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Alaska State Representative Vic Kohring District 14 - Wasilla

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600 E. Railroad Ave.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 373-1842
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716 W. 4th, Suite 680
Anchorage, AK 99501
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HB 28 : Oil & Gas Royalty Modification
Signed into Law! Chapter 72 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring, Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act relating to adjustments to royalty reserved to the state to encourage otherwise uneconomic production of oil and gas; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 28 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla) and Rep. Norman Rokeberg (R-Anchorage), HB 28 provides a more flexible method to calculate oil and gas royalties so that the State can encourage production of oil and gas fields that might be marginal or not economically feasible under the current system.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 69 : Regulation Of Shallow Natural Gas
Signed into Law! Chapter 45 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to regulation of shallow natural gas leasing and closely related energy projects; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 69 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), HB 69 ensures that the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the authority and discretion necessary to regulate shallow gas drilling while also providing for human safety and environmental protection.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 97 : Long Term Leases of Alaska RR Land
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act authorizing a long-term lease of certain Alaska Railroad Corporation land at Anchorage; and providing for an effective date.

05-06-03 : House Bill 97 moved out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), House Bill 97 extends the lease of a parcel of Alaska Railroad land in Anchorage from 55 to 75 years so a developer can qualify to obtain a Federal Government (HUD 202) grant to construct a senior housing complex. HB 97 moves to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 198 : Royalty Reduction On Certain Oil
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act providing for a reduction of royalty on certain oil produced from Cook Inlet submerged land.

05-07-03 : House Bill 198 moved out of the House Resources Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), HB 198 providing for a reduction of royalty on certain oil produced from Cook Inlet submerged land.
HB 198 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 238 : Merge DEC Into DNR
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act merging the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources and naming the resulting entity the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and providing for an effective date.

HB 267 : AK Railroad Bonds For Natural Gas Transport
Signed into Law! Chapter 71 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to the Alaska Railroad; authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide financing for the acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, equipping, or operation of facilities for the transportation of natural gas resources within and outside the state by others; authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corporation to issue bonds to finance those facilities; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 267 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), HB 267 authorizes the Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide financing for the acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, equipping, or operation of facilities for the transportation of natural gas resources within and outside the state by others. HB 267 also authorizes the Alaska Railroad Corporation to issue bonds to finance those facilities.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 288 : Changing Name Of Department of Community and Economic Development
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act changing the name of the Department of Community and Economic Development to the Department of Commerce and Community and Economic Development.

Version: SCS CS HB 288 (STA)
Contact: Ben Grenn, 465-2186
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

HB 288 changes the name of the Department of Community and Economic Development to the Department of Commerce and Economic Development. Amended to read Commerce, Community and Economic development.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 462 : Longevity Bonus: Phase Out & Means Test
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to the longevity bonus program; and providing for an effective date.

HB 469 : Deposits to the Permanent Fund
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to deposits to the Alaska permanent fund from mineral lease rentals, royalties, royalty sale proceeds, net profit shares under AS 38.05.180(f) and (g), federal mineral revenue sharing payments received by the state from mineral leases, and bonuses received by the state from mineral leases, and increasing deposits from certain of those sources.

HB 475 : Hiring Freeze on State Employees
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act prohibiting the hiring of certain state employees, except while a declared condition of disaster emergency is in effect; and providing for an effective date.

HB 479 : Education Fund/Land Endowment
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act establishing an education fund and a land endowment for public education; and providing for an effective date.

HB 480 : Public School Consolidation
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to organization of the public school system; and providing for an effective date.

HCR 30 : Reorganize State Agencies
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

Relating to the elimination or merger of departments within the executive branch of state government.

HJR 17 : Leases In National Petroleum Reserve
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

Strongly encouraging the Secretary of the Interior to conduct additional competitive oil and gas lease sales within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

03-28-03 : House Joint Resolution 17 moved out of the House Special Committee on Oil and Gas on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), HJR 17 strongly encourages the Secretary of the Interior to conduct additional competitive oil and gas lease sales within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. HJR 17 moves to the House Resources Committee.

HJR 21 : Constitution Amendment: Voter Approval For New Taxes
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska prohibiting the imposition of state personal income taxes and state retail sales taxes without approval of the voters of the state.

