Federalism and International Relations

Task Force Description

State legislators and their constituents are stakeholders in many of the most important national and international issues of the day. The members of the Federalism and International Relations Task Force believe in the power of free markets and limited government to propel economic growth in the United States and around the globe, and that these guiding principles are just as relevant overseas as they are in America. The Task Force brings together state legislators, policy experts and industry representatives to develop model policy to increase exports, safeguard intellectual property rights, promote the nation’s security, and restore the Constitutionally-designated balance of power between the states and the federal government.

The Task Force has considered and adopted model policy on the very initiatives that grow the U.S. economy, create American jobs and unleash the innovative policy-making capacity of all 50 states. Model policy to address the finalization of a truly free-market Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as well as  leverage America’s growing ability to export domestically produced energy are among those in the International policy portfolio. However, American ingenuity and the intellectual property (IP) underpinning it are the engines driving U.S. economic growth. Underscoring the important role that strong IP rights play in creating high-paying American jobs and spurring America’s innovation economy round out the Task Force’s International model policy library.

Real solutions to America’s challenges can be found in the states – America’s fifty laboratories of democracy – not in one-size-fits-all federal government policies that disregard regional differences and local community needs. The nation has drifted away from our Founding Fathers’ vision by concentrating more power with national government structures. Overregulation and redundant bureaucracy that hinder economic growth, a ballooning national debt that threatens our nation’s security, and federal mismanagement of our country’s most precious resource – the lands within America’s borders – have been the consequences of this federal overreach. The Task Force has adopted model policy supporting the use of Article V of the U.S. Constitution as a tool to restore appropriate control to the states including the proposal of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ALEC has established the Center to Restore the Balance of Government to serve as a resource to state on setting priorities on state sovereignty issues and to provide the tools lawmakers need to champion policies that lead to state control over state issues.

This unique partnership between those interested in international issues and those whose primary focus is federalism has served Task Force members and the model policy adopted in the Task Force well. Our models are discussed at the highest levels of U.S. federal and state governments, and foreign governments and international bodies are familiar with ALEC model policy related to their regions.

In order to capitalize on the specialized knowledge of the Task Force members we have formed three subcommittees: Federalism, Intellectual Property and National Security. Subcommittee Chairs are specialists in their respective disciplines having worked on these issues within their legislatures and/or in their careers outside the legislature.


All Model Policies

  • State Infrastructure Protection Act Final

    AN ACT relating to prohibiting contracts or other agreements with certain foreign-owned companies in connection with critical infrastructure in this state. BE IT ENACTED BY THIS LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER: SECTION 1.  This Act may be cited as the State Infrastructure Protection Act. SECTION 2.  The relevant section or chapter of the business or commerce code…

  • Taiwan Friendship Caucus Resolution Final

    WHEREAS, Taiwan shares the same values of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, peace, and prosperity with the United States and this state; and WHEREAS, this legislative chamber’s Taiwan Friendship Caucus will continue the bilateral relationship with Taiwan and will continue to affirm and support its meaningful participation…

  • Resolution Commending This State’s and the United States’ Cordial and Mutually Beneficial Relationship with the Nation of Israel Final

    WHEREAS, the legal basis for the establishment of the modern State of Israel was a binding act of international law established in the San Remo Resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the League of Nations in 1922 and subsequently affirmed by both houses of the United States Congress; and WHEREAS,…

  • An Act to Prohibit State Contracts with Chinese Government-Owned or Affiliated Technology Manufacturers Final

    Definitions (a) As used in this Code section, the term: (1) ‘Company’ means any sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or other entity or business association, including all wholly owned subsidiaries, majority owned subsidiaries, parent companies, or affiliates of such…

  • Resolution on the Importance of Pursuing Trade Agreements that Contain Robust Intellectual Property Rights Protections Final

    WHEREAS, Americans are deeply concerned with job creation, economic stability, and expanding economic prosperity throughout the United States; and WHEREAS, international trade is a critical engine of growth for the U.S. economy; and WHEREAS, the United States exported more than $2.5 trillion in goods and services accounting for 11.2 percent…

  • Resolution Urging the United States to Invite Taiwan to Join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Final

    WHEREAS the economy of Taiwan is one of the strongest and wealthiest in the Indo-Pacific region with a gross domestic product (GDP) of approximately $660 billion in 2021; and WHEREAS Taiwan has a larger GDP than seven of the fourteen countries that are already members of the IPEF; and WHEREAS…

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