House Approves Bill Clarifying Alaska Gasline Development Corp Board Appointee Residency (HB383)
HB383 offers same exemption as Aerospace Corp and Railroad Corp
Wednesday, April 09, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill by the House Rules Committee to clarify who is eligible to be appointed by the governor to the Board of Directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation. House Bill 383, by request of Alaska Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, corrects a technical oversight in the original 59-page bill that created the corporation.
“The statute should be corrected to reflect our intent,” Speaker Chenault, R-Nikiski, said. “That desire was reflected in testimony last year; the governor should have the utmost discretion in appointing the most qualified people to lead the Corporation. Its mission is to develop projects to get gas to Alaskans, as volunteers. All AGDC board members swear an oath to serve Alaska’s best interests.”
Speaker Chenault said the matter was even debated among the framers of Alaska’s Constitution, during the Constitutional Convention, who adopted Article III, Section 26 to replace a state residency requirement with a U.S. citizen requirement.
“As Alaska moves forward with a gas project, it’s critical the AGDC Board have the greatest expertise possible to advance both Alaskan’s interests, and a project,” Representative Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage and co-author of AGDCs enabling legislation along with the Speaker, said. “I am confident the board balance, with two commissioners and five public members, will responsibly carry out the policy the legislature has set in creating the Corporation’s and setting its mission.”
HB 383, which passed by a vote of 27-12, now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.