HJR 31: Relating to requesting the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that would address emergency appointments to and powers of the United States Senate.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 31 01 Relating to requesting the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the 02 Constitution of the United States that would address emergency appointments to and 03 powers of the United States Senate. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the terrible events of September 11, 2001, have demonstrated that the 06 United States is vulnerable to attack by terrorists; and 07 WHEREAS terrorists or other enemies of the United States have focused attacks on 08 important seats of governmental power; and 09 WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States has procedures that are inadequate 10 to enable the United States Congress to continue to function if a majority of its seats were to 11 become vacant due to an attack on the United States or as a result of a natural disaster or other 12 emergency; 13 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Congress of the United 14 States is respectfully requested to propose and submit to the states an amendment to the 15 Constitution of the United States that would establish procedures to ensure that the United
01 States Congress will continue to function after emergencies which cause many vacancies in 02 the body; and be it 03 FURTHER RESOLVED that the proposed amendment might contain procedures 04 whereby, if a majority of the seats in the United States Senate become vacant, the legislatures 05 of each of the states with vacant seats would make appointments within 10 days to fill those 06 vacancies; and be it 07 FURTHER RESOLVED that the proposed amendment also might permit the United 08 States Senate to exercise all of the powers of the United States Congress if a majority of the 09 seats in the United States House of Representatives were to become vacant and might 10 establish procedures under which the United States Senate would temporarily act as a 11 unicameral body until vacancies in the United States House of Representatives are filled. 12 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Thomas Daschle, Majority 13 Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Trent Lott, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 14 Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable 15 Richard A. Gephardt, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; and to the 16 Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the 17 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.