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: Committee Meetings Scheduled to Examine Public Safety in Alaska

Anchorage – The Finance Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives has scheduled a series of budget subcommittee meetings to discuss the nexus between crime rates and available public resources in Alaska. The budget subcommittees for the Departments of Public Safety, Administration, Corrections, and Law will meet on October 5th at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO).

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NEWS: Coalition Pledges to Diligently Consider Governor Walker’s New Revenue Proposal and Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) issued the following statement in response to Governor Walker’s proclamation calling the 30th Alaska State Legislature into a 4th Special Session next month. The Governor is asking lawmakers to consider criminal justice reform legislation and a bill to create new revenue for the State of Alaska.

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NEWS: Representative Paul Seaton to Host Constituent Town Halls

Rep. Paul Seaton

Homer – Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer) invites Peninsula community members and neighbors to two public town hall meetings on Thursday, October 5. Rep. Seaton will be joined by Alaska Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney at both events. The first town hall will take place in the Ninilchik Senior Center from 12:00-2:00 p.m., during and after the Senior lunch. The second town hall will take place at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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