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Senator listened on HB 77

Posted: August 21, 2014 - 2:05pm  |  Updated: August 22, 2014 - 9:20am

In response to the August 12 article, “District O candidates square off” I would like to thank Senator Micciche for his support against House Bill 77. The part he played in bringing light to the bill for Alaskans was invaluable and without him, many Alaskans would have had a very difficult time supplying input on the bill and possibly wouldn’t have even heard of it at all. There is consensus among the public involved in the HB 77 fight, that Micciche’s contribution was integral in ensuring a bill was not passed without full support by the public. Senator Micciche’s series of town meetings to discuss HB 77 was proof that the Senator is willing to keep Alaskans in the public process. If it wasn’t for the time he took to hear from residents in Kenai and Homer this bill would have likely flown through both the House and the Senate with little public input. Because of his efforts to host hearings, Micciche took a bold move and let his constituents tell him how to proceed, a move we don’t see often enough in this state.

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the_postman 08/22/14 - 08:45 pm
Peter's words and deeds don't seem to match

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.

jford 08/23/14 - 11:07 am
Micciche was always a strong proponent of HB 77.

I remember another letter to the editor which told a far different story.

These recent letters don't reflect the actual story. These recent letters are a part of a deceitful campaign to revise the actual history of HB 77.

The actual story is that Micciche was one of HB 77's strongest proponent. He tried very hard to pass HB 77, in spite of the public's opposition.

luvak52 08/23/14 - 12:58 pm
Letters can't change facts!

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!

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