Senator Berta Gardner

November 3, 2015

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The End of Special Session is Near

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Senator Gardner shares a laugh on the Senate Floor with Senators MacKinnon and Micciche
Senator Gardner shares a laugh on the Senate Floor with Senators MacKinnon and Micciche

In a 16/3 vote the Senate today passed SB 3001, the Governor’s bill to buy out TransCanada's interest in the Alaska Liquid Natural Gas (AKLNG) project.

It seemed to me on arrival in Juneau many were skeptical and some were  negative  about the proposal,     but people listened carefully, asked lots of questions and over time came to support the proposal. 

The buyout gives Alaska a full 25% share in the project and voting rights.  Incidentally, this addresses my own concern about alignment on the project. The state was aligned with TransCanada on issues of expansion and basin control, with both of us believing the more the better, but we were not aligned on the issues relating to off-take points and ensuring gas to Alaskans at the lowest possible cost.  In any case, TransCanada was essentially acting as a banker to us on terms favorable to them, and it was more logical to dissolve that partnership now, than down the line (yes, that is a pun).  

The legislation also appropriated additional funds so the Governor could continue the effort in negotiating progress on the gas pipeline and developing a work plan and budget. Both of these seem to me to be positive moves for the State of Alaska.

We’re Looking for Senate Pages

The Alaska State Senate is looking for inpiduals who are interested and available to work as a Legislative Page for the up-coming legislative session. Legislative Page positions are employed from just prior to the beginning of the legislative session to a few days after adjournment. The 2016 legislative session will begin Tuesday, January 19, and continue through April 18. The starting salary for a page position is $3197.00 per month. All monthly paid employees receive full medical, retirement, and leave benefits. Salaried employees do not receive compensatory time or overtime and are on call seven days per week. Housing accommodations are not provided and each employee must secure his or her own accommodations.

All Legislative Pages must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid driver's license.

Senate Pages serve by:

1. Acting as doormen of the Chambers.

2. Remaining on call in the Chambers during session.

Relaying messages, letters, and documents to and from legislators, legislative offices, and agencies.

3. Setting up committee rooms for legislative meetings.

4. Maintaining the bills, journals, and other documents used in the Chambers.

5. Driving the legislative vans as requested.

If you know someone who would like to be a Senate Page or want more information, feel free to contact me.

I’m Berta and I’m still listening,

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.

signed: Berta

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