Legislature(2007 - 2008)HOUSE FINANCE 519

08/03/2008 01:00 PM FINANCE

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Heard & Held
Public Testimony
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HOUSE BILL NO. 4001                                                                                                             
     "An  Act  making  supplemental  appropriations,  capital                                                                   
     appropriations,     reappropriations,      and     other                                                                   
     appropriations;  making appropriations  to capitalize  a                                                                   
     fund; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
1:15:47 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Chenault  convened the  portion of the  meeting that                                                                   
would  be  taking  statewide  public  testimony  on:  HB4001-                                                                   
APPROP: SUPP/CAP/OTHER RELATED TO AGIA.                                                                                         
1:17:03 PM                                                                                                                    
AVES   THOMPSON,   EXECUTIVE    DIRECTOR,   ALASKA   TRUCKING                                                                   
ASSOCIATION,  ANCHORAGE  testified   via  teleconference,  He                                                                   
indicated  support  for HB  4001.  House Bill  4001  provides                                                                   
$129,900,000  for gas  pipeline  structure preparation.  This                                                                   
includes  major work on  the Dalton  Highway, the  Richardson                                                                   
Highway, the Chilkat River Bridge,  and the Alaska and Haines                                                                   
Highways.  Important infrastructure  improvements must  begin                                                                   
soon. There  are not  many seasons left  between now  and the                                                                   
beginning of the  gas line construction. He  informed that if                                                                   
HB 4001 passes,  then construction can begin  next spring. He                                                                   
referenced testimony provided  the Committee. (Copy on File.)                                                                   
He urged support of the bill.                                                                                                   
1:18:45 PM                                                                                                                    
PAUL  KENDALL,  ANCHORAGE testified  via  teleconference.  He                                                                   
asked if  the oil  companies' testimony  had been  requested.                                                                   
Co-Chair  Chenault  replied  that  he  had  not  called  them                                                                   
personally, but the  right to testify exists for  all who are                                                                   
interested.  Discussion  between  Co-Chair Chenault  and  Mr.                                                                   
Kendall   continued   regarding   the  bill   available   for                                                                   
testimony. Mr.  Kendall noted  his appreciation for  the work                                                                   
done by  the Governor  and her  team. He  applauded the  work                                                                   
done by Mr. Palmer. He asked to  testify on HB 4005. Co-Chair                                                                   
Chenault replied that Mr. Kendall  had testified last week on                                                                   
HB 4005.  Mr. Kendall  apologized. He  had misunderstood  the                                                                   
intention of the meeting.                                                                                                       
1:22:23 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Chenault stated that the public testimony on HB                                                                        
4005 was closed.                                                                                                                
1:24:26 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Chenault Noted that public testimony would be held                                                                     
for HB 4001 only.                                                                                                               
1:24:56 PM                                                                                                                    

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