HCR 10: Relating to certification of the Alaska State Legislature's opposition to requiring suspension of a driver's license for drug offenses.
00HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 10 01 Relating to certification of the Alaska State Legislature's opposition to requiring 02 suspension of a driver's license for drug offenses. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the State of Alaska is concerned with drug abuse by its citizens and has 05 enacted numerous laws and initiated programs aimed at reducing both the demand for and 06 supply of illegal drugs; and 07 WHEREAS the State of Alaska currently revokes the driver's licenses of persons 08 convicted of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs; and 09 WHEREAS the revocation of a drug offender's driver's license has not been shown 10 to deter drug use; and 11 WHEREAS 23 U.S.C. 159(a) mandates the withholding of certain federal-aid highway 12 funds from states that by October 31, 1993, fail to either 13 (1) enact legislation requiring suspension of an individual's driver's license 14 upon conviction of a violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act or any drug offense;
01 or 02 (2) file a certification from the Governor that the Governor is opposed to the 03 enactment of such a law and that the legislature has adopted a resolution expressing its 04 opposition to such a law; and 05 WHEREAS failure of this legislature to take either mandated action will result in the 06 withholding of federal-aid highway funds; and 07 WHEREAS actions of the Congress to coerce states into passing ineffective laws are 08 inappropriate; and 09 WHEREAS the State of Alaska has and will continue to address illegal drugs in 10 effective and cost beneficial ways; 11 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature certifies that it is opposed to 12 revoking the driver's license of a person convicted of a drug offense if the offense does not 13 involve the operation of a motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft; and be it 14 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature will continue its efforts in 15 drug abuse education and enforcement programs and will commit its limited resources to 16 programs that, based on experience in Alaska, have a reasonable chance of reducing drug 17 abuse; and be it 18 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor is respectfully requested to certify the 19 Governor's opposition to adoption of legislation requiring revocation of the driver's license 20 of a person convicted of a drug offense.