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House Majority E-News for March 23, 2011 ANS Crude: $117.55 Henry Hub: $4.18

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Bill Activity for Mar. 23, 2011
As of: 09:00:02 pm Alaska Time
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HB 19 : Special Request License Plates
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn, Rep. Wes
Keller, Rep. Carl Gatto
An Act relating to special request registration plates; and providing
for an effective date.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Thomas Reiker, 465-4965

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb19-43
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HB 119 : Aidea: Procurement; Projects
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the procurement of supplies, services, professional
services, and construction for the Alaska Industrial Development and
Export Authority; relating to the definition of 'own' for the economic
development account; relating to the definitions of 'development
project', 'plant', 'facility', and 'project' for the Alaska Industrial
Development and Export Authority; relating to the Alaska Industrial
Development and Export Authority creating subsidiaries regarding
projects financed under AS 44.88.172; and providing for an effective
date.

Version: CSHB 119(EDT)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Hearing: (S) L&C 2011-03-31 2:00 PM

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB119&jrn=0104&hse=H
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HB 166 : State Agency Performance Audits
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act relating to performance reviews and audits of executive and
legislative branch agencies, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska
Court System; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 166(FIN) AM
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Sharon Kelly, 465-6619

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb166-124

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Bill Activity for Mar. 23, 2011
As of: 08:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 19 : Special Request License Plates
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn, Rep. Wes
Keller, Rep. Carl Gatto
An Act relating to special request registration plates; and providing
for an effective date.

Status: PASSD(H) RECON NTCE >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Thomas Reiker, 465-4965

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb19-43
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HB 119 : Aidea: Procurement; Projects
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to the procurement of supplies, services, professional
services, and construction for the Alaska Industrial Development and
Export Authority; relating to the definition of 'own' for the economic
development account; relating to the definitions of 'development
project', 'plant', 'facility', and 'project' for the Alaska Industrial
Development and Export Authority; relating to the Alaska Industrial
Development and Export Authority creating subsidiaries regarding
projects financed under AS 44.88.172; and providing for an effective
date.

Version: CSHB 119(EDT)
Status: HELD TO 3/23 CAL(H) >> PASSED (H)
Hearing: (S) L&C 2011-03-31 2:00 PM

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=27&bill=HB119&jrn=0104&hse=H
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HB 188 : Interest Rates
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by the Hou. Labor & Com.
An Act relating to the interest that may be charged by express
agreement.

Status: (H) L&C >> (H) RLS
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb188-134

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House Acts to Install Performance Reviews of State Depts

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House of Representatives today passed
legislation to push for better accountability and review the
performance and operations of state agencies. House Bill 166,
sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, re-institutes
performance reviews for state departments and agencies, a practice
ceased in the early 1980s.

Speaker Chenault says the bill fits within the Majority Caucus's
foremost Guiding Principle for the 27th Alaska Legislature, promoting
fiscal responsibility, because it forces the legislature to refocus on
each agency to decide which expenditures are necessary and required
state services. "We'll end up having a base we can look at to evaluate
departments instead of looking at incremental increases," Speaker
Chenault said. "It will give us an area and schedule we can look at
when evaluating state spending on programs and projects - not only in
the good times, when the price of oil is high - but also the when and
how of addressing issues when revenues decline and we'd have to look
at making cuts. I'd rather be in a position to make better, more
informed decisions on doling out the people's money and HB 166 is a
good start at getting us there."

"Goal-setting is a key to establishing successful fiscal systems, and
that's what HB 166 does," Legislative Budget & Audit Chair Mike
Hawker, R-Anchorage, said. "We are saying that there are no specific
predefined outcomes. But the outcome is that we will be achieving
improved fiscal responsibility and government accountability."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=hmaj20110323-113

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One Year Later: States Triumph Over Federal Mandate

(Juneau) - One year ago, President Obama succeeded in pushing the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) through
Congress, ignoring the concerns voiced by the American people. Since
then, legislative members of the American Legislative Exchange Council
(ALEC) have played key roles in galvanizing state pushback against
ObamaCare and preserving citizens' freedom of choice.

HB 1, the Alaska Health Freedom Act, was introduced this year by
sponsor Representative Carl Gatto. HB 1 affirms the right of all
Alaskans to choose their own "mode of securing health care services,"
while protecting their constitutional rights under the Constitutions
of the United States and the State of Alaska.

"It's time for state legislators to keep up the pressure," said
Representative Carl Gatto. "We simply cannot afford the heavy
expenditures demanded by the new federal regulations. ObamaCare still
has a lot of potential to damage our economy and our healthcare
system, but is failing. States will triumph over this unprecedented
federal mandate on behalf of our citizens."

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

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=gatt20110323-114

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Public Testimony Schedule Announced for HB 110

(Juneau) - The Alaska State Legislature House Finance Committee is
hearing public testimony regarding House Bill 110, Governor Sean
Parnell's legislation restructuring oil taxes to spur investment and
increase production.

Finance Co-Chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, announced the two
opportunities this afternoon. The Committee will take testimony from
statewide legislative information offices and "off-net" call-ins
Thursday and Friday, March 24 & 25.

Who: House Finance Committee

What: Public testimony on HB 110 - Oil Taxes

When: Thursday, March 24 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 25 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Statewide LIOs and off-net sites

House Finance Committee Room, State Capitol 519

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Podcast: Rep. Foster Sits Down for His Inaugural Majority Radio
Podcast

Nome Representative Neal Foster sits down for his inaugural Majority
Radio podcast. The Co-Chair of the House Special Committee on Energy
talks about a number of things in this far-ranging interview,
including: growing up in rural Alaska, attending college outside,
having a legislative family, his background and work ethic, giving
back to rural Alaska, and his legislative priorities.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=222&leg=27



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Bill Activity for Mar. 23, 2011
As of: 02:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 98 : Handling Of State Flag
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Craig Johnson
An Act relating to display, folding, presentment, and retirement of the
state flag.

Version: SCS HB 98(STA)
Status: PASSED (S) >> (H)AWAIT CONC/RECED
Contact: Jeanne Ostnes, 465-6871

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb98-35

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Bill Activity for Mar. 23, 2011
As of: 01:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 24 : Extend Regulatory Comm. Of Alaska Sunset
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson
An Act extending the termination date of the Regulatory Commission of
Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 24(FIN)
Status: 3RD RDG,NEXT CAL(H) >> 3RD RDG,3/25 CAL(H)
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb24-133
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HB 166 : State Agency Performance Audits
* House Majority Legislation
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act relating to performance reviews and audits of executive and
legislative branch agencies, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska
Court System; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 166(FIN) AM
Status: FIN CS ADOPTED (H) >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Sharon Kelly, 465-6619

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb166-124

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