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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HCR 1                                                                                                          
01 Relating to the establishment and operation of a state food resource development working                                
02 group.                                                                                                                  
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04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
05      WHEREAS agricultural and fisheries industries have played a vital role in the state                              
06 since Alaska was a territory; and                                                                                       
07      WHEREAS agricultural and fisheries industries are critical to the state's economic                               
08 future; and                                                                                                             
09      WHEREAS, in 2007, the United States Department of Agriculture reported that                                    
10 residents of the state spend $1,500,000,000 annually on food and estimated that less than five                          
11 percent of the food consumed in the state is produced locally; and                                                      
12      WHEREAS increasing the amount consumers in the state spend on local food                                         
13 products would help drive economic development in the state's agricultural and fisheries                                
14 industries; and                                                                                                         
15      WHEREAS access to fresh and nutritious local food would promote and contribute to                                
16 healthier lifestyles for residents of the state; and                                                                    
17      WHEREAS increasing local food production and consumption of local wild seafood                                   
01 and farm products would improve the health of residents of the state, increase food security,                           
02 strengthen the local economy, and encourage community development; and                                                  
03      WHEREAS the state's food distribution system has been disrupted in the past and                                  
04 remains vulnerable to disruption in the future; and                                                                     
05      WHEREAS the Governor has made economic development and food security critical                                    
06 priorities for the state; and                                                                                           
07      WHEREAS the Alaska Food Policy Council is an independent organization that was                                   
08 established to provide recommendations for improving access to healthy, affordable, and                                 
09 culturally appropriate foods for residents of the state;                                                                
10      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the                                       
11 Governor to establish a state food resource development working group to work with the                                  
12 Alaska Food Policy Council to identify resources and set policies to build a strong and                                 
13 sustainable healthy food system in the state; and be it                                                                 
14      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
15 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature encourages a collaborative                                      
16 relationship among state agencies, the state food resource development working group, and                               
17 the Alaska Food Policy Council to enhance the access to, availability of, affordability of, and                         
18 quality of food for residents of the state; and be it                                                                   
19      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
20 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature encourages the state food resource                              
21 development working group to identify new or expanded economic opportunities for residents                              
22 of the state in new food production, food processing, and food distribution businesses; and be                          
23 it                                                                                                                      
24      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
25 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature encourages state agencies to                                    
26 participate actively with the state food resource development working group to review                                   
27 existing or proposed programs, policies, and regulations that affect the state's food system and                        
28 recommend to policymakers methods to improve the coordination and implementation of the                                 
29 programs, policies, and regulations; and be it                                                                          
30      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
31 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
01 to direct the division of agriculture in the Department of Natural Resources to work with the                           
02 state food resource development working group to protect, preserve, and develop the state's                             
03 farmland and agricultural industry; and be it                                                                           
04      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
05 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
06 to direct the Department of Fish and Game to work with the state food resource development                              
07 working group to protect, preserve, and develop the state's subsistence, personal use, and                              
08 commercial fisheries; and be it                                                                                         
09      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
10 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
11 to direct the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to work                                       
12 with the state food resource development working group to develop marketing and                                         
13 promotional programs to enhance and identify new and expanded opportunities for residents                               
14 of the state in food production, food processing, and food distribution businesses; and be it                           
15      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
16 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
17 to direct the Department of Health and Social Services to work with the state food resource                             
18 development working group to develop strategies and educational programs to inform                                      
19 residents of the state of the nutritional value of locally harvested seafood and produce; and be                        
20 it                                                                                                                      
21      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
22 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
23 to direct the Department of Education and Early Development to work with the state food                                 
24 resource development working group to develop nutrition programs that include locally                                   
25 produced food in school meals, to develop education programs that highlight state food                                  
26 sources, and to work with the National Future Farmers of America organization, the National                             
27 4H Council, the Alaska Farm Bureau, the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of                                      
28 Husbandry, and other farming groups to foster future generations of farmers in the state; and                           
29 be it                                                                                                                   
30      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
31 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
01 to direct the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and                                 
02 Early Development, and the Department of Corrections to work with the state food resource                               
03 development working group to improve the health of residents of the state by developing                                 
04 nutrition policy standards for congregate meal programs in public facilities; and be it                                 
05      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
06 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
07 to direct the division of homeland security and emergency management in the Department of                               
08 Military and Veterans' Affairs to work with the state food resource development working                                 
09 group to develop a method to use state food sources as part of the Governor's disaster and                              
10 emergency preparedness food supply program; and be it                                                                   
11      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
12 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
13 to direct the Department of Corrections to work with the state food resource development                                
14 working group to develop a program to use state food sources as part of the Department of                               
15 Corrections' institutional food service programs; and be it                                                             
16      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
17 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
18 to direct the state food resource development working group to work with the University of                              
19 Alaska, which, in 1917, was founded as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines,                             
20 to research and develop a sustainable supply of locally produced food; and be it                                        
21      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
22 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
23 to direct the Department of Environmental Conservation to work with the state food resource                             
24 development working group to enhance the health, safety, welfare, and overall economic and                              
25 social well-being of residents of the state by instituting programs and adopting regulations                            
26 that encourage the development of the state's food resources; and be it                                                 
27      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
28 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
29 to direct the state food resource development working group to work with nonprofit                                      
30 organizations, including the Rasmuson Foundation and local food banks, to develop and use                               
31 the state's food resources; and be it                                                                                   
01      FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                         
02 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
03 to direct the state food resource development working group to work with the United States                              
04 Department of Agriculture to develop programs that encourage the growth and use of the                                  
05 state's food resources; and be it                                                                                       
06        FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes a state food resource                                       
07 development working group, the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the Governor                              
08 to direct the state food resource development working group to work collaboratively with                                
09 regional and village corporations organized under 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. (Alaska Native                                 
10 Claims Settlement Act) to preserve, enhance, and expand the traditional uses of the state's                             
11 food resources and to encourage the development of locally produced food resources in the                               
12 corporations' regional communities.                                                                                     
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