SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 114

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SJM114.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
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.
                                                                        
03/12    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
    Rls susp - ADOPTED, voice vote
    Title apvd - to House
03/13    House intro - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg
    Rls susp - ADOPTED - voice vote - to Senate
03/13    To enrol
03/14    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed
03/15    To Secretary of State

Bill Text


                                                                        
                                                                        
  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2002
                                                                        
                                                                        
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                                                        
                               SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 114
                                                                        
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  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 Senate and the House of Representatives 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; and
 37        WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Legislature of  the  State  of  Idaho  in
 38    adopting this Joint Memorial to:
 39        (1)  Express strong support for an immediate end to violence in the Basque
 40        homeland  located  in  Spain  and  France  and  the establishment of peace
 41        through all lawful means available to the governments of Spain, France and
 42        the Basque Autonomous Region; and
 43        (2)  Condemn all acts of terrorism and violence committed by any  and  all
 44        organizations  and  individuals  within the Basque homeland and throughout
                                                                        
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  1        the world, including those organizations, such as ETA, who are defined  by
  2        the government of the United States as terrorist organizations pursuant to
  3        the applicable laws of the United States; and
  4        (3)  Reiterate  its unqualified support of and participation with the gov-
  5        ernment of the United States and those of all other nations in the war  on
  6        terrorism.
  7        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
  8    sion of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of  Repre-
  9    sentatives  concurring therein, that the state of Idaho calls for an immediate
 10    cessation of all violence occurring in and near the Basque homeland, and  that
 11    a peace process be immediately undertaken between the governments of Spain and
 12    France, the Basque Autonomous Government, and other groups committed to peace.
 13    The  state of Idaho further supports the right of the Basques to self determi-
 14    nation.
 15        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate  be,  and  she  is
 16    hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the Pres-
 17    ident  of  the United States, the Secretary of State of the United States, the
 18    President of the Senate and the Speaker of the  House  of  Representatives  of
 19    Congress,  the congressional delegation representing the State of Idaho in the
 20    Congress of the United States, the President of the Basque Autonomous  Govern-
 21    ment,  the  French  Prime Minister, the Spanish Prime Minister and the King of
 22    Spain.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                            RS 12220C1

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 f or 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             SJM 114