Rep. Gara’s Newsletter: State Does Better Without TransCanada in Gasline Project

Sometimes politicians make easy questions look like rocket science. That’s bad, because we don’t have a lot of rocket scientists in the legislature. Last I checked, we had none.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: The Third Special Session

At 11:00 a.m. yesterday, the Alaska State Legislature began the third special session of the 29th Legislature. Some of you will remember that I have spoken on this topic before in my last legislative update, but as of Friday, the call (topics to be considered at the session) was changed.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Lessons for Special Session

The third special session of the 29th Legislature begins today. As we begin carefully considering the AK LNG pipeline project, I am keeping in mind lessons that I learned during my recent visit with 2nd grade students. After all, some of the best lessons are those we learn early on.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Special session and AMHS

We are getting ready for the third special session this year. This one was partially expected, but there are a couple of additional items related to the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project (AkLNG) that we will be considering as well. We also have seen the DOT&PF proposal for the summer 2016 Alaska Marine Highway sailing schedule, which has raised many concerns. These topics and more will be covered in this newsletter.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Ready for the Gasline Special Session

ANCHORAGE – The third Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature is scheduled to start Saturday morning with House and Senate floor sessions. Governor Bill Walker has scheduled a briefing for all lawmakers Saturday afternoon to outline the details of the three pieces of legislation that will be under consideration. The members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) are looking forward to the Governor’s detailed briefing but are dismayed by today’s announcement from the Senate President and the Speaker of the House that members of the House Finance and Senate Resources Committee’s will be encouraged to skip the briefing in favor of committee hearings on the same subjects at the same exact time as the Governor’s briefing.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Special Session Update

Recently Governor Walker issued a proclamation calling for a legislative special session to convene in Juneau on October 24 to address two key topics:
First, we will explore putting in place a gas reserves tax on undeveloped North Slope natural gas. Currently, companies purchasing leases from the state have a contractual obligation to bring profitable gas to market. However, without a reserves tax there is little means to enforce this “duty to produce” other than by revoking the leases.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Welcomes Special Session Focused on Natural Gas Pipeline Issues

ANCHORAGE – On Thursday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling the Alaska Legislature into a special session next month. The governor is asking the Legislature to consider legislation to move a project forward to get the natural gas on the North Slope to market.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Alaska Doing Anything On Climate Change? Our Energy Efficiency Legislation: Saving $, Slowing Climate Change

This week’s focus on climate change made me remember that, well, we have actually done some good work in this area. There is a lot more to do, and we can both save money while taking positive action. If we care about fish, a fishing economy, wildlife and game, and eroding shorelines, we need to care about climate change.

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