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Parnell signs bill on AGDC appointments

By Associated Press 5:16 PM April 16, 2014
JUNEAU –

Gov. Sean Parnell has signed into law a bill allowing out-of-state residents to serve on the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC.

Parnell signed HB383 Wednesday, one day after the bill passed the Legislature and one day before lawmakers were scheduled to consider confirmation of appointments.

Passage of the bill makes clearer the way for Richard Rabinow, a former pipeline company executive from Texas, to be confirmed to AGDC’s board.

Critics of the appointment said it conflicted with state law on board appointments. Parnell defended it as falling within his discretion under the constitution.

Supporters of the law that established AGDC said it was an oversight to not make explicit their intent to allow out-of-state appointees on the board. They said they want the best people serving.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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