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HB 70 : Bonds Of Bond Bank Authority
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to revenue bonds issued by the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority and the total amount of bonds and notes outstanding of that authority; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Deven Mitchell @ 465-3750 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 75 : Appropriations: Operating Budget/Loans/Funds
Signed into Law! Chapter 83 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government, for certain programs, and to capitalize funds; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

05-21-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved conference committee version of House Bill 75 by a vote of 12 to eight and the Alaska House of Representatives approved the conference committee version of HB 75 by a vote of 28 to nine on Wednesday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 75 is the operating budget for Fiscal Year 2004.
HB 75 moves to the Governor.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 76 : Appropriations: Mental Health Budget
Signed into Law! Chapter 84 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and providing for an effective date.

05-21-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved the conference committee version of House Bill 76 by a vote of 20 to zero and the Alaska House of Representatives approved the conference committee version of HB 76 by a vote of 33 to four on Wednesday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 76 contains the operating expenses for the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program.
HB 76 moves to Conference Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 100 : Supplemental Appropriations: Fast Track
Signed into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending appropriations; and providing for an effective date.

03-17-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 100 into law on Monday. Sponsored by the House Finance Committee by request of the governor, HB 100 appropriates more than $71 million in general funds for expenses that changed during the 2003 fiscal year. HB 100 also includes $1.3 million to support opening ANWR to oil and gas exploration.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 110 : Supplemental Appropriations
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |
| Gov's request spreadsheet |

HB 111 : Extend Regulatory Commission Of Alaska
Signed into Law! Chapter 93 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the termination date of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

06-13-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 111 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 111 extends the life of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) to June 30, 2007. The RCA must hold public hearings and issue proposed regulations no later than November 15, 2003. HB 111 adds to the RCA’s policy that it shall encourage competition in the telecommunications industry; however, the established carrier shall not be placed at a disadvantage. How competition will be regulated also depends on whether a service area that has more than one telecommunications carrier also truly has a competitive environment.

| Bill Backup: Nan Thompson @ 276-6222 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 112 : AIDEA Authority To Issue Bonds
Signed into Law! Chapter 74 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the authority of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds; and providing for an effective date.

05-19-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved House Bill 112 by a vote of 18 to two on Monday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the governor, HB 112 extends the time the Alaska Industrial and Development and Export Authority to issue bonds for development projects $10,000,000 or less in value without legislative approval. Currently AIDEA has until July 1, 2003. HB 112 extends that time until July 1, 2007. HB 112 also makes permanent the tax exemption for a non-exclusive right to use property owned by AIDEA. After a reconsideration vote, HB 112 moves to the Governor.

| Bill Backup: Sara Fisher-Goad @ 269-3000 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 113 : Discharge Prevention & Contingency Plans
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the renewal period for oil discharge prevention and contingency plans; and providing for an effective date.

03-12-03 : House Bill 113 moved out of the House Resources Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the governor, HB 113 extends the renewal period for oil discharge prevention and contingency plans from three years to five years. HB 113 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Bill Backup: Larry Dietrick @ 465-5250 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 114 : Issuance Of Search Warrants
Signed into Law! Chapter 42 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by the Alaska Supreme Court

An Act relating to the issuance of a search warrant.

06-05-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 114 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska, HB 114 allows the court to accept a faxed affidavit in support of a search warrant, or, telephonic testimony, under the circumstances that those options avoid a delay that would interfere with an ongoing investigation.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 140 : Benefits For Certain RIP Participants
Signed into Law! Chapter 15 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to benefits for retired teachers or employees who participated in retirement incentive programs and are subsequently reemployed as a commissioner; and providing for an effective date.

05-05-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 140 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 140 allows a person who retired under a retirement incentive program (RIP) to return to state service as a commissioner without being penalized. HB 140 allows a member of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) or Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) who retired under a (RIP) to accept the position of commissioner without forfeiting the incentive credit or becoming indebted to the TRS or PERS. The member can also continue to receive TRS or PERS retirement benefits during reemployment.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 145 : Attorney Fees: Public Interest Litigants
Signed into Law! Chapter 86 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to public interest litigants and to attorney fees; and amending Rule 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure.

06-13-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 145 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, HB 145 abrogates the special status given to public interest litigants with respect to the award of attorney fees and costs.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 150 : Appropriations: Capital Projects
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making capital appropriations and reappropriations; capitalizing a fund; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 152 : Health Facility Medicaid Rates/Advisory Commission
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to payment rates under the Medicaid program for health facilities and to budgeting, accounting, and reporting requirements for those facilities; abolishing the Medicaid Rate Advisory Commission; and providing for an effective date.

