Alaska State Legislature
1998 Audio Clip Archive
JUN - DEC
June - December
- Senate Finance Committee member, Senator
Dave Donley, comments on the Governor's signing of HB 375
and the bill's bipartisan support. The measure is an
omnibus rewrite of Alaska's child protection statutes.
= Dave Donley, 77 K
- Senator Dave Donley, Chairman of the
Anchorage Caucus, talks about Tuesday's meeting with
Anchorage municipal officials.
= Dave Donley, 75 K
- House Health, Education, and Social
Services Committee Chairman, Representative Con Bunde,
also comments on the Governor's signing of HB 375.
= Con Bunde, 56 K
- Rep. Pete Kelly, sponsor of HB 16,
comments on the importance of ensuring that juvenile
offenders understand there are consequences for their
= Pete Kelly, 87 K
- Rep. Ramona Barnes, who chaired the
Legislative Task Force that began the process of
authorizing development of stranded gas resources,
comments after today's ceremony.
= Ramona Barnes, 57 K
- Rep. Mark Hodgins, who carried HB 393 in
the Legislature, comments on the importance of developing
Alaska's stranded gas reserves.
= Mark Hodgins, 63 K
- Joe Ryan talks about SB 354 and HB 252.
Rep. Ryan sponsored companion legislation ( Sponsor
Statement ) in the House
similar to SB 354 and discusses the potential benefits of
the trust industry to Alaska. Rep. Ryan also discusses HB
252, which he sponsored. The measure tightens Alaska's
sex offender laws.
= Joe Ryan, 96 K
- Rep. Brian Porter discusses HB 7, which he
sponsored. This law authorizes voluntary mediation
between juvenile offenders and their victims in lieu of
= Brian Porter, 56 K
- Senator Loren Leman, Chairman of the
Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, discusses AIDEA and
today's reauthorization of the agency's bonding
Loren Leman, 65 K
- Senator Robin Taylor responds to the
Governor's vetoing of SB 17, which he sponsored. The
measure criminalizes the knowing transmission of HIV from
one individual to another.
= Robin Taylor, 97 K
- House Labor and Commerce Committee
Chairman, Representative Norman Rokeberg, discusses HB
458 which the Governor signed into law. The measure
establishes a golf course alcoholic beverage license to
allow beer and wine sales on golf courses and extends the
termination date of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
= Norman Rokeberg, 41 K
- Senate Finance Committee member, Senator
Sean Parnell, comments on the Governor's signing of SB
360 Tuesday. The measure authorizes the Alaska Housing
Finance Corporation to issue bonds to pay for $199.6
million deferred maintenance and capital items.
= Sean Parnell, 24 K
- House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee
Chairman, Representative Con Bunde, talks about
legislation newly signed into law that would permit
injured workers to return to the workplace while still
receiving some Medicaid benefits.
= Con Bunde, 58 K
- Represenative Beverly Masek talks about
her snowmobile registration measure which is expected to
be signed into law Thursday.
= Beverly Masek, 104 K
- Representative John Cowdery discusses how
his measure, HB 189, restricts tobacco access to minors.
The measure was signed into law Thursday.
= John Cowdery, 78 K
- Representative Con Bunde, Chairman of the
House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee,
discusses the Governor's signing of HB 369 into law.
. = Con Bunde, 56 K
- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman,
Senator Robin Taylor, gives his reaction to the
Governor's signing the Majority Budget into law. The
Governor vetoed all legislative intent language contained
in the bill.
= Robin Taylor, 40 K
- Anchorage Caucus Co-Chairman, Senator Dave
Donley, reports on recent changes to a federal
transportation funding program that will dramatically
speed up the planning process for Anchorage road
= Dave Donley, 105 K
- Senator Tim Kelly, Co-Chair of the Joint
Committee on Military Bases, comments on Anchorage's and
Fairbanks' efforts to keep their military bases.
