Susitna River Dam Tops Priority List So Far For Legislature

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The legislature will go into this year’s session on Tuesday with 132 bills and seven Constitutional amendments on the table – but a lot more are on the way.  The second bundle of bills lawmakers have worked on since last year’s session were released Friday.

Friday, Governor Parnell began lining up his bills for consideration during this year’s session.

At the top of the priorities released so far is a bill that will take the next steps for the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Susitna River.

The bill that will be read into the legislative record when the session begins would authorize the Alaska Energy Authority to construct the dam and would give the agency the money from the Railbelt Energy Fund to begin work.

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