Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5321

Title:

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION.

Vote Date:

2/25/2008

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/20/2008

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee, Senator Gayle Slossberg, Rep. William Tong

REASONS FOR BILL:

There is presently no commission or state agency that directly serves the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The APA commission would serve as a liaison between the APA community and government entities similar to the African American Affairs Commission and the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal: This bill represents an opportunity for an official voice for the community thus empowering its members and providing a forum for discussion on issues of concern including but not limited to healthcare, housing, and job training.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Jeff Hong, Director of Business Development, Hontek Corporation: This bill will create a support system for future APA generations of business owners who positively contribute to the economy to turn to for all their APA related issues and concerns

Richard Patrick, Community College Educator: I support this bill because it could provide assistance to the APA population that is at or below the federal poverty level, as well as provide assistance for occupational and academic success.

William A. Howe, Educator: This bill would give the APA community the same opportunities and benefits as the other Americans.

Amy Cheng, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist: I support this bill because an APA Affairs Commission will provide support to APA immigrants who have faced horrid conditions by providing them with an outlet or additional resource to turn to.

Angela Rola, Chair of the CT Asian Pacific American Coalition: This bill as it will address issues of political equality, healthcare, and education, as well as youth and “glass ceiling” concerns.

M. Saud Anwar, MD: I support this bill as it will provide APA community members with resources for healthcare [preventative and critical].

Laurie Julian, Legislative Chair, Asian Pacific American Affairs Coalition of CT: I support this bill as it represents an additional resource and support for APA community members in terms of breaking current barriers in health care (cancer & mental health specifically), civil rights, and economic development.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Nothing submitted.

Reported by: Channen Paddyfote

Date: 02/28/2008