SSSJR 5: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States establishing the rights of victims of crimes.
00SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 5 01 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States establishing the 02 rights of victims of crimes. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS, in applying and interpreting the vital guarantees of the United States 05 Constitution that protect all citizens, the criminal justice system has lost an essential balance; 06 and 07 WHEREAS the criminal justice system has not provided adequate protection to the 08 innocent, the honest, and the helpless victims of crime; and 09 WHEREAS in 1982 the president's Task Force on Victims of Crime recommended 10 an amendment to the Constitution of the United States addressing victims' rights identical to 11 that being proposed in this resolution; and 12 WHEREAS, under Article V of the Constitution of the United States, amendments to 13 the Constitution of the United States may be proposed by the Congress of the United States 14 or, upon the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the states, the Congress shall call
01 a constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing amendments; 02 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Congress of the United 03 States is requested to propose and submit to the states an amendment to the Sixth Amendment 04 to the Constitution of the United States by adding language to the end of the Sixth 05 Amendment that reads substantially as follows: 06 Additionally, the crime victim has the right to be present at all criminal 07 proceedings where the accused has the right to be present and the victim has 08 the right to be heard, upon request, at sentencing, before or after conviction, 09 and at any proceeding where the accused's release from custody is considered. 10 and be it 11 FURTHER RESOLVED that, alternatively, the Alaska State Legislature makes 12 application and requests that the Congress of the United States call a convention for the sole 13 and exclusive purpose of proposing substantially the same amendment to the Constitution of 14 the United States; and be it 15 FURTHER RESOLVED that if the Congress proposes such an amendment to the 16 Constitution of the United States, this application and request for a constitutional convention 17 shall no longer be of any force or effect; and be it 18 FURTHER RESOLVED that this application and request shall not be of any force 19 or effect if the convention is not limited to the exclusive purpose specified by this resolution. 20 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the 21 United States; to Sheila P. Burke, the Secretary of the U.S. Senate; to Robin Hewlett Carle, 22 the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 23 Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 24 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.