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House Majority E-News for Mar 16, 2010 ANS Crude: $79.95 Henry Hub: $4.38

Joint Committee Makes Recommendations on Dairies

(Juneau) - The Joint Administrative Regulation Review Committee met
on Monday to continue discussion items from their previous hearing,
including the Dept. of Environmental Conservation's proposed
regulatory changes to cheese-making and other milk production.

At yesterday's meeting, the Committee requested that a small-producer
exemption be enacted into the proposed regulations. A number of small
producers attended the March 8 ARRC meeting, asking for an exemption
from these proposed DEC regulations, similar to the way that the State
of Oregon exempts small dairies from certain regulations. The
committee's recommendations hope to address the effects the
regulations will have on small dairies and consumers.

"The Committee believes that small dairies should not be burdened
with expensive or complicated regulations," said ARRC Co-Chair Wes
Keller, R-Wasilla, "and that individuals should be free to buy fresh
milk and cheese from these small farms if they wish. It is good public
policy for both the small dairyman and the consumer. Where they deal
directly with one another is not a place the State needs to be
involved."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100316-591

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Video: House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, leads the
weekly Alaska State House Majority Caucus press availability. Leader
Johansen is joined by House Finance Committee Member Anna Fairclough,
R-Eagle River, and House Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Chair Carl Gatto, R-Palmer. Johansen speaks on topics ranging from
in-state gas to the selection process of state energy projects, while
Fairclough touches on House Finance priorities and Daylight Saving
Time legislation. Gatto focuses on energy, military affairs, and the
limitation of resource development in Alaska by endangered species
listings.

http://www.housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=298&leg=26

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Photo: House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade &
Tourism Chair Representative Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, listening to
Laura Fox of Takotna talk about her short documentary today at the
Capitol. Ms. Fox was one of the participants in the Rural Alaska
Honors Institute's Alaska Native Film Festival. Her submission was
entitled "Takotna." The films debuted today in a joint meeting with
the Senate Special Committee on World Trade, Technology & Innovations
and HEDT&T. RAHI, housed within the University of Alaska Fairbanks,
was established in 1983 to prepare rural and Alaska Native high school
students for academic excellence and college success, acting as a
bridge program to help students adjust to life away from home.

http://www.housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=300&leg=26

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Bill Activity for Mar. 16, 2010
As of: 05:00:02 pm Alaska Time
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HJR 45 : Oppose Federal Cap And Trade Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze
Urging the United States Congress not to enact Cap and Trade
legislation.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 3/17


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