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Alaska State Senate Highlights for Tuesday, February 12, 2013:

Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Bill Walker gave an overview of the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.
To view the Alaska LNG Project Power Point, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered SB 18, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the State's capital budget for Fiscal Year 2014. SB 18 was heard and held. Overviews of the Departments of Labor & Workforce, and the Development and Transportation & Public Facilities followed. 
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered SB 1, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which establishes May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day. SB 1 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

Members also considered SB 2, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which authorizes the State of Alaska to join and participate in the Interstate Mining Compact Commission. SB 2 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

Finally, members considered SB 4, sponsored by Senator Wielechoski, and cosponsored by Senators Ellis, Dyson, Kelly, Stevens, Fairclough, Micciche, Gardner, which directs state boards to accept relevant military education, training, and service as equivalent to some or all of the qualifications required while applying for a license or certificate. In addition, it authorizes the issuance of a temporary license or certificate for active duty service members who had an equivalent license or certificate issued in another state. SB 4 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Labor and Commerce Committee.
To view associated documents, click here.

Senate Majority Press Availability—Senators Coghill, Fairclough and Dunleavy were on-hand to answer questions about current issues.
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Senate World Trade Special Committee (Joint w/ House Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Committee) — Greg Wolf, Executive Director of World Trade Center Alaska, gave a presentation.
To view the entire meeting, click here.  

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 moved out of committee and is now on its way to the Resources Committee.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Wednesday, February 13, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee (Joint w/ House Education)—Capitol 106—Diane Barrans, Executive Director Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, will give a presentation on the Alaska Performance Scholarship Program.
To view the APS Annual Report (PDF), click here.

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.Overviews of the Departments of Education, and Natural Resources will follow.

10:45 a.m. Senate Session—Senators will consider HB 80, submitted by Governor Parnell, which updates the standards for cruise ship wastewater discharge.

11:00 a.m. Joint Session—House Chamber—Chief Justice Dana Fabe will give the State of the Judiciary Address.  

1:30 a.m. Senate Education Committee (Joint w/ Senate and House Judiciary and House Education)
—Senate Finance 532— Kevin P. Chavous, an education reform advocate, and Richard Komer, a Constitutional Scholar for the Institute for Justice, will give a presentation on education reform and school choice.

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. Members will also consider SJR 8, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which supports the continued and increased exploration and production of rare earth elements in the state; and urges the United States Congress to support efforts of the state to develop rare earth elements.
To view associated documents, click here.


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