The Alaska Legislature Extends
Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

JUNEAU, AK - Last night, the Alaska Senate passed House Bill 111 which extends the life of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) until 2007. The bill was sponsored by Governor Frank Murkowski and passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0.

Dana Tindall, GCI senior vice president of legal and regulatory affairs issued the following statement. “This is a tremendous victory for consumers and competition alike. The Senate recognized the value of the RCA’s role in protecting consumers and voted to renew the Agency for four-years without any statutory changes that affect the manner by which utilities are regulated.”

“We would like to thank the Governor, AARP, the Alaska Public Interest Research Group, Maniilaq Association, Norton Sound Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, The Alaska Injured Workers Association, the Alaska State Homebuilders Association, the Alaska Senate and the members of the Alaska House who voted for this legislation. They recognized the importance of standing up to special interest legislation and allowing the experts at the RCA to do their jobs.”

House Bill 111 now goes to the Governor for approval.