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Alaska State Senate on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Here are some highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Wednesday, February 27, 2013:

Senate Session—Today, Senate Bill 12 passed by a vote of 20 to 0.
SB 12, sponsored by Senators Fairclough, simplifies the procurement process by standardizing preference language and increasing the small procurement thresholds.

House Bill 67 passed by a vote of 20 to 0.
CSHB 67, sponsored by Representative Thompson, establishes March 29 of each year as Vietnam Veterans Day.

Five Senate Bills and one Senate Joint Resolution were introduced, including:

Senate Bill 64, sponsored by the Judiciary Committee, which establishes the Alaska Sentencing Commission, was referred to the State Affairs and Judiciary Committees.

Senate Bill 65, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to imitation controlled substances, was referred to the Labor and Commerce and Judiciary Committees.

Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Senator Egan, which relates to the board, loans, records, and lobbying contracts of the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 67, which extends the gas storage facility corporate income tax credit, was referred to the Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy, Resources and Finance Committees.

Senate Bill 68, sponsored by Senator Olson, which relates to the accounting for money received by the state from the mining license tax, mining lease payments, and royalties from mining in a municipality, was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs and Resources Committees.

Senate Joint Resolution 10, which relates to the presence and interests of the state and the nation in the Arctic and urges the appointment of a representative of the state to the Arctic Council, was referred to the Resources Committee.
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Joint Education Committee—The University of Alaska Board of Regents presented a report on teacher preparation, retention, and recruitment.
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Senate Finance Committee—Members 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 Rules Committee.
Members 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 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Joint Resources Committee—Members conducted an overview of the mining industry.
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Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which brings clarity to the term “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid. SB 49 was heard & held.
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Senate Education & Early Development Finance Subcommittee—Members of the Department of Education & Early Development gave testimony on Pre-K and K-3. 
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Senate Resources Committee—Members considered and heard testimony on SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. CSSB 21 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.  
Members then considered 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. SJR 3 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Things you might want to check out on Thursday, February 28, 2013:

7:30 a.m. Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Butrovich 205—Former Gov. Bill Sheffield and Joe Griffith will discuss a long term perspective on energy issues.
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8:00 a.m. Senate Health & Social Services Finance Subcommittee—Fahrenkamp 203—Members will discuss issues related to the budget.

8:30 a.m. Joint Administrative Regulation Review Committee—Barnes 124— Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, will give a presenation on the impact of federal actions on Alaska.
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9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members consider SB 23, submitted by Governor Parnell, which gives the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority the ability to finance a natural gas liquefaction plant and a liquefied natural gas distribution system within the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
In the afternoon, members consider SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production.
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9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 44, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to election practices and procedures; relating to the election of an advisory school board in a regional educational attendance area.
Members will also consider SB 45, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which sets special registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles.
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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.

1:00 p.m. Joint Transportation Committee—Barnes 124—The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities will give a presentation on the North Lynn Canal ferry conceptual design.
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2:15 p.m. Senate Transportation Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider HB 15, sponsored by Representatives Keller and Isaacson, which relates to commercial motor vehicle requirements.

3:30 p.m. Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider HB 40, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which establishes a municipal tax exemption for certain farm structures

3:30 p.m. Senate Education & Early Development Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532— Mike Hanley, Commissioner of the Department of Education & Early Development, and Diane Barrans, Director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, will give a presentation on the Alaska Performance Scholarship Program and Postsecondary Education.
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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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