December 9, 2011
State Legislators Pass Policy Directives to Guide NCSL Advocacy Efforts
State legislators from across the country voted to adopt 24 policy directives and resolutions during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Fall Forum business meeting in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 2. The policy directives now become part of NCSL’s states’ agenda in Washington, D.C.
One new policy directive, for example, pertains to hydrocarbon exploration and development in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). The policy directive, generated in NCSL’s Agriculture and Energy Committee, states: The oil and natural gas industry is central to the security and future of the United States; NCSL supports conservation and use of alternative fuels, but additionally believes that for the foreseeable future increased domestic oil production is essential to meet the nation’s energy requirements. Increasing domestic energy production while reducing dependence on foreign supplies are the best ways to meet our strategic and economic well-being.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) supports hydrocarbon exploration and development in the congressional-designated 10-02 Area of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) as part of our national energy policy.
“It’s critical that we develop Alaska’s energy resources to benefit the nation and Alaska,” said Alaska Representative Dan Saddler. “I was happy to make our case to other state legislators, and pleased to see the overwhelming support for opening ANWR to responsible oil and gas development.”
In order for a policy directive to pass, a three-fourths majority is needed. Only state legislators may vote on policy directives at NCSL meetings. The 24 policy directives and resolution can be accessed at on NCSL's website.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.