Thursday, February 16, 2006

Close-Up Students

This is a picture of the students listening to a committee hearing.

This a picture of the close up students in the speaker's chambers.

Here the students are relaxing in the House Chambers. In the gallery you can see a picture hanging on the wall. The gallery is named after the woman pictured there, Elizabeth Peratrovich. Today is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in honor of her efforts to eliminate discrimination against Alaska Natives. Her famous saying, "I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savegery, would have to remind gentlemen with five thousand years of recorded civilization behind them of our Bill of Rights." She was met with applause and the Anti-Discrimination Act was signed February 16th of 1945.
The vote was 11-5.

My legislative aide, Willow Olson, had the privilege of meeting her son Roy Peratrovich in Paulsbo, Washington. She was visiting an art shop and he happened to be the featured artist that day.