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          6 (Monning)

          As Introduced  January 12, 2015

          Majority vote

          SENATE VOTE:  33-0

          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |Jobs            |9-0  |Eduardo Garcia, Kim,  |                    |
          |                |     |Brough, Brown, Chau,  |                    |
          |                |     |Chu, Gipson, Irwin,   |                    |
          |                |     |Mathis                |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |

          SUMMARY:  Memorializes the intent and commitment of the  
          California Legislature to formalize a sister state relationship  
          with the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, for the purpose of  
          encouraging and facilitating social, economic, scientific,  
          educational, and cultural exchanges that further promote the  
          prosperity of both regions and to improve the international  
          understanding and goodwill between both regions.  Upon adoption,  
          the Secretary of the Senate is to transmit copies of the  


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          resolution to the author for distribution.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None

          COMMENTS:  This resolution proposes the commitment of the  
          Legislature to establish a sister state relationship between  
          California and the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina.  

          A sister state relationship is a formal declaration between two  
          regions, states, or nations.  Such an agreement is a symbol of  
          mutual goodwill.  Additionally, it is an effort to encourage and  
          facilitate mutually beneficial social, economic, educational,  
          and cultural exchanges.  Both the Legislative and the  
          Administrative branches of government have the authority to  
          establish sister state relationships.

          The California State Senate has had an ongoing exchange over a  
          decade with both the government of the Province of Santa Fe and  
          a Santa Fe-based foundation whose mission is to promote civic  
          awareness and democracy, the Fundación Nueva Generación  
          Argentina (FNGA).

          The California State Senate has sent official delegations to  
          Argentina in 2004, 2007, and 2010.  The FNGA has sponsored  
          delegations to California in 2005, 2007, and 2012.  Among other  
          non-government meetings, the FNGA meets with California business  
          and trade related organizations including the California Chamber  
          of Commerce.  Another round of meetings is planned for  
          2015/2016.  According to the author, this resolution would build  
          on these relationships in formalizing a sister state  
          relationship with the Province of Santa Fe.

          Origins of Sister Programs:  United States sister affiliations  


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          began shortly after WWII and developed into a national  
          initiative when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the  
          people-to-people program at a White House Conference in 1956.   
          According to research on Maryland's Sister State Web page,  
          President Eisenhower's intention was to involve people and  
          organized groups at all levels of society in personal, citizen  
          diplomacy with the hope that people-to-people relationships,  
          fostered through sister city affiliations, would lessen the  
          chance of future world conflicts.  Many sister city  
          relationships are coordinated through the nonprofit network,  
          Sister Cities International.

          Sister State Programs:  States differ in their approach to  
          selecting and implementing sister state relationships.  Some  
          states, such as Hawaii, require a detailed application from the  
          foreign state wishing to enter into partnership.  The  
          application form includes information on prospective partner's  
          economic structure, cultural resources, primary industries and  
          foreign trade and investment.  Applications are reviewed by the  
          Hawaiian Governor, who refers applications he or she supports  
          for further review by the Legislature.  The Legislature  
          expresses their approval through the adoption of a concurrent  
          resolution authorizing the Governor to proceed in negotiating a  
          sister state agreement with the applicant state.   

          One recurrent model for managing the sister state relationship  
          is the establishment or designation of a sister organization.   
          Iowa, for example, has Iowa Sister State, a non-profit,  
          volunteer organization whose mission is to "develop and  
          implement international programs that promote the interests of  
          the State of Iowa and its citizens."  Activities for each of  
          Iowa's nine sister state relationships is coordinated through a  
          special committee, which organizes events and exchanges.   

          Several states have information on their Web pages regarding  
          longstanding sister state relationships.  Michigan, as an  


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          example, has had a sister state relationship with Shiga  
          Prefecture, Japan, since 1968, and stills hosts several  
          exchanges per year.  For the 40th Anniversary of the sister  
          state relationship between HyMgo Prefecture, Japan, and  the  
          State of Washington, the two governor's attended several special  
          events including "Kobe Day" at a Seattle Mariners' Game, with  
          260 delegates from HyMgo and Governor Toshizo Ido throwing the  
          first pitch. 

          Another core component of sister state relationships is  
          education.  Michigan and other states often emphasize  
          educational exchanges, as well as cultural exchanges.  South  
          Carolina even offers fee waivers to foreign students from their  
          sister state who wish to attend public universities.  

          Many sister state relationships also include economic and  
          business development priorities, as well as cultural and  
          educational exchanges.  The Alberta, Canada, and Jalisco,  
          Mexico, sister state relationship focuses on enhancing the  
          economic cooperation between the two regions.  The  
          Albert-Jalisco sister state relationship is guided by the  
          initial and 13 supplemental agreements including agreements that  
          support joint research funding on micro and nanotechnology,  
          e-heath, radio-frequency identification and multimedia; and  
          value added food processing.  

          California has no formal structure for establishing,  
          negotiating, or maintaining sister state relationships.

          Analysis Prepared by:  Toni Symonds / J., E.D., & E. / (916)  
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