House leaders sort out final committee assignments

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The House Committee on Committees met today in Juneau and assigned seats to members of the majority and minority caucuses, making it final who is in and out of the House Majority.

Minority members were assigned to committees by the new Minority Leader Cal Schrage, who is not registered with a party but who caucuses with Democrats on behalf of his Anchorage district. Speaker Tilton chairs the Committee on Committee. Tilton is the first Speaker from Wasilla in the Alaska House of Representative’s state history.

The committees are as follows with minority members in italics.

RULES

Chair: Craig Johnson
Vice-Chair: Cathy Tilton
Jamie Allard
Jesse Sumner
Laddie Shaw
Zack Fields
Cal Schrage

FINANCE

Co-Chair: DeLena Johnson
Co-Chair: Bryce Edgmon
Co-Chair: Neal Foster
Julie Coloumbe
Mike Cronk
Will Stapp
Frank Tomaszewski
Alyce Galvin
Sara Hannan
Andy Josephson
Dan Ortiz

Community, Regional Affairs
TThS 8-10
Chair: CJ McCormick
Vice-Chair: Kevin McCabe
Tom McKay
Josiah Patkotak
Justin Ruffridge
Rebecca Himschoot
Donna Mears

EDUCATION
MWF 8-10
Co-Chair: Jamie Allard
Co-Chair: Justin Ruffridge
Mike Prax
CJ McCormick
Tom McKay
Rebecca Himschoot
Andi Story

HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
TThS 3-5
Chair: Mike Prax
CJ McCormick
Justin Ruffridge
Dan Saddler
Jesse Sumner
Zack Fields
Genevieve Mina

JUDICIARY
MWF 1-3
Chair: Sarah Vance
Vice-Chair: Jamie Allard
Ben Carpenter
Craig Johnson
David Eastman
Andrew Gray
Cliff Groh

LABOR & COMMERCE
MWF 3:15-5:15
Chair: Jesse Sumner
Mike Prax
Justin Ruffridge
Dan Saddler
Stanley Wright
Ashley Carrick
Zack Fields

RESOURCES
MWF 1-3
Chair: Tom McKay
Kevin McCabe
Josiah Patkotak
George Rauscher
Dan Saddler
Stanley Wright
Jennie Armstrong
Donna Mears
Maxine Dibert

STATE AFFAIRS
TThS 3-5
Chair: Laddie Shaw
Vice Chair: Stanley Wright
Ben Carpenter
Craig Johnson
Jamie Allard
Jennie Armstrong
Andi Story

TRANSPORTATION
TThS 1-3
Chair: Kevin McCabe
Craig Johnson
Tom McKay
Sarah Vance
Louise Stutes
Genevieve Mina
Andrew Gray

Arctic, Economic Development, Tourism
TTh 11-12:30
Chair: Stanley Wright
George Rauscher
Laddie Shaw
vacant
Ashley Carrick

ENERGY
TTh 10:15-12
Chair: George Rauscher
Tom McKay
Josiah Patkotak
vacant
Cal Schrage

FISHERIES
TTh 10-12
Chair: Sarah Vance
Kevin McCabe
CJ McCormick
vacant
Louise Stutes

MILITARY & VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
TTh 1-3
Chair: Stanley Wright
Laddie Shaw
Ben Carpenter
vacant
Cliff Groh

TRIBAL AFFAIRS
TTh 8-10
Chair: CJ McCormick
Ben Carpenter
Sarah Vance
vacant
Maxine Dibert

WAYS AND MEANS
TThS 11:30-1:30
Chair: Ben Carpenter
Jamie Allard
vacant
vacant
Cliff Groh

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
Vice-Chair: Kevin McCabe
Cathy Tilton
Craig Johnson
Dan Saddler
Bryce Edgmon
George Rauscher
Sarah Hannan

LEGISLATIVE BUDGET & AUDIT
Chair: Ben Carpenter
DeLena Johnson
Sarah Vance
Frank Tomaszewski
Andy Josephson

JOINT ARMED SERVICES
Co-Chair: Laddie Shaw
Mike Prax
George Rauscher
Stanley Wright
Cliff Groh

ETHICS
DeLena Johnson
Sara Hannan
Alternate – Mike Prax
Alternate – Andy Josephson

6 COMMENTS

  1. May I just say, just because they are there does not mean they have to enact one bill. They all cost money and we have had way too many bylaws written by them which typically the legeelators ignore and disobey while on the clock anyway. Just do the budget and adjourn. We have had enough. Ak goverbment is too big.

  2. Stacking the House Finance with a majority of Democrats and stacking the Chair with Bryce Edgmon and Neal Foster is a major issue. This will come back to bite us at the end of the session. This may have been the price to pay for the Bush Caucus coming onboard to give the majority to the Republicans.

  3. FISCAL STABILITY: It’s not that hard to know how to achieve fiscal stability – the problem is the needed course of action involves reining in the unlimited spending (including excessive dividends) and that is politically uncomfortable.
    Under the current system, The Dividend competes against the rest of the State budget. But they both have the same interest in spending imprudently.
    I say we just need to follow the State Constitution and re-pay the Budget Reserve Fund from the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve.
    Then an annual 5% draw from the Permanent Fund combined with other State income would adequately fund both government and a Dividend. The respective size of each determined by the Legislature.
    Especially now with higher oil prices increasing our total oil-derived revenue.
    New taxes are totally unnecessary.
    I would also change the CBRF investment strategy to match or even be managed by the PFER.

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