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Legislature confirms governor’s appointments

By Associated Press 2:34 PM April 17, 2014

The Alaska Legislature has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointees to Alaska boards and commissions, including two controversial picks.

Bernard Washington was confirmed to the State Assessment Review Board on a 45-15 vote. Richard Rabinow was confirmed to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, 43-17.

Washington spent 35 years in the oil industry and worked in areas including pipeline valuation. Critics of his appointment to the board that reviews the tax value the trans-Alaska pipeline questioned if he could help ensure a fair valuation for the state and municipalities. No one spoke in support on the floor.

Just this week, lawmakers passed legislation explicitly allowing out-of-state residents to serve on AGDC’s board, clearing the way for Rabinow’s confirmation. He is a former pipeline company executive from Texas.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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