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SCS CSHB 115(RES): "An Act relating to the sovereignty of the state and the state's right to a credit or setoff for amounts or injuries inequitably or unlawfully caused or claimed by the federal government; requiring the United States to lift certain land orders and federal withdrawals; relating to the transfer of public land or interests in public land from the federal government to the state and to the disposal of that land or any interest in land; and providing for an effective date."

00                SENATE CS FOR CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 115(RES)                                                             
01 "An Act relating to the sovereignty of the state and the state's right to a credit or setoff                            
02 for amounts or injuries inequitably or unlawfully caused or claimed by the federal                                      
03 government; requiring the United States to lift certain land orders and federal                                         
04 withdrawals; relating to the transfer of public land or interests in public land from the                               
05 federal government to the state and to the disposal of that land or any interest in land;                               
06 and providing for an effective date."                                                                                   
07 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
08    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
09 to read:                                                                                                                
10       SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Alaska Sovereignty and Transfer of                                      
11 Federal Public Land to Alaska Act.                                                                                      
12    * Sec. 2. AS 44.03 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
13            Sec. 44.03.005. State sovereignty; right to setoffs. (a) The state solemnly                                
01       affirms its state sovereignty and fully reserves and asserts all rights and powers                                
02       directly and indirectly related to those rights and powers under the Ninth and the                                
03       Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.                                                        
04            (b)  The affirmation, reservation, and assertion in (a) of this section include the                          
05       reservation of the rights of the state to claim a credit or setoff for any amount or injury                       
06       inequitably or unlawfully caused or claimed by the federal government.                                            
07    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
08 read:                                                                                                                   
09       TRANSFER OF FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND; RECEIPT BY THE STATE. (a) Before                                                 
10 January 1, 2017, the United States shall, subject to acceptance by the state,                                           
11            (1)  relinquish title to public land or an interest in land in the state; and                                
12            (2)  transfer title to public land or an interest in land to the state.                                      
13       (b)  Under the authority in AS 38.05.035(a)(11) or as otherwise provided by law, the                              
14 director of the division of lands in the Department of Natural Resources shall accept the land                          
15 and interest in land conveyed to the state under (a)(2) of this section on behalf of the state if                       
16 the director determines that the acceptance is in the best interest of the state.                                       
17       (c)  If the land or interest in land the state receives under (a)(2) of this section is sold,                     
18 leased, or granted, each contract for the sale, lease, or grant of state land or interest in land,                      
19 and each deed for state land, properties, or an interest in land transferred by the state must                          
20 include a reservation using the language provided for a reservation in AS 38.05.125(a).                                 
21       (d)  In this section, "public land" means federal land in the state except for land                               
22            (1)  to which title is held by a person that is not a governmental entity;                                   
23            (2)  used for military or naval purposes, including a military reservation; or                               
24            (3)  that was a national park on January 1, 2015.                                                            
25    * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
26 read:                                                                                                                   
27       LIFTING OF PUBLIC LAND ORDERS; PERIOD FOR MINERAL                                                                 
28 EXPLORATION AND RESOURCE EVALUATION. (a) For land not transferred to the state                                          
29 under sec. 3(a)(2) of this Act, the United States shall lift all public land orders and federal                         
30 withdrawals subsequent to those public land orders of land in the state, except for land that is                        
31 used for military or naval purposes, including a military reservation, so that state land                               
01 selections that are currently in top-filed status on that land may attach.                                              
02       (b)  To allow the state sufficient time to conduct mineral exploration and resource                               
03 evaluation on the land subject to public land orders and federal withdrawals under (a) of this                          
04 section, 43 U.S.C. 1635(f)(1) (sec. 906(f)(1), Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation                              
05 Act, P.L. 96-487, 94 Stat. 2371) is suspended until the later of January 1, 2037, 20 years after                        
06 the date the last public land order is lifted under (a) of this section, or the date the last                           
07 withdrawal subsequent to those public land orders is lifted.                                                            
08    * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).