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          Date of Hearing:   August 8, 2016

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                              Richard S. Gordon, Chair

                        127 (Lara) - As Introduced April 5, 2016

          SENATE VOTE:  37-0

          SUBJECT:  Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community

          SUMMARY:  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 history and culture.   
          Specifically, this resolution makes the following legislative  

          1)The Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community in  
            California has one of the largest NHPI populations in the  
            United States making up more than 347,000 members.  Between  
            2000 and 2010, the NHPI population increased by 29 percent.

          2)The NHPI community makes up an incredibly diverse group  
            comprised of a number of different ethnicities, including, but  
            not limited to, Guamanian or Chamorro, Native Hawaiian,  
            Marshallese, Fijian, Samoan, and Tongan.  Outside of Hawaii,  
            California has the largest population of Native Hawaiians,  
            numbering 74,932. The second largest NHPI group is Samoan with  
            a population of 60,876. Guamanian or Chamorro is the next  


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            largest NHPI group in California, with a population of 44,  
            425.  The largest Fijian and Tongan population in the United  
            States are found in California, with populations of 24,059 and  
            22,893, respectively.

          3)The 2010 Census Bureau data shows the NHPIs are continuing to  
            become a growing part of our nation's economy.  California has  
            the greatest number of NHPI-owned business in the continental  
            United States.

          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 Native  
            American or Other Pacific Islander category relative to the  
            collection of data.

          5)Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have played in the  
            social, economic, and political development of California.  
            Preserving our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander  
            communities throughout California is critical to our state  
            history and for the preservation of Native Hawaiian and  
            Pacific Islander culture, history, traditions, and other  
            elements of their heritage.
          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



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          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800