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Alaska State Senate on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Senate SessionSenate Joint Resolution 6 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 1. SJR 6, sponsored by Senator Dyson, urges the United States Congress to safeguard one of our most fundamental rights and urges the President of the United States to refrain from any further efforts to restrict ownership of firearms.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. SJR 2, sponsored by Senator Dyson, commends and supports actions taken by the Office of the Governor, the attorney general, and the commissioner of natural resources to protect the state from federal government overreach into the management of state resources.

One Senate Bill and one House Concurrent Resolution were introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

Senate Bill 82, sponsored by Senator Olson, which provides for public school funding for telecommunications or Internet services, was referred to the Education and Finance Committees.

House Concurrent Resolution 4, sponsored by Representative Ledoux, which proclaims May 15 to be Hmong-American Veterans Memorial Day, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.


The Senate also read Senate Bill 21 for the second time. SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to taxes on oil and gas production. 
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Senate Natural Resources Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a department review and budget closeout.

Joint Finance Committee—Scott Goldsmith of the Institute of Social and Economic Research presented: Maximum Sustainable Yield: Wealth Management for the "Owner State.”
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Senate State Affairs Committee—Members considered 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. HCR 2 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

Members also considered HCR 5, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which awards the Alaska Decoration of Honor to certain members of the military. HCR 5 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

Members then considered HB 52, sponsored by Representative Feige, which relates to allowable absences from the state for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends. HB 52 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.
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Senate Legislature Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a 2014 budget closeout.

 

Senate Governor Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a 2014 budget closeout.


Senate Public Safety Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a budget closeout.
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Senate Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a budget closeout.

Things you might want to check out on Wednesday, March 20, 2013:

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

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider 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.

Members will also conduct confirmation hearings of appointees to the Professional Teaching Practices Commission.

8:00 a.m. Senate Commerce, Community & Economic Development Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will conduct a budget closeout.

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

1:30 p.m. Senate Health & Social Services Committee—Butrovich 205—The Department of Health and Social Services will give a presentation on obesity prevention.

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 SJR 9, sponsored by Senator Dunleavy, which proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to state aid for education.

3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 59, sponsored by Governor Parnell, which relates to approval for oil and gas or gas only exploration and development in a geographical area.

Members will also consider HB 4, sponsored by Representatives Hawker and Chenault, which provides the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation the authority and resources to develop, finance, and operate a 500 million cubic feet per day gas pipeline from the North Slope.

5:00 p.m. Senate Labor & Workforce Development Finance Subcommittee—Senate Finance 532—Members will go over budget and other concerns.

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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