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Assessment board appointee withdraws name

By Associated Press 10:34 AM March 13, 2014

State law says board appointees must be registered voters in Alaska.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A California man appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to the board that reviews the tax value the trans-Alaska pipeline has withdrawn his name from consideration.

State Sen. Kevin Meyer said Thursday former oil executive Dennis Mandell had withdrawn his name from consideration for the State Assessment Review Board. A Parnell spokeswoman confirmed that.

Mandell had been scheduled for a confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Finance Committee, which Meyer co-chairs.

The committee heard the nomination of Parnell’s other appointee to the review board, Bernard Washington of Anchorage. His name was advanced to a joint session of the Legislature, which will decide whether to confirm.

State law says board appointees must be registered voters in Alaska. But Parnell has argued the constitution requires appointees to quasi-judicial boards to be U.S. citizens.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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