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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - March 24, 2014


Here is what happened in the Alaska State Senate today, Monday, March 24, 2014:

(S) Floor Session – Legislation considered:

SB 77 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SB 77, sponsored by Senator Micciche, gives the Board of Game more flexibility to establish youth hunts and makes an exception to the rule that both the youth hunter and adult hunter’s tags must be punched whenever an animal is harvested in a youth hunt.

SB 137 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SB 137, sponsored by Senator Bishop, extends the termination date of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

SB 162 passed the Senate by a vote of 18 to 0. SB 162, sponsored by Senator Olson, authorizes a licensed optometrist to prescribe a pharmaceutical agent containing hydrocodone.

Legislation introduced:

HB 240, sponsored by Representatives Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, was referred to the Labor and Commerce and Finance Committees.

HB 242, sponsored by Representatives Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board.

(S) Education Committee – Members conducted confirmation hearings to the Professional Teaching Practices Commission and considered:

SB 208, sponsored by Senator Olson, which increases the school construction debt reimbursement percentage for certain municipalities. SB 208 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered:  

SB 194, sponsored by Senator McGuire, which creates the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board and relating to tourism marketing. SB 194 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 182, sponsored by Senator Dyson, which removes the requirement for Marine Highway vessel employees with in-state residency to receive higher wages from statute and prohibits the use of such a cost of living differential in future collective bargaining agreements with the three maritime public unions. SB 182 was heard & held.

(S) Judiciary Committee – Members considered:  

HB 47, sponsored by Representatives Feige and Chenault, which requires a party seeking a restraining order, preliminary injunction, or order vacating or staying the operation of certain permits affecting an industrial operation to give security in the amount the court considers proper for costs incurred and damages suffered if the industrial operation is wrongfully enjoined or restrained. HB 47 was heard & held.

HB 218, sponsored by Representatives Chenault and Millett, which relates to the aggravating factor at felony sentencing of multiple prior misdemeanors when a prior misdemeanor involves an assault on a correctional employee, provides that deportation is not a proper factor for referral of a case to a three-judge panel for sentencing for a felony, was referred to the Judiciary Committee. HB 218 was heard & held.

SJR 25, which urges the Alaska Department of Law and the United States Department of Justice to file a motion in United States District Court to compel the ExxonMobil Corporation to honor the commitment to pay additional damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill under the "Reopener for Unknown Injury" provision of the 1991 Agreement and Consent Decree and to collect the full demand for payment the state and federal government submitted to the ExxonMobil Corporation. SJR 25 was heard & held.

(S) Resources Committee – Members discussed Upper Cook Inlet salmon with the user groups and stakeholders and consider bills previously heard.

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25, 2014:

7:30 a.m. – (J) Veterans Caucus Committee – T.K. Maguire’s, Prospector Hotel – Members will discuss current veteran’s issues.


9:00 a.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.

9:00 a.m. – (S) State Affairs Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:  

SB 206, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to motor vehicle registration and fees, licensing of school bus drivers, and notices of an accident involving a motor vehicle

HB 212, which relates to an exemption from driver licensing requirements for spouses of members of the armed forces of the United States.

SB 174, which relates to the procurement of leases for legislative office space.

11:30 a.m. – (S) Majority Press Availability

12:00 p.m. – Lunch & Learn – Butrovich 205 – There will be a lunch & learn on Social Impact Bonds, Bringing Market Forces to bear on the Public Sector by Ted Madsen.

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

HB 211, which relates to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities.

HB 269, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which relates to immunity for health care providers who provide health care services voluntarily and without pay.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Transportation Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

SB 211, which clears up Alaska law on managing and transferring land or materials from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

SB 94, sponsored by Senator Olson, which limits the scope with which the State can exercise its RS2477 rights-of-way.

SB 197, sponsored by Senator Olson, which extends the termination date of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' interim project authorization regarding naturally occurring asbestos.

HJR 10, sponsored by Representative P. Wilson, which proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska creating a transportation infrastructure fund.

5:00 p.m. – (J) Administrative Regulation Review Committee – Capitol 106 – There will be a presentation on Exploring the Concerns of the new Alaska State Academic Standards and the Potential Impacts to Alaska’s Education System.

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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