State of Oregon House Joint Memorial No. 5


I, Robert S. Farrell, .Jr., Secretary of State of the State of Oregon, and custodian:
of the seal of said State, do hereby certify that I have Carefully compared the annexed copy of house joint memorial No. 5 with the original thereof adopted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Forty-third Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon and filed in the office of the secretary of state of the State of Oregon March 14, 1945, and that the same is a full, true and complete transcript therefrom and of the whole thereof, together with all endorsements thereon.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed hereto the Seal of the State of Oregon. Done at the Capitol at Salem, Oreg. this 14th day of March A. D. 1945.

[SEAL] ROBERT S. FARRELL, Jr., Secretary of State.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled:

We, your memorialists, the Forty-third Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon, convened in regular session, respectfully represent that --

Whereas despite a hard and uncertain calling, the merchant seamen of the United States do not enjoy the protection of unemployment insurance, workmen's compensation, group life insurance, pensions, or retirement plans; and

Whereas although they are civilians, serving voluntarily on the merchant ships of this Nation, they work side by side with the military and carry troops, ammunition, and supplies as an integral part of invasion fleets; and

Whereas the Congress of the United States has under consideration legislation which will, if enacted into law, make certain guaranties to American seamen similar to the rights granted members of the armed forces in the GI bill of rights: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Oregon (the Senate jointly concurring), That the Forty-third Regular Assembly of the Oregon Legislature petition the Congress of the United States to give favorable consideration to the Peterson bill (H. R. 5477) known as the seamen's bill of rights; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this memorial be sent to both branches of the Congress. of the United States, to Admiral Emory Land, Chairman, United States Maritime Commission, and to each of the Senators and Representatives in Congress from the State of Oregon.

Endorsed: House joint memorial No. 5, introduced by Mr. Manley Wilson.
Adopted by House, February 16, 1945.
EUGENE E. MARSH, Speaker of House.
Adopted by Senate, March 10, 1945.
HOWARD C. BELTON, President of Senate.
Filed: March 14, 1945.
ROBERT S. FARRELL, Jr., Secretary of State.

[U.S. House: Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Hearings, 79th Congress, J61 M5, 79th, v.2, USGPO, Washington, 1946]

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