Whereas, Management of public lands and energy resources has a direct fiscal impact on state economies and state budgets; and
Whereas, Public lands should be managed to encourage environmentally responsible energy development and further restrictions to energy development on public lands are not only unnecessary, but also increase the United States’ reliance on foreign energy sources; and
Whereas, State governments and regulatory agencies are best positioned to address the unique management needs of local resources, wildlife and vegetation; and
Whereas, Cost-benefit and job-impact analyses are required in many states before new state rules or regulations are adopted; and
Whereas, Regulations and federal mandates are stifling the economy, resulting in lost opportunities to create jobs; and
Whereas, Court settlements between the federal government and environmental groups are severely limiting the ability for states to manage lands and resources within their borders; and
Whereas, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act requires coordination with local governments regarding federal lands management decisions; and
Whereas, Seventeen Governors have voiced their concerns to the federal government about the over-reaching nature of proposed rules and draft guidance that erodes traditional state authority;
Therefore be it resolved: The American Legislative Exchange Council requests Congress and the Administration to acknowledge and respect the role of states in a federal constitutional republic.
The United States Congress, which represents the interests of the states individually and collectively, acts as trustee of the public lands to appropriately manage the resources within a state’s borders pending their imminent disposition upon a state’s admission to the union.
ALEC further calls on Congress and the Administration to commit to greater consultation with the states and to recognize cost-benefit and job-impact analyses must be addressed in order to understand how federal regulations impact states and their respective citizens.