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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - March 20, 2014

Here is what happened in the Alaska State Senate today, Thursday, March 20, 2014:

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered:  

HB 266, 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 266 was heard & held.

HB 267, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program. HB 267 was heard & held.

(S) State Affairs Committee – Members considered:  

HJR 20, sponsored by Representative Lynn, which urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to repeal the excise tax on medical devices. HJR 20 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 262, sponsored by Representative Holmes, which exempts the Public Defender Agency and the office of public advocacy from certain provisions of the State Procurement Code. HB 262 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 206, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to motor vehicle registration and fees, licensing of school bus drivers, and relates to notice of an accident involving a motor vehicle. SB 206 was heard & held.

(S) Labor & Commerce Committee – Members considered:  

SB 193, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to bonds required for contractors. SB 193 was heard & held.

SB 189, which relates to an exemption from the regulation of construction contractors. SB 189 was heard & held.   

SB 190, sponsored by Senator Huggins, which permits a guide-outfitter to delegate certain guide services to a person who is not licensed by the Big Game Commercial Services Board. SB 190 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 156, sponsored by Senator Kelly, which relates to direct-entry midwives. SB 156 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 99, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which provides technical amendments to the SETS Development Fund within AIDEA. SB 99 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 183, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which extends the termination date of the emerging energy technology fund and grant program. SB 183 was heard & held.

(S) Transportation Committee – Members considered:  

SB 178, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which clarifies and amends the rental vehicle tax to make it clear that the rental vehicle tax does not apply to Alaskan businesses making long-term rentals to other Alaskan businesses. SB 178 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

(S) Community & Regional Affairs Committee – Members considered:  

SB 213, which clarifies that election boards are only required for elections and precincts in which voters cast ballots in person. SB 213 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Friday, March 21, 2014:

8:00 a.m. – (S) Education Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider:

SB 107, sponsored by Senator Stevens, which seeks to improve our efforts at the state, district, and school level of fostering every K-3 student’s reading skills.

Members will also conduct confirmation hearings to the Professional Teaching Practices Commission, the State Board of Education & Early Development, and the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

9:00 a.m. – (S) Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532 – Members will consider: 

HB 244, which extends the termination date of the Citizens' Advisory Commission on Federal Management Areas in Alaska.

SB 182, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which will save $7.6 Million or more per year by eliminating cost of living payment differences for Marine Highway vessel employees who live within the state of Alaska.

10:00 a.m. – (S) Floor Session

1:30 p.m. – (S) Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532 – Members will consider: 

HB 266, 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 267, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Health & Social Services Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

HJR 25, sponsored by Representative LeDoux, which urges the United States Congress to restore the presumption of a service connection for Agent Orange exposure to United States Veterans who served in the waters defined by and in the airspace over the combat zone in Vietnam.   

HB 263, sponsored by Representative Hawker, which extends the Alaska senior benefits payment program.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Judiciary Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider:

SB 176, sponsored by Senator Coghill, which allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms while pursuing a higher education in Alaska.

HB 292, which makes corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes.

SB 170, which relating to a defense to the crime of prostitution for victims of sex trafficking.

3:30 p.m. – (S) Resources Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

SB 28, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to the sale of timber on state land and establishes the Susitna State Forest.

HB 161, sponsored by Representative Gattis, which expands the scope of this program by allowing more permits to be issued for more species. It further incentivizes the program by giving the non-profit organization a greater share of the proceeds from the auction of the permit.

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.

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