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House Majority E-News for March 18, 2011 ANS Crude: $113.42 Henry Hub: $4.00


House Approves Updated Workers' Comp Fee Schedules

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed
legislation to modernize the state's workers' compensation procedural
fee schedules. House Labor & Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Kurt Olson,
R-Kenai, sponsored the bill, HB 13, which replaces outdated the 2004
fee schedule extension held in place by emergency regulation after a
new plan wasn't adopted by the 26th Alaska Legislature.

"Literally thousands of new medical procedural codes have been
created since the 2004 schedule was enacted, and HB 13 incorporates
them in the Alaska Workers' Comp Act," Olson said. "Passage of the
bill allows the state to avoid uncapped medical fees for treatment and
services that would have been crippling to businesses and state

The full text of this release can be found below:



Keller to Present Resolution Opposing U.S. Interior Secretary's "Wild
Lands" Order to Lock up Alaska

(Juneau) - Representative Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, will present and
testify before the House Resources Committee in support of House Joint
Resolution 21 Monday afternoon. The resolution's primary sponsor is
Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, who also serves as the committee's
co-chair. "The importance of the resolution requires that it move
through the legislative process with a minimum of delays," Feige said.
"I felt with co-sponsor Keller's experience with the Citizens Advisory
Commission on Federal Areas he would be able to present the resolution
in a clear and concise manner."

"I was proud to sign on as a co-sponsor on this important resolution
and am equally excited to present it. HJR 21 is a statement against a
new political assault on Alaska," Keller said. "Secretary of the
Interior Salazar signed a Secretarial Order on December 22, 2010 that
usurps the authority of Congress, ignores existing federal statute and
is a political agenda move that will destroy the culture and economy
of Alaska."

Who: Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, House Resources Committee members

What: HJR 21 bill hearing

When: Monday, March 21 - 1:00 p.m.

Where: Ramona Barnes Committee Room, Capitol Room 124

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



Japan Radiation Hearing Moved to Tuesday

(Juneau) - Health & Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Wes Keller,
R-Wasilla, today announced that the committee's planned hearing on the
threat of radiation from Japan reaching Alaska has been moved to
Tuesday of next week to accommodate testifiers. The hearing, entitled
"Potential Threats to Alaska from Japan's Radiation," was originally
noticed and scheduled for next Thursday, March 24, but due to the
continued shifting situation in Japan, will now be held Tuesday, March
22 at 3:00 p.m.

Keller says he's glad to move the meeting up, as it gives the public
an earlier opportunity to hear from state experts and other
professionals. "There are a lot of questions that still remain
unanswered," Keller said. "We are assured that the disaster at the
Fukushima Daiichi complex will have little or no effect on Alaska, but
the situation is constantly changing in Japan and could here as well.
I hope the information we hear on Tuesday, now, will reassure Alaskans
not to overreact."

Who: House Health & Social Services Committee

AK DH&SS officials

AK DEC officials

AK DMVA officials

What: Potential Threats to Alaska from Japan's Radiation hearing

When: Tuesday, March 22 - 3:00 p.m.

Where: State Affairs Committee Room, Capitol Room 106

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



Audio: Rep. Gatto Goes Bald for St. Baldrick's Foundation

Today's audio actuality features Judiciary Chair Rep. Carl Gatto,
R-Palmer, talking about tonight' St. Baldrick's Foundation Kid's
Cancer Research event. Gatto is participating in the fundraising drive
- where participants raise money via donations and sponsors for
shaving their hair



POTD 1: House Rules Chair Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, laughs
with aide Erin Shine while going over the morning's floor session
calendar as they walk back to his Capitol office along the catwalk
connecting the Thomas Stewart Legislative Office Building.



POTD 2: State Affairs Chair Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, and aide
Thomas Reiker greet staff from Rep. Carl Gatto's office this morning
outside of the Judiciary Committee Room. Lynn and Reiker were
preparing for this morning's House floor session.

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