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Highlights of what took place in the Alaska State Senate on Thursday, March 21, 2013

\Senate Session—Today, Senate Bill 21 was reconsidered and passed the Senate by a vote of 11 to 9. SB 21, submitted by Governor Parnell, relates to taxes on oil and gas production.

House Concurrent Resolution 2 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HCR 2, sponsored by Representative Hughes, 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.

House Concurrent Resolution 5 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. HCR 5, sponsored by Representative Saddler, awards the Alaska Decoration of Honor to certain members of the military, was referred to the State Affairs Committee.

Two Senate Bills and one House Bill were introduced on the Senate Floor, including:

Senate Bill 84, sponsored by Senator Giessel, which relates to the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy, was referred to the Education and Finance Committees.

Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which relates to experimental vehicles, was referred to the Transportation and Finance Committees.

House Bill 50, sponsored by Representative Costello, which authorizes the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to allow certain commercial uses in a multi-unit residential housing development owned or financed by the corporation and limits the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board's issuance of certain licenses to premises in the residential housing development, was referred to the Labor and Commerce and Finance Committees.    
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Senate Special Committee on In-State Energy—Members had an overview of the Alaska Gas Pipeline Project Office.

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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 was heard & held.

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 was heard & held.
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Senate State Affairs Committee—Members conducted a confirmation hearing of the governor’s appointments.
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Lunch & Learn—Set Free Alaska, Inc. and Areli & Associates, LLC gave a presentation on "Maximizing Success in Non-Profits,” sponsored by Senator Kelly and Representative Keller.

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Joint Administrative Regulation Review Committee—Members went over Alaska's administrative regulations process and possible improvements.
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Senate Labor & Commerce Committee—Members considered SB 65, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to property exemptions for retirement plans, individual retirement accounts, and Roth IRAs. SB 65 was heard & held.

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

Members will then consider SB 55, sponsored by the Labor & Commerce Committee, which relates to actions by insurers based on credit history or insurance score. SB 55 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.  

Members will finally consider SB 52, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which relates to portable electronics insurance. SB 52 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.  
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Senate Transportation Committee—Members considered SB 13, sponsored by Senators Huggins, which amends the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority’s enabling statute to provide for a successful procurement for the Knik Arm Crossing project. SB 13 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

Members also considered HB 46, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which waves the commercial motor vehicle driving skills test for certain drivers with military commercial motor vehicle experience. HB 46 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.  

Members then considered HB 56, sponsored by Representatives Holmes and T. Wilson, which excludes motorcycles and motor-driven cycles from the passenger vehicle rental tax, was referred to the Transportation and Finance Committees. HB 56 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.
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Joint Legislative Council Committee—Members discussed contract approvals, Anchorage LIO lease, social media policy & Facebook access, and capitol security. Juli Lucky, Legislative Council Committee Aide, gave testimony on social media and members postponed decision on Facebook access policy.

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Senate Natural Resources Finance Subcommittee—Members conducted a budget closeout.

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