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Alaska State Senate Highlights on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Frank Richards of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation gave an overview of Alaska’s Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP).
To view the ASAP project update Power Point presentation, click here.
To view the entire meeting click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered SB 42, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to supplemental appropriations for the State's operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2013. SB 42 was heard and held.   
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting click here.

Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered SB 12, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which streamlines the procurement code to ensure consistent application of the law, resulting in a more understandable, efficient procurement process. SB 12 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting click here.

Senate Press Availability—Senate President Charlie Huggins, Senate Rules Chair Lesil McGuire as well as Senators Fairclough and Dunleavy were on-hand to answer questions about current issues.
To view the press release, click here.
To view the entire press conference click here.

Joint Transportation Committee—Chris Aadnesen, CEO of Alaska Railroad Corp., and Bill O’Leary, CFO, gave a presentation. Later, John Moosey, Mat-Su Borough Manager and Don Dyer, Economic Development Director, gave an update on the Port MacKenzie Project.
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To view the entire meeting click here.
 

Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Members considered SB 37, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which extends the termination date of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council. SB 37 moved out of committee and is on its way to Senate Finance. Members also considered SB 23, submitted by Governor Parnell, which is designed to provide cheaper energy to Interior Alaskans and give the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) the ability to finance a natural gas liquefaction plant and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution system within the Fairbanks North Star Borough. SB 23 was heard and held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting click here.
 

Senate Public Safety Finance Subcommittee—There was a status update on the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program and on recruitment efforts for VPSOs and the State Troopers.
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Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput—Members considered SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. SB 21 was heard and held. There was also testimony by Kara Moriarty, Executive Director of AOGA, Tom Barrett, President of Alyeska Pipeline, Doug Smith, President and C.E.O. of Little Red Services, Scott Jepsen VP of External Affairs for ConocoPhillips Alaska, and Heinrich VP of finance Alaska for ConocoPhillips. 
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting click here.
 

Things you might want to check out on Wednesday, February 6, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 40, which makes special appropriations for new engineering buildings for the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 29, which updates the standards for cruise ship wastewater discharge.
To view associated documents, click here.

11:00 a.m. Senate Session
 

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Learn—Capitol 106—Senator Olson & Representative Edgmon will be hosting a Lunch & Learn on "An Affordable Housing Conversation" by the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities.
 

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Testimony will be heard on “The Alberta Experience,” and “PFC Energy.” Members will also consider SB 26, which reforms and streamlines procedures for obtaining, issuing and appealing permits, leases and other authorizations issued by the Department of Natural Resources, with public testimony to follow.
To view associated documents, click here.
 

For updates throughout the day, please bookmark the Senate Majority’s Website www.alaskasenate.org  which features Senate news, information, photos, social media, member information and more! Also, please “like” our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at AKSenMajority for breaking news throughout the day.  

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