= Tim Kelly, 14 K
- Senator Bert Sharp, co-chair of the
Electric Utility Restructuring Committee, comments during
Thursday's meeting that electric utility deregulation or
rate restructuring hasn't always worked in the best
interests of the small individual consumer in other areas
= Bert Sharp, 38 K
- Representative Norman Rokeberg, co-chair
of the Electric Utility Restructuring Committee, says
this issue will likely impact every Alaskan's pocketbook.
= Norman Rokeberg, 60 K
- Senate President, Senator Mike Miller,
states that today's (Tuesday) announcement of a new gas
project sponsor agreement by ARCO and others is very
positive news for Alaskans.
= Mike Miller, 34 K
- House Speaker, Representative Gail
Phillips, says today is a red letter day with the
announcement of a new gas project sponsor agreement by
ARCO and others.
= Gail Phillips, 70 K
- Speaker Phillips comments that members of
the Alaska Legislature have been working many years to
get to this point in bringing Alaskan gas to market.
= Gail Phillips, 48 K
- Speaker Phillips reflects that a gas
pipeline will greatly impact Alaska. She comments that
Alaskan communities and state government learned many
valuable lessons from the oil pipeline and will handle
future development better.
= Gail Phillips, 67 K
- Senator Jerry Ward expresses his
excitement at being appointed to represent Alaska on the
National Conference of State Legislators Executive
= Jerry Ward, 18 K
- Senator Ward comments that he was honored
by the support of members of the National Council of
Native American Legislators in his nomination.
= Jerry Ward, 47 K
- Senator Ward discusses the objectives and
goals he hopes to accomplish while a member of the NCSL
= Jerry Ward, 36 K
- U.S. House Speaker, Congressman Newt
Gingrich, comments to reporters about the impact visiting
Alaska makes on Washington DC legislators and officials
in the federal goverment who make decisions. Congressmen
Clay Shaw and Dan Miller also reflect on the great
diversity and differences between states.
= U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 142 K
- Speaker Gingrich describes some of the
things he and others are learning on their
"Northwest Passage" trip to Alaska.
= U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 82 K
- Speaker Gingrich responds to a reporter's
question about meeting with local representatives of
= U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 47 K
- Senator Drue Pearce observes that Speaker
Gingrich bases his land development decisions on science
and suggests that having congressional members come to
Alaska to observe Alaska's land use issues is beneficial
in that decision making process.
= Drue Pearce, 36 K
- Speaker of the Alaska State House,
Representative Gail Phillips, thanks Congressman Don
Young for his assistance in bringing Speaker Gingrich to
Alaska and reflects upon the positive aspects of the
Northwest Passage tour.
= Gail Phillips, 51 K
- Senator Tim Kelly, Alaska Co-Host of the
CSG-West Conference, talks about why holding the
conference in Alaska will benefit the State.
= Tim Kelly, 17 K
- Representative Ramona Barnes, Alaska
Co-Host of the CSG-West Conference, talks about
the purpose of CSG-West.
= Ramona Barnes, 63 K
- Senator Jerry Ward, who attended CSG-West's
Saturday Western Water Policy sessions, comments on
shared experiences several western states have had with
federal attempts to take over water management. Senator
Ward stresses the importance of state's controlling their
own management destinies.
= Jerry Ward, 115 K
- Representative Scott Ogan, who attended
CSG-West's Saturday Western Water Policy
sessions, expresses frustration with Federal Department
of Interior abuses in attempting to take over Alaskan
water management. He further discusses the importance of
networking with legislators from other states in
presenting a unified voting block when dealing with
= Scott Ogan, 109 K
- Elaine Alquist, California Assembly Member, chaired the
CSG-West Smart States Committee Saturday, which
focussed primarily on Y2K interconnectivity in the West.
State officials shared ideas about legislative solutions
followed by presenters who gave overviews of Y2Ks
far reaching effects on the utility, banking and
= Elaine Alquist, 135 K
- During the Sunday CSG-West
Energy and Minerals Committee meeting, Alaska House
Speaker Gail Phillips gave an Alaska perspective on
issues affecting access across state and federal lands
throughout the west.
