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SSHR 5: Establishing the House Special Committee on Federal Overreach.

00               SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 5                                                             
01 Establishing the House Special Committee on Federal Overreach.                                                          
02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:                                                                         
03       WHEREAS the House of Representatives recognizes and salutes the many historic                                   
04 achievements of the federal government, including the federal government's fulfillment of its                           
05 duty to guarantee popular government in each state; and                                                                 
06       WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States enumerates the powers of the                                      
07 federal government, limiting its attention to national objects only, and reserves for the states                        
08 all residuary powers, providing a framework that is prerequisite to the vitality of the states as                       
09 self-governing bodies within the republic; and                                                                          
10       WHEREAS the conduct of the federal government in Alaska's affairs since statehood                               
11 concerns Alaskans and the legislature; and                                                                              
12       WHEREAS, for years, Alaska's government and its delegation to the United States                                 
13 Congress have sought remedy to address concerns over state and federal relations and have                               
14 been generally unsuccessful; and                                                                                        
15       WHEREAS the federal government's most recent infringements on Alaska's state                                    
16 sovereignty recklessly disregard the state's duty and responsibility to manage its land, and the                        
01 provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, passed by the United                                 
02 States Congress in 1980, and concern all Alaskans from all political philosophies; and                                  
03       WHEREAS the House of Representatives is sensitive to similar infringements by the                               
04 federal government on the rights of other states; and                                                                   
05       WHEREAS Alaskans and the officers, judges, and legislators of the state government                              
06 are competent to understand the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the                           
07 State of Alaska, and federal and state laws, and understand and are protective of their natural                         
08 and constitutional rights; and                                                                                          
09       WHEREAS state governments generally, and the government of the State of Alaska                                  
10 specifically, have a duty to defend the integrity of the Constitution of the United States, the                         
11 Constitution of the State of Alaska, and the constitution of each state government                                      
12 respectively, and to restore to the federal government its proper role as defined in the                                
13 Constitution; and                                                                                                       
14       WHEREAS the House of Representatives, conscious of the gravity of the present                                   
15 circumstances, recognizes the importance of restoring the proper balance of powers between                              
16 the states and the federal government;                                                                                  
17       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives that the House Special                                           
18 Committee on Federal Overreach is established to                                                                        
19            (1)  restore and maintain state sovereignty against any attempted                                            
20 unconstitutional exercise of federal power in Alaska;                                                                   
21            (2)  study and consider the implications, risks, and effects of a potential                                  
22 reduction in federal funds and what that reduction might mean to Alaska and Alaskans;                                   
23            (3)  compile the clearest and most harmful examples of unconstitutional                                      
24 exercises of federal power that warrant the state's reaffirmation of constitutional authority;                          
25            (4)  coordinate with civic and professional associations within and outside the                              
26 state that share a similar mission with the committee to exchange useful research and plans;                            
27            (5)  hold public hearings and forums and encourage wide public debate on                                     
28 subjects within the committee's jurisdiction;                                                                           
29            (6)  encourage greater communication with other state governments on those                                   
30 subjects and to consider joint action with those states to assert and protect state sovereignty;                        
31            (7)  submit reports to the Alaska House of Representatives by January 15,                                    
01 2016, and by January 15, 2017, reporting on the committee's progress and making                                         
02 recommendations concerning its plan to achieve state sovereignty, including the                                         
03 recommendations set out in this resolution; and be it                                                                   
04       FURTHER RESOLVED that the membership of the House Special Committee on                                          
05 Federal Overreach shall be composed of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or a                                
06 member of the House of Representatives selected as the Speaker's designee serving as the                                
07 chair of the committee, and four members of the House of Representatives appointed by the                               
08 Speaker, two of whom shall be members of the minority caucus of the House of                                            
09 Representatives; and be it                                                                                              
10       FURTHER RESOLVED that the House Special Committee on Federal Overreach                                          
11 shall meet during the interim between legislative sessions, and the chair of the House Special                          
12 Committee on Federal Overreach shall make reasonable efforts to schedule joint meetings,                                
13 and encourage coordination, with a similar committee of the Alaska State Senate if one is                               
14 established; and be it                                                                                                  
15       FURTHER RESOLVED that committee members are encouraged to work together                                         
16 constructively in a bipartisan manner to achieve a consensus and results that will not only                             
17 solve problems in state and federal relations but also demonstrate to Alaskans and to all                               
18 Americans that Alaskans can work together to lead the state and country to meet the                                     
19 challenges confronting us; and be it                                                                                    
20       FURTHER RESOLVED that the House Special Committee on Federal Overreach is                                       
21 encouraged to conduct meetings electronically or telephonically and take other reasonable                               
22 steps to save costs by using current staff resources; and be it                                                         
23       FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives urges the Governor to                                        
24 form a working group to restore and maintain the constitutional division of powers and                                  
25 responsibilities between the state and federal governments, to coordinate and confer with the                           
26 House Special Committee on Federal Overreach and any similar committee of the Alaska                                    
27 State Senate, should a Senate committee be established, and to establish a national network of                          
28 similar organizations; and be it                                                                                        
29       FURTHER RESOLVED that the House Special Committee on Federal Overreach                                          
30 terminates on January 15, 2017.