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Capitol Report: Sen. Stevens
Seasons greetings. Less than a month remains before the first session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. This coming year marks my 13th year in state office and 11th in the Senate. During the upcoming session, I will serve as chair of the Senate education committee, chair of the Senate world trade committee, serve on the administrative regulation review committee and the Legis...
Dec 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Dec. 11
Due to recent redistricting, the district I represent will now be District 35 and will continue to include the communities of Kodiak and surrounding villages. Although we are sad to have lost the Lake & Peninsula communities, we are happy to welcome Cordova, Yakutat, Whittier, Tatitlek, Chenega and Aleneva. We encourage you to forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues. It is our goal to include as man...
Dec 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferries, rockets and coastal zones
Hello from Kodiak, where much warm and sunny weather has greeted us in recent days. The favorable weather has been a boon to public works crews working on numerous state-funded projects throughout Senate District R, including much road paving and sewer work. So far, it has been a busy interim, with many highlights. On Saturday, May 12, I had the honor of officiating the wedding for Nona Dimond of our Juneau office...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Recapping the session with Sen. Gary Stevens
Hello again. With the 2012 regular and special sessions over, it has been nice to return home and have a chance to speak to constituents face to face about the many issues that came before the Legislature this year. I believe we have much to be proud of this session. I am pleased that the Senate majority achieved its goal of emphasizing savings before spending by adding $4 to state savings for every dollar spent i...
May 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol report: Senate bipartisan group did well meeting goals
After a busy session, the 27th Alaska State Legislature adjourned earlier this week. During session, we passed several key measures that fulfill the Senate Bipartisan Working Group’s goals established at the beginning of this session:  savings, education, energy, health, jobs and infrastructure. In the capital budget, we advanced its goals by appropriating an estimated $870 million for transportation, $370 million...
Apr 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol report: Special session to wrap up 3 areas
The regular legislative session of 2012 wrapped up last night. Each Legislature runs for two years, with two regular sessions during that time. Our session that ended last night was the second of that two-year run. At the end of the second year, the Legislature adjourns “sine die” — Latin for “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” In practical terms, this means that all legislation that has no...
Apr 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Education big end of session topic
Hello again. The Capitol is a busy place as we work toward the April 15 adjournment. The session’s major issue, oil taxes, continues to be a major focus of our attention in the capitol. The Senate majority’s bill, SB 192, is currently being vetted by the Senate Finance Committee and should come before the full body in the very near future. Meanwhile, discussions continue on the Fiscal Year 2013 operating and capit...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senate considers using surplus on pension liability
Hello from the capitol. About a month and a half remains in the legislative session and many busy days are ahead as we work toward our scheduled adjournment on April 15. This session, the Senate has devoted a lot of discussion to oil taxes, but a great deal more is happening in Juneau right now, with work continuing on the multitude of issues affecting Alaska, including the fiscal year 2013 budget, education and t...
Mar 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Increasing the flow of oil and geoducks
Hello again from Juneau. The second session of the 27th Alaska Legislature has passed the one-third mark and work continues at a brisk pace. As you may know, the major discussion item in the Senate currently is Alaska’s oil tax system. With the goal of increasing the flow of oil through the trans-Alaska pipeline, both the Resources Committee, of which I am a member, and the Finance Committee have been hearing from...
Feb 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Captiol Report: House to consider Senate version of school funding bill
I hope you are all weathering out the Alaskan storms that have hit the Southwest portion of Alaska. In Juneau, we are one-third of the way through session and the legislative process has been going full speed since the start of the 27th session. Already, House Finance Operating Budget Subcommittees are beginning to wrap up and develop recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2013 operating budget. We are also in the mi...
Feb 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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