Giessel Cautions Careful Look at Conoco Sec Filing |

After Colleagues Rushed Proclamations, Senator Wants Focus on Actual Facts and Consequences Before Passing Judgment on ACES

Anchorage – After reviewing the press releases and background documents, State Senator Cathy Giessel cautions taking fellow Senator Bill Wielechowski’s proclamations about ConocoPhillips’ latest Securities Exchange Commission filings with a heaping tablespoon of salt.

“Perhaps he should consider reading glasses,” Giessel, R-Anchorage, said. “The asterisk and small print on Alaska in the segment highlighted by his press release shows that the low-balled 35 percent number doesn’t factor in property taxes or severance tax, which pushes their effective tax rate under ACES closer to 64 percent. If you add in our royalty charge, you’re up around 70 percent. That’s a significant difference, and a big deal.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sen. Giessel Posts End of Session Constituent Newsletter |

Anchorage Sen. Cathy Giessel has posted her end of the 2012 session constituent newsletter, discussing end-of-session issues, budgets, special session, and oil tax issues. To read the newsletter, please go here:


Sen. Giessel Amendment to HB 279 Passed by Senate |

Senate Adopts Giessel Amendment to Remove Blanket Ban

on Felons Serving on State Boards and Commissions 

(Juneau) Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, today proposed an amendment to HB 279 to remove a section that would have enacted a complete ban on persons serving on state boards and commissions who have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude. The amendment was adopted by a vote of 11-8.

“There are several concerns with putting this ban in this particular bill,” Sen. Giessel said. “First, this is a policy call involving the rights of felons, which should have been reviewed by the Judiciary committee. The bill in question, HB 279, is a sunset review bill, which extends the sunset dates of a half-dozen boards. A provision banning appointment of and participation by felons on state boards should be a bill of its own. Read the rest of this entry »

Sen. Giessel Posts Mid-April Constituent Newsletter |

Sen. Cathy Giessel confers on the Senate floor with Sen. Charlie Huggins

Anchorage Sen. Cathy Giessel has posted her latest constituent newsletter, discussing end-of-session issues under discussion by the Alaska Legislature. To read the newsletter, please go here:


Sen. Giessel Applauds Passage of Senate Bill to Allow Naturopathic Practices |

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 12, 2011

Sen. Giessel Applauds Passage of SB 175

Allowing Naturopathic Practices

(Juneau) Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, today applauded passage by the Senate of SB 175, a bill that defines naturopathic practice in state law.

The bill makes it clear in state law that naturopaths may give, prescribe or recommend herbal or homeopathic remedies, dietetic remedies, and hydrotherapy, so long as the remedies are not in the form of a controlled substance.

Sen. Giessel, an advanced nurse practitioner, is a co-sponsor of SB 175.

“Healthcare choice is fundamental,” Sen. Giessel said, “and this bill ensures that people who choose to receive the services of a naturopath will be able to do so.”

Senate Bill 175 now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.

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Portrait of the four Caucus Members

Senate Republican Caucus:

The four members of the Senate Republican Minority intend to draw on their expertise to promote back-to-basics government characterized by fiscal restraint, principled conduct, cooperation and progress on issues vital to Alaska.
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