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24th Alaska State Legislature
The 24th Alaska State Legislature
Alaska State Representative Richard Foster
District 39 - Nome (more)

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Juneau, AK 99801-1182
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Nome, AK 99762
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HB 190 : Required ID For Purchasing Alcohol
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Foster

An Act relating to the purchase of alcoholic beverages and to access to licensed premises; relating to civil liability for certain persons accessing licensed premises; requiring driver's licenses and identification cards to be marked if a person is restricted from consuming alcoholic beverages as a result of a conviction or condition of probation or parole and relating to fees for the marked license; and requiring the surrender and cancellation of driver's licenses under certain circumstances.

Version : SCS CS HB 190 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3789
Last Action : (S) FIN » (S) RLS : 05-08-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-08-06 : Passed Senate Finance Committee with a committee substitute, to be moved to Senate Rules Committee. The committee substitute clarifies that an ADL cancelled under this legislation would only remain cancelled during the length of the court ordered restriction on alcohol consumption. It limits the scope of jurisdiction to cover Alaska statutes and municipal ordinances. The CS also changes the mark on the license from ROC (Restriction On Consumption) to COAR (Court Ordered Alcohol Restriction).

Previously amendments were made authorizing the state to charge an enhanced fee for a license or ID under this statute and these circumstances. Additionally the bill was amended to ensure that a person who is convicted and is required to have a ''marked ID'' not have the privilege to purchase alcohol or knowingly enter or remain in a licensed establishment that sells alcohol with the intention to obtain alcohol for personal consumption.

HB 229 : Reinstatement Of Native Corporations
Signed into Law! Chapter 77 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Foster

An Act relating to the reinstatement of Native corporations; and providing for an effective date.

Contact : : 465-3789
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-14-05
Current Status : Chapter 77 SLA 05 : 07-14-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-02-05 : Introduced at the request of one of the Regional Native Corporations within our District. Corporations have been involuntarily dissolved by the commissioner under AS 10.06.633 and failed to apply for reinstatement during the grace period established in statute.


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HB 15 : Liquor Lic: Outdoor Rec. Lodge/ Bars/ Pubs
Signed into Law! Chapter 41 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to brewpub licenses; relating to outdoor recreation lodge alcoholic beverage licenses; relating to transfer of certain beverage dispensary licenses issued before June 6, 1985; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 15 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4945
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-07-05
Current Status : Chapter 41 SLA 05 : 06-07-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-07-05 : HB 15 creates a seasonal alcohol beverage license for lodges that provide hunting and fishing services and are inaccessible from the road system.

HB 16 : Funding For Public Boarding Schools
Signed into Law! Chapter 54 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to funding for school districts operating statewide residential educational programs; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 16 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3719
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-03-06
Current Status : Chapter 54 SLA 06 : 06-03-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-08-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 16 puts into statute DOE's current practice. This legislation expands existing programs for students who don't have access to grades 9 through 12 qualify for a stipend in boarding schools by changing the entrance requirements.

HB 26 : Short - Term Com Fishing Crewmember License
Signed into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Moses by Request

An Act relating to short-term commercial fishing crewmember licenses; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 26 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4451
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-24-05
Current Status : Chapter 59 SLA 05 : 06-24-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-05 : Allows visitors an affordable way to engage in a sort of extreme tourism adventure by actually participating in the fishery as a crewmember. Amended to restrict compensation for crew members with a short term licenses.

HB 27 : Municipal Property Tax Exemption For Police Homes
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault, Rep. Max Gruenberg

An Act relating to an optional exemption from municipal property taxes on certain residences of law enforcement officers.

Version : CS HB 27 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-2840
Last Action : Passed House » Senate : 04-18-05

04-18-05 : Allows a municipality by ordinance to designate an area within its boundaries that is an eligible area and exempt from taxation an amount not to exceed $150,000 of the assessed value of real property within the area that is owned and occupied as the primary permanent place of abode by a law enforcement officer.

HB 29 : Health Care Insurance / Comp Health Insurance Assn
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act relating to the Comprehensive Health Insurance Association; granting a 50 percent premium tax credit for assessments against members of the Comprehensive Health Insurance Association; requiring members to provide information to the association's board of directors or the director of the division of insurance; modifying voting rights for the association members by basing their exercise on a member's share of assessments; basing assessments on major medical premiums; modifying the manner of determining members' liabilities for losses; and changing the definition of major medical coverage for purpose of state health insurance and providing for exclusions to major medical coverage.

