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Girl Scouts resolution clears House committee

JUNEAU, Alaska — The House State Affairs Committee made short work advancing a resolution on Tuesday that celebrates contributions of Girl Scouts to Alaska.

SCR17, from Sen. Bettye Davis, D-Anchorage, marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts and labels 2012 "Year of the Girl."

The measure attracted national attention last week when Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, said he needed to investigate information "floating around the Internet" that suggests a connection between Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Keller, the committee's vice-chair, conducted the hearing in Chairman Bob Lynn's absence.

With Lynn at the helm Tuesday, Keller said he learned in recent days that a lot of people are passionate about the Girl Scouts.

"Parents, girls, scout leaders, moms, families, really care about the values of Girl Scouts," Keller said at the hearing, adding that he was pleased to learn that Girl Scouts "stick with their own values and (deny) any relationship or connection with Planned Parenthood."

Davis stopped by to thank Keller and the committee for supporting the bill and moving it quickly, and Lynn joked that he was a "brave man" for again handing the gavel over to Keller when he left Tuesday's hearing early to attend to other business.

The measure goes to the House Rules Committee, a stop before any floor vote.