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House Majority E-News for Feb 28, 2011 ANS Crude: $109.32 Henry Hub: $3.93

House Urges Feds to Open ANWR for Exploration & Leasing

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed a
resolution urging the Congress to open the coastal plain of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to responsible exploration and
development. House Special Committee on Energy Co-Chair Lance Pruitt,
R-Anchorage, sponsored the resolution, HJR 9, to echo and endorse past
legislative action "enthusiastically supporting the opening of ANWR."

"It is paramount that the 27th Alaska Legislature joins the past
efforts in sending a unified message to congress supporting the
opening of ANWR. Our (Majority) Caucus put 'Responsible Resource
Development' as one of our guiding principles and this falls squarely
in that message," Pruitt said.

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110228-69

Audio from Rep. Joule speaking from the floor on the bill:

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=140&leg=27

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House Bans Synthetic Cannabinoids

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today
unanimously passed a bill banning synthetic cannabinoids, sold as
"Spice" or "K2." House Community & Regional Affairs Committee Chair
Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, sponsored the bill, HB 7, which adds the
substances to the schedule IIIA list of controlled substances.
Sentences range from a misdemeanor for possession to a felony for
distribution.

"The drugs can have a devastating effect on users," Muñoz said.

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110228-71

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House Ties Driver's Licenses to VISA Expiration Date

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed a
bill tying a non-citizen's driver's license to their visa or other
legal presence document. House State Affairs Committee Chair Bob Lynn,
R-Anchorage, sponsored the bill, HB 3, to change the current statute
of an automatic five-year license to one tied to the length of legal
residency or status for visitors.

"It only makes sense that no one with an expired visa or passport
should have an Alaskan driver's license," Lynn said. "I wanted the DMV
to have the power to make this common sense change."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110228-70

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House Tabs April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today
unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming April 2011 as Sexual
Assault Awareness Month. Rep. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, sponsored the
resolution, HCR 6, which urges Alaskans to speak out against sexual
assault and spread the word that the behavior will not be tolerated.

"HCR 6 is meant to continue the public education and awareness
campaign undertaken by the governor in his 'Choose Respect' campaign
to combat our deplorable and saddening rates of sexual assault and
domestic violence," Costello said.

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110228-68

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Audio: House Majority Weekly Press Availability Audio - February 28,
2011

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=145&leg=27

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POTD 1-4: Scenes from Around the Capitol Building Today

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=136&leg=27

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=138&leg=27

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=137&leg=27

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=133&leg=27

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