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House Majority E-News for Mar 11, 2010 ANS Crude: $80.36 Henry Hub: $4.46


House Passes Operating & Mental Health Budget Bills

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Bill 300 and
House Bill 302, the Fiscal Year 2011 Statewide Operating and Mental
Health Operating budget bills. The House Finance Committee Substitute
authorizes $34.1 million less than the governor's amended FY 11
spending plan, with a 10-percent across the board cut to state agency
travel and deferral of funding for issues that require further
scrutiny including expenditures for an in-state gas pipeline and
legislation still under consideration.

The House Finance Committee substitute for the next fiscal year
authorizes $5.1 billion in state general funds, $1.93 billion in
federal funds, and $1.09 billion in what are referred to as "other"
funds, which are classified as non-discretionary. Total state agency
spending is reduced by 1.6% from the governor's amended proposal.

"After a careful and responsible review, we were able to pass a
frugal, benevolent and humble FY 11 budget," House Finance Committee
Co-Chair for the Operating Budget Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, said.
"When you add it all up you get a responsible spending plan that
reflects our continued and growing awareness of the fiscal
circumstances on the state's horizon."

The full text of this release can be found below:



Photo: House Finance Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker (right),
R-Anchorage, conversing with House Resources Committee Co-Chair Craig
Johnson, R-Anchorage, prior to debate on the FY 2011 Operating Budget
bill today on the House floor. The budget bills, HB 300 and HB 302,
are in second reading – open for amendment – today, with a floor
vote expected either later today or tomorrow morning.


Bill Activity for Mar. 11, 2010
As of: 06:00:02 pm Alaska Time
HB 342 : Extend Board Of Real Estate Appraisers
Sponsored by Rep. Tammie Wilson
An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Certified Real
Estate Appraisers; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 3/12
Contact: Michelle Sikma, 465-4797

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb342-390
HB 349 : Suicide Prevention Council Meetings
Sponsored by Rep. Anna Fairclough
An Act relating to the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 3/12
Contact: Crystal Koeneman, 465-3777

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb349-391
HB 360 : Youth Academy: Student Records
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom
An Act relating to the provision of information regarding a student by
a school district to the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs,
Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 3/12
Contact: Nikole Hill, 465-3783

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb360-351
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