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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - April 3, 2014


Here is what happened in the Alaska State Senate today, Thursday, April 3, 2014:

(J) Legislative Council Committee – Members discussed the Anchorage LIO and State Capitol renovations. 

(S) State Affairs Committee – Members considered: 

HJR 25, sponsored by Representative LeDoux, which urges the U.S. Congress to restore the presumption of a service connection for Agent Orange exposure to U.S. Veterans who served in the waters defined by and in the airspace over the combat zone in Vietnam. HJR 25 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 209, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which prohibits smoking in certain locations. SB 209 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Health & Social Services Committee.

(S) Finance Committee – Members conducted public testimony on: 

SB 119, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations, including capital appropriations and other appropriations, and makes appropriations to capitalize funds. SB 119 was heard & held.

(S) Labor & Commerce Committee – Members considered: 

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. HB 32 was heard & held.

HB 276, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which makes the Alaska Wage and Hour Act inapplicable to certain employees of motor vehicle dealers. HB 276 was heard & held.

HB 234, sponsored by Representatives Hawker, Isaacson, and Saddler, which extends the termination date of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. HB 234 was heard & held.


Here is the preview for tomorrow, Friday, April 4, 2014:

8:00 a.m. – (S) Education Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider bills previously heard/scheduled.

10:00 a.m. – (S) Floor Session

12:00 p.m. – Lunch & Learn – Butrovich 205 – There will be a Lunch & Learn on ‘Clean Coal Energy Technology for Alaska Power Generation,” sponsored by Senator Dyson

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

HB 301, sponsored by Representative Herron, which relates to duties and procedures of the state medical examiner and the Department of Health and Social Services.

HCR 18, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which encourages hospitals and birthing facilities in the state to participate in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and to support breastfeeding, and recognizes the benefits of breastfeeding.

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

HB 369, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which relates to restrictions on the criminal prosecution for certain offenses for a person who seeks medical assistance for a person experiencing a drug overdose.

HB 284, sponsored by Representative Keller, which proposes an interstate compact to amend the Constitution of the United States with a Balanced Budget Amendment via the Constitution’s Article V process.

3:30 p.m. – (S) Resources Committee – Butrovich 205 – There will be an information hearing on “Alaska Coal and Coal Technology.”

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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