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Alaska Chamber: Capitol Notes, March 10-16, 2012

Last week was a lax week in Juneau, as many legislators attended Energy Council in Washington, D.C. and traveled to their districts for constituent meetings.  They’ll be back in Juneau on Monday with less than 45 days until completion of the 90 day session.  There is no doubt that the second half of session will be more interesting than the first as both the operating and capital budgets must be passed… and the overwhelming majority of Alaskans are begging the legislature to secure Alaska’s economic future by implementing meaningful oil tax reform.

Monday, the House Resources Committee will hear HB 325 which is a bill creating a Coastal Management Program.  Interestingly, the bills sponsors were all supportive of a refined compromise in 2011 which passed the house unanimously (HB 106).  Several provisions were added by the Senate and the two houses were unable to come to an agreement which meant Alaska’s Coastal Zone Management Program ended June 30, 2011.  HB 325 is nothing like HB 106, in fact, its language mirrors the initiative scheduled for a public vote this fall.  Anecdotally, we are hearing from members who are not missing the program at all.  In fact they’re saying that the permitting process is working better than they’ve ever seen it.  Let us know what your company’s experience has been since the end of ACMP (email: rpetro@alaskachamber.com).

Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee will begin hearings on SB 192 (CS SB 192/E).  You might recall, this is the version that incorporates a number of amendments added in less than 24 hours and then passed out of the Senate Resources Committee on March 3.  Check out the Senate Finance schedule below and plan to tune in.  Let’s hope the Senate Finance Committee will change SB 192 into a bill that will make Alaska nationally and globally competitive and bring commitment of additional/new investment. 

Also on Tuesday, HB 168, litigation reform for industrial projects is up in Senate Labor & Commerce.  Hopefully, this bipartisan supported bill will move out of this committee this week and on to its next stop Senate Judiciary.

Legislative Committee Schedule  

The following list committee meetings addresses issues and bills important to Alaska Chamber members for the upcoming week.  For a complete list of bills visit the BASIS website.  Most of these meetings are teleconferenced.  The legislature also streams meetings in the capitol.  You can check it out at http://www.alaskalegislature.tv/

If you would like to testify, it is best if you go through your local LIO office.  If you are unable to go through your local LIO office, you must call the Chair of the Committee in which the bill is being heard for "authorization" and get off-net call in number. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

 
House Resources, 1pm
HB 325  Coastal Management Program
Invited testimony only.

Senate Resources, 3:30pm
SB 159  Susitna State Forest
SB 153  Natural Gas Storage Tax Credit/regulation 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

House Finance, 8:30am
HB 9  In State Gasline Development Corporation
HB 252 Income Tax Exemption 
 
Senate Finance, 9am
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates
 
Senate Labor & Commerce, 1:30pm
HB 168  Injunction Security:  Industrial Operation
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

House Finance, 8:30am
HB 358  ANWR Advertising Contract
 
Senate Finance, 9am
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates

Senate Finance, 1pm
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates
 
Senate Resources, 3:30pm
SB 159  Susitna State Forest
 
House Rules, 4pm
HJR 4  Constitutional Amendment: Transportation Fund 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Senate Finance, 9am
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates
 
AlaskaBusiness Roundtable, 12:00pm, Hangar Ballroom

The Alaska Business Roundtable is a weekly luncheon sponsored by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Chamber throughout legislative session.  
 
Lunch & Learn, 12:00pm, Capitol Room 106
Presentation:  Mining Works for Alaska: International Investment = Local Benefit
By Karen Matthias, Matthias Consulting

Senate Finance, 1pm
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates
 
House Transportation, 1pm
HB102  Suspending Motor Fuel Tax
 
Senate Labor & Commerce, 1:30pm
SB 116  Workers' Compensation: Collective Bargaining/mediation  
 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Senate Finance, 9am
SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates
 
Senate Finance, 1pm


SB 192 Oil and Gas Production Tax Rates
 

Capitol Notes highlights opportunities for Alaska Chamber members to make the “voice of Alaska business” heard during the Alaska Legislative Session on priorities and issues important to Alaska Chamber members.
 
Review Alaska Chamber 2012 Priorities here and all Positions here. To see a list of legislation the Alaska Chamber currently supports or opposes, click here.  
 
Please note that this list can change weekly as legislation changes as it moves through the legislative process.  For information about the Alaska Chamber’s legislative advocacy program, please call us at 907-278-2722.

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