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Legislature confirms governor's appointments

Posted: April 17, 2014 - 11:04pm

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointees to Alaska boards and commissions, including two controversial picks.

Bernard Washington was confirmed to the State Assessment Review Board on a 45-15 vote. Richard Rabinow was confirmed to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, 43-17.

Washington spent 35 years in the oil industry and worked in areas including pipeline valuation. Critics of his appointment to the board that reviews the tax value the trans-Alaska pipeline questioned if he could help ensure a fair valuation for the state and municipalities. No one spoke in support on the floor.

Just this week, lawmakers passed legislation explicitly allowing out-of-state residents to serve on AGDC’s board, clearing the way for Rabinow’s confirmation. He is a former pipeline company executive from Texas.

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