Version : CS HB 29 (L&C)(TITLE Am)
Contact : : 465-4968
Last Action : Governor » Governor : 07-27-06

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

05-08-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 29 has passed the House Labor and Commerce Committee with changes. In order to accommodate the needs of ACHIA, this bill has been modified to grant a tax credit to the insurance companies who are currently assessed for the entire ACHIA shortfall by using a small portion of the premium taxes paid into the state. A premium tax credit is justifiable given the importance of maintaining the viability of the Association and its requirement under HIPAA.

HB 32 : Appropriation: Grant To Arctic Power For ANWR
Signed into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act making a special appropriation for a grant to Arctic Power to promote the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration and development; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 32 (FIN) Am
Companion Bill : SB 69
Contact : : 465-2186
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-17-05
Current Status : Chapter 23 SLA 05 : 05-17-05

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 12 KB]

04-22-05 : HB 32 appropriates 1.2 million dollars from the General fund to Artic Power for use in promoting the opening of ANWR.

HB 33 : Regulations Affecting Small Businesses
Signed into Law! Chapter 91 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to required notification of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, economic effect statements, and regulatory flexibility analyses regarding the adoption of regulations that may govern the conduct of small businesses; relating to a private cause of action, regulation invalidation, and judicial review related to required notification, economic effect statements, and regulatory flexibility analyses for the adoption of regulations that may govern the conduct of small businesses; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 33 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4945
Last Action : Signed into Law : 08-09-05
Current Status : Chapter 91 SLA 05 : 08-09-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-05 : HB 33 requires state regulatory agencies to consider the impact of proposed regulations on small businesses.

HB 37 : Public Access To Fishing Streams
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Les Gara

An Act relating to voluntary land trades and purchases to enhance public access to fishing streams.

Version : CS HB 37 (FIN) Am
Contact : : 465-2647
Last Action : Senate Floor » (S) RES : 05-10-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-05 : HB 37 aims to ensure future public access to Alaska's fishing streams by putting in place a mechanism for voluntary land exchange (or purchase between the Sate an private owners along important recreational rivers.

HB 41 : Assault On School Grounds, Events, Buses
Signed into Law! Chapter 86 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn, Rep. Lesil McGuire

An Act relating to minimum periods of imprisonment for the crime of assault in the fourth degree committed on school grounds, on a school bus, at a school-sponsored event, or at certain school district administration offices.

Version : SCS CS HB 41 (JUD)
Contact : : 465-2794
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-06-06
Current Status : Chapter 86 SLA 06 : 07-06-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

Revises sentencing guidelines to require a 60-day mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for assaults in the fourth degree committed on: school grounds, on a school bus, at a school-sponsored event, or at certain school district administration offices.

HB 42 : Joseph C Williams, Sr. , Coastal Trail
Signed into Law! Chapter 9 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. James Elkins

An Act naming the Joseph C. Williams, Sr., Coastal Trail.

Version : SCS HB 42 (CRA)
Contact : : 465-3424
Last Action : Signed into Law : 04-20-05
Current Status : Chapter 9 SLA 05 : 04-20-05

| Sponsor Statement |

03-14-05 : Renames three miles of trail alongside the South Tongass Highway between Ketchikan and Saxman, Alaska the Joe Williams, Sr. Coastal Trail. Mr. Williams was an advocate for the construction of a trail alongside the South Tongass Highway between the cities of Ketchikan and Saxman. This legislation honors the memory of a highly respected member of the native community in Southeast Alaska.

HB 52 : Long - Range Fiscal Plan
Sponsored by Rep. Max Gruenberg

An Act relating to adoption and revision of a comprehensive long-range fiscal plan for the State of Alaska.

Version : SS HB 52
Contact : : 465-4940
Last Action : (H) W&M » (H) FIN : 03-21-05

03-18-05 : House Bill 52 would require the legislature to adopt and annually revise a fiscal plan to balance state revenues and expenditures for the succeeding five fiscal years. The states current budgetary system encourages legislators and the governor to focus only on the fiscal year immediately ahead.

HB 57 : Sale Of State Land To Adjacent Landowners
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to the sale of certain state land to adjacent landowners.

Version : CS S SHB 57 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3744
Last Action : Governor » Governor : 07-18-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-08-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

Previously made amendments added that any parcel of state land, through this legislation, that comes before the DNR Lands Director for consideration to sell to an adjacent landowner will be subject to a best interest finding allowing the state further scrutiny to ensure its interest, such as public access, has been met.

House Bill 57 would authorize the State of Alaska, through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director of Lands, to negotiate the sale of state lands smaller than 20 acres at fair market value to an adjacent landowner provided the state property is completely enclosed by the adjacent landowner. The bill would not mandate DNR to sell state property under such circumstances, but would grant it the ability to allow a landowner to purchase the state land the property encompasses.

