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Senate Majority Night Note: Highlights and Previews - April 8, 2014

Here is what happened in the Alaska State Senate today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014:

(S) Floor Session – Legislation considered: 

HCR 26 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 1. HCR 26 commends the State of Israel for its cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States and Alaska and supports the right of the State of Israel to self-governance and self-defense.

Legislation introduced:

SB 219, which relates to the limitation on the value of property taxable by a municipality, was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs and Finance Committees.

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, was referred to the Education and Finance Committees.

HB 278, submitted by Governor Parnell, which relates to education funding, charter schools, distance learning, and business tax credits for education, was referred to the Finance Committee.

HB 281, sponsored by Representative Gattis, which relates to prescription of drugs by a physician without a physical examination, was referred to the Health and Social Services and Labor and Commerce Committees.

(S) Special Committee on In-State Energy – There was an overview of Alaska’s long term energy plan, including gas trucking in Fairbanks.

(S) Resources Committee – Members considered: 

HB 246, sponsored by Representative Higgins, which adds additional land and water to the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. HB 246 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

(S) Finance Committee – Members considered: 

SB 201, sponsored by Senator Stedman, which removes the requirement that private property be posted in order for criminal trespass laws to be enforced. SB 201 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 19, sponsored by Representatives Stoltze and Keller, which relates to permanent motor vehicle registration in the unorganized borough and in a municipality that has elected to allow permanent registration, and to the registration fee for noncommercial trailers and to the motor vehicle tax for trailers. HB 19 was heard & held.

SB 178, sponsored by Senator Bishop, which clarifies and amends the rental vehicle tax to make it clear that the rental to other Alaskan businesses. SB 178 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

There will also be confirmation hearings to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees.

(S) State Affairs Committee – Members considered: 

SB 30, sponsored by Senator Egan, which lets teachers, Troopers, firefighters and other public employees choose one of two state retirement systems: an individual defined contribution retirement account, or earning a defined benefit pension. SB 30 was heard & held.

HB 217, which establishes November 14 each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day. HB 217 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

HB 310, sponsored by Representative T. Wilson, which defines the process of delegate selection and duties of delegates selected to represent the State of Alaska at a Convention of the States called under Article V of the Constitution of the United States. HB 310 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

(S) Majority Press Availability – Senators Coghill, Meyer, Giessel, and Dunleavy were in attendance.

(S) Labor & Commerce Committee – Members considered: 

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 Finance Committee.

HB 276, sponsored by Representative Thompson, which makes the Alaska Wage and Hour Act inapplicable to certain employees of motor vehicle dealers. HB 276 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 234, sponsored by Representatives Hawker, Isaacson, and Saddler, which extends the termination date of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. HB 234 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 204, sponsored by Representative Austerman, which relates to a product development tax credit for certain salmon and herring products. HB 204 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Finance Committee.

HB 141, which sets the fee for medical treatment or services performed outside the state under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act, requires a provider of medical treatment or services under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act to submit bills for treatment or services to employers within 180 days after the date the treatment or services are rendered, and limits the time for appealing an employer's denial or reduction of a bill. HB 141 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

SB 214, which relates to insurance adjuster licensing. SB 214 was moved out of committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee.

(S) Special Committee on TAPS Throughput – The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission had a presentation on “Mission Overview and Outstanding Issues.”

Here is the preview for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, 2014:

8:00 a.m. – (S) Education Committee – Beltz 105 – There will be presentations on, “Alaska Native Students Achieving Academic Excellence in High School,” and “Early Learning Today.” 

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

SB 192, sponsored by Senator Stedman, which amends SB 21 tax.

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

SB 119, submitted by Governor Parnell, which makes capital appropriations and other appropriations.

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

11:00 a.m. – (S) Floor Session

1:30 p.m. – (S) Finance Committee – Senate Finance 532 – Members will consider bills previously heard/ scheduled.

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

SB 209, sponsored by Senator Micciche, which prohibits smoking in certain locations.

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

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

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

SB 184, which relates to the exemption from jury service for certain teachers.

HB 366, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which relates to reporting an involuntary mental health commitment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

HB 369, sponsored by Representative Pruitt, which relates to restrictions on the criminal prosecution for certain offenses for a person who seeks medical assistance for a person experiencing a drug overdose.

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.

3:30 p.m. – (S) Resources Committee – Butrovich 205 – There will be an informational hearing on the spring revenue forecast and testimony from the oil and gas industry.  

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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