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Alaska State Senate on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Joint State Affairs—Members discussed federal overreach in relation to the Departments of Law & Natural Resources. Department staff then gave an overview on state activities related to federal lands and disputes over submerged lands and navigable waters.
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Senate Finance—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. SB 26 was heard & held.
Members then 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 27 was heard & held.
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Joint Select Committee on Legislative Ethics—Members conducted an overview of the FY13 & 14 budgets, office allowance funds, and disclosure waiver requests, as well as other business.
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Senate Majority Press Availability—Senators McGuire, Giessel, Micciche and Bishop were available for questions.
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Joint Select Committee on Legislative Ethics—Members were open for public comment. 
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Senate Labor & Commerce—Members considered SB 52, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to portable electronics insurance. SB 52 was heard & held.
Members also considered SB 55, sponsored by the Labor & Commerce Committee, which relates to actions by insurers based on credit history or insurance score. SB 55 was heard & held.
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Senate Public Safety Finance Subcommittee—Members considered issues within the budget and conducted a question and answer session.
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Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput—Members considered SB 59, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area. SB 59 was heard & held.
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Joint Legislative Council Committee—Members considered ratification of charity events, contract approvals, and other committee business.
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Senate Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittee—Larry Dietrick, Director of the Division of Spill Prevention and Response, gave testimony.
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Things you might want to check out on Wednesday, February 27, 2013:
 

8:00 a.m. Joint Education Committee—Capitol 106—The University of Alaska Board of Regents will present a report on teacher preparation, retention, and recruitment.
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9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 2, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which authorizes the State of Alaska to join and participate in the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.
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11:00 a.m. Senate Session—Members will consider SB 7, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which reduces tax liability for small to medium size corporations to reflect changes in inflation. Members will then consider CSHB 67, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which establishes March 29 of each year as Vietnam Veterans Day.
 

12:00 p.m. Joint Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will conduct an overview of the mining industry.
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1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which brings clarity to the term “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid.
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3:00 p.m. Senate Education & Early Development Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members of the Department of Education & Early Development will give testimony on Pre-K and K-3. 
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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. Members will then consider SJR 3, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which urges the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for resource development.

 

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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