HB 61 : Gaming: Calcutta Pools & Crane Classics
Signed into Law! Chapter 43 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

An Act relating to Calcutta pools and crane classics as authorized forms of charitable gaming.

Version : SCS CS HB 61 (L&C)
Contact : : 465-2995
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-07-05
Current Status : Chapter 43 SLA 05 : 06-07-05

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

05-07-05 : Intent is to protect traditional ''Calcutta'' pool games of chance which is strongly supported by many Alaskans and charity organizations. Title change in Finance to-''An act making Calcutta pools an authorized form of charitable gaming.''

HB 75 : Hunting, Fishing, Trapping
Signed into Law! Chapter 87 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly

An Act relating to the powers and duties of the commissioner of fish and game, Board of Fisheries, and Board of Game in promoting and preserving fishing, hunting, and trapping in the state.

Version : SCS CS HB 75 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-6890
Last Action : Signed into Law : 08-05-05
Current Status : Chapter 87 SLA 05 : 08-05-05

| Sponsor Statement |
| CS HB 75 (RES) vs. CS HB 75 (FIN) | [PDF - 28 KB]
| CS HB 75 (FIN) vs. SCS CS HB 75 (RES) | [PDF - 25 KB]

05-05-05 : HB 75 will provide an additional protection from outside encroachment on our ability to responsibly harvest our game resources. ''Title Change to-''An Act relating to the duties of the Commissioner of Fish and Game and the Board of Fisheries and the Board of Game to preserve and promote fishing, hunting, and trapping in the state.'' The sponsor has included a legislative intent statement plainly stating the ongoing commitment to constitutional provisions for common use and sustained yield principles. The sponsor has alsochanged the structure of the section by placing the new language in the ''Powers and duties of the commissioner'' (AS 16.05.050 (a)) rather than in ''Functions of the commissioner''.

HB 83 : Seismic Hazards Safety Commission
Signed into Law! Chapter 71 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux

An Act relating to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 83 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-2487
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-16-06
Current Status : Chapter 71 SLA 06 : 06-16-06

| Sponsor Statement |
| Op-Ed: It is Better to be Prepared |

05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 83 extends the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission until June 20, 2012.

HB 103 : Claims Against The State
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly

An Act requiring an actionable claim against the state to be tried without a jury.

Version : CS HB 103 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-6890
Last Action : (H) RLS » House : 04-22-05

| Sponsor Statement |

04-14-05 : HB 103 makes a small but important change to the manner in which claims against the state will be adjudicated and requires an actionable claim against the state to be tried without a jury.

HB 109 : Screening Newborn For Hearing/ Audiologist
Signed into Law! Chapter 43 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras

An Act relating to establishing a screening, tracking, and intervention program related to the hearing ability of newborns and infants; providing an exemption to licensure as an audiologist for certain persons performing hearing screening; relating to insurance coverage for newborn and infant hearing screening; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 109 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3004
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-25-06
Current Status : Chapter 43 SLA 06 : 05-25-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 109 is aimed at ensuring that all infants born in Alaska have their hearing screened at birth, or within 30 days of birth, if not born in a hospital.

HB 122 : National Guard Insurance & Other Relief
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act relating to certain relief concerning motor vehicle leases, telephone services, education, utilities, state loans, and hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses for members of the Alaska National Guard deployed to a combat zone; relating to reimbursement of premiums for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance paid by members of the Alaska National Guard deployed to a combat zone; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 122 (FIN)
Contact : :
Last Action : (S) L&C » (S) FIN : 04-29-06

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 10 KB]

04-27-06 : Passed Senate Labor & Commerce Committee with technical amendments, to be moved to Senate Finance Committee. Amendments reinserted military education leave of absence, and added a period of convalescence.

Requires that the state pay life insurance premiums for our guardsmen deployed to a combat zone. Allows for premiums to be paid for up to $250,000 in life insurance for those guard members affected by this legislation.

HB 132 : Crimes Against Elderly
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to certain crimes committed against the elderly; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 132 (JUD)
Contact : : 465-4958
Last Action : (S) JUD » (S) FIN : 04-21-05

| Sponsor Statement |

04-21-05 : Increase the penalties for crimes against the elderly one level. For example, assault in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, would be a class C felony if the assault was committed to a person 65 years of age or older. Removed the intentent and findings section. (one)

HB 136 : Driving Under Influence Sentencing
Signed into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Norman Rokeberg

Restricting the authority of a court to suspend execution of a sentence or grant probation in prosecutions for driving while under the influence and prosecutions for refusal to submit to a chemical test; and allowing a court to suspend up to 75 percent of the minimum fines required for driving while under the influence and for refusal to submit to a chemical test if the defendant successfully completes a court-ordered treatment program.

