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Capitol Notes January 30 – February 2, 2012


In this issue:

  • Capitol Notes Information

  • Take Action Today!

  • 2012 Alaska Chamber Fly In Recap

  • Legislative Committee Hearings

Capitol Notes highlights opportunities for Alaska Chamber members to make the “voice of Alaska business” heard during the Alaska Legislative Session on priorities and issues important to Alaska Chamber members.

Review Alaska Chamber 2012 Priorities here and all Positions here.   To see a list of legislation the Alaska Chamber currently supports or opposes, click here.  Please note that this list can change weekly as legislation changes as it moves through the legislative process.

Take Action Today
Two of the Alaska Chamber’s top legislative priorities for the 2012 session are oil tax reform and injuction security for industrial operations.  HB 110 and HB 168 are pieces of legislation that would address these issues.  They are in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, waiting to be heard.  We urge you to politely and respectfully request that Committee Chairman Senator Dennis Egan schedule these bills for hearings as soon as possible.  Retrieve Legislative contact information here.
Alaska Chamber 2012 Fly In Recap
Last week over 70 Alaska Chamber members gathered in Juneau, Alaska for the annual Alaska Chamber Fly In.  The Fly In is designed to give members the chance to influence public policy effectively by meeting directly with state legislators and the administration.   

On Wednesday, January 25, Alaska Chamber members met with 50 legislators in four hours!  That means Alaska Chamber members (resident constituents and business constituents) met with at least one legislator from every (senate) district in the state of Alaska.  Members highlighted our top legislative priorities for 2012.  Later that day, Alaska Chamber Fly In participants joined the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Fly In participants for a reception at Governor Parnell’s residence.  On Thursday, January 26, Fly In participants heard directly from:

  • Senate President, Senator Gary Stevens
  • Senate Minority Leader, Senator John Coghill
  • Speaker of the House, Representative Mike Chenault
  • House Majority Leader, Representative Alan Austerman
  • House Rules Chairman Representative Craig Johnsen
  • House Democratic Leader, Representative Beth Kerttula

Former Congressman David Minge, a founding steering committee member of the Coalition for a Fiscally Sound America, addressed the fiscal crisis of our nation over lunch.  The Fly In finale was a Legislative Reception at long time Alaska Chamber member Capital Office Systems downtown Juneau store.
Committee Schedule
The following list of committee meetings address issues and bills important to Alaska Chamber members for the upcoming week.  For a complete list of bills visit the BASIS web site.  Most of these meetings are teleconferenced.  The legislature also started to stream all committee meetings in the capitol.  You can check it out at http://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 an off-net call in number.
Monday, January 30, 2012

House Resources Committee – 1:30pm, Teleconferenced
HJR 31 – Declare Central Park a Wilderness Area
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Joint House & Senate Health & Social Services Committee – 1:30pm, Teleconferenced
Alaska Health Care Commission Report, Teleconferenced
Senate Resources Committee – 3:30pm, Teleconferenced
State Tax Policy & Oil Production:  the Role of the Severance Tax & Credits for Drilling Expenses – Teleconferenced
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Alaska Business Roundtable, 12:00-pm, Hangar Ballroom
This is a weekly lunch sponsored by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Chamber throughout legislative session. 
House Resources Committee, 12:00pm
Lunch & Learn:  Alyeska SERVS:  Oil Spill Prevention & Response

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