Senators Dismayed by Environmentalist Agenda in House
JUNEAU – Today, the chair and vice chair of the Senate Resources Committees expressed dismay at the actions of House Democrats as the final day of the 2017 legislative session draws to a close.
“Alaska is in a recession,” said Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. “Our economy is hampered by our government’s unstable public finances. While multi-billion dollar questions await answers, the State House decided today was a good time to advance an environmentalist agenda.”
“It’s unfortunate the House Majority is going after the very industry that fuels our economy by taking on an anti-development agenda,” said Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole.
The Alaska Constitution limits a legislative session to 121 days. Traditionally, the final day is reserved for priority bills and budgetary matters. The Alaska House of Representatives today narrowly passed a bill outlawing legal hunting in Interior Alaska and scheduled a hearing to establish a commission prioritizing environmentalist interests – funded with an increased surcharge on the state’s lifeblood industry, oil production.
“It’s a shame the House sees fit to declare war on Alaska families, businesses, and jobs by spending the last precious days of session trying to pass laws that take away opportunities for our residents,” Sen. Giessel said.
The first regular session of the 30th Alaska Legislature expires at midnight May 17.