The new legislative session begins Tuesday Jan 18 and before they head down to Juneau, Kodiak’s two legislators want to hear what constituents have to say about upcoming state issues.
Senator Gary Stevens and Representative Alan Austerman will hold an open house this afternoon at the Legislative Information Office on Center Avenue. It runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Representative Austerman said there are a number of big issues facing the state and Kodiak and he’d like input from local residents.
One major issue facing the state is the decline in oil revenues and how to replace the income which pays for 90 percent of the state’s budget. There are also a number of big construction projects under consideration, such as a gas pipeline and a major hydroelectric dam in the Matanuska and Susitna Borough which is hoped will power much of the Rail Belt.
And then there is the recent appointment to the head of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Governor Sean Parnell recently named Cora Campbell Commissioner of Fish and Game, but her tenure there requires legislative confirmation.
Austerman voiced concern about Campbell’s qualifications to run the 1,700 person department:
–((( LIO Open House :30 "The commissioner…what I should .")))
Austerman adds that if you have any questions or concerns about any state or legislative issue today’s open house would be an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss them.
The open house at the LIO will be from 4:30 to 6:00 this afternoon. The LIO is located on the corner across the street from Subway.