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HB 77 is the ultimate big government overreach

Posted: December 3, 2013 - 4:14pm  |  Updated: December 4, 2013 - 9:29am

Last year the Parnell administration threw a bomb that could blow up all your rights and protections under our State Constitution. The State House passed Parnell’s HB 77, “The Silencing Alaskans Act.” It sits in the State Senate now, fuse burning, ready to explode in our face with the opening of the 2014 Legislative Session.

HB 77 ignores Constitutional protections.

According to Article 1, Section 1 of the Alaska Constitution, “... all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities, and protections under the law...” Section 2 goes on, “All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.” The various sections in Article 8 reserve Alaska’s natural resources for the maximum benefit of its people for our common use and require conservation measures including utilization of “replenishable” resources on a sustained yield principle (fish, wildlife, surface and subsurface waters). Article 8 also requires prior public notice and other safeguards when disposing or leasing of state resources.

Why worry?

So much for all that. Under HB 77 the Commissioner of Natural Resources could authorize any activity on state land by fiat (general permit). The decision would override any other state law as long as the Commissioner decides it will not result in “significant, irreparable harm to state land or resources.” Those terms are not defined, of course. At the same time, HB 77 would blindfold and gag Alaska citizens by allowing the Department of Natural Resources to bypass normal public notice and comment practices. This could even mean elimination of the present requirement for a “best interest finding” before DNR proceeds with land and resource sales or leases. HB 77 would make it very easy for outside corporations to get anything they want but very hard for an ordinary citizen to even know about it, let alone successfully challenge anything authorized by DNR.

Clearly Governor Parnell and too many of our Legislators have come to feel that Alaska’s resources are theirs to do with as they see fit, which seems to focus mostly on rewarding corporate campaign funders.

Do you value your Constitutional rights? Worried about government overreach? Why not start making some noise. Peter Micciche was one of the two Senators who stalled passage of HB 77 last session. He has arranged for hearings/stakeholder discussions at the Kenai Borough Assembly Chambers on December 9 and at Homer’s Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on December 10. Both meetings start at 4:00 p.m. It’s a chance to let Senator Micciche know you appreciate his efforts and to tell him how you feel about HB 77.

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Seafarer
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Seafarer 12/04/13 - 01:35 pm
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NO HB77!!!!

Perhaps for the more low info voters, let me put it this way: Parnell's Boys can bulldoze your Duck Blind, fill in your favorite fishing hole, and sour your well water anytime they want with no notice or permission from you. You will not be notified and even if you were, they can do it anyway.

19581958
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19581958 12/05/13 - 06:30 am
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Parnell's Boys

I think its time for Parnell to go. We need a better Gov. Its obvious he's for big corp. money and not the environment. He needs to get his head out of his a--. Will this effect the Pebble Mine fight? Hope not.

Seafarer
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Seafarer 12/05/13 - 04:53 pm
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It Absolutely Is About Pebble!!!

HB77 was handwritten by Pebble Mine! Their permitting will go the speed of light once this passes, which I adamantly oppose! How many of our Owner State freedoms can he deny us? How much more of his corporate lawyer ideology do we have to take? He is a crook and has violated laws several times with no person with enough guts would stand on the Capital steps and perform a Citizens Arrest. I have those guts, but I'm not rich enough to go to Juneau and back. Wouldn't THAT look good on his resume? Of course, I'd let the press know what I am going to do...heh, heh, screw your campaign, Parsmell!

Seriously, please everybody, do whatever ya gotta do to defeat HB77. There will be NO protection of every single body of water in this huge state with 32,000 miles of coastline.

19581958
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19581958 12/06/13 - 08:56 am
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Call Robert Redford, and ORVIS/Men's Clothing Catalog

We need to fight this HB77. Someone should get a hold of Robert Redford (Actor), and ORVIS (Mens Clothing) ORVIS ran a two page colored picture add in their catalog stating that they were against the Pebble Mine, and Robert Redford has spent lots of money to derail this project too. I wonder if they know about this HB77 that Parnell and his boy's are trying to slide through the back door without anyone knowing. I will try myself.

Seafarer
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Seafarer 12/09/13 - 11:23 am
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19581958

Good on you for going that tack. We need all the help we can get. I wish I was better at using Facebook to call for the ranks, but I still can't figure the darn thing out. Have no Smart Phone to twitter, but I hear that get's the message out instantly.

Thank you so much for your opposition to HB77; the complete loss of freedom for Alaskans concerning every body of water in this state.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 12/11/13 - 10:10 am
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Circumventing

These PAID OFF politicians running this state are despicable.They are doing their political thing to ignore the wishes of the masses.They WILL circumvent the Constitution of this state.Just like the Constitution has been circumvented Federally.Once again! The dollar now is more important than a fresh food source.The answer is clear,and the question is simple.Will Pebble produce food,or just TOXIC WASTE?

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kksalm 12/11/13 - 11:07 pm
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"the ultimate big government overreach"

I find it ironic that this overreach is a result of the republican vote. I thought their battle cry was "less government".
I urge you to contact your representative for a clarification, better yet, don't vote for them next time.

Have a nice day

Seafarer
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Seafarer 12/13/13 - 10:51 pm
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Who's The Big Boy Now?

"Under HB 77 the Commissioner of Natural Resources could authorize any activity on state land by fiat (general permit). The decision would override any other state law as long as the Commissioner decides it will not result in “significant, irreparable harm to state land or resources.” Those terms are not defined, of course. "

Of course. I don't know how many of you know about the DNR Commish Sullivan illegally writing the "new, and wonderful" DNR mission statement; just outta the blue. Just like that. Of course it favors industry, which I'm not against, but the DNR is, after all, the Division of Natural Resources. A pretty high mucky-muck, but should not be in charge of arbitrarlary changing a mission statement written into our Constitution, which it is. He's the Other Sullivan running for office.

The ole lessor of two evils comes up, so let's let that one hang and vote for neither.

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Steven Chamberlain 12/16/13 - 01:46 am
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Absolute Power

Your Government is completely out of control !!!
Give a DNR or DEC scumbag a corner office on the 12th floor along with a gold plated pension and he'll sign any authorization or permit. Even if it does threaten the health and safety of thousands of Alaskans. It's not a democrat or republican issue. It's just an unfortunate combination of stupidity and pure evil.

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