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Recent House Bill Activity & News

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House Majority E-News for Feb 9, 2009

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Second Stage Report Released

(Juneau) - The second volume of the Semi-annual Gasline Evaluation
Report, or SAGE Report, was released today. The report provides
updates on the TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. and British Petroleum and
ConocoPhillips Alaska gas pipeline projects. The SAGE reports
supplement the statutorily-required annual report from the AGIA
licensee, and provide data and comments from producer companies on
fieldwork, local hire and contracting, and other key benchmarks
required by TransCanada's contract with the state.

"Representative (Craig) Johnson and I welcome the producer company
input and are pleased with the cooperation of both the state and the
competing project sponsor," House Judiciary Chair Jay Ramras,
R-Fairbanks, said. "The SAGE Report is an invaluable tool to assess
progress made by the AGIA licensee and if the project is still in the
best interests of Alaskans. The report also highlights the producer
companies' thoughts and concerns about the projects, which provide an
important barometer on either project's eventual success."

"The SAGE Report offers a chance to reassess the basis for the AGIA
investment and offers a level of detail we thought, frankly, was
lacking in the discussion," House Resources Committee Co-Chair Craig
Johnson, R-Anchorage, said. "This second volume provides a wrap-up on
summer fieldwork, gas resource holder comments on the process and a
detailed look from both the state and the competing project. I believe
the reports are vital to ensuring we keep the best interests of
Alaskans first. I am glad we have these checks in place to gauge their
progress."

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

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=ramr20100209-503

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Admin Reg Review Holds First Meeting of 2010 Legislative Session

(Juneau) - The Alaska State Legislature's Joint Administrative
Regulation Review Committee held its first meeting of the 2010
Legislative Session on Monday. The committee reviewed portions of the
Executive Branch Ethics Act, and statutes on lease expenditures
pertaining to the tax structure set out by the Alaska's Clear and
Equitable Share Act, or ACES.

"We did not find sufficient grounds to recommend to the Legislature
that a law be passed to veto any of the regulations reviewed,"
Committee Chair Wes Keller, R-Wasilla. "The meeting was a good example
of the committee exercising its due diligence regarding regulatory
oversight."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=arr20100209-504

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Bush Caucus to Meet Thursday

(Juneau) - The Alaska State Legislature's Bush Caucus will hold their
first public presentation of the 2010 Legislative Session, featuring a
discussion covering the "Economic Impact of the Native Corporations on
Alaska's Economy." The meeting will take place at 4:00 p.m. on
Thursday, Feb. 11, in Room 105 of the Thomas Stewart Legislative
Office Building.

WHO: Joint Alaska State Legislature's Bush Caucus

WHAT: Presentation, "Economic Impact of the Native Corporations on
Alaska's Economy"

Roberta Quintavell, President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

Sheri Buretta, Chugach Alaska Corporation Board Chair

WHEN: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11

WHERE: Thomas Stewart Legislative Office Building, Room 105, State
Capitol - Juneau

Additional audio actualities can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=hmaj20100209-505

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Photo of the Day: This photo depicts House Finance Committee member
Rep. Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, leading a discussion on domestic
violence and sexual assault with members of the Administration,
community groups and various women's shelters in the Governor's
Conference Room at the Capitol this morning. Rep. Fairclough and
Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan moderated the discussion on
putting the Governor's proposed DV/SA initiatives into action, along
with following them to make sure they impact the epidemic.

Photo is available below:

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Bill Activity for Feb. 9, 2010
As of: 04:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 276 : Fort Rousseau Causeway Hist Park
Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson
An Act amending the description of parcels within the Fort Rousseau
Causeway State Historical Park; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 2/10
Contact: Reid Harris, 465-6887

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb276-311
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House Majority E-News for Feb 8, 2009

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House Moves to Create Annual Purple Heart Day

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today
unanimously passed HB 274, a bill designating Aug. 7 of every year as
Purple Heart Day. House Rules Committee Chair Nancy Dahlstrom, R-Eagle
River, sponsored the bill, which would codify recent local, municipal
and state citations and resolutions honoring Purple Heart recipients.

"The Purple Heart honors our brave men and women who sacrifice,
sometimes their lives, to protect and serve. I was honored to take
part in a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony to rename a stretch of the
Alaska Highway from the Canadian border to Fairbanks as the Purple
Heart Trail, and designating August 7 as a day in their honor is just
one more way to show appreciation to our veterans," Dahlstrom said.

