For Immediate Release: March 21st, 2014
Statute Clear: No Texas Oilmen on Alaska Board
Governor admits changes in law needed to make appointment legal
JUNEAU – Today members of the Senate Democratic Caucus delivered a letter to Governor Parnell asking for the removal of Texas Oilman Richard Rabinow from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.
“Everyone but the Governor seems to understand the concept: Alaska boards and commissions should be filled by Alaskans,” stated Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage).
Governor Parnell refused to pull his nomination of California oil executive Dennis Mandell to the State Assessment and Review Board last week, after being notified by Senate Democrats that the appointment was in direct violation of Alaska statute 39.05.100. The appointee removed his own name from consideration after learning he did not have the statuary qualifications necessary to serve (Alaska residency).
“The Governor’s selection of an out-of-state oil executive is a slap in the face to the expertise of the many, many Alaskans who could fill the position,” said Senator French.
To view a copy of the letter, click here:
For more information, contact Myer Hutchinson at (907) 465-5319.