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Capitol Notes April 7, 2012

Capitol Notes
April 7, 2012

 

In this issue:
 

  • 24 Hour Rule Imminent
  • Capitol Notes Publication Timing
  • Special Session?
  • Make Sure It’s Meaningful – Update On Oil Tax Reform
  • Litigation Reform Senate Hearing Scheduled
  • Juneau– Stand Up for Justice

 

24 Hour Rule Imminent

 The clock is ticking – only 10 days remain in the regular legislative session.  The “24 hour rule” is expected to go into affect tomorrow, April 6, or whenever both houses appoint members to the Operating budget conference committee.  Once the rule goes into affect, please be sure to check the Legislature’s online committee meeting schedule daily on BASIS.  Another reminder:  bills previously heard in a committee do not need to be specifically noticed to be heard.  The committee simply notices on its schedule “bills previously heard.”

 Capitol Notes Publication Timing

 
It is important to note the the 24 hour rule allows hearings to be held on short notice.  Once this happens, Capitol Notes will be sent on an as needed basis to keep Alaska Chamber members informed and active on our legislative priorities.

 Special Session?

 With oil tax reform still being reviewed in the Senate, there are few scenarios in which one can imagine no special session.  Should a special session be called, Capitol Notes will be sent periodically on an as needed basis. 

Make Sure It’s Meaningful – Oil Tax Reform Update

The Senate Finance Committee adopted a new committee substitute (CS) to SB 192 today (CS SB 192 Version 0).  You can review the new CS under the documents for the bill here.  

Expert testimony today by PFC on the new CS indicates that the new version of SB 192 does not make Alaska as competitive as our closet competitors (you can review PFC’s slides here).  In fact, the new version appears to actually represent increased taxes at prices per barrel under $100 for both existing producers and new developments.  Industry is expected to testify tomorrow, Friday, April 6. Stay tuned! 

The Alaska Chamber supports meaningful tax reform making Alaska highly competitive nationally and globally.  As business owners, Alaska Chamber members know there are no guarantees when it comes to business investments.  Business goes where the market is most attractive and where the risk is minimized. 
 
It is critically important that we, as Alaskans, make our market as attractive as possible.  We’ll know we’ve done our job correctly if new investment, like what we’re seeing in other jurisdictions, begins to happen in Alaska.

 Litigation Reform Senate Hearing Scheduled

HB 168 Injunction Security is schedule for its first hearing in Senate Judiciary, Wednesday, April 11 at 1:30pm.  HB 168 enjoyed strong bipartisan support in the House last year and should in the Senate as well.  You can read HB168’s sponsor statement online here.
 
Please take the time to let the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to move HB 168 out of committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee include:
 
Senator French
Senator Wielechowski
Senator Paskvan
Senator McGuire
Senator Coghill
 

Juneau- Stand Up for Justice

 Alaskans for Justice, a group formed to demand accountability from the Department of Justice for the unjust and abusive treatment endured by the late Sen. Ted Stevens at the hands of rogue federal prosecutors and investigators, will host its another public event Wednesday, April 11 from 4:30 – 5:00pm on the Capitol steps in Juneau.
  
The report recently released by a court-appointed special counsel makes it clear that the federal prosecutors and investigators repeatedly violated the Constitution, statutory law, and legal ethical standards in pursuing their vendetta against Sen. Stevens.  As a result, the Senator and his family endured years of unnecessary suffering. 
 
Despite their disgraceful actions, the federal prosecutors and investigators are still employed by the Department of Justice.  Worse yet, their legal bills are being bankrolled by the Department.  Alaskans for Justice is demanding that the Department fire the rogue prosecutors and investigators identified in the report.
 
 “When I read the special counsel’s report, I was sad and mad,” said Jim Jansen, one of the founders of Alaskans for Justice.  “Sad that Sen. Stevens, a great man who dedicated his life to the service of Alaska and Nation, wasn’t here to read this affirmation of his innocence.  Mad because the Department of Justice has done nothing concrete to hold the federal prosecutors accountable for their gross misconduct.
 
Supporters who are unable to attend the April 11 event are invited to visit www.AlaskansForJustice.com to learn more about the movement and sign an open letter calling for the Department of Justice to hold its prosecutors accountable. 
 
Alaskans for Justice is a nonpartisan organization of concerned citizens formed to educate Alaskans and other Americans about the Department of Justice’s unjust persecution of Sen. Stevens and call for systemic change. Led by friends of the Senator and united by frustration with the system that let all Alaskans down, Alaskans for Justice demands accountability from the Department of Justice and punishment for the individuals who perverted the justice system to accomplish their own dishonest objectives.
 
Alaskans for Justice looks to a future in which no American has to endure the unjust and abusive treatment to which Sen. Stevens was subjected. Learn more at www.AlaskansForJustice.com.
 

Legislative Committee Schedule   

The following list committee meetings addresses issues and bills important to Alaska Chamber members for the upcoming week.  For a complete list of bills visit the BASIS website.  Most of these meetings are teleconferenced.  The legislature also streams meetings in the capitol.   

You can check it out at http://www.alaskalegislature.tv/



If you would like to testify, it is best if you go through your local LIO office.  If you are unable to go through your local LIO office, you must call the Chair of the Committee in which the bill is being heard for "authorization" and get off-net call in number. 
 

Friday, April 6

 
House Finance - 8am
SB 23 Film Production Tax/Credits
 
Senate Finance – 9:00am
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Rates
 
House Resources – 1:00pm
SB 192  Oil and Gas Production Rates
Pending Referral
 
Senate Finance – 1:00pm
SB 192 – Oil and Gas Production Rates
 
Senate Resources – 3:30pm
SB 209  Development Plans for Oil & Gas Leases
HB 118  Research and Development Tax Credit
 

Saturday, April 7

Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

Sunday, April 8

Happy Easter


Monday, April 9

Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

House Judiciary – 1:00pm
HJR 40  RS 2477 Rights-of-Way
 
House Resources – 1:00pm
HB 328  Oil and Gas Corporate Taxes
SB 192  Oil and Gas Production Rates
Pending Referral
 
Senate Resources – 3:30pm
HB 118  Research and Development Tax Credit
 

Tuesday, April 10
Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

 
House Community & Regional Affairs – 9:00am
SB 159  Susitna State Forest
 

Wednesday, April 11
Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

Senate Judiciary – 1:30pm
HB 168  Injunction Security:  Industrial Operation
 
House Resources – 1:00pm
SB 192  Oil and Gas Production Rates
Pending Referral
 

Thursday, April 12
Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

Friday, April 13
Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

Saturday, April 14
Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

Sunday, April 15
Due to the 24-hour rule, please check the BASIS website for the latest committee schedule.

 

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