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House Majority E-News for May 6-8, 2011 ANS Crude: $109.43 Henry Hub: $4.24

House Majority E-News for May 8, 2011

Day 20/21 Special Session Status Update (Juneau) - With the first special session this year two-thirds over and no compromise on the capital budget, the House Majority will issue daily status reports from Juneau. On Days 20 and 21 of the special session (Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8), the House did not convene in a floor session. The Senate adjourned on Friday until 1 p.m. Monday without passing new bills to the House, leaving the House without new work to do. The House therefore adjourned on Friday until 2 p.m. Monday. The weekend's work included: 1) The House Special Committee on Energy and the Resources Committee held a 14-member joint hearing Saturday on many of the capital budget energy projects boxed up in the Senate Finance Committee's contingency language. That language attempts to 'veto-proof' the projects as a single package, and has been the primary sticking point in negotiations with the Senate throughout the special session. 2) The Senate Finance Committee hearing on bills previously heard - including the three outstanding items on the Governor's special session call - was scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, but never convened. 3) No meetings in either body were scheduled for Sunday. The full text of this update can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110508-220
May 6, 2011

Leadership Comments on Operating Budget Passage (Juneau) - Alaska House Majority Caucus leadership released the following four statements today upon adoption by the House of the conference committee reports on HB 108 and HB 109, the Fiscal Year 2012 statewide operations and mental health trust operations budgets.

House Speaker Mike Chenault said:  "Today's vote satisfies our constitutional duty. Passage of the FY2012 Operating Budget also reinforces our caucus's Guiding Principles. Fiscal Responsibility is at the top of the list, and this budget comes in below the governor's proposal while protecting the core services and programs that Alaskans have come to enjoy. We have passed a restrained budget, backstopped savings for the future and taken a long-term look at funding with passage of department review legislation during the regular session. Now? Let's finish our business in Juneau."

The full text of this release and remaining comments can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110506-216

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Day 19 Special Session Status Update (Juneau) - With the first special session this year more than half over and no compromise on the capital budget, the House Majority will issue daily status reports from Juneau. On Day 19 of the special session (Friday, May 6,) the House stood ready to accept legislation from the Senate, but none was forthcoming.

The day's business included:

1) The House voted to accept a conference committee report on the state's operating budget, passing the $9 billion plan to fund government for the next year. The House had previously approved the budget March 10. Differences between the House version and the Senate's generated the conference committee. The Senate also checked off on the operating budget today. The bill now goes to the governor.

2) The Senate Finance Committee hearing on "bills previously heard" - including the three outstanding items on the governor's special session call - was scheduled for 9:00 a.m. but never convened. Although the committee holds the bills still in play, it has met only three times during the 19 days of the special session. The committee has scheduled 9:00 a.m. hearings, and then waited until late in the day to cancel without hearing bills, 14 times during the special session.

3) The House Special Committee on Energy and the Resources Committee held a 14-member joint hearing Friday on many of the capital budget energy projects boxed up in the Senate Finance Committee's contingency language. That language attempts to 'veto-proof' the projects as a single package, and has been the primary sticking point in negotiations with the Senate throughout the special session.

The full text of this update can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110506-217

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