Legislature(2005 - 2006)
2006-02-08 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2006-02-08 House Journal Page 2463 HB 434 HOUSE BILL NO. 434 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: 2006-02-08 House Journal Page 2464 "An Act authorizing the commissioner of transportation and public facilities to participate in certain federal highway programs and relating to that authorization; relating to powers of the attorney general to waive immunity from suit in federal court related to those programs; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Transportation, Judiciary, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Zero, Dept. of Environmental Conservation 2. Fiscal, Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 7, 2006, follows: "Dear Speaker Harris: Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill that would authorize the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to assume certain federal programmatic and environmental responsibilities as provided for by the United States Congress in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA- LU), P.L. 109-59. A prerequisite to assumption of the duties is that the State of Alaska agree to a waiver of immunity to suit in federal court for those duties specifically assumed from the United States Department of Transportation. Under the recent SAFETEA-LU amendments, the State of Alaska is one of only five named states with the opportunity to participate in a so-called "pilot program" for assumption of duties and responsibilities under 23 U.S.C. 327 (National Environmental Policy Act of 1969). This bill provides a unique opportunity for the State of Alaska to have more direct involvement, and control, in the planning and decision- making process involved with many public projects. 2006-02-08 House Journal Page 2465 I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely yours, /s/ Frank H. Murkowski Governor"