Policy Resolutions

Western Governors enact new policy resolutions and amend existing resolutions on a bi-annual basis.  WGA’s most recent resolutions can be found on this page and the following pages. Find resolutions by category using the choices offered in the sidebar.

Combating Invasive Species

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-05: Western Governors support coordinated invasive species management including early detection and rapid response programs to ensure that actions result in more on-the-ground prevention, management and eradication. Governors also call for increased accountability and oversight of federal invasive species programs and support the creation of a west-wide species inventory, including the development of data management standards, formats and protocols.

Wildland Fire Management and Resilient Landscapes 2016

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-06: Western Governors call on Congress and the Administration to address issues that would mitigate wildfire danger in western states and promote healthy forests and rangelands. The Governors call upon Congress and the Administration to address the issue of “fire borrowing," to fully implement the FLAME Act, to accomplish the goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, and to take advantage of current authorities to expedite projects that would improve western ecosystems and reduce extreme wildfire danger.

Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines in the West

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-07: Western Governors call on Congress to legally protect volunteer remediating parties, including local and state government agencies, which conduct clean up, from becoming legally responsible under section 301(a) and section 402 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for any continuing discharges from the abandoned mine site after completion of a cleanup project.  They also call on Congress and Federal agencies to consider legislative and administrative remedies to address potential Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) liabilities.

Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-08: Western Governors recognize that species conservation and habitat protection can be enhanced through working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Department of the Interior, and local governments and stakeholders. Governors also believe that statutory changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be developed in a fashion that results in broad bipartisan support and maintains the intent of the ESA to conserve and recover imperiled species. Western Governors articulate seven broad goals they believe should drive improvements to species conservation and ESA.

Energy and Transmission

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-09: Western Governors adopt the "10-Year Energy Vision for the West" as the energy policy for WGA. The Vision recognizes that not every state, territory, or flag island approaches energy use and development in the same way, but the governors remain committed to seeing states develop policies and use their energy endowments to the maximum benefit of their citizens, the region, and the nation.

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.