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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled SJR 2                                                                                                          
01 Commending and supporting actions taken by the Office of the Governor, the attorney                                     
02 general, and the commissioner of natural resources to protect the state from federal                                    
03 government incursion into the care and management of state resources and to promote the                                 
04 economic prosperity of the state; and urging the United States Congress and the President of                            
05 the United States to limit federal government overreach into management of state resources.                             
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07 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
08      WHEREAS the federal government is attempting some regulatory actions that are                                    
09 adverse and contrary to the interests of the state and its citizens; and                                                
10      WHEREAS the Office of the Governor, the attorney general, and the commissioner                                 
11 of natural resources, with strong support by the Alaska State Legislature, have challenged the                          
12 federal government in court for its interpretation of the Endangered Species Act in its                                 
13 expansive designation of critical habitat for polar bears, for restricting access to Alaska rivers,                     
14 for denying use of rights-of-way that are essential to access land in the state, and for taking                         
01 adverse actions against our timber interests, mining interests, and interests in development of                         
02 federal onshore and outer continental shelf oil and gas resources; and                                                  
03      WHEREAS, under art. VIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the State of Alaska, the policy of                             
04 the state is to encourage the development of its resources by making them available for                                 
05 maximum use consistent with the public interest; and                                                                    
06      WHEREAS actions taken by the state's executive and the Alaska State Legislature                                  
07 seek to protect the state's rights and local self-governance of the people of the state and                             
08 promote a future of economic security and prosperity;                                                                   
09      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature commends and supports the                                       
10 actions of the Office of the Governor, the attorney general, and the commissioner of natural                            
11 resources to protect the state from federal government interference with the state's right to be                        
12 the steward of and manage the state's natural resources and to promote the economic                                     
13 prosperity of the state; and be it                                                                                      
14      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States                                       
15 Congress and the President of the United States to honor the state's equal footing with the                             
16 other states and recede from overextending federal authority into management of state                                   
17 resources.                                                                                                              
18      COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of                              
19 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and                          
20 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of                                  
21 Representatives; the Honorable Ron Wyden, Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources                                     
22 Committee of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Fred Upton, Chair of the Energy and Commerce                                
23 Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Doc Hastings, Chair of the                                
24 Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and the Honorable Lisa                                
25 Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young,                                    
26 U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.                                                      
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