AIDEA Reform Bill HB 271

On January 18 2022, Representative Andy Josephson introduced House Bill 271, a bill designed to address some of the problems with how AIDEA operates. Currently the bill is in the House State Affairs Committee and will have public testimony on March 28th, 2022 at 3:00pm AKST. You can find a link to watch live here or watch a recording afterwards. For more information, links, tips and talking points visit our Info Sheet

How to testify at a hearing:

  • Call five minutes before the hearing. Calling from: 
    •  Anchorage (907)-563-9085 
    •  Juneau (907)-586-9085 
    • Fairbanks (844)-586-9085 
    • All other locations in Alaska (844)-586-9085  
  • Ask to be redirected to the House State Affairs meeting to provide public  testimony on HB 271. The operator will ask or confirm your name
  • Stay on the line, when it is time to testify they will call on you and unmute your line –
    • Be sure to state your name, where you live, and that you are for HB 271 then make your comment

To provide written public comment email: House.State.Affairs@akleg.gov Or email a representative directly that is on the committee below:

HB 271 would do a number of things, including:

  • Requiring legislative confirmation of the five public members of the board and the Director;
  • Requiring the public members of the board to come from different sectors, including a Tribal government representative, a member with experience in socially responsible investing, and a member with experience in renewable energy project development;
  • Instituting staggered 4-year terms rather than allowing the board to serve “at the pleasure of the governor”;
  • Increasing scrutiny and stakeholder involvement in all AIDEA projects over $10 million;
  • Increasing the dividend AIDEA pays to the state from 25 to 50 percent to no less than 50 percent;
  • Requiring 30 days notice for change of regulations and requiring AIDEA to publish a written justification for any change to a regulation;
  • Requiring AIDEA allow all interested members of the public at least two minutes to comment on any decision and requiring production of a publicly available response to public comments before voting on any action;
  • Requiring the release of more information publicly; and
  • Requiring local consent for projects over $10 million and requiring the creation of Regional Resource Advisory Councils.