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House Majority E-News for April 1, 2011 ANS Crude: $118.44 Henry Hub: $4.32

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House Passes Governor's Oil Tax Reform Bill

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed
major tax reform legislation encouraging new investment in North Slope
oil fields to reverse production declines, keep trans-Alaska oil
pipeline flows steady and halts the loss of oilfield and service
company workers.

HB 110, sponsored by the House Rules Committee at the request of
Governor Sean Parnell, R-Alaska, modifies key provisions of former
Governor Sarah Palin's Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share, or ACES,
oil tax regime. The reform bill restores Alaska's competitiveness in
the pursuit of industry capital by lowering production taxes at high
oil prices and boosting incentives for companies to bring new
production online.

"We firmly believe that doing nothing is not an option," said House
Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski. "Even if we got it right back when
we passed ACES, which I don't think we did - the global oil industry
has changed since then. It's night and day. New technology has opened
up more places for development and Alaska, with some of the highest
production costs and highest oil taxes in the world, is simply no
longer competitive."

The full text, audio, and pictures of this release can be found
below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110401-132

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=258&leg=27

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House Majority Releases Citizen's Input Poll Data

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House Majority Caucus has made available
survey results and data that shows a clear tracking between the
Caucus's goals for the 27th Alaska Legislature and those of the
surveyed Alaska public.

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110401-134

http://housemajority.org/surveys.php

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House Creates Special Committee on Fiscal Policy

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed a
resolution creating a House Special Committee on Fiscal Policy.
Promoting fiscal responsibility is the House Majority Caucus's top
Guiding Principle for the 27th Alaska Legislature, and the special
committee will allow members to further examine the best ways to
invest the state's revenues to benefit Alaskans.

"It is time for Alaskans to get serious about their government and
engage in our fiscal process and help trim our budget and utilize
every available resource," Rep. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, the
committee's chair, said.

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110401-133

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House to Interior Secretary Salazar: No Wild Land Designations

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today
unanimously passed a resolution re-asserting state's rights and
pushing back at a federal bureaucrat's proposed encroachment on
Alaska's lands.

House Joint Resolution 21, sponsored by House Resources Co-Chair Rep.
Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, urges U.S. Department of Interior Secretary
Ken Salazar to withdraw Secretarial Order 3310, which directs the
federal Bureau of Land Management to inventory and designate land with
wilderness characteristics as "Wild Lands."

"This is a made-up, unauthorized encroachment on Alaska's lands and
we will not stand by and let it happen without a fight," Feige said.
"This land classification isn't legally-defined and it's certainly not
congressionally-authorized. The order clearly violates congressional
law for Alaska both in ANILCA and ANCSA, which supersede S.O. 3310 -
only the Congress has the authority to designate Wilderness Areas.

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110401-135

http://housemajority.org/feige/pdfs/27/sec_order_3310.pdf

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POTD 1: Former Rep. Bill Williams, current Co-Chair Bill Stoltze, and
current Sen. Kevin Meyer were joined by Capital budget finance staff
Pete Eklund, James Armstrong and Rob Carpenter.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=257&leg=27

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POTD 2: Speaker Chenault and lead staff Tom Wright laugh at a comment
from Rep. Tammie Wilson prior to Finance Committee discussion of the
Speaker's HB 203.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=259&leg=27

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POTD 3: House Finance Co-Chair Thomas laughs after asking Speaker
Chenault how much funding he'll request if the committee and
legislature passes his HB 203.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=260&leg=27

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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 05:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 87 : Antitrust Violation Penalties
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson, Rep.
Lindsey Holmes
An Act relating to civil and criminal penalties for antitrust
violations.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/4
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb87-100
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HB 97 : Extend Invasive Plants Law
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Craig Johnson
An Act extending a provision relating to noxious weeds, invasive
plants, and agricultural pest management and education; providing for
an effective date by repealing the effective date of sec. 2, ch. 102,
SLA 2008; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/4
Contact: Jeanne Ostnes, 465-6871

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb97-97
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HB 105 : Southeast State Forest
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the Southeast State Forest; and providing for an
effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/4

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB105&jrn=0053&hse=H
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HCR 6 : Sexual Assault Awareness Month
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Mia Costello
Proclaiming the month of April 2011 to be Sexual Assault Awareness
Month.

Status: (S) RLS >> (S) CALENDAR 4/4
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-6446

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hcr6-87
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HJR 17 : Water & Waste Water Regulation
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. C & R Affairs
Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation concerning
regulation of drinking water and wastewater treatment by the United
States Environmental Protection Agency.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/4
Contact: Terry Harvey, 465-5392

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr17-116

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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 04:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 108 : Appropriation: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program
expenses of state government and for certain programs, capitalizing
funds, amending appropriations, and making reappropriations; and
providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 108(FIN) AM S
Status: PASSED (S) ON RECON >> (H)AWAIT CONC/RECED

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB108&jrn=0057&hse=H
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HB 109 : Appropriation: Mental Health Budget
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of
the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and
providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 109(FIN)
Status: PASSED (S) ON RECON >> (H)AWAIT CONC/RECED

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB109&jrn=0058&hse=H

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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 02:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 185 : Exempt Discharges From Use Of Munitions
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Tammie Wilson
An Act relating to an exemption from authorizations that may be
required by the Department of Environmental Conservation for the firing
or other use of munitions on active ranges.

