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Legislature passes bill on AGDC appointment

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 12:02am

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure allowing out-of-state residents to serve on the board of a corporation that could play a key role in a major liquefied natural gas pipeline project.

The Senate’s 13-7 vote makes clearer the way for Richard Rabinow, a former pipeline company executive from Texas, to serve on the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.

Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Rabinow last September and has defended the appointment as falling within his discretion under the constitution. Rabinow faces confirmation Thursday.

Supporters of HB383, including House Speaker Mike Chenault, have said it was an oversight to not explicitly allow for out-of-state residents to serve on the board. They say they want the best people possible to serve.

Opponents say Alaskans should make policy decisions for Alaskans.

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Karl Ashenbrenner 04/16/14 - 08:32 am
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more step towards Alaska becoming a "company" town.

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Bill Burk 04/16/14 - 05:51 pm
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This bill will make Alaska the laughing stock of the lower 48! It is incomprehensible to think that someone that is NOT an Alaskan is able to make decisions on what happens in our state!

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