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Capitol Notes March 4 – March 10, 2012

In this issue:

  • Thank you Champions for Alaska’s Future!
  • Oil Tax Reform - What's next?  
  • Don't Miss These Events!  
    • Alaska Tele-Town Hall with Former Senator Rick Santorum
    • Alaska Coastal Management Program: Federal, State or Regional Control?
  • Legislative Committee Schedule

 

Champions for Alaska’s Economic Future

The Alaska Chamber and its sister organizations turned out in force at public hearings held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on the committee substitute SB 192 before the Senate Resources Committee.  Testimony offered was nearly 2 to 1 in favor of meaningful tax reform, making Alaska nationally and globally competitive. 

Thank you to all those who testified in support of meaningful tax reform:

Suzanne Armstrong, Cory Baggen, Mark Baggett, Andrew Bond, Deborah Brollini, Jason Brune, Roger Burggraf, Kati Capozzi, John Christensen, Reed Christensen, Bryan Clemenz, John Cook, Dick Coose, Deantha Crockett, Emily Cross, Dave Cruz, John Dickens, Allan Dolynny, Jim Duffield, Kevin Durling, Hugh Fate, Maynard Gates, Sami Glascott, Paul Glavinovich, Krista Gonder, Marleanna Hall, Jerry Haugeberg, Lisa Herbert, Allen Hippler, Brian Hove, Barbara Huff, Mark Hylen, Doug Isaacson, Michael Jesperson, Lynn Johnson, Grant Johnston, Rada Khadjinova, Peter Macksey, Laura Maketa, Tom Maloney, Joe Mathis, Kim McDaniel, Harry McDonald, Ben Mohr, Kara Moriarty, Chris Osowski, Buzz Otis, Ira Perman, Rachael Petro, Norm Phillips, Jim Plaquet, Janet Platt, Charlie Powers, Skip Reierson, Ralph Renzi, Lance Roberts, Steve Robustellini, Andy Rogers, Renee Schofield, Brent Senette, Keith Silver, Doug Smith, Peggy Spittler, Dave Stieren, Bob Stinson, Pete Stokes, Maynard Tapp, Aves Thompson, Scott Thorson, Richard Wein, Chuck Wiegers, and others who submitted written testimony.
 

Thank you for your commitment to Alaska's future.


Oil Tax Reform – What’s next?

Today, the Senate Resources Committee introduced a new committee substitute of SB 192 (CS SB 192/E).  Public testimony on the previous committee substitute was overwhelmingly in opposition because that version did virtually nothing to make Alaska nationally or globally competitive or stem the decline flowing through the pipeline.  The bill version the public and oil companies were asked to testify on was a mere 1.5 pages.  The new committee substitute incorporates a number of amendments discussed late last week as well as some that were not.  The version introduced today is 21 pages. 

In committee today, Senators Tom Wagoner and Lesil McGuire pointed out the unorthodox path SB 192 has followed.  Senator Wagoner expressed frustration that while the Senate Bipartisan Working Group has publicly touted an “open and transparent” process yet the new committee substitute includes pieces not even discussed by the committee.  He also stated that the new committee substitute for SB 192 does not achieve the Senate Bipartisan Working Group’s stated goals of increased production, increased jobs for Alaskans, and sustainable revenue for Alaska.  With no public testimony on the new committee substitute, the Senate Resources Committee moved the bill out of the committee.  It’s next stop is Senate Finance.  Stay Tuned!

Please take a moment to send a note of thanks to Senator Wagoner and Senator McGuire for standing up for Alaskans who resoundingly support securing Alaska’s future through making Alaska the best place to do business.

Senator McGuire:  Senator_Lesil_McGuire@legis.state.ak.us
Senator Wagoner: Senator_Tom_Wagoner@legis.state.ak.us

 

 

Don’t Miss These Events!

 

Alaska Tele-Town Hall on Energy & Natural Resource Development in Alaska

Earlier this week Alaska leaders questioned presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on energy and natural resource issues and Alaskans from across the state were able to call in and listen, courtesy of the Consumer Energy Alliance - Alaska. President Obama and all GOP candidates have been invited to do the same. 
 
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 3 at 10:30am candidate Former Senator Rick Santorum will participate in the second Alaska Tele-Town Hall.  You can participate by calling 877-229-8493, Access Code 19645.  

Alaska Coastal Management Program:  Federal, State or Regional Control?

Alaska's coastline is an area that exceeds the combined coastlines of all the other states (including Hawaii):  6,640 miles vs. 5,839 miles.  Last year Alaska’s coastal management program was allowed to expire and now there is an initiative and legislation proposing a new program.  Come learn about the past, the present and the future of the Alaska Coastal Management Program. 


The Anchorage Tea Party presents a forum on this topic Monday, March 5, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Wilda Marston Theater, ZJ Loussac Library, 3600 Denali, Anchorage.  

Bill Jeffers will present information regarding HB 106, "An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska Coastal Management Program."  
 
Glen Gray will discuss the Alaska Sea Party ballot initiative, "An Act Establishing the Alaska Coastal Management Program,” which is mirrored by HB 328 recently introduced in the House of Representatives (View HB 328 here).

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.
 

 

 Saturday, March 3, 2012

Alaska Tele-Town Hall on Energy & Natural Resource Development in Alaska

 

GOP candidate former Senator Rick Santorum will participate in the second Alaska Tele-Town Hall.  You can participate by calling 877-229-8493, Access Code 19645. 

 

 Saturday, March 3, 2012

Alaska Tele-Town Hall on Energy & Natural Resource Development in Alaska
GOP candidate former Senator Rick Santorum will participate in the second Alaska Tele-Town Hall.  You can participate by calling 877-229-8493, Access Code 19645.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Joint House/Senate Session – 11am
Presentation by the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senator
 
House Labor & Commerce – 3:15pm
HB 358 ANWR Advertising Contract
 
AlaskaCoastal Management Program:  Federal, State or Regional Control? – 6:30pm

Z. J. Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali Street, Anchorage 

Thursday, March 8, 2012 

 AlaskaBusiness Roundtable, 12:00pm, Hangar Ballroom
Guest Speaker:  Representative Mia Costello
The Alaska Business Roundtable is a weekly luncheon sponsored by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Chamber throughout legislative session.  
 

Thursday- Sunday, March 8-11, 2012
Energy Council / Mid Session Break

 Saturday, March 10, 2012

 
Senator Linda Menard Constituent Meeting – 1pm
This is a great opportunity for constituents to express the critical need to make Alaska’s oil and gas market nationally and globally competitive through meaningful tax reform this session.
 
There is a planned time slot near the end of the two hour meeting for a question and answer session with Senator Menard. Those who plan to attend are urged to pre-submit their questions to Sen. Menard’s chief-of-staff Michael Rovito at michael_rovito@legis.state.ak.us or 907-376-3370.

 
Who:              Senator Linda Menard
Where:          AT&T Sports Center in Palmer
When:            Saturday, March 10th, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Why:              To meet with MatSu Valley Constituents

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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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