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Alaska State Senate on Monday, March 25, 2013

Senate Session—Today, House Joint Resolution 5 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HJR 5 opposes the FDA’s preliminary finding related to genetically engineered salmon and opposes the production of genetically engineered salmon.

One House Joint Resolution and three House Bills were also introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

House Joint Resolution 11, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's address to the nation concerning the Strategic Defense Initiative, recognizes the strategic importance of Alaska in the missile interceptor defense system, and urges the United States to deploy the number of ground-based interceptors originally intended at Fort Greely, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

House Bill 24, sponsored by Representatives Neuman, Isaacson, Lynn, and Feige, which relates to self-defense in any place where a person has a right to be, was referred to the Judiciary and Finance Committees.

House Bill 94, sponsored by Representative Isaacson, which names the northbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Nellie Miller Bridge and names the southbound Chena Flood Channel Crossing Bridge the Con Miller Bridge, was referred to the Transportation and Finance Committees.
                House Bill 153, sponsored by Representative Lynn, which designates Minnesota Drive and a portion of O'Malley Road in Anchorage the Walter J. Hickel Parkway, was referred to the Transportation and Finance Committees.

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Senate Education Committee—Members considered SB 82, sponsored by Senator Olson, which provides for public school funding for telecommunications or Internet services. SB 82 was heard & held.
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Senate Judiciary Committee—Members conducted a confirmation hearing of H. Connor Thomas to Legislative Ethics.

Members considered SB 72, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which clarifies that the Alaska Bar Association is an agency for purposes of investigations by the ombudsman. SB 72 was heard & held.

Members also 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 then 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.
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Senate Resources Committee—Members considered HJR 6, sponsored by Representative Millett, which urges the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to open new areas of the National Petroleum Reserve for development. HJR 6 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
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Things you might want to check out on Tuesday, March 26, 2013:

7:30 a.m. Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Butrovich 205—There will be a Tanana Chiefs Conference to discuss Interior energy needs. Dave Pelunis-Messier, Rural Energy Coordinator, and Bernie Carl of the Renewable Energy in Alaska, will testify. 
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8:30 a.m. Joint Select Committee on Legislative Ethics— ANCH LIO 210—Members will conduct an open session available to public comment.
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9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider HB 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.

Members will also consider HB 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.

9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will conduct confirmation hearings of Jason Hart to the State Commission for Human Rights and Cathy Foerster to the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

Members will consider SB 11, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which amends criminal law regulating the possession and sale of switchblades and gravity knives.
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11:00 a.m. Senate Majority Press Availability

1:00 p.m. Joint Transportation Committee—Barnes 124—Captain Ed Page, Executive Director of the Marine Exchange of Alaska, will give a presentation.

1:30 p.m. Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Beltz 105—Members will conduct confirmation hearings of the governor’s appointees.

Members will consider SB 65, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to property exemptions for retirement plans, individual retirement accounts, and Roth IRAs.  

Members will also consider HB 26, sponsored by Representatives Hawker and Thompson, which extends the termination date of the Board of Public Accountancy. 

Members will then consider SB 4, which directs state boards to accept relevant military education, training, and service as equivalent to some or all of the qualifications required while applying for a license or certificate. In addition, it authorizes the issuance of a temporary license or certificate for active duty service members who had an equivalent license or certificate issued in another state.
To view the confirmation documents of the Governor’s appointees, click here.

3:30 p.m. Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider
SB 73, sponsored by Senator Meyer, which allows widows or widowers of someone killed during military service to be granted a partial exemption on their property taxes.
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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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