House Passes Resolution on Proposed Plan for Offshore Lease Sales

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country).

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NEWS: Fairness in Oil Taxes Bill Introduced

Juneau – Recognizing that Alaska’s fiscal gap can’t be reduced through budget cuts alone, members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition today introduced legislation to increase revenue to address Alaska’s $2.5 billion funding gap. House Bill 288 increases Alaska’s oil and gas minimum tax from four percent to seven percent, which would raise approximately $225 million.

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NEWS: House Resources Schedules Hearing on Alaska LNG Project

House Resources Committee

Anchorage – The House Resources Committee Co-Chairs, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), have noticed a committee hearing on December 4th at 6 p.m. to get an update from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on the Alaska LNG project.

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EVENT: Midtown Legislators Want to Hear from You

Rep. Andy Josephson

ANCHORAGE – Legislators from Midtown Anchorage have scheduled a town hall meeting on Monday, October 16, to discuss legislative priorities with constituents before the delegation heads to Juneau for the fourth special session. Governor Walker has put a revenue generating head tax, and a fix to Senate Bill 91 (SB 91), the omnibus crime bill, on the call. Your legislators recognize the urgency of tackling both these issues and are ready to discuss and listen.

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NEWS: Praise for Court Victory Allowing Salmon Habitat Ballot Measure to Go Forward

Rep. Andy Josephson

Anchorage – Earlier today, a Superior Court judge issued a ruling allowing the “Stand for Salmon” ballot measure to move forward through the initiative process. The ruling requires the Alaska Lieutenant Governor to certify the initiative and allows proponents to begin collecting signatures. The purpose of the proposed ballot measure is to update state statutes to protect Alaska’s vital and nearly pristine salmon habitat.

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