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.
- Draft Resolution Calling on Congress to Reassert Its Constitutional Authority to Regulate International Commerce Including Taking Back Control over Decisions on the Imposition of Tariffs
- Draft Resolution Supporting the United States’ Commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the Year the Alliance Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary
- A Resolution Urging the United States to Decrease Dependence on Pharmaceuticals Manufactured Overseas
Policies for Sunset Review
- Rules for an Article V Convention for Proposing Amendments
- Resolution Reaffirming Tenth Amendment Rights
- ALEC Model Resolution on Continuing Education on Federalism
- Memorial in Support of the Federal Land Freedom Act
- Catastrophic Wildfire and Public Nuisance Amendments
- Resolution to Combat Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals
- Balanced Budget Amendment Advanced by Compact
- Resolution on the Importance of International Intellectual Property Rights Protections
- Application for a Convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution of the United States
- Resolution Supporting and Deepening the Strategic Partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Azerbaijan
- Establishing an American Legislative Exchange Council Democracy and Governance Program
- Public Policy Statement on Transfer of Public Lands
- Resolution Urging the European Union to Remove Its Ban on the Sale of Smokeless Tobacco
- Resolution in Support of Lifting Federal Restrictions on Crude Oil Exports
- Resolution to Support Trademark Protections
All Model Policies
Draft Resolution Calling on Congress to Reassert Its Constitutional Authority to Regulate International Commerce Including Taking Back Control over Decisions on the Imposition of Tariffs Draft
Whereas Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution confers upon Congress the exclusive authority “To regulate commerce with foreign nations.”; and Whereas Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution also states that “The Congress shall have the Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, …
Draft Resolution Supporting the United States’ Commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) during the Year the Alliance Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary Draft
Section 1. Preamble: WHEREAS the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has strengthened the transatlantic relationship since its formation on April 4, 1949; and WHEREAS NATO was founded to “safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilization of [its] peoples, founded on the principles …
A Resolution Urging the United States to Decrease Dependence on Pharmaceuticals Manufactured Overseas Draft
WHEREAS, many citizens of the United States depend on pharmaceutical drugs to cure, treat, or prevent disease and these drugs can result in lifesaving and life-sustaining outcomes; and WHEREAS, China has become the world’s largest supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and the U.S. Food and …
Draft Reaffirmation of the US Commitment to Taiwan on the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act Final
Draft Reaffirmation of the US Commitment to Taiwan on the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act Section 1. Preamble: WHEREAS, the Taiwan Relations ACT (“TRA”) was signed into law on April 10, 1979, codifying the historically close relations with Taiwan that had existed prior to January 1st, …
Stopping and Preventing FGM Act A. As used in this section, female genital mutilation shall mean all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or any harmful procedure to the female genitalia, including but not limited to any of the following: clitoridectomy, the …
Statement of Principles for Presidential Elections Section 1. Preamble: WHEREAS, the current Electoral College system respects states as the essential units in our compound republic, protecting their power and voice in presidential elections; and WHEREAS, the current Electoral College system respects the separation and balance of power and …