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House Majority E-News for May 3, 2011 ANS Crude: $123.30 Henry Hub: $4.60: Day 16 Special Session Status Update


(Juneau) - With the first special session this year half over and no compromise in sight on key budgets, the Alaska House Majority will issue daily status reports from Juneau. On Day 16 of the special session the House stood ready to accept legislation from the Senate, but none was forthcoming. The day's business included:

1) House members stood by for a 9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee hearing that could have covered the proposed FY2012 Capital Budget (SB 46/HB 107,) the Alaska Coastal Management Program (HB 106) extension or the governor's proposed performance scholarship plan (HB 104.) The meeting was postponed to the call of the chair, and never reconvened before the committee called it off just before 5:00 p.m.

2) The Senate adjourned its 11:00 a.m. floor session instead of standing in recess, without moving legislation on to the House. That eliminated the chance the House would receive work from the Senate for the day, so the House held a brief floor session at 1:00 p.m. as a formality.

3) The House Finance Committee scheduled a meeting on the capital budget, pending referral by the Senate, but did not receive the bill. The House Finance Committee has scheduled, and then had to cancel, capital budget hearings 14 times since April 13, due to the lack of a bill.

4) Concerned about the lack of Senate progress in advancing a capital budget, the House Finance Committee today scheduled a hearing for 10:00 a.m. May 4 on the potential impacts that further delays may have on Alaska communities, agencies and businesses. The committee will also hear from the Parnell Administration about spending recommended by the governor, but not included in the Senate's most recent capital budget substitute.

5) The House Finance Co-Chairs met with the governor this afternoon to discuss the operating and capital budgets.

The full text of this release can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110503-207


Press Availability Set for Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. (Juneau) - The Co-Chairs of the House Finance Committee, along with the Vice-Chair and a committee member, will be the featured members during a press availability Wednesday, May 4. Reps. Bill Stoltze, Bill Thomas, Anna Fairclough, and Mia Costello will meet with the press at 9:00 a.m. in the Speaker's Chambers, Capitol Room 208. Please contact the Press Office if you'd like the teleconference call-in number. Who: House Finance Co-Chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su House Finance Co-Chair Bill Thomas, R-Haines House Finance Vice-Chair Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River House Finance member Mia Costello, R-Anchorage What: Press Availability When: Wednesday, May 4 - 9:00 a.m. Where: Speaker's Chambers, Capitol Room 208

The full text of this media alert can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110503-208


Hearing Set on FY12 Capital Budget/Impacts of Delay (Juneau) - The House Finance Committee announces a hearing, Wednesday, May 4th, on concerns arising from the continual delay in passing the proposed FY2012 Capital Budget (SB 46/HB 107). "The Senate is continuing to put at risk our ability to get projects from the bill to the street for the coming summer construction season," House Finance Committee Co-Chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, said. "We need to hear from the governor's office and departments on whether they have concerns with the delay and about potential risks or losses to Alaska's economy with further delay or inaction." Who: House Finance Committee Governor's Office of Management & Budget Dir. Karen Rehfeld DOT&PF Program Development Dir. Jeff Ottesen DOT&PF Facilities Section Chief Laura Baker DEC Admin. Services Dir. Mary Siroky DE&ED Ed. Support Services Dir. Sam Kito What: FY12 Capital Budget Hearing When: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 10:00 a.m. Where: House Finance Committee Room, Capital Room 519

The full text of this media alert can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110503-206

Bill Activity for  May. 3, 2011
As of: 04:00:02 pm Alaska Time
HB 16 : Extend Senior Benefits /Income Allowances
  * House Majority Legislation
  Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker 
  An Act extending the senior benefits payment program; and relating to
  income allowances for medical assistance recipients and Alaska
  Pioneers' Homes and Alaska Veterans' Homes residents.
  Version: SCS HB 16(FIN)
  Contact: Rena Delbridge, 465-4949

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hb16-11
Bills On The Move: http://www.housemajority.org/bills.php
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