Legislature(2021 - 2022)BUTROVICH 205

04/13/2021 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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          SB 118-CMTE ON NULLIFICATION OF FEDERAL LAWS                                                                      
4:03:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER announced  the consideration of SENATE  BILL NO. 118                                                               
"An Act  establishing the committee  on nullification  of federal                                                               
laws; and providing a directive to the lieutenant governor."                                                                    
4:03:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REINBOLD, speaking  as sponsor of SB  118, introduced the                                                               
legislation  first by  reading from  a document  authored by  the                                                               
North American  Law Center.  [A copy  of the  document is  in the                                                               
bill  file.] She  further  introduced the  bill  speaking to  the                                                               
following sponsor statement: [Original punctuation provided.]                                                                   
     The purpose of SB 118  is to invalidate any federal law                                                                    
     that  the  state   views  as  unconstitutional.  Thomas                                                                    
     Jefferson wrote "nullification?is  the rightful remedy"                                                                    
     in a  draft of the  Kentucky resolution in  1798. There                                                                    
     are  more than  a dozen  other states  include Alabama,                                                                    
     Arkansas,    Nebraska,   Oklahoma,    South   Carolina,                                                                    
     Tennessee, Wyoming, New  Hampshire, North Dakota, South                                                                    
     Dakota,  West  Virginia,  and  Iowa.  SB118  creates  a                                                                    
     committee  to review  federal  law  and exercise  state                                                                    
     sovereignty.   The  committee   is  comprised   of  the                                                                    
     President of the senate, six  members and not more than                                                                    
     4  from   one  political   party,  and  the   House  of                                                                    
     Representatives appointed  by the speaker as  well as 6                                                                    
     appointed members  not more than 4  from each political                                                                    
4:10:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REINBOLD  said  it  is   important  for  the  people  to                                                               
understand   that   any   federal   law  or   mandate   that   is                                                               
unconstitutional on its  face does not need to  be nullified. The                                                               
Committee on Nullification of Federal  Laws is a formal committee                                                               
of  the legislative  branch that  is created  to address  serious                                                               
issues such as the infringement on gun rights.                                                                                  
4:11:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REINBOLD paraphrased  the  following sectional  analysis                                                               
for SB 118: [Original punctuation provided.]                                                                                    
     Section One:  Establishes a committee  on Nullification                                                                    
     of  Federal Laws  as a  permanent interim  committee of                                                                    
     the legislature composed of:                                                                                               
          a. President of the senate, or the President's                                                                        
          b. Six members of the senate appointed by the                                                                         
          president of the senate with no more than four                                                                        
          members being of the same political party.                                                                            
          c. The Speaker of the House of Representatives or                                                                     
          the speakers designee                                                                                                 
          d. Six members of the house of representatives                                                                        
          appointed by the speaker with not more than four                                                                      
          members being of the same political party.                                                                            
     Section  Two: Adds  a new  section, Directive,  the Lt.                                                                    
     Governor shall  forward a copy of  the enrolled version                                                                    
     of this bill to the  President of the United Sates, the                                                                    
     President of  the United States Senate,  the Speaker of                                                                    
     the United  States House  of Representatives,  and each                                                                    
     member of the Alaska congressional delegation.                                                                             
CHAIR SHOWER found no questions or comments                                                                                     
4:12:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER opened public testimony on SB 118.                                                                                 
4:13:21 PM                                                                                                                    
STUART THOMPSON,  representing self, Wasilla, Alaska  stated that                                                               
SB  118 is  a good  idea  and constitutionally  justified in  the                                                               
pursuit  of the  philosophy of  the  separation of  powers and  a                                                               
series  of  checks and  balances.  The  founders understood  that                                                               
abuse of  power and  government corruption  has the  potential to                                                               
grow  through  time.  He  highlighted  that  Art.  XII,  Sec.  14                                                               
empowers the  legislature or the  Alaska people to  check federal                                                               
statutes infringing upon certain  Alaskan interests. He suggested                                                               
the  members of  the  committee  formed by  this  bill study  and                                                               
comprehend this  provision. He  recommended modifications  to the                                                               
bill to  defend it against inappropriate  attacks or uncontrolled                                                               
judicial interpretation. He urged the  committee to pass the bill                                                               
4:16:10 PM                                                                                                                    
MIKE  COONS,  representing  self,  Palmer,  Alaska,  stated  full                                                               
support for SB 118. He charged  that Congress and the White House                                                               
are attacking  constitutional rights  on a  daily basis.  He said                                                               
Alaska  is   thankfully  a  sanctuary   state  due   to  previous                                                               
legislatures.  He  emphasized  that   Alaska,  along  with  other                                                               
conservative constitution-loving states must join  in to tell the                                                               
socialist Congress  and now the  White House a resounding  no. He                                                               
said the constitution  did not envision a  central government but                                                               
rather a group of states with  powers. He said nullification is a                                                               
solid existing law  for both individuals and the state  to use to                                                               
address harmful federal laws. He  said this legislation is needed                                                               
and he hopes other states follow Alaska's example.                                                                              
4:18:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRIS  EICHENLAUBE,  representing  self, Wasilla,  Alaska  stated                                                               
that he was speaking  in support of SB 118 because  it is a great                                                               
idea. He thanked the sponsor for introducing the bill.                                                                          
CHAIR SHOWER expressed concern that  regardless of which party is                                                               
in  office, there  has  been a  consistent  march toward  federal                                                               
supremacy. He voiced support for local control.                                                                                 
4:20:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRISTINE  HUTCHINSON, representing  self, Kenai,  Alaska, stated                                                               
support for SB  118 and the sovereign rights of  states. She said                                                               
the federal  government is overrunning  states' rights and  it is                                                               
the  obligation of  each  state to  hold  the federal  government                                                               
accountable for infringing. She  expressed hope that all Senators                                                               
support SB 118 and urged them to read her POMS.                                                                                 
4:21:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER closed  public testimony on SB 118  and advised that                                                               
written testimony  could be sent  to ssta@akleg.gov and  it would                                                               
be entered into the public record.                                                                                              
[SB 118 was held in committee.]                                                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 23 Support Written Public Testimony.pdf SSTA 4/13/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 23