Alaska State Legislature
1997 Audio Clip Archive


June - December


  1. Senator Dave Donley discusses why he introduced this legislation, which seeks to incorporate "infant care" instruction into Alaska's high school health education curriculum
    = 22K


  1. Senate Finance Co-Chair Senator Drue Pearce comments on why the Legislature's Legislative Council Committee decided today to file a lawsuit charging that the Governor misused his line item veto authority in the FY 98 operating, capital, and supplemental budgets. Senator Pearce gives the example of ASMI operations carried out in the lower 48 with local employees that could easily be done here in Alaska with Alaskan employees.
    = Drue Pearce, 57 K


  1. House Resources Co-Chairman, Representative Bill Hudson, comments on the upcoming House Resources Subsistence hearings scheduled in Bethel and Ketchikan.
    = Bill Hudson, 59 K
  2. House Resources Co-Chairman, Represenative Scott Ogan, also comments on the upcoming hearings.
    = Scott Ogan, 26 K


  1. Senate Transportation Chairman, Senator John Torgerson, announces Department of Transportation Task Force hearings to focus primarily on the Marine Highway System. These meetings will be held in Southeast Alaska communities between September 16th and 20th.

    "We need to look at how we can restructure the Marine Highway System to make it more cost efficient and still provide services needed for Southeast and Southwest Alaska." said Torgerson.
    = John Torgerson, 86 K


  1. Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, comments on the various ways Alaskans can help our russian neighbors understand the benefits of business and government working together.
    = Mike Miller, 143 K
    (original recording's audio quality is poor due to background noise)
  2. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, talks about various issues the Alaskan Delegation is discussing with their russian counterparts; including independent arbitration, civil dispute resolution methods, environmental concerns, and land issues.
    = Gail Phillips, 110 K


  1. Representative Eldon Mulder, Co-Chair of the Legislative Deferred Maintenance Task Force welcomed Governor Tony Knowles announcement today he would join with the Legislature's efforts to address the repair, maintenance and construction of schools in Alaska. Representative Mulder observes that current Department of Education school construction and major maintenance priority spending lists are slated to spend 85% of state funds in rural Alaska, leaving just 15% for Alaska's railbelt - which includes Fairbanks, Anchorage, the Mat-Su Borough and the Kenai Peninsula.
    = Eldon Mulder, 57 K


  1. House Speaker, Represenative Gail Phillips expresses her satisfaction in fullfilling one of the Majority's commitments to Alaskans. The Deferred Maintenance Task today released several recommendations to address Alaska's ongoing maintenance needs.}
    = Gail Phillips, 45 K
  2. Representative Eldon Mulder, Co-Chair of the Legislative Deferred Maintenance Task Force, talks about how the Deferred Maintenance Task Force can address Alaska's maintenance needs without implimenting a new sales or income tax.
    = Eldon Mulder, 28 K
  3. Senator Tim Kelly, Deferred Maintenance Task Force Co-Chair, describes the funding mechanism for the Task Force's newly proposed Public Facilities Fund Corporation. He describes the similarities the new fund has to Alaska's Housing Finance Corporation.
    = Tim Kelly, 94 K


  1. House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Mark Hanley, comments on the Governor's upcoming budget speech. Representative Hanley is hopeful the Governor will specify where he expects to gain more revenues for his additional spending proposals.
    = Mark Hanley, 19 K


  1. House Finance Co-Chairman, Representative Mark Hanley, comments that the Majority shares the Governor's goals for strong families and kids but is concerned about how to fund the additional $45 million in increased programs the Governor has proposed.
    = Mark Hanley, 42 K
  2. Senate Finance Member, Senator Sean Parnell, comments on the Governor's $45 million dollar increase in state funding. Senator Parnell is concerned about how Alaskans would pay for the increase and what results would come out of the proposed programs.
    = Sean Parnell, 27 K


  1. Senate Health, Education, and Social Services Chair, Senator Gary Wilken, states that he believes Alaska's foundation formula is broken and he wishes to invite folks to a Fairbanks' Town Meeting to discuss school funding reform.
    = Gary Wilken, 50 K
  2. Senate Health, Education, and Social Services Chair, Senator Gary Wilken, discusses the public input he's received at previous Town Meetins from around the state discussing school funding reform.
    = Gary Wilken, 41 K


  1. Representative Eldon Mulder discusses the reasoning behind his joint sponsorship of legislation with Representative Brian Porter to seat a non-partisan membership on Alaska's Reapportionment Board.
    = Eldon Mulder, 100 K
  2. Senator Donley discusses the agenda for the upcoming Anchorage Caucus meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 1997. The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office in the second floor conference room.
    = Dave Donely, 171 K


