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Let Alaskans testify

Posted: March 18, 2014 - 11:26am

I wrote the following to the senators on the Senate Finances Committee: “The Silencing Alaskans Act, HB 77, seems to be living up to it’s name. At the Homer LIO, 17 of 20 who intended to testify at a public hearing were not allowed to testify. When 85 percent of the people who attend a public hearing are not heard, something is wrong. This is not a democracy.”

I attended a Town Hall meeting with Senator Micciche in Homer on Friday, March 7. He could not answer many questions about HB 77 because the amendments were not released until Monday, March 10. 48 hours is not enough time to review a law that restricts the public to provide input to their legislators. Obviously, 1.5 hours was not enough time allowed for the public hearing. But, more than 150 people statewide found time to go to the hearing.

Reply from Sen. Giessel, Chairperson: “Thanks for your message. It will be added to the bill file. There are NO Alaskans being prevented from testifying. You just did! Its as easy as an email.”

My reply to Sen Giessel: “Many people speak better than they write, or aren’t comfortable with computers. To make it easier to destroy our salmon habitat and resources that create our Alaskan lifestyle - will the multinational corporations and outside billionaires buy our government and resources owned by the people of Alaska - and totally eliminate public hearings? Looks like we are headed that way.”

It appears that dozens — or hundreds of Alaskans were prevented from testifying at public hearings — where the public was not heard.

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Norseman 03/19/14 - 10:43 am
When will the rest of you

When will the rest of you wake up and see who you are sending to Juneau?

What amazes me is the big oil, or oil related cronies get elected and then begin to do what the oil industry sent them to Juneau to do. And that my friend is whatever the big oil money tells them to do.

Just look at what our so called state government has done these past few years to "accommodate" big oil. All the while the rest of the little residents walk around stunned and numb.

We are a state that is governed and controlled by big oil and as long as you keep electing and sending them to Juneau, you can just expect more of the same.

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