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2015-02-04 House Journal

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HJR 9                                                                                                                         
The following was read the second time:                                                                                         
     HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9                                                                                               
     Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the                                                          
     coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas                                                        
     development; urging the United States Department of the Interior                                                           
     to recognize the private property rights of owners of land in and                                                          
     adjacent to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; relating to oil and                                                       
     gas exploration, development, production, and royalties; and                                                               
     relating to renewable and alternative energy technologies.                                                                 
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 RES RPT 7DP 1NR                                                       137                                                      
 FN1: ZERO(H.RES)                                                      138                                                      
Amendment No. 1 was offered  by Representatives Gara, Ortiz, Kito,                                                               
Josephson, Gruenberg, Kawasaki, and Drummond:                                                                                   

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 WHEREAS for many years we have believed the oil in the 1002                                                                  
Area of ANWR has a high monetary value; and                                                                                     
 WHEREAS oil under Senate Bill 21, adopted in 2013, Alaska's                                                                  
production tax produces a roughly 50% lower production tax rate and                                                             
very low revenue for all oilfields that became production units in 2003                                                         
or after; and                                                                                                                   
 WHEREAS according to Scott Goldsmith's 2014 study during the                                                                 
SB 21 Repeal campaign, these post-2002, or so-called "GVR" units                                                                
produce so little revenue for Alaskans that they will provide Alaska                                                            
with a near zero, or negative net present value even at high prices                                                             
above $100/bbl (the prices Dr. Goldsmith used in making his estimate                                                            
in mid-2014); and                                                                                                               
 WHEREAS Alaska is facing major budget problems, and selling                                                                  
our oil for less than it is worth will harm our ability to educate                                                              
Alaskans, maintain and build infrastructure, provide safe communities                                                           
and provide affordable energy and safe sanitation for Alaskans; and                                                             
 WHEREAS this provision of SB 21 is inconsistent with the                                                                     
Alaska Constitution's mandate that Alaska's resources be developed                                                              
for the "maximum benefit" of Alaska's people; and                                                                               
 WHEREAS Alaska's production tax, SB 21, applies to oil                                                                       
produced in the 1002 area;"                                                                                                     
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 FURTHER RESOLVED that the special tax break in Senate Bill                                                                   
21 adopted in 2013 for post-2002 units should be rewritten to ensure                                                            
that if the ANWR 1002 area is opened for production, Alaskans should                                                            
receive a fair share for this oil, rather than a near zero or negative net                                                      
present value."                                                                                                                 
Representative Gara moved and asked unanimous consent that                                                                      
Amendment No. 1 be adopted.                                                                                                     
Representative Johnson objected, stating Amendment No. 1 was not                                                                
Representative Gruenberg rose to a point of order.                                                                              

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The Speaker ruled Amendment No. 1 out of order.                                                                                 
Representative Gruenberg appealed the ruling of the Chair.                                                                      
The question being:  "Shall the ruling of the Chair be sustained?"  The                                                         
roll was taken with the following result:                                                                                       
HJR 9                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Sustain Ruling of the Chair/Amendment No. 1 not germane                                                                         
YEAS:  29   NAYS:  10   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                              
Yeas:  Chenault, Claman, Colver, Edgmon, Foster, Gattis, Hawker,                                                                
Herron, Hughes, Johnson, Keller, LeDoux, Lynn, Millett, Munoz,                                                                  
Nageak, Neuman, Olson, Ortiz, Pruitt, Reinbold, Saddler, Seaton,                                                                
Stutes, Talerico, Thompson, Tilton, Wilson, Wool                                                                                
Nays:  Drummond, Gara, Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Josephson,                                                                        
Kawasaki, Kito, Kreiss-Tomkins, Tarr, Tuck                                                                                      
Excused:  Vazquez                                                                                                               
And so, the ruling of the Chair was sustained.                                                                                  
Representative Millett moved and asked unanimous consent that                                                                   
HJR 9 be considered engrossed, advanced to third reading, and placed                                                            
on final passage.                                                                                                               
There was objection.                                                                                                            
HJR 9 will advance to third reading on the February 6, 2015, calendar.