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HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 12
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HJM012..............................................by AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS
AMERICAN FARMERS AND RANCHERS - FREE TRADE - Stating findings of the
Legislature and urging that American farmers, ranchers and food producers
be enabled to compete freely and trade fairly in foreign markets on a
strictly level playing field; urging that foreign countries wishing to
participate in markets that lie within the boundaries of the United States
be held to the same standards as American producers and food processors;
and encouraging the education of the general public as to the importance of
the role agriculture plays in the development of society, recognizing that
such public education is critical in the preservation and strengthening of
the family farm unit and the overall preservation and strengthening of the
agricultural industry itself.
02/07 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/08 Rpt prt - to Agric Aff
02/21 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/22 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/24 3rd rdg - ADOPTED - voice vote
Floor Sponsor - Bolz
Title apvd - to Senate
02/27 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Agric Aff
03/03 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/06 10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
Floor Sponsor - McGee
Title apvd - to House
03/07 To enrol
03/08 Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/09 Pres signed
03/10 To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2006
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 12
BY AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 A JOINT MEMORIAL
2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS
3 ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF
4 IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.
5 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the
6 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth
7 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
8 WHEREAS, since the beginning of time, the ability of man to provide food,
9 fiber, and fuel for himself and others has determined his independence, free-
10 dom, and security; and
11 WHEREAS, when man began to colonize, the strength of each and every colony
12 was directly related to his ability to provide a safe and reliable source of
13 food, fiber, and fuel for his people; and
14 WHEREAS, when nations began to form, only nations with such ability rose
15 to the top and since then many have fallen because they lost such ability; and
16 WHEREAS, agriculture is and will continue to be a fundamental and vital
17 industry in Idaho, our nation, and the entire world; and
18 WHEREAS, a strong and viable agricultural industry is a very important
19 part of our national security and overall well-being; and
20 WHEREAS, the primary source of funding for building schools, roadways,
21 fire stations, and providing police protection in our rural communities comes
22 from the taxes generated by agriculture and other natural resource industries;
24 WHEREAS, American farmers, ranchers, and food processors are held by fed-
25 eral, state, and local laws to meet the highest standards in the world when it
26 comes to environmental protection, worker safety, wage rates, and food safety
27 concerns; and
28 WHEREAS, the family farm unit is the foundation of agriculture and one of
29 the basic strengths of this nation.
30 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
31 sion of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
32 the Senate concurring therein, that we urge that American farmers, ranchers,
33 and food processors be enabled to compete freely and trade fairly in foreign
34 markets on a strictly level playing field.
35 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that because of the importance of the standards to
36 which American producers and food processors are held, primarily standards
37 concerning food safety, we urge that foreign countries wishing to participate
38 in markets that lie within the boundaries of the United States be held to the
39 same standards.
40 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, when determining the economic values of interna-
41 tional trade agreements, we urge that these standards be quantified and con-
42 sidered in such determinations.
43 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we encourage the education of the general
44 public as to the importance of the role agriculture plays in the development
1 of a society, recognizing that such public education is critical in the pres-
2 ervation and strengthening of the family farm unit and the overall preserva-
3 tion and strengthening of the agricultural industry itself.
4 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa-
5 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this
6 Memorial to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Repre-
7 sentatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the
8 State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This Joint Memorial is urging that American agriculture be able
to compete freely and trade fairly on a level playing field.
This entails that all foreign countries doing business with the
United States be held to the same standards for which American
farmers must comply. It also encourages that the general public
be educated about the important role that agriculture plays in
*There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund.
Name: Rep. Darrell Bolz
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM 12