AK House Majority
The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010  
Sponsor Statement: House Joint Resolution 27

State Sovereignty

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Rep. Mike Kelly R-7
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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-7)
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Relating to sovereign powers of the state.

Posted: March 30, 2009 : v26-LS0760\A
Bill Version: SCS CSHJR 27(2D RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 28 : 2009-07-10

HJR 27 re-asserts Alaska's rights as a sovereign. The resolution reminds the federal government that the 10th Amendment limits the scope of federal power to that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more. Each state possesses a vast array of rights that our Founders strove to make certain the federal government could not usurp, rights the federal government seems to increasingly have ignored or diminished.

This year several resolutions before the House refer to the abuse of federal powers and the consequences that abuse poses for Alaska including:

  • HR 8 and SR 6 Resolutions opposing the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) proposal to require in-state general aviation to implement a Large Aircraft Security Plan, similar to that in effect for major Interstate and International airports and flights.
  • HJR 17 A Resolution opposing the "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act" which would violate Alaskans' 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
  • SCR 3 A Resolution Urging the Governor to take action against the US Department of the Interior for violating our right to manage our millions of acres of navigable waters and submerged lands.
  • HB 186 A bill exempting firearms manufactured and kept in Alaska from federal regulation.

The federal government's encroachment on state's rights doesn't stop there. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "the volume of federal legislation that preempts state authority has increased" and "pressure continues to mount for Congress and the White House to support federal usurpation of state authority in a variety of areas such as criminal law, tort reform, driver's license security and the environment." Unfunded mandates in Medicare, Medicaid and Education spending, preemption of state absentee voting laws and product liability and consumer protection standards should be added to the list of over-reaching federal authority. As the 9th and 10th amendments to the United States Constitution anticipated, the states must forever retain the power and flexibility to craft innovative solutions to their own problems.

Often the broad manner in which laws are written in congress can most politely be described as overreaching and cavalier. One example that concerns Alaskans is a Congressional proposal that could turn into the confiscation of our firearms in violation of the 2nd Amendment. HJR 27 tells the feds to back off, that Alaska has the authority and right to determine how best to govern our state.

I would appreciate your support for this resolution.

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2009-04-06 : [AUDIO] Rep. Kelly Explains Why HJR 27 is Needed
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