Alaska House Majority Leader Alan
Austerman, R-Kodiak, opens a House Majority press availability Monday morning. Representatives Bob Herron, D-Bethel, Dan
Saddler, R-Eagle River, and Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, joined Austerman
for the event. Topics covered
included Alaska coastal management, texting or using cell phones while
driving, veteran’s issues, and education.
Legislature is preparing to take up discussion on a Coastal Management Program
to replace the one that expired before it could get reauthorized during last
year's regular and special sessions.
morning, Representatives Alan Austerman of Kodiak and Carl Gatto of Palmer
fielded questions from reporters about coastal management. Gatto says coastal
management will likely be the first controversial issue the Legislature takes
up, in a joint meeting between the House and Senate Judiciary committees.
-- (Coastal 1 40 sec "We'll have public testimony ... it's a polarized
who is the House Majority Leader, said the date of the meeting is still up in the
-- (Coastal 2 17 sec "We're waiting for the Senate ... that period of time.")
said the House majority is holding off on taking a stand on the Alaska Sea
Party's petition and ballot initiative reinstating Coastal Management:
-- (Coastal 3 27 sec "The majority caucus at this time ... in process now or
legislature can agree on a coastal management bill that is "substantially
similar" to what is called for in the ballot initiative, they can head off a
vote of the people in the October General Election.