Subsistence Vote, Tolerance Legislation
Federal Report Mirrors Recommendations of Knowles' Tolerance Commission
May 08, 2002
"Many of the report's recommendations echo my administration's initiatives, including adequate funding of education, public safety, and job training services to all Alaskans regardless of where they live," Knowles said. "I am also pleased to see that the report calls for the Legislature to let the people of Alaska vote on the passage of a Constitutional amendment on subsistence, so we can finally resolve this longstanding, divisive issue."
"As a member of the Governor's Commission on Tolerance, I was privileged to hear testimony by many Alaskans about civil rights, tolerance, and racism issues in our state," Ulmer said. "I am glad to see that this report contains many of the same recommendations as those issued by the Tolerance Commission. By acting on these recommendations, we can make our state a place where every citizen has the opportunity to attend a decent school, apply for a good job, and live in a safe community."
The report begins with an overview of "Alaska's Problems and Promises," a look at the history and population of the state and an analysis of the current situation, and then discusses education, economic opportunity and employment, and the administration of justice. In its final chapter, the report offers recommendations to a variety of public entities, including the State of Alaska, to improve civil rights throughout Alaska.
Among the report's recommendations:
The report echoes many recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Tolerance, which completed its work in December. In its 35-page report, the 14-member Tolerance Commission made nearly 100 recommendations in four general categories: education, institutional intolerance, economic intolerance, and justice.
The Governor has since issued Administrative Order 195, implementing some recommendations of the Commission related to the recruitment, retention and advancement of employees in state service.
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