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Micciche a leader on HB 77 issues

Posted: August 20, 2014 - 5:12pm  |  Updated: August 21, 2014 - 7:30am

I’m writing to set the record straight on Sen. Peter Micciche’s role in the defeat of House Bill 77 during the last legislative session. Simply put, without his efforts — including calling for a series of critically important listening sessions in Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula communities — we would likely be suffering the first impacts of a bill that would have stripped away safeguards for waters and salmon, while also effectively eliminating public oversight of what happens to our lands and waters.

Unfortunately, recent articles and comments reflect a profound misunderstanding of the Senator’s role in preventing passage of HB 77. First of all, Sen. Micciche did not vote for HB77. Second, he brought the issue out of the fog of Juneau and into the public consciousness with his series of public meetings; dramatically improving the quality and quantity of information available about the bill and giving the public a much needed chance to make their opinions known.

While my organization simply preferred to see the bill go away, political reality called for leadership and someone willing to work for a tough compromise since the bill had already sailed to passage in the State House. Sen. Micciche attempted to forge an agreement for what, most would agree, a better bill. But the Parnell administration refused to budge. Clearly, the light the Senator helped shine on this issue and the heat applied by concerned citizens are big reasons why HB 77 is not yet the law of land.

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the_postman 08/22/14 - 06:43 am
Now we are really confused about how Peter feels about HB 77

Eric Treider here. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Lisa Demer, published in the Anchorage Daily News, March 11, 2014.

For clarification, Senator Micciche is referring to REVISED HB 77.
Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, said the legislation won't satisfy both pro-development interests and fishing and environmental interests but he considers it fair.

"Do you get everything you want? Well, you don't, " Micciche said in an interview Monday. "But from the changes that have been made to the bill, only those at the most extreme wings of these two issues may have difficultly agreeing that this is a well-thought compromise. It gets us pretty close."

Last year he held two public meetings on the Kenai Peninsula about the complex bill, which now stretches to almost 25 pages, and said he's been pushing to get his constituents' concerns addressed.

"In my view, this is a case where government actually worked, " Micciche said.

Peter deserves our thanks for initiating the discussions that spotlighted the most outrageous provisions of HB 77 but we are left with questions regarding whether or not he supports some form of streamlining/short-circuiting the project permitting process..... despite the fact that the public has made it known that they are happy with things the way they are. People want this process to be rigorous and thorough because they know that when it comes to our environment, there are no do-overs!

Peter, could you please straighten out this mess and issue a statement capsulizing your stance on each of the major provisions of this legislation? We need to know exactly where you stand.

luvak52 08/22/14 - 05:32 pm

Two letters in two days. Hmmmm....makes me think Mr. Micciche is on a roll with folks writing letters "defending" his "fight" against HB 77. I believe to my core that Mr. Micciche wants this legislation passed so badly he can taste it. Why else would he have been so excited by the re-write of the law that failed to impress anyone in his district? Why did he have to resort to calling folks who might disagree with the re-written law "on the extreme?" This law is so bad and so disliked by a huge majority of District O as well as the entire state of Alaska....of course, the corporations LOVE it!

kksalm 08/23/14 - 03:54 pm
Let's not forget

Our so called representatives Mike Chenault and Kurt Olson gleefully passed this ill conceived and obviously flawed assault on our constitutional rights through the House of Representatives without batting an eye.
It's very transparent who these two are representing and it's not we the people of the districts they represent. Let's not forget this documented fact of where their loyalties lie come voting time.
Have a wonderful day!

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