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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - April 10, 2014

Here is what happened in the Alaska State Senate today, Thursday, April 10, 2014:

(J) Administrative Regulation Review Committee – Members conducted department reviews of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources.

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered: 

HB 278, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to education funding, charter schools, and the high school exit exam. HB 278 was heard & held.

SB 197, sponsored by Senator Olson, which extends the termination date of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' interim project authorization regarding naturally occurring asbestos. SB 197 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 216, which relates to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in public schools, and establishes a task force in the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. SB 216 was heard & held.

HB 268, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, which allows the Tanana Valley Sportsmen Association to raise funds for their organization and the University of Fairbanks Nanooks Rifle team equally. HB 268 was heard & held.

(S) State Affairs Committee – Members considered: 

HJR 32, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which urges the United States government to condemn violent acts of religious persecution and seek a peaceful resolution to the conflicts in Syria. HJR 32 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 75, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which allows greater participation in the Pick.Click.Give program by small non-profits that meet all of the eligibility requirements for the program, but do not participate due to the cost prohibitive audit requirement. HB 75 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

(S) Labor & Commerce Committee – Members considered: 

HB 241, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Marital and Family Therapy. HB 241 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 239, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Examiners in Optometry. HB 239 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 240, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. HB 240 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 242, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board. HB 242 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 302, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which extends relates to rules of professional conduct for the profession of public accounting. HB 302 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 189, which relates to an exemption from the regulation of construction contractors. SB 189 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 193, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to bonds required for contractors. SB 193 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

(S) Transportation Committee – Members considered: 

HB 378, which changes Alaska statutes to align them with the updated Federal Motor Carriers Administration (FMCSA) regulations. HB 378 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

(S) Conference Committee – Members considered: 

HB 266, 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 266 was heard & held.

HB 267, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program. HB 267 was heard & held.

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Friday, April 11, 2014:

8:00 a.m. – (S) Education Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider:

HB 210, sponsored by Representatives Millett and Austerman, which relates to crisis intervention training for school personnel and to restraint and seclusion of students in public schools.

9:00 a.m. – (S) Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532 – Members will consider:

SB 216, which relates to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in public schools, and establishes a task force in the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

SB 209, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which prohibits smoking in certain locations.

HB 268, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, which allows the Tanana Valley Sportsmen Association to raise funds for their organization and the University of Fairbanks Nanooks Rifle team equally.

HB 32, sponsored by Representative Costello and Hughes, which provides for the issuance of one business license for multiple lines of business and for reissuance of a business license to make a change on the license.

HCR 15, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which relates to the Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

10:00 a.m. – (S) Floor Session – The Senate will consider:

SB 66, sponsored by Senator Egan, which makes illegal any substance represented as a controlled substance.

SB 178, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which clarifies and amends the rental vehicle tax to make it clear that the rental to other Alaskan businesses.

SB 201, sponsored by Senator Stedman, which removes the requirement that private property be posted in order for criminal trespass laws to be enforced.

SB 213, which clarifies that election boards are only required for elections and precincts in which voters cast ballots in person.

SB 216, which relates to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in public schools, and establishes a task force in the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

SB 218, which relates to the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority.

HB 23, which creates the Knik Crossing Development Corporation as a subsidiary corporation of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and relates to bonds of the Knik Crossing Development Corporation.

SB 119, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes capital appropriations and other appropriations.

SJR 23, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to contracting state debt for postsecondary student loans.

SJR 26, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which recognizes June 14, 2014, as the 60th anniversary of the first recital of the United States Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God.”

SJR 21, sponsored by Senator Kelly, which proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska to increase the number of members on the judicial council and relates to the initial terms of new members appointed to the judicial council.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532 – Members will consider:

HB 278, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to education funding, charter schools, and the high school exit exam.

1:30 p.m. – Health & Social Services – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

HB 134, sponsored by Representative Costello, which requires Medicaid payment for medication compliance packaging, delivery, and dispensing services of a prescription for specified recipients.

HB 281, sponsored by Representative Gattis, which relates to prescription of drugs by a physician without a physical examination.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Judiciary Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider:

HB 366, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which relates to reporting an involuntary mental health commitment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

HB 140, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which requires that regulation notices include information about estimated costs beyond those to the agency.

For updates throughout the day, please bookmark the Senate Majority’s Website www.alaskasenate.org  which features Senate news, information, photos, social media, member information and more.

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