HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.64          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  REQUESTING THE HAWAII CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION'S SUPPORT FOR
    THE DESIGNATION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A NATIONAL GUARD
    RAPID ASSESSMENT AND INITIAL DETECTION TEAM IN HAWAII TO
    ASSIST THE STATE IN RESPONDING TO NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, OR
    CHEMICAL THREATS.



 1       WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii is the primary port of entry
 2   into the United States for the Pacific and Asian areas; and
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 4       WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii is the site of numerous
 5   national and international events that draw people from all
 6   over the world; and
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 8       WHEREAS, the City and County of Honolulu was among the
 9   first twenty-seven cities named to receive federal assistance
10   for training and equipment to respond to terrorist acts and
11   weapons of mass destruction; and
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13       WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii is severely isolated and
14   response from rapid assessment and initial detection (RAID)
15   teams and other federal agencies stationed on the mainland
16   United States would be untimely and result in potentially
17   greater public impact; and
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19       WHEREAS, the state of Hawaii was not among the ten states
20   selected to receive one of the ten initial full-time national
21   guard RAID teams in FY1999; and
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23       WHEREAS, the United States Department of Defense is
24   planning to select five additional states for fielding five
25   additional national guard RAID teams in FY2000; and 
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27       WHEREAS, the recent anthrax hoaxes in Honolulu have
28   highlighted the critical need for the full capabilities of a
29   national guard RAID team; now, therefore,
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31       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
32   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
33   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that Hawaii's congressional
34   delegation is urged to vigorously pursue Hawaii's selection
35   among the five additional RAID teams to be named for FY2000;
36   and 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be
 2   delivered to State Department of Defense, and the members of
 3   Hawaii's congressional delegation.
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