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House Majority E-News for April 5, 2011 ANS Crude: $118.84 Henry Hub: $4.22



House Acts to Create In-State Gasline Fund

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed
legislation creating a fund the state could invest in to help pay for
the planning, development and construction of an in-state natural gas

House Bill 203, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski,
creates the In-State Gas Pipeline Fund within the Alaska Gasline
Development Corporation (AGDC,) a subsidiary of the Alaska Housing
Finance Corporation. The fund would be repealed 90 days after
construction on the line has been completed.

"HB 203 streamlines the funding process for the many aspects of the
in-state gas pipeline process," Speaker Chenault said, referring to
prior year appropriations to different state agencies on in-state gas
development. "The fund will eliminate the need for multiple
appropriations; allow better and easier accounting on expenditures;
and give AGDC more control over planning and development of the

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



House Acts to Keep Funding Invasive Species Coordinator

(Juneau) - House Bill 97, sponsored by House Rules Chair Craig
Johnson, R-Anchorage, eliminates the "sunset" provision from law that
kept the state coordinator position from being annually-funded. "We
are in a favorable position right now compared to other states and our
Canadian neighbors," Johnson said. "A lot of the major threats that
have devastated crops and ecosystems in other places are not here yet.
Alaska has some of the most pristine land and waters in the world and
I intend to keep it that way."

The full text of this release can be found below:



POTD 1: House Special Committee on Energy Co-Chair Lance Pruitt,
R-Anchorage, speaks with Rep. Kurt Olson, R-Kenai, outside the Ramona
Barnes Committee Room ahead of their hearing this afternoon. Co-Chair
Neal Foster, D-Nome, is also pictured inside the Barnes Room. The
committee heard and held HCR 10 and listened to an overview from UAF's
Cold Climate Housing Research Center today.



POTD 2: Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, looks towards Rep. Bryce
Edgmon, D-Dillingham, as he asks a question of the Chair during this
afternoon's House Finance Committee hearing.



PODCAST: House Finance Committee Vice-Chair Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle
River, sits down for her first Majority Radio podcast of the 27th
Alaska Legislature. Rep. Fairclough talks about the work before the
Finance Committee, the Majority Caucus's Guiding Principles, her
district, and other topics.


Bill Activity for Apr. 5, 2011
As of: 05:00:01 pm Alaska Time
HB 127 : Crimes Involving Minors/ Stalking/ Info
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the crimes of stalking, online enticement of a
minor, unlawful exploitation of a minor, endangering the welfare of a
child, sending an explicit image of a minor, harassment, and misconduct
involving confidential information; relating to probation; relating to
the subpoena power of the attorney general in cases involving use of an
Internet service account; relating to an appearance before a judicial
officer after arrest; relating to penalties for operating a vehicle
without possessing proof of motor vehicle liability insurance or a
driver's license; relating to penalties for certain arson offenses;
amending Rule 5(a)(1), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Rule
43.10, Alaska Rules of Administration; and providing for an effective

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/6

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB127&jrn=0124&hse=H
HB 156 : Chair Of RCA
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson
An Act relating to the chair of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/6
Contact: Jennifer Senette, 465-4530

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb156
HB 169 : Laa Review Of Proposed Regulations
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary
An Act relating to the review of proposed regulations by the
Legislative Affairs Agency; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/6
Contact: Sarah Munson, 465-4990

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb169-107
HJR 19 : Urging Us To Ratify Law Of The Sea Treaty
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Econ. Dev, Trade
Urging the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention
on the Law of the Sea.

Version: CSHJR 19(RES)
Status: (S) RLS >> (S) CALENDAR 4/6
Contact: Rob Earl, 465-4942

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr19-109
HJR 23 : Hydroelectric Power; Renewable Energy
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Energy
Urging the United States Congress to classify hydroelectric power as a
renewable and alternative energy source.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/6
Contact: Dirk Craft, 465-3438
Christopher Clark, 465-3789

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hjr23-131
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