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Alaska State Senate on Friday, March 15, 2013

Senate Session—Today, Senate Bill 16 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. 

 SB 16, sponsored by Senator Giessel, revises statutes governing architects, engineers, and land surveyors in Alaska (AELS), designating a full-time investigator specifically for the State Board of Registration for AELS.

House Bill 36 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0.

 HB 36, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, exempts certain federal agencies or military services firing or using munitions on active ranges from prior authorization requirements of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

One Senate Bill and three House Bills were introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

 Senate Bill 80, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which relates to the practice of telemedicine and relates to licenses for out-of-state physicians or podiatrists to practice telemedicine in this state under certain circumstances, was referred to the Labor and Commerce and Finance Committees.

 House Bill 65, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government and for certain programs, capitalizing funds, and makes reappropriations, was referred to the Finance Committee.

House Bill 66, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program and makes a reappropriation, was referred to the Finance Committee.

                House Bill 83, sponsored by Representative Keller, which clarifies in Alaska Statute that a federal statute, regulation, presidential executive order, or secretarial order that is not properly adopted or is unconstitutional does not preempt state law, was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
To view the CS for sponsor substitute for SB 47, click here.
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Senate Education Committee—Members continued their discussion of school vouchers.

 Members considered SB 47, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which increases the monthly stipend available for students attending a statewide boarding school operated by a school district. SB 47 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.
To view the CS for sponsor substitute for SB 47, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered SB 24, sponsored by Senators Stevens, which alters the makeup of the Alaska Marine Transportation Advisory Board by adding a twelfth seat designated for a representative from Southcentral Alaska. SB 24 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered HB 69, sponsored by Representative Chenault, which exempts certain arms in this state from federal regulation and declares certain federal laws unconstitutional under the Constitution of the United States. HB 69 was heard & held.

 Members then considered SJR 9, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to state aid for education. SJR 9 was heard & held.

Members also considered SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which defines the term “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid. SB 49 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.  
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Senate Resources Committee—Members considered SB 59, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area. SB 59 was heard & held.

 Members then considered HJR 5, which opposes the FDA’s preliminary finding related to genetically engineered salmon and opposes the production of genetically engineered salmon. HJR 5 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

 Members also considered SB 60, sponsored by Senator Stedman, which places a $100 bounty on sea otters. SB 60 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Judiciary Committee.

 Members later considered SB 69, sponsored by Senator Olson, which establishes the Alaska Chinook salmon research and restoration endowment fund. SB 69 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

To view associated documents, click here.
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Senate Administration Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a budget closeout. 

Senate Correction Finance Subcommittee—Members went over final considerations and a budget closeout.
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Senate University of Alaska Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a budget closeout. 

Things you might want to check out on Saturday, March 16, 2013:

10:00 a.m. Senate Military & Veterans’ Affairs Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct a department review.

1:30 p.m. Senate Natural Resources Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will discuss budget and other concerns.

Things you might want to check out on Monday, March 18, 2013:

7:30 a.m. Senate Military & Veterans’ Affairs Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct a department review.

8:00 a.m. Senate Health & Social Services Finance Subcommittee—Fahrenkamp 203—Members will conduct a budget closeout.

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—There will be a presentation on “Best Beginnings, Early Literacy.”

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 56, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which adjusts penalties related to certain crimes involving controlled substances.

Members will also consider SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

11:00 a.m. Senate Session—The Senate will consider the following legislation:

 SB 54, sponsored by Resources Committee, which extends the termination date of the authority of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to maintain a vessel-based limited entry fisheries system for the weathervane scallop and Bering Sea hair crab fisheries.

 SJR 10, sponsored by Senator Giessel, 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

HCR 1, sponsored by Representative Stoltze, which establishes a state food resource development working group

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider HB 69, sponsored by Representative Chenault, which exempts certain arms in this state from federal regulation and declares certain federal laws unconstitutional under the Constitution of the United States

Members will also consider HJR 4, sponsored by Representative Millett, which urges the President of the United States to rescind 23 executive orders regulating firearms and urges the United States Congress to refrain from restricting the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

Members will then consider HCR 2, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which proclaims the state as a Purple Heart State to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans.
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1:30 p.m. Senate Health & Social Services Committee—Butrovich 205—Russell Webb and Paula Pence Easley will be up for confirmation hearings for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees.

3:00 p.m. Senate Education & Early Development Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct a budget closeout.


3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will conduct a confirmation hearing of Governor Parnell’s appointees to the Big Game Commercial Services Board and the Board of Fisheries.

4:30 p.m. Senate Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct a budget closeout.

5:00 p.m. Senate Labor & Workforce Development Finance Subcommittee— Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct a department overview.



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