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Honeyford resolution honoring Filipino-Americans adopted by state Senate

The Washington State Senate recognized the Filipino-American community of Washington yesterday by adopting Senate Resolution 8688 sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.

“The 15th District has one of the largest Filipino-American populations per capita in the state and I’m proud to represent them in the Senate,” Honeyford said. “Without their unique history and culture in the Pacific Northwest, Washington wouldn’t be what it is today. It’s nice to see that recognized with a Senate resolution.”

Documents dating to 1888 found at an old lumber mill in Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island west of Seattle listed a “Manilla” among the employee roster. It is the first known worker from the Philippines in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Filipinos make up the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in Washington, home to dozens of historically Filipino communities such as Wapato, Auburn, Bremerton, and others. Continue reading

Honeyford bill aims to keep invasive species out of Washington’s waters

They’re coming to wreak havoc on Washington’s waterways unless state officials can stop them now.That’s the message Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, conveyed to the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee Tuesday as he spoke in favor of Senate Bill 6040. It’s his bill to help the state Department of Fish and Wildlife effectively address invasive species through an integrated management approach.

“All I had to do was hold up a license plate that was in Nevada’s Lake Mead for four months and show the committee how the entire surface had become completely overrun by zebra and quagga mussels,” said Honeyford, who represents the 15th Legislative District. “I believe that got the point across. The state needs to take aggressive steps to prevent an infestation in our waterways before it becomes a billion-dollar boondoggle.” Continue reading

Meeting with the Russian chairman

RussianRussianStanislavDuring the interim, I took a trip to Russia (at no taxpayer expense) to meet with their Chairman of the Committee for Culture of the Russian State Duma, Stanislav Govorukhin (pictured above). The Russian government is interested in various “heritage sites” within the United States, including some right here in Washington. In fact, one of the places we talked about was on Washington’s Pacific coast near the town of Forks. A monument to commemorate the 1808 shipwreck of a Russian sailing vessel near Rialto Beach will soon be completed now that the final portion of funding was secured in the state’s 2013-2015 capital budget.

I learned that their main interest is in the first USA-Russia transpolar flight by their cultural hero, Valery Chkalov, which originated from a site in Russia and ended at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, in 1937. Chairman Govorukhin and I talked about creating a small museum near the site dedicated to Chkalov’s flight and relocating some of their original documentation there and to nearby Washington State University’s Vancouver campus.

I’ve also met twice with the Russian consul general and ambassador-at-large on developing this project, and I’m very much looking forward to continuing the good work we’ve begun.

Honeyford bill could lower energy costs in eastern Washington

Wind farmPower rates in Washington could come down once Senate Bill 5400 becomes law. The measure – sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside – deals with the costly provisions of the 2006 voter-approved Energy Independence Act, also known as Initiative 937. SB 5400 would help power companies with out-of-state customers find other renewable energy resources in order to meet yearly conservation requirements.

“This bill allows PacifiCorp, a multi-state utility that has a service territory larger than the Bonneville Power Administration, to count the wind power produced in eastern Wyoming toward its renewable standard,” Honeyford said. “Right now, the geographic boundary to be able to count renewable is right down the middle of Wyoming; this bill modifies that so SB 5400 can keep the power rates more affordable in eastern Washington and aid low-income families as well as the agricultural industry.” Continue reading

State Senate honors Civil Air Patrol with Honeyford resolution

20130228_LegWA_0515shThe Washington State Senate stood and applauded members of the Civil Air Patrol Thursday after passing Senate Resolution 8621 sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.

“I’ve been involved with the Civil Air Patrol for more than four years now and I really enjoy the opportunities to guide and mentor some really outstanding young people,” Honeyford said. “The organization develops its members into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward; they deserve to be recognized by the Washington State Senate.”

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Honoring the Civil Air Patrol and Filipino-Americans

Civil Air PatrolThis session, I’m again sponsoring two resolutions to honor the Civil Air Patrol and the history and heritage of Filipino-Americans in Washington. As you know, I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and the Yakima Composite Squadron. The organization has helped to develop our state’s young people into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward. With over 26,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 20, the Civil Air Patrol also provides both classroom and practical instruction in aerospace flight and rocketry with an emphasis on military history, leadership, and service to others. You can read more about Senate Resolution 8621 here.

