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House Majority E-News for Jan 27, 2010


ANS Crude: $74.17 Henry Hub: $5.42


Resolution Opposing Unnecessary Critical Habitat Designation in Cook
Inlet Introduced

(Juneau) - A resolution calling on the federal government to protect
the economy of the Cook Inlet region was introduced in the Alaska
House today by Representative Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage. House
Joint Resolution 40 opposes the proposed critical habitat designation
for 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet. The National Marine Fisheries
Service is considering the designation a way to protect Cook Inlet
beluga whales.

"The only thing a critical habitat designation will accomplish is to
harm the region's economy," said Rep. Millett. "It will drive up the
cost or even prevent development for the oil and gas industry, our
commercial and sport fishing industries and the planned expansion at
the Port of Anchorage."


Wilson Stands Up For Interior Residents, Businesses

(Juneau) - Today Rep. Tammie Wilson introduced HJR 39, opposing the
Local Boundary Commission's report on annexation of commercial and
residential properties in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

"I oppose forced annexation," Wilson said. "Annexation should only be
done when local residents approach a municipality by a vote, not when
a government desires to expand its tax base."


Gatto Attends State Agricultural Summit

(Juneau) - Representative Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, recently attended the
state's Agricultural and Rural Leaders Summit, and expressed his
thoughts and thanks on participating today in the following report:

"The Ag Chairs Summit is about answers and is a very productive
event," Gatto said. "I always bring great ideas back for Alaska."
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