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AOGA has problems with Parnell oil tax bill

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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House Majority Leader Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, called the bill a good starting point but made clear the House would do its due diligence. He said he saw concerns raised by Democrats and some industry executives as a good thing. "Because I think in the end, we're going to have to come up with something ... where not everyone's going to be happy but I think in the end will be a benefit for Alaska," he told reporters.

Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and chairwoman of the Senate Resources Committee, said the governor's bill takes a "really fresh approach" to addressing the issue. But she said she wants to see detailed analyses of the bill and better understand what impact it might have. She said she thinks there will be a robust discussion.

Over the past two years, Giessel has faithfully attended House and Senate hearings on the oil tax issue, taking copious notes from the audience. She said in an interview Friday that the overarching goal is to increase production, and lawmakers want to come up with a plan that is fair to Alaskans.

Giessel said she plans to spend at least three weeks on the governor's bill in the Resources Committee after it comes over from a special Senate committee on oil flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline.

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