Alaska News Nightly: January 15, 2013

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28th Alaska State Legislature Commences

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

The 28th session of the Alaska State Legislature is underway.

Parnell Discusses Priorities For Session

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

I sat down with Governor Parnell today to talk about those priorities.

He wasn’t ready to give away any specifics on the new oil tax reform proposal that will top his agenda. But he says after his defeat on his oil tax plan last session, his administration did a lot of homework.

Freshman Legislators Get Situated In Juneau

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Over the past week, freshman legislators have been settling into their new digs in Juneau. But while the Capitol building is stately, that doesn’t mean the transition from private citizen to public official is necessarily glamorous, as Wasilla Republican Lynn Gattis is learning.

Democrats Poised To Fight Governor’s Oil Tax Reform Proposal

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Things have changed a lot for Democrats this legislative session. They are in the minority in both the House and the Senate.

I spoke with House minority leader Beth Kerttula and Senate Minority leader Johnny Ellis this morning to ask about that change and their agenda for the session.

Ellis says Democrats are energized to fight the Governor’s oil tax reform proposal.

Alaska Fisheries Disaster Money Stripped From Relief Bill

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. House has stripped a relief bill of money for the fishery disaster in Alaska. The outlook is not much better in the Senate.

The Document That Will Determine How Anchorage Grows: Title 21 Finally Before Assembly

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

A long-anticipated rewrite of Anchorage land use law, also known as ‘Title 21’, is set to come before the Anchorage Assembly tonight (1/15, Tues).  Public hearings are expected to be lively.

Retired USCGC Storis Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

The retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, perhaps bolstering its chances of becoming a museum on Juneau’s downtown waterfront.