Filipino-AmericanThe Filipino-American community is also a wonderful group of people that have many activities to preserve their heritage and culture, including traditional dances and a strong interest in education. They work hard in their communities, respect their elders and have fantastic food! Washington has the fourth largest population of Filipino-Americans in the United States and is the home to historic Filipino communities in Wapato, Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, and Bremerton, among others. Filipino-Americans form the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in the state, and you can read more about Senate Resolution 8617 here. Continue reading

Legislative Council on River Governance

Columbia RiverI recently attended a meeting of the Legislative Council on River Governance, an organization managed by the Council of State Governments. The Legislative Council on River Governance is a cooperative association of legislators from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington who meet to discuss common interests and challenges along the Columbia River basin.

The purpose of the Legislative Council on River Governance is to assert state legislative duty and authority over natural resources and river governance in the Columbia and Snake River Basins, and to unite the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to develop a proactive agenda of legislative action and communications. Continue reading

House resolution, breakfast held to honor Civil Air Patrol members

To celebrate the dedication and service of the men and women of the Civil Air Patrol, I coordinated an honorary breakfast today in Columbia Room of the legislative building in Olympia. After the meal, participants were invited to the gallery of the state House of Representatives to observe as the body adopted a resolution recognizing the Washington state wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

I’ve been a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol for three years, serving as a lieutenant colonel with both the Washington Wing Legislative Squadron and the Yakima Composite Squadron. The organization has helped to develop our state’s young people into future leaders who go on to succeed in whatever they set their minds toward. For me personally, this breakfast was just a way of saying “thank you” to these dedicated individuals and to the organization.

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Senate approves my resolution honoring Filipinos

On Wednesday, the Washington State Senate unanimously passed a measure that honors the long and proud history of the Filipino people in the United States.

Senate Resolution 8668, which I sponsored, recognizes the honorable service of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States military and society, celebrates their contributions to Washington, and designates October 2010, the 423rd anniversary of the presence of Filipinos in the United States, as the inaugural “Filipino American History Month.”

It is really an honor to sponsor this resolution. The Filipino-American community is a wonderful group of people and they have many activities that preserve their heritage and culture, including traditional dances and a strong interest in education. They work hard in their communities and never neglect their elders – the ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles.’

Plus, they have fantastic food that I really enjoy!

The Filipino-American National Historical Society recognizes 1763 as the year of the first permanent Filipino settlement in the United States, in St. Malo Parish, La. Filipino-Americans have contributed to economic, cultural, social, and military toward the development of the United States.

Washington has the fourth largest population of Filipino-Americans in the United States and is the home to historic Filipino communities in Wapato, Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, and Bremerton, among others. Filipino-Americans form the largest Asian/Pacific Islander ethnic population in the state.

Several Filipino leaders were in Olympia today to accept the honor on their community’s behalf. Among those present in the Senate gallery were Rey Pascua, president of the Yakima Valley Filipino American National Historical Society and other members; Dr. Frederic Cordova of the National Filipino American Historical Society and his wife, Dorothy Cordova; former Washington State Representative Velma Veloria; Alma Kern, president of the Filipino American Community of Seattle, and other members; Kendee Yamaguchi, executive director of the Commission on Asian Pacific/American Affairs, and other members; Jose Calugas, Jr., son of Medal of Honor winner Jose Calugas and chairman of the Philippine Scout Heritage Society, Tacoma Chapter; Alex Borromeo, president of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, and other officers; Dr. Pio DeCano; and Richard Gurtiza, president of the Filipino American Political Action Group of Washington, and other members; and Diane Narasaki, chairwoman of the American Pacific Islander Coalition, as well as other chapter members.

They call themselves the Filipino American community, but I always joke that they should call themselves American Filipino, because they really value their American citizenship, but at the same time they do so much to preserve their culture. That is something I really appreciate about this great community.

The 13th Biennial National Conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society will be held in July in Seattle, which was also the site of the first National Conference.