• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
54s

Governor reacts to passage of AGDC board bill

By Rhonda McBride 7:11 AM April 16, 2014


JUNEAU – A bill allowing the governor to appoint a nonresident to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board of directors now goes on to Gov. Sean Parnell for his signature.

HB 383 was on the fast track, introduced by House Speaker Mike Chenault earlier this month. On April 9, it passed the House 27-12. On Tuesday, the measure also cleared the Senate by a 13-7 margin.

The bill resolves a conflict in state statutes and the Alaska Constitution. State law says only Alaska residents are eligible to serve on state boards and commissions. The constitution does not ban nonresidents from serving. It only requires appointees be U.S. citizens.

In September, Parnell appointed Texas resident Richard Rabinow to the AGDC Board. Rabinow is retired from ExxonMobil, where he headed up Exxon’s pipeline company.

Chenault said he introduced HB 383 to end the debate about the legality of Rabinow’s appointment and to clear the way for his confirmation by the Legislature on Thursday.

Watch the video above for more on the governor’s reaction to the passage of HB 383.

Latest Stories

  • Politics

    Bill would require students to repay grant money if they fail to graduate

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 12:18

    Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the House Education Committee on Monday questioned Rep. Tammie Wilson about her bill. The measure would put the time limit requirements on students who receive money […]

  • News

    Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of Moda

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 11:51

    Insurance regulators say they have lifted the suspension of an Oregon-based company to again offer health insurance policies in Alaska and Oregon. The Alaska Division of Insurance and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced Monday that they’ve reached an agreement with Moda Health Plan Inc. The Division of Insurance says it will […]

  • On-Air

    Teacher of the Week: Heather King

    by Megan Mazurek on Feb 08, 11:13

    Anchorage — Heather King describes herself as a three-dimensional thinker, who strives to make every lesson as hands-on and interactive as possible. “It’s the best job in the world,” King said. ” I don’t know why anyone would do anything else. Every day you make a difference and positive one for the future, which I […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Democrats call for ‘caucus of the whole’ to solve budget crisis

    by Liz Raines on Feb 08, 10:08

    Minority leaders from the Alaska house and senate are proposing the creation of a “caucus of the whole” for the remainder of the 2016 legislative session. Minority members from both sides said Monday that the traditional majority and minority caucus system is preventing fiscal solutions, and believe that having joint caucus meetings would allow political […]

  • Sports

    Costumes for a cause: Ski for Women draws hundreds to support abuse victims

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 08, 8:50

      ANCHORAGE — Every Super Bowl Sunday, the Ski for Women race raises thousands of dollars for organizations helping victims of domestic violence. The cross-country skiing event is only open to women; this year, about 500 participated. “They develop a sense of camaraderie,” race organizer Tamra Kornfield said. Now in its 20th year, Ski for Women […]

  • Lifestyle

    Stocks fall for second straight day

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 8:16

    It’s another day of sharp losses on Wall Street, where the Dow has been more than 350 points lower in midday trading. The market is being weighed down by steep losses in technology, financial and energy stocks. The slide — which has the market on course for its second big loss in a row — […]

  • News

    Report: Ferry system spending had double economic impact

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 6:27

    A newly released study found that every dollar put into the Alaska Marine Highway System has double the economic benefit to Alaska. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the state contributed $117 million in general funds to the ferry system in 2014. The report from the McDowell Group, which was funded by the ferry system, shows […]

  • News

    TSA struggles to fill vacant positions at Alaska’s airports

    by Associated Press on Feb 08, 6:19

    The Transportation Security Administration says it’s having difficulty filling the open positions at more than a dozen airports across Alaska. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that several factors have been attributed to the TSA’s hiring challenges, including the rural locations of airports and Alaska’s high cost of living. Last month, the agency reported vacancies at Fairbanks, […]