The last few days have been busy at the Alaska Statehouse. While we have been focusing much on SB-21 – the bill that is intended to abolish Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), not all the news coming out of the legislature is bad.
Federal Gun Control Nullification
The Tenth Amendment Center reported two days ago that both the AK House and Senate approved HB69, which would nullify any federal gun control laws passed by the Obama administration. Wyoming, Texas, and several other other states have passed or are working on similar legislation. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell will more than likely sign it.
Among other things, SB69 says:
“a statute, regulation, rule, or order that has the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, or requiring the registration of any firearm or its ammunition infringes on an Alaskan’s right to bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and, therefore, is not made in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States, is not the supreme law of the land, and, consequently, is invalid in this state and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state…”
The legislation requires the state to stand down and not enforce unconstitutional federal gun control laws. It also requires the state’s Attorney General to defend any Alaskan who is charged under any such “laws” that may be passed. The entire premise of this legislation is that the gun laws being proposed are not valid laws.
Alaskans are urged to call Gov. Parnell at (907) 465-3500 and ask for him to sign SB69 into law.
H/T O.P. Ditch, Vets4Sarah for story lead.
HB 4, which will provide $400 million to build an in-state gasline has been approved, Pat Forgey of the Alaska Dispatch reported yesterday. Judging by the headline, Forgey believes this pipeline will be little more than a pipe dream. Hopefully, the pipeline will materialize and become reality – otherwise it would be a nearly half-billion dollar boondoggle. As previously reported, a new state agency would be created to oversee construction of the pipeline which would bring North Slope natural gas to the state’s population centers. It could possibly connect to the larger pipeline being built under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), one of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s core accomplishments.
“Alaska’s constitution contains an explicit provision which requires that Alaska’s resources are for the maximum benefit of Alaskans, not corporate interests no matter how powerful. The Alaska Constitution is threatened by SB21’s resource giveaway. It must be recognized that the corporate goals of Big Oil are not the same as Alaska’s,” Joe Paskavan wrote for the Alaska Dispatch on April 10.
Paskavan wrote that the state Constitutional Constitution had two fears: that Big Oil would exploit the resource under the “thin guise of development,” or acquire oil rich lands and warehouse the resource to prevent competition with activities in other locations – specifically foreign countries. “It is a myth and manufactured crisis that oil throughput decline is caused by Alaska’s production tax,” he wrote saying that the decline is due to both treatment facility constraints and “limitations on capacity to get oil out of the facilities, which were designed, engineered and intended by Big Oil decades ago.”
Oil decline started in 1989, long before Gov. Palin entered politics and long before ACES, as previously reported. The big three companies had a near monopoly less than a decade ago. Under ACES, small independent companies are thriving. SB-21 could return the Big Three to near monopoly status again.
“Alaska’s constitution should not be trampled and our resources should not be exploited. The economic goals of corporate interests, especially those with near monopoly powers and a history of corruption of the public process, are not similar to Alaska’s goals. The SB21 tax giveaway with:
- no benchmarks to legitimately measure real increased production,
- no sunset to provide Alaskans with an opportunity for realistic reassessment, and
- no established reinstatement of the current tax structure when the giveaway tax bill fails…
…is a trampling of Alaska’s constitution and an exploitation of our resources,” Paskavan concluded.
Alaskans are encouraged to keep up the fight against SB-21.
H/T Lynda Armstrong, “The Teacher’s Daughter: a Tribute to Sarah Palin” Facebook Group for story lead.