Enrolled SR 4: Supporting the Alaska Congressional delegation in protecting the state's right to manage wildlife within its borders.
00Enrolled SR 4 01 Supporting the Alaska Congressional delegation in protecting the state's right to manage 02 wildlife within its borders. 03 _______________ 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE: 05 WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court has long interpreted the United States 06 Constitution to provide state primacy in wildlife management; and 07 WHEREAS the state's authority to manage wildlife has been recognized in federal 08 law, including the Alaska Statehood Act and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation 09 Act; and 10 WHEREAS the state had managed wildlife within the state since it was granted that 11 authority by the United States Department of the Interior in 1959, and that authority included 12 management of hunting and trapping on national wildlife refuges and national preserves; and 13 WHEREAS the state's authority to manage wildlife was inappropriately rescinded by 14 federal regulation for national preserves in October 2015 and national wildlife refuges in 15 August 2016; and 16 WHEREAS, as a result, Alaskans have lost the ability to hunt predators at certain 17 times of year or use certain practices in certain areas of the state because unelected individuals
01 within the United States Department of the Interior found those activities distasteful; and 02 WHEREAS the United States Congress has an opportunity to repeal the Refuge Rule 03 under the Congressional Review Act under resolutions of disapproval sponsored by 04 Congressman Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and Senator Dan Sullivan; and 05 WHEREAS the United States House of Representatives passed Congressman Don 06 Young's disapproval resolution by a vote of 225 to 193 on February 16, 2017; and 07 WHEREAS United States Secretary of the Interior Nominee Ryan Zinke stated at his 08 confirmation hearing on January 17, 2017, that he would conduct a formal review of both 09 rules; 10 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska Senate supports these efforts to repeal the 11 national preserve and national wildlife refuge rules to restore the state's role in wildlife 12 management; and be it 13 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska Senate congratulates Congressman Young 14 on passage of his disapproval resolution and encourages Senators Murkowski and Sullivan to 15 make all efforts to see that a resolution is also passed by the United States Senate. 16 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of 17 the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the 18 U.S. Senate; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. 19 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 20 delegation in Congress.