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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Monday, April 1, 2013

Here are some highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Monday, April 1, 2013:


Senate Session—Today, SB 22 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

SB 83 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. SB 83, sponsored by Senator Micciche, relates to the corporation income tax and to the computation of interest under the look-back method applicable to long-term contracts in the Internal Revenue Code. 


The following legislation was introduced on the Senate Floor:

HCR 6, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which recognizes the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a national leader in unmanned aircraft research and development, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

SB 95, submitted by Governor Parnell, which revises the salary schedule and offers cost of living adjustments for State employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements, was referred to the Finance Committee. 
To view the session, click here.

Senate Education Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 84, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which amends state statute to change the funding mechanism for the Alaska Military Youth Academy, establishes the program within the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, and updates the program name. SB 84 was heard & held. 

SB 6, which provides for funding for school lunch and breakfast. SB 6 was heard & held.                     

To view associated documents, click here.                          
To view the meeting, click here.                 


Senate Finance Committee—Members heard public testimony on the capital budget for fiscal year 2014 and considered the following legislation:

SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which clarifies “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid. SB 49 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 47, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which increases the monthly stipend available for students attending a statewide boarding school operated by a school district. SB 47 was heard & held.  

SB 86, submitted by Governor Parnell, which approves and ratifies the sale of royalty oil by the State of Alaska to Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC. SB 86 was heard & held.   

SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the State's capital budget for fiscal year 2014. SB 18 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the first meeting, click here.      
To view the second meeting, click here.
To view the third meeting, click here.

Senate Health & Social Services Committee—Members considered SB 87, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which requires screening of newborns for congenital heart defects. SB 87 was heard & held.  

The Department of Health and Social Services also gave a presentation regarding health information. 
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

HB 69, sponsored by Representative Chenault, which exempts certain arms in this state from federal regulation and declares certain federal laws unconstitutional under the Constitution of the United States. HB 69 was heard & held.  

HB 33, sponsored by Representative Neuman, which adds definitions of 'gravity knife' and 'switchblade' to the criminal law and relates to reserving the authority to regulate knives to the state with limited exceptions for municipalities to regulate knives. HB 33 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 65, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to property exemptions for retirement plans, individual retirement accounts, and Roth IRAs. SB 65 was heard & held.

HB 81, sponsored by the Legislative Council, which requires the revisor of statutes to systematically review each title of the Alaska Statutes and makes recommendations to the Legislative Council to correct deficiencies and remove conflicts or obsolete provisions. HB 81 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 83, sponsored by Representative Keller, which clarifies in Alaska Statute that a federal statute, regulation, presidential executive order, or secretarial order that is not properly adopted or is unconstitutional does not preempt state law. HB 83 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Resources Committee—Members considered Governor Parnell's appointments to the Big Game Commercial Services Board and the Board of Fisheries.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Members considered HB 22, sponsored by Representative Olson, which extends the termination date of the Board of Marine Pilots. HB 22 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Tuesday, April 2, 2013:

9:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider the following legislation:

SB 63, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which would require the Alaska Division of Elections to use the state procurement code to solicit bids for the preparation of election ballots.

SB 13, sponsored by Senators Huggins, which amends the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority’s enabling statute to provide for a successful procurement for the Knik Arm Crossing project.

SB 48, sponsored by Senator Olson, which relates to municipalities that participate in the defined benefit plan of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Alaska.

SB 88, sponsored by the Finance Committee, which authorizes the Department of Administration to enter into a lease purchase agreement with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) for construction and equipping of a residential housing facility to be located on the Anchorage campus of the Alaska Native Medical Center.

HB 30, sponsored by the House Finance Committee, which relates to performance reviews, audits, and termination of executive and legislative branch agencies, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska Court System.

SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to the State's capital budget for fiscal year 2014.
To view documents 1, click here.
To view documents 2, click here.

9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider HJR 11, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's address to the nation concerning the Strategic Defense Initiative, recognizes the strategic importance of Alaska in the missile interceptor defense system, and urges the United States to deploy the number of ground-based interceptors originally intended at Fort Greely.

11:00 a.m. Senate Session—The following legislation will be considered on the Senate Floor:

SB 52, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which provides that portable electronics insurance is not a service contract and that a portable electronics manufacturer's warranty or extended warranty is not regulated as insurance.

SB 38, sponsored by Senator Olson, which extends the termination date of the State Medical Board.

SB 17, sponsored by Senator Stevens, which extends the special education service agency.

HCR 4, sponsored by Representative LeDoux, which proclaims May 15 to be Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day.

1:30 p.m. Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider the following legislation:

HB 22, sponsored by Representative Olson, which extends the termination date of the Board of Marine Pilots.

SB 25, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the unemployment trust fund account and will meet federal compliance requirements, ensure that the unemployment insurance fund remains solvent, and minimize the burden for employers and employees.

HB 50, sponsored by Representative Costello, which changes existing statute to allow the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to permit certain commercial enterprises in multi-unit residential housing developments.

HB 84, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which requires the Division of Professional Licensing, University of Alaska and vocational educational facilities to grant educational credit and licensing for relevant military experience and appropriate training.
To view associated documents, click here.

1:30 p.m. Senate Transportation Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider the following legislation:

SB 85, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which provides statutory authority for experimental vehicle plates to be issued to manufacturers or distributors for a 12-month period, with the ability for the license to be renewed for additional 12-month periods, for a maximum of 36 months.

HB 94, sponsored by Representative Isaacson, which names the northbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Nellie Miller Bridge and names the southbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Con Miller Bridge.

HB 153, sponsored by Representative Lynn, which designates Minnesota Drive and a portion of O'Malley Road in Anchorage the Walter J. Hickel Parkway.

To view associated documents, click here.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider HB 4, sponsored by Representative Hawker & Chenault, which gives the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation the authority and resources to develop, finance, and operate a 500 million cubic feet per day gas pipeline from the North Slope, serving Fairbanks and Southcentral.

For updates throughout the day, please bookmark the Senate Majority’s Website www.alaskasenate.org  which features Senate news, information, photos, social media, member information and more! Also, please “like” our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at AKSenMajority for breaking news throughout the day.

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