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The Capitol Report: Removing marijuana from controlled substances list
We are more than one-third of the way through our 90-day legislative session and, after a few weeks of department overviews at the beginning of the year, both legislative bodies have turned their attention to debate on various bills and resolutions, the operating budget, natural gas pipeline issues, federal government overreach, and other topics. One item moving forward is legalized marijuana regulation, which was...
Feb 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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State of the Salmon
We are one third of the way through session and tackling some of the larger issues the legislature is facing this year like the operating budget and resource allocation. Fisheries The House Fisheries Committee heard and passed two bills. House Bill 41, “Sport Fishing Services,” raises the cost of sport fish guide licenses to cover the costs of administering and overseeing the sport fish program. This bill was wide...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Natural gas projects in the works
I am very excited about Alaska’s prospects for finally getting our natural gas to Alaskans and the world market. We currently have two natural gas pipeline projects in the works – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the large-volume Alaska LNG project (AK LNG). Only one of these projects will ultimately be built. The ASAP project is 100 percent owned by Alaska and was designed as a small-volume gasline to d...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s not just fish business in Juneau
Hello from Juneau! As the newly elected representative for House District 32 it is a pleasure to be down here serving you. The first two weeks of the 29th Legislature flew past and we are down to getting some legislation seen in committees and, most importantly, working toward a sustainable budget given the tight economic times ahead. Committee assignments I am honored to hold down the chairmanship of the House Sp...
Feb 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Enough is enough: Obama violated the letter and spirit of Statehood Compact
Like many Alaskans, I remember the excitement in the air when Alaska became the 49th state in the Union in 1959. We had achieved our long-held dream of self-governance. Since that time, we have worked to become increasingly self-reliant, and to steward our resources for the long-term benefit of our people. The Alaska Statehood Compact established the conditions for our entry. Through the compact, Alaska was grante...
Feb 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: 29th session begins
Hello from the State Capitol. The first session of the 29th Alaska State Legislature convened on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and our work is underway. During the course of our 90-day session, we will consider numerous bills and resolutions impacting state government, foremost among them crafting a budget in a time of falling oil prices bringing less revenue to the state. I look forward to sharing our progress with you throug...
Jan 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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America’s Veterans deserve support every day, and Alaska is a great model
My recent message to colleagues on the Senate floor was blunt: You’re either for veterans, or you’re against them. It’s not enough to just make political speeches on Memorial Day or issue solemn statements on the anniversary of D-Day. You also must support our veterans every day of the year, by voting to expand their access to health care, by allocating more dollars to hire doctors, by doing all we can to reduce w...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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The word Parnell refuses to say…'deficit'
Alaskans take pride knowing we are the largest state with the most lakes, tallest mountains and longest summer days. But there are other extreme facts we aren’t boasting about, nor is our governor willingly discussing. Under Parnell, we have blown through 35 percent of our savings and are saddled with the largest budget deficit in state history. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Census recently announced that Alask...
Jun 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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House report: District 35 fared well in capital budget
This has been an extremely productive year and I feel good about the work that we did on the budget. As the finance operating budget co-chair, my job was to pass out the constitutionally mandated FY15 operating budget which totals $9.1 billion, a reduction of 1.34 billion from the current year. Non-formula agency operations, what most people think of as ‘state government’ operations, were reduced by $51.4 million ...
May 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 107 107 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: April 14
Hello again. The Capitol is a busy place of late as the second session of the Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature moves toward its scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 20th. Among the matters that will likely come down to the final day before being resolved are the Fiscal Year 2015 operating and capital budgets, while many bills will work their way to floor votes before then. FY ’15 Capital Budget On Friday, ...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 134 134 recommendations | email to a friend
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