  Ameri-
 16    can  center  of the Basque population and many citizens of the state have kept
 17    close ties to the homeland of their forefathers; and
 18        WHEREAS, in the year 1972, the Senate and House of Representatives of  the
 19    State  of  Idaho  assembled  in  the Second Regular Session of the Forty-first
 20    Idaho Legislature passed Senate Joint Memorial No. 115 condemning the  totali-
 21    tarian  dictatorship  of Franco and insisting on total general amnesty for all
 22    Basques and Spaniards imprisoned or exiled  for  their  political  and  social
 23    activities; and
 24        WHEREAS,  the  Basque  people  are the oldest indigenous people in western
 25    Europe and have a long history of personal accomplishment and  a  devotion  to
 26    the preservation of their national heritage; and
 27        WHEREAS, the Basque homeland was claimed in the mid-seventeenth century by
 28    the  emerging  nation states of Spain and France and is now divided into seven
 29    provinces, four of which are located in Spain and three of which  are  located
 30    in France; and
 31        WHEREAS,  notwithstanding  this division, the Basque people have sought to
 32    maintain their autonomous culture, their ancient language and their  self-gov-
 33    ernment; and
 34        WHEREAS, despite conflicts associated with the configuration of the Basque
 35    Country  and  its  relationship  with the Spanish and French states, all but a
 36    marginalized fraction of Basques oppose all incidents of violence.
 37        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
 38    sion  of  the  Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
 39    the Senate concurring therein, that the state of Idaho calls for an  immediate
 40    cessation  of all violence occurring in and near the Basque homeland, and that
 41    a peace process be immediately undertaken between the governments of Spain and
 42    France, the Basque Autonomous Government, and other groups committed to peace.
 43    The state of Idaho further supports the right of the Basques to self  determi-
 44    nation.
                                                                        
                                           2
                                                                        
  1        BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
  2    tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of  this
  3    Memorial  to the President of the United States, the Secretary of State of the
  4    United States, the President of the Senate and the Speaker  of  the  House  of
  5    Representatives  of  Congress,  the  congressional delegation representing the
  6    State of Idaho in the Congress of the United  States,  the  President  of  the
  7    Basque  Autonomous  Government,  the  French Prime Minister, the Spanish Prime
  8    Minister and the King of Spain.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                         RS 11812

Idaho is the home of thousands of the descendants of Basque 
immigrants. Over the decades since the early 1900’s, the Basques 
have worked to gain a place in Idaho, while at the same time 
preserving their cultural heritage and ties to their homeland. 
Through this joint memorial the Idaho legislature stands with the 
Basques and all Idahoans in opposing all violence in the Basque 
Country and calling for the immediate convocation of a process to 
bring about a lasting peace. The Basques are the oldest indigenous 
people of Western Europe. Since the beginning of recorded history, 
their language and culture have been present in the same area of 
what became parts of Spain and France. Out of respect for this 
heritage and America’s commitment to our own struggles for freedom, 
this memorial expresses Idaho’s support of the right of the Basques 
to self determination.


                        FISCAL IMPACT



There is no fiscal impact to the general fund.


Contact
Name:	Pete Cenarrusa
Phone:	334-2300
Name:	David Bieter
Phone:	332-1130



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE		HJM 14