Legislative Actions Disenfranchising Alaskans:
The good news this month was that HB77 was removed
from consideration this legislative session.
But while we were all celebrating the defeat of House
Bill 77, Senators Dyson and Geisel introduced House
Bill 47 – A bill addressing the Preliminary Injunction
procedure, a.k.a. The Silencing Alaskan's Act Part II.
This bill would make those asking the Courts to delay
industry development/proceedings post a security
deposit for any "damages suffered" by the industry in
the suit. There already exists in our legal structure
plenty of checks and balances against “frivolous”
lawsuits. HB47 would only further restrict citizens,
Native Alaskans, and Non-profits from having their
voices heard. HB47 was passed through the
Legislature and will more than likely be signed
into law by Gov. Parnell.
Senate Joint Resolution 25 which urged the State and
Federal Governments to compel ExxonMobil to pay
the $92 million dollars they still owe Alaskan's and
Prince William Sound under the Re-Opener for
Unknown Injury Clause that was a part of the 1991
settlement, died quietly in committee.
Another good bill HB325, which called for a modest
increase on the oil & gas production surcharge that
provides funding for the Oil Spill Protection Fund, was
also killed in committee due to strong opposition from