From Richard Mauer in Juneau —
Last week’s great Girl Scout controversy was resolved today in one minute and 25 seconds when the House State Affairs Committee moved a Senate resolution honoring the organization’s 100 years of history and the Year of the Girl.
All four committee members present recommended the resolution pass the full House, including Rep. Wes Keller, who sparked the controversy last week when he held up the measure over a “rumor” he read on the Internet linking the Girl Scouts with Planned Parenthood.
Keller had been filling in for chairman Bob Lynn when he held the bill. On Tuesday morning, Lynn, an Anchorage Republican, was back in the chairman’s seat and asked Keller to bring up the resolution. Keller said he would do so with “pleasure.”
“I would like to say there are two things I learned in this interesting process,” Keller said. “One is, parents and girls, scout leaders, moms, families, really care about the values of Girl Scouts, and that’s the way it ought to be. And the other thing that pleased me was the Girl Scouts of Alaska definitely stick with their own values and have denied any direct relationship or connection with Planned Parenthood.”
The sponsor of the resolution, Sen. Bettye Davis, D-Anchorage, thanked the committee.
Listen to Lynn, Keller and Davis during the brief hearing Tuesday morning: