Picking up the second half of the 28th Alaskan Legislature, state politicians are gathering in Juneau today.
The meetings kick off at 1pm today when the House gavels in, with the Senate to follow at 2pm. Governor Parnell will be making his State of the State address tomorrow evening during a joint session of the House and Senate.
The 90-day session is set to wrap up on April 20. Over the next three months, Legislators will address state operating and capital budgets, education funding, and the next steps for a state gasline.
One of the hot topics gaining traction locally as HB 77. Senator Peter Micciche held hearings on the permitting bill which the Governor says will “streamline” the process, but critics worry it will eliminate the public process. Micciche said he’ll oppose the bill, making it one of his top priorities this session…
Sen. Micciche: “Guaranteeing water rights for all Alaskan’s under House Bill 77, fisheries issues, funding education, funding Spur Highway safety improvements between Kenai and Soldotna and supporting responsible, local municipal priorities. I think we have a solid team of folks in Juneau right now for our local legislators focused on what’s best for Alaskan’s instead of on a party or a particular philosophy and its really about getting Alaska moving again.”