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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Saturday, March 30, 2013


Senate Finance Committee—Members considered and heard public testimony on SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which clarifies “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid. SB 49 was heard & held.
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Things you might want to check out on Monday, April 1, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider the following legislation:

SB 84, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which relates to the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.
SB 6, which provides for funding for school lunch and breakfast.                   

9:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider the following legislation and hear public testimony on the capital budget for fiscal year 2014:

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

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

SB 59, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area

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

SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to the State's capital budget for fiscal year 2014.
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11:00 a.m. Senate Session—The following legislation will be considered on the Senate Floor:

SB 52, sponsored by Senator Coghill, provides that portable electronics insurance is not a service contract and defines portable electronics insurance.

SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

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.

1:30 p.m. Senate Health & Social Services Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 87, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which requires screening of newborns for congenital heart defects.

The Department of Health and Social Services will also give a presentation regarding health information. 

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider 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 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.

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

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider Governor Parnell's appointments to the Big Game Commercial Services Board and the Board of Fisheries.

4:30 p.m. Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider and hear testimony on the following legislation:         

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

SB 8, sponsored by Senator Egan, which establishes procedures and guidelines for auditing pharmacy records.

HB 50, sponsored by Representative Costello, which authorizes the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to allow certain commercial uses in a multi-unit residential housing development owned or financed by the corporation and limits the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's issuance of certain licenses to premises in the residential housing development.

SB 79, sponsored by Senator Meyer, which establishes the Sport Fishing Guide Services Board and licensing requirements for sport fishing.

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