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Alaska Chamber This Week October 9-15


Weekly Update

October 9 - 15

In This Issue:

Committee Meetings

2011 Policy Forum: Registration Open

Murkowski: "Time Out" On New Regulations

Rep. Peggy Wilson Presents on ATIF

Upcoming Events

Committee Meetings

Local Chamber Outreach Committee: Monday, October 10 at 2:30pm

Events Committee: Thursday, October 13 at 10:00am

Legislative Affairs Committee: Thursday, October 13 at 2:30pm

All meetings are held at 630 E 5th Ave, Ste 102, Anchorage and via teleconference (907-278-2700) unless otherwise noted.

NOTE: If you are a member of the committee, you will receive meeting documents when they are sent to the committee.  If you are not a member of a committee, but would like to participate or listen in, please let me know and the documents for the meeting will be forwarded to you. 

2011 Policy Forum: Registration Open

The 2011 Alaska Chamber Legislative Policy Forum is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25 - 26, in Anchorage, Alaska at the Hotel Captain Cook.  The Legislative Policy Forum, formerly called the "Legislative Tie In", is arguably the most important annual Alaska Chamber event.  Register now.

The Legislative Policy Forum is where Alaska Chamber members gather to decide on its policy priorities for the following year.  Members and non-members are encouraged to attend, but only members have a say in advancing policy priorities.  To join the Alaska Chamber now, click here, or call Alaska Chamber Staff at 907-278-2722.

Alaska Business Report Card - Midterm Grades

The Alaska Business Report Card Midterm Grade Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, at the Egan Center, in Anchorage, Alaska.  The Alaska Business Report Card group is made up of the Alaska Chamber, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Resource Development Council and Prosperity Alaska.  You will not want to miss this luncheon where midterm grades for the Alaska Legislature and the Governor will be released and Champions for Alaska's Future will be recognized. 

The luncheon will feature a "Pollster Pundit Panel" with Dave Dittman (Dittman Research) and Ivan Moore (Ivan Moore Research).  Dave Stieren (of the Dave Stieren show AM750 KFQD) will be moderating.  It's sure to be a lively and fun discussion!

For your convenience, you may register for the Legislative Policy Forum and the Alaska Business Report Card Luncheon at the same time. Or, if you prefer to have lunch on your own, you may simply register for the Legislative Policy Forum.  To register for the 2011 Legislative Policy Forum now, click here.

Murkowski: "Time Out" On New Regulations

Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she is joining her colleague Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) as a co-sponsor of the Regulatory Time Out Act of 2011 (S.1538) that would create more regulatory certainty for job creators and some breathing room for employers with 4,257 new rules up for consideration.

"Our businesses are wasting hours and productivity on paperwork and don't need more boxes to check; they need more time to work and create opportunities for new employees," Murkowski added.  "In far too many cases, they're not being judged on their safety record but how well they keep their safety records."

The Regulatory Time Out Act would impose a one year moratorium on "significant" regulations from going into effect if those rules would damage job creation and the economy - and covers regulations issued by Executive Branch agencies as well as regulatory bodies.  The moratorium would not apply to rules that address immediate threats to health and safety, or those in the criminal justice or military sectors.

Regulations that can be proven to aid in job creation or reduce other regulatory burdens would also be exempt from the time-out.

"When I hear from Alaska's business owners, large and small, they say two things: Let us get to work and get the government out of the way," Murkowski

An accompanying video was released with the statement.

Rep. Peggy Wilson Presents on ATIF

During the October 6 Resource Development Council breakfast meeting Representative Peggy Wilson gave an in depth presentation on the potential Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund (ATIF).  ATIF, known as HB 30, is a proposed committed transportation fund that will ensure Alaskans have the infrastructure necessary to further develop our resources while strengthening our economy and securing our safety.

Watch Rep. Wilson's presentation or view the accompanying PowerPoint slides here.

It is a top priority of the Alaska Chamber to create an Alaska Transportation and Infrastructure Fund that will invest in Alaska's economy, safety, and mobility.

Upcoming Events

Legislative Policy Forum 2011

October 25- 26, 2011 - Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

Register now.

Alaska Business Report Card Luncheon

October 25, 2011 - Egan Center, Anchorage, Alaska

If you do not plan to attend the policy forum but would like to attend the Report Card Luncheon, register here.

Legislative Fly-In 2012

January 25-27, 2012 - Juneau, Alaska

Save these dates, mark your calendar and watch for details in the coming weeks.


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