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CSHJR 26(O&G): 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 Alaska Statehood Act, approved by the United States Congress on July 7, 1958, in which the Congress accepted, ratified, and confirmed the Constitution of the State of Alaska previously adopted by a vote of the people of Alaska on April 24, 1956.

00 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26(O&G)                                                                               
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 Alaska                                       
03 Statehood Act, approved by the United States Congress on July 7, 1958, in                                               
04 which the Congress accepted, ratified, and confirmed the Constitution of the                                            
05 State of Alaska previously adopted by a vote of the people of Alaska on                                                 
06 April 24, 1956.                                                                                                         
07 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
08  WHEREAS the Congress of the United States, by the Alaska Statehood Act approved                                        
09 on July 7, 1958, accepted, ratified, and confirmed the state constitution that had been adopted                         
10 by a vote of the people of Alaska in the election held on April 24, 1956; and                                           
11  WHEREAS the Alaska Statehood Act provided for the admission of the State of                                            
12 Alaska into the Union on an equal footing with the other states of the Union, upon compliance                           
13 with certain procedural requirements specified in that Act; and                                                         
14  WHEREAS the Alaska Statehood Act contains a binding contract between the people                                        
01 of Alaska and the federal government that the state will receive 90 percent of all oil, gas, and                        
02 coal leasing royalties from federal land in Alaska; and                                                                 
03  WHEREAS the State of Alaska had 35 years from the date of admission into the                                           
04 Union to select public land that was vacant, unappropriated, and unreserved in order to                                 
05 establish communities and recreational areas and promote economic development; and                                      
06  WHEREAS the federal government has both a moral and legal duty to honor the                                            
07 obligations set out in the several acts admitting Alaska into the Union; and                                            
08  WHEREAS the people of the State of Alaska relied on that royalty-sharing provision                                     
09 in ratifying the Alaska Statehood Act on April 24, 1956; and                                                            
10  WHEREAS the United States Congress included the 90-10 royalty-sharing formula                                          
11 in the compact because Alaska, unlike all other public land states, was not covered by the                              
12 federal Reclamation Act and did not derive benefits from that Act; and                                                  
13  WHEREAS the Congress, in the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 191), intended the                                         
14 37 1/2 percent royalty to be paid by the United States Treasury for the construction and                                
15 maintenance of public roads, and for support of public schools or other public educational                              
16 institutions; and                                                                                                       
17  WHEREAS the remaining 52 1/2 percent royalty as set out in the Mineral Leasing Act                                     
18 (30 U.S.C. 191) shall be paid directly to the State of Alaska for disposition by the legislature                        
19 in lieu of payment to the Reclamation Fund created by the United States Congress; and                                   
20  WHEREAS the Congress also intended in the Alaska Statehood Act to compensate                                           
21 Alaska for the large federal land reservations that stifle economic development; and                                    
22  WHEREAS any reduction in the royalty-sharing percentage will infringe on Alaska's                                      
23 constitutional rights; and                                                                                              
24  WHEREAS Alaska opposes any unilateral reductions in royalty revenue from federal                                       
25 land exploration and development;                                                                                       
26  BE IT RESOLVED that any attempt by the United States Congress or the President                                         
27 of the United States to impose on the State of Alaska anything less than what was promised                              
28 at statehood penalizes the people of Alaska; and be it                                                                  
29  FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Congress join with the state in                                                
30 upholding the Alaska Statehood Compact.                                                                                 
31  COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the                                
01 United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and President                            
02 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the U.S. House of                                           
03 Representatives; the Honorable Bob Dole, Senate Majority Leader; the Honorable Bruce                                    
04 Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior; the Honorable Frank Murkowski, Chair of the Senate                                  
05 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Honorable Don Young, Chair of the House                                  
06 Committee on Public Lands and Resources; the Honorable Ted Stevens, U.S. Senator, member                                
07 of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and to the governors of the states and to the presiding                           
08 officers of the houses of the state legislatures.