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District 31 - Republican

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State Capitol, Room 13
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Toll Free: (877) 465-3004
Phone: (907) 465-3004
Fax: (907) 465-2070
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119 North Cushman Street, Room 213
Fairbanks, AK 99701-2879
Phone: (907) 452-1088
Fax: (907) 452-1146

Elected to the House: 1998


   Lori Backes 465-2283 (Jan-May)
452-1088 (June-Dec)
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   Ryan Colgan 465-3004 (Jan-May)
452-1088 (June-Dec)
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   Patricia Nelson 452-1088 (Jan-May)
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Date/Place of Birth: September 30, 1950; Bremerton, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Spouse: Patricia (Jinx)
Children: Victoria, Christine, Jennifer, Wendy

Residency in Alaska: 14 years

Fairbanks: 1987-present, 1974, 1965
Girdwood: 1964
Palmer: 1959
High School Indiana, Pennsylvania,1968, Diploma.
University of Oregon, 1973, Bachelor of Science Journalism.
Political and Government Positions:
Fairbanks City Council, 1995-1998
Elected to Alaska House of Representatives 1998:
Chair: House Special Committee on Oil & Gas
Member: House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee; State Affairs Committee; Member: Fisheries Committee.
Business and Professional Positions:
Small Business Owner since 1976
Service Organization(s) Membership:
Founding Member, Volunteers in Policing;
Board Member, Festival Fairbanks;
Former Board Member, Yukon Quest.
biography last updated 2/4/00

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Press Releases

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Personal Legislation

Prime Sponsor of the Following Legislation

HB 194 : Passed! Chapter 36, SLA 2000 An Act correcting, in the Alaska Disaster Act, a reference to the former oil and hazardous substance release response fund to describe that fund by its correct name.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 250 : An Act applicable to the reduction of holdings when the total acreage of oil and gas leases taken or held by a person exceeds the amount that may, by law, be taken or held by one person, and authorizing the University of Alaska to select and manage that excess land; and providing for an effective date.
HB 392 : Passed! Chapter 45, SLA 2000 An Act relating to continuances for temporary placement hearings that follow emergency custody of a minor; and amending Rule 10, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules.
| Sponsor Statement |

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Co-Sponsor of the Following Legislation

HB 109 : Passed! Chapter 56 SLA 99 An Act relating to management of fish and game in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and navigable waters.
HB 165 : An Act relating to school crisis response planning.
HB 226 : Passed! Chapter 52, SLA 2000 An Act relating to credited service under the teachers' retirement system for education employees on leave without pay or receiving workers' compensation benefits because of certain on-the-job injuries.
HB 253 : Passed! Chapter 114, SLA 2000 An Act establishing a school disciplinary and safety program; and providing for an effective date.
HB 270 : Passed! Chapter 57, SLA 2000 An Act relating to sexual assault and sexual abuse and to payment for certain examinations in cases of alleged sexual assault or sexual abuse.
HB 387 : An Act prohibiting governmental entities, including municipalities and school districts, from restricting a person's free exercise of religion.
HB 399 : An Act levying and collecting an ad valorem tax on North Slope natural gas in place; and providing for an effective date.
HCR 5 : Passed! Legislature Resolve 26 Relating to extension of the James Dalton Highway to the Arctic Ocean.
HJR 8 : Passed! Legislature Resolve 1 Relating to a national ballistic missile defense system.
HJR 9 : Urging the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.
HJR 11 : Passed! Legislature Resolve 8 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.
HJR 13 : Passed! Legislature Resolve 14 Relating to using oil spill settlement funds to create an endowment for the sciences at the University of Alaska.
HJR 14 : Passed! Legislature Resolve 12 Relating to the National Museum of Women's History and the National Museum of Women's History Alaska Council.
HJR 51 : Expressing support for a cooperative United States-Canada feasibility study on extending the North American rail system through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory to Alaska.
HJR 56 : Passed! Legislative Resolve 48 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska prohibiting certain initiatives relating to wildlife.
SCR 15 : Passed! Legislative Resolve 39 Relating to Alcohol-Related Birth Defects Awareness Weeks.

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House Oil & Gas Committee

Jim Whitaker

Fred Dyson John Harris
Joe Green Gail Phillips
Brian Porter Hal Smalley
Tom Brice Allen Kemplen

Lori Backes, Committee Aide
State Capitol, Room 13
Juneau, AK 99801     phone: (907) 465-2283
Committee Meets at 10:00am T/Th in Capitol Room 17

Committee Legislation

HB 170 : An Act establishing the Alaska Gas Corporation, a public corporation, and providing for its structure, management, responsibilities, and operation.
| Sponsor Statement |

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