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Alaska Chamber of Commerce Names Legislative Priorities for 2013

Anchorage, AK – - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (Alaska Chamber) held their annual Legislative Policy Forum on October 4th at the Egan Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of the policy forum is to establish legislative priorities of the organization for the upcoming year based on proposals submitted by the general membership of the Alaska Chamber.

The Legislative Affairs committee brought forward 49 proposals at the Policy Forum with 25 approved by the members and Board of Directors. Of the priorities approved, the Alaska Chamber members voted for the top three state priorities and top three federal priorities.

The Alaska Chamber state priorities for 2013 are: 

1)   Reform Oil Tax Policy to Encourage New Oil Production

2)   Reduce the High Cost of Energy

3)   Increase Responsible Natural Resource Development by Improving the Efficiencies of the Permitting Process and Gaining Access to Resources

The Alaska Chamber federal priorities for 2013 are: 

1)   Support Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in Alaska's Federal Arctic; Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

2)   Oppose Implementation of the Emission Control Area in Alaska by the EPA

3)   Oppose Any Further Federal Land Withdrawals in Alaska, Other Restrictive Land Management Designations, and Preemptive Actions by Regulatory Agencies

 A complete list of the 2013 priorities are available on the Alaska Chamber website, www.alaskachamber.com, under “Advocacy”

About the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, a private, non-profit corporation, operating since 1952, works to promote a positive business environment in Alaska. The Alaska State Chamber is the voice of small and large business across the state with a Board of Directors comprised of 80 members representing all regions of the state. For more information, go to www.alaskachamber.com.

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