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Alaska State Senate on Monday, March 4, 2013

Senate Session—Today, Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 0.
SB 1, sponsored by Senator Giessel, establishes May 10 of each year as Alaska Mining Day.

House Bill 46 was introduced on the Senate Floor.
HB 46, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which waves the commercial motor vehicle driving skills test for certain drivers with military commercial motor vehicle experience, was referred to the State Affairs and Transportation Committees.
To view the first half of the session, click here.
To view the second half of the session, click here.

Senate Education Committee—Members considered SB 41, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which amends current statutes to make participation in interscholastic activities at a non-public school available to a larger number of students who are otherwise not eligible to participate.SB 41 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
The Alaska Council of School Administrators also gave a presentation on the Alaska Learning Network.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Finance Committee—Members considered SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to taxes on oil and gas production. SB 21 was heard & held.
Independent consultant Roger Marks and Janak Meyer of PFC Energy testified.
To view Roger Marks’ PowerPoint presentation, click here.
To view the first meeting, click here.
To view the second meeting, click here.

Joint Session—U.S. Senator Mark Begich gave his annual address.
To view the speech, click here.

Senate Judiciary Committee—Members considered SB 56, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which adjusts penalties related to certain crimes involving controlled substances. SB 56 was heard & held.
Members also considered SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which brings defines “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid. SB 49 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a Department budget overview.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Senate Resources Committee—Members considered 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. SJR 10 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.
Members also considered SB 54, sponsored by the Resources Committee, which extends the termination date of the authority of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. SB 54 was heard & held.
Members then considered 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. HB 36 was heard & held.
To view associated documents, click here.
To view the entire meeting, click here.

Things you might want to check out on Tuesday, March 5, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Revenue Finance Subcommittee—Senate Conference Room 103 TSB—Members will conduct a department overview.

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.

9:00 a.m. Senate State Affairs—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 63, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which relates to contracts for the preparation of election ballots.
To view associated documents, click here.

11:00 a.m. Senate Majority Press Availability—Butrovich 205—Senators Coghill, Huggins, Dunleavy and Kelly will be available for questions
To view the press release, click here.

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.

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 defines “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid.

1:30 p.m. Joint Transportation Committee—Barnes 124—Members will consider a design concept report for the day boat ferry.

3:30 p.m. Senate Special Committee on TAPS Throughput—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 59, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area.
To view associated documents, click here.

5:00 p.m. Senate Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct an overview of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Tom Cherian, Director of the Division of Administrative Services, and Elaine Busse Floyd of the Division of Environmental Health, will testify.
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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