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House Majority E-News for April 11, 2011 ANS Crude: $120.42 Henry Hub: $4.02

Bill Benefiting In-State Gasline Effort Passes House

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill
protecting the permitting process for an in-state pipeline project
when obtaining a state right-of-way, saving it from frivolous lawsuits
that would unnecessarily delay development.

"What we don't want is unnecessary delay by outside environmental
groups or those looking to sidetrack or shutdown a project," Speaker
Chenault said. "The bill protects the process, allows the Dept. of
Environmental Conservation to continue keeping on track with
discharge, and keeps the focus on those people with a legitimate
interest or stake in the granting of a right-of-way lease on state
land."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=hmaj20110411-168

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Rep. Hawker Clarifies Expectations for LB&A Studies in Oil Tax Debate

(Juneau) - Legislative Budget and Audit Committee Chair Rep. Mike
Hawker, R-Anchorage, today said two studies will not offer
Alaska-specific recommendations and were not commissioned to deliver
answers in the debate on amending the state's oil production tax, but
will help educate policy makers on international competitiveness.

LB&A has not commissioned an analysis of Alaska's regime, but has
purchased two commercially available products analyzing global fiscal
regimes. Some legislators have said they must wait for two studies in
order to evaluate Alaska's oil tax system and proposed changes. In
fact, legislators have had access under confidentiality agreements to
one of the products since mid-March.

"I am concerned that public expectations are being unrealistically
raised about the pertinence of these two purchases to the current
debate on Alaska's oil tax regime," Rep. Hawker said. "These are not
studies or analyses specifically commissioned by the Alaska
Legislature, nor are they expected to deliver recommendations on
Alaska's fiscal system.

"To suggest the Legislature must hold off action on these critical,
time-sensitive amendments to the state's oil tax system is a
misrepresentation of the substance of these two products," Rep. Hawker
continued. "I have complete confidence in my vote supporting Governor
Parnell's bill restoring competitiveness to Alaska's oil tax system,
and that's without the 'benefit' of still more studies that tell us
little that we are not already confronted with daily - declining
investment, struggling support businesses, and steadily falling TAPS
through-put."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=bud20110411-166

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House Passes Alaska Health Freedom Act

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today passed the
Alaska Health Freedom Act, which would nullify the individual mandate
of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
(Obamacare.)

"Congress severely over-reached on health care last year and it's
time for Alaska to join other states, not just in the courts suing
against the bill, but here at home by passing laws to bar its
enactment," Gatto said. "Congress did not have the constitutional
authority to pass a bill to regulate inactivity or to penalize certain
people and call it a 'tax' under their powers. 26 states, including
Alaska, are suing the government to throw out the law, while 44 states
have similar legislation, with eight of those states passing
legislation similar to HB 1."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=gatt20110411-167

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House Passes Federal Nullification Bill

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill
requiring the Alaska attorney general to notify the Judiciary
Committees of the findings of his reviews of federal actions that
could be unconstitutional or improperly adopted.

"The AG reviews and reports on federal actions to the governor, and
HB 8 simply add the legislative oversight committees - the Judiciary
Committees - to the list of report recipients," Keller said. "It will
be up to those committees to determine the best course of action."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=hmaj20110411-164

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House Urges Congress to Reauthorize Rural School Timber Receipts Act

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today unanimously
passed a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the Secure
Rural Schools & Communities Self-Determination Act of 2000, which the
measure's sponsor says provides a lifeline to the schools across
Southeast Alaska.

"These payments, which we called timber receipts before the new act,
are critical to fund our schools and roads," Wilson said.
"Reauthorizing the act is in the 2012 budget before congress, but
Alaska needs to send a strong message to the President to continue
this program that helps fund education without the five-year tapering.
That's $16 million last year for schools and roads alone in the
current fiscal year."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=wils20110411-169

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House OK's Compromise 50% Tourism Marketing Program

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill
providing a funding source and state spending cap for a destination
tourism marketing program.

House Bill 160, sponsored by the House Special Committee on Economic
Development, Trade & Tourism, proposes that qualified trade
associations (QTAs) contribute one dollar for every two dollars
provided by the state, and capping the state's participation at $12
million per year.

