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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Saturday, April 6, 2013

Senate Session—Today, SB 18 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 4. SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to the State's capital budget for fiscal year 2014.  

The following legislation was introduced on the Senate Floor:

SB 100, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which relates to correspondence study programs.

SCR 6, sponsored by the Judiciary Committee, which suspends rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning HB 69, exempting certain firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition in this state from federal regulation, was held on the Secretary's desk.

HB 125, sponsored by Representative Holmes, which prohibits a health care insurer from denying coverage for an additional limited quantity of prescription topical eye medication under certain circumstances, was referred to the Labor and Commerce Committee.

HB 131, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which relates to abandoned and derelict vessels, was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.

Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

HB 71, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which requires the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to file an annual report to the legislature regarding statewide and regional economic development projects and regional development organizations and extends the termination date of the Alaska regional economic assistance program. HB 71 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 175, sponsored by Labor & Commerce, which allows, under certain conditions, a property or casualty insurer to provide policies and endorsements to an insured by posting the policies and endorsements on the insurer's Internet website. HB 175 was heard & held.

HB 168, sponsored by the Labor & Commerce Committee, which amends the definition of travel insurance for the purpose of describing a person eligible for a travel insurance limited producer license. HB 168 was heard & held.
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Senate Finance Committee—Members considered the following legislation:  
                HB 77, submitted by Governor Parnell, which streamlines procedures for obtaining, issuing, and appealing permits, leases, best interest findings, and other authorizations issues by the Department of Natural Resources, particularly concerning land and water. HB 77 was heard & held.

HB 4, sponsored by Representatives 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. HB 4 was heard & held.  
To view HB 77 documents, click here.
To view HB 4 documents, click here.
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Senate Health & Social Services Committee—Members considered SB 87, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which requires screening of newborns for congenital heart defects. SB 87 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

Members also conducted a confirmation hearing for Dr. Grant Roderer to the State Medical Board.
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Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 90, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which relates to group insurance coverage and self-insurance coverage for school district employees. SB 90 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 59, which relates to missing vulnerable adult prompt response and notification plans. HB 59 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 186, sponsored by Representative Millett, which relates to police standards and amends the definition of 'police officer.'" HB 186 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 113, sponsored by Representative Feige, which relates to the membership of the Alaska Fire Standards Council. HB 113 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

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. HCR 6 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

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 48 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

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Joint Legislative Budget & Audit Committee—Members conducted audits of the Department of Transportation & Public Facilifies, Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, discuss oil and gas production tax audits, and have an overview of the Department of Revenue.
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Things you might want to check out on Sunday, April 7, 2013:

2:00 p.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider HB 4, sponsored by Representatives 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.

Things you might want to check out on Monday, April 8, 2013:


8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 15, which relates to prekindergarten programs within a school district and to pre-elementary students and schools.
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10:45 a.m. Senate Session—The following legislation will be considered on the Senate Floor:

SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which clarifies “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid.   

SB 88, sponsored by Finance Committee, which authorizes the state bond committee to issue certificates of participation to finance the construction and equipping of residential housing to serve the Anchorage campus of the Alaska Native Medical Center and authorizes the Department of Administration to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for the benefit of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

SR 5, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which requests that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council take action to reduce the quantity of Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea trawl fisheries by setting new limits in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries and lowering the existing limits in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea pollock fisheries to at least half of the current limits

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

HB 26, sponsored by Representative Hawker, which extends the termination date of the Board of Public Accountancy.

11:00 a.m. Joint Session—House Chamber—The Legislature will conduct a confirmation hearing of Governor Parnell’s appointees.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider bills previously heard/considered.

4:00 p.m. Senate Conference Committee on HB 65 & 66—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider the following legislation:

HB 65, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government and for certain programs, capitalizing funds, and makes reappropriations.

HB 66, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program and makes a reappropriation.

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