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Alaska State Senate Highlights and Previews on Saturday, February 2, 2013

Senate Resources Committee—Members considered SB 26, submitted by Governor Parnell, which reforms and streamlines procedures for obtaining, issuing and appealing permits, leases and other authorizations issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
Members also considered SB 27, submitted by Governor Parnell, which authorizes the State of Alaska to assume primacy from the federal government to administer the regulatory program for managing certain wetlands. SB 26 & 27 were both heard and held.
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Here are some highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Monday, February 4, 2013:

Senate Session—Today, one bill was introduced on the Senate floor:

Senate Bill 43, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which updates the minimum prosecution standards for theft, was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

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School District Legislative Fly-In—State-wide school districts had an informal Q&A session regarding Alaska's public school system.
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Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Members also considered SJR 6, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which urges the federal government to not impose new gun control laws on Alaska. Both SB 22 & SJR 6 were heard and held.
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Senate Resources Committee—Testimony was heard on the economic challenges and opportunities related to oil resources. Later, there was public testimony on SB 26 and SB 27. Senate Bill 26, submitted by Governor Parnell, reforms and streamlines procedures for obtaining, issuing and appealing permits, leases and other authorizations issued by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). And Senate Bill 27, also submitted by Governor Parnell, authorizes the State of Alaska to assume primacy from the federal government to administer the regulatory program for managing certain wetlands.    
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Things you might want to check out on Tuesday, February 5, 2013:

7:30 a.m. Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Butrovich 205—Frank Richards of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation will give an overview of Alaska’s Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP).

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 42, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to supplemental appropriations for the State's operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2013.   
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9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 12, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which streamlines the procurement code to ensure consistent application of the law, resulting in a more understandable, efficient procurement process.
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11:00 a.m. Senate Press Availability—Butrovich 205—Senate President Charlie Huggins, Senate Rules Chair Lesil McGuire as well as Senators Fairclough and Dunleavy will be on-hand to questions about current issues.
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1:00 p.m. Joint Transportation Committee—Barnes 124—Chris Aadnesen, CEO of Alaska Railroad Corp., and Bill O’Leary, CFO, will give a presentation. Later, John Moosey, Mat-Su Borough Manager and Don Dyer, Economic Development Director, will give an update on the Port MacKenzie Project.
 

1:30 p.m. Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 37, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which extends the termination date of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council. Members will also consider SB 23, submitted by Governor Parnell, which is designed to provide cheaper energy to Interior Alaskans and give the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) the ability to finance a natural gas liquefaction plant and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution system within the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
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3:30 p.m. Senate Public Safety Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—There will be a status update of the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program and of recruitment efforts for VPSOs and the State Troopers.

3:30 p.m. Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput—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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