Council seeking legislative monitor for Juneau

The Council is inviting proposals for legislative monitoring services for the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.The legislative monitor submits a weekly electronic report on legislative actions falling within the Council’s sphere of concern during the session; participates in each meeting of the Legislative Affairs Committee; and if directed by the Council, may analyze legislation, or prepare letters or testimony on legislative issues of concern to PWSRCAC. In addition, the legislative monitor may, if directed, testify at legislative hearings or meet with state officials to convey the Council’s concerns and positions, or perform related duties as assigned.

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Board passes resolution commending Douglas K. Mertz

Resolution 19-02:

Commending and Expressing Gratitude for Douglas K. Mertz’s Dedication
and Service to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council and the State of Alaska

Photo of appreciation gift presented to Doug Mertz and Margo Waring.
Appreciation gift presented to Doug Mertz and Margo Waring by Board President Robert Archibald and Executive Director Donna Schantz on May 3, 2019.

Whereas, Douglas K. Mertz launched his Alaska legal career in 1974 as Law Clerk to Hon. Jay A. Rabinowitz, Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, quickly advancing to several Assistant Attorney General positions he held in Fairbanks and Juneau from 1975 to 1991, before entering private law practice in 1991;

Whereas, one of Doug Mertz’s primary areas of focus in over 45 years of legal practice in Alaska has been oil transportation and pollution issues;

Whereas, Doug Mertz was the State of Alaska’s primary counsel on spill matters and Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) regulation from 1977-1990;

Whereas, Doug Mertz represented the State for the Chevron v. Hammond case in the U.S. Court of Appeals, establishing that state oil spill penalties are not preempted by federal law;

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Funds available for educational projects related to our mission

High school students on an expedition co-funded by this program in 2015 visited Valdez and met with our staff members to learn about the council and improvements in safe oil transportation since 1989.
High school students on an expedition co-funded by this program in 2015 visited Valdez and met with our staff members to learn about the Council and improvements in safe oil transportation since 1989..

The Council works to educate Exxon Valdez region youth about the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. Working with area youth is vital to fight complacency that can arise if new generations of citizens are not continually reminded of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention.

To support this effort, the Council is inviting proposals for facilitating learning experiences with Exxon Valdez oil spill region youth.

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