03-31-03 : House Bill 152 moved out of the House Finance Committee on Monday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the governor, HB 152 eliminates the Medicaid Rate Advisory Commission and places the responsibility for calculating and setting Medicaid payment rates for health care facilities under the general authority of the Department of Health and Social Services. HB 152 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 153 : Medicaid Cost Containment & Priority List
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the statute that sets priorities for the Department of Health and Social Services to apply to administration of the medical assistance program when there are insufficient funds allocated in the state budget for that program; authorizing the department to make cost containment decisions that may include decisions about eligibility of persons and availability of services under the medical assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

03-31-03 : House Bill 153 moved out of the House Finance Committee on Monday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 153 allows the Department of Health and Social Services to undertake cost containment principles through three measures: pursuing all reasonable cost containment measures before eliminating any eligibility groups or services; aggressively pursuing strategies to maximize federal financial participation in the Medicaid program; and making cost containment decisions in a manner that best reflects the needs and interests of eligible Medicaid recipients. Currently, if funds appropriated to the Medicaid program are insufficient for a given fiscal year, the department is directed to eliminate optional Medicaid services based on an out of date priority list. HB 153 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 154 : Under School Age Students
Signed into Law! Chapter 50 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to admission to and advancement in public schools of children under school age; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 154 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 154 removes a school district's ability to offer early entry as standard practice to access the foundation formula and provide state funded pre-school programs. HB 154 prohibits districts from constructing curriculums that offer two years of kindergarten as a standard program.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 155 : Public Construction Project Requirements
Signed into Law! Chapter 111 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the submission of payroll information by contractors and subcontractors performing work on a public construction contract; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 155 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 155 eliminates the requirement for contractors and subcontractors doing public construction projects to file payroll records weekly with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 156 : Increase Motor Fuel Tax
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the motor fuel tax and repealing the special tax rates on blended fuels; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 157 : Eliminate APOC
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act eliminating the Alaska Public Offices Commission; transferring campaign, public official, and lobbying financial disclosure record-keeping duties to the division of elections; relating to reports, summaries, and documents regarding campaign, public official, and lobbying financial disclosure; providing for enforcement by the Department of Law; making conforming statutory amendments; and providing for an effective date.

05-08-03 : House Bill 157 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 157 modifies the Alaska Public Office Commission's procedure for determining violations of state election campaign laws.
HB 157 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 158 : Eliminating Longevity Bonus Program
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski An Act eliminating the longevity bonus program and making related conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 159 : Financial Institution Examinations/CFAB
Signed into Law! Chapter 27 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the frequency of examinations of certain persons licensed to engage in the business of making loans of money, credit, goods, or things in action; repealing the requirement for a state examination and evaluation of the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and providing for an effective date.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 159 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 159 changes the date of frequency of examinations of Small Loan Companies from 12 months to 18 months. HB 159 also eliminates the Division of Banking, Securities, and Corporations' examination of the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank (CFAB).

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 160 : Emission Control Permit Program
Signed into Law! Chapter 46 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the emission control permit program; relating to fees for that program and to the accounting of receipts deposited in the emission control permit receipts account; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 160 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 160 reforms the permit review process to make permitting predictable, reliable and rational. HB 160 allows DEC's program to reflect national precedents, court decisions, and incorporate best practices from other states into Alaska permits. It differentiates major source from minor source permits. It regulates minor sources based on standardized permit conditions that incorporate best management practices. It exempts sources based on standardized permit conditions that incorporate best management practices. It exempts sources from permitting to the extent allowed under federal law. HB 160 also achieves efficiency through adopting federal rules by reference.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 161 : Correctional Industries Program Expenses
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act allowing expenses of the correctional industries program that may be financed from the correctional industries fund to include the salaries and benefits of state employees.

04-08-03 : House Bill 161 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 161 allows the administrative costs of the Correctional Industries Program to be paid from product revenues instead of the general fund.
HB 161 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 162 : Increase Business License Fee
Signed into Law! Chapter 47 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the fee for a state business license; and providing for an effective date.

06-09-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 162 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the governor, HB 162 increases the fee for a business license.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 163 : Nonresident Game Tag Fees/Wildlife Tour Pass
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to an annual wildlife conservation pass and the fee for that pass; relating to nonresident and nonresident alien big game tag fees; and providing for an effective date.