HJR 38 : Constitutional Amendment: Guarantee Permanent Fund Dividend
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska to guarantee the permanent fund dividend, establishing the earnings reserve account, and relating to the Alaska permanent fund.

HJR 39 : Constitutional Amendment: Education Fund
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to education.


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HB 16 : Stranded Gas Development Act Amendments
Signed into Law! Chapter 4 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Hugh Fate

An Act amending the standards applicable to determining whether, for purposes of the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, a proposed new investment constitutes a qualified project, and repealing the deadline for applications relating to the development of contracts for payments in lieu of taxes and for royalty adjustments that may be submitted for consideration under that Act; and providing for an effective date.

04-09-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 16 into law on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Hugh "Bud" Fate (R-Fairbanks), HB 16 expands the areas of potential gas exploration and development that fall under the Act. Currently, the statute only qualifies natural gas projects that export the gas in liquefied form. HB 16 would allow gas development and transportation in any form and does not specify a pipeline route. HB 16 also extends the June 30, 2001 deadline to March 31, 2005 to allow the state and producers to begin new contract negotiations.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 55 : Correctional Facilities
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker, Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act expressing legislative intent regarding privately operated correctional facility space and services; relating to the development and financing of privately operated correctional facility space and services; authorizing the Department of Corrections to enter into an agreement for the confinement and care of prisoners in privately operated correctional facility space; authorizing the Department of Corrections to enter into agreements with municipalities to expand existing correctional facilities; and providing for an effective date.

04-10-03 : House Bill 55 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Norman Rokeberg (R-Anchorage), HB 55 authorizes the Department of Corrections to enter into agreement with the City of Whittier for a 1,200-bed medium security correctional facility and services for a period of 25 years. The facility shall be constructed and operated by third-party contractors procured through a competitive bid process.
HB 55 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Opinion-Editorial |

HB 61 : Oil & Gas Tax Credit For Exploration/Development
Signed into Law! Chapter 61 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act establishing an exploration and development incentive tax credit for persons engaged in the exploration for and development of less than 150 barrels of oil or of gas for sale and delivery without reference to volume from a lease or property in the state; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 61 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski/Ninilchik/Sterling), HB 61 creates a new income tax credit for exploration and development of natural gas reserves south of the Brooks Range.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 90 : Tax Credit For Salmon Development
Signed into Law! Chapter 57 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to a salmon product development tax credit under the Alaska fisheries business tax and the Alaska fisheries resource landing tax; and providing for an effective date.

06-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 90 in law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens by recommendation of the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, HB 90 provides a tax credit for salmon product development.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 102 : Concealed Deadly Weapons Legal
Signed into Law! Chapter 62 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Croft

An Act relating to concealed deadly weapons.

HB 177 : Concealed Handguns
Signed into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to concealed handguns; allowing persons whose applications have been rejected as unqualified or whose permits have been revoked or suspended to continue to carry concealed handguns in this state if the person has a permit from another jurisdiction; requiring the Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements concerning the carrying of concealed handguns.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 177 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stolze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 177 recognizes concealed weapon permit holders from other states as valid permit holders in Alaska. HB 177 also requires the Alaska Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states when it benefits Alaska permit holders.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 209 : Municipal Tax: Property Affected By Disaster
Signed into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 04
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to municipal property tax adjustments for property affected by a disaster.

Version: CSHB 209(RLS)
Contact: Sue Wright 465-3779
Action: 02-13-04: Signed into law by Governor

HB 209 allows municipalities to provide for a tax reduction for property destroyed, damaged or otherwise reduced in value as a result of a disaster.

| Sponsor Statement |
| DCED Fiscal Note | [PDF - 1 Page - 10 KB]

HB 222 : Foundation Formula Inflation Adjustment
Sponsored by Rep. Mary Kapsner

An Act requiring an annual inflation adjustment of the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 6 KB]

HB 233 : Increase Education Funding
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson

An Act increasing the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 233 (FIN)
Contact: Jean Ellis, 465-3824
Action: 05-03-04: (S)FIN (S)RLS

