Legislature(1993 - 1994)
1994-02-09 House JournalFull Journal pdf
1994-02-09 House Journal Page 2316 HB 454 HOUSE BILL NO. 454 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act making a supplemental appropriation to the Department of Law to pay costs of certain continuing legal proceedings; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee. The Governor's transmittal letter, dated February 9, 1994, appears below: "Dear Speaker Barnes: Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill making a supplemental appropriation to the Department of Law for costs and expenses related to certain oil and gas legal proceedings. Due to the urgent need for this supplemental appropriation, the bill has an immediate effective date, and I urge your early consideration of this important bill. 1994-02-09 House Journal Page 2317 HB 454 The supplemental appropriation of $15,950,000 is essential for the state to stay on track in its important oil and gas legal proceedings. Several of these proceedings are scheduled for trial or formal administrative hearings in the near future. Continued diligent preparation is necessary for the successful resolution of these complex matters, which could bring millions of dollars into the state treasury. This supplemental appropriation is needed to process the millions of documents to be collected and produced, to review documents supplied by adversaries, to hire experts, to conduct and defend depositions, and to do other essential litigation preparation. Without the early enactment of this supplemental request, the Department of Law may be forced to slow its litigation at the most crucial pretrial or prehearing period and could fail to meet deadlines imposed by the court or administrative agencies for resolution of those disputes. An appropriation is also necessary to keep an audit of the TransAlaska Pipeline System (TAPS) on schedule so that the findings may be used to contest tariffs. We all agree that the resolution of these long-standing oil and gas disputes is in the state's best interest, especially now when our revenue forecasts show declining receipts for the near future. The supplemental appropriation will help maintain the momentum and progress that we have all achieved in resolving such matters and in gaining additional revenue for the state. The Department of Law originally requested $25,000,000 for oil and gas legal proceedings for Fiscal Year 1994. The legislature appropriated only $10,358,400 of that request. The supplemental appropriation request, if granted, would bring the total appropriations for these matters to $26,308,400. I urge your early consideration and passage of this important legislation. Sincerely, /s/ Walter J. Hickel Governor"