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House Majority E-News for Sept 29, 2011 ANS Crude: $110.74 ANS production: 623,034 bbl Henry Hub: $3.77

Proposed Halibut Catch Sharing Plan Hits Snags

(Fairbanks) - Alaska House Special Committee on Fisheries Chair Steve
Thompson, R-Fairbanks, and Vice-Chair Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage,
released the following statements today after receiving an
announcement from NOAA Fisheries regarding the disputed proposed
Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) for Southeast and Southcentral
Alaska.

Thompson statement:

"It is clear to me that Alaskans are worried about federal overreach
when it comes to our resources. Through this process we have made
those concerns known, and raised several technical, but equally
important, issues over this controversial plan. My greatest concern is
that the proposal, in its present form, will cause significant social
and economic harm to the charter fishing sector and small towns and
villages in Alaska that have a large stake in the industry. We're not
just talking captains and guides; we're talking about mechanics and
boatwrights and fuel companies and processors and hoteliers and on and
on."

Johnson statement:

"I am extremely pleased with NOAA's decision. The plan as proposed
was not supported by any economic analysis whatsoever. That's
unacceptable. The plan could have had a disastrous economic impact on
Alaska. The ripple effect would have impacted not just the charter
halibut businesses here in Southcentral, but tourism spending
statewide � and thus all of the Alaskan businesses, jobs and coastal
communities that depend on it."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110929-279

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Hearing to Highlight Alaska's Agricultural Issues

(Chugiak) - Alaska House members are heading to Palmer tomorrow to
hear from state agriculture officials about their strategic plan and
issues affecting the industry in Alaska. The Alaska House Finance
Committee's Department of Natural Resources Subcommittee will hold an
informational meeting tomorrow, Friday, September 30 at the Plant
Materials Center in Palmer at noon.

 Who: House Finance DNR Subcommittee

 Alaska Division of Agriculture officials

 What: Agricultural Issues in Alaska hearing

 When: Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 � 12:00 p.m.

 Where: Northern Latitude Plants Materials Center

 5310 S. Bodenburg Spur, Palmer

The full text of this media alert can be found below:

http://www.housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20110929-278

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Updated House and Senate Committee Announcements

Twenty-Seventh Alaska State Legislature - Interim

Published by the Chief Clerk's Office - 465-3725

Published by the Senate Secretary's Office - 465-3701

Americans with Disabilities Act Notice - Persons with disabilities
who require special accommodation or alternative communication formats
to access committee meetings may contact the appropriate committee
office or the Legislative Information Office in their community.
Reasonable advance notice is needed to accommodate the request. For
further information, call the ADA Coordinator at 465-3854
Voice/465-4980 TDD.

 * first hearing in first committee of referral

 + teleconferenced

 = bill was previously heard/scheduled

HOUSE STANDING COMMITTEES

FINANCE

Oct 19 Wednesday Ketchikan 9:00 AM

 Location: Ted Ferry Civic Center, Ketchikan

 --SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING--

 + Transportation Infrastructure Fund Subcommittee

 Overview: HB 30, HB 31, HJR 4 (Transportation

 Infrastructure Fund)

 --Public Testimony--

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RESOURCES

Nov 01 Tuesday Anch LIO Rm 220 10:00 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 Impediments to Filling the Trans-Alaska Pipeline:

 -Shale Oil Development issues

 -Permitting

 -Access

 -Other Issues on the North Slope

 Overview of the Interagency Shale Task Force

 -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --

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TRANSPORTATION

Oct 06 Thursday Anch LIO Rm 220 1:00 PM

 -- Teleconference --

 Presentation by Dept. of Public Safety:

 -Seward Highway & Safety Corridors

 Presentation by Dept. of Transportation/Public Facilities:

 -Traffic Safety Corridors

 Public Testimony--Traffic Safety Corridors in AK

 Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled

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HOUSE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES

CORRECTIONS

Oct 03 Monday Anch LIO Rm 220 10:00 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 **Joint with Senate Finance Subcommittee on the

 Department of Corrections**

 Smart Justice Summit

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NATURAL RESOURCES

Sep 30 Friday Palmer 12:00 PM

 -- Teleconference --

 Location: Alaska Plant Materials Center

 5310 S. Bodenburg Spur, Palmer

 Agenda: Division of Agriculture

 -- Invited Testimony Only --

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HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEES

FISHERIES

Oct 19 Wednesday Anchorage 2:30 PM

 -- Teleconference --

 Location: Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center,

 600 W. Seventh Ave. - Conference Rm. 3, 2nd Floor

 Topic: AYK Region Fisheries Issues

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SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES

HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

Oct 13 Thursday Anch LIO Rm 220 9:00 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 TOPIC: Denali KidCare

 9:00 am Welcome

 9:20 am Invited Testimony

 11:45 am Questions/Responses

 1:00 pm Open - Public Testimony

 4:00 pm Closing Comments

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RESOURCES

Oct 10 Monday Anch LIO Conf Rm 9:00 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 ** SENATE BILL 24 Subcommittee Meeting **

