AK State House Maj. Caucus press release: House Creates "Ted Stevens Day" (HB101)
4th Saturday in July set aside to honor “Uncle Ted”
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation honoring the life, memory and contributions of Alaska icon Ted Stevens. HB 101, sponsored by House Rules Committee by request, names the fourth Saturday in July every year “Ted Stevens Day.”
“Ted Stevens has meant more to Alaska, arguably, than anyone else in our state’s history. We lost him last August, and his passing is still being processed by many of us. It is a small but significant gesture to enshrine his legacy and contributions as a day that we honor his memory,” House Rules Committee Chair Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, said. “His family asked that we use a day during the height of the Alaskan summer to honor ‘Uncle Ted’ so that Alaskans can spend time in the great outdoors, like he used to do when the U.S. Senate would recess for the summer and he’d return home.”
Stevens’ civic career spanned more than 50 years and included helping craft and pass landmark legislation like the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA,) Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA,) the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Act, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, and the Alaska Statehood Act.
HB 101 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.