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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Senate Session—Today, SB 38 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. SB 38, sponsored by Senator Olson, extends the termination date of the State Medical Board.

SB 52 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. SB 52, sponsored by Senator Coghill, 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.

HCR 4 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. HCR 4, sponsored by Representative LeDoux, proclaims May 15 to be Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day.

The following legislation was introduced on the Senate Floor:

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, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

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, was referred to the Resources and Finance Committees.

HB 87, sponsored by Representative Higgins, which extends the sunset requirement to the Special Education Service Agency, was referred to the Education and Finance Committees.

HB 130, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which establishes July 21 each year as Jay Hammond Day, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

HB 180, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, which relates to the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

HJR 13, sponsored by Representative Austerman, which urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to complete the funding and acquisition of three additional National Security Cutters and to home port one of the cutters in Kodiak, Alaska, was referred to the Transportation Committee.
To view the session, click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 63, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which requires the Alaska Division of Elections to use the state procurement code to solicit bids for the preparation of election ballots. SB 63 was moved out of committee and is now on its way to the Senate Floor. 

SB 13, sponsored by Senator 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 13 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 moved out of committee and is now on its way to the Senate Floor. 

SB 59, submitted by Governor Parnell, which approves oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area. SB 59 was heard & held. 

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. SB 88 was heard & held.

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

Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

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. HJR 11 moved out of committee and is now on its way to the Senate Floor. 

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

Senate Transportation Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

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.

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Senate Resources Committee—Members considered 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. HB 4 was heard & held.
To view the meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Wednesday, April 3, 2013:

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

SB 15, which relates to prekindergarten programs within a school district and to pre-elementary students and schools. 

HB 87, sponsored by Representative Higgins, which extends the sunset requirement to the Special Education Service Agency.

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

Members will also conduct a confirmation hearing of James Fields to the State Board of Education & Early Development.

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

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

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

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

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 56, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which adjusts penalties related to certain crimes involving controlled substances.   

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.

1:30 p.m. Senate Health & Social Services—Butrovich 205—The Department of Health and Social Services will give a presentation on services regarding obesity prevention.
To view the Alaska obesity prevention efforts presentation, click here.

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

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

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.

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 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.
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.

Attorney General Michael Geraghty will present: NPRA "Travesty Wells," Alaska's options.

5:00 p.m. Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Beltz 105—Members considered the following legislation:

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.

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.

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

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

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