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Alaska State Senate on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Senate Floor Session—Today, Senate Bill 14 was the first bill to pass the Senate during the 28th Legislature with a vote of 19 to 0.  SB14, sponsored by Senator Dyson, relates to the term of office of directors of telephone or electric cooperatives.

Two Senate Bills and one Senate Joint Resolution were also introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

                Senate Bill 42, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to supplemental appropriations for the State's operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2013, was referred to the Finance Committee.
                Senate Joint Resolution 8, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which supports the continued and increased exploration and production of rare earth elements in the state; and urges the United States Congress to support efforts of the state to develop rare earth elements, was referred to the Resources Committee.  To read the press release, click here.

Senate Bill 41, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which relates to student participation in interscholastic activities in religious and other private schools, was referred to the Education Committee.
 

To view the entire session, click here.

Senate Education Committee—Members considered SB 17, which extends the special education service agency. SB 17 was heard and held.  

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

Later in the day, the Senate Education Committee met jointly with the House Education committee where Patrick Gamble, President of the University of Alaska, gave a presentation on the state of the University of Alaska.
To view the entire meeting, click here.


Senate Finance Committee—Members reviewed Governor Parnell’s FY2014 budget overview for the University of Alaska.
To view the budget overview Power Point, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.


Senate Judiciary Committee—The Department of Law gave an overview of SB 22, an act relating to the commencement of actions for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. SB 22 was heard and held.
To view the entire meeting, click here.


Senate Resources Committee—Cora Campbell, Commissioner of the Department of Fish & Game, presented an overview. Larry Hartig, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, also gave an overview.
To view the Power Point presentation from the Department of Fish & Game, click here.
To view the Power Point presentation from the Department of Environmental Conservation, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.


Things you might want to check out on Thursday, January 31, 2013:


7:30 a.m. Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Butrovich 205—The Alaska Industrial Development Export Authority (AIDEA) will give an overview of the Fairbanks gas trucking project.

To view AIDEA’s Power Point presentation, click here.

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 20, which makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program. Jeff Jesse, Executive Direction of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, will give an overview of Governor Parnell’s FY14 mental health budget.
To view the Senate Finance Committee FY14 budget Power Point presentation, click here.

9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—The Department of Corrections will give a presentation on prisoner reentry and recidivism. 
To view the Power Point presentation, click here.

1:00 p.m. Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 21, an act relating to taxes on oil and gas production. PFC Energy will give a presentation followed by public testimony from Kodiak, Homer, Kenai, Seward, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Glennallen, Juneau, Off-nets.

1:30 p.m. Senate Labor and Commerce Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 23, which authorizes the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) to provide financing and issue bonds for a liquefied natural gas production system and a natural gas distribution system; and for development project financing by AIDEA. Testimony will be heard.

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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