Finance Meetings Keeping Austerman Busy

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Three weeks into the legislative session, District 36 Representative Alan Austerman says activity has been hectic in the state capital. Finance subcommittee hearings, he says, have been taking up a lot of his time, particularly discussion of long-term planning.

Austerman, along with Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens will hold their first joint constituent teleconference of the year tonight (Thursday) at 6 p.m. KMXT will carry it live.

(Austerman 1 39 sec "Part of the objective is to … see how it goes.")

He says the one bill he’s introduced this year – to allow shellfish farmers to use the "Grown in Alaska" label in their marketing, is coming along, but administrative changes may make it unneeded.

(Austerman 2 27 sec "We’ve introduced that … comments back from DNR.")

Austerman says he’s not a supporter of House Speaker Mike Chenault’s idea to use money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for an in-state natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

(Austerman 3 36 sec "Well, I like the idea of … the assets that they have.")

Chenault’s plan is to have an advisory vote of the people to gauge public reaction to using Permanent Fund money for the project.

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