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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SCR 127
          Author:   Lara (D) and Pan (D)
          Introduced:4/5/16  
          Vote:     21  

           SUBJECT:   Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:          This resolution recognizes the role that Native  
          Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have played in the development  
          of California throughout the state's history and encourages all  
          federal, state, and local organizations to promote the  
          preservation of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI)  
          history and culture.
          ANALYSIS:   This resolution makes the following legislative  
          findings:


          1)Making up more than 347,000 community members, the NHPI  
            community in California has one of the largest NHPI  
            populations in the U.S., and is comprised of a number of  
            different ethnicities, including, but not limited to,  
            Guamanian or Chamorro, Native Hawaiian, Marshallese, Fijian,  
            Samoan, and Tongan. 


          2)An influx of NHPIs arrived in California in the 1950s after  
            World War II. Post World War II, military service brought  
            Pacific Islanders from the U.S. territories of American Samoa  
            and Guam to California. Ten percent of Native Hawaiians and  
            12% of Guamanian or Chamorro Americans are veterans, compared  
            to the statewide average of 8%. 








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          3)The 2010 Census Bureau data shows that NHPIs are continuing to  
            become a growing part of our nation's economy. California has  
            the greatest number of NHPI-owned businesses in the  
            continental U.S. Between 2002-2007, the number of NHPI-owned  
            businesses increased 30%. During that same period, NHPI-owned  
            businesses also saw a 48% increase in revenue. 


          4)The NHPI community faces unique challenges as a result of its  
            distinct history and community experience. As a result, the  
            NHPI community organized and helped institute an update to the  
            federal Office of Management and Budget's Statistical Policy  
            Directive No. 15 in 1997 to establish a specific NHPI category  
            relative to the collection of data.


          5)The Legislature recognized the importance of requiring state  
            agencies, boards, or commissions collecting and reporting  
            demographic data on major Pacific Islander groups, including  
            Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, Tongan, and Fijian in Sections  
            8310.5 and 8310.7 of the Government Code.


          6)Preserving our NHPI communities throughout California is  
            critical to our state history and for the preservation of NHPI  
            culture, history, traditions, and other elements of their  
            heritage.


          This resolution recognizes the role that NHPIs have played in  
          the social, economic, and political development of California  
          throughout the state's history and encourages all federal,  
          state, and local organizations to promote the preservation of  
          NHPI history and culture, including the preservation of NHPI  
          communities.


          Related/Prior Legislation










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          ACR 67 (Furutani, Resolution Chapter 108, Statutes of 2011)  
          recognized the contributions of NHPI communities to California,  
          and recognized the importance of preserving NHPI communities and  
          their traditions.


          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified6/15/16)


          None received


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified6/15/16)


          None received





          Prepared by:  Melissa Ward / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          6/16/16 14:21:04


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