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Legislative Roundup: March 16, 2014

...been serving as director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing within the state commerce department.He will take on his new role, effective March 31.House rejects budget language on Anchorage officeJUNEAU...
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Thayer named acting Administration commissioner

...buildings.Parnell's office says Thayer's prior work includes serving as a deputy commissioner in the state commerce department, working for ENSTAR Natural Gas Co. and serving as a congressional aide.
Shutdown may hit Alaska's crab fishery

...are fully paying for the costs of managing" the fishery through a cost recovery program administered by the Commerce Department through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The letter urges Pritzker to direct NOAA to immediately...
Alaska Editorial: NMFS Alaska puts trawlers ahead of conservation

...Heather McCarty and based on Commerce Department conflict of interest rules...seats now opened up.Choice Commerce Department appointments have come often...Research Board, which hands out Commerce Department grant funding.When McCarty's...
Commerce secretary declares Alaska salmon disaster

...and closed, according to Parnell. Setnets are nets anchored to a beach and run perpendicular to shore.State Commerce Department officials estimate a commercial fishing loss of $2 million to $3.7 million, Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow...
Billions in gas drilling royalties transform lives

...oil and minerals boom contributed 2.8 percent of GDP growth to the entire state economy in 2011, according to Commerce Department data.Another variable in how much royalty owners actually receive is the wholesale price of gas. That has dropped...
Alaska lawmakers pan report on oceans

...local solutions are crucial." Panel recommendations included: Formation of a new oceans agency to take over the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and marine-related programs run by departments of Interior...
Alaskans see hope for fish-farm stance

...Alaskans on their fears about offshore fish farms. At one point in the hearing, Sen. Stevens snapped back at a Commerce Department official who said the farms combined would take up no more space that the Pentagon and its parking lots. "Poison...
Lack of mortgage rules a concern

...dozens of complaints a month from consumers. "It's a problem," said Jennifer Payne, spokeswoman for the state Commerce Department. "There's no regulation." Seven employees at Countrywide, including the branch manager, were fired last...
Outside editorial: Building more fish farms is inevitable

...not set environmental standards, but requires the agency to set them. Much would depend on how carefully the Commerce Department acted. Any expansion of aquaculture will be controversial among fishermen, who compete with it. In Alaska...


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