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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - April 14, 2014

Here is what happened in the Alaska Senate today, Monday, April 14, 2014:

(S) Floor Session – The Senate considered:

The SB 49 concurrence vote passed the Senate by a vote of 13 to 7. SB 49, sponsored by Senator Coghill, defines ‘medically necessary abortion’ for the purposes of making payments under Medicaid.

HB 161 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 4. HB 161, sponsored Representative Gattis, relates to auctions or raffles for big game harvest permits and to the selection of nonprofit organizations to conduct auctions and raffles for the Department of Fish and Game.

HB 167 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. HB 167 relates to the regulation of architects, engineers, land surveyors, and landscape architects.

HB 212 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 212 relates to an exemption from driver licensing requirements for spouses of members of the armed forces of the United States.

SB 214 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0. SB 214 relates to insurance adjuster licensing.

SB 66 passed the Senate by a vote of 14 to 6. SB 66, sponsored by Senator Egan, makes illegal any substance represented as a controlled substance.

HJR 20 passed the Senate by a vote of 17 to 3. HJR 20, sponsored by Representative Lynn, urges the President of the United States and the United States Congress to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.

HCR 18 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HCR 18, sponsored by Representative Hughes, encourages hospitals and birthing facilities in the state to participate in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and to support breastfeeding, and recognizes the benefits of breastfeeding.

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered: 

HB 239, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Examiners in Optometry. HB 239 was heard & held.

HB 240, sponsored by Representatives Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. HB 240 was heard & held. 

HB 241, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Marital and Family Therapy. HB 241 was heard & held. 

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

HB 234, sponsored by Representatives Hawker, Isaacson, and Saddler, which extends the termination date of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. HB 234 was heard & held.

HB 210, sponsored by Representatives Millett and Austerman, which relates to crisis intervention training for school personnel and to restraint and seclusion of students in public schools. HB 210 was heard & held.

HB 378, which relates to motor vehicle registration, drivers' licenses, instruction permits, and to commercial motor vehicles and commercial motor carriers. HB 378 was heard & held.

HB 75, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which allows greater participation in the Pick.Click.Give program by small non-profits that meet all of the eligibility requirements for the program, but do not participate due to the cost prohibitive audit requirement. HB 75 was heard & held.

HB 278, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to education funding, charter schools, and the high school exit exam. HB 278 was heard & held.

(S) Health & Social Services Committee – Members considered: 

HB 134, sponsored by Representative Costello, which requires Medicaid payment for medication compliance packaging, delivery, and dispensing services of a prescription for specified recipients. HB 134 was heard & held.

HB 281, sponsored by Representative Gattis, which relates to prescription of drugs by a physician without a physical examination. HB 281 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Labor & Commerce Committee.

HB 361, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which relates to licensing of behavior analysts. HB 361 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

(S) Judiciary Committee – Members considered: 

HB 366, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which relates to reporting an involuntary mental health commitment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. HB 366 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 140, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which requires that regulation notices include information about estimated costs beyond those to the agency. HB 140 was heard & held.

HB 127, which makes changes to the Ombudsman Act. HB 127 was heard & held.

HB 250, sponsored by Representative Olson, which renders expressions of apology or sympathy by a health care provider to a patient related to an unanticipated outcome of treatment inadmissible as evidence in a medical malpractice case. HB 250 was heard & held.

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

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

HB 210, sponsored by Representatives Millett and Austerman, which relates to crisis intervention training for school personnel and to restraint and seclusion of students in public schools.

HB 32, sponsored by Representative Costello and Hughes, which provides for the issuance of one business license for multiple lines of business and for reissuance of a business license to make a change on the license.

HB 199, sponsored by Representative Edgmon, which establishes the legislature’s intent that Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) be allowed to carry firearms.

HB 239, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Examiners in Optometry.

HB 240, sponsored by Representatives Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

HB 241, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Marital and Family Therapy.

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

HB 75, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which allows greater participation in the Pick.Click.Give program by small non-profits that meet all of the eligibility requirements for the program, but do not participate due to the cost prohibitive audit requirement.

HB 378, which relates to motor vehicle registration, drivers' licenses, instruction permits, and to commercial motor vehicles and commercial motor carriers.

HB 293, sponsored by Representative P. Wilson, which allows residents to have a bear insignia license plate.

11:00 a.m. – (S) Floor Session – The Senate will consider:

SB 193, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which relates to bonds required for contractors. 

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 302, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which relates to rules of professional conduct for the profession of public accounting.

HB 383, which relates to the membership of the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.

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.

HCR 19, sponsored by Representative Herron, which supports Recover Alaska in its efforts to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and its effects.

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

SB 220, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to additional state contributions to the teachers' defined benefit retirement plan and the public employees' defined benefit retirement plan.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Judiciary Committee – Fahrenkamp 203 – Members will consider:

HB 140, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which requires that regulation notices include information about estimated costs beyond those to the agency.

HB 127, which makes changes to the Ombudsman Act.

HB 250, sponsored by Representative Olson, which renders expressions of apology or sympathy by a health care provider to a patient related to an unanticipated outcome of treatment inadmissible as evidence in a medical malpractice case.

1:30 p.m. – (S) Transportation Committee – Butrovich 205 – The Alaska Marine Highway System will give an update on new ferries.

3:30 p.m. – (S) Community & Regional Affairs Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

SB 219, which relates to the limitation on the value of property taxable by a municipality.

HB 379, which relates to the limitation on the value of property taxable by a municipality.

4:00 p.m. – (S) Conference 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. 

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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