SJR 201: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to providing for priorities for and among subsistence uses in the allocation of fish, wildlife, and other renewable resources.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 201 01 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to providing 02 for priorities for and among subsistence uses in the allocation of fish, wildlife, and other 03 renewable resources. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. Article VIII, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended by adding a new 06 section to read: 07 Section 19. Priorities for Subsistence Uses. (a) The policy of the State of 08 Alaska is to recognize the subsistence tradition of the indigenous peoples of Alaska 09 and to accord a priority to customary and traditional subsistence uses in the allocation 10 of fish, wildlife, and other renewable resources. 11 (b) The legislature shall provide that, whenever it is necessary under the 12 sustained yield principle to impose any restrictions on the taking of a fish, wildlife, or 13 other renewable resource, the customary and traditional subsistence uses of that 14 resource by rural residents in the area of the State in which those customary and 15 traditional uses have occurred shall receive priority over all other consumptive uses of
01 the resource. When a renewable resource is not sufficient to satisfy all customary and 02 traditional subsistence uses, priorities among subsistence users shall be based on 03 customary and direct dependence on the resource as the mainstay of livelihood, 04 proximity to the resource, and the availability of alternative resources. 05 (c) The legislature may grant lower priorities for subsistence uses to other 06 residents of the State who demonstrate customary and traditional use of a fish, 07 wildlife, or other renewable resource. These priorities may be granted so long as they 08 do not diminish the subsistence priority of rural residents of the State. 09 * Sec. 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be placed before the voters of 10 the state at the next general election in conformity with art. XIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the 11 State of Alaska, and the election laws of the state.