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SB 126: "An Act relating to a producer state energy symposium; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 126                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to a producer state energy symposium; and providing for an effective                                   
02 date."                                                                                                                  
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
05 to read:                                                                                                                
06       PRODUCER STATE ENERGY SYMPOSIUM. (a) The Alaska Working Group on                                                  
07 Interstate Energy Production shall hold in this state, before October 1, 2011, a producer state                         
08 energy symposium. Subject to available funding, the group may incur expenses and enter into                             
09 contracts relating to the symposium. Notwithstanding other provisions of law, the group may                             
10 accept donations from individuals and government or private organizations for the                                       
11 symposium. The group shall appoint one person representing the energy industry and one                                  
12 person representing general business to serve with the group as a symposium steering                                    
13 committee to plan the symposium, seek public and private funding for the symposium, and                                 
14 arrange for participation at the symposium by                                                                           
01            (1)  legislators and executive branch officials of the producer states;                                      
02            (2)  experts from all key hydrocarbon industries;                                                            
03            (3)  top experts in the fields of hydrocarbon development, environment, and                                  
04 economics; and                                                                                                          
05            (4)  state or regional chambers of commerce and business organizations from                                  
06 producer states.                                                                                                        
07       (b)  The symposium steering committee shall solicit peer-reviewed papers on                                       
08 hydrocarbon development and use for presentation at the producer state energy symposium.                                
09 The symposium steering committee shall ensure the following topics are included for                                     
10 consideration at the producer state energy symposium:                                                                   
11            (1)  fossil fuel development and use;                                                                        
12            (2)  carbon management and effects of carbon management on costs of energy                                   
13 development and use;                                                                                                    
14            (3)  air quality in the context of energy development and use and costs                                      
15 associated with air quality regulation;                                                                                 
16            (4)  projected demands for and costs of domestic energy;                                                     
17            (5)  strategies for producer states to work cooperatively to                                                 
18                 (A)  analyze federal legislation and the effects of proposed federal                                    
19       legislation, regulations, and other actions on the production, distribution, or marketing                         
20       of domestic hydrocarbons from producer states;                                                                    
21                 (B)  educate and lobby policy makers to shape federal legislation,                                      
22       regulations, and other actions that have the greatest effects on the economies of                                 
23       producer states;                                                                                                  
24                 (C)  work with congressional delegations from producer states to                                        
25       ensure proposed federal legislation, regulations, and other actions are vetted by                                 
26       producer states before introduction, passage, or implementation.                                                  
27       (c)  The Alaska Working Group on Interstate Energy Production shall submit a report                               
28 on the producer state energy symposium to the legislatures, governors, and congressional                                
29 delegations of the participating producer states and to other participants in the symposium on                          
30 or before December 1, 2012.                                                                                             
31       (d)  In this section, "producer state" means a state that produces and exports more                               
01 hydrocarbons than it uses and imports.                                                                                  
02    * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect on the effective date of a version of HCR 9 that establishes in                    
03 the Alaska State Legislature the Alaska Working Group on Interstate Energy Production.