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CSHJR 26(WTR): Urging the United States Congress to uphold Alaska's right to 90 percent of the royalties from oil, gas, and coal leasing on state land as provided by the Statehood Compact adopted by a vote of the people of Alaska on April 24, 1956.

00 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26(WTR)                                                                               
01 Urging the United States Congress to uphold Alaska's right to 90 percent of the                                         
02 royalties from oil, gas, and coal leasing on state land as provided by the                                              
03 Statehood Compact adopted by a vote of the people of Alaska on April 24, 1956.                                          
04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
05  WHEREAS the Congress of the United States, by the Alaska Statehood Act approved                                        
06 on July 7, 1958, accepted, ratified, and confirmed the state constitution that had been adopted                         
07 by a vote of the people of Alaska in the election held on April 24, 1956; and                                           
08  WHEREAS the Alaska Statehood Act provided for the admission of the State of                                            
09 Alaska into the Union on an equal footing with the other states of the Union, upon compliance                           
10 with certain procedural requirements specified in that Act; and                                                         
11  WHEREAS the Alaska Statehood Act contains a binding contract between the people                                        
12 of Alaska and the federal government that the state will receive 90 percent of all oil, gas, and                        
13 coal leasing royalties from federal land in Alaska; and                                                                 
14  WHEREAS the State of Alaska had 35 years from the date of admission into the                                           
01 Union to select public land that was vacant, unappropriated, and unreserved in order to                                 
02 establish communities and recreational areas and promote economic development; and                                      
03  WHEREAS the federal government has both a moral and legal duty to honor the                                            
04 obligations set out in the several acts admitting Alaska into the Union; and                                            
05  WHEREAS the people of the State of Alaska relied on that royalty-sharing provision                                     
06 in ratifying the Alaska Statehood Act on April 24, 1956; and                                                            
07  WHEREAS the United States Congress included the 90-10 royalty-sharing formula                                          
08 in the compact because Alaska, unlike all other public land states, was not covered by the                              
09 federal Reclamation Act and did not derive benefits from that Act; and                                                  
10  WHEREAS the Congress intended the 90-10 royalty-sharing provision to pay for the                                       
11 costs of providing the services of state government; and                                                                
12  WHEREAS the Congress also intended in the Alaska Statehood Act to compensate                                           
13 Alaska for the large federal land reservations that stifle economic development; and                                    
14  WHEREAS any reduction in the royalty-sharing percentage will infringe on Alaska's                                      
15 constitutional rights; and                                                                                              
16  WHEREAS Alaska opposes any unilateral reductions in royalty revenue from federal                                       
17 land exploration and development;                                                                                       
18  BE IT RESOLVED that any attempts by the United States Congress or the President                                        
19 of the United States to coerce the State of Alaska into accepting less than what was promised                           
20 at statehood penalizes the people of Alaska; and be it                                                                  
21  FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress join with the state in                                                
22 upholding the Alaska Statehood Compact.                                                                                 
23  COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the                                
24 United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and President                            
25 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of                                           
26 Representatives; the Honorable Bob Dole, Senate Majority Leader; the Honorable Bruce                                    
27 Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior; the Honorable Frank Murkowski, Chair of the Senate                                  
28 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Honorable Don Young, Chair of the House                                  
29 Committee on Public Lands and Resources; the Honorable Ted Stevens, U.S. Senator, member                                
30 of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and to the governors of the states and to the presiding                           
31 officers of the houses of the state legislatures.