Contact : : 465-6848
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-13-05
Current Status : Chapter 68 SLA 05 : 07-13-05

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

05-04-05 : Specifically, HB 136 expands the court-ordered treatment programs, i.e. ''Wellness Courts,'' to felony DUI defendants. The statutory authority for these courts can be found under AS 28.35.030 and AS 28.35.032.

HB 144 : Community Dividend Program
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Thomas

An Act authorizing an advisory vote on whether income of the Alaska permanent fund in the earnings reserve account should be used for a community dividend program.

Version : CS HB 144 (STA)
Contact : : 465-3732
Last Action : (H) STA » (H) FIN : 04-08-05

04-07-05 : This plan would provide approximately $160 million annually to municipalities by accessing surplus earnings of the Permanent Fund. The distribution to municipalities would be made only after Permanent Fund Dividends and inflation proofing are provided for. Based on annual Permanent Fund earnings, if the amount appropriated were not sufficient to fully fund municipal dividends, the amount to each municipality would be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

HB 149 : Controlled Substances: Meth & Marijuana
Signed into Law! Chapter 53 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras

An Act relating to controlled substances; relating to the crimes of manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and misconduct involving a controlled substance; relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine and to the sale, possession, and delivery of certain substances and precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine; relating to listing certain anabolic steroids as controlled substances; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CCS HB 149
Contact : : 465-3004
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-02-06
Current Status : Chapter 53 SLA 06 : 06-02-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-05-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

The committee substitute adds that all sales of ephedrine base, pseudoephedrine base, or phenylpropanolamine base, must meet the terms used in P.L. 109-177, 120 Stat. 192, in regard to amounts, identification required, storage, access and availability, and logbooks. Amendments were made requiring that vendors may not sell to a person under 16 years of age.

This bill would also restrict the amount of pseudoephedrine base product a person can acquire to six grams within a 30-day period. The bill will further serve to present prima facia evidence that a person intends to use the pseudoephedrine base product to manufacture methamphetamine if the person is in possession of more than six grams of product. Amended to prohibit the distribution of confidential information on certain medications. Amendments were made incorporating portions of SB 70. SB 70 was an act relating to controlled substances regarding the crimes of manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and misconduct involving a controlled substance. Changes were made eliminating jail time for those charged with use in the privacy of their own homes for the first two offenses. Other amendments allow the Commissioner of Public Safety the authority to adopt emergency regulations, placing additional pseudoephedrine products behind the counter, if those products are found being used in the production of methamphetamines.

HB 169 : Real Estate Licensees
Signed into Law! Chapter 74 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act relating to the educational requirements for certain real estate brokers, associate brokers, and salespersons with new or suspended licenses; relating to review of real estate transactions by attorneys or associate brokers; relating to the requirements for a real estate broker license and an associate real estate broker license; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 169 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4968
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-14-05
Current Status : Chapter 74 SLA 05 : 07-14-05

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

05-08-05 : HB 169 requires a real estate licensee take 20 hours of post-licensing education within one year of receiving his/her initial license. Current law requires a real estate broker supervise every transaction. This is not practical in large real estate firms. In Anchorage, for example, 60% of the real estate transactions occur within three firms, with a total of four brokers. HB 169 will allow brokers to employ associate brokers or attorneys to assist in the orderly review of real estate transactions prior to the closing of the transaction.

HB 208 : State Veterans' Cemetery & Fund
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg

An Act authorizing the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs to establish and maintain Alaskan veterans' cemeteries; and establishing the Alaska veterans' cemetery fund in the general fund.

Version : CS HB 208 (FIN) Am
Contact : : 465-4457
Last Action : Senate Floor » (S) FIN : 02-21-06

| Sponsor Statement |

02-17-06 : Passed House floor as amended, sent to Senate for consideration. Amendments include the deletion of the language ''Fairbanks and elsewhere,'' making it applicable to the whole state if eligible, the date was also changed.

HB 208 will provide a place in the Interior for soldiers to have a dignified place to be laid to rest with full military funeral honors, pallbearers, rifle team, flag folding, and flag presentation.

HB 211 : Dentists; Hygienists; Board Of Dental Examiners
Signed into Law! Chapter 47 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Dental Examiners; and relating to dentists and dental hygienists.

