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.