04-11-03 : House Bill 163 moved out of the House Resource Committee on Friday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 163 requires wildlife viewers using certain commercial services will to help support management of Alaska's wildlife by purchasing a $15 annual "wildlife conservation pass" unless they hold another qualifying license or permit. Funds generated will be deposited into a separate account of the general fund and may be used for wildlife management, research, education, and viewing programs. HB 163 also raises the big game tag fees for non-resident and non-resident alien hunters to harvest caribou, moose, goats, and sheep. These increases bring Alaska's fees in line with fees charged in a number of other Western states for these or similar species.
HB 163 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 164 : Claims By State-Employed Seamen
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the state's sovereign immunity for certain actions regarding injury, illness, or death of state-employed seamen and to workers' compensation coverage for those seamen; and providing for an effective date.

04-09-03 : House Bill 164 moved out of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 164 limits the remedy for work injuries incurred by state-employed seamen to those benefits provided all other employees under the Alaska Workers' Compensation Act.
HB 164 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 165 : Community Schools
Signed into Law! Chapter 99 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to community schools; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 165 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 165 repeals the grant program to provide assistance to local communities in the initial development, implementation and operations of community school programs. All school districts currently offer a community schools program.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 166 : Eliminate Review Of Adoption Subsidies
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to adoptions that include a subsidy payment by the state; eliminating annual review of the subsidy paid by the state after adoption of a hard-to-place child has occurred; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 167 : Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Grants
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to grants for alcoholism and drug abuse programs; and providing for an effective date.

04-03-03 : House Bill 183 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 183 adds "juvenile officers" as employees eligible to participate in the 20-year retirement system.
HB 183 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 168 : Borough Inspection: Food/Aquatic Farms
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the power of boroughs to conduct inspections and enforce standards for food and aquatic farm products; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 169 : Charitable Gaming Revenue
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the amount of revenue received by the state from charitable gaming activities; and providing for an effective date.

04-11-03 : House Bill 169 moved out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Friday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 169 would increase the tax on pull tabs to five percent of the gross receipts of those games.
HB 169 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 170 : Motor Vehicle Registration Fees
Signed into Law! Chapter 38 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing certain motor vehicle registration fees; and providing for an effective date.

06-02-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 170 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 170 equalize registration fees between pick-up trucks and passenger vehicles, adjust commercial and private vehicle registration fees, and update vehicle recording and lien fees.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 171 : Repeal Charter School Grants
Signed into Law! Chapter 100 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the charter school grant program; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 171 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 171 discontinues the state start-up grants for charter schools.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 172 : Medicaid:Children/Pregnant Women/Facility
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to eligibility requirements for medical assistance for certain children, pregnant women, and persons in a medical or intermediate care facility; and providing for an effective date.

04-01-03 : House Bill 172 moved out of the House Finance Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by the House Ruled Committee on request of the governor, HB 172 eliminates annual cost-of-living adjustments to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or the federal poverty guidelines. HB 172 puts in statute fixed dollar income levels for these programs based on the Social Security Income standard that became effective on January 1, 2003 or the federal poverty guideline for Alaska that became effective on April 1, 2002. HB 172 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 173 : Fee For Studded Tires
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a fee on studded tires; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 174 : Correspondence Study
Signed into Law! Chapter 114 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the state centralized correspondence study program, to funding for educational programs that occur primarily outside school facilities, and to the duties of school boards of borough and city school districts and regional educational attendance areas; and providing for an effective date.

05-19-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved House Bill 174 by a vote of 12 to eight on Monday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 174 eliminates the Alyeska Central School's summer program in summer 2003, and the entire program in summer 2004. After a reconsideration vote, HB 174 will move to the Governor.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 187 : Extend Board Of Storage Tank Assistance
Signed into Law! Chapter 33 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Storage Tank Assistance; and providing for an effective date.

05-29-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 187 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of Joint Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, HB 187 extends the Board of Storage Tank Assistance to June 30, 2007. Otherwise the board will sunset on June 30, 2003. The board (BSTA) helps the owners and operators of underground storage tanks (UST's) to comply with state and federal regulations enacted in response to nationwide concern over possible contamination of drinking water from leaking tanks. These regulations cover areas including the design, construction and installation of new tanks, and tightened standards for the retrofitting of existing tanks.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 191 : Coastal Management Programs
Signed into Law! Chapter 24 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska coastal management program and to policies and procedures for consistency reviews and the rendering of consistency determinations under that program; relating to the functions of coastal resource service areas; creating an Alaska Coastal Program Evaluation Council; eliminating the Alaska Coastal Policy Council; annulling certain regulations relating to the Alaska coastal management program; relating to actions based on private nuisance; relating to zoning within a third class borough covered by the Alaska coastal management program; and providing for effective dates.