"The tourism industry is without question one of the most important
to our state," EDT&T Chair Bob Herron, D-Bethel, said. "The industry
drives jobs and tax and fee revenues to the state, but visitor numbers
are declining across the board so it's important to backstop their
marketing efforts before it's too late to keep visitors and their
dollars flowing into Alaska."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=hedt20110411-170

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Pair of Procurement Bills Clear House

(Juneau) - The Alaska House today unanimously passed a pair of bills
to modernize, streamline and provide clarity and fairness to the
state's procurement code.

"It has been years since our codes have been modernized and there are
tools now available that stand to streamline the processes and make
them more efficient and effective," Fairclough said. "One of the ways
we can tell our contractors, both large and small, that we're open for
business is by making it easier for them to do business with the
state. We've heard from many that the contract bid process is in need
of an update and HB 204 and HB 205 provide that."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=hmaj20110411-163

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House Resolution Highlights Vitamin D Deficiency Issue

(Juneau) - The Alaska House of Representatives today unanimously
passed a resolution promoting vitamin D supplementation and asking the
governor to establish a prevention of disease primary health care
model for the state.

"People, especially in Alaska, should be tested for levels of vitamin
D in the blood, because you may be surprised even if you feel you're
healthy," Seaton said. "The resolution looks to accomplish two things:
to have the state health department investigate the data and promote
supplementation, and asking the governor to move to a prevention of
disease primary health care model, which is similar to his proactive
preventative message in the 'Choose Respect' campaign against family
violence."

The full text of this release can be found below:
http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=seat20110411-171

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Bill Activity for Apr. 11, 2011
As of: 10:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 6 : Removing A Regent
Sponsored by Rep. Max Gruenberg
An Act authorizing the governor to remove or suspend a member of the
Board of Regents of the University of Alaska for good cause; and
establishing a procedure for the removal or suspension of a regent.

Version: CSHB 6(JUD) AM
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb6
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HB 146 : Land Transfer From State And Alaska RR
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Tammie Wilson
An Act relating to the Alaska Railroad Corporation; and providing for
an effective date.

Version: CSHB 146(RES)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Rick VanderKolk, 465-4797

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb146-127
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HB 160 : Visitor Industry Investm't Fund/Marketing
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Econ. Dev, Trade
An Act relating to state tourism marketing contracts with qualified
trade associations and to tourism marketing campaigns; and providing
for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 160(FIN) AM
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Terry Harvey, 465-5392

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb160
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HB 204 : State Procurement Code
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Anna Fairclough
An Act relating to the State Procurement Code, including the use of
small procurement provisions for certain amounts of leased space, the
requirement of Alaska business license proof for Alaska bidder and
other procurement preferences, the registration of construction
contract bidders and offerors, the establishment and maintenance of
lists of persons who want to provide supplies or services to the state,
state agencies, and state instrumentalities, electronic bids and
proposals, small procurements, and writings; and providing for an
effective date.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Laura Pierre, 465-3777

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb204-139
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HB 205 : Public Procurement
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Anna Fairclough
An Act relating to state and public entity procurement, including the
State Procurement Code, procurement preferences, and contract awards;
relating to the meaning of 'Alaska bidder'; and providing for an
effective date.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Laura Pierre, 465-3777

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb205-140
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HB 215 : Pipeline Project: Judicial Review/Row
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act relating to the judicial review of a right-of-way lease or the
development or construction of an oil or gas pipeline on state land;
and relating to the lease of a right-of- way by the Alaska Housing
Finance Corporation for a gas pipeline transportation corridor.

Version: CSHB 215(JUD) AM
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-6618

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb215-155
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HCR 5 : Vitamin D Supplements
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Relating to prevention of disease and to vitamin D.

