Senator Jerry Ward seeks an alaska native voice on the
Pacific Salmon Treaty Commission. Senator Ward discusses his resolution asking
the United States State Department to initiate a reorganization of the
Pacific Salmon Commission to include an Alaska Native representative.
= Jerry Ward, 110 K
Senator Leman expresses concern about costs in
the Supplemental Budget allocated for judgements and claims against the
State. He believes the Administration doesn't have adequate systems in place to
hold those individuals accountable who caused the problem in the first place
where the State is now having to pick up the tab.
= Loren Leman, 42 K
Senator Donley comments on the millions of dollars in
lawsuits against the state the Legislature is asked to authorize each year.
He wants the Executive Branch and the Governor to be more accountable for that
money and devise ways to avoid the same problems happening in the future. He
also discusses the Alaska Supreme Court's policy of awarding full attorney's fees
to public interest plaintiffs against that state that lose the majority of
their claims and how this policy encourages false litigation.
= Dave Donley, 54 K
House Majority Leader, Representative Joe Green discusses his upcoming trip as
part of an official delegation from the Alaska Legislature that will attend the
The Energy Council's annual Federal Energy and Environmental Matters Conference
Feb. 27 through Mar. 2 in Washington, D.C. Representative Green further comments
that the combined influence of each Energy Council's congressional delegation
can be used to help position Alaska's concerns in the national discussion on
energy and environmental policy.
= Joe Green, 90 K
Former House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips explains that this year's
upcoming Energy Council's "Environmental Matters Conference" is extremely important
to Alaska. This forum gives Alaskans a voice at the national level and it is
imperative that Alaska's voice be considered in these deliberations as these
policies will ultimately affect individual Alaskans on a daily basis.
= Gail Phillips, 44 K
Representative Scott Ogan, House Resources Committee Chair, says The Energy Council
meeting held in Washington D.C. is an ideal opportunity for Alaskans to again press
its case to congressional members that Alaskans support opening ANWR and would
oppose presidential efforts to permanently place more lands off limits to oil
= Scott Ogan, 36 K
Representative Masek comments on her resolution
asking the United States State Department to initiate a reorganization of
the Pacific Salmon Commission to include an Alaska Native representative.
= Beverly Masek, 57 K
Representative Vic Kohring discusses his school voucher measure. HB 5 was
waived out of House HESS and next goes to the House Judiciary Committee.
= Vic Kohring, 95 K
Senator Dave Donley discusses his "Regulatory Reform Act", SB 24. The measure
would give Alaskans greater access to government and an increased voice in how
government conducts its business
= Dave Donley, 22 K
Senator Pete Kelly responds to the passage of his SB 74 out of the Senate
Resources Committee Wednesday. The measure would allow the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game to engage in aerial shooting for the purpose of
predator-prey management. It next goes to the full Senate for
= Pete Kelly, 97 K
Senator Jerry Mackie comments on recent contract negotiations between the
Administration and the Public Safety Employees Association Union.
= Jerry Mackie, 64 K
Representative Scott Ogan comments on his Administrative Hearing Officer
Legislation. HJR 18 would separate the administrative hearing officer
functions away from the State bureaucracies that now employ them.
= Scott Ogan, 91 K
Representative Carl Morgan explains the impacts his HB 93 would have on
rural housing costs. The measure would permit refinancing of Alaska Housing
Finance Corporation rural home loans in the same manner any conventional
mortgage allows. It also extends the definition of the term "housing" so that
owner-occupied 4-plexes could be financed.
= Carl Morgan, 55 K
Representative Scott Ogan discusses his motivations for introducing HB 109.
The measure would add new language, to an existing state law, affirming state
sovereign jurisdiction in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and the
navigable waters within or adjoining the park and preserve.
= Scott Ogan, 80 K
Rep. Bill Hudson describes his HB 108. The measure estables a comprehensive
boating safety program in Alaska. Under HB 108's provisions, the State
would assume vessel registration responsibilities and regulatory authority
over boat safety equipment.
= Bill Hudson, 77 K
Senator Jerry Ward comments on his motivations for introducing his measure
to require a supermajority vote before any tax plan is approved.