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100208-501

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Video: House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, leads the weekly House
Majority Press Availability for the week of Feb. 8, 2010. House
Transportation Committee Chair Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, and House
Labor & Commerce Committee Chair Kurt Olson, R-Kenai join the speaker
in taking questions from the reporters. Topics covered include the
operating budget, proposed transportation fund, workers' compensation,
and oil and gas taxes.
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Bill Activity for Feb. 8, 2010
As of: 05:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 274 : Establishing Purple Heart Day
Sponsored by Rep. Dahlstrom, Rep. Gardner, Rep. Buch, Rep. Keller, Rep.
Petersen, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Gatto, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Doogan, Rep. Thomas,
Rep. Hawker, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Ramras, Rep. Fairclough, Rep.
Johnson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Herron
An Act establishing August 7 as Purple Heart Day.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Laura Pierre, 465-3783

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb274-309
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Bill Activity for Feb. 8, 2010
As of: 12:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 146 : Transfer Restrictions On Trusts
Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras
An Act relating to transfer restrictions on trust interests.

Status: (H) JUD >> (H) RLS
Contact: Jane Pierson, 465-4990

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb146-243
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HB 235 : Prof Student Exchange Loan Forgiveness
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Munoz
An Act relating to professional student exchange program availability
and conditions for loan forgiveness.

Status: (H) EDC >> (H) FIN
Contact: Kendra Kloster, 465-4712

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb235-241
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HB 274 : Establishing Purple Heart Day
Sponsored by Rep. Dahlstrom, Rep. Gardner, Rep. Buch, Rep. Keller, Rep.
Petersen, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Gatto, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Doogan, Rep. Thomas,
Rep. Hawker, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Ramras, Rep. Fairclough, Rep.
Johnson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Herron
An Act establishing August 7 as Purple Heart Day.

Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Laura Pierre, 465-3783

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb274-309
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HB 295 : University Land Grant
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the grant of certain state land to the University of
Alaska; relating to the duties of the Board of Regents; relating to
deposits made to the Alaska permanent fund received from certain lands
conveyed to the University of Alaska; ratifying and reauthorizing
certain prior conveyances of land to the University of Alaska; making
conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) EDC >> (H) CRA

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=26&bill=HB295&jrn=1289&hse=H
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House Majority E-News for Feb 5, 2009

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Speaker, Resources Co-Chair Outraged by Corps' NPR-A Ruling

(Juneau) - House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, and House
Resources Committee Co-Chair Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, released the
following statements today expressing their frustration and outrage at
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to deny ConocoPhillips
Alaska and Anadarko Petroleum a bridge permit to begin exploration on
leases in the National Petroleum Reserve - Alaska, or NPR-A:

"Conoco has permits for exploration in NPR-A. The last remaining
obstacle was the bridge permit for the Colville River. This is a
project that garnered widespread support from the outlying
communities, within the industry, and stood to finally open up the
reserve for development," Speaker Chenault said. "Today's action is
another example of administrative obstruction and sets back
development for the near term.

"I was disappointed to read that there was a delay last month, and I
am shocked by today's action," Johnson added. "That's half a billion
dollars of development lost. That's a lot of jobs for Alaskans and
revenue for ARSC and the region. The work was pushed back a year due
to company concerns, but now the concern is on any development,
period, going forward. That's bad news for Alaska."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=chen20100205-499

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Rep. Peggy Wilson Proposes Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund

For Fall Ballot

(Juneau) - House Transportation Chair Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, today
introduced HJR 42, asking voters to amend the Alaska State
Constitution and establish the Alaska Transportation Infrastructure
Fund. Wilson also introduced HB 329, which would designate the fund to
generate from a $1 billion endowment, and receive revenue from the
fuel tax and vehicle registrations - pending voter approval of the
constitutional amendment.

Wilson says there are a variety of reasons to improve Alaska's
transportation infrastructure. "Transportation is the basis of our
economy. It provides for the movement of goods and services, from the
florist delivering flowers, to people going from place to place,"
Wilson said. "Approximately 89% of our transportation funding comes
from the federal government. There is going to be a federal
Transportation Reauthorization bill in the next year and everything we
are hearing is unfavorable for states with small populations."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=wils20100205-496

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Rep. Tammie Wilson Proposes Extending Voter Authority

(Juneau) - Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, today introduced HJR 41,
which would amend the Alaska State Constitution to require voter
approval of any proposed government boundary changes.

