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Alaska State Senate: Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Friday, March 29, 2013

Senate Session—Today, SB 24 passed the Senate by a vote of 17 to 0. SB 24, sponsored by Senators Stevens, alters the makeup of the Alaska Marine Transportation Advisory Board by adding a twelfth seat designated for a representative from Southcentral Alaska.

HB 46 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. HB 46, sponsored by Representative Saddler, relates to regulations adopted by the Department of Administration waiving the commercial motor vehicle driving skills test for certain drivers with military commercial motor vehicle experience.

HJR 6 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 0. HJR 6, sponsored by Representative Millett, urges the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to open new areas of the National Petroleum Reserve for development.

The following legislation was introduced on the Senate Floor:

SB 91, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which relates to hazing, was referred to the Education and Judiciary Committees.

SB 92, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to a municipal tax credit for private school tuition, was referred to the Education and Finance Committees.

SB 93, sponsored by Senator Olson, which extends the unemployment contributions for the Alaska technical and vocational education program, was referred to the Labor and Commerce Committee.

SB 94, sponsored by Senator Olson, which vacates a portion of the Copper Center-Valdez right-of-way; and relating to rights-of-way acquired under former 43 U.S.C. 932 that cross land owned by an Alaska Native corporation, was referred to the Transportation and Judiciary Committees.

HJR 12, sponsored by Representative Chenault, which encourages the manufacture of firearms and firearms accessories in the state, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

HB 113, sponsored by Representative Feige, which relates to the membership of the Alaska Fire Standards Council, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.
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Senate Education Committee—Members continued their discussion of the school voucher system.

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Senate Finance Committee—Members considered 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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Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered the following legislation:   

SB 36, which implements vulnerable adult prompt response and notification plans. SB 36 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 81, sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the Legislative Council, which makes corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes. HB 81 was heard & held.

HB 83, sponsored by Representative Keller, which relates to certain federal statutes, regulations, presidential executive orders and actions, and secretarial orders and actions, as well as to the duties of the attorney general. HB 83 was heard & held.

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 69 was heard & held.
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Senate Resources Committee— Members considered the following legislation:

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. SR 5 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 71, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to the filing date for the final quarterly payment of, and to the assessment of penalties under, the fishery resource landing tax. SB 71 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

Members also conducted informal hearings on a gas line project.

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