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Building a Stronger State-Federal Relationship

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2017-01: In the absence of Constitutional delegation of authority to the federal government, state authority should be presumed sovereign. Each executive department and agency should have a clear and accountable process to provide states with early, meaningful and substantive input in the development of regulatory policies. Where authority has been delegated by the federal government to the states, states should be granted the maximum administrative discretion possible and should be treated as co-regulators. It is time for a thoughtful review of the extant Executive Order on Federalism. Governors support the reestablishment of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

National Parks and the West

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-10: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System. Western Governors recognize the importance of National Parks in preserving unique natural treasures, providing recreational opportunities, and contributing to local and state economies throughout the United States. The Governors express their support of efforts to educate and encourage the next generation of park users, including the “Find Your Park” and “Every Kid in a Park” Initiatives.

Foreign Visitor Preclearance

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-02: Western Governors enacted this resolution to support expanded use of air preclearance operations at foreign airports to streamline legitimate international travel, further protect the safety and security of American citizens and international travelers, and ease burdens placed on small or rural airports that accept a significant number of international travelers.

Transportation of Radioactive Waste, Radioactive Materials, and Spent Nuclear Fuel

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-03: This resolution expresses Western Governors’ continued support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s safe and uneventful transport of radioactive materials, accomplished through DOE’s ongoing compliance with federal radioactive waste transport safety requirements and early coordination and effective communication with state, tribal and local governments.

Transportation Infrastructure in the Western United States

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-05: Western Governors support reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board and encourage cooperation and planning that will facilitate investment in the western transportation network, avoid conflict between jurisdictions, and prevent work slowdowns at western ports.

Western Agriculture

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-07: Western Governors express their support for programs that strengthen local farm families and communities, including programs for all agricultural working lands, forests, and rangelands. They also support state-driven targeted conservation with landscape scale approaches to address locally identified natural resource issues for farm, range, tropical and forest resource concerns on both private and public lands.

Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance for Communities in the West

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-04: Major natural disasters are an ongoing challenge for Western states. In recent years, Western governors’ petitions for long-term federal recovery aid have been denied, especially for wildfire disasters that are unique to the West. The federal government has an important role to play in responding to disasters and in helping communities and states in long-term recovery.

Respecting State Authority and Expertise

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Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2014-09: Except as mandated by Congress, the management of resources through the establishment of environmental standards and natural resource planning goals, as well as the means of achieving those standards and goals, should be left to the states. Western Governors support early, meaningful and substantial state involvement in the development, prioritization and implementation of federal environmental statutes, policies, rules, programs, reviews, budget proposals, budget processes and strategic planning.