Version : CS HB 211 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-6890
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-24-05
Current Status : Chapter 47 SLA 05 : 06-24-05

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 30 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |
| HB 211 vs. CS HB 211 (FIN) | [PDF - 26 KB]

05-08-05 : Extends the Board of Dental Examiners to June 30, 2011 as recommended by Legislative Audit #08-20031-04 dated August 5, 2004

HB 213 : Alcohol Server Education
Signed into Law! Chapter 75 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras

Relating to alcohol server education.

Contact : : 465-3004
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-14-05
Current Status : Chapter 75 SLA 05 : 07-14-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-05-05 : Makes it easier for alcohol servers to maintain their livelihood by removing unnecessary coursework for those competent enough to pass their alcohol server education test.

HB 219 : Strangulation & Suffocation Crimes
Signed into Law! Chapter 20 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act relating to the definition of 'dangerous instrument' as applied within the criminal code.

Version : CS HB 219 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4949
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-17-05
Current Status : Chapter 20 SLA 05 : 05-17-05

| Sponsor Statement |

04-28-05 : Permits felony prosecution for an assault involving strangulation or suffocation.

HB 273 : PFD: Delay Payment For Allowable Absences
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to the dividends of certain individuals claiming allowable absences; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 273 (RLS) Am
Contact : : 465-3744
Last Action : 3RD RDG,4/24 CAL(H) » (H) RLS : 04-24-06

| Sponsor Statement |

04-24-06 : Returned to House Rules Committee.

HB 273 attempts to ensure that everyone receiving a PFD under an excused absence return to the State before collecting their funds.

HB 277 : Gamble - Sperl UAS Joint Use Facility
Signed into Law! Chapter 45 SLA 05
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula

Naming the Charles Gamble Jr. - Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility in Juneau.

Companion Bill : SB 176
Contact : : 465-4766
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-07-05
Current Status : Chapter 45 SLA 05 : 06-07-05

| Sponsor Statement |

05-07-05 : The Joint Use Facility/ UAS Student Recreation Center/ National Guard Readiness Center is currently under construction and is slated for completion in July of this year. The facility was built with federal, state and university funds for a total of $16.3 million. Naming the joint use facility after Charles and Donald will show our respect for their dedication to our country and honor them for their valiant service. Their names will live on as a reminder for all of true patriotism.

HB 278 : Retirement System Liability/ Bonds
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act relating to prepayments of accrued actuarial liabilities of government retirement systems; relating to the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority; permitting the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority or a subsidiary of the authority to assist state and municipal governmental employers by issuing bonds, notes, commercial paper, or other obligations to enable the governmental employers to prepay all or a portion of the governmental employers' shares of the unfunded accrued actuarial liabilities of retirement systems; authorizing a governmental employer to issue obligations to prepay all or a portion of the governmental employer's shares of the unfunded accrued actuarial liabilities of retirement systems and to enter into a lease or other contractual agreement with a trustee or the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority or a subsidiary of the authority in connection with the issuance of obligations for that purpose, and relating to those obligations; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 278 (RLS)
Contact : : 465-4949
Last Action : (S) CRA » (S) FIN : 05-02-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 41 KB]
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

05-01-06 : Passed Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee without change, to be moved to Senate Finance Committee.

HB 278 provides governmental employers the opportunity to utilize a financial mechanism generally referred to as a “Pension Obligation Bond” (POB) to help reduce the ultimate cost of satisfying the unfunded accrued actuarial liabilities of their retirement systems

HB 318 : Limitation On Eminent Domain
Signed into Law! Chapter 84 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire, Rep. Jim Holm, Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act limiting the exercise of eminent domain.

Version : SCS CS HB 318 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4990
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-05-06
Current Status : Chapter 84 SLA 06 : 07-05-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-06-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 318 calls for two very clear policy decisions. The first is whether or not it is appropriate to take a person's private property for economic development and the second is whether it is appropriate to take all or part of one's primary residence for recreational opportunities of another. This legislation is not intended to prohibit the legitimate use of eminent domain; it merely limits its use in these two narrow policy areas.

HB 324 : Ban Orange Hawkweed/ Purple Loosestrife
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux

An Act banning the importation, transfer, and cultivation of orange hawkweed and purple loosestrife.

Version : CS HB 324 (RES)
Companion Bill : SB 245
Contact : : 465-4230
Last Action : Passed House » Senate : 04-03-06

| Sponsor Statement |

04-03-06 : Passed the House Floor by a vote of 30-6, to be moved to the Senate for consideration.

