clock ticks down to the end of the Alaska Legislature's regular session,
lawmakers in both the House and Senate are trying to wrap up some major issues
and avoid a special session. However Kodiak Representative Alan Austerman, the
House Majority Leader, thinks extra time in Juneau might be inevitable.
-- (Austerman 1 31 sec "Oh, I wouldn't say I'm ... a bit of
time to do that.")
The oil tax
bill could be voted on by the full Senate in the next few days, giving the
House just about one week to address it, save it for a special session, or wait
to try again when the new Legislature convenes next January.
end-of-session tension in the state capital is reminiscent of last year, when
many of the same issues were gumming up the works:
-- (Austerman 2 27 sec "I'd say it gets in the way ... last
year on taxes as well.")
says the House will likely produce the ports and harbor's bond issue before the
Senate does with the time remaining in the session. Replacement of Kodiak's
Pier 3, the cargo dock, is a priority for the city.
-- (Austerman 3 19 sec "I think that what'll happen ... hand
them off to each other.")
was the author of the House bill to reintroduce the Coastal Management Program,
but he agrees it's probably dead in the water:
-- (Austerman 4 29 sec "It appears to me that there's ...
hope to get defeated there.")
If a bill
is not produced, there will be a statewide vote on reinstating the program on
either the primary or general election ballot. Austerman says he feels the
opposition in the House to coastal management in general mostly comes from
-- (Austerman 5 25 sec "Yeah, I would say it was pro- ... voiced
on quite frequently.")
he's waiting for the Senate's version of the capital budget, which pays for
various projects around the state to see how many of his priorities are funded.
He does not think Kodiak projects specifically are in danger of retaliatory veto
as a result of the tension between the Senate, whose president is Gary Stevens,
and the governor. The Legislature is due to adjourn its regular session on