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Alaska State Senate: Monday's highlights and Tuesday's previews (Feb.11-12)

Senate Floor Session—Today, Senate Joint Resolution 2, passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SJR 2, sponsored by Senator Dyson, 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.

Three Senate Bills, two House Bills, and one Senate Concurrent Resolution were also introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

Senate Bill 48, sponsored by Senator Olson, which relates to municipalities that participate in the defined benefit plan of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Alaska, was referred to the State Affairs and Finance Committees.

Senate Bill 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which clarifies medically necessary abortions paid for by the state Medicaid program, was referred to the Judiciary and Finance Committees.

Senate Bill 50, which relates to tax on oil and gas production taxes, was referred to the Senate Special Committee on Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Throughput, Resources and Finance Committees.

House Bill 88, sponsored by Representative Millett, which removes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded,” and replaces them with “intellectual and developmental disabilities,” was referred to the Health and Social Services Committee.

House Bill 40, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which establishes a municipal tax exemption for certain farm structures, was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which relates to the establishment and operation of a state food resource development working group, was referred to the Resources Committee.
To view the entire Session, click here.

Senate Education Committee (Joint w/House)— Dr. Herb Illisaurri-Schroeder, UAA Vice Provost for ANSEP and Professor of Engineering , gave a presentation on the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP).  
To view the ANSEP presentation (PDF), 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. There were also overviews of the Department(s) of Environmental Conservation, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Fish and Game. 
To view the DFG Regional Info Report (PDF), click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Health and Social Services—Members considered SB 39, sponsored by Senator Meyer, which removes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded,” and replaces them with “intellectual and developmental disabilities.” SB 39 was heard and held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. SB 22 was heard and held.
To view associated documents, click here.

Senate Resources Committee—Members considered SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. SB 21 was heard and held.
To view associated documents, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Tuesday, February 12, 2013:

7:30 a.m. Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Butrovich 205—Bill Walker will give an overview of the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.
To view the Alaska LNG Project Power Point, 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 Labor & Workforce, and the Development and Transportation & Public Facilities, will follow.

9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 1, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which establishes May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day.

Members will also consider SB 2, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which authorizes the State of Alaska to join and participate in the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.

Finally, members will consider 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.
To view associated documents, click here.

11:00 a.m. Senate Majority Press Availability—Butrovich 205—Senators Coghill, Fairclough and Dunleavy will be on-hand to questions about current issues.
To view the Press Release, click here.

11:15 a.m. Senate World Trade Special Committee (Joint w/ House Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Committee)—Barnes 124—Greg Wolf, Executive Director of World Trade Center Alaska, will give a presentation.

3:30 p.m. Senate Session—Butrovich 205—Members will consider 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.
To view associated documents, click here.

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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