Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Greetings from Juneau! I trust that you had an excellent Christmas holiday and are hopefully staying warm and well away from the Augustine ash.
Permanent Fund Dividend Applications Due March 31st
Apply and mail before this date. If you need information, please call (800) 733-8813, or go to www.pfd.state.ak.us.
History of PFD Payments
The PFD payouts began in 1982 with the average check at $1,032.31. The total amount issued to an individual over these 24 years is $24,775.45. For further information, please see www.pfd.state.ak.us and www.apfc.org.
Permanent Fund Corporation Internships Available
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation actively promotes its student internship program throughout Alaska, including the University of Alaska system, in order to recruit interested college age Alaskans. Now, they want to reach Alaskans studying outside the state. Some 200 young Alaskans have already interned at the Permanent Fund offices in Juneau, with investment management firms around the nation, and even with portfolio managers in the United Kingdom. Many of these internships, approximately 25%, have resulted in permanent, high-paying jobs in the financial industry.
Internships for the coming summer are now being considered, so pass the word to students you know. All information can be viewed at www.apfc.org/internships/internindex.cfm, or by contacting Joan Cahill at jcahill '' @ '' alaskapermfund.com.
Constituent Heidi Franklin of the Pebble Project, stopped in to speak with me in January. It was helpful to have her insight and concerns and I appreciate her coming by while she was in Juneau.
Session is well underway and we are continuing debate on the many issues that will affect you and your families. The gas line negotiations are at the top of everyone’s lists as we await a contract from the Governor. The goal of the proposal to restructure Alaska’s oil tax system is to encourage investment while creating more revenue for Alaska. I am working on several bills this session including the following:
: 90-DAY Legislative Session
: Youth Courts and Criminal Fines
: Commercial Fishing Multiple Permit Holder
: Def. of Victim/Parole Board Hearings
If you have any questions about this legislation, or any others, please do not hesitate to call me or check out BASIS (see below) to see where these bills stand in the process.
BILL ACTION AND STATUS INQUIRY SYSTEM (BASIS)
Information on legislative hearings may be found at Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS), under Committee Meeting and Public Hearing Schedules.
Bill Action and Status
How do I find information about a bill if all I know is a general topic?
Our Legislative home page includes a link to the Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS). If you know the general topic of the bill, select subject summary from the box on the right hand side of the page and choose from a list of general topics. From there, you can read the short titles of bills to find the one that matches what you are looking for.
Is there a way of tracking bills?
You can track bills through the Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS). Information at this site includes, but is not limited, to bill histories, sponsor statements, committees of referral, and committee schedules. You can also access the full text of bills here.
GAVEL TO GAVEL
Gavel to Gavel is the service that provides audio and video coverage of the Alaska Legislature's sessions, committee meetings, press conferences and briefings. You may watch on television channel GCI 18 in Anchorage. You may also access audio and video coverage through the Internet by visiting: http://www.ktoo.org/gavel/
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS
I always welcome your input. Together with my staff, we will work to provide timely responses to your questions, comments and concerns.
Representative Ralph Samuels
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