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Department of Legislative Services
Maryland General Assembly
2001 Session

FISCAL NOTE

Senate Joint Resolution 5 (Senator Sfikas, et al.)
Economic and Environmental Affairs

This joint resolution designates April 24 as the Maryland Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Local boards of education are encouraged to develop programs that focus on human rights, with specific attention given to the Armenian Genocide. UNOFFICIAL COPY OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 5

By: Senators Sfikas and Van Hollen, Blount, Colburn, Collins, Conway, Currie, DeGrange, Della, Exum, Ferguson, Forehand, Green, Harris, Hoffman, Hogan, Hollinger, Hooper, Hughes, Jimeno, Kelley, Lawlah, McFadden, Miller, Mitchell, Neall, Stone, and Teitelbaum

Introduced and read first time: January 17, 2001
Assigned to: Economic and Environmental Affairs

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION

FOR the purpose of remembering the Armenian Genocide; and designating April 24 as “Maryland Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”.

WHEREAS, One and one-half million men, women, and children of Armenian descent were victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and WHEREAS, The Armenian Genocide and massacres of the Armenian people represented a deliberate attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization over 3,000 years old; and WHEREAS, The Armenian people have not received reparations for their losses; and WHEREAS, To this day revisionists still inexplicably deny the existence of these horrific events; and WHEREAS, Modern Turkey continues to deny and distort the facts of the Armenian Genocide, and honors the perpetrators of that crime against humanity as national heroes; and WHEREAS, Prior to his invasion of Poland in 1939, Adolf Hitler, the German Nazi dictator, seeking to dispel fears among his military command regarding the world’s response to his genocidal plans, asked “Who, after all, today speaks of the Armenians?”; and WHEREAS, Residents of Maryland are highly sensitive to the need for consistently remembering and openly condemning the crimes committed against any culture or people to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and WHEREAS, Recognition of the 86th anniversary of this genocide is crucial to ensuring against the repetition of future genocides and educating people about the atrocities connected to these horrific events; and WHEREAS, Armenia is now a free and independent republic, having embraced democracy following nearly 70 years of oppressive Soviet domination; and WHEREAS, Armenian-Americans living in Maryland have greatly enriched our State through their leadership in business, agriculture, academia, government, and the arts; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND,

That the General Assembly of Maryland designates April 24 as “Maryland Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923”; and be it further RESOLVED, That the Governor in the Governor’s annual message on or about April 24 commemorate the Armenian Genocide and commend this observance to all Maryland residents; and be it further RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of Maryland encourages that Maryland public schools develop programs similar to those already established in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, that focus on human rights, with specific attention given to the Armenian Genocide; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Department of Legislative Services to the Honorable Parris N. Glendening, Governor of Maryland; the Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate of Maryland; and the Honorable Casper R. Taylor, Jr., Speaker of the House of Delegates; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Department of Legislative Services to the Maryland Congressional Delegation: Senators Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; and Representatives Wayne T. Gilchrest, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., Benjamin L. Cardin, Albert R. Wynn, Steny Hamilton Hoyer, Roscoe G. Bartlett, Elijah E. Cummings, and Constance A. Morella, House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; and be it further RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Department of Legislative Services to the Armenian National Committee of Maryland, 4906 Flint Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20816; and the Armenian Assembly of America, 122 C Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C. 20001.

ANALYSIS

Current Law: Maryland has not officially designated a day for remembering the Armenian Genocide.

Background: The Armenian Genocide was committed by the Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) during 1915 through 1923. Approximately 1.5 million Armenians were killed which represented 60% of the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Despite international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, the modern Turkish state has officially denied acknowledgement of the genocide. International recognition of the Armenian Genocide has been made by most major nations including the U.S., Russia, Israel, and the European Parliament. In 1990, President Bush called on all Americans to join with the Armenians on April 24 to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. President Clinton issued a similar press release in 1994.

Five states have developed educational programs in public schools that focus on human rights abuses, including the Armenian Genocide. These states include California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. In California, legislation was enacted that required the department of education to produce films or videotapes on the Armenian Genocide and distribute them to local schools.

Additional Information

Prior Introductions: None.
Cross File: HJ 3 (Delegate Hixson) – Ways and Means.

Information Source(s): Armenian National Committee of America, Amnesty International, Associated Press, California Department of Education, U.S. Department of State, Department of Legislative Services

Fiscal Note History: First Reader – January 26, 2001 ncs/jr

Analysis by: Hiram L. Burch, Jr. Direct Inquiries to:John Rixey, Coordinating Analyst(410) 946-5510(301) 970-5510

MD Governor Parris Glendening
Tel: 410 974 3901, fax: 410 974 3275,

Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Tel: 410 974 2804, fax: 410 974 5882,

Maryland Senate President:Thomas V.M.Miller,
Tel: 410 841 3700, Fax: 410 841 3910,

Maryland House Speaker; Caspar Taylor
Tel: 410 841 3800, Fax:410 841 3888

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