House Bill 233 moved out of the House on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson, HB 233 increases the base student allocation in the state foundation formula. The increase will assist state local schools districts to meet, or, exceed the public's expectations and demands. HB 233 moves to the House Finance Committee. Amended to add $419 dollars per student to the foundation formula. Adds $84.5 million dollars for education.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 277 : Pipeline Utilities Regulation
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act relating to the powers of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in regard to intrastate pipeline transportation services and pipeline facilities, to the rate of interest for funds to be paid by pipeline shippers or carriers at the end of a suspension of tariff filing, and to the prospective application of increased standards on regulated pipeline utilities; allowing the commission to accept rates set in conformity with a settlement agreement between the state and one or more pipeline carriers and to enforce the terms of a settlement agreement in regard to intrastate rates; and providing for an effective date.

05-14-03 : House Bill 277 moved out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Anchorage/Birchwood), HB 277 clarifies what jurisdiction the RCA has over state rates as they pertain to interstate and intrastate tariffs. HB 277 also addresses the RCA's jurisdiction over State Right-Of-Way leases and will clarify their authority over dismantlement, removal, and restoration. HB 277 adds a new section that ensures RCA support of rate methodologies agreed to in settlement agreements with the state, and, changes the applicable interest rate charged under RCA orders so that it conforms to the interest rate applied in other similar matters. HB 277 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 395 : Shallow Natural Gas
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. John Harris

An Act relating to shallow natural gas leasing and the regulation of shallow natural gas operations.

Version: CS HB 395 (O&G)
Contact: Rick VanderKolk, 465-4859
Action: 03-12-04: (H)O&G ==> (H)RES

HB 395 was designed to resolve concerns many Alaskans have with coal bed methane development in the areas of property rights, water quality assurance, and local involvement of residents.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 2 : Extend Alaska Railroad To Ft. Greely
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 12
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Relating to the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Fort Greely to serve the anti-ballistic missile launch facility.

04-11-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 2 by a vote of 16 to one on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HCR 2 supports a 70-mile extension of the Alaska Railroad from the vicinity of Eielson Air Force Base to the Fort Greely anti-ballistic missile launch facility near Delta Junction.
Permanently Filed: 05-02-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 3 : Constitution Amendment: Permanent Fund
Sponsored by Rep. Harry Crawford, Rep. Eric Croft

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the Alaska permanent fund.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 51 KB]

HJR 4 : Constitution Amendment: 90 Day Legislative Session
Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Samuels, Rep. Norman Rokeberg

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of a regular session.

Version: CSHJR 4 (STA)
Contact: Sara Nielsen, 465-4230
Action: 03-09-04: (H)FIN ==> (H)RLS

HJR 4 would allow Alaskans to vote on the question of a 90 day limit on the Legislative Session in the 2004 General Election.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 9 : Constitution Amendment: Appropriation/ Spending Limit
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to an appropriation limit and a spending limit.

Version: CS HJR 9 (FIN) Am
Contact: Ben Mulligan, 465-4958
Action: 05-05-04: (S)FIN (S)RLS

HJR 9 would call for a question on the ballot, asking whether or not an amendment should be added to Alaska Constitution to include a spending limit and limitations on the growth of the budget. Amended to change the calcultion to include the greater of the last two fiscal years and add several exemptions to the formula.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 18 : Supporting Military Action Against Iraq
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 8
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Supporting the men and women of the United States armed forces in the military action to free Iraq and to protect the world from Saddam Hussein.

04-04-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 18 by a vote of 19 to zero on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HJR 18 supports President George Bush's decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein in Iraq and supports the American troops involved in that military action.
HJR 18 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 185 : Royalty Reduction On Certain Oil
Signed into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act providing for a reduction of royalty on certain oil produced from Cook Inlet submerged land.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 185 into law. Sponsored the Senator Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai/Soldotna), SB 185 would amend statutes to provide for reduction of royalty on oil produced in certain Cook Inlet fields and platforms as they near the end of their production capability.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Amendment Offered in Senate Finance | [PDF file - 4 Pages - 168 KB]
| Explanation for Amendment | [PDF file - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SJR 4 : Endorsing ANWR Leasing
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 4
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development, and production.

02-26-03 : The House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 4 on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai), SJR 4 would urge the United States Congress to pass legislation opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development and production.
SJR 4 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |


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