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Austerman gives an update on House activities
The House Finance subcommittees are continuing to review the operating budget and we are all working diligently to reduce its growth. Subcommittees have until March 1 to make their recommendations. The House Finance committee will then adopt a draft budget bill and take public testimony, after which we will review and/or adopt amendments before moving the budget to the full House around March 13. Majority Prioriti...
Feb 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol report: Feb. 4
Hello again from Juneau. The first session of the 28th Alaska Legislature is heading into its fourth week, and the pace of work is busy as lawmakers continue to delve into many issues. As is the case every year, the budget will be driving much of the discussion between now and our April 14th adjournment date. In the coming weeks, the Senate finance committee’s budget subcommittees will begin meeting to examine the...
Feb 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Jan. 21
Hello from Juneau. The first session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature convened on Tuesday, and the work of the various Senate and House committees is well under way. The early days of any session, particularly in the first year of a new Legislature, are marked by state agency and department reviews, and we have already heard from the governor, who outlined his new oil tax reform proposal during his State of th...
Jan 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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