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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - April 15, 2014

Here is what happened in the Alaska Senate today, Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

(S) Floor Session – The Senate considered: 

SB 193 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 1. SB 193, sponsored by Senator Micciche, relates to bonds required for contractors. 

HB 262 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 262, sponsored by Representative Holmes, exempts the Public Defender Agency and the office of public advocacy from certain provisions of the State Procurement Code.

HB 302 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HB 302, sponsored by Representative Thompson, relates to rules of professional conduct for the profession of public accounting.

HB 383 passed the Senate by a vote of 13 to 7.  HB 383 relates to the membership of the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.

HJR 25 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HJR 25, sponsored by Representative LeDoux, 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 passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 0. HCR 19, sponsored by Representative Herron, supports Recover Alaska in its efforts to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and its effects.

Legislation introduced:

HB 89, sponsored by Representative Seaton, which relates to the rapid response to, and control of, aquatic invasive species and establishing the aquatic invasive species response fund, was referred to the Finance Committee.

HB 282, sponsored by Representative Isaacson, relates to the rights and obligations of residential landlords and tenants and to the taking of a permanent fund dividend for rent and damages owed to a residential landlord, was referred to the Finance Committee.

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered: 

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 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

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 32 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 199, sponsored by Representative Edgmon, which establishes the legislature’s intent that Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs) be allowed to carry firearms. HB 199 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 239, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Examiners in Optometry. HB 239 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 240, sponsored by Representatives Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. HB 240 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 241, sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the Board of Marital and Family Therapy. HB 241 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 242, sponsored by Representatives Reinbold, which extends the termination date of the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board. HB 242 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

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 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 378, which relates to motor vehicle registration, drivers' licenses, instruction permits, and to commercial motor vehicles and commercial motor carriers. HB 378 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

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

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.

(S) Judiciary Committee – Members considered: 

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 moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

(S) Transportation Committee – The Alaska Marine Highway System gave an update on new ferries.

(S) Conference 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.

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

7:00 a.m. – (S) Labor & Commerce Committee – Beltz 105 – Members will consider:

HB 281, sponsored by Representative Gattis, which relates to prescription of drugs by a physician without a physical examination.

HB 309, which relates to distillery licenses.

HB 357, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which relates to the purchase of alcoholic beverages at a club and to access by certain persons under 21 years of age to a club's licensed premises when alcoholic beverages are present.

HB 169, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which relates to the authority of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to regulate the production and distribution of telephone directories.

SB 8, sponsored by Senator Egan, which establishes procedures and guidelines for auditing pharmacy records.

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

HB 297, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which recognizes the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation as the authorizing agency to approve home energy rating systems for the state.

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

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

HCR 15, sponsored by Representative Hughes, which relates to the Task Force on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

HB 268, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, which allows the Tanana Valley Sportsmen Association to raise funds for their organization and the University of Fairbanks Nanooks Rifle team equally.

HB 121, sponsored by Representative Feige, which relates to the examinations, board, loans, and records of the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank.

HB 204, sponsored by Representative Austerman, which relates to a product development tax credit for certain salmon and herring products.

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

HB 308, sponsored by Representative Holmes, which relates to the exemptions under the Alaska Securities Act and to securities issued by Native corporations.

HB 361, sponsored by Representative Saddler, which relates to licensing of behavior analysts.

HB 160, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which relates to the licensing and regulation of athletic trainers.

HB 116, sponsored by Representative Millett, which relates to the use of credited military service by retired peace officers and firefighters to meet certain requirements for major medical insurance coverage.

SB 48, sponsored by Senator Olson, which provides relief to those communities that have faced hardship due to the PERS “salary floor” established in SB 125 of the 25th Legislature.

9:30 a.m. – (S) Judiciary Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

HB 127, which makes changes to the Ombudsman Act.

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

HB 60, which adopts the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act and relates to establishing the law governing certain trusts.

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

HB 47, sponsored by Representative 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 140 (pending referral), sponsored by Representative Reinbold, which requires that regulation notices include information about estimated costs beyond those to the agency.

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 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 284, sponsored by Representative Keller, which proposes an interstate compact to amend the Constitution of the United States with a Balanced Budget Amendment via the Constitution’s Article V process.

HB 328 (pending referral), sponsored by Representative Nageak, which establishes the Board of Massage Therapists and relates to the licensing of massage therapists.

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

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

HB 385, 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) Health & Social Services Committee – Butrovich 205 – Members will consider:

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

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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