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House Majority E-News for Mar 31, 2010 ANS Crude: $80.51 Henry Hub: $3.92

House Passes L&C Committee's HB 314

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill
314, legislation setting maximum fees for medical treatment and
services under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act. The House Labor &
Commerce Committee sponsored the bill.

HB 314 establishes a new fee schedule for medical treatment and
services provided under the Workers' Comp. Act. This would replace the
current fee schedule set to expire on DEC. 31, 2010. Without HB 314,
fees would go uncapped until a solution could be found.

"It will establish a more complete schedule which will include
medical supplies, emergency transportation, and other
medically-related services," L&C Committee Chair Kurt Olson,
R-Soldotna, said. "This is the first step in fixing long-standing
problems in the workers' compensation process. We can't afford to let
the cap on these fees expire."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100331-639

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House Urges Feds to Consider Unique Alaska Homes

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House
Joint Resolution 51, urging the federal government to make adjustments
to the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE)
as it applies to Alaska. Representative Wes Keller, R-Wasilla,
sponsored the bill.

"Owner-financing must be permitted for many of the properties sold in
Alaska," Keller said. "Many Alaskans have significant, lifetime
investments in lodges, remote cabins, and homes that are heated with
wood, powered by generators, and use outhouses. Owner-financing is a
great tool for allowing sellers and buyers to negotiate a fair selling
price for these unique facilities."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100331-638

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House Supports Homeowners' Choice In Safety Standards

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill
202, legislation requiring municipalities to hear from homeowners and
residents before mandating the installation of sprinkler systems in
new construction of one or two-family homes. Rep. Bob Herron,
D-Bethel, sponsored the bill.

Herron says that the bill is a compromise between groups supporting
homeowners' choice and groups representing fire chiefs and
municipalities. "None of the involved parties oppose this
legislation," he said. "This will allow Alaska homeowners an extended
opportunity to be heard."

The full text of this release and audio can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100331-637

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Photo: House Special Committee on Energy Co-Chair Bryce Edgmon,
D-Dillingham, speaking with House Community & Regional Affairs
Committee Co-Chair Bob Herron, D-Bethel, prior to the House floor
session tonight at the Capitol. Rep. Herron's House Bill 202, which
deals with residential sprinkler systems, passed the floor unanimously
moments later.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=336&leg=26

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Bill Activity for Mar. 31, 2010
As of: 09:00:02 pm Alaska Time
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HB 52 : Post-Trial Juror Counseling
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula
An Act authorizing psychological counseling for jurors serving in
criminal trials who are traumatized by graphic evidence or testimony.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb52
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HB 202 : Residential Sprinkler Systems
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron
An Act relating to municipal building code requirements for fire
sprinkler systems in certain residential buildings.

Version: CSHB 202(CRA)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Rob Earl, 465-4942

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb202-383
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HB 314 : Workers' Compensation
Sponsored by the Hou. Labor & Com.
An Act relating to fees and charges for medical treatment or services,
civil damages, and penalties as they relate to workers' compensation;
and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 314(FIN)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb314-377
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HB 386 : Citations
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker
An Act establishing a uniform format and procedure for citations for
certain violations of state law; relating to the form, issuance, and
disposition of citations for certain violations; relating to certain
crimes and penalties for noncompliance with citations; and providing
for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 386(FIN)
Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Juli Lucky, 465-4949

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb386-408
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HJR 51 : Proposed Fed. Mortgage Licensing Regs
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
Supporting certain changes to proposed regulations to implement the
Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008.

Status: PASSED (H) >> TRANSMITTED TO (S)
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-2186

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hjr51-368

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Bill Activity for Mar. 31, 2010
As of: 08:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 7 : Robert E. Bush Veterans' Memorial Bridge
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act naming the bridge over the Kasilof River on the Sterling Highway
the Robert E. Bush, Jr., Memorial Bridge.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/1
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-6618

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb7-337
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HB 251 : Priority Of Towing Liens
Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras
An Act relating to liens on vehicles and to towing, transporting, and
storage of vehicles; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/1
Contact: Don Habeger, 465-3004

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb251-340
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HB 348 : Personnel Board Membership
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn
An Act relating to the membership of the state personnel board.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/1
Contact: Michael Sica, 465-4965

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb348-407
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HJR 47 : Small Vessel Cargo Exemption
Sponsored by Rep. Kyle Johansen
Urging the United States Coast Guard to amend its regulations relating
to small vessels transporting fuel and supplies to remote communities
and businesses in the state.

Status: (H) RLS >> (H) CALENDAR 4/1
Contact: David Scott, 465-3424

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hjr47-414

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Bill Activity for Mar. 31, 2010
As of: 07:00:01 pm Alaska Time
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HB 52 : Post-Trial Juror Counseling
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula
An Act authorizing psychological counseling for jurors serving in
criminal trials who are traumatized by graphic evidence or testimony.

Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb52
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HB 202 : Residential Sprinkler Systems
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron
An Act relating to municipal building code requirements for fire
sprinkler systems in certain residential buildings.

Version: CSHB 202(CRA)
Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Rob Earl, 465-4942

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb202-383
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HB 277 : Certify Emergency Use Of Epinephrine
Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson, Rep. Bob Lynn
An Act requiring the Department of Health and Social Services to adopt
standards for the approval of and to approve certain training programs
relating to the possession of epinephrine and the administration of
epinephrine in emergency situations; and authorizing certain
individuals to obtain a prescription for epinephrine, purchase
epinephrine, and administer epinephrine in emergency situations.

Status: (H) HSS >> (H) RLS
Contact: Michael Dunning, 465-5269

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb277-264
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HB 314 : Workers' Compensation
Sponsored by the Hou. Labor & Com.
An Act relating to fees and charges for medical treatment or services,
civil damages, and penalties as they relate to workers' compensation;
and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 314(FIN)
Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Konrad Jackson, 465-4954

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb314-377
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HB 386 : Citations
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker
An Act establishing a uniform format and procedure for citations for
certain violations of state law; relating to the form, issuance, and
disposition of citations for certain violations; relating to certain
crimes and penalties for noncompliance with citations; and providing
for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 386(FIN)
Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Juli Lucky, 465-4949

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb386-408
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HJR 51 : Proposed Fed. Mortgage Licensing Regs
Sponsored by Rep. Wes Keller
Supporting certain changes to proposed regulations to implement the
Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008.

Status: (H) RLS >> PASSED (H)
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-2186

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hjr51-368

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Bill Activity for Mar. 31, 2010
As of: 02:00:02 pm Alaska Time
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HB 307 : Sexual Assault Protective Orders
Sponsored by Rep. Lindsey Holmes
An Act relating to sexual assault protective orders.

Status: TRANSM TO GOVERNOR >> CHAPTER 4 SLA 10

Bill Info: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb307

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Bill Activity for Mar. 31, 2010
As of: 11:00:01 am Alaska Time
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HB 7 : Robert E. Bush Veterans' Memorial Bridge
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault
An Act naming the bridge over the Kasilof River on the Sterling Highway
the Robert E. Bush, Jr., Memorial Bridge.

Status: (H) FIN >> (H) RLS
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-6618

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb7-337
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HB 241 : Divest Investments In Iran
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto
An Act relating to certain investments of the Alaska permanent fund,
the state's retirement systems, the State of Alaska Supplemental
Annuity Plan, and the deferred compensation program for state employees
in certain companies that do business in Iran, and restricting those
investments; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) STA >> (H) FIN
Contact: Thomas Reiker, 465-3163

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb241-320
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HB 292 : Grants To Disaster Victims
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules by Request of the Governor
An Act relating to grants to victims of a disaster in this state; and
providing for an effective date.

Status: TRANSMITTED TO (S) >> (S) FIN

Sponsor Statement: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_jrn_page.asp?session=26&bill=HB292&jrn=1288&hse=H
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HB 333 : Naturally Occurring Asbestos In Gravel
Sponsored by Rep. Reggie Joule
An Act directing the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
to develop and implement standards and operating procedures allowing
for the use in the construction and maintenance of transportation
projects and public facilities and in the construction of projects by
public and private entities of gravel or aggregate materials that
contain naturally occurring asbestos, and authorizing use on an interim
basis of those materials for certain transportation projects and public
facilities; relating to certain claims arising out of or in connection
with the use of gravel or aggregate materials containing naturally
occurring asbestos; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) TRA >> (H) FIN
Contact: Christine Hess, 465-4833

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb333-416
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HB 348 : Personnel Board Membership
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn
An Act relating to the membership of the state personnel board.

Status: (H) JUD >> (H) RLS
Contact: Michael Sica, 465-4965

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb348-407
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HB 361 : CPR Training For 911 Dispatchers
Sponsored by Rep. Anna Fairclough
An Act requiring 911 dispatchers to be trained in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) HSS >> (H) FIN
Contact: Crystal Koeneman, 465-3777

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb361-388
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HB 376 : Extend Board Of Psychologist & Psych. Assoc.
Sponsored by the Hou. Health & SS
An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Psychologist and
Psychological Associate Examiners; and providing for an effective
date.

Status: TRANSMITTED TO (S) >> (S) L&C
Contact: Liz Clement, 465-6576

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb376-403
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HB 377 : Volunteer Amateur Sports Officials
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze
An Act exempting certain volunteer work by amateur sports officials
from certain requirements of the Alaska Employment Security Act.

Status: (S) L&C >> (S) RLS
Contact: Morgan Hopson, 465-4958
James Armstrong, 465-4958

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hb377-412
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HCR 22 : Alaska Northern Waters Task Force
Sponsored by the Hou. C & R Affairs
Establishing and relating to the Alaska Northern Waters Task Force.

