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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Thursday, April 4, 2013

Senate Session—Today, SB 47 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. SB 47, sponsored by Senator Coghill, removes the sunset provisions for providing stipends to boarding schools and expands the stipend program to boarding and magnet schools.

SB 56 passed the Senate by a vote of 17 to 2. SB 56, sponsored by Senator Dyson, adjusts penalties related to certain crimes involving controlled substances.  

SB 86 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. 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. 
 
The following legislation was introduced on the Senate Floor:

HB 59, which relates to missing vulnerable adult prompt response and notification plans, was referred to the State Affairs Committee. 

HB 146, sponsored by Representative Higgins, which relates to proof of motor vehicle liability insurance, was referred to the Transportation 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, was referred to the Labor and Commerce Committee.

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, was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

SCR 4, sponsored by the Judiciary, which defines “gravity knife" and "switchblade" to the criminal law, was held on the Secretary's desk.
To view part 1 of the session, click here.
To view part 1 of the session, click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the State's capital budget for fiscal year 2014. SB 18 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Senate Floor. 
                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 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 Rules Committee.
                HB 26, sponsored by Representatives Hawker and Thompson, which extends the termination date of the Board of Public Accountancy. HB 26 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
                SB 88, sponsored by the 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. SB 88 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view part 1 of the meeting, click here.
To view part 2 of the meeting, click here.
To view part 3 of the meeting, click here.


Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered the following legislation:
                HB 1, sponsored by Representatives Lynn, Hawker, Chenault, and Johnson, which enables the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license for a period of less than five years for persons who have a legal presence in the United States for less than five years. HB 1 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 was heard & held.
                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 was heard & held.
                HJR 12, sponsored by Representative Chenault, which encourages the manufacture of firearms and firearms accessories in the state. HJR 12 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
To view associated documents, click here.

To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Transportation Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 85, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which relates to experimental vehicles. SB 85 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

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. SB 85 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.  

HB 153, sponsored by Representative Lynn, which designates Minnesota Drive and a portion of O'Malley Road in Anchorage the Walter J. Hickel Parkway. SB 85 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.  

To view a supporting letter for SB 85, click here
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered 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.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the meeting, click here.

Senate Resources Committee—Members considered 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 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.

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.

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

SB 93, sponsored by Senator Olson, which extends the unemployment contributions for the Alaska technical and vocational education program. SB 93 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.  

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. SB 25 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.  

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 was heard & held.
               SB 58, sponsored by Senator Egan, which allows an insurer to cancel an insurance policy if property becomes entirely abandoned and the abandonment increases the hazard insured against. SB 58 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Friday, April 5, 2013:

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

SB 82, sponsored by Senator Olson, which provides for public school funding for telecommunications or Internet services.

SB 6, which provides for funding for school lunch and breakfast.

SB 91, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which relates to hazing.

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

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

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.

SJR 9, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to state aid for education.

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

HB 24, sponsored by Representatives Neuman, Isaacson, Lynn, and Feige, which relates to self-defense in any place where a person has a right to be

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. <Pending referral>
To view associated documents, click here.


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

SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the State's capital budget for fiscal year 2014.  

SB 57, sponsored by Senator Stevens, which relates to parental involvement in education, pupil transportation funding, and the time required for employers to give tenured teachers notification of their nonretention.


12:30 p.m. Senate Majority Press Availability—Butrovich 205—Various members of the Senate Majority will be on-hand to answer questions about current issues.

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

SB 60, sponsored by Senator Stedman, which places a $100 bounty on sea otters.

HB 9, which 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.

SCR 2, sponsored by Senator Stedman, which urges the governor to acquire land in the Tongass National Forest from the United States government by purchase or negotiation or by seeking amendment to the Alaska Statehood Act.
To view associated documents, click here.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider the following legislation:

HB 99, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which relates to the membership of the Alaska Minerals Commission and extends the termination date of the Alaska Minerals Commission.
To view associated documents, click here.

SB 96, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to oil and gas leases.
To view associated documents, click here.

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