05-21-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 191 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by recommendation of the governor, HB 191 seeks to streamline the Alaska Coastal Management Program by relying on existing state statutes and regulations as the enforceable policies of the ACMP. HB 191 first allows municipalities to retain their existing land use authorities to regulate private activity within their jurisdiction. Second, the bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the implementing agency, to adopt local ordinances as enforceable policies to be applied in consistency reviews of federal projects and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) development. The DNR would consult with the local government when interpreting and applying the local ordinance as part of a consistency review. Third, the bill would specifically adopt certain existing coastal district policies for federal OCS development as state enforceable policies.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 192 : DNR Lead Resource Development Projects
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act designating the Department of Natural Resources as lead agency for resource development projects; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

04-25-03 : House Bill 192 moved out of the House Finance Committee on Friday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 192 authorizes the DNR to lead and coordinate the permitting activities of all agencies with jurisdiction over the project and would repeal existing statutes regarding permit coordination. The result of the DNR's efforts as lead agency will be better communication, more efficient permitting, consolidated public process, and stable funding for the state's permitting process. HB 192 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 199 : Delete Minimum Wage Inflation - Proofing
Signed into Law! Chapter 148 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee by Request

An Act removing the annual adjustment to the minimum wage based on the rate of inflation; and providing for an effective date.

07-21-03 : Governor Murkowsk signed HB 199 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee, HB 199 removes the annual adjustment to the minimum wage based on the rate of inflation.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 218 : Alcohol Board: Extension & Police Powers
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act relating to the exercise of peace officer powers by employees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and continuing the existence of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 224 : Cigarette Sales Requirements
Signed into Law! Chapter 103 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a tobacco product manufacturer's compliance with certain statutory requirements regarding cigarette sales; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 224 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 224 requires tobacco product manufacturers to annually certify that they are in compliance with the Master Settlement Agreement. The Department of Revenue will publish and update a directory of cigarettes that are approved for sale in this state. Cigarettes that are not listed in this directory are contraband and may not be sold in the state. The bill provides for civil penalties for selling or possessing contraband cigarettes.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 225 : Monopoly And Restraint Of Trade Actions
Signed into Law! Chapter 104 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain civil actions brought by the attorney general under monopoly and restraint of trade statutes; relating to the award of damages in actions brought under those statutes; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 225 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 225 updates the Alaska antitrust statutes consistent with recent United States Supreme Court precedent to provide a statutory basis for the attorney general to bring a parens patrie action on behalf of state businesses, residents, and governmental entities as indirect purchasers for violations of our antitrust statutes and to recover damages.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 243 : Evaluation Of Agency Programs
Signed into Law! Chapter 52 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing state agency program performance management and audit powers in the Office of the Governor for the evaluation of agency programs; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 243 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 243 establishes powers in the office of management and budget necessary to evaluate program performance by executive branch agencies. These powers include express authorization for the exercise of internal audit powers. HB 243 also makes certain audit records confidential.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 244 : Criminal Law/Sentencing/Probation/Parole
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Code of Criminal Procedure; relating to defenses, affirmative defenses, and justifications to certain criminal acts; relating to rights of prisoners after arrest; relating to discovery, immunity from prosecution, notice of defenses, admissibility of certain evidence, and right to representation in criminal proceedings; relating to sentencing, probation, and discretionary parole; amending Rule 16, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Rules 404, 412, 609, and 803, Alaska Rules of Evidence; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 244 (JUD)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-07-04: (H)JUD » (H)FIN

HB 244 makes a variety of changes to criminal law procedures. HB 244 moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 245 : Suits & Claims: Military/Fire/Defense
Signed into Law! Chapter 43 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain suits and claims by members of the military services or regarding acts or omissions of the organized militia; relating to liability arising out of certain search and rescue, civil defense, homeland security, and fire management and firefighting activities; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 245 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the governor, HB 245 provides that a person may not bring a lawsuit for damages that arise out of search and rescue activities, or the failure to initiate search and rescue activities. It also provides that a lawsuit for damages may not be brought by or on behalf of a member of the military services against the State of Alaska, the Alaska National Guard or other part of the Alaska organized militia, or any other member of the military services, for death, personal injury, or other injury of a member of the military services, including the United States military, the Alaska National Guard or other parts of the Alaska organized militia, or the national guard of another state, incurred during or arising out of activities that were part of the member's military service. HB 245 also broadens immunity to cover injury or property damage sustained by any civilian defense worker, including authorized volunteers and employees, and to specify that the immunity extends to employees of the state or district as well as the agents and representatives of the state or district. Finally, HB 245 requires that decisions regarding forest management related to fire control and suppression should be prompted by sound forestry and firefighting principles, rather than concerns regarding possible tort liability.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 246 : Limit On Oil & Gas Lease Acreage
Signed into Law! Chapter 92 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the limitation on upland acreage that a person may take or hold under oil and gas leases; and providing for an effective date.

