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House Majority E-News for Mar 1, 2010 ANS Crude: $77.95 Henry Hub: $4.82


Legislature Acts to Create Annual Purple Heart Day

(Juneau) - The Alaska State Legislature today passed House Bill 274,
legislation designating Aug. 7 of every year as Purple Heart Day. The
Alaska State Senate approved the bill unanimously. The State House
passed the bill unanimously Feb. 8.

House Rules Committee Chair Nancy Dahlstrom, R-Eagle River, sponsored
the bill, which would codify the date in statute for perpetuity.
"State and local leaders do their part annually through citations and
proclamations, but codifying August 7th to honor the brave men and
women who've earned the medal is the right thing to do, and a small
gesture we can make to say thank you for your sacrifice and service,"
Dahlstrom said.

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



HJR 40 Passes House, Advance to Senate

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Joint Resolution
40, which opposes the National Marine Fisheries Service's designation
of a critical habitat for beluga whales.

HJR 40 sponsor Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, put the resolution
in motion in order to protect the economy of the entire Cook Inlet
region from what she says is an unnecessary critical habitat
designation for beluga whales. Population numbers rebounded after a
cooperative harvest management plan was instituted, with the beluga
population going from 278 in 2005 to 321 in 2009, a total increase of
four percent per year.

"All activities in and around Cook Inlet from the Port of Anchorage,
to military operations, to sport and commercial fishing could be
slapped with new restrictions if a critical habitat designation is
issued," Millett said.

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



House Acts to Honor Long-Time DOT Dalton Hwy Manager

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill
345, legislation naming a bridge slated to be built on the Dalton
Highway this summer as the Sam Schuyler Memorial Bridge.

"Sam was well-loved and respected by his peers at DOT and by the
truckers who traversed the Dalton Highway. It's an honor to be able to
sponsor this bill to name the bridge in Sam's memory," Rep. Jay
Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said.

The full text of this release can be found below:



Photo: The House Finance Committee discussing their subcommittee
report on House Bills 300 and 302, the operating and mental health
operating budgets. The committee adopted their committee substitute,
or CS, of the bills this afternoon at the Capitol. For more
information and copies of the bills.

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