Legislative roundup

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2007

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• Marine Park additions: Senate Bill 57 would add to a state marine park in Lynn Canal and allow hunting, companion to a House bill. Sponsor: Kim Elton, D-Juneau.

• Gas litigation: Senate Bill 26 would enable the Alaska Supreme Court to rule promptly on Point Thomson natural gas leases. Sponsors: Sen. Gene Therriault, R-North Pole, Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai.

• Susan Butcher Day: House Bill 37 would establish a day to honor the legendary Iditarod musher. Sponsors: Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake, others.

• Veterans' cemeteries: House Bill 45 would establish and maintain Alaska veterans' cemeteries and create a cemetery fund. Sponsor: Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau.

• Longevity bonus: House Bill 11 would appropriate an unspecified amount of money to fund the longevity bonus program. Sponsor: Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, others.

• Hydrogen energy: House Bill 56 would establish a Hydrogen Energy Partnership and requiring the commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to seek public and private funding. Sponsors: Rep. Harry Crawford, D-Anchorage, others.

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