The act prohibits the importation of orange hawkweed and purple loosestrife. It also prohibits the sale, gift, or otherwise transfer of those plants except for disposal. A person under this act is prohibited from knowingly planting or cultivating these plants.

HB 331 : Underage Military On Licensed Premises
Sponsored by Rep. James Elkins

An Act relating to access by persons under 21 years of age to premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages as clubs.

Version : HB 331 (L&C)
Contact : : 465-4967
Last Action : (H) FIN » (H) RLS : 02-15-06

| Sponsor Statement |

02-13-06 : Passed House Finance Committee with no amendments, to be moved to House Rules Committee.

HB 377 : Exemption: Registration Building Drawings & Specs
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to an exemption from certain registration and practice requirements for persons preparing drawings or specifications related to the construction of certain buildings and the grounds of the buildings.

Version : SCS CS HB 377 (L&C)
Contact : : 465-4946
Last Action : Governor » Governor : 07-27-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 377 adds an exemption to the requirement to have designs approved by an architect or engineer for residential buildings intended for not more than two families to three stories from the current two stories.

HB 379 : Controlled Substances, Including Analogs
Signed into Law! Chapter 19 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to scheduling as a Schedule IA controlled substance gamma-hydroxybutyric acid and certain similar substances.

Version : CS HB 379 (JUD)
Contact : : 465-4945
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-01-06
Current Status : Chapter 19 SLA 06 : 05-01-06

| Sponsor Statement |

03-22-06 : Passed Senate Judiciary Committee without change, to be moved to Senate Rules Committee.

House Bill 379 adds these variations of GHB to Alaska's controlled substances act and raises them, along with GHB to a schedule 1A narcotic.

HB 380 : Animals & Animal Or Agricultural Products
Signed into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to the powers and duties of the commissioner of environmental conservation regarding animals, animal products, agricultural products, and the transportation of animals and animal products; relating to the employment, appointment, and duties of a state veterinarian by the commissioner of environmental conservation; relating to the powers of the commissioner of natural resources regarding agricultural products; relating to animal rabies prevention and control; and providing for an effective date.

Version : SCS CS HB 380 (RES)
Contact : : 465-4946
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-13-06
Current Status : Chapter 59 SLA 06 : 06-13-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-06-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

House Bill 380 repeals and reenacts several provisions of Title 3 to modernize the powers of the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the State Veterinarian. HB 380 will allow the State Veterinarian to respond accordingly and immediately to potential dangers to Alaskans and our animal populations. Avian influenza is one in a long list of zoonotic diseases that can be devastating to animals and potentially pandemic in human populations.

HB 386 : Extend North Slope Severance Tax Credit
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act making uniform throughout the state the deadline for certain exploration expenditures used as credits against the production tax on oil and gas produced from a lease or property in the state by extending to July 1, 2010, the deadline for those expenditures on leases or properties located north of 68 degrees, 15 minutes, North latitude.

Version : CS HB 386 (O&G)
Contact : : 465-2186
Last Action : (H) RES » (H) FIN : 04-10-06

| Sponsor Statement |

04-05-06 : Passed House Resources Committee without change, to be moved to House Finance Committee.

House Bill 386 would extend the exploration credit incentives to 2010 and encourage exploration in Alaska and in particular the North Slope HB 386 would make AS 43.55.025 uniform thorough out the state.

HB 387 : Tuition Waiver For National Guard Family
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Thomas

An Act providing for a partial tuition waiver for families of members of the Alaska National Guard; and directing the executive director of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to seek additional funding to support tuition waivers.

Version : CS HB 387 (EDU)
Contact : : 465-3732
Last Action : (H) HES » (H) FIN : 03-08-06

| Sponsor Statement |

02-14-06 : Passed House Education Committee without change, to be moved to House Health, Education and Social Services Committee. The committee substitute provides free hunting and fishing licenses for active members of the Alaska National Guard. Changes were also made requiring that additional funding requests go through the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs.

HB 394 : Insurance Policies In Foreign Languages
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to allowing insurance policy forms to be filed and approved in languages other than English if an official English language version is also filed, and authorizing use of insurance policy forms and associated materials in languages other than English.

Version : CS HB 394 (L&C) Am
Companion Bill : SB 280
Contact : : 465-4945
Last Action : House Floor » Governor : 07-27-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-01-06 : Passed the Senate Floor by a vote of 18-1, returned to the House for concurrence.

HB 394 will allow foreign language speaking consumers to secure information so they can better understand and thus can make better insurance decisions. For the insurance industry, HB 394 is likely to lead to increased penetration in emerging markets.

