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House Majority E-News for Mar 12, 2010 ANS Crude: $79.49 Henry Hub: $4.35



Anchorage Caucus Public Meeting CANCELED

(Juneau) - A winter storm has prevented members of the Anchorage
Legislative Caucus from traveling to their home districts.
Consequently, the public meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 13,
2010 is canceled.

Anchorage Caucus co-chairs Rep. Lindsey Holmes (D-Anchorage) and Rep.
Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Eagle River) expressed their disappointment at the
cancelation, but encouraged interested constituents to contact their
legislators with questions and concerns via telephone or e-mail until
the next opportunity to meet in person.

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Legislature Passes HJR 16 For Disabled Veterans

(Juneau) - The Alaska State Senate today unanimously passed House
Joint Resolution 16, supporting service-disabled veterans in building
new businesses by urging the federal government to implement policy
already signed into law.

"Our veterans are returning to Alaska, having given up a year,
sometimes two or three, in opportunities," Gatto said. "This gives
them an advantage to be able to jumpstart their way into starting a
business. This was the intention of the procurement preference passed
by the federal government. All we're trying to do is let our veterans
take advantage of it."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=gatt20100312-576

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House Acts To Improve High School Graduation Rates

Through Information-Sharing Between Schools And AMYA

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Bill 360,
legislation offering Alaska high school drop-outs another avenue for
graduation. House Rules Chair Nancy Dahlstrom, R-Eagle River,
sponsored the bill, which would require school districts to submit the
names and other information of drop-outs with the director of the
Alaska Challenge Military Youth Academy, or ACMYA.

"We can all agree that high school and other forms of secondary
education are a major building block in a young person's life, and an
indicator of future success," Dahlstrom said. "It's important for us
to add the option of the Challenge Academy to our young people, while
at the same time making recruitment more feasible and timely for
academy officials."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=dahl20100312-578

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House Passes Suicide Prevention Council Bill

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Bill 349,
legislation proposing to allow the Statewide Suicide Prevention
Council to conduct meetings and allow voting via teleconference.
Representative Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, sponsored the bill.

Fairclough says the small statutory changes will allow the Council to
satisfy quorum requirements and meet their mission and goals. "The
last legislative audit showed that the Council had a history of
attendees being unable to attend in person, due to its statewide
scope," Fairclough said. "HB 349 offers a 'fix' to allow this
important group to continue providing their expertise on reducing
suicide in Alaska."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=fair20100312-577

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Line-Up Announced for Monday's House Majority Press Availability

WHO: House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, Rep. Anna
Fairclough, R-Eagle River, Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer

WHAT: Weekly State House Majority Caucus Press Availability

WHEN: Monday, March 15 - 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Speaker's Chambers, Room 210, State Capitol - Juneau

The full text of this media alert can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=hmaj20100312-579

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Video: In this week's episode of "Ask the Speaker", House Speaker
Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, touches on the passage of the state
operating budget, his in-state gasline development team bill, what
energy council attendees learned, the proposed college scholarship
program, and the recent passage of HCR 20.

Video can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/ask-the-speaker

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Photo: House Resources Committee Co-Chairs Mark Neuman(l),
R-Su-Valley, and Craig Johnson(r), R-Anchorage, discussing House
Finance Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker(c), R-Anchorage's HB 280 today
at the Capitol. HB 280, the Cook Inlet Recovery Act, proposes a
10-year tax exemption to owners of new natural gas storage facilities
brought online before December 2015, and provides statutory guidance
to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, or RCA, in its consideration
of utility gas supply contracts to help ensure adequate supplies of
reasonably priced gas to Inlet consumers.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=296&leg=26

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Bill Activity for Mar. 12, 2010
As of: 06:00:02 pm Alaska Time
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HB 3 : Requirements For Driver's License/I.D.
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn, Rep. Hawker, Rep. Chenault, Rep. Stoltze, Rep.
Ramras, Rep. Johnson
An Act relating to issuance of identification cards and to issuance of
driver's licenses; relating to regulations concerning identification
cards and driver's licenses; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 3/15

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb3

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