April 23, 2012
Special Session Update
Special session began last Wednesday. The House and Senate both made quick work of passing HB 359, addressing the problem of sex trafficking. It is on its way to the Governor’s desk for signature.
Both the House and Senate Resources committees began hearings last week on the Governor’s new oil tax bill, HB 3001. Based on the testimony of the Department of Revenue and experts working for the Legislature, the Governor’s new oil tax bill looks remarkably similar to his HB 110 from last year. The total estimated cost to the state is almost as much as in the old bill, and the biggest tax break in the new bill would not require any new industry investment or production. Despite hours of hearings in both the House and the Senate (including an all day Saturday hearing), there are still many unanswered questions about the bill.
Rep. Holmes addresses the House
The Senate also continued its hearings last week on HB 9, the bill to promote a small diameter “bullet” gasline. The bill is still in the Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee with more work to be done on it.
Keep In Touch!
As always, I am eager to hear your concerns. Please contact my office when you have questions, concerns or comments. It’s located in Juneau at State Capitol, Room 405. My e-mail address is Rep.Lindsey.Holmes@legis.state.ak.us and our toll-free phone number here in Juneau is (888) 465-4919. Thank you for your interest, I look forward to hearing from you.
Alaska State Representative
District 26 - Anchorage