March 25, 2011

The Coalition working for you

Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Introducing Two Special Guests- Visits from an Anti-Death Penalty Activist and an Oil and Gas Expert;

Randy Steidl is an anti-death penalty activist who spent over 17 years in prison, 12 on death row, for a crime he didn’t commit before being exonerated. He has worked to get legislation abolishing the death penalty passed in several states. Read more about this inspiring man’s story below.

Rick Harper is a Houston-based consultant and former president of ARCO gas, who was here to provide independent insight into the Governor’s proposed oil tax reduction. Based upon his decades of experience developing oil and gas resources, he brought great insight into how industry really makes decisions and what legislators should consider when being asked to make a $2 billion per year decision.

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Rep. Bob Miller’s Newsletter: St. Baldrick’s; Education; PFD; Choose Respect; Redistricting;

The recent St. Baldrick’s event was a huge success. Our team raised over $30,000 to help fund research for kids experiencing the terrible effects of cancer. I was very happy to be part of the Alaska Legislature team and your donations helped us raise more money than several other teams throughout Alaska. This healthy competition raised thousands for a great cause, although I am still getting used to being bald.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Anchorage Caucus Meeting Saturday; Computer Privacy, Pancreatic Cancer Bills on the Move

I hope you will be able to make it to the Anchorage Caucus meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 am in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library. I will be chairing the meeting, and it will be a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts and concerns with all the legislators from Anchorage area districts. At the last meeting we had a lot of invited testimony, but this meeting will focus on hearing from the public. This will be a great opportunity to make your voice known on local road and school issues, as well as statewide issues like the proposed Susitna/ Watana hydroelectric project or the governor’s oil tax bill.

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Alaska House Designates November Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution naming November 2011 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Rep. Pete Petersen introduced the legislation to raise awareness of the deadly disease after a constituent told him of her father’s difficult battle with pancreatic cancer and the relative lack of research and attention the disease gets.

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Oil Industry Give-Backs, Part 2
I’ve been spending time with my colleagues in the powerful House Finance Committee.
Lots of time.
We are closing in on two weeks of hearings on Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill to give another $2 billion a year to the oil companies – HB 110.
What we’ve learned so far is this: the oil companies really, really, really, really – I mean, really – want the money. And Parnell wants to give it to them.

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