Status: (H) CRA >> (H) FIN
Contact: Rob Earl, 465-4942

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/spon.php?id=26hcr22-426
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HJR 49 : Opposing Epa Clean Air Act Regulations
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze
Urging the United States Congress to enact S.J. Res. 26, a resolution
disapproving the Environmental Protection Agency's imposition of
climate regulations that would harm Alaska's economy and the
livelihoods of the state's citizens.

Version: CSHJR 49(RES)
Status: TRANSMITTED TO (S) >> (S) RES

Sponsor Statement: http://www.housemajority.org/stoltze/pdfs/26/hjr0049_attachment_0001.pdf

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House Majority E-News for Mar 29, 2010

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House Approves $1.6 Billion FY10 Supplemental Budget Bill

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill
326, the Fiscal Year 2010 supplemental budget authorizing operating
appropriations and fund transfers. The bill appropriates a total of
$1,682.6 billion dollars, of which $1,520.5 billion is in fund
transfers, $5.0 million for fund capitalization, and $157.1 million
for agency operations.

HB 326 authorizes two significant fund transfers: $1.1 billion to
forward-fund K-12 education for Fiscal Year 2011 and $401 million to
fully repay past borrowings from the Constitutional Budget Reserve
Fund, or CBR. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker,
R-Anchorage, noted "the fund transfer to the CBR is a significant
accomplishment representing a concerted effort by legislators over the
past three years of high oil prices to repay the debt owed to the
state's savings account."

"The CBR is about to be made whole again," Hawker said. "This is a
truly historic achievement. The restraint in sight of significant
surplus revenues is tremendous. I am proud to have been a part of the
past three legislative sessions, where the finance committees in both
houses have replenished $5.25 billion into the CBR, and thank the
members of both bodies for supporting the transfers."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100329-628

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House OK's Resolution Supporting Sen. Murkowski's S.J. 26

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Joint Resolution
49, which urges Congress to support U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's
Senate Joint Resolution 26. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Bill
Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, sponsored the resolution, which passed by a
vote of 34 to 6.

Sen. Murkowski's S.J. Res. 26 would disapprove of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Air Act rules, with
its findings to be issued this week, setting standards for greenhouse
gas emissions. Murkowski's resolution would prevent EPA from moving
forward.

"The Congress is working on more reasonable policy, and Senator
Murkowski has a bipartisan resolution that will stop the EPA from
enacting these economically-harmful and unnecessary rules," Stoltze
said. "The Clean Air Act doesn't give the EPA the authority to rule on
these matters; we can't allow or support a mid-level federal
government bureaucrat dictating significant policy decisions. We
should applaud the senator's political courage, and come together in
support of her resolution. The Congress can and should develop
reasonable measures to encourage investment in newer, cleaner
technologies, and not push job-killing and economically disastrous
climate change bills."

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100329-629

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House Supports Honor And Remember Flag

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House
Joint Resolution 53, designating the Honor and Remember Flag ® as a
symbol of national gratitude toward service members who have given
their lives serving our nation. The House Special Committee on
Military & Veterans' Affairs sponsored the bill.

HJR 53 is intended to urge Congress, the Alaska Delegation, and the
President and Vice President to encourage passage of U.S. House
Resolution 1034. It was introduced in the First Session of the 111th
Congress to designate the Honor and Remember Flag ® created by Honor
& Remember, Inc., to officially recognize and honor fallen members of
the United States military. Alaska is one of the first states to
establish a state chapter to support this effort.

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"Men and women have been serving in the United States military and
dying for their country for more than 200 years," said MLV Committee
Chair Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer. "They deserve a symbol of recognition
and honor." Honor and Remember, Inc., seeks to present a personalized
flag to families that have lost a loved one in military service to
America. Each flag contains the name, unit and date of death of the
service member.

The full text of this release can be found below:

http://housemajority.org/item.php?id=item20100329-630

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Video: House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, leads the
weekly Alaska State House Majority Caucus press availability. Leader
Johansen is joined by Former House Speaker and Joint Legislative
Council Chair John Harris, R-Valdez, and House Majority Whip Alan
Austerman, R-Kodiak. Johansen discusses the likelihood of overhauling
the oil and production tax this session, and Legislative Council's
consideration of funding pertaining to the proposed Pebble Mine
project. They also discuss the Governor's proposed lowering of the
cruise ship head tax and its effect on Alaska tourism.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=331&leg=26

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Photo: House Majority Whip Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, testifying
before the House Special Committee on Fisheries today at the Capitol.
Rep. Austerman was before the committee offering House Concurrent
Resolution 15. HCR 15 requests the Legislative Council to contract
with the National Academy of Sciences for an independent assessment of
the environmental and socioeconomic consequences of large-scale
mineral extraction in the Bristol Bay area watershed.

http://housemajority.org/press.php?p=media&id=330&leg=26

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District 7 Survey: Those who live in the Fairbanks House District 7
area are welcome to participate in Rep. Mike Kelly's on-line survey.

http://housemajority.org/ls/index.php?sid=86663&lang=en





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