Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Winter is Coming… Brace Yourselves. Special Session and Local Elections

Last week, Governor Walker issued a proclamation calling the legislature into a special session to address gasline issues. On October 24, we will head down to Juneau to address some key issues: To reinstate a reserve tax on North Slope resources in the ground that are not developed and a proposal to buy TransCanada’s share of the gas pipeline and gas treatment facility. I am excited to work on these issues and hope that others can make the necessary steps to come together and move forward for Alaska.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: U-Med Road & the Special Session

It’s that time of year again! PFD’s have been deposited into Alaskan bank accounts; snow is starting to gather on the mountain, and the hum of studs on the road can be heard all through the town. As we get ready to transition into winter again I wanted to bring your attention to two important upcoming events. The first is a Municipal Planning and Zoning meeting on the proposed U-Med Road, while the other is about the Governor’s recent announcement that he would be calling the legislature into another special session.

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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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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: Fiscal forum and special session

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the transition to fall – remember to drive safely and watch out for kids on their way to school. Here’s a quick update of some of the recent happenings around and the district and our state.

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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: “Why I Didn’t Go On Any Legislative Trips This Summer” Newsletter

I’m proud that I’ve been frugal with your money. I’ve run the lowest cost office in the Legislature for many years, and in other years I’ve barely missed being the lowest cost office to an even cheaper legislator. Though in fairness, office costs include travel to Juneau for the Legislative Session, and Legislators from parts of rural Alaska have to ship their personal belongings to Juneau every year. They can’t avoid having much higher travel costs than someone who lives in Anchorage.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Working to Build Better Relationships with Political and Business Leaders in Japan

FAIRBANKS – Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) is in Japan as part of the 2015 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program. From September 25 to October 3, the Delegation will travel to Tokyo and Kyoto to meet with Japanese political, government, business, and non-profit leaders. AALD is funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and implemented by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), in collaboration with the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Legislative Session Adjourns: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

My first session as your representative in the State House finally ended on Thursday. This isn’t the first time that session has gone into overtime, but it was the longest extension in a while. There used to be no set length, it just ended when everything was finished or when fishermen and farmers had to go back to work. I don’t think there are many fishermen or farmers in the legislature right now, but some do have regular jobs during the year, myself included.

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