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2015-04-17 Senate Journal

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2015-04-17                     Senate Journal                      Page 1075
HJR 24                                                                                                                        
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24 Urging the federal                                                                                
government to honor its commitments to transfer land to the state; and                                                          
urging the United States Secretary of the Interior and the United States                                                        
Congress to adhere to the recommendations of the United States                                                                  
Department of the Interior in its 2006 report under the Alaska Land                                                             
Transfer Acceleration Act, including lifting withdrawals, was read the                                                          
second time.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2015-04-17                     Senate Journal                      Page 1076
Senator Gardner offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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     Delete the first occurrence of "and"                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 5, following "withdrawals":                                                                                      
     Insert "; and urging the United States Secretary of the Interior                                                         
to review the transfer of designated school trust land to the state"                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS,in 1915, the United States Congress granted to the                                                               
Territory of Alaska sections 16 and 36 of all surveyed townships in                                                             
trust for the support of public elementary and secondary education;                                                             
and                                                                                                                             
     WHEREAS a township is a division of territory six miles square,                                                          
containing 36 sections; and                                                                                                     
     WHEREAS receipts from those funds were put into a school                                                                 
lands trust fund for education and then distributed to schools; and                                                             
     WHEREAS, following statehood, Alaska patented to state                                                                   
ownership about 101,000 acres of school trust land reserved during the                                                          
territorial period, but the Alaska State Legislature then designated the                                                        
land as general grant land; and                                                                                                 
     WHEREAS there are a potential 23,000,000 acres of school trust                                                           
land if the trust were reconstituted as mandated in the federally                                                               
established program; and                                                                                                        
     WHEREAS the school lands trust would provide a new and                                                                   
reliable source of income for the schools; and                                                                                  
     WHEREAS, when Alaska was founded, it was the founders'                                                                   
intention that the school lands trust would support public schools                                                              
statewide;                                                                                                                      
     BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the                                                               
United States Secretary of the Interior to review the transfer of                                                               
designated school trust land to the state under the 1915 federal land                                                           
grant; and be it"                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
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2015-04-17                     Senate Journal                      Page 1077
Senator Gardner moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                                                      
Senator Coghill objected.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The question being:  "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?"  The roll                                                              
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HJR 24                                                                                                                          
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 1                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  7   NAYS:  13   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bishop, Dunleavy, Egan, Ellis, Gardner, Stoltze, Wielechowski                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kelly,                                                                     
MacKinnon, McGuire, Meyer, Micciche, Olson, Stedman, Stevens                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 1 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Coghill moved and asked unanimous consent that the                                                                      
resolution be advanced to third reading and placed on final passage.                                                            
Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24 was read the third time.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24                                                                        
Urging the federal government to honor its commitments to transfer                                                              
land to the state; and urging the United States Secretary of the Interior                                                       
and the United States Congress to adhere to the recommendations of                                                              
the United States Department of the Interior in its 2006 report under                                                           
the Alaska Land Transfer Acceleration Act, including lifting                                                                    
withdrawals, pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with the following                                                            
result:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HJR 24                                                                                                                          
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  20   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Dunleavy, Egan, Ellis, Gardner,                                                               
Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kelly, MacKinnon, McGuire, Meyer,                                                                    
Micciche, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Stoltze, Wielechowski                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
and so, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24 passed the Senate,                                                                        
was signed by the President and Secretary and returned to the House.