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Alaska State Senate Highlights on Wednesday, January 23, 2013:


Senate Floor Session
Today, one bill and two joint resolutions were introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

                Senate Bill 34, an Act relating to office accounts for each member of the legislature for legislative office expenses, was referred to the Finance Committee.

                Senate Joint Resolution 3, urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, development, and production, was referred to the Resources Committee.

                Senate Joint Resolution 4, urging the United States Congress to approve legislation allowing members of the military to receive promised retirement benefits, was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs and State Affairs Committees.

Other Notes from Floor Session
Dana Fabe, Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, nominated the following public members for reappointment to the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics: Gary J. Turner, H. Connor Thomas, and Antoinette "Toni" Mallott.
Janie Leask was nominated as an alternate public member.
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Senate Education Committee— Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) gave a presentation on education in Alaska FIRST Robotics. Members heard testimony on SB 17 which would extend the Special Education Service Agency (SESA).

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Senate Finance Committee—David Teal from the Legislative Finance Division conducted an overview of the budget for FY2014. Trinity Tomsic, Deputy Executive Director at Federal Funds Information for States, also gave an overview of Federal funds information for States.

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Senate Judiciary Committee (Joint w/House Judiciary)—There was an overview of the Alaska Court System, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Office of Public Advocacy. 

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Senate Resources Committee—There was a presentation entitled "Who's Keeping the Lights & Heat On?” Commissioner Larry Hartig of the Department of Environmental Conservation was in attendance to give testimony on SB 29, which would permit operation of wastewater discharges from commercial passenger vessels, including discharges from advanced wastewater treatment systems, consistent with standards for other permitted discharges throughout the state.

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Things you might want to check out on Thursday, January 24, 2013:

7:30 a.m. Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy— Butrovich 205—The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) will give a presentation.
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9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee— Senate Finance 532—There will be a State’s savings account update by the Department of Revenue.

9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee (Joint w/House State Affairs) — Beltz 105— Members will address federal overreach in relation to the activities of the Departments of Law and Natural Resources and the Department Staff on State Activities will give an overview and presentation on State activities related to RS 2477 easements over federal lands and disputes over submerged lands and navigable waters.

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1:00 p.m. Senate Transportation Committee (Joint w/House Trans. Com.) — Senate Finance 532—Steve Hatter, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation, will give an overview of Aviation. There will also be public testimony on the new direction for vessel acquisition.

1:30 p.m. Senate Labor and Commerce Committee— Beltz 105— Members will consider SB 14, an act relating to the term of office of directors of telephone or electric cooperatives.  

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3:30 p.m. Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput Committee—Butrovich 205— Members will consider SB 21, an act relating to the taxes on oil and gas production. Barry Pulliam of Econ One Research, Inc. will also be in attendance to give testimony.

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