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05-05-04: Rep. Lesil McGuire Authors Law to Crackdown on Drug Dealing Teachers
Teacher Ethics Panel Asks Legislature To Let Them Stay

10-28-03: House Judiciary Committee to Hold Public Hearings on HJR's 4 & 9

10-24-03: Rep. McGuire Issues Strongly Worded Statement to Department Encouraging "Buy Alaska."

05-19-03: House Approves Improvements to Regulatory Commission
New Standards for How Current Carriers Will Serve Competitors
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HB 106 : Definition of Lobbying
Passed House!
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act amending the definition of 'lobbyist' in the Regulation of Lobbying Act, and as it applies in the act setting standards of conduct for legislators and legislative employees, to define 'regular' and 'substantial' as those terms describe activities for which a person receives consideration for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 227 : District Courts & Small Claims
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act increasing the jurisdictional limit for small claims and for magistrates from $7,500 to $10,000; increasing the jurisdictional limit of district courts in certain civil cases from $50,000 to $75,000; and amending Rule 11(a)(4), Alaska District Court Rules of Civil Procedure, relating to service of process for small claims.

Version: CS HB 227 (JUD)
Contact: Vanessa Tondini, 465-4990
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

HB 227 raises the jurisdictional limit for district courts from $50,000 to $75,000, this bill will allow for increases in inflation and provide increased flexibility for litigants regarding whether to file in district court or superior court. HB 227 was amended to:

Increased the jurisdictional limit for district courts from $50,000 to $100,000 (original bill only increased it to $75,000).
Expanded the jurisdiction of district court to include actions for false imprisonment, libel, slander, and malicious prosecution.
Added a provision limiting magistrates from hearing certain small claims cases when service is made on a defendant outside the state.


| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 261 : Underage Drinking Or Possession
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act relating to possession, control, or consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 years and to furnishing or delivering alcohol to a person under the age of 21 years; and providing for an effective date.

HB 414 : U.S. Senate Vacancy/ Definition Of Political Party
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act relating to filling the vacancy in the office of United States senator, and to the definition of political party.

Version: SCS HB 414 (JUD)
Contact: Vanessa Tondini, 465-2995
Action: 04-21-04: Passed the Senate

HB 414 will change the way a vacancy in one of Alaska's two seats in the United States Senate is filled when such a vacancy occurs. Amended to allow the governor to appoint a qualified replacement until a special election can be held. Amended to reinstate the statewide election provisions recognizing political parties.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 539 : University Student Practicum Liability/Wages Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act exempting a person who allows a student of the University of Alaska to gain practical work experience with the person while participating in a practicum from vicarious liability as an employer, and exempting the student participating in a practicum from the Alaska Wage and Hour Act and workers' compensation coverage.

Version: CS HB 539 (L&C)
Contact: Vanessa Tondini, 465-4990
Action: 04-29-04: Passed the House

HB 539 provides the same employment liability for university intern programs that already exist in statute for high schools throughout the state.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 549 : Unsolicited Communication: Aircraft Crash
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act relating to unsolicited communications following an aircraft accident; and amending Rule 503, Alaska Rules of Evidence.

Version: SCS HB 549 (JUD) Am
Contact: Vanessa Tondini, 465-2995
Action: 05-06-04: (S)JUD (S)RLS

HB 549 prohibits attorneys from contacting air crash victims. Amended to clarify that the prohibitions (relating to initiating contact with individuals injured or killed in an aircraft accident do not apply to the activities undertaken or the legal obligations that an air carrier or its insurers may have to provide a passenger with short-term assistance and retain a penalty of a class A misdemeanor but establishes a greater fine of the greater of $100,000 or the amount of the legal fees. Amended to lower the max fine from $100,000 to $10,000 or the greater of fine and legal fees.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 551 : Drug Felony Disqualifies Teacher
Passed House!
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act relating to the issuance of teacher certificates to and revocation of teacher certificates of persons convicted of felony drug offenses and to the issuance of limited teacher certificates to persons convicted of certain crimes involving a minor and felony drug offenses.

Version: CS HB 551 (JUD) Am
Contact: Ryan Makinster, 465-2995
Action: 05-06-04: (S)STA (S)HES

HB 551 addresses this issue by requiring the Department of Education revoke the teaching certificate of a person convicted of felony drug charges and also disallows a person from being granted such a certificate if they have been convicted of these charges. Amended on the floor to allow discretion in rehiring under certain circumstances and remove certain crimes as disqualifiers. Amended to include a 10 year look-back.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 558 : Civil Legal Services Fund
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

An Act relating to the creation of a civil legal services fund.

HCR 23 : Suspend Uniform Rules For Sb 85
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 25
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning Senate Bill No. 85, relating to sentencing and to the earning of good time deductions for certain sexual offenses.

05-10-03 : The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved House Concurrent Resolution 23 by a vote of 34 to zero on Saturday. Sponsored by Rep. John Harris (R-Valdez), HCR 23 establishes a nine-member Alaska Energy Policy Task Force to review and analyze the state's current and long-term energy needs.
HCR 23 moves to the Senate.

HCR 36 : Suspend Uniform Rules For SB 30
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning Senate Bill No. 30, relating to information and services available to pregnant women.

HJR 45 : Appointment Of U.S. Representatives
Sponsored by the Hou. Judiciary Committee

Requesting the United States Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that a vacancy in the office of United States Representative may be filled by appointment until an election can be held.

Version: CS HJR 45 (STA)
Contact: Joe McKinnon, 465-4940
Action: 04-20-04: (H)STA » (H)JUD

HJR 45 urges Congress to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to authorize state legislatures to adopt legislation enabling the executive to temporarily fill by appointment vacancies in the state's delegation to the United States House of Representatives. Minor language changes made in committee.

| Sponsor Statement |


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