  1. Senator Dave Donley, Co-Chair of the Anchorage Caucus, announced Wednesday that for the first time in its history, the Anchorage Caucus adopted four resolutions regarding state and local government establishing a priority list for legislators to work from during the upcoming 1998 legislative session.
    = Dave Donley, 251 K
  2. Representative John Cowdery discusses four resolutions passed in today's Anchorage Caucus meeting that will strengthen the Anchorage delegation's hand.
    = John Cowdery, 123 K
  3. Representative John Cowdery reflects on how far the Anchorage Caucus has come since its early days when he helped found it.
    = John Cowdery, 40 K
  4. House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee Chair, Representative Con Bunde, discusses why he is introducing legislation to change the University of Alaska Anchorage's funding mechanism.
    = Con Bunde, 37 K


  1. Representative Terry Martin discusses Governor Knowle's proposal to spend additional money to fund programs related to adoption.
    = Terry Martin, 149 K


  1. Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, states that he believes the fiscal gap is real and Alaska's stable business climate is due to the Legislatures willingness to pare the fiscal gap.
    = Mike Miller, 37 K
  2. Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, says Alaskans should be asking all forms of their government to "Show Us the Results" of money being spent on Alaskans behalf.
    = Mike Miller, 30 K
  3. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, discusses the need to specify individual problems in our educational system before further funding is thrown at the problem. Alaska ranks in the 95th percentile for educational spending yet Alaska's school children only rank in the 50th percentile on standardized achievement tests.
    = Gail Phillips, 61 K
  4. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, comments on the impact on Alaska's business climate if we continue to ignore deferred maintenance.
    = Gail Phillips, 50 K
  5. Senator Dave Donley, Co-Chair of the Anchorage Caucus, announces the agenda for the 5th meeting this year; which will include a public comment period and a presentation by the Anchorage School District. The Caucus has been working with the Anchorage School District and the city administration to get a better deal for Anchorage school kids in the upcoming legislative session.
    = Dave Donley, 58 K


  1. Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, speculates on the State's chances of prevailing in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the State of Alaska vs. Venetie case.
    = Mike Miller, 29 K
  2. Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, discusses the importance the State of Alaska vs. Venetie case has to Alaska's future state government.
    = Mike Miller, 51 K
  3. Chair of the House Special Committee on Telecommunications, Representative Brian Porter, announces a committee meeting December 11 and 12. The Committee has invited selected industry and user groups to get their perspectives on how to implement the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 in Alaska.
    = Brian Porter, 76 K
  4. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, announces that House and Senate Majority Joint Council Ted Popley was sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court bar today.
    = Gail Phillips, 31 K
  5. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, gives her impressions on attending the U.S. Supreme Court State of Alaska vs. Venetie hearing today in Washington DC.
    = Gail Phillips, 142 K
  6. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, comments on the impact to Alaska's State Government if Venetie prevails in their U.S. Supreme Court hearing.
    = Gail Phillips, 84 K


  1. House Special Committe on Telecommunications member, Representative Jeanneatte James, comments on the first day of the Committee's hearings. She speculates the Alaska Public Utilities Commission may need to change its mission in regard to telecommunications oversight since the Federal Telecommunications Act has introduced competition into the marketplace.
    = Jeannette James, 68 K


  1. Chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, Senator Randy Phillips reports that the Committee today funded 1/3rd of the Governor's request for his child protection system overhaul. Senator Phillips comments on why only 1/3rd of the request was granted.
    = Randy Phillips, 47 K


  1. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, applauds the Governor for providing the entire budget at once. Having the entire budget package allows the legislature to look at the entire budget picture much sooner than in previous years.
    = Drue Pearce, 27 K
  2. Senator Pearce discusses the Governor's troubling $450 Million draw against various state savings accounts for his upcoming budget. Senator Pearce stresses the legislative majority's primary goal is to close the fiscal gap.
    = Drue Pearce, 44 K
  3. Senator Pearce comments on how budget deliberations this year will focus on the specific goal of leaving more money in Alaskan pocket books.
    = Drue Pearce, 44 K
  4. Senator Pearce stresses that the definative goal of the legislature this year is to close the fiscal gap while strengthening education, maintaining a stable job climate, creating a strong economy, and ensuring safe communities.
    = Drue Pearce, 40 K
  5. Audio Clip Only on 12-15-97: House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Mark Hanley, reacts to the Governor's budget package, released today, with concern over the additional $450 Million the Governor wishes to spend.
    = Mark Hanley, 33 K


  1. Representative Con Bunde, discusses the meeting today between the University of Alaska's Board of Regents and area legislators to discuss University of Alaska funding priorities. Representative Bunde plans to continue pursuing his legislation that would base University of Alaska's funding on student population.
    = Con Bunde, 139 K

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