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Saluting the Armed Forces in Alaska

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The Republican-led Majority placed special emphasis on reinforcing and expanding Alaska's role in our national defense. At the same time, Republicans wrote and passed legislation recognizing the unmatched contributions made by the men and women of our armed forces serving in Alaska.

Supporting the Military in Alaska

SJR 9 calls upon President Bush to protect the United States from long-range nuclear, chemical and biological weapons by building a National Missile Defense System. Alaska has been identified as the preferred site for radar facilities and ground-based interceptors in a draft Defense Department plan.

SJR 3 encourages the Air Force to base the new F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

SJR 10 urges the U.S. Congress to fully fund the U.S. Coast Guard's operational readiness and recapitalization requirements, to ensure the Coast Guard can perform its boater safety, environmental protection and law enforcement missions.

HJR 27 honors Alaska's major contribution to helping win World War II by supporting memorials to the shipment of Lend-Lease airplanes, ships and war materiel through Canada and Alaska to the Soviet Union.

Preserving Military Voting Rights

SJR 8 calls on the President and Defense Secretary to rescind a directive telling military base commanders not to allow polling places on their facilities.

Honoring and Assisting Veterans

HB 118 allows municipalities to free senior citizens, disabled veterans, and others receiving state-mandated local property tax exemptions from a requirement that they annually reapply for such exemptions.

HB 137 designates the state recorder's office as the preferred repository of Alaska veterans' discharge papers, ending redundant storage at the state's Bureau of Vital Statistics.

HB 79 designates the Eagle River Loop Road between the Anchorage Regional Landfill and Eagle River Road as the Veterans Memorial Highway.

HB 167 ends a requirement that Alaska National Guardsmen turn in their specialty license plates within 10 days of discharge.

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