Version: CSHB 185(RES)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Rick VanderKolk, 465-4797

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb185-123
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HJR 21 : Opposing Federal Wild Land Designation
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Feige
Urging the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior to
withdraw a secretarial order that creates a wild land classification
and to administer federal lands in the state in accordance with
existing statutes and agency guidelines; and urging the United States
Congress to prohibit the use of appropriated funds by the United States
Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to
implement, administer, or enforce the secretarial order.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Linda Hay, 465-3715

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr21-121
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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 01:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 110 : Production Tax On Oil And Gas
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the interest rate applicable to certain amounts due
for fees, taxes, and payments made and property delivered to the
Department of Revenue; relating to the oil and gas production tax rate;
relating to monthly installment payments of the oil and gas production
tax; relating to oil and gas production tax credits, including
qualified capital credits for exploration, development, and production;
relating to certain additional nontransferable oil and gas production
tax credits; relating to the disclosure of certain tax information;
making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 110(FIN)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB110&jrn=0059&hse=H

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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 12:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 108 : Appropriation: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program
expenses of state government and for certain programs, capitalizing
funds, amending appropriations, and making reappropriations; and
providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 108(FIN)AM S
Status: RETRND 2ND RDNG (S) >> PASSED (S) ON RECON

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB108&jrn=0057&hse=H
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HB 109 : Appropriation: Mental Health Budget
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of
the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and
providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 109(FIN)
Status: 3RD RDG,4/1 CAL(S) >> PASSED (S) ON RECON

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB109&jrn=0058&hse=H
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HB 110 : Production Tax On Oil And Gas
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the interest rate applicable to certain amounts due
for fees, taxes, and payments made and property delivered to the
Department of Revenue; relating to the oil and gas production tax rate;
relating to monthly installment payments of the oil and gas production
tax; relating to oil and gas production tax credits, including
qualified capital credits for exploration, development, and production;
relating to certain additional nontransferable oil and gas production
tax credits; relating to the disclosure of certain tax information;
making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 110(FIN)
Status: PASSD(H) RECON NTCE >> PASSED (H)

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB110&jrn=0059&hse=H
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HJR 21 : Opposing Federal Wild Land Designation
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Feige
Urging the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior to
withdraw a secretarial order that creates a wild land classification
and to administer federal lands in the state in accordance with
existing statutes and agency guidelines; and urging the United States
Congress to prohibit the use of appropriated funds by the United States
Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to
implement, administer, or enforce the secretarial order.

Status: READ THIRD TIME (H) >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Linda Hay, 465-3715

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr21-121
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HR 7 : House Special Committee On Fiscal Policy
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules
Establishing a House Special Committee on Fiscal Policy.

Status: (H) RLS >> AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hr7

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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 11:00:01 am Alaska Time
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HB 13 : Workers' Compensation: Medical Fees
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson
An Act relating to fees and charges for medical treatment or services
as they relate to workers' compensation; and providing for an effective
date.

Status: (S) L&C >> (S) FIN
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb13-40
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HB 16 : Extend Senior Benefits Payment Program
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker
An Act extending the senior benefits payment program; and relating to
income allowances for medical assistance recipients and Alaska
Pioneers' Homes and Alaska Veterans' Homes residents.

Status: (S) FIN >> (S) RLS
Contact: Rena Delbridge, 465-4949

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb16-11
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HB 101 : Ted Stevens Day
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules
An Act establishing the fourth Saturday of July each year as Ted
Stevens Day.

Version: CSHB 101(STA)
Status: TRANSMITTED TO (S) >> (S) STA
Contact: Erin Shine, 465-4993

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb101-145
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HB 108 : Appropriation: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program
expenses of state government and for certain programs, capitalizing
funds, amending appropriations, and making reappropriations; and
providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 108(FIN)
Status: 3RD RDG,4/1 CAL(S) >> RETRND 2ND RDNG (S)

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB108&jrn=0057&hse=H
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HB 180 : Veteran Designation On Driver's License
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler
An Act authorizing the Department of Administration to note a person's
status as a retired veteran or a veteran discharged under honorable
conditions on the person's driver's license or identification card and
to provide certain information to the Department of Military and
Veterans' Affairs; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) STA >> (H) FIN
Contact: Susan Wallen, 465-3783

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb180-112
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HB 185 : Exempt Discharges From Use Of Munitions
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Tammie Wilson
An Act relating to an exemption from authorizations that may be
required by the Department of Environmental Conservation for the firing
or other use of munitions on active ranges.

Version: CSHB 185(RES)
Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Rick VanderKolk, 465-4797

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb185-123
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HB 188 : Interest Rates
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Labor & Com.
An Act relating to the interest that may be charged by express
agreement.

Status: TRANSMITTED TO (S) >> (S) L&C
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb188-134
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HJR 21 : Opposing Federal Wild Land Designation
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Feige
Urging the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior to
withdraw a secretarial order that creates a wild land classification
and to administer federal lands in the state in accordance with
existing statutes and agency guidelines; and urging the United States
Congress to prohibit the use of appropriated funds by the United States
Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to
implement, administer, or enforce the secretarial order.

Status: (H) RLS >> READ THIRD TIME (H)
Contact: Linda Hay, 465-3715

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr21-121

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Bill Activity for Apr. 1, 2011
As of: 10:00:01 am Alaska Time
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HB 200 : Collective Bargaining By Public Employees
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto
An Act relating to restricting collective bargaining by certain public
employees.

Status: WITHDRAWN BY SPONSR >> WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR
Contact: Sarah Munson, 465-4990

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb200-150

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