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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 2
INTRODUCED BY J. WITT, CURTISS
A JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA OPPOSING ANY NEW DESIGNATION FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER.
WHEREAS, a majority of Montanans oppose a new designation for the Missouri River; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri River is protected by the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Montana subdivision law, and county development regulations; and
WHEREAS, expanding the designation will incorporate more private and state land holdings under federal management plans; and
WHEREAS, Article IV, section 3, of the Constitution of the United States gives authority over public lands to Congress; and
WHEREAS, House Resolution No. 1487 requires the President of the United States of America to seek public input and to consult with elected officials of the affected state at least 60 days before taking any action.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
That the Legislature of the State of Montana respectfully request the Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Bruce Babbitt, to set aside any new proposed designation and support the proven management practices that have maintained the pristine conditions of the Missouri River since first traversed by the Corp of Discovery in 1804.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State send copies of this resolution to the Secretary of the Interior and the Montana Congressional Delegation.
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