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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - March 31, 2014

Here is what happened in the Alaska State Senate today, Monday, March 31, 2014:

(S) Floor Session – Legislation considered:

SB 156 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SB 156, sponsored by Senator Kelly, updates and streamlines the Certified Direct-entry Midwife (“CDM”) practice act.

HB 292 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. HB 292 makes corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes.

SJR 19 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SJR 19 supports the American Indian Veterans Memorial Initiative to construct an Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian veterans' monument in our nation's capital.   

SJR 22 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SJR 22, sponsored by Senator Giessel, opposes the warrantless collection of telephone call data by the National Security Agency.   

Legislation introduced:

SB 217, which relates to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, was referred to the Labor and Commerce and Finance Committees.

(S) Education Committee – Members considered:

HB 162, sponsored by T. Wilson, which increases the time required for teachers to be awarded tenure. HB 162 was heard & held.

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered:

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. SJR 21 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.   

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

SB 104, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which relates to appropriations from the dividend fund; creating the criminal fund. SB 104 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.   

SB 140, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which creates the Arctic infrastructure development program and fund in the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. SB 140 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.   

HB 199, sponsored by Representative Edgmon, which establishes the legislature’s intent that Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) be allowed to carry firearms. HB 199 was heard & held.

(S) Judiciary Committee – Members considered:

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. HB 284 was heard & held.

HB 47, sponsored by Representatives Feige and Chenault, which requires a party seeking a restraining order, preliminary injunction, or order vacating or staying the operation of certain permits affecting an industrial operation to give security in the amount the court considers proper for costs incurred and damages suffered if the industrial operation is wrongfully enjoined or restrained. HB 47 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.   

(S) Resources Committee – Members considered:

HJR 30, sponsored by Representative Herron, which requests that the federal government and the United States Secretary of the Interior reconsider the Izembek Land Exchange decision and approve the Izembek Land Exchange, allowing the residents of King Cove to have road access to the Cold Bay Airport for critical health and safety reasons and to improve the quality of their lives. HJR 30 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.    

There was also an information hearing on “Opportunities for Resource Development to Address Economic Challenges in Rural Alaska.”

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

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

SB 28, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the sale of timber on state land and establishes the Susitna State Forest.

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 vehicle tax does not apply to Alaskan businesses making long-term rentals to other Alaskan businesses.

HB 305, sponsored by Representative Chenault, which relates to the records of metal scrappers and repeals the requirement that a junk dealer or metal scrapper obtain a license.

HB 297, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which recognizes the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation as the authorizing agency to approve home energy rating systems for the state.

11:00 a.m. – (S) Majority Press Availability – Butrovich 205

1:30 p.m. – (S) Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532 – Members will consider bills previously heard/scheduled.

9:00 a.m. – (S) State Affairs Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

SB 30, sponsored by Senator Egan, which lets teachers, Troopers, firefighters and other public employees choose one of two state retirement systems: an individual defined contribution retirement account, or earning a defined benefit pension.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Transportation Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

HJR 10, sponsored by Representative P. Wilson, which proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska creating a transportation infrastructure fund.

3:30 p.m. – (S) Labor & Commerce Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider:

SB 214, which relates to insurance adjuster licensing.

HB 204, sponsored by Representative Austerman, which relates to a product development tax credit for certain salmon and herring products.

HB 141, which sets the fee for medical treatment or services performed outside the state under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act, requires a provider of medical treatment or services under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act to submit bills for treatment or services to employers within 180 days after the date the treatment or services are rendered, and limits the time for appealing an employer's denial or reduction of a bill.

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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