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House Finance proposes $9.1B operating budget increases for staff with the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., which has been working to advance an in-state natural gas pipeline project. The commerce subcommittee, in its report, said while valuable staff are key to AGDC's mission...
At hearing, public support for pipeline

Alaska senators listened to over an hour of public testimony Wednesday on a bill that enables the Alaska gas pipeline to move forward.
State | AK legislature
Legislature ponders buying one quarter of gas pipeline

The Alaska Legislature is expected today to move one step closer to buying one-quarter of a trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. Late Tuesday, the Senate finance committee discussed an updated version of SB138, the pipeline bill.
State | AK legislature
Oil taxes to top agenda for next Legislature

...will be held on fraud involving the Medicaid program.Energy projects, including a proposal to advance an in-state natural gas pipeline, additional education funding and questions of how much to spend - or save - amid declining oil production...
Gov. Sheffield stumps for in-state bullet gas line

"I want to talk about the future," former Governor Bill Sheffield said as he began his lecture to the Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable Thursday.
Three things to watch for in the Legislature

JUNEAU - This could be a pivotal week in the debate over changing Alaska's oil tax structure, with all eyes on the Senate and whether a plan crafted late last week can garner enough votes to pass.
Kawasaki draws rebuke for conduct on House floor

...Speaker Mike Chenault made the rare step to go to the floor and speak in favor of a bill, in this case, an in-state natural gas pipeline bill.Kawasaki told reporters after the Interior delegation rebuked him during a news conference that he...
My Turn: Legislature must support renewable energy

By most accounts, $4 million is a lot of money, and anyone who complains about being given $4 million would be more than a little ungrateful.
Legislative session over with major legislation passed

The 2013 legislative session in Juneau ended shortly before midnight Sunday, capping an active 90-day session that saw lawmakers pass bills to cut oil production taxes, relax wastewater discharge restrictions on cruise ships, advance plans for a small-diameter gas pipeline and more.Business on the last day of session moved at an unusually relaxed pace, as legislators finished their work on controversial oil tax reform relatively early in the day before passing a state budget and several lower-profile pieces of legislation.
Three things to watch for in the Legislature

Gas, guns and oil taxes are among the highlights on this week's legislative agenda.


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