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Alaska State Representative John Coghill
District 11 - North Pole House Majority Leader

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HB 17 : Jury Trial For Ending Parental Rights
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to the right to demand a jury trial in certain cases involving termination of parental rights; amending Rules 18(e) and 18(g), Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules of Procedure.

HB 32 : Uniform Prescription Drug Card
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to a health insurance uniform prescription drug information card; and providing for an effective date.

05-07-03 : House Bill 32 moved out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill (R-North Pole), HB 32 implements uniform prescription card to expedite the amount of time a pharmacy technician spends gathering necessary information from the insurance company in order to process the insurance claim.
HB 32 moves to the House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 119 : Water/Sewer/Waste Grants To Utilities
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act permitting grants to certain regulated public utilities for water quality enhancement projects and water supply and wastewater systems.

03-19-03 : House Bill 119 moved out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill (R-North Pole), HB 119 enables a privately owned water and wastewater utility to participate in the State's water and wastewater grant program if the Regulatory Commission of Alaska regulates the utility. Grants for solid waste processing, disposal or recovery systems remain available only to municipalities. When the grant process is utilized, the private utility will not be able to pass on the cost of improvements paid to the ratepayers. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska will not include the grant in the capital costs portion of the formula that sets the utility rate. HB 119 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 120 : Service Contract Sales Are Not Insurance
Signed into Law! Chapter 143 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act excluding service contracts from regulation as insurance; and providing for an effective date.

07-18-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 120 into law. Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill (R-North Pole), HB 120 exempts service contracts from insurance statutes.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 176 : Noncash Child Support
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act providing that certain obligors can receive credit against their child support obligation for certain types of noncash child support; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 176 (HES)
Contact: Rynnieva Moss
Action: 04-20-04: (H)HES » (H)JUD

HB 176 would provide that a custodial parent could enter into an agreement with the non-custodial parent to provide specific things and in return get credit on their CSED account. Amended to remove the state from negotiations between parents and would not apply to parents receiving public assistance.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 184 : Individual Deferred Annuities
Signed into Law! Chapter 101 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to individual deferred annuities; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 184 into law. Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill (R-North Pole), HB 184 is a proposed insurance code revision. HB 184 adjusts guaranteed minimum interest rates that determine minimum values that holders of a fixed annuity product must receive upon policy surrender.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 210 : Chitina Dip Net Fishery
Signed into Law! Chapter 118 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to the Chitina dip net fishery; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 210 into law. Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill (R-North Pole), HB 210 eliminates the $25 fee for a Chitina Dipnetting Permit.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 278 : Masonic Lodge License Plates
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to a masonic lodge license plate.

HB 286 : Restrict Medicaid Payment For Abortions
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to medical services under the state Medicaid program.

HB 304 : Jack Coghill Bridge To The Interior
Signed into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 04
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act naming the Jack Coghill Bridge to the Interior.

Version: HB 304
Contact: Rynnieva Moss, 465-3719
Action: 02-25-04: Passed the Senate ==> awaiting transmission to Gov.

This bill names Bridge #216, which currently has no name, the "Jack Coghill Bridge to the Interior" to commemorate the contributions of one of Alaska's great citizens. Jack Coghill has served the state in various positions throughout the twentieth century.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 316 : Children in Need of Aid: Services & Liability
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to the construction of certain statutes relating to children; relating to the scope of duty and standard of care for persons who provide services to certain children and families; and providing for an effective date.

HB 317 : Payment Date for Bills for Services
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act requiring certain businesses to recognize postmark dates as the date of payment.

HB 333 : Public School Endowment
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg, Rep. John Coghill, Rep. Jim Holm

An Act relating to an endowment for public education; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 333 (FIN)
Contact: Cliff Stone, 465-2487
Action: 04-28-04: Passed the House

House Bill 333 would establish a separate education fund of the state. The principal of the fund would be created by sums transferred to the account by the commissioner of revenue each year. This sum would equal the total receipts derived from the management of state and University of Alaska lands as established in AS 14.40.507. Amended to make minor languages changes.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 368 : Commercial Fishing Loan Program
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to the commercial fishing loan program; and providing for an effective date.

HB 425 : Boarding School Funding
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to funding for school districts operating secondary school boarding programs, to funding for school districts from which boarding students come, and to inoperative school districts; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 425 (EDU)
Contact: Rynnieva Moss, 465-3719
Action: 04-30-04: (S)HES (S)FIN

This legislation by statute reimburses to secondary boarding schools costs incurred by the district operating the program. Amended to modify the hold harmless clause and insure that only full time boarding schools qualify and qualifies more students.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 23 : Patriot Act And Peace & Security
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

Relating to the USA PATRIOT Act and to the peace and security of citizens of our country.

05-06-03 : House Joint Resolution 23 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by Majority Leader Representative John Coghill (R-North Pole), HJR 23 calls our leaders to caution with regard to the Patriot Act and urges them to apply the Constitutional principles that are meant to "secure the blessings of liberty" and not to erode the public confidence in our government through abuses of power. HJR 23 moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |


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HB 24 : Agreements On Management Of Fish And Game
Signed into Law! Chapter 95 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, Rep. Jim Whitaker

An Act relating to intergovernmental agreements regarding management of fish or game.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 24 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau) and Rep. Jim Whitaker (R-Fairbanks), HB 24 requires intergovernmental agreements with the federal government for fish and wildlife management to not cede state management authority. HB 24 also requires that any such agreement be void on July 1, 2004.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 46 : Primary Election Ballots
Signed into Law! Chapter 96 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act relating to ballots.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 46 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage), HB 46 instructs the Director of the Division of Elections to offer voters in primary elections the choice of a separate ballot presenting only the ballot titles and propositions for voting. HB 46 does not change the closed-primary system. HB 46 offers voters the additional choice of a "no-party," "issues-only" ballot.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 102 : Concealed Deadly Weapons Legal
Signed into Law! Chapter 62 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Croft

An Act relating to concealed deadly weapons.

