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Well, That Was Interesting We watched the death of Sean Parnell’s latest attempt to hand $2 billion a year to his pals at British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips and Exxon this week. Or maybe it was just badly wounded. Various lawyers have said different things about what happened – yeah, I know. But what can you do? They’re lawyers—but the smart bet is that Parnell killed his own bill. After calling us into special session just 10 days ago to get us to pass it. All I can say is, gloriosky. I’ve been to two goat ropings and a county fair and I’ve never seen anything like this before.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: BREAKING NEWS Special Session May Be Ending After Governor Withdraws Oil Tax Bill

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It has been a wild 24 hours in the capitol. Last night Governor Sean Parnell announced he was withdrawing his oil tax giveaway bill, and this afternoon the Senate voted to adjourn the special session. It is unclear what will happen next. The House does not have a floor session scheduled until Monday, and if we do not vote to adjourn the Senate will be forced back into session. If that happens, then Alaska’s constitution allows either the House or Senate to pass a resolution which would allow the governor to end the special session.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Senate Cancels Special Session; and Another Fraud Warning

Citing a legislative legal opinion that the Governor’s removal of his oil tax bill from the special session proclamation is unconstitutional and invalidates the entire document, the state senate has declared an end to special session. At this time the state house is still in special session but it remains to be seen what will happen next. With the passage of legislation against sex trafficking and the Governor’s withdrawal of his oil tax bill the only remaining issue to be dealt with was the in-state gas line bill. This bill was in possession of the senate and appears to have died with the special session.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: Update on the Special Session (or What’s Left of it)

You’re probably wondering what the heck is happening down here. Things have been shifting around so fast, and after a slow start due to the 3 day absence of Chair Feige, the House Resources Committee meetings on oil taxes have been so intense, that I’ve struggled to describe everything that was going on. Yesterday, when the Governor folded his tent rather than see it erupt in flames, it all changed again and now I can write. The session call was for 3 items.

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Rep. Miller’s District 7 News: Public Testimony on HB 3001, the New Oil Tax Bill

I wanted to let you know of an opportunity to provide public testimony on House Bill 3001, the Governor’s new oil tax bill he introduced for special session. The House Resources committee will be taking testimony on the bill tomorrow, April 26th, at 9:00 AM. The bill is a new spin on the Governor’s House Bill 110. However, I fear it still it provides too large a tax break for oil companies without any guarantee more oil will be pumped through the pipeline. You can read more about the hearings HB 3001 has received here.

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Rep. Holmes Newsletter: Opportunity for public input on oil taxes!

Make your voice heard! Tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, the House Resources committee will be taking public testimony on the Governor’s oil tax reform bill starting at 9:00 am. If you would like to testify on this important issue, please go to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 716 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200. To accommodate everyone, testimony may be limited to 2-3 minutes each. The bill currently being considered by the House is the Governor’s HB 3001. Click here to find additional information about the bill. As always, please feel free to e-mail or call me in Juneau with your thoughts about oil taxes, or any other issues. I would love to hear from you!

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