= Gail Phillips, 93 K
- During Sunday's CSG-West
Energy and Minerals Committee meeting, Mark Mills,
president of Mills, McCarthy and Associates of Chevy
Chase, Maryland, presented an examination of how facts
and data are shaping the ongoing global warming debate.
= Mark Mills, 170 K
- Co-Chairman of the Alaska State House
Resources Committee, Representative Scott Ogan, comments
on a resolution he offered and passed in the Public Lands
Committee during today's CSG-West Conference.
The resolution asks the federal government to amend any
statute, law, or regulation that violates a states'
constitution. He also reflects on the Public Lands
Committee's position that the Western Governor's
Association Principles for Environmental Management is a
flawed document. "We feel the position they took ...
would compromise state's rights on a variety of
= Scott Ogan, 121 K
- Representative Norman Rokeberg, who
attended today's CSG-West Electrical Industry
Restructuring Committee sessions, compares electrical
restructuring efforts made in other states and speculates
on the impacts this process will have in Alaska.
= Norman Rokeberg, 124 K
- Senator Dave Donley, sponsor of Ballot
Proposition 1, issues a statement in response to the
State Supreme Court's decision today to remove the
measure from November's ballot.
= Dave Donley, 88 K
- Representative Ramona Barnes, Alaska
Co-Host of the CSG-West Conference, reports on
the accomplishments of the 4 day legislative conference
and discusses the importance to Alaska of the resolutions
passed during the conference.
= Ramona Barnes, 137 K
- Representative Jeannette James gives her
impressions of the CSG-West Conference.
= Jeannette James, 43 K
- Senator Jerry Ward comments on some of his
responsibilities when he attends the National Conference
of State Legislature's Executive Committee meeting
October 2-3 in Denver, Colorado.
= Jerry Ward, 51 K
- Representative Brian Porter discusses the
recent trip a legislative delegation made to the Russian
Far East. Representatives Brian Porter and John
Cowdery met with leaders from both the public and private
sectors to explain how Alaska's constitution and legal
system work with the private sector to encourage trade
and business opportunities.
= Brian Porter, 62 K
- Alex Ponomarev, a member of the Sakhalin
Alaska Consulting Group, discusses the possible impacts
of Alaska's trade relationships with the Russian Far East
on the current fiscal crisis in Russia.
= Alex Ponomarev, of the Sakhalin Alaska
Consulting Group, 55 K
- Outgoing Senate President Mike Miller
reflects upon his experiences as presiding officer in the
Senate over the past two years and wishes incoming Senate
President Drue Pearce the best of luck in the next
= Mike Miller, 19 K
- Incoming Senate President Drue Pearce
talks about the record number of republican senators
elected this term and the goals and strengths of her new
= Drue Pearce, 60 K
- Representative Brian Porter, newly named
House Speaker designee for the upcoming 21st Legislature,
announces the House Majority Organization structure in
boxes 1 and 2.
= Brian Porter, 125 K
- Senate President Elect, Senator Drue
Pearce responds to the Department of Revenue's grim fall
revenue forecast today. She calls upon the governor to
take immediate, specific, and aggressive actions to
staunch the flow of red ink.
= Drue Pearce, 140 K
- Incoming Senate Finance Co-Chairman,
Senator Sean Parnell comments on the Governor's budget
= Sean Parnell, 43 K
- Senator Loren Leman comments on the final report of the
Electrical Rate Restructuring Committee given to the
= Loren Leman, 132 K
- Representative Norman Rokeberg, chairman
of the Electrical Rate Restructuring Committee also
comments on the Committee's final report.
= Norman Rokeberg, 84 K
- House Finance Co-Chair, Representative
Gene Therriault, discusses are recent survey of wage and
benefits of Alaska State employees.
= Gene Therriault, 32 K
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