HB 395 : Fire Season Dates
Signed into Law! Chapter 21 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act relating to the period of the fire season; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS HB 395 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-2693
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-04-06
Current Status : Chapter 21 SLA 06 : 05-04-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-02-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 395 will move the start date of fire season from May 1 to April 1.

HB 399 : Elder Fraud And Assistance/ OPA
Signed into Law! Chapter 64 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act establishing the office of elder fraud and assistance; and relating to fraud involving older Alaskans.

Version : SCS CS HB 399 (STA)
Contact : : 465-3779
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06
Current Status : Chapter 64 SLA 06 : 06-15-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

HB 399 establishes an office of elder fraud and assistance within the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) to investigate complaints of fraud committed against elder residents of Alaska. This bill authorizes OPA to bring civil enforcement actions for injunctive and other relief for fraud committed against older Alaskans.

HB 400 : Confiscation Of Firearms
Signed into Law! Chapter 32 SLA 06
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act relating to confiscation of firearms during disaster emergencies.

Version : SCS CS HB 400 (JUD)
Contact : : 465-3719
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-18-06
Current Status : Chapter 32 SLA 06 : 05-18-06

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

04-28-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.

CS to House Bill 400 changes the penalty imposed on individuals that violate the provisions of this bill. An elected official or individual in a governmental position will forfeit their office or position if found guilty; the Alaska Police Standards Council will enforce sanctions against police officers. CS to House Bill 400 also makes a minor change in the title.

HB 432 : Yukon River Ferry Service
Sponsored by Rep. Woodie Salmon

An Act expanding the Alaska marine highway system to Yukon River locations.

Version : CS HB 432 (TRA)
Contact : : 465-4527
Last Action : (H) TRA » (H) FIN : 03-24-06

| Sponsor Statement |

03-21-06 : Passed House Transportation Committee with a conceptual amendment, to be moved to House Finance Committee.

HB 432 requires the State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to begin studying the feasibility of a state ferry system on the Yukon River.

HCR 2 : In - State Natural Gas Needs
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 11
Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Samuels

Urging Governor Murkowski to take quick action to conduct, approve, or sanction a study of in-state natural gas needs and take-off points for intrastate use of natural gas transported in a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Contact : : 465-3715
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-17-05
Current Status : Legis Resolve 11 : 05-17-05

| Sponsor Statement |

04-18-05 : Urges Governor Murkowski to take quick action to conduct, approve, or sanction a study of in-state natural gas needs and take-off points for intrastate use of natural gas transported in a North Slope natural gas pipeline, with the objective that the study be completed before the final rules relating to the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline take effect on the 90th day following the publication in the Federal Register of the rules adopted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

HCR 6 : Reestablish Info Infrastructure Taskforce
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 39
Sponsored by Rep. Pete Kott

Relating to reestablishing the Alaska Information Infrastructure Policy Task Force.

Version : HCR 6 Am S
Contact : : 465-3777
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-22-06

| Sponsor Statement |
| Slide Presentation AK Information Infrastructure Task Force | [PDF - 574 KB]

05-02-05 : Extends the termination date of the Alaska Information Infrastructure Policy Task Force until the first day of the First Regular Session of the Twenty-Fifth Alaska State Legislature in January 2007.

HCR 30 : AK Climate Impact Assessment Commission
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 49
Sponsored by Rep. Reggie Joule

Creating an Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission.

Version : SCS CS HCR 30 (FIN)
Contact : :
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-07-06
Current Status : Legis Resolve 49 : 07-07-06

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 6 : Labeling Of Fish / Shellfish Products
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 5
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula

Relating to the labeling of fish and shellfish to identify the country of origin and to distinguish between wild and farmed fish and shellfish.

Version : CS HJR 6 (FSH)
Contact : : 465-4766
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-19-05
Current Status : Legis Resolve 5 : 05-19-05

| Sponsor Statement |

03-16-05 : Requires labeling of fish products and processed food items containing fish to identify the country of origin and to distinguish between wild and farmed fish and fish products.

HJR 8 : Supporting Alaska Army National Guard
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 9
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

Expressing support of Alaska Army National Guard soldiers deployed worldwide.

Contact : : 465-6863
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-19-05

| Sponsor Statement |

04-11-05 : More than 250 Alaska Army National Guard soldiers are now on active duty, and are deployed throughout the world. These citizen soldiers, from all over Alaska are serving in overseas training deployments, combat missions, stability and support operations. HJR 8 expresses support of Alaska Army National Guard soldiers and families deployed worldwide.

