BILL NUMBER: ACR 42	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	RESOLUTION CHAPTER  80
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  JULY 18, 2005
	ADOPTED IN ASSEMBLY  JULY 13, 2005
	ADOPTED IN SENATE  JULY 7, 2005
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 5, 2005
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 28, 2005

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Chu
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Evans and Frommer)
   (Coauthor: Senator Chesbro)

                        MARCH 17, 2005

   Relative to the Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 42, Chu  Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea: sister-state
relationship.
   This measure would extend an invitation to the people of the
Province of Jeju, Republic of Korea, to join California as a sister
state.




   WHEREAS, The sister city-state program, inaugurated in 1956 by
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, has resulted in greater friendship
and understanding between the people of the United States and other
nations through direct contact, formal declarations of goodwill, and
a spirit of cooperation; and
   WHEREAS, We live in an interconnected world with a global economy,
in which international friendship, collaboration, and cultural
understanding are of the utmost importance; and
   WHEREAS, The Republic of Korea is one of California's largest
export markets, although Korean investment in California is
relatively small; and
   WHEREAS, Approximately 25 percent of the world's population
resides in Northeast Asia, and the Province of Jeju, Republic of
Korea, is geographically situated in the heart of Northeast Asia
within a two hour flight time of 18 major Asian cities with
populations over five million; and
   WHEREAS, The South Korean government has designated Jeju City a
Free International City in order to foster tourism and trade in the
Province of Jeju, reduced tariffs and barriers to foreigners entering
the Province of Jeju, and implemented a number of measures to
promote foreign direct investment into the Province of Jeju; and
   WHEREAS, The Province of Jeju was designated World Peace Island by
the South Korean government in 2004 and has since hosted
international conventions and forums by organizations such as the
Asian Development Bank, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, and the
United Nations Environmental Program for leading domestic and
international figures; and
   WHEREAS, The South Korean government is investing in the Province
of Jeju for the development of a tourism port as well as complexes
dedicated to tourism, resort-style residences, and the development of
science and technology; and
   WHEREAS, California and the Province of Jeju have much in common,
including a strong tourism industry, a specialized agricultural
industry important to the region's economy, and a desire to protect
the local ecology; and
   WHEREAS, The Cities of Los Angeles and Santa Rosa are already
cultivating sister city relationships with Jeju City and Bukjeju
City, respectively, in the Province of Jeju; and
   WHEREAS, A sister-state relationship between California and the
Province of Jeju would promote international trade, commerce, and
tourism, increase the potential for commercial relationships, and
foster cultural exchanges; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California,
on behalf of the people of the State of California, extends to the
people of the Jeju Province, Republic of Korea, through the Governor
of Jeju Province, an invitation to join the State of California as a
sister state; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.