into the legislative session, District 36 Representative Alan Austerman says
activity has been hectic in the state capital. Finance subcommittee hearings,
he says, have been taking up a lot of his time, particularly discussion of
along with Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens will hold their first joint constituent
teleconference of the year tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. KMXT will carry it live.
-- (Austerman 1 39 sec "Part
of the objective is to ... see how it goes.")
He says the
one bill he's introduced this year - to allow shellfish farmers to use the
"Grown in Alaska" label in their marketing, is coming along, but administrative
changes may make it unneeded.
-- (Austerman 2 27 sec "We've
introduced that ... comments back from DNR.")
says he's not a supporter of House Speaker Mike Chenault's idea to use money
from the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for an in-state natural gas pipeline from
the North Slope.
-- (Austerman 3 36 sec "Well,
I like the idea of ... the assets that they have.")
plan is to have an advisory vote of the people to gauge public reaction to
using Permanent Fund money for the project.