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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                S.D. 1
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, Hawaii is the primary port of entry into the
 2   United States for the Pacific and Asian areas; and
 3   
 4       WHEREAS, Hawaii is the site of numerous national and
 5   international events that draw people from all over the world;
 6   and
 7   
 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
12   
13       WHEREAS, Hawaii is isolated and any response from rapid
14   assessment and initial detection (RAID) teams and other federal
15   agencies stationed on the mainland United States would be
16   delayed and probably result in potentially greater public
17   impact; and
18   
19       WHEREAS, Hawaii was not among the ten states selected to
20   receive one of the ten initial full-time national guard RAID
21   teams in fiscal year 1999; and
22   
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 fiscal year 2000; and 
26   
27       WHEREAS, the recent anthrax hoax in Honolulu has
28   highlighted the critical need for a fully capable national
29   guard RAID team; now, therefore,
30   
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

 
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 1   among the five additional RAID teams to be named for fiscal
 2   year 2000; and 
 3   
 4       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 5   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Adjutant General,
 6   the Director of Civil Defense, and the members of Hawaii's
 7   congressional delegation.