Version: CSHCR 5(HSS)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Crystal Rogers, 465-6256

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hcr5-86
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HJR 24 : Support Federal Forest Land Revenue Sharing
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson
Urging the United States Congress to reauthorize the Secure Rural
Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act of 2000.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Sheila Finkenbinder, 465-6887
Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr24-146
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Bill Activity for Apr. 11, 2011
As of: 09:00:02 pm Alaska Time
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HB 15 : Student Athlete Traumatic Brain Injuries
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Doogan
An Act relating to prevention and evaluation of and liability for
concussions in student athletes.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/12

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb15
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HB 121 : Loan Funds: Charters/ Mariculture/ Microloan
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act establishing the commercial charter fisheries revolving loan
fund, the mariculture revolving loan fund, and the Alaska microloan
revolving loan fund and relating to those funds and loans from those
funds; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/12

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB121&jrn=0107&hse=H
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HB 144 : Report On Fishing Stream Access
Sponsored by Rep. Les Gara
An Act requiring the Department of Natural Resources annually to
deliver to the legislature and the governor a report on fishing stream
access.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/12

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb144
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HB 171 : Arrests For Misdemeanors
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Munoz
An Act relating to arrests without warrants by peace officers for
assault in the fourth degree or an ordinance with elements similar to
assault in the fourth degree under certain circumstances.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/12
Contact: Kendra Kloster, 465-4712

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb171-122
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HJR 20 : Roadless Rule & Chugach And Tongass Hydro
Sponsored by Rep. Kyle Johansen
Urging the President of the United States, the United States Congress,
and the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture not to
implement protection of inventoried roadless areas under the roadless
rule or otherwise restrict the development of necessary hydroelectric
projects in the Tongass National Forest and the Chugach National
Forest.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/12
Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr20
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Bill Activity for Apr. 11, 2011
As of: 08:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 160 : Visitor Industry Investm't Fund/Marketing
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Econ. Dev, Trade
An Act relating to state tourism marketing contracts with qualified
trade associations and to tourism marketing campaigns; and providing
for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 160(FIN) AM
Status: FIN CS ADOPTED (H) >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Terry Harvey, 465-5392

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb160
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Bill Activity for Apr. 11, 2011
As of: 07:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 1 : Policy For Securing Health Care Services
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto, Rep. Bob
Lynn
An Act stating a public policy that allows a person to accept or
decline any offered mode of securing health care services.

Version: CSHB 1(JUD)
Status: PASSED (H) ON RECON >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Karen Sawyer, 465-5025

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb1-95
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HB 8 : Federal Regulations & Executive Orders
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
An Act relating to certain federal statutes, regulations, presidential
executive orders, and secretarial orders; relating to the duties of the
attorney general; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 8(FIN)
Status: PASSED (H) ON RECON >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-6265

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb8-57
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HB 15 : Student Athlete Traumatic Brain Injuries
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Doogan
An Act relating to prevention and evaluation of and liability for
concussions in student athletes.

Status: (H) JUD >> (H) RLS

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb15
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HB 121 : Loan Funds: Charters/ Mariculture/ Microloan
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act establishing the commercial charter fisheries revolving loan
fund, the mariculture revolving loan fund, and the Alaska microloan
revolving loan fund and relating to those funds and loans from those
funds; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB121&jrn=0107&hse=H
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HB 160 : Visitor Industry Investm't Fund/Marketing
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Econ. Dev, Trade
An Act relating to state tourism marketing contracts with qualified
trade associations and to tourism marketing campaigns; and providing
for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 160(FIN) AM
Status: (H) RLS >> FIN CS ADOPTED (H)
Contact: Terry Harvey, 465-5392

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb160
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HB 215 : Pipeline Project: Judicial Review/Row
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act relating to the judicial review of a right-of-way lease or the
development or construction of an oil or gas pipeline on state land;
and relating to the lease of a right-of-way by the Alaska Housing
Finance Corporation for a gas pipeline transportation corridor.

Version: CSHB 215(JUD) AM
Status: 3RD RDG,4/11 CAL(H) >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-6618

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb215-155
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HCR 5 : Vitamin D Supplements
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Relating to prevention of disease and to vitamin D.

Version: CSHCR 5(HSS)
Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Crystal Rogers, 465-6256

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hcr5-86
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HJR 16 : Constitutional Am.: Education Funding
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska
relating to state aid for education.

Status: (H) JUD >> (H) FIN
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-6265

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr16-78
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HJR 24 : Support Federal Forest Land Revenue Sharing
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson
Urging the United States Congress to reauthorize the Secure Rural
Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act of 2000.

Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Sheila Finkenbinder, 465-6887

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr24-146
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