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House Majority E-News for Mar 2, 2010 ANS Crude: $78.93 Henry Hub: $4.78


HB 315 Passes House, Heads to Senate

(Juneau) - House Bill 315 unanimously passed the Alaska State House
this week, allowing for better CPA mobility in the state.

Under current law, Certified Public Accountants are barred from
serving clients in Alaska without obtaining a license and registering
with the Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy. HB 315 would change
this rule in order to allow for CPA mobility, matching laws already on
the books in forty-five states. This would ensure that CPAs and CPA
firms can practice across state jurisdictions with greater ease, and
keep Alaska's CPAs nationally-competitive.

Bill sponsor Rep. Kurt Olson, R-Kenai, says the bill will improve the
environment for accounting in Alaska. "This bill brings Alaska in line
with the vast majority of states," Olson said. "Such a change enhances
the ability of Alaska accounting firms to attract and retain talent."

The full text of this release can be found below:



Photo: Juneau Representative Cathy Muñoz listening to public
testimony from her constituents today during the House Finance
Committee hearing on HB 300 and HB 302, the statewide and mental
health operating budgets. The committee opened two days of public
testimony this afternoon with comments from Capital city residents.
Public testimony continues tomorrow.


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