= Jerry Ward, 43 K
Senator Gary Wilken comments on the results of the Y2K Senate Finance Budget
= Gary Wilken, 56 K
Representative Jeannette James comments on Saturday's hearing on the Governor's
budget bills. While commenting that these three specific bills are unlikely to
pass she believes the ideas embodied in the bills will likely resurface later
in the session.
= Jeannette James, 52 K
Representative Bill Hudson, who attended the Saturday hearing mentioned above,
relates that he learned the public is far more aware of the impacts various
proposed tax schemes will have on them than he previously believed.
= Bill Hudson, 36 K
Representative Scott Ogan, who attended the Saturday hearing mentioned above via
teleconference, also comments on the Governor's proposed budget proposal.
= Scott Ogan, 160 K
Rep. Jeannette James comments on three bills heard in her State Affairs
Committee Thursday, that were proposed by the Governor. HB 89 would authorize
a public vote on a transfer of $4 billion from the Permanent Fund Earnings
Reserve to the State's Constitutional Budget Reserve Account. HB 90 would
make that transfer. HB 91 proposes a state income tax.
= Jeannette James, 66 K
Senator Gary Wilken comments on his SB 82. The bill would require insurance
carriers in Alaska to cover prescribed contraceptives and related health care
= Gary Wilken, 53 K
Senator Rick Halford talks about his motivations for introducing HB 3. The
measure will establish more severe mandatory minimum sentences for those
who murder society's most vulnerable members.
= Rick Halford, 12 K
Senator Pete Kelly announces the introduction of his bill giving Fish and Game
more flexibility in handling predator-prey management programs. Senator Kelly
points out SB 74 will not allow aerial sport hunting. It is designed to
restore a vital management tool effectively eliminated by an initiative passed
= Pete Kelly, 59 K
Senator Jerry Mackie comments on the unanimous passage of his Forest Practices
Act from the Senate Wednesday. SB 12 sets steam buffer standards in
Alaska's logging industry. "This bill is the result of a cooperative effort
by timber, commercial fishing, and environmental groups with a vested interest
in the sustained health of our renewable resources," said Sen. Mackie.
= Jerry Mackie, 40 K
Rep. Norman Rokeberg describes his latest measure, HB 96. The bill
proposes a "Painless" Revenue source. It would revert the percentage of
royalties on new leases established on or after July 1, 1999, to the
constitutionally mandated 25 percent. "As we continue to get our economic
house in order, we can and should still make budget cuts," Rokeberg said.
"But this is a virtually painless revenue source in what is proving to be a
critical time for Alaska. It would not have a significant impact on the
dividend program and we would be foolish to ignore it." 02-17-99
= Norman Rokeberg, 90 K
Rep. Vic Kohring explains why he introduced HB 5. The measure would enact a
school voucher program that would give parents more choice in their children's
= Vic Kohring, 111 K
Representative Bill Hudson comments on his appointment to chair a special
subcommittee on Southeast Alaska's transportation needs. "The subcommittee
will be taking a comprehensive look at the Southeast Transportation Plan and
how it addresses the unique transportation needs of Southeast Alaska," Hudson
said. "Additionally, we'll look at the Marine Highway system."
= Bill Hudson, 47 K
Senator Pete Kelly describes his motivations and announces his intention to
file legislation to forestall frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturors.
= Pete Kelly, 118 K
Rep. Scott Ogan relates a constituent's experiences, that ultimately motivated
him to sponsor HB 22. The bill unanimously passed the House of
Representatives Tuesday 38 to 0. The measure requires that tax assessors gain
clear permission from property owners before entering private dwellings.
= Scott Ogan, 63 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, comments on Governor
Knowles supplimental spending request, publicly released Tuesday. 02-16-99
= Eldon Mulder, 83 K
Senator Jerry Ward details the reasons behind his introduction of SB 69.
The measure would enact an advisory vote. The result would tell policy makers
whether Alaska's prefer to make the Attorney General's post subject to
election or if they prefer the current system of allowing the Governor to
appoint individuals to the position.
