Legislature(2009 - 2010)
2010-04-05 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2010-04-05 House Journal Page 2022 HCR 19 The following was read the second time: HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 19 Urging the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to present a business case to the Alaska State Legislature that includes a method for financing, a plan to solicit proposals for a public and private venture, and an analysis of the economic feasibility of a state-built and privately operated fuel storage facility that would serve the public interest by providing Alaskans with a reliable source of jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline at competitive prices. with the: Journal Page L&C RPT 3DP 1DNP 2NR 1644 FN1: ZERO(H.L&C) 1645 FIN RPT 5DP 5NR 1929 FN1: ZERO(H.L&C) 1930 Amendment No. 1 was offered by Representative Petersen: Page 2, following line 18, insert: "WHEREAS historically average gasoline and diesel prices in Alaska, and the margins charged by Alaskan refineries, have been only slightly higher than, and at times even lower than, prices in Washington state; and WHEREAS since the summer of 2008 average Alaskan gasoline prices have consistently been the highest prices in the nation, excluding state taxes, and these high prices have had a devastating effect on the economy of communities across the state and hurt small business development; and 2010-04-05 House Journal Page 2023 WHEREAS separate investigations by the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General, and the Legislative Research Services have shown that these high prices have been caused by high margins charged by Alaska's two major oil refineries; and WHEREAS U.S. Department of Energy reports have shown that since the summer of 2008 Alaskan refinery margins have been dramatically higher than refinery margins in the other 49 states; and WHEREAS there has been no major disaster or state regulation to cause Alaskan refinery margins to be so much higher than historical levels; and WHEREAS the Attorney General has concluded that the two refineries that dominate Alaska's gasoline market constitute an "oligopoly" and do not compete with each other for prices; and WHEREAS the constitution of Alaska requires that Alaskan natural resources be used to the "maximum benefit" of Alaskan people; and WHEREAS 75 percent of the crude oil used to make gasoline used at one of the major refineries comes from Alaska, and 100 percent of the crude oil used by the other refinery comes from Alaska; and WHEREAS Alaska has no law protecting businesses and consumers from excessive or exorbitant prices for gasoline, diesel, or heating oil; and" Page 2, line 29, following "RESOLVED", insert: "that the Alaska Legislature finds that it is unconstitutional for Alaskans and Alaskan businesses to be charged excessive or exorbitant price for fuel refined from Alaskan crude oil; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED that the Attorney General is requested to prepare legislation to protect Alaskans and Alaskan businesses from excessive or exorbitant prices for fuel refined from Alaskan crude oil 2010-04-05 House Journal Page 2024 and to submit this legislation to the Alaska legislature at the convening of the Twenty-Seventh Alaska Legislature; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED" Page 3, line 3, following "prices.", insert: "COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Dan Sullivan, Attorney General of Alaska, and Ted Leonard, Executive Director, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority." Representative Petersen moved and asked unanimous consent that Amendment No. 1 be adopted. Representative Ramras objected. The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?" The roll was taken with the following result: HCR 19 Second Reading Amendment No. 1 YEAS: 16 NAYS: 21 EXCUSED: 3 ABSENT: 0 Yeas: Buch, Cissna, Crawford, Doogan, N.Foster, Gara, Gardner, Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Holmes, Kawasaki, Kerttula, Lynn, Petersen, Salmon, Tuck Nays: Austerman, Chenault, Dahlstrom, Edgmon, Fairclough, Gatto, Harris, Hawker, Johansen, Johnson, Joule, Keller, Kelly, Munoz, Olson, Ramras, Seaton, Stoltze, Thomas, P.Wilson, T.Wilson Excused: Herron, Millett, Neuman And so, Amendment No. 1 was not adopted. The question being: "Shall HCR 19 pass the House?" The roll was taken with the following result: 2010-04-05 House Journal Page 2025 HCR 19 Second Reading Final Passage YEAS: 32 NAYS: 5 EXCUSED: 3 ABSENT: 0 Yeas: Austerman, Buch, Crawford, Dahlstrom, Edgmon, Fairclough, N.Foster, Gara, Gardner, Gatto, Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Harris, Hawker, Holmes, Johansen, Johnson, Joule, Kawasaki, Keller, Kelly, Kerttula, Lynn, Munoz, Olson, Petersen, Ramras, Salmon, Seaton, Stoltze, Thomas, P.Wilson Nays: Chenault, Cissna, Doogan, Tuck, T.Wilson Excused: Herron, Millett, Neuman And so, HCR 19 passed the House and was referred to the Chief Clerk for engrossment.