HB 107 : Medicaid for Breast & Cervical Cancer
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act relating to an optional group of persons eligible for medical assistance who require treatment for breast or cervical cancer; relating to cost sharing by those recipients under the medical assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

02-25-03 : House Bill 107 moved out of the House Health, Education and Social Services Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Government Hill/Birchwood), HB 107 removes the sunset provision for Medicaid coverage to women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer detected by federal screening programs that are provided under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. The provision is currently set to end coverage on June 30, 2003.
HB 107 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 292 : Abortion: Informed Consent; Information
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act relating to information and services available to pregnant women and other persons; and ensuring informed consent before an abortion may be performed, except in cases of medical emergency.

05-15-03 : House Bill 292 moved out of the House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Government Hill/Birchwood), HB 292 requires by law that Alaskan physicians who perform or induce abortions inform patients of the medical, emotional, and physical consequences that are possible. HB 292 moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 459 : Paper Trail for Electronic Voting Machines
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. John Harris

An Act requiring an auditable paper trail for electronic voting machines; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 459 (STA) Am S
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-4859
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

Requires the director of elections to provide for a paper record of each electronically generated ballot that can be reviewed and corrected by the voter at the time the vote is cast and used for a recount of the votes cast at an election in which electronically generated ballots were used. Amended in committee to limit the number of machines required per precinct, added matching federal funds for the 2004 and 2005 elections and does not require the director to certify the machines but any one qualified to do so.

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

HB 513 : CSED Name Change/Driver's License Suspension
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Pete Kott

An Act relating to the enforcement of support orders through suspension of drivers' licenses; changing the name of the child support enforcement agency to the child support services agency; amending Rules 90.3 and 90.5, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS HB 513 (JUD)
Contact: John Main, 465-3777
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

HB 513 changes the name from Child Support Enforcement Division to Child Support Services Division and keeps the clock running for the time an individual has to become current on back child support payments before drivers licenses revocation occurs. Currently if a person is behind and makes a single payment the time from which he or she loses their licenses starts over. This bill will not allow that to happen.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 2 Pages - 72 KB]

HCR 1 : Congratulate Governor/Lt. Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Honoring Governor Frank H. Murkowski and Lieutenant Governor Loren D. Leman for their years of public service; and congratulating Governor Murkowski and Lieutenant Governor Leman and extending them best wishes.

HCR 2 : Extend Alaska Railroad To Ft. Greely
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 12
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Relating to the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Fort Greely to serve the anti-ballistic missile launch facility.

04-11-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 2 by a vote of 16 to one on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HCR 2 supports a 70-mile extension of the Alaska Railroad from the vicinity of Eielson Air Force Base to the Fort Greely anti-ballistic missile launch facility near Delta Junction.
Permanently Filed: 05-02-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 11 : Alaska Salmon Day
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 15
Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf

Relating to Alaska Salmon Day.

05-01-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 11 by a vote of 19 to zero on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf (R-Kenai), HCR 11 proclaims July 2, 2003 as "Alaska Wild Salmon Week" to recognize the salmon industry's significance to the state.
Permanently Filed: 05-09-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 19 : Alaska History Curriculum
Sponsored by Rep. Mary Kapsner

Urging implementation of an Alaska history curriculum in public schools.

HJR 7 : Repeal Federal Estate Tax
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

Relating to urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to permanently repeal the federal estate and generation-skipping transfer tax.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 18 : Supporting Military Action Against Iraq
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 8
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Supporting the men and women of the United States armed forces in the military action to free Iraq and to protect the world from Saddam Hussein.

04-04-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 18 by a vote of 19 to zero on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HJR 18 supports President George Bush's decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein in Iraq and supports the American troops involved in that military action.
HJR 18 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 22 : Patriot Act And Defending Civil Liberties
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 27
Sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg

Relating to the USA PATRIOT Act and to defending the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and civil liberties.

05-20-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 22 by a vote of 19 to zero on Tuesday. Sponsored by Majority Leader Representative John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), HJR 22 calls our leaders to caution with regard to the Patriot Act and urges them to apply the Constitutional principles that are meant to "secure the blessings of liberty" and not to erode the public confidence in our government through abuses of power. HJR 22 returns to the House for concurrence.

| Rep. Coghill Sponsor Statement |
| Rep. Guttenberg Sponsor Statement |
[PDF - 1 Page - 13 KB]

HJR 32 : Labeling Of Salmon Food Products
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 38
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula

Relating to the labeling of salmon and salmon food products.

Version: CS HJR 32 (FSH) AM S
Contact: Aurora Hauke, 465-4766
Action: 03-15-04: Passed the Senate

Amended to replace "salmon" with "fish" making the resolution include all Alaskan Wild fish and amended language to reflect a more positive image and healthy benefits of wild Alaskan fish. Amended to fix minor language change.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 348 : Approve Flint Hills Royalty Oil Sale
Signed into Law! Chapter 6 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act approving the sale of royalty oil by the State of Alaska to Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC, and Flint Hills Resources, LLC; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 348 (FIN)
Contact: Joe Balash, 465-4797
Action: 03-10-04: Signed into Law

The governor signed SB 348 into law March 9. It grants legislative approval to a contract for the sale of state royalty oil to Flint Hills Resources. The terms of the contract will result in increased state revenues of $2.6 million to $8.4 million.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SJR 17 : Alaska-Yukon Intergov Relations Accord
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 19
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

Relating to the Alaska-Yukon Intergovernmental Relations Accord, to annual legislative exchanges, and to continuing intergovernmental work on matters of joint concern and mutual interest.


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