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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Senate Floor Session—Today, SB 74 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. SB 74, sponsored by Senator Kelly, creates the University of Alaska building fund for the payment by the University of Alaska of the costs of use, management, operation, maintenance, and depreciation of space in buildings.

HB 94 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. HB 94, sponsored by Representative Isaacson, names the northbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Nellie Miller Bridge and naming the southbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Con Miller Bridge.

SCR 8 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. SCR 8, sponsored by the Finance Committee, suspends Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 94, naming the northbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Nellie Miller Bridge and naming the southbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Con Miller Bridge.

HB 99 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 99, sponsored by Representative Saddler, relates to the membership of the Alaska Minerals Commission; and extending the termination date of the Alaska Minerals Commission.

HB 113 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 113, sponsored by Representative Feige, relates to the membership of the Alaska Fire Standards Council.

HB 147 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 147, sponsored by Representative Saddler, extends the reporting date for and the termination date of the Comprehensive Autism Early Diagnosis and Treatment Task Force.

HB 153 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 153, sponsored by Representative Lynn, designates Minnesota Drive and a portion of O'Malley Road in Anchorage the Walter J. Hickel Parkway.

HB 175 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 175, sponsored by the Labor & Commerce Committee, 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 186 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 186, sponsored by Representative Millett, relates to police standards and amending the definition of 'police officer.'

SB 73 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. SB 73, sponsored by Senator Meyer, allows widows or widowers of someone killed during military service to be granted a partial exemption on their property taxes.

HB 9 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. HB 9, relates to secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and to the regulation of funds transfers, including remittance transfers, under the Uniform Commercial Code and federal law.

HB 24 passed the Senate by a vote of 15 to 4. HB 24, sponsored by Representatives Neuman, Isaacson, Lynn, and Feige, relates to self-defense in any place where a person has a right to be.

HB 40 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. HB 40, sponsored by Representative Hughes, establishes a municipal tax exemption for certain farm structures.

The following legislation was introduced on the Senate Floor:

HB 57, sponsored by Representatives Holmes and Olson, which adopts the Alaska Entity Transactions Act, was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

HB 193, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which relates to the joint administration of tobacco taxes by the state and a municipality, was referred to the Finance Committee.

HJR 16, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which urges an Alaska exemption from a federal policy to manage and zone activities in marine and coastal areas, was referred to the Resources Committee.
To view the session part 1, click here.
To view the session part 2, click here.


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

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

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. HB 125 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 147, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which extends the reporting date for and the termination date of the Comprehensive Autism Early Diagnosis and Treatment Task Force. HB 147 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

HB 4, sponsored by Representatives Hawker and 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 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 90, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which relates to group insurance coverage and self-insurance coverage for school district employees. SB 90 was heard & held.

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 Rules Committee.

HB 129, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area. HB 129 was heard & held.
To view HB 4 documents, click here.
To view SB 90 documents, click here.
To view the first meeting, click here.
To view the second meeting, click here.

Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered HB 104, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to election practices and procedures. HB 104 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
To view the HB 104 hearing packet, click here
To view the meeting, click here.


Senate Transportation Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

HJR 13, sponsored by Representative Austerman, which urges the federal government to complete the funding and acquisition of three additional National Security Cutters and to home port one of the cutters in Kodiak, Alaska. HJR 13 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 146, sponsored by Representative Higgins, which allows a person to display automobile proof of insurance on a personal mobile electronic device. HB 146 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Conference Committee on HB 65 & 66—Members considered 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 65 was heard & held.

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. HB 66 was heard & held.
To view the meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Friday, April 12, 2013:


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

HB 180, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, which relates to the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.

HB 190, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which provides for course credit in secondary school based on demonstrated mastery of the subject.
To view HB 190 documents, click here.

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider the following legislation:

HB 129, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area.

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 23, sponsored by Representatives Neuman and Hughes, which relates to bonds of the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority.

HB 76, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to electronic filing of certain information with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development

SB 90, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which relates to group insurance coverage and self-insurance coverage for school district employees.
To view associated documents, click here.

9:00 a.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider the following legislation:

SB 51, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which extends the termination date of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association until June 30, 2017.

HB 63, sponsored by Representative Hawker, which extends the termination date of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association until June 30, 2021.

SCR 3, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which establishes the Joint Committee on Access and Federal Overreach and recommends that the Governor establish a working group to consider establishing a permanent office or authority to preserve state sovereignty.

HB 57, sponsored by Representatives Holmes and Olson, which adopts the Alaska Entity Transactions Act.


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

HB 30, sponsored by 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

HB 52, sponsored by Representative Feige, which relates to allowable absences from the state for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends.

HB 63, sponsored by Representative Hawker, which extends the termination date of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association until June 30, 2021.

HB 71, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which extends the date of the Alaska Regional Economic Assistance program, enabling the creation of Alaska Regional Development Organizations.

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 84, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which requires the Division of Professional Licensing, University of Alaska and vocational educational facilities to examine the credentials of related military experience.

HB 104, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to election practices and procedures.

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.

HB 130, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which establishes July 21 each year as Jay Hammond Day.

HB 131, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which assists state agencies and municipalities with the problem of derelict and abandoned vessels in Alaska.

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 77, submitted by Governor Parnell, which reforms and streamlines procedures for obtaining, issuing, and appealing permits, leases, best interest findings, and other authorizations issued by the Department of Natural Resources, particularly concerning land and water.

HB 4, sponsored by Representatives Hawker and 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 56, sponsored by Representatives Holmes and T. Wilson, which excludes motorcycles and motor-driven cycles from the passenger vehicle rental tax.

HB 129, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area.

HB 198, sponsored by the Labor & Commerce Committee, which relates to the primary period of an oil and gas or gas only lease and the extension of a lease; relating to terms to be included in an oil and gas or gas only lease; relating to rental for an oil and gas or gas only lease.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider HJR 16, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which urges an Alaska exemption from a federal policy to manage and zone activities in marine and coastal areas.
To view associated documents, click here.

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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