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.