AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Concurrent Resolution 10

Oppose Federal Control Of State Land & Water

Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 43
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker

Co-Sponsors: Rep. Stoltze, Rep. Lynn, 0, Rep. Kelly, Rep. Millett, Rep. Neuman, Rep. Olson, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Wilson
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Rep. Mike Hawker R-28
Ak Legislative Majority

Rep. Mike Hawker (R-28)
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Urging the Governor to exercise all available legal options to restrain the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, from intruding on the sovereign right of the state to exercise jurisdiction over navigable water and submerged land and urging the Governor to allocate sufficient resources to the Department of Law, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Fish and Game to defend the state's right to manage the public use of its navigable water.

Posted: April 1, 2009 : vCSHCR 10(RES)
Bill Version: CSHCR 10(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 43 : 2010-08-03

The State of Alaska owns and has the right to manage submerged land and navigable water in the state, unless Congress has specifically limited the state's authority. However, due to federal action, Alaska is quickly losing one if its most valuable assets and Alaskans are losing the ability to access these resources.

Starting in 1996, the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, began regulating public use of Alaska's navigable waterways. In the past 12 years, despite the state's continued protest and efforts to administratively address this problem, Alaskans' right to access and use Alaskan land has been eroded.

House Concurrent Resolution 10 reaffirms our sovereignty and asks for the governor to exercise all available legal options to protect our citizens from this inappropriate preemption of our state's rights. We must take action now to ensure that our right to manage our resources, as guaranteed by Alaska's Constitution, and both federal and state law, is protected.

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2009-04-10 : [AUDIO] Rep. Hawker Defends Alaska's Rights from Federal Encroachment
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