Federalism and International Relations
Task Force Description
State legislators and their constituents are stakeholders in many of the most important national and international issues of the day. The members of the Federalism and International Relations Task Force believe in the power of free markets and limited government to propel economic growth in the United States and around the globe, and that these guiding principles are just as relevant overseas as they are in America. The Task Force brings together state legislators, policy experts and industry representatives to develop model policy to increase exports, safeguard intellectual property rights, promote the nation’s security, and restore the Constitutionally-designated balance of power between the states and the federal government.
The Task Force has considered and adopted model policy on the very initiatives that grow the U.S. economy, create American jobs and unleash the innovative policy-making capacity of all 50 states. Model policy to address the finalization of a truly free-market Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as leverage America’s growing ability to export domestically produced energy are among those in the International policy portfolio. However, American ingenuity and the intellectual property (IP) underpinning it are the engines driving U.S. economic growth. Underscoring the important role that strong IP rights play in creating high-paying American jobs and spurring America’s innovation economy round out the Task Force’s International model policy library.
Real solutions to America’s challenges can be found in the states – America’s fifty laboratories of democracy – not in one-size-fits-all federal government policies that disregard regional differences and local community needs. The nation has drifted away from our Founding Fathers’ vision by concentrating more power with national government structures. Overregulation and redundant bureaucracy that hinder economic growth, a ballooning national debt that threatens our nation’s security, and federal mismanagement of our country’s most precious resource – the lands within America’s borders – have been the consequences of this federal overreach. The Task Force has adopted model policy supporting the use of Article V of the U.S. Constitution as a tool to restore appropriate control to the states including the proposal of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ALEC has established the Center to Restore the Balance of Government to serve as a resource to state on setting priorities on state sovereignty issues and to provide the tools lawmakers need to champion policies that lead to state control over state issues.
This unique partnership between those interested in international issues and those whose primary focus is federalism has served Task Force members and the model policy adopted in the Task Force well. Our models are discussed at the highest levels of U.S. federal and state governments, and foreign governments and international bodies are familiar with ALEC model policy related to their regions.
In order to capitalize on the specialized knowledge of the Task Force members we have formed three subcommittees: Federalism, Intellectual Property and National Security. Subcommittee Chairs are specialists in their respective disciplines having worked on these issues within their legislatures and/or in their careers outside the legislature.
All Model Policies
Resolution Demanding that Congress Convey Title of Federal Public Lands to the States Summary This resolution urges the US federal government to extinguish title and government jurisdiction over public lands that are held in trust by the US federal government and convey title and jurisdiction to willing states in …
Summary: This model policy serves to limit and fully describe the authority of commissioners selected by a state legislative body to represent the state at an amendments convention pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution. Model Policy “Article V convention” means a “Convention for proposing Amendments” as expressly …
Draft Resolution Urging the Presidential Administration and Congress to Support Continued U.S. Participation in the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) Final
WHEREAS, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) policy on free trade acknowledges that “the imposition of artificial barriers to free and open trade…are deterrents to American economic interests;” and WHEREAS, KORUS FTA was entered into force on March 15, 2012; and WHEREAS, KORUS FTA has been the largest U.S. FTA …
Resolution on Kimberley Process Reform Summary This resolution recognizes that the Kimberley Process, put in place to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream rough diamond market, has failed. Established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/56 following recommendations in the Fowler Report, the process …
Draft Resolution to Restore the Division of Governmental Responsibilities between the National Government and the States Draft
STATE OF [INSERT STATE] Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of [INSERT STATE]: WHEREAS, the genius of the United States of America lies in the liberty of our people to govern ourselves at the most local level, to solve our unique problems, to foster prosperity through our …
Draft Resolution Recommending Constitutional Amendment Restoring Election of U.S. Senators to the Legislatures of the Sovereign States Final
Model Policy Whereas Article I, Section 3, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution provided for the Senators to be chosen by the Legislature of each State, and was effective for 124 years; Whereas the 17th Amendment adopted in 1914 changed this method of choosing Senators to direct election by the people …