22nd Alaska State Legislature
Senate Resources Committee
Senator John Torgerson, Chair

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Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2828
Fax: (907) 465-4779

35477 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 101 B
Soldotna, AK 99669
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345 W. Sterling Highway, Suite 102
Homer, AK 99603
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Mon, Wed, Fri
Capitol Room 205


Darwin Peterson
Committee Aide
465-2828 (Jan-May)
Capitol Room 427

Committee Members

John Torgerson  

Gary Wilken, Vice-Chair Rick Halford
Ben Stevens Robin Taylor
Kim Elton Georgianna Lincoln

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SB 136 : Resource Development: Board/Grants/Fund
An Act relating to resource development and to grants for the purpose of promoting resource development from appropriations of a portion of the revenue derived from the extraction of certain state natural resources.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 143 : Right-of-Way Leasing Act: Application Cost
Passed! Chapter 76 Session Law 2001
An Act authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to enter into agreements with a person or persons desiring to own an oil or natural gas pipeline proposed to be located on state land for the purposes of providing for payment of the reasonable costs incurred in preparing for activities before receipt of an application under the Alaska Right-of- Way Leasing Act and for activities relating to the processing of an application under that Act; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 156 : Best Interest Finding Under Alaska Land Act
Passed! Chapter 101 Session Law 2001
An Act amending the Alaska Land Act to clarify the requirement of a single written best interest finding required for the sale, lease, or other disposal of state land or resources or an interest in them, and relating to certain disposals involving multiphased development; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 158 : Report: State Participation in Natural Gas Pipeline
Passed! Chapter 38 Session Law 2001
An Act directing the commissioner of revenue to prepare a report to the legislature relating to the state's participation in owning or financing a gas pipeline project; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 343 : Best Available Technology:Discharge Plan
Passed! Chapter 9 Session Law 2002
An Act clarifying the term 'best technology' required for use in oil discharge prevention and contingency plans; affirming existing Department of Environmental Conservation regulations defining 'best technology' and oil discharge prevention and contingency plans approved using those regulations; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 360 : North Slope Natural Gas Project & Bonds
An Act establishing additional requirements for the consideration of applications under the Right-of-Way Leasing Act for an Alaska North Slope natural gas project, authorizing expeditious priority treatment of all applications under that Act and under other relevant state laws for issuance of a right-of-way lease for that project, authorizing the commissioner of natural resources to act to modify the terms of certain state oil and gas leases related to the project and to act, with legislative approval, to waive, reduce, or defer the collection of natural gas royalties due the state, and authorizing the commissioner of revenue to act, with legislative approval, to waive, reduce, or defer the levy and collection of taxes by the state and municipalities under the oil and gas exploration, production, and pipeline transportation property tax related to the project, authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide financing for the acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, equipping, operation, or expansion of the project and related facilities for the transportation of natural gas within and outside the state by others and the corporation's issuance of its bonds to finance the project and facilities, and limiting consideration of judicial challenges to decisions made with respect to that project under this Act; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 11 : Suspend Uniform Rules for HB 61
Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 61, authorizing the commissioner of fish and game to award grants for habitat restoration or enhancement projects.

SCR 17 : Suspend Uniform Rules for HB 236
Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 236, relating to the contracting and financing authority of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and authorizing the authority to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $76,000,000 to finance the acquisition, design, construction, inventory, and operation of natural gas, propane air, or manufactured gas public utility facilities.

SJR 2 : Roadless Policy
Relating to opposition to the inclusion of national forests in Alaska within President Clinton's Roadless Area Conservation rule and supporting the overturning of this inclusion by litigation, by congressional action, or by action of President-elect Bush.
| Sponsor Statement (Companion Bill HJR 6 - current vehicle for this bill) |

SJR 7 : Reinstate Wilderness Study Prohibition
Passed! Legislative Resolve 12
Opposing former United States Secretary of the Interior Babbitt's rescission of a United States Department of the Interior directive prohibiting the United States Bureau of Land Management from considering Alaska land for designation as wilderness and urging the reinstatement of that directive.
| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 42 : Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Route
Urging the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and appropriate federal officials to support the construction and operation of the Alaska Highway Natural Gas Pipeline route.

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