HJR 41 inserts a democratic component into the process of modifying
or annexing residential or commercial zones. "Nearly every region of
the state has had to deal with contentious annexation decisions,"
Wilson said. "Property owners should not be forced into a new layer of
government. People deserve a vote."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=wils20100205-494

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Majority Leader Proposes Anti-Drug Legislation

(Juneau) - House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, today
introduced HB 327, which would strengthen the state's anti-drug laws.
District One constituents approached Johansen with the components of
the bill, and recognizes that the issues of illegal and recreational
use and prescription drug abuse are common throughout the state.

"I feel for the families of drug dependents, and those who've lost a
loved one to drug abuse," Johansen said. "We need to make sure our
anti-drug laws are reflective of today's issues and drug abuse
trends."

HB 327 proposes criminalizing the psychoactive plant Salvia
divinorum, or "Sally D," its common shorthand reference. Salvia is a
powerful hallucinogenic similar to mescaline and peyote. HB 327 treats
it like a Schedule IIA drug, whose classifications cover those with a
very high risk of addiction and/or abuse.

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Labor & Commerce Chair Olson Comments on Today's U.S. Census Hearing

Rep. Olson comments on today's hearing by officials with the U.S.
Census Bureau. Olson says he asked the bureau to present before the
committee because he believes that every uncounted Alaskan impacts the
amount of federal funds that come to the state, in addition to having
redistricting consequences later. Olson also emphasizes the strict
information privacy standards the bureau employs, to help reassure
constituents who are worried about the confidentially of their
responses being compromised.

Rep. Olson encourages any interested Alaskans who would like a copy
of the U.S. Census Bureau presentation to call his office at
907-465-2693.

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Bill Activity for Feb. 5, 2010
As of: 11:00:01 am Alaska Time
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HB 76 : Legislative Council & LB&A Membership
Sponsored by Rep. Gruenberg, Rep. Buch, Rep. Cissna, Rep. Doogan, Rep.
Gardner, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Holmes, Rep. Kawasaki, Rep. Kerttula,
Rep. Petersen, Rep. Salmon, Rep. Tuck
An Act relating to the membership of the Alaska Legislative Council and
the membership of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee.

Status: (H) STA >> (H) FIN

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb76
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HB 274 : Establishing Purple Heart Day
Sponsored by Rep. Dahlstrom, Rep. Gardner, Rep. Buch, Rep. Keller, Rep.
Petersen, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Gatto, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Doogan, Rep. Thomas,
Rep. Hawker, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Ramras, Rep. Fairclough, Rep.
Johnson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Herron
An Act establishing August 7 as Purple Heart Day.

Status: (H) STA >> (H) RLS
Contact: Laura Pierre, 465-3783

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb274-309
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HB 291 : Guaranteed Revenue Bonds For Veterans
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the issuance of state-guaranteed revenue bonds by
the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to finance mortgages for
qualifying veterans; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) MLV >> (H) STA

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=26&bill=HB291&jrn=1286&hse=H
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HB 292 : Grants To Disaster Victims
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to grants to victims of a disaster in this state; and
providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) MLV >> (H) STA

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=26&bill=HB292&jrn=1288&hse=H
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HB 306 : State Energy Policy
Sponsored by the Hou. Energy
An Act declaring a state energy policy.

Status: (H) ENE >> (H) RES
Contact: Jeff Turner, 465-3879
Adam Berg, 465-4873

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb306-257
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HB 312 : Advisory Vote On In-State Gas Pipeline
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act authorizing an advisory vote on use of Alaska permanent fund
earnings for an in-state natural gas pipeline; and providing for an
effective date.

Status: (H) RES >> (H) FIN
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-6618

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb312-259
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HB 314 : Workers' Compensation
Sponsored by the Hou. Labor & Com.
An Act relating to fees and charges for medical treatment or services,
the crime of unsworn falsification, investigations, and penalties as
they relate to workers' compensation; and providing for an effective
date.

Status: (H) L&C >> (H) JUD
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb314-265

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