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Alaska State Senate on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Senate Session—Today, House Bill 65 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 3. HB 65, submitted by Governor Parnell, makes appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government and for certain programs, capitalizing funds, and makes reappropriations.

House Bill 66 also passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 3. HB 66, submitted by Governor Parnell, makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program and makes a reappropriation.
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Senate Finance Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 22, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. SB 22 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Senate Floor.  

SB 83, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to the corporation income tax; and relates to the computation of interest under the look-back method applicable to long-term contracts in the Internal Revenue Code. SB 83 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.  

SB 57, sponsored by Senator Stevens, which relates to parental involvement in education, pupil transportation funding, and the time required for employers to give tenured teachers notification of their nonretention. SB 57 was heard & held.
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Senate Majority Press Availability—Members of the Senate Majority discussed the operating budget which passed the Senate.
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Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered the following legislation:

SB 45, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which sets special registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles. SB 45 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HCR 4, sponsored by Representative Ledoux, which proclaims May 15 to be Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day. HCR 4 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.  

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. SB 73 was heard & held.  

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Joint Legislative Budget & Audit Committee—Members held an executive session and go over audits.
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Things you might want to check out on Friday, March 29, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Members will continue their discussion of the school voucher system.

9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which brings clarifies “medically necessary abortion” for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid.

10:00 a.m. Senate Session—The following legislation will be considered on the Senate Floor:

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

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 83, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to the corporation income tax and relates to the computation of interest under the look-back method applicable to long-term contracts in the Internal Revenue Code

HB 46, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which relates to regulations adopted by the Department of Administration waiving the commercial motor vehicle driving skills test for certain drivers with military commercial motor vehicle experience.

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.

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider the following legislation:

SB 36, which implements vulnerable adult prompt response and notification plans.

HB 81, sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the Legislative Council, which makes corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes.

HB 83, sponsored by Representative Keller, which relates to certain federal statutes, regulations, presidential executive orders and actions, and secretarial orders and actions, as well as to the duties of the attorney general.
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3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 5, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which requests that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council take action to reduce the quantity of Chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea trawl fisheries by setting new limits in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries and lowering the existing limits in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea pollock fisheries to at least half of the current limits.

Members will also conduct informal hearings on a gas line project.

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