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Grand jury looks into Sen. Stevens' Veco connections

...former CEO Bill Allen pleading guilty last month to bribing state lawmakers in exchange for votes favoring industry on oil legislation. Rick Smith, VECO's former vice president of community and government affairs, also pleaded guilty to federal...
Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should keep future in mind while crafting budget

...the North Slope. But it is the state budget that will have the most immediate effect on people. The governor's oil legislation and the pending gas line contract will affect the state in profound, if still unclear, ways that will develop over...
My Turn: The oil tax takeaway/giveaway: SB 21

...commitment in return, is a disaster.While I served in the Legislature between 1969 and 1978, every significant piece of oil legislation was considered in one form or another ? from complete state ownership of the pipeline, to royalty bidding, right...
Alaska Digest

...the Republican governor, said the administration does not believe the special session is an appropriate venue for oil legislation. State GOP opposes Young land buy bill FAIRBANKS - Alaska Republicans oppose a bill by Rep. Don Young to spend more...
Officials look back to killed oil legislation

BP's partial shutdown last month of the Prudhoe Bay oil field has dredged up memories of a request five years ago by then-Gov. Tony Knowles for $5 million to strengthen oversight of Alaska's aging oil facilities and streamline new oil and gas exploration.
Alaska editorial: Ex-Rep. Vic Kohring's sentence is justice

...executives - less than $3,000 total - was loans from friends and not graft in return for favorable treatment of oil legislation over which Kohring had control. A gift of cash to buy his stepdaughter an Easter gift surely couldn't be tainted...


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