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Enrolled SJR 11: Urging the United States to issue a Presidential permit authorizing a railroad crossing of the Alaska-Canada border from state land into Yukon, Canada; and supporting cooperation between the United States and Canada to establish a public-private partnership for construction of a railroad from Alberta, Canada, to the state that would connect the Alaska Railroad to the North American railroad system.

00 Enrolled SJR 11                                                                                                         
01 Urging the United States to issue a Presidential permit authorizing a railroad crossing of the                          
02 Alaska-Canada border from state land into Yukon, Canada; and supporting cooperation                                     
03 between the United States and Canada to establish a public-private partnership for                                      
04 construction of a railroad from Alberta, Canada, to the state that would connect the Alaska                             
05 Railroad to the North American railroad system.                                                                         
06                                          _______________                                                                
07 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
08      WHEREAS, in 1914, the United States Congress passed legislation authorizing                                        
09 construction of up to 1,000 miles of railroad in the Territory of Alaska to connect coastal and                         
10 interior regions of the territory and support mineral and agricultural development, freight and                         
11 passenger service, and military operations, yet little more than 500 miles of the Alaska                                
12 Railroad have been built under both federal and state governments; and                                                  
13      WHEREAS, in 2004, the Twenty-Third Alaska State Legislature authorized the                                         
14 Alaska Railroad Corporation, under AS 42.40.460(a), to "delineate a proposed transportation                             
15 corridor between the existing railroad utility corridor of the Alaska Railroad and the border of                        
16 Alaska and Canada," which would be approximately 250 miles, and, under AS 42.40.465(a),                                 
01 to "investigate extension of the Alaska Railroad from the border of Alaska and Canada to                                
02 connect with the North American railroad system," which would be approximately 1,200                                    
03 additional miles; and                                                                                                   
04      WHEREAS previous state studies, private estimates, and a 2016 Van Horne Institute                                  
05 study financed by the government of Alberta, Canada, indicate that a railroad connecting                                
06 Alberta to the state could attract enough traffic to be economically viable despite capital costs                       
07 estimated at over $17,000,000,000; and                                                                                  
08      WHEREAS the Alaska Railroad Corporation could enter into public-private                                            
09 partnerships to support financing, construction, and operation of a railroad connecting the                             
10 Alaska Railroad to the North American railroad system; and                                                              
11      WHEREAS the state would not be required to provide funding for a railroad project                                  
12 connecting Alberta, Canada, to the state; and                                                                           
13      WHEREAS, in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11423, as                                     
14 amended, requiring a Presidential permit to be granted before infrastructure connecting the                             
15 United States with a foreign country is constructed and operated; and                                                   
16      WHEREAS Presidential permission to construct and operate a railroad from Alberta,                                  
17 Canada, to the state, with the cooperation of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, is sought to                             
18 reduce regulatory risk and to facilitate raising the necessary global risk capital for the                              
19 engineering, permitting, construction, and operation of a railroad from Alberta to the state;                           
20 and                                                                                                                     
21      WHEREAS the United States and the state have long enjoyed and relied on peaceful                                   
22 cooperation with Canada with respect to the railroad over White Pass, from Skagway into                                 
23 Yukon, Canada, and roads connecting the state to Canada and the contiguous United States,                               
24 including the Taylor Highway, the Alaska Highway, the Haines Highway, the South Klondike                                
25 Highway, and the Cassiar Highway; and                                                                                   
26      WHEREAS Indigenous peoples in Canada, Alaska Natives, and residents of                                             
27 communities along the route of the proposed railroad connecting Alberta, Canada, to the state                           
28 would have the opportunity to be involved, to comment on the project, and to understand the                             
29 purpose and location of the route; and                                                                                  
30      WHEREAS some of the state's Pacific ports could contribute to faster and more                                      
31 efficient shipping of goods in and out of North America if a railroad connecting Alberta,                               
01 Canada, to the state were constructed; and                                                                              
02      WHEREAS a railroad connecting Alberta, Canada, to the state would further the                                      
03 security and global competitive economic positions of the United States and Canada and                                  
04 enable new economic opportunities for the state and Yukon, British Columbia, and Alberta,                               
05 Canada;                                                                                                                 
06      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States to issue                                  
07 a Presidential permit allowing a railroad crossing of the Alaska-Canada border from state land                          
08 into Yukon, Canada; and be it                                                                                           
09      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States to                                      
10 issue a Presidential permit allowing a railroad connecting Alberta, Canada, to the state as soon                        
11 as practicable to reduce any regulatory risk for the project; and be it                                                 
12      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports the highest safety                                     
13 and environmental standards for the construction and operation of railroads connecting the                              
14 state to Canada; and be it                                                                                              
15      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports participation by                                       
16 Indigenous peoples in Canada, Alaska Natives, and residents of communities along the route                              
17 of proposed railroads connecting the state to Canada in the development of the project; and be                          
18 it                                                                                                                      
19      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature welcomes a public-private                                       
20 partnership with the Alaska Railroad Corporation to facilitate global capital investment in the                         
21 development of a railroad connecting Alberta, Canada, to the state, and encourages                                      
22 cooperation between the United States and Canada, specifically between the state, and Yukon,                            
23 British Columbia, and Alberta, Canada, to speed the development of the project; and be it                               
24      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature welcomes the                                                    
25 participation of global investors, state residents, Alaska Native corporations, state tribal                            
26 entities, and Indigenous peoples in Canada subject to each investor's due diligence, to help                            
27 develop a railroad connecting the state to Canada.                                                                      
28      COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Donald J. Trump, President                                
29 of the United States; the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; the                                
30 Honorable Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State; the Honourable David                                           
31 MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States; the Honourable Chrystia                                         
01 Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada; the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of                                 
02 Transport, Canada; the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous                                         
03 Relations, Canada; the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and                                    
04 Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, Canada; the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, United States                                
05 Secretary of Transportation; the Honorable Rick Perry, United States Secretary of Energy; the                           
06 Honorable Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative; the Honorable David                                 
07 Bernhardt, United States Secretary of the Interior; the Honorable Kevin McAleenan, Acting                               
08 United States Secretary of Homeland Security; the Honorable Kyle K. Hipsley, Commissioner                               
09 for the United States, International Boundary Commission; the Honourable Jean Gagnon,                                   
10 Commissioner for Canada, International Boundary Commission; the Honorable Ann D.                                        
11 Begeman, Chair, United States Surface Transportation Board; the Honourable Scott Streiner,                              
12 Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Canadian Transportation Agency; the Honorable Kelly                                  
13 Craft, United States Ambassador to Canada; the Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of the                                  
14 House of Commons of Canada representing Yukon; the Honourable Sandy Silver, Premier of                                  
15 Yukon, Canada; the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, Canada; the                                     
16 Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, Canada; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                   
17 and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S.                                        
18 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.