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NEWS: Senators Criticize Legislation Allowing Texan on Alaska Board

For Immediate Release: April 15th, 2014

Senators Criticize Legislation Allowing Texan on Alaska Board 

JUNEAU – Today the Senate passed House Bill 383, legislation enabling Governor Parnell to appoint people from out of state to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.

“Alaskans know how to build a pipeline. In building that line, decisions should be made by Alaskans,” said Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage). 

At issue is the appointment of Richard Rabinow, former President of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and a resident of Houston, Texas.  Mr. Rabinow has served on the ADGC board since 2013, in violation of AS 39.05.100.  Earlier in session, an appointee to the State Assessment and Review Board (SARB) withdrew his own name from consideration after learning that his California residency precluded him from legally serving on an Alaska board or commission. 

“The AGDC board will make decisions affecting the future of this great state.  It’s important that those who sit on the board call Alaska home and truly have the welfare of all Alaskans at heart.  Alaskans know best what Alaskans need,” stated Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage). 

“As legislators we come down to Juneau and make decisions on important and complex issues in which we have no expertise coming into the job.  We use hired and volunteer experts and advisors to help us make the best decisions we can with the interests of our constituents and all Alaskans in mind.  I believe our boards and commissions should do the same and be filled with Alaska residents serving in the best interests of their fellow Alaskans,” stated Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage). 

For more information contact Myer Hutchinson at (907) 465-5319.

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