Ask your Senator to vote for HB14 on the floor

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010

Trivial legislation isn't controversial. People don't care about trivial things. Some people have said that HB14 (Alaskan Malamute as Official State Dog) is trivial legislation and that the Senate is too busy with important work to deal with that bill now.

I have watched a number of Senate and House floor sessions over the last week. I know that non-controversial legislation can be dealt with in as little as four minutes on the floor.

If HB14 is trivial, then the members of the Senate Rules Committee should move the bill to the Senate floor for a vote. There are dozens of students, teachers and parents around the state who will appreciate the Senate's effort. Ask your Senator to please vote for the bill on the floor.

However, I believe that HB14 isn't trivial and is a little controversial. Alaskans love their dogs. We love the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and our sled dogs. The students who began this legislative project started out thinking that the Husky was the obvious choice for State Dog. (The mascot of Polaris K-12 School is a wolf, not a husky nor a malamute.) During their study they learned the history of the Malamute within our state. The Malamute has been here a long time, has made a significant contribution to the state and its peoples, and can be used as a sled dog!

Because there are people who believe in both the Malamute and the Husky as State Dog, the issue deserves a few minutes of debate on the Senate floor. The bill, and the hundreds of hours of work of all those students and teachers, doesn't deserve to die in the Rules Committee.

Please urge the members of the Rules Committee to move this to the Senate floor for discussion. And if you see things our way, please tell your Senator you support HB14.

I wish the Representatives and Senators all the best for the rest of this legislative session.

Craig Mollerstuen


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