Rep. Guttenberg on BP spill settlement

“The integrity of the pipeline depends on the integrity of the companies running it. I’m still skeptical that at the end of the day these fines will make much of a difference. BP thinks these fines are a cost of doing business. If they had taken proper care of the pipeline like they say they do, these spills would never happen.”

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House Democrats Propose Common-Sense Solution to Budget Impasse

All parties should stand down and work together in good faith

JUNEAU – Today, Alaska House Democrats announced a simple, common-sense solution to the budget stand-off that has the Legislature locked into a special session.

“We have a way out of this mess. It isn’t all that complicated,” said Representative Beth Kerttula, House Minority Leader. “We say this without blame and in the spirit of being helpful.”

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Session Ends with Never-Exercised Constitutional Provision

Sunday night around 10:40pm the Legislature was adjourned by Governor Parnell. This constitutional provision has never been exercised before. The Alaska State Constitution states:

Article 2 Section 10- Adjournment.
“Neither house may adjourn or recess for longer than three days unless the other concurs. If the two houses cannot agree on the time of adjournment and either house certifies the disagreement to the governor, he may adjourn the legislature.”

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: It’s Time To Take Up the Budget; Final Hour Legislation; Thank You UAA Intern; Redistricting;

With one day left the race is on. The main focus will be passing the capitol budget and any final pieces of legislation that have made it through the process. A possible adjournment Sunday may not be realistic as of today. Right now it is my impression that we will be in Juneau as long as it takes to get the work done.

In late May you should be receiving my paper newsletter which will give a more detailed look at projects in the budget and the overall impressions of the session. We also will be working to put together constituent meetings around the district.

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Legislature Requests TSA Hearings in Alaska

Air travel, airport procedures of upmost importance to Alaskans

JUNEAU – Today, fifty-nine of sixty members of the Alaska Legislature sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs requesting hearings be held in Alaska on the often invasive procedures used by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).

“Alaskans depend on air travel more than most other Americans,” said Rep. Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage) who drafted the letter and gathered signatures from his colleagues in the State House. “The committee needs to hear from Alaskans about our unique concerns.”

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Energy Relief Plans for the Interior; Legislation Update;

The 2011 Legislative Session is rapidly coming to a close and I will soon be coming home. Marilyn and I, along with our dog “Lily”, will take the ride home to Fairbanks. Right now we are under what is called the “24 hour rule”. That means the three day public notice isn’t in effect. If you are following specific legislation take notice that it can be heard at any time.

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