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Alaska State Senate on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—The Tanana Chiefs Conference discussed Interior energy needs. Dave Pelunis-Messier, Rural Energy Coordinator, and Bernie Carl of the Renewable Energy in Alaska, testified. 
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Joint Select Committee on Legislative Ethics—Members conducted an open session available to public comment.
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Senate Finance Committee—Members considered 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. HB 65 moved out of committee and is now scheduled for consideration on the Senate Floor. 

Members also considered 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. HB 66 moved out of committee and is now scheduled for consideration on the Senate Floor. 
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Senate State Affairs Committee—Members conducted confirmation hearings of Jason Hart to the State Commission for Human Rights and Cathy Foerster to the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

Members considered SB 11, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which amends criminal law regulating the possession and sale of switchblades and gravity knives. SB 11 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Judiciary Committee.

Members also considered SB 63, sponsored by Senator Fairclough, which relates to contracts for the preparation of election ballots. SB 63 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.
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Senate Majority Press Availability— Senators Coghill, Fairclough, Bishop and Dunleavy were available for questions.
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Joint Transportation Committee—Captain Ed Page, Executive Director of the Marine Exchange of Alaska, gave a presentation.
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Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—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. SB 65 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Judiciary Committee.   

Members will also consider HB 26, sponsored by Representatives Hawker and Thompson, which extends the termination date of the Board of Public Accountancy. HB 26 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

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. SB 4 was heard & held.
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Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee—Members considered 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 moved out of committee and is on its way to the State Affairs Committee.
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Things you might want to check out on Wednesday, March 27, 2013:

8:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee—Beltz 105—Members will conduct confirmation hearings of Sue Hill to the State Board of Education & Early Development, and Dale Anderson and Gloria O'Neill to the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Members will also consider bills previously heard.
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9:00 a.m. Senate Finance Committee—Senate Finance 532—Members will consider SB 17, sponsored by Senator Stevens, which extends the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) until June 30, 2021.

Members will also consider SB 56, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which adjusts penalties related to certain crimes involving controlled substances.

11:00 a.m. Senate Session—The following legislation will be considered on the Senate Floor:
                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.

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.

1:30 p.m. Senate Health & Social Services Committee—Butrovich 205—Health & Social Services will give a presentation regarding the Office of Children's Services.

1:30 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee—Beltz 105—Members will consider SB 72, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which clarifies that the Alaska Bar Association is an agency for purposes of investigations by the ombudsman. 

Members will also consider SB 36, which relates to missing vulnerable adult prompt response and notification plans.

Members will then 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 lastly consider HB 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.
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3:30 p.m. Senate Resources Committee—Butrovich 205—Members will consider SB 71, sponsored Senator Micciche, which relates to the filing date for the final quarterly payment of, and to the assessment of penalties under, the fishery resource landing tax.

The Department of Natural Resources will give a presentation on the Alaska Pipe Project.
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