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Fairbanks North Star Borough Resolution No. 95-078

Passed unanimously 11-16-95 by Borough Assembly Members: Logan, McBride, Hackenmiller, Hove, Quakenbush, Parr, St. John, LaSota, Chizmar, Kilgore, and Bartos. Introduced by Borough Mayor Jim Sampson.

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ALASKA STATEHOOD ACT AND ITS 90-10 PROVISIONS REGARDING OIL ROYALTIES

WHEREAS, the United States Congress in the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) reserved the right to permit further oil and gas exploration, development, and production within the coastal plain of ANWR, and

WHEREAS, Alaska is entitled to receive 90 percent of the oil and gas royalties in ANWR, as well as on other federal oil and gas leases in accordance with the compact provisions of the Alaska Statehood Act, and

WHEREAS, Congress is now considering, with the support of many Alaska elected officials, congressional budget bills reducing Alaska's 90 percent share of federal oil and gas royalties in violation of the Alaska Statehood Act, and

WHEREAS, it is our view that Congress cannot enact legislation in conflict with the compact provisions of the Alaska Statehood Act, unless there is an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and

WHEREAS, any changes to the Alaska Statehood act can only be made by the people of the State of Alaska in a referendum vote and not by the Alaska Legislature;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that citizens of the Fairbanks North Star Borough encourage our Congressional Delegation, Governor, and other state elected officials to support the compact provisions of the Alaska Statehood Act, and that should any legislation be passed by Congress to reduce Alaska's share of oil and gas revenue guaranteed to its citizens by the Statehood Act, that such legislation include provisions that it must be approved by a vote of the people of Alaska.

BE IT FORTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, US Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, Representative, members of the Alaskan delegation in Congress; the Honorable Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska; John Shively, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Natural Resources; the Honorable Gail Phillips, Speaker of the House, Alaska State Legislature; the Honorable Drue Pearce, President of the Senate, Alaska State Legislature; and to all other members of the Alaska State Legislature.

PASSED AND APPROVED THIS 16th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1995

Signed by Cheryl Kilgore, Presiding Officer
Attest by Mona Lisa Drexler, Municipal Borough Clerk

Ayes: Logan, McBride, Hackenmiller, Hove, Quakenbush, Parr, St. John, LaSota, Chizmar, Kilgore, and Bartos. Introduced by Borough Mayor Jim Sampson.

Noes: None

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