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Alaska State Senate: Today's highlights and Monday's previews

Here are some highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Friday, March 1, 2013:

10:00 a.m. Senate Session
—Today, Senate Bill 7 passed  the Senate by a vote of 18 to 1.
 SB 7, sponsored by Senator Giessel, reduces tax liability for small to medium size corporations to reflect changes in inflation.

Senate Joint Resolution 3 also passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0.
SJR 3, sponsored by Senator Micciche, urges the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to resource development.
To view the entire session, click here.

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Education experts gave testimony on school vouchers. 
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

9:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532— Members considered SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. SB 21 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the first meeting, click here.
To view the second meeting, click here.

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members considered SB 43, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which updates the minimum prosecution standards for felony theft. SB 43 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
Members also considered SB 22, sponsored by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. SB 22 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Monday, March 4, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—The Alaska Council of School Administrators will give a presentation on the Alaska Learning Network.

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532— Members will consider SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. Roger Marks of PFC Energy will testify.

10:45 a.m. Senate Session—Senators will consider SB 1, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which establishes May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day.
Senators will also consider SB 2, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which authorizes the State of Alaska to join and participate in the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.
Senators will then consider SB 27, submitted by Governor Parnell, authorizes the State of Alaska to assume primacy from the federal government to administer the regulatory program for managing certain wetlands.

11:00 a.m. Joint Session—House Chamber—U.S. Senator Mark Begich will give his annual address.

1:30 p.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532— Members will consider SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. Roger Marks of PFC Energy will testify.

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 56, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which adjusts penalties related to certain crimes involving controlled substances.
Members will also consider SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which brings defines “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid.
Members will then consider SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

3:00 p.m. Senate Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532— Members will conduct a Department budget overview.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SJR 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
Members will also consider SB 54, sponsored by the Resources Committee, which extends the termination date of the authority of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
Members will then consider HB 36, sponsored by Representative Wilson, which exempts certain federal agencies or military services firing or using munitions on active ranges from prior authorization requirements of the Department of Environmental Conservation.
To view 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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