January 1981 AP Story on Alaska lobbyists

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January 1981 AP Story on Alaska lobbyists - 80 Lobbyists Sign Up As Lawmakers Deal Money...
80 Lobbyists Sign Up As Lawmakers Deal Money Tuesday, January 13, mi, DaUy Sttka Sentinel, Sitka, By KARIN DAVIES Associated Press Writer teachers, public employees and interests will "the usual special interests -- hired by the be a lobbyist Association of JUNEAU (AP) -- Eager to oil, timber, fish processors and Alaska School Boards, and Cliff , W ,, » U . . _ l , *c *.Ux. r^t-nln'r. «-..! fichfirmon " T T _ _ _ A _ - i t , .. nab a chunk of the state's multi-billion dollar revenues, fishermen. or to campaign for relief from state taxes to partially offset the federal windfall profits tax, lobbying will be a big business this session. Hartman will represent the Last year, lobbyists spent Alaska Council of School Ad- fearful of unfavorable legisla- about $3 million, up $l million ministrators. tion, 80 lobbyists have regis- from 1979, according to prelimi- Municipal taxation is ex- tered for action during the 12th nary figures from the Alaska pe cted to be a major issue this Alaska Legislature. Public Offices Commission, session, and the Municipal With more money flowing Some 260 lobbyists registered in Lea gue has three lobbyists reg- into state coffers than ever be- 1980 to represent 228 employ- istere d, including Marilyn Mil- fore, and the oil industry ready ers, according to commission j er w hose husband Mike is a ^f^- L member of the state House. Oil industry lobbyists were Noticeably absent from the the big spenders, dropping ^^y registration list is Trust about a half- million dollars dur- Consultants, a team of veteran ing the first 10 months of the lobbyist Lewis Dischner and For. the first time, several lo- year. The commission has not Kim Rutchinson. The two gar- cal governments have hired yet compiled figures for No- nered $327500 for their efforts full-time lobbyists. And at least vember and December. during the ' first 10 months of »; « ^at^-S; «^«S E K %£"*** * ""^ Miles. with seven employers and 19 La st year Dischner and Hut- Last year, 260 lobbyists spent lobbyists registered so far. c hmson lobbied for Alascom about $3 million representing Chevron U.S.A. and Exxon Alaska Blood Bank Alaska In- hairdressers and teachers, hos- each have five lobbyists regis- ternational Industries, Alaska stores, arts tered. Mutual Savings Bank, Ameri- 14, and oil interests before the Leg- Exxon spent $89,600 on lobby can Express the City of Val- islature. efforts during the first 10 de2) Teamsters Local 959 the Although roughly $5.5 billion months of last year, while Nortn slope Borough and the - te money is available to Chevron doled out $119,300. Tobacco Tax Council Legisla- Other top spenders among In addi tio n , Dischner lobbied Rep. Mike Miller, D- the oil industry were Alpetco for Alaska Airlines, independ- said,he doesn't expect (Alaska Oil Co.), $25,500; Al- ent from Trust Consultants. pressure to increase yeska Pipeline Service Co., Another big lobbyist, the law is gearing up for a big session. The National Education Association-Alaska Inc. already has from last year. of "Everyone's going to be pushing hard," Miller said. But added, "You reach a certain threshold" where more time d more effort won't make a difference. Miller said, there will be "at least as much pressure" legislators this year as last, enlisted the aid of four lobby- strongest pushes likely ists. to come from municipalities, $11,000; Mobile Oil Corp., $55,firm of E1Vj Guess and Ruddj 800, and Sohio Alaska Petro- was absent from me early reg . leum Co., $79,000. istration list. Last year the While the oil industry is like- firnVs lobbying team of Richly to be the No. 1 spender again ard Block Nor man Gorsuch this year, the education lobby and Joseph McLean reported earnings of $145,000 through October. They represented 13 groups including the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Cali- Also looking out for education forma LNG Co. and several insurance companies. Alcoh*li*m as MMCM To to DifcvsMd Wtdntulay "The Diease Concept of Alcoholism" is the topic of a program scheduled 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kellogg Building lounge, Sheldon Jackson College. The volunteer services branch of the Sitka Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse, Inc., will sponsor the evening, which features a film "Medical Aspects of Alcohol," and a talk by Regional Training Specialist Bob VanCJeave. This is the first in a series monthly programs. The American Medical Association has recognized alcoholism as a disease for well over 20 years, although many people persist in labeling the alcoholic as socially or morally inferior. The program will explain the physical effects of alcohol on the body and will investigate some of the reasons why alcoholism is viewed as a disease. The public is invited. Emblem Club Meets Thursday Emblem Club members will meet 8 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge for election of officers. Genealogical Society To Meet Wednesday The Sitka Genealogical Society will hold its first monthly meeting of the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Dorothy Willis, 720 Siginaka Way. The purpose of the group is to help anyone interested in genealogical research. Beginners are especially welcome and will be shown how to this thrilling search for their ancestors. A surname file will be compiled of families being researched by those who attend. Those interested are encouraged

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  1. Daily Sitka Sentinel,
  2. 13 Jan 1981, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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