CSHJR 20(ITT): Relating to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
00CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 20(ITT) 01 Relating to the North American Free Trade Agreement. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS great uncertainty exists regarding the effect of the proposed North 04 American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on state laws and regulations pertaining to 05 recycling, labeling, and other product and process standards; and 06 WHEREAS NAFTA could effectively challenge the concept of states' rights under the 07 United States Constitution by preempting state and local laws on investment, job creation, 08 consumer protection, the environment, community lending, bank regulation, and insurance; and 09 WHEREAS environmental protection laws and regulations of Alaska and other states 10 could be interpreted under NAFTA as trade barriers; and 11 WHEREAS NAFTA calls for harmonization of national and state standards, which 12 could lead to mandatory reduction of product standards to the lowest common international 13 product standards; and 14 WHEREAS NAFTA could potentially preclude preferential treatment of Alaska
01 residents and Alaska products in state procurement; and 02 WHEREAS NAFTA could limit a state's flexibility when offering special programs, 03 subsidies, or investment incentives to its domestic industries, such as fish hatcheries; and 04 WHEREAS the most recent estimate by the International Trade Commission is that 05 the United States could lose 170,000 jobs if NAFTA is approved; and 06 WHEREAS dispute resolution procedures under NAFTA are confidential and restricted 07 by federal officials, and state and local participation is absent; 08 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the President and the 09 United States Congress, before making a decision on NAFTA and not during a fast-track 10 approach to the decision, to develop a vision of international trade that safeguards the 11 constitutional and economic standing of the individual states of the United States and that is 12 based on a full assessment of the economic, environmental, and legal effects on states; and 13 be it 14 FURTHER RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that states should be 15 included as full partners in dispute resolution under NAFTA and that states' interests should 16 be vigorously defended when disputes arise; and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 18 Congress to obtain modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement in order to 19 protect the existing rights of states, where not precluded by federal law, to manage their 20 natural resources and environment, to encourage their economic development, and to protect 21 their citizens. 22 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 23 United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Vice-President of the United States and President of 24 the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Robert C. Byrd, President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate; 25 the Honorable Thomas S. Foley, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable 26 Ron Brown, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Honorable Bruce Babbitt, 27 Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior; the Honorable Mike Espy, Secretary of the 28 U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Honorable Carol M. Browner, Administrator of the U.S. 29 Environmental Protection Agency; the Honorable Mickey Kantor, U.S. Trade Representative; 30 and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and 31 the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in