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Thanks to everyone: HB 77 is dead!

Current Legislative Actions and Status

With the end of the Alaska Legislative Session, HB 77 is formally dead!

Earlier we had described some of the last minute maneuvers being considered...

Son of HB 77?

Contrary to news reports, HB77 may not be entirely dead, but parts of HB 77 may yet pop up in another bill.

"I don't know if it exists or not," Halford said of a revised bill. "The thing about zombies, though, you don't know whether they're real or fake, so you've got to worry about them."  Anchorage Daily News April 17, 2014

This complex bill contained many ways to silence the public voice on Alaska’s lands and waters.  Land exchange sections have not gotten much press, but bad sections would gut the public process during land trades and give DNR discretion to exchange lands for nothing.  This can be an end-run around public controversy over uses on public lands and waters.

"They're acting like it's not a big deal when, yeah, it is," Weissler said. "It's typical of the whole bill, where there might be some small specific problem here or there, but they're trying to solve it with this sweeping language."

Small scale land swaps are being used as a Trojan horse by legislators to cut out the public process and silence Alaskans in disposals of public land belonging to all Alaskans.  

“Sons of HB 77” like this will make it harder for the public to know when the state sells, swaps, or gives away our shared state lands.

ACTION NEEDED: Call or email your State Senator and Senator Click Bishop to oppose inserting any language from HB 77 into any bill (including to SB 106).
 
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HB 77 – Write Thank You Letters to the Editor

Thank legislators that HB 77 was declared dead in the State senate, thanks to people power across the state, and you hope the legislature keeps it that way.

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com).

Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days. All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Capital Budget S 119

Please call or e-mail your legislators about your concerns about the budget!

What MegaProjects are still in the Capital Budget?

The Capital Budget Passed the Senate last week: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/28/Bills/SB0119C.PDF

It still contains:

Road to Ambler (AIDEA)                                       $ 8.5 million

Susitna/Watana (Alaska Energy Authority)         $ 10 million

Road to Juneau                                                   $ 35 million

It removed the $2 million for Fairbanks Woodstove Change-out program:

http://www.newsminer.com/news/politics/senate-budget-cuts-fairbanks-wood-stove-change-out-program-funds/article_fd5506c2-bef4-11e3-bfa6-001a4bcf6878.html

The $2 million in Wood Stove change out funds was this line item:

Department of Community and Economic Development Grants to Municipalities: FNSB heating device Air Quality Mitigation

This funding was in the Governor’s budget, but taken out by Senate Finance Committee chairman Kevin Meyer.  This occurred when he put back in the funding for the UAF power plant and Engineering building but stripped out lots of “Fairbanks” projects:

·        Engineering building was funded at $10 million

·        Coal power plant was fully funded at $195 million

·        Language was included that student tuition be increased to pay back some bonds funds for coal plant.

 

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