 = SB 24 SPORT FISHING GUIDING SERVICES

 PUBLIC COMMENT

 The public testimony schedule will be as follows:

 9:00-10:15 am Southeast LIOs

 10:30am-12:00pm Kenai Peninsula LIOs

 1:30-3:00pm Anch/Mat-Su, Glenallen & Valdez LIOs

 3:00-4:00pm Fairbanks, Tok & Delta Junction LIOs

 4:00-5:00pm Kodiak/Western AK LIOs

Oct 20 Thursday Kenai City Hall 9:00 AM

 -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --

 9:00-9:30am Presentation by Department of Revenue

 -- Cook Inlet Tax System

 9:30-10:00am Presentation by Alaska Railbelt

 Cooperative Transmission & Electric Company

 -- Railbelt Energy Needs

 10:00-12:00pm Cook Inlet Producers Presentations

 12:00-1:30pm Lunch Break

 1:30-4:30pm Cook Inlet Producers Presentations

 NOTE: The meeting will take place in the Council

 Chambers at Kenai City Hall, 210 Fidalgo Avenue

Oct 21 Friday Kenai City Hall 8:30 AM

 -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --

 8:30-11:30am Cook Inlet Producers Presentations

 NOTE: The meeting will take place in the Council

 Chambers at Kenai City Hall, 210 Fidalgo Avenue

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STATE AFFAIRS

Oct 13 Thursday Fairbanks 12:00 PM

 += SB 121 TEACHERS & PUB EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLANS

 -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --

 Location:

 Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Chambers

 809 Pioneer Road

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SENATE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES

CORRECTIONS

Oct 03 Monday Anch LIO Rm 220 10:00 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 ** JOINT WITH HOUSE FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE

 DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS **

 SMART JUSTICE SUMMIT

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JOINT COMMITTEES

ALASKA NORTHERN WATERS TASK FORCE

Oct 10 Monday Bethel 10:00 AM

 -- Location Change --

 -- Teleconference --

 Location: Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center

 420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway

 Topic: Arctic Research & Climate Change & Erosion

 10:00 am - Introduction from Chair Reggie Joule

 10:05 am - Climate Change & Alaska's Public

 Infrastructure by Mike Coffey, DOT, Maintenance

 & Operations Chief

 11:00 am - Climate Change: Challenges to Existing

 Community Infrastructure & Design for Future

 Sustainability by Mike Brubaker, ANTHC, Director,

 Community Environmental Health

 12:00 pm - Local Knowledge Elders Panel

 1:15 pm - Pizza Lunch Provided

 1:45 pm - Presentation by Tim Andrew, AVCP,

 Natural Resource Manager

 2:30 pm - Shoreline Erosion: A Crisis for

 Historic Preservation by Steve Street, AVCP,

 Director of Cultural & Environmental Sciences

 3:30-5 pm - Public Testimony (topics related to ANWTF)

Oct 11 Tuesday Anch LIO Conf Rm 8:30 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 Topic: Current Arctic Research & Research Gaps

 8:45 am - Summary of Major Arctic Research by

 Molly McCammom, AOOS

 9:30 am - Arctic Marine Data Synthesis & Research

 Gaps by Melanie Smith, Audubon Alaska

 - Research Gaps by Leslie Holland-Bartels, USGS

 10:00 am - Permafrost Issues in Alaska Relating

 to Transportation & Construction by Billy

 Connor, UA Transportation Center

 11:15 am - Ocean Acidification by Kristen Shake,

 UAF Researcher

 12:00 pm - Lunch & "Coastal Communities &

 Climate Change" video provided by Marine

 Advisory Program Science (MAPS)

 12:45 pm - Discussion & Decisions on Final

 Recommendations

 4:00 pm - Adjourn

Oct 19 Wednesday Anchorage 1:00 PM

 Location: Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center,

 600 W. Seventh Ave. - Conference Rm. 3, 2nd Floor

 Topic: Changing Arctic & Its Impacts on Alaskans

 -- 1:00-2:30 pm: Public Testimony Only --

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LEGISLATIVE BUDGET & AUDIT

Oct 14 Friday Anch LIO Rm 220 10:00 AM

 Call to Order

 Minutes

 RPLS

 Audits - Executive Session

 Other Committee Business

 Adjournment

 <Teleconference Invitation Only>

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THEME-BASED EDUCATION TASK FORCE

Oct 05 Wednesday Anch LIO Rm 210 8:00 AM

 -- Teleconference --

 -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --

 Defining theme-based education, presentation of

 impacts of implementation of theme-based

 education and programs emphasizing cultural

 relevance on student engagement, learning and

 achievement in the U.S.; connections between

 culturally-responsive standards and The Alaska

 Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools

 -- Public Testimony to follow if time allows --

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