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Alaska State Senate Highlights on Monday, January 28, 2013


Senate Floor Session
Today, two Senate Bills and one Senate Joint Resolution were introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

                Senate Bill 39, sponsored by Senator Meyer, which changes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded,” and makes conforming changes, in Alaska Statutes, was referred to the Health and Social Services Committee.  To view the press release, click here.

                Senate Bill 40, which makes special appropriations for new engineering buildings for the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks, was referred to the Education and Finance Committees.

                Senate Joint Resolution 7, which urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to work to amend the Constitution of the United States to prohibit corporations, unions, and individuals from making unlimited independent expenditures supporting or opposing candidates for public office, was referred to the Labor and Commerce, Judiciary and Finance Committees.
To view the entire session, click here.  

Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered SJR 2, which 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. The Department of Corrections also gave an overview. 

To view the entire meeting, click here.
To view associated documents, click here.

Senate Resources Committee—Bob Swenson, State Geologist, Director of the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys and Paul Decker, Sr. Petroleum Geologist of the Division of Oil & Gas gave an overview of petroleum systems.  Members also considered SB 29, which updates the standards for cruise ship wastewater discharge, and moved it out of committee. SB 29 was sent to the Senate Finance Committee.

To view the entire meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Tuesday, January 29, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee—House Finance 519—Kris Curtis of Legislative Affairs will give an overview of an independent audit of state finances. Members will also go over Legislative Budget and Audit Contracts and conduct other business.

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532—Members will consider Governor Parnell’s budget proposals, SB 18 & SB 19

10:00 a.m. Senate Public Safety Subcommittee—House Finance 519—Members will conduct a budget overview w/testimony.

11:00 a.m. Senate Majority Press Availability—Butrovich 205—Senate Finance Co-Chairs Kevin Meyer and Pete Kelly, along with Senators Anna Fairclough, Cathy Giessel, and Fred Dyson will speak briefly about the process for budgets and legislation. The panel will then open up for questions from the press.  To view the media advisory, click here.

1:00 p.m. Senate Transportation Committee—Barnes 124—Michael Foster, KABATA Chairman of the Board, will give an update on the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority. David Levy of the Mobility Coalition will also give an update, and there will be a confirmation hearing of Pat Kemp for Commissioner of the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

1:30 p.m. Senate Labor & Commerce—Beltz 105—There will be a confirmation hearing of the new Labor Commissioner Dianne Blumer.

1:30 p.m. Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput—Beltz 105— Mike Pawlowski of the Department of Revenue and Joe Balash of the Department of Natural Resources will give a presentation on SB 21, an act relating to the oil and gas production tax rate. Public testimony will follow the presentation from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Mat-Su, Kotzebue, Nome, Tok, Valdez, and Unalaska.
To view the 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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