SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 114

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SJM114.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY - Stating findings of the Legislature and
encouraging the President of the United States, the United States Secretary
of Energy and the Congress to commit and sustain funding for demonstration
at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) of safe, state of the art, advanced
nuclear energy systems for commercial replication, and to express Idaho's
support of an enhanced portfolio of bioenergy, hydropower and related
alternative and renewable energy research at INL.
                                                                        
01/17    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/18    Rpt prt - to St Aff
01/23    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
01/25    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Bunderson
    Title apvd - to House
01/26    House intro - 1st rdg - to Env
01/31    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/01    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/02    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Rydalch
    Title apvd - to Senate
02/03    To enrol
02/06    Rpt enrol - Pres signed
02/07    Sp signed
02/08    To Secretary of State

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  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2006
                                                                        
                                                                        
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                                                        
                               SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 114
                                                                        
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  1                                   A JOINT MEMORIAL
  2    TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,  TO  THE  UNITED  STATES  SECRETARY  OF
  3        ENERGY,  TO  THE  LEADERSHIP OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF
  4        THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRE-
  5        SENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRES-
  6        SIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS  OF  THE
  7        UNITED STATES.
                                                                        
  8        We,  your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the
  9    State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular  Session  of  the  Fifty-eighth
 10    Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
                                                                        
 11        WHEREAS,  the  United  States  of America has become excessively dependent
 12    upon foreign sources of oil, and that dependence threatens the security of the
 13    American people and economy; and
 14        WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the United  States  and  Idaho  to
 15    become  as  energy  independent  and diversified as possible to avoid economic
 16    dislocations instigated by foreign oil interests, markets and the  effects  of
 17    natural disasters; and
 18        WHEREAS,  comprehensive  energy  legislation signed into law in 2005 advo-
 19    cates the expansion of nuclear energy for the production of  electrical  power
 20    and  hydrogen,  as  well as the development of bioenergy and other alternative
 21    fuels to reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil; and
 22        WHEREAS, the United States Department  of  Energy  (DOE)  is  the  federal
 23    agency  that has primary responsibility for carrying out the directives of the
 24    President and the Congress relative to enabling and enhancing the energy secu-
 25    rity of the nation; and
 26        WHEREAS, the DOE's Idaho National  Laboratory  (INL)  is  a  key  national
 27    research,  development  and demonstration resource wherein the federal govern-
 28    ment has invested significant tax dollars to establish such  unique  and  glo-
 29    bally  important  assets  as the Advanced Test Reactor, the Safety and Tritium
 30    Applied Research Fusion Facility, the Control Systems Security and  Test  Cen-
 31    ter,  and  others,  all  of  which  demand continued, or even expanded, use to
 32    assure maximum return on tax dollar investment; and
 33        WHEREAS, the state of Idaho appreciates the effective,  expedited  cleanup
 34    that  has  occurred  in  accordance with the 1995 Settlement Agreement, and is
 35    committed to  hosting  continued  broad-spectrum,  national  priority  nuclear
 36    research in Idaho as fully allowed by that agreement; and
 37        WHEREAS,  such nuclear research promises to advance our national interests
 38    and critical need for safe, greenhouse gas free generation of abundant  energy
 39    with dramatically reduced waste concerns.
 40        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
 41    sion of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre-
 42    sentatives concurring therein, that we support  and  encourage  the  DOE,  the
 43    Administration  and  the  Congress to identify, commit and sustain the funding
 44    necessary to allow design, development, testing and demonstration in Idaho  at
                                                                        
                                           2
                                                                        
  1    INL of safe, state of the art, advanced nuclear energy systems that can, ulti-
  2    mately,  be  commercially  replicated in other locations throughout the United
  3    States and throughout the world.
  4        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that  the  Legislature  supports  execution  of  an
  5    enhanced portfolio of bioenergy, hydropower, fuel reforming and related alter-
  6    native and renewable energy research in Idaho at INL, and hereby requests that
  7    the  DOE, the Administration and the Congress identify, commit and sustain the
  8    funding  necessary  to  allow  continued  performance  of   this   and   other
  9    multiprogram  energy  and  national security enhancing work so critical to the
 10    long-term well-being of these United States.
 11        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate  be,  and  she  is
 12    hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the Pres-
 13    ident  of  the  United  States,  the Secretary of Energy of the United States,
 14    President of the Senate and the Speaker of the  House  of  Representatives  of
 15    Congress,  and the congressional delegation representing the State of Idaho in
 16    the Congress of the United States.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                                   
                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                             RS 15469

This memorial makes clear that the Idaho Legislature supports the
United States becoming as energy independent and diversified as
possible.  

Nuclear energy can have a major effect in reducing the nation's
dependence of foreign oil for heating, cut greenhouse gases and
produce hydrogen fuel for the next generation of motor vehicles.  

The U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is
a premier world class nuclear research facility and needs to be
funded adequately and charged with performing the research, design
and development of the next generation of safe, clean, state of the
art, advanced modular nuclear energy systems that can ultimately be
replicated in other locations throughout the United States and the
world.  

Further, the Idaho Legislature supports the execution of an
enhanced portfolio of bioenergy, hydropower, fuel reforming and
related alternative and renewable energy research in Idaho at INL. 

This memorial requests that DOE, the Administration and Congress
provide adequate and sustained funding to allow continuation of
these valuable programs that are so critical to our national
security.  

 
                           FISCAL NOTE

No negative fiscal impact.  However, implementation of the requests
made in this Memorial will have a significant positive fiscal
effect on the nation and Idaho.



Contacts:
Senator Hal Bunderson
208-332-1320
Senator Robert Geddes, Pro-Tem
208-332-1300
Representatives:
Speaker Bruce Newcomb
Dell Raybould
Ann Rydalch



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                     SJM 114