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Alaska State Senate: Friday's highlights and Monday's previews

Senate Session—Today, two Senate Bills were introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

Senate Bill 46, sponsored by Senator Egan, which repeals a prohibition against classified state employees participating in the management of political parties above the precinct level, was referred to the State Affairs and Judiciary Committees.

Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which increases the monthly stipend available for students attending a statewide boarding school operated by a school district, was referred to the Finance Committee.

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Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee—Members considered SB 32, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which states that the development and operation of a hydroelectric site at Chikuminuk Lake is not an incompatible use in the Wood-Tikchik State Park. SB 32 was heard and held.
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Senate Education Committee (Joint w/House) —Jim Merriner, the State Board Chair of the Department of Education & Early Development, presented the department’s annual report.
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Senate Finance Committee—Members considered HB 80, submitted by Governor Parnell, which updates the standards for cruise ship wastewater discharge. HB 80 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Senate Judiciary Committee—The Children’s Justice Act Task Force gave its annual legislative presentation. Members also considered SJR 6, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which urges the federal government not to impose new gun control laws on Alaska. SJR 6 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

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Senate Resources Committee— Scott Jepsen, VP of External Affairs for ConocoPhillips Alaska, and Scott Digert, Reservoir Management Team Leader for BP, testified before the committee on, "What it Takes to Keep Our Legacy Fields Alive.” 
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Things you might want to check out on Monday, February 11, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee (Joint w/House)—Capitol 106—Dr. Herb Illisaurri-Schroeder, UAA Vice Provost for ANSEP and Professor of Engineering , will give a presentation on the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). 

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the State's capital budget for Fiscal Year 2014. There will also be department overviews of the Department(s) of Environmental Conservation, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Fish and Game. 

11:00 a.m. Senate Session—Senators will conduct a second reading of HB 80, submitted by Governor Parnell, which updates the standards for cruise ship wastewater discharge. Senators will also conduct a third reading of SJR 2, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which commends the Office of the Governor, the attorney general, and the commissioner of natural resources for their efforts in fighting federal overreach. The resolution also urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to not overstep their bounds in relation to the management of state resources.

1:30 p.m. Senate Health and Social Services—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 39, sponsored by Senator Meyer, which removes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded,” and replaces them with “intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production.

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! Also, please “like” our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at AKSenMajority for breaking news throughout the day. 

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