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CSHJR 11(STA): Relating to the increased authority granted to the President of the United States to federalize the National Guard of the individual states without the consent of the governors; and urging the United States Congress to take action to restore the sovereignty of the individual states to regulate and command the National Guard of the states.

00                 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11(STA)                                                               
01 Relating to the increased authority granted to the President of the United States to                                    
02 federalize the National Guard of the individual states without the consent of the                                       
03 governors; and urging the United States Congress to take action to restore the                                          
04 sovereignty of the individual states to regulate and command the National Guard of the                                  
05 states.                                                                                                                 
06 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
07       WHEREAS the National Guard is the oldest component of the armed forces of the                                   
08 United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions; and                                                
09       WHEREAS the National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies                             
10 in North America who were responsible for their own defense and as such organized their                                 
11 able-bodied male citizens into militias; and                                                                            
12       WHEREAS the authors of the United States Constitution empowered the United                                      
13 States Congress to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia, and, to                                
14 recognize the militia's state role, the founding fathers reserved the appointment of officers and                       
15 training of the militia to the states; and                                                                              
01       WHEREAS the federal government's preemption of the authority of the state or                                    
02 governor in natural and manmade disasters is opposed by all of the nation's governors; and                              
03       WHEREAS the role of the National Guard in the states and in the nation as a whole is                            
04 too important to have major policy decisions made without full debate and input from                                    
05 governors through the policy process;                                                                                   
06       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature exhorts the United States                                      
07 Congress and the federal administration to understand the significant effect on Alaska and all                          
08 the states by the expansion of presidential authority over the National Guard during natural                            
09 and manmade disasters; and be it                                                                                        
10       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges federal action to                                      
11 honor the sovereignty of the individual states to regulate and command National Guard troops                            
12 during emergencies and disasters, and to take whatever actions are necessary to correct the                             
13 encroachment of constitutional authority to protect the citizens of each state.                                         
14       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President                              
15 of the United States; the Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice-President of the United States                              
16 and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of                              
17 Representatives; the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski, U.S.                                       
18 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska                                       
19 delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 110th United States Congress.