Energy and Natural Resource Policy Update with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
Friday, July 19th
The Dena’ina Center
600 W 7th Ave
Noon-1:00pm (doors open at 11:45am)
CWN is pleased to welcome U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for an update on congressional energy and natural resource policies affecting Alaska.
Senator Murkowski is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and is also a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
Commonwealth North was co-founded by former Governors Walter J. Hickel and William A. Egan in 1979 to lead Alaskans to adopt enlightened policies that enhance Alaskans’ quality of life and improve the State’s ability to effectively manage its resources. Our mission is to educate our members and other Alaskans on the significant public policy issues affecting our state and to identify effective solutions. Commonwealth North is a non-partisan educational non-profit organization.
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Deven Mitchell, State Debt Manager and Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority, will give us a briefing on the Bond Bank and it’s role in funding capital improvement projects across the state.
On Wednesday, Food Security Study Group Co-chair Ed Fogels will give a briefing on Health Impact Assessments and the role they could play in developing Food Security policies in Alaska. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population.
The State of Alaska has developed a HIA program and toolkit within the Department of Health and Social Services. Its primary purpose is to ensure that large-scale resource development projects are designed to maximize the positive health benefits and to minimize the negative health impacts to all Alaskans, however, the HIA program can also be used to evaluate the health impacts of policy initiatives.
Friday at noon we will have a briefing from natural resource attorney Peter J. Caltagirone who is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Natural Resources. Peter will discuss oil & gas production in the Cook Inlet and prospects for future development.
Peter is an experienced trial lawyer who has handled litigation throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. He moved to Alaska in 2016 and represented DNR and DOR as Assistant Attorney General for the Alaska Department of Law in oil and gas royalty, leasing, and tax litigation. He also served as counsel to DNR on development of the Alaska LNG project, and provided advice on proposed legislation and regulations. He was recruited by DNR Commissioner Corri Feigi to return to State of Alaska service as Special Assistant in the Commissioner’s Office after briefly working with the Alaska Oil and Gas Association as Regulatory and Legal Affairs Manager.
Lunch from the Pita Pit will be available for $20.
We will have a briefing from Amy Pettit, Executive Director at the Alaska Farmland Trust, about their work and recommendations to enhance food security for Alaskans. Following her presentation, we will have a work session to focus on our food security study.
First National Bank of Alaska Operations Center 1751 Gambell St second floor
(doors open at 7:45am)
Friday morning we will have a briefing from Deven Mitchell, State Debt Manager and Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority. He will give us an overview of the State’s debt management and the pension and retirement system obligations.
Wednesday morning we will have a briefing from Eve Van Dommelen, Policy and Advocacy Manager with the Food Bank of Alaska. Eve will discuss the Food Bank’s work and their policy recommendations for enhancing food security for Alaskans.