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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8
INTRODUCED BY A. CURTISS, M. BRAINARD, D. FUCHS, K. MILLER,
S. ORR, D. WAGNER, B. DAVIES, T. KEATING
A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA OPPOSING DESIGNATION OF ANY RIVER IN MONTANA AS AN AMERICAN HERITAGE RIVER UNDER THE FEDERAL AMERICAN HERITAGE RIVERS INITIATIVE.
WHEREAS, the President of the United States has, by Executive Order 13061, created the American Heritage Rivers initiative; and
WHEREAS, the initiative allows a local river community to nominate its river for designation by the President as an American Heritage River; and
WHEREAS, the initiative provides no meaningful protection of state or private property along designated rivers; and
WHEREAS, the initiative creates a new layer of federal bureaucracy and engages 12 federal agencies in its implementation.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the Montana Legislature oppose the nomination or designation of any river in Montana as an American Heritage River under the American Heritage Rivers initiative.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State send copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate of the U.S. Congress, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Montana Congressional Delegation.
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