House Joint Resolution No. 25
Introduced By brainard, prouse, clark, orr, cobb, tash, wells, curtiss, stovall, zook, kasten, beaudry, boharski, simpkins, jenkins, emerson, baer, mahlum, benedict, keating
A Joint Resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the state of Montana urging Congress to reaffirm its power over international agreements that concern the use and management of land and resources belonging to the United States, the individual states, and the people.
WHEREAS, the federal government
has signed various treaties and agreements with the United Nations IS THE SOLE
NEGOTIATOR OF TREATIES AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR THE UNITED STATES; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has signed various agreements with foreign countries and other international organizations; and
WHEREAS, many of these treaties and agreements MAY POTENTIALLY jeopardize the sovereign right of the people of the United States to regulate domestic decisions regarding the use of public lands, environmental protection, and natural resources; and
WHEREAS, federal agencies have readily adopted implementation of
the POTENTIALLY harmful policies, including
world heritage areas, biosphere reserves, and the American heritage areas program; and
the SOME federal and international proposals invite the destruction of CONFLICT WITH private property
WHEREAS, the western states depend on the reasonable multiple use of public and private land to sustain their economies and the livelihood of their citizens; and
WHEREAS, prohibiting specific uses on nonfederal lands could cause significant negative impact on the value of nonfederal property and on local economies; and
WHEREAS, the power to plan or zone private land is a power reserved to the sovereign states and to the people of the states; and
WHEREAS, the enormity of some of the proposed plans, such as the Rocky Mountain Heritage Corridor and the
Mississippi River Valley Heritage Corridor, demonstrates an
inexcusable EXCESSIVE federal arrogance; and WHEREAS, actions already taken by the President of the United States diminish the authority of Congress and of the states
to make rules and regulations respecting the use of public and private lands INVOLVEMENT.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That this body request our Congressional Delegation to aggressively work to reaffirm the power of Congress under Article IV of the United States Constitution over international agreements that concern the use and management of land and resources belonging to the United States, the individual states, and the people.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we oppose all programs, such as world heritage areas, biosphere reserves, and the American heritage areas, that usurp the sovereign rights of the people of the United States and the State of Montana.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we request Congress to
move to prevent the President, the Secretary of the Interior, or
federal agencies from changing the use of any land owned by the United States without approval of the full Congress
FULFILL ITS OBLIGATION TO THE NATION BY CAREFULLY READING ALL DOCUMENTS THAT PERTAIN
TO TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS AND BY FULLY EXAMINING AND DEBATING THE ISSUES THAT ARISE
FROM CHANGING THE USE OF LANDS OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES.