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Alaska State Representative Carl Gatto District 13 - Palmer

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600 E. Railroad Ave.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 376-3725
Fax: (907) 376-4768

Elected to the House 2002


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HB 128 : 72-Hour Notice Of Teacher Strike
Senate Companion SB 95 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to strikes by employees of a municipal school district, a regional educational attendance area, or a state boarding school, and requiring notice of at least 72 hours of a strike by those employees.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sponsor Statement for Senate Companion |

HB 136 : Teacher Certification Deadline
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act allowing persons to teach in the public schools for up to five months without a teaching certificate if the person has applied for a certificate and the application has not been acted upon by the Department of Education and Early Development; and providing for an effective date.

04-29-03 : House Bill 136 moved out of the House Special Committee on Education on Tuesday. Sponsored by Representative Carl Gatto, House Bill 136 allows a person to teach in the public schools for up to five months without a teaching certificate if the person has applied for a certificate and the Department of Education and Early Development has not finished processing it. HB 136 moves to the House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 207 : Tax On Commercial Vessel Passengers
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to taxes regarding certain commercial passenger vessels operating in the state; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 259 : Pupil Transportation Funding/Driver Wages
Senate Companion SB 202 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to public school transportation, and to the minimum wages for school bus drivers; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sponsor Statement for Senate Companion |

HB 342 : Driving Under Influence/Alcohol Offenses
Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to driving while under the influence, to the definition of 'previously convicted,' to alcohol-related offenses, to ignition interlock devices, and to the issuance of limited driver's licenses; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 342 (FIN) Am
Contact: Cody Rice, 465-3743
Action: 05-11-04: Passed the Senate

HB 342 ensures that those individuals who are the most egregious offenders of DWI laws will receive punishment commensurate with the severity of their offense rather than fining all offenders the same. Amended to allow individual convicted of an off road DUI to apply and receive an off-road permit without attending wellness court of having a lock system, allow for a permit if this lose of license will severely impact the ability for making a livelihood and change the effective date to include those who currently have a suspension to fall under this law.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 350 : Crime Victims' Compensation For Arson
Passed Legislature! Transmitted to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto, Rep. Max Gruenberg

An Act relating to adding personal injury, death, and property damage from arson in the first degree to the offenses compensable by the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.

Version: CS HB 350 (STA)
Contact: Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, 465-3743
Action: 04-29-04: Passed the Senate » Trans to Governor

Current Alaska law does not include first-degree arson on the list of crimes for which victims may receive compensation from the Violent Crimes Compensation Board (VCCB). CSHB 350 (State Affairs) simply adds arson to the list of crimes for which victims may receive compensation and allows for an immediate effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 351 : Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto, Rep. Max Gruenberg

An Act relating to the devices, including carbon monoxide detection devices, required in dwellings; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 351 (JUD)
Contact: Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, 465-3743
Action: 05-08-04: Passed the Senate

This bill adds carbon monoxide detection devices to the requirement in Alaska state statute (AS 18.70.095) that homeowners install and maintain smoke detectors and adds that landlords shall install the devices to be maintained by their tenants.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 387 : Increase Fine For School Zone Violations
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to fines for offenses committed within school zones.

Version: CS HB 387 (STA)
Contact: Cody Rice, 465-3743
Action: 02-05-04: H(CRA) ==> H(TRA)

HB 387 doubles the fine assessed for motor vehicle or traffic offenses committed in a school zone. This bill mirrors a law passed by the Alaska State Legislature in 1998, which doubled the fine for violations committed in a highway work zone. Amended to clarify that the fines only apply when the lower speed limits are in effect.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 390 : Length Of School Term
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to the required number of days in a school year.

Version: CS HB 390 (ED)
Contact: Cody rice 465-3743
Action: 02-17-04: H(EDU) ==> H(HSS)

HB 390 allows school districts to use school terms in a more flexible manner. Current requires 180 days of school. If approved by the Commissioner of EED, districts would be allowed to adjust their school terms to meet the needs of their students, teachers, families, and location. Amended to fix minor technical problems.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 405 : School Performance Designation/Report
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

An Act relating to reports on school and school district performance; and relating to accountability of public schools and school districts; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 405 (EDU)
Contact: Cody Rice, 465-3743
Action: 05-02-04: (S)STA » (S)HES

House Bill 405 holds districts and public schools accountable but does not increase their administrative burden. Although this bill retains the requirement that a school not meeting adequate performance must draft a school improvement plan, the bill removes from statute the detailed descriptions of a school improvement plan.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 14 : Implement Alaska History Curriculum
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

Relating to urging school districts to implement an Alaska history curriculum.

HCR 18 : Charter School Task Force
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

Establishing the Joint Legislative Charter School Task Force.

HJR 30 : Eliminate Social Security Offset
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 42
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

Relating to supporting the repeal of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions from the Social Security Act.

Version: CS HJR 30 (STA) Am
Contact: Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, 465-3743
Action: 04-20-04: Passed the Senate

This resolution calls on the Alaskan Congressional Delegation to repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision which reduces social security benefits based on other retirement earnings from public servants who participated in other retirement and pension plans during their work history.

| Sponsor Statement |


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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 18 : Parental Liability For Child's Damage
Signed into Law! Chapter 94 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to the liability of parents and legal guardians of minors who destroy property.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 18 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), HB 18 changes the limit on recovery of property damaged by a minor. HB 18 will allow for a person, municipal corporation, association, village, school district, or religious or charitable organization to recover up to $25,000 from parents or guardians of a minor who knowingly destroys property.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 20 : Reemployment Of Retired Teachers
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to reemployment of and benefits for retired teachers and principals, including those who participated in retirement incentive programs, and to the employment as teachers of members of the public employees' retirement system who participated in a retirement incentive program; and providing for an effective date.

03-06-03 : House Bill 20 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), HB 20 gives public schools that are experiencing a shortage of education professionals the option of reemploying teachers and principals who retired under a Retirement Incentive Program. Those reemployed under this provision will not be required to pay back their retirement incentive and can elect to either continue receiving retirement benefits or accrue new Teacher Retirement System credited service during the re-hire period. HB 20 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 21 : Medicaid For Breast & Cervical Cancer
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula, Rep. Mary Kapsner, Rep. Sharon Cissna

An Act relating to an optional group of persons eligible for medical assistance who require treatment for breast or cervical cancer.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 83 KB]

HB 23 : Restitution For Crime Victims
Signed into Law! Chapter 26 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to court-ordered restitution and compensation following a criminal conviction.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 23 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 23 enables the court to consider documented volunteer labor as a factor in the process of determining restitution.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 26 : Increase Education Funding
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 27 : Increase DWI Penalties
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

An Act relating to driving while intoxicated; and providing for an effective date.

HB 49 : Expand DNA Database
Signed into Law! Chapter 88 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson, Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act relating to the DNA identification registration system; and providing for an effective date.

06-13-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 49 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage), HB 49 requires all convicted felons and sexual offenders, including those in custody, to submit DNA samples to the Alaska State Database. Juveniles adjudicated and in custody on the same offenses must also submit samples to the database.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 51 : Labeling Of Prescribed Drugs
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act requiring pharmacists to include generic drug information on containers in which brand-name prescription drug orders are dispensed.

Version: CS HB 51 (HES)
Contact: Chris Knight, 465-6867
Action: 05-08-03: Passed the Senate

House Bill 51 moved out of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), HB 51 requires pharmacists to include the generic drug name on containers of a brand name drug. The requirement aims inform people of a brand name drug's generic name and prevent them from mistakenly overdosing on the same drug. House Bill 51 awaits assignment to its next Senate committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 53 : Parent Liability For Damage By Child
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

An Act relating to recovery of civil damages by a school district from the parents or legal guardian of a minor; and providing for an effective date.

HB 68 : Office Of Victims' Rights: Include Munis.
Signed into Law! Chapter 6 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Samuels

An Act relating to the office of victims' rights.

04-14-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 68 into law on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Ralph Samuels (R-Anchorage), HB 68 clarifies that municipalities be specifically included in the definition of a justice agency to help the Office of Victims' Rights act on behalf of the victims it represents.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 69 : Regulation Of Shallow Natural Gas
Signed into Law! Chapter 45 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to regulation of shallow natural gas leasing and closely related energy projects; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 69 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), HB 69 ensures that the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the authority and discretion necessary to regulate shallow gas drilling while also providing for human safety and environmental protection.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 91 : Retired Peace Officer's Medical Benefits
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson

An Act relating to medical benefits for retired peace officers after 20 years of credited service.

Version: CS HB 91 (FIN)
Contact: Josh Applebee, 465-4939
Action: 03-08-04: (S)STA ==> (S)L&C

HB 91 allows peace officers to collect their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and major medical benefits at the same time they are eligible for normal retirement, which is after 20 years of service. Currently, peace officers must work 25 years before collecting major medical benefits and must be 65 years old to receive their COLA. HB 91 returns these requirements back to their 1986 criteria.

| 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 127 : Roadside Memorials
Signed into Law! Chapter 125 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Whitaker

An Act allowing certain roadside memorials to be placed within the right-of-way of a state highway.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 127 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Jim Whitaker (R-Fairbanks), HB 127 allows for roadside memorials within the right-of-way on state highways.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 134 : Correctional Facility Expansion
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act authorizing the Department of Corrections to enter into agreements with municipalities for new or expanded public correctional facilities in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Bethel, and the Municipality of Anchorage.

04-17-03 : House Bill 134 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 134 would increase beds in Alaska by providing legislative authorization for local governments to finance the construction of new prison facilities and add additional beds at facilities currently owned by the state. The State of Alaska would then enter into long-term leases and operate the facilities as part of the state correctional system.
HB 134 awaits its next House committee, and will then move to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 177 : Concealed Handguns
Signed into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to concealed handguns; allowing persons whose applications have been rejected as unqualified or whose permits have been revoked or suspended to continue to carry concealed handguns in this state if the person has a permit from another jurisdiction; requiring the Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements concerning the carrying of concealed handguns.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 177 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stolze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 177 recognizes concealed weapon permit holders from other states as valid permit holders in Alaska. HB 177 also requires the Alaska Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states when it benefits Alaska permit holders.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 226 : Organic Food
Signed into Law! Chapter 64 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to the sale, offer for sale, representation, and labeling of food or other agricultural products as organic, and to the state organic certification program; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 226 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 226 brings the state of Alaska's definition of organic agricultural products in line with the federal definition. HB 226 would create an Alaska organic certification program, providing in-state certification for organic agricultural producers, processors, and handlers.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 276 : Background Check On Fire/Ems Volunteers
Sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg

An Act authorizing fire departments and emergency medical services to obtain criminal justice information and motor vehicle records to screen volunteer applicants.

HB 284 : Fish & Game Peace Officer Retirement
Sponsored by Rep. Harry Crawford

An Act allowing peace officers with previous service as fish and wildlife enforcement officers in the Department of Public Safety to claim credit for service as peace officer service; and providing for an effective date.

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 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 337 : Anatomical Gifts Registry
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

An Act relating to anatomical donor registries, to an anatomical gift awareness fund, to an anatomical gift awareness program, and to motor vehicle licenses and registrations.

Version: CS HB 337 (FIN)
Contact: Heath Hilyard, 465-6841
Action: 05-06-04: Passed the Senate

With this legislation, the donor's status and other information will be available to Life Alaska Donor Services so that the donor's gift may be realized with or without the donor having their License/State ID card at the time of death. This will also allow Life Alaska to quickly ascertain the donor status of the Licensee and match the donor's gift with a suitable recipient. Amended to allow cancellation of registration at DMV or the Registry.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 366 : Rat Racing Charitable Gaming
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to rat racing charitable gaming; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HB 366 (FIN)
Contact: Ben Mulligan, 465-4958
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

This bill allows the Palmer Elks Lodge, at the Alaska State Fair, to operate a game of chance in which prizes are awarded for the correct guess of which numbered hole on a wheel a rat, hamster, gerbil, or other rodent enters as the wheel is slowly rotated.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 395 : Shallow Natural Gas
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. John Harris

An Act relating to shallow natural gas leasing and the regulation of shallow natural gas operations.

Version: CS HB 395 (O&G)
Contact: Rick VanderKolk, 465-4859
Action: 03-12-04: (H)O&G ==> (H)RES

HB 395 was designed to resolve concerns many Alaskans have with coal bed methane development in the areas of property rights, water quality assurance, and local involvement of residents.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 481 : Corporate Income Tax on Vessels
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula

An Act reimposing the corporate income tax on income from large commercial passenger vessels operated by certain foreign corporations.

HB 493 : Long Term Fiscal Plan
Sponsored by Rep. John Harris

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

Version: CS HB 493 (W&M)
Contact: Rep. Gruenberg's office, 465-4940
Action: 04-21-04: (H)W&M » (H)FIN

HB 493 would require the legislature to adopt and annually revise a fiscal plan to balance the state revenues and expenditure for the succeeding five fiscal years not the year to year process used now.

| Sponsor Statement |
(PDF reader required - 1 page(s) - 13 KB)
| Sectional Analysis |
(PDF reader required - 1 page(s) - 14 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 8 : Inhalants And Poisons Awareness Week
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 5
Sponsored by Rep. Mary Kapsner

Requesting the Governor to declare March 16 - 22, 2003, to be Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.

HCR 10 : Restoration Of Riparian Habitat
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf

Relating to restoration of riparian habitat that is vital to the fisheries resources of the state.

05-08-03 : The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 10 by a vote of 35 to zero on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf (R-Kenai/Soldotna), HCR 10 recognizes the importance of maintaining and restoring healthy riparian habitats through partnerships with community groups and nonprofit organizations that raise funds for riparian habitat restoration through corporate contributions.
HCR 10 moves to the Senate.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 12 : Honoring Congressman Don Young
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

Commemorating Congressman Don Young's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.

HCR 31 : Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 43
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

Proclaiming March 2004 as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Version: SCS CSHCR 31(HES) AM S
Contact: Heath Hilyard, 465-6841
Action: 04-20-04: Passed the Senate

By making Alaskans aware of traumatic brain injuries, their cause, and prevention we can lower the number of injuries and deaths caused each year. Amended to make June Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month and recognizing Alaska Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board. Amended to make June Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

| 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 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 53 : Revoke Driver's License For Fatal Accident
Signed into Law! Chapter 89 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Scott Ogan

An Act relating to disposition of a traffic offense involving the death of a person; providing for the revocation of driving privileges by a court for a driver convicted of a violation of traffic laws in connection with a fatal motor vehicle or commercial motor vehicle accident; amending Rules 43 and 43.1, Alaska Rules of Administration; and providing for an effective date.

06-13-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 53 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Scott Ogan (R-Rural Mat-Su/ChugiaKB], SB 53 would allow courts to revoke the driving privileges of any driver who violates the traffic laws, and the violation contributes to an automobile accident that results in a death.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 95 : 72-Hour Notice Of Teacher Strike
Signed into Law! Chapter 130 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to strikes by employees of a municipal school district, a regional educational attendance area, or a state boarding school, and requiring notice of at least 72 hours of a strike by those employees.

07-01-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 95 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 95 would require public school employees to provide a school district with written notice of an impending strike at least 72 hours prior to any labor action. This bill would protect students and give parents adequate time to be notified of a change in the school schedule.
SB 95 moves next to the Governor.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 179 : Criminal Background Checks/Teachers
Signed Into Law! Chapter 79 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act relating to criminal history records and background checks; allowing persons to teach in the public schools for up to five months without a teaching certificate if the person has applied for a certificate and the application has not been acted upon by the Department of Education and Early Development due to a delay in receiving criminal history records; allowing teacher certification for certain persons based on a criminal history background check without fingerprints; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 179 (FIN)
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-4797
Action: 06/17/04: Signed Into Law

The Governor signed June 17, 2004. SB 179 allows teachers to receive a name-based background check, for purposes of a teaching certificate, if their fingerprints are illegible or nonexistent. Conforms Alaska statute to federal law to avoid jeopardizing Alaska’s ability to get federal background checks on anyone in the state. It also gives the Department of Education the ability to grant an applicant a sixty-day extension on top of the three-month application period in the situation that their prints are backlogged and not processed in time.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 289 : Extending The Special Ed Service Agency
Signed Into Law! Chapter 27 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act extending the termination date of the special education service agency; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 289
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 05-05-04: Signed into Law

Signed into law May 5. SB 289 unanimously passed the House April 14. It extends the Special Education Service Agency for another nine years. SESA assists schools and infant learning programs to serve children with severe disabilities.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SJR 5 : Destroy Brady Bill Records
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 21
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Urging the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.

05-16-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 5 moved out of the House of Representatives Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai), SJR 5 would urge the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 8 : Division Of 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 35
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

Relating to the division of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

05-17-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 8 moved out of the House of Representatives Saturday. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SJR 8 would endorse legislation introduced in the 106th and 107th Congress by Senators Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski that would split the Ninth Circuit Court in two. The reconfigured Ninth would encompass Arizona, California and Nevada. The new Twelfth Circuit Court would take in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington (as well as the Northern Marianas and Guam).

| Sponsor Statement |



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