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Alaska State Senate Highlights from Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Senate Majority Press Availability following the Governor’s State of the State Address- Senators Huggins, Coghill, McGuire, Meyer, Thomas, Dyson, Stevens, Stedman, Egan, Olson, Fairclough, Giessel, Bishop, Micciche and Dunleavy gave their reaction to Governor Parnell’s State of the State address.  The Senators discussed topics including increasing oil production, addressing how to make in-state energy affordable, controlling spending, support for the Governor’s expanded plans to combat human trafficking statewide, education policies such as how to meet Governor Parnell’s goal of reaching a 90-percent graduation rate by 2020 and standing up against federal encroachment.    The Senators also stressed that the group’s goal is to act now to meet not only the needs of Alaskans today, but of Alaskans tomorrow as well.   To watch the press conference, click here.

Senate Floor Session-23 Senate bills were read across the floor for the first time.  The bills were then referred to various committees for consideration.   To learn more about the bills, please go to the Alaska Legislature’s official website.   To watch today’s Floor Session, click here.

Senate Education Committee-Members discussed new Department of Education & Early Development regulations pertaining to linking teacher evaluations and student testing.  The Committee received testimony from the Commissioner of Education and Early Development, the Alaska State Board of Education & Early Development, the Alaska Association of School Boards, NEA-Alaska, Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals, Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals and the Alaska Council of School Administrators.  To watch this meeting, click here.

Senate Resources Committee-Members today focused onWho's Keeping the Lights & Heat On? Problems and Solutions”  As part of the discussion, members received presentations from Petrotechnical Resources Alaska, Thomas P. Walsh & Peter J. Stokes, P.E., and Dr. Antony Scott, Senior Economist and Policy Analyst at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  The information included an update on Cook Inlet’s Natural Gas supply.  To watch this meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out tomorrow:

10:30PM-Legislative Council-Senate Finance 532-The committee will elect the Chair/Vice Chair and will discuss the IT Subcommittee, sanctioning charity events, contract approvals, the Cordova LIO Lease, and the Cutting Edge Snowplowing Contract.

1:00 PM-Senate Transportation Committee-Barnes 124-Members will join the House Transportation Committee for an overview from the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities on the Marine Highway System

3:30 PM Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput-Beltz 105-Members will conduct an organizational meeting to discuss the committee’s objectives. 

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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