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An Empire editorial incorrectly identified a lawmaker whom Rep. Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, requested participate in a committee process despite that legislator's conflict of interest. The lawmaker whom...
State lawmakers hope to help with downside of high oil prices

...oil at times threatened to derail the deal. Sound off on the important issues at Rural representatives such as Rep. Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, and Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, fought losing efforts to include more money to help poorer rural...
Lawmakers to weigh in on container fees

...Appointed to Washington's Freight Investment Study Stakeholder Group were Reps. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, and Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, representing two of the districts that could have been most hurt by the tax. The Alaska Legislature...
Indicted Wasilla legislator loses chairmanship

...Episcopal Church mention "temptations and difficulties" facing legislators during his invocation. As he arrived, Rep. Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, seated next to Kohring, clasped his hands. During a break, Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, shook...
Bill would boost loans for vessel upgrades

...are the principal sponsors of the bill, which is also supported by Republican Reps. Alan Austerman of Kodiak, Bill Thomas Jr. of Haines, Peggy Wilson of Wrangell, Cathy Muñoz of Juneau and Kyle Johansen of Ketchikan. "Last year saw many...
Cruise ship compromise passes House

...required to enact the new regulations should they pass. "I feel much more assured after DEC stepped up," said Rep. Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, a commercial fisherman who represents a cruise ship port. Ships can't meet the standards now because...
Alaska Legislature split largely unchanged

...D-Angoon, now represents the district. With all 18 precincts reporting, the seat apparently has gone over to Republican Bill Thomas Jr., 57, a lobbyist and former chairman and CEO of Klukwan Inc., a village Native corporation. Thomas holds an 89-vote...
Lawmakers brush aside conflict questions, set to work on oil tax bill

...excused. If even one other member objects, they must participate despite the conflict. In Meyer's case, Rep. Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, objected and Chairman Chenault told Meyer he was required to participate. "I want to hear what he...
House panel OKs 22.5% oil tax rate

...The higher the tax rate, the less competitive we're going to be," he said. Reps. Reggie Joule, D-Kotzebue; Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines; and Richard Foster, D-Nome, joined in supporting the lower rate. House Democrats say they think...
Empire editorial: Governor needs to step in to restore legislative integrity

...colleagues completely ignoring her call for a more ethical approach. In one special session debate, for instance, Rep. Bill Thomas Jr., R-Haines, requested that Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, participate despite his financial connections...


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