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House Majority E-News for May 9, 2011 ANS Crude: $114.80 Henry Hub: $4.27

Day 22 Special Session Status Update

With the first special session this year two-thirds over and no compromise on the capital budget, the Alaska House Majority Caucus will issue daily status reports from Juneau. On Day 22 of the special session, Monday, May 9, the House did not receive any bills from the Alaska Senate, leaving the House with no new business. The day's work included:

1) The House held a brief floor session as a formality after the Senate failed to move new work to the House.

2) The House Finance Committee scheduled a hearing on the House and Senate versions of the capital budget bill for 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10. The governor sends his budget bills to both bodies; by tradition, the House hears the operating budget and sends it to the Senate, while the Senate hears the capital budget and sends it to the House. The Senate has not yet moved its revised capital budget to the House.

3) House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Carl Gatto noticed a hearing on the legality and constitutionality of the language the Senate inserted in the draft capital budget bundling $404 million in energy projects as an all-or-nothing item. Officials from the Alaska Dept. of Law and legislative legal counsel are scheduled to testify before the committee at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11.

4) The 9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee hearing on "bills previously heard" - including the three outstanding items on the governor's special session proclamation - was delayed, then canceled mid-afternoon.

5) House Speaker Mike Chenault met with the Senate Finance co-chairs to discuss ongoing special session issues.

The full text of this update can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110509-223

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Speaker Mourns Ron Miller's Passing (Juneau) - House Speaker Mike Chenault today released the following statement offering his condolences to the family of Ron Miller, who died of a heart attack this weekend. He was 65 years old. Miller was currently serving as the Alaska Redistricting Board's Executive Director, and prior to that served as an aide to Speaker Chenault. "Ron was a tireless worker who placed Alaska's best interests at heart in the decisions he made throughout his public service career," Speaker Chenault said. "He was a valuable state employee who contributed greatly to our institutions. Ron was respected by many for his intelligence and work ethic. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Oksana and their two children during this most difficult of times."

The full text of this release can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110509-221

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Co-chairs Comment on Weekend Capital Budget Hearings (Juneau) - The Alaska House Special Committee on Energy, in conjunction with the House Resources Committee, held hearings Friday and Saturday in Juneau to examine the details of 28 energy projects, totaling more than $310 million, included in the Senate Finance Committee's draft capital budget (SB46). "The purpose of these hearings was to learn about the costs and benefits of the proposed energy projects," House Energy Co-chair Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, said. "The hearings were a sobering reminder that even though Alaska is a resource-rich state, it takes a lot of financial backing to develop our energy," House Energy Committee Co-Chair Neal Foster, D-Nome, said. "The challenge is to identify the highest priorities and align those in a fair and regionally-balanced way. I believe that we have helped the Finance committees in that endeavor." "This is the first time many of these projects have been vetted before House members, and I appreciate the committees' thorough scrutiny," Speaker Chenault said. "Each project is clearly important to the community it would serve. That said, the House hearings confirmed what I have been saying for weeks - the Senate's attempt at locking all the projects together is unacceptable. We can't risk losing good projects if the governor doesn't approve of the entire package."

The full text of this release can be found below: http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110509-222

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Bill Activity for May. 9, 2011 As of: 04:00:01 pm Alaska Time

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HCR 4 : Uniform Rules; Mason's Manual * House Majority Legislation Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Proposing amendments to the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature providing that the 2010 edition of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure shall implement the rules; and providing for an effective date for the amendments. Status: TRANSM TO GOVERNOR >> LEGIS RESOLVE 6 Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hcr4

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HR 7 : House Special Committee On Fiscal Policy * House Majority Legislation Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Establishing a House Special Committee on Fiscal Policy. Status: TRANSM TO GOVERNOR >> HOUSE RESOLVE 7 Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=27hr7


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