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

  • Executive Review Process Amendments

    Be it enacted by the State Legislature: Section 1. (1) The [Constitutional Defense Council, the State Attorney General, the Governor or other relevant entity] shall review certain executive orders by the President of the United States that are not affirmed by a vote of the United States Congress and signed…

  • An Act to Facilitate the Disclosure of Foreign Grants or Gifts Received by State Agencies

    Model Policy Section I. Short Title. This Act may be cited as the “Public Transparency on Foreign Grants and Gifts Act.” Section II. Preamble. WHEREAS, globalization has increased the number of interactions between foreign governments and state agencies; and WHEREAS, these interactions often involve highly sensitive technological research initiatives…

  • Resolutions Urging US Universities to Relocate Chinese Language Programs from Mainland China to Taiwan

    Model Policy WHEREAS, students benefit enormously from overseas educational programs that promote cultural and language learning and these benefits are typically realized by the students’ home countries; and WHEREAS, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is an American top three trading partner and is a global economic and strategic power;…

  • No Runaway Article V Conventions Act

    Model Policy “Article V Conventions” mean either a “Convention for proposing Amendments” or a “State Ratification Convention” as expressly provided in Article V of the Constitution of the United States of America; and “Article V Application” means a [Joint, Concurrent] resolution passed by the State Legislature of this state requiring…

  • Statement of Principles on Balancing Budgets Over the Business Cycle

    Statement of Principles Annual Balance is Disruptive and Creates Uncertainty Households and businesses benefit from stable and predictable state government services. Yet state spending tends to boom along with the economy, and recessions bring sudden and often substantial spending cuts and revenue increases. Budget adjustments that can be made quickly…

  • Resolution Urging Congress and POTUS to Evacuate and Protect Interpreters, their Families, and Other Afghan Nationals Who Assisted US and NATO Forces Before US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Model Resolution WHEREAS,  on April 14, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the United States and its international partners will withdraw their military forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, despite persistent violence between the Taliban and Afghan government and Taliban links with Al Qaeda; and WHEREAS,  due to the…

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