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Alaska State Senate on Thursday, February 21, 2013

Senate Session—Today, House Bill 88 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0.
HB 88, sponsored by Representative Millett, removes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded,” and replaces them with “intellectual and developmental disabilities.”


House Joint Resolution 5 was introduced on the Senate Floor. The resolution opposes the FDA’s preliminary finding related to genetically engineered salmon and opposes the production of genetically engineered salmon. HJR 5 was referred to the Resources Committee.
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Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Mike Craft & Duff Mitchell gave an overview of the Alaska Independent Power Producers.
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Senate Health and Social Services Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted an overview of state Medicaid services.
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Senate Finance Committee—Members considered SB 7, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which reduces tax liability for small to medium size corporations to reflect inflation as measured by the change in the U.S. consumer price index. Members also considered SB 12, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which simplifies the procurement process by standardizing preference language and increasing the small procurement thresholds.
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Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered SB 36, which implements vulnerable adult prompt response and notification plans. SB 36 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Judiciary Committee. Members also considered HB 67, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which establishes March 29 of each year as Vietnam Veterans Day. HB 67 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Joint Session—The honorable U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski gave her annual address.
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Senate Labor & Commerce—Members considered SB 23, submitted by Governor Parnell, which gives 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. SB 23 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Senate Education & Early Development Finance Subcommittee—Director Dr. Susan McCauley and Deputy Director Mr. Paul Prussing of the Department of Education & Early Development gave an overview of the Teaching and Learning Support Division.
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Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee—Members considered HB 40, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which establishes a municipal tax exemption for certain farm structures. Kathie Wasserman, Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal League, gave a presentation on local government.
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Joint Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee—Members considered issues related to the Matanuska Susitna Fishery and other Fish & Game budget Items.
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Things you might want to check out on Friday, February 22, 2013:


8:00 a.m. Joint Legislative Budget & Audit Committee—House Finance 519—Members will conduct an overview of the State of Alaska Single Audit for FY12 and the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Knik Arm Bridge & Toll Authority. Later, there will be an audit update of the Alaska Statewide System for Employee Time.
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9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—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 17, sponsored by Senator Stevens, which extends the Special Education Service Agency.
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10:00 a.m. Senate Session

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 43, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which updates the minimum prosecution standards for felony theft in order to reflect inflation. Members will also consider SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
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3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider and hear testimony on SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production.
 

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