= Jerry Ward, 60 K
Rep. Carl Morgan details how his HB 93 makes two changes to the Rural Mortgage
loan program that will greatly benefit rural Alaskans. The measure would
permit refinancing of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation rural home loans in
the same manner any conventional mortgage allows. It also extends the
definition of the term "housing" so that owner-occupied 4-plexes could be
= Carl Morgan, 85 K
Rep. Scott Ogan discusses his legislation, HB 74, that would save over $3
million by decreasing top salaries in the Governor's administration to levels
paid in the Legislative branch for similar positions.
= Scott Ogan, 15 K
Rep. Scott Ogan discusses his motivations for introducing HB 74.
= Scott Ogan, 16 K
Representative Vic Kohring discusses the Governor's
proposed tax plan, 02-10-99
= Vic Kohring, 97 K
Representative John Harris comments on his motivations for introducing HJR 8.
The measure asks the President to select an Alaska site for the deployment of
the intercept vehicles for the national ballistic missile defense system.
= John Harris, 59 K
Senator Rick Halford goes on record in opposition to the National Park
Services' recent closure of 2 million acres in Denali National Park and
Preserve to snowmachine access, 02-10-99.
= Rick Halford, 44 K
The historic "State of the Economy" forum opened to a standing room-only crowd at Juneau's Centennial Hall Tuesday, with Alaska business leaders and economic experts providing the factual basis state leaders will need to develop a plan to put Alaska back on firm financial footing. Governor Tony Knowles, Senate President Drue Pearce, and House Speaker Brian Porter hosted the all-day session.
Reactions from several of the particants follows below:
Rep. Joe Green (R-Anchorage), House Majority Leader
= Joe Green, 69 K
Rep. Gail Phillips (R-Homer)
= Gail Phillips, 41 K
Rep. Eldon Mulder (R-Anchorage), Co-Chair, House Finance Committee
= Eldon Mulder, 31 K
Rep. Gary Davis (R-Soldotna)
= Gary Davis, 40 K
Rep. Lisa Murkowski (R-Anchorage)
= Lisa Murkowski, 47 K
Ken Freeman, Executive Director, Resource Development Council
= Ken Freeman, 90 K
Rep. Gene Therriault (R-Fairbanks), Co-Chair, House Finance Committee
= Gene Therriault, 43 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, comments on Tuesday's upcoming
"State of the Economy" Forum. Business leaders from Alaska's different
economic sectors will present business forecasts from their industry's
perspective , 02-08-99.
= Drue Pearce, 39 K
House Speaker, Represenative Brian Porter, comments on budget proposals
released Monday by the Governor, 02-08-99.
= Brian Porter, 32 K
Representative John Cowdery discusses the motivations for the formation
of a new legislative panel to examine airline passenger facility charges.
= John Cowdery, 78 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg details the reasons behind his introduction of
HB 81. The measure would provide electricity consumers a "bill of rights" if
electric utility deregulation is instituted in Alaska.
= Norman Rokeberg, 55 K
Representative John Harris discusses his resolution, HJR 12, asking the
federal government to back off from its announced intention to take some of
the billions of dollars Alaska and other states will receive from a huge
settlement with tobacco companies.
= John Harris, 109 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg comments on his motivations for introducing
HB 82. The bill calls for giving immunity to businesses as protection
against Y2K claims if they have practiced due diligence.
= Norman Rokeberg, 137 K
Representative Carl Morgan discusses his motivations for introducing HB 80.
HB 80 would initiate a state hiring preference for Alaska National Guard
= Carl Morgan, 60 K
Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Sean Parnell discusses the Senate Finance
Committee's introduction of SB 49. The measure would restore results-based
budget measures vetoed last year by the governor
= Sean Parnell, 24 K
Representative Con Bunde comments on the motivation behind his introduction
of HJR 3. The measure would require approval by two-thirds of the people
voting in an election before a ballot initiative concerning natural resources
could become law
= Con Bunde, 59 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, describes his legislation,
HB 27, that would renew Alaska's participation in the Western Interstate
Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program.
The program eases Alaskan's access to affordable professional education.
= Eldon Mulder, 49 K
Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Sean Parnell, discusses the Governor's recent
request for $19.3 Million to address the YK 2000 computer bug.
= Sean Parnell, 50 K