SB 54 : Protective Order For Sexual Assault/ Abuse
Signed into Law! Chapter 36 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act amending protective order statutes for crimes involving stalking to include crimes involving sexual assault and sexual abuse, to provide for other relief ordered by a court, to add the protective orders to a centralized registry, to prevent denial solely for a lapse of time, and to require notification of the court of known civil or criminal actions involving the petitioner or respondent; relating to notifications to victims of sexual assault and to mandatory arrest for crimes involving violation of protective orders and violation of conditions of release; and amending Rule 65, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure.

Version : CS SB 54 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-2199
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-18-06
Current Status : Chapter 36 SLA 06 : 05-18-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 17 KB]
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

04-28-06 : Passed House 35-0. Allows a victim of sexual assault to petition for civil remedies of protective orders, ex parte orders, and emergency orders. Also mandates arrest for violation of these protective orders. This bill focuses on victims of sexual assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degrees) and sexual abuse of a minor (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degrees) that is not domestic violence.

SB 174 : Passenger Vehicle Rental Tax
Signed into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Charlie Huggins

An Act excluding certain trucks and vehicles provided by automobile dealers as replacement transportation during warranty, recall, or service contract repairs from the definition of 'passenger vehicle' for purposes of the passenger vehicle rental tax; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS SB 174 (FIN) Am H
Contact : : 465-4711
Last Action : Signed into Law : 01-26-06
Current Status : Chapter 1 SLA 06 : 01-26-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 104 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

01-11-06 : Passed Senate 20 to 0. Exempts rental trucks used to transport personal property from the passenger vehicle rental tax. Clarifies that rental vehicles, when provided by an automobile dealer to a customer as replacement transportation during warranty, recall, or service contract repairs, are exempt from imposed vehicle rental taxes.

SB 188 : Bulk Fuel Revolving Loan Fund Cap
Signed into Law! Chapter 78 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Donald Olson

An Act relating to the maximum amount of loans from the bulk fuel revolving loan fund to one borrower in a fiscal year.

Version : CS SB 188 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3877
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-19-06
Current Status : Chapter 78 SLA 06 : 06-19-06

| Sponsor Statement |

05-04-06 : Passed House 33-0. Increases the maximum loan amount, from $300,000 to $400,000 for a single community and up to $1,500,000 for a multiple community fuel purchase, that a cooperative can receive from the state bulk fuel revolving loan fund.

SB 200 : Use Of Force To Protect Self/ Home/ Property
Signed into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act relating to defense of self, other persons, property, or services.

Version : HCS CS SB 200 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-4797
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06
Current Status : Chapter 68 SLA 06 : 06-15-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 18 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

05-03-06 : Senate voted 16-0 to concur with House amendments. Allows force, or deadly force, as a legal option under certain circumstances where life, property, and the welfare of others is at high risk. Broadens existing statute, which allows a person to use force to defend property that a person owns or leases, to include ''specific places a person has a right to be.” Allows the use of force to protect children threatened with death or serious injury, kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, or robbery. Permits use of force by a victim remaining inside an automobile being car-jacked, or by a person outside a vehicle being stolen if there is a victim inside that vehicle. Prohibits the use of force for any reason against law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, or those assisting them in their official duties.

SB 216 : Bail Restrictions/ Unlawful Evasion
Signed into Law! Chapter 57 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Charlie Huggins, Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to bail and unlawful evasion; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 216 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3878
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-13-06
Current Status : Chapter 57 SLA 06 : 06-13-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 17 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

05-08-06 : Senate voted to concur with House amendments 20-0. Makes unlawful evasion a felony for anyone held on a felony charge and a misdemeanor for anyone being held on a misdemeanor charge. Bans most the temporary and periodic release of inmates being held at a correctional facility.

SB 274 : Govt. Firearm Disposal And Inventory
Signed into Law! Chapter 70 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act relating to the disposition of forfeited, surplus, and unclaimed firearms by the state and municipalities.

Version : HCS CS SB 274 (FIN) Am H
Contact : : 465-2199
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06
Current Status : Chapter 70 SLA 06 : 06-15-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 18 KB]
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

05-07-06 : Senate concurred with House amendments 20-0. Returns to Senate for concurrence with House amendments. Allows all Alaskans who are legally permitted to buy firearms to do so at auctions where state-owned surplus firearms are sold. Current state law only allows federally licensed firearm dealers to buy state firearms at auction. The state can also dispose of the firearms through trade-in, donation and transfer to other jurisdictions. The Department of Public Safety must report descriptions and values of all firearms not sold to the public to the legislature during the annual budgetary process.


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