06-13-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 246 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 246 increases the upland acreage limit for oil and gas leases from 500,000 acres to 750,000 acres, except for land north of the Umiat Meridian baseline.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 247 : Science & Tech Foundation/Bidco/Int.Trade
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing statutes pertaining to the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation and transferring money in the foundation's endowment; repealing statutes relating to the BIDCO assistance program; repealing statutes pertaining to the international trade and business endowment and transferring money in the international trade and business endowment; transferring oversight administration of outstanding Alaska Science and Technology Foundation loans and grants to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; establishing an Alaska BIDCO assistance program to be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

05-05-03 : House Bill 247 moved out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Monday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 247 repeals the existing statutes that create the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, its endowment fund, and the programs it administers, which are foundation grants and the BIDCO assistance program. HB 247 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 248 : Salary Of Chief Procurement Officer
Signed into Law! Chapter 53 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the annual salary of the chief procurement officer; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 248 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 248 requests an increase in the salary of the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). The CPO now will head the division of general services in the Department of Administration; the director position of that division is being eliminated.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 266 : Elections
Signed into Law! Chapter 113 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to elections, questioned ballots and questioned voters, voter registration, training of election officials, preparation of election materials, voter identification, absentee voting, counting ballots, and the primary election; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 266 into law. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 266 amends the state election code statutes as required to comply with a recently enacted federal law, the "Help America Vote Act of 2002."

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 279 : Natural Gas Pipeline Development
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act expanding the purpose of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority to include planning, developing, constructing, managing, or operating an economically viable gas pipeline project from the North Slope of Alaska by a route that parallels the Trans Alaska Pipeline System or the Alaska Highway; relating to the development plan, requiring a work plan, and relating to acquiring permits or other property by the authority for a proposed gas pipeline project; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 295 : Regulations: Notice And Distribution
Passed House!
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the publishing and furnishing of certain public notices regarding regulations or rules of certain state agencies; relating to distribution of the Alaska Administrative Code, Alaska Administrative Register, and supplements to the code or register; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 295 (STA) Am
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-09-04: (S)FIN » (S)RLS

The Alaska House of Representatives approved House Bill 295 by a vote of 28 to seven on Saturday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 295 allows certain state agencies to publish, in a newspaper or other publication, an abbreviated notice of proposed regulatory changes that clearly describes the changes and how an interested person may obtain more detailed information through the Internet or in written form. HB 295 also amends a variety of state statutes to allow agencies the flexibility of sending out individual notices by means other than regular mail. HB 295 moves to the Senate.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 301 : Knik Arm Bridge And Toll Authority
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority and relating to that authority; and providing for an effective date.

05-08-03 : House Bill 301 moved out of the House Transportation Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, HB 301 establishes a three-person independent authority to build and operate a toll bridge over Knik Arm.
HB 301 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 312 : Seafood And Food Safety Laboratory
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act giving notice of and approving the entry into and the issuance of certificates of participation for a lease-purchase agreement for a seafood and food safety laboratory facility; relating to the use of certain investment income for certain construction costs; and providing for an effective date.

05-14-03 : House Bill 312 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 312 approves the entry into and the issuance of certificates of participation for a lease-purchase agreement for a seafood and food safety laboratory facility. HB 312 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 315 : International Airports Revenue Bonds
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to international airports revenue bonds; and providing for an effective date.

05-12-03 : House Bill 315 moved out of the House Transportation Committee on Monday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee on request of the Governor, HB 315 increases the cumulative authorization for international airports revenue bonds, allowing the sale of up to $76,600,000 in new revenue bonds to support capital improvement programs for FY 04 through FY 06 at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Fairbanks International Airport, referred to collectively as the Alaska International Airports System (AIAS), and certain passenger terminal renovation work at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
HB 315 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 325 : State Agency Receipts
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to receipts of certain state agencies and the accounting for and disposition of those receipts; and providing for an effective date.

HB 330 : Decrease Time To Claim Unclaimed Property
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act shortening the time periods after which certain unclaimed property is presumed to be abandoned; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 330 (JUD)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 03-26-04: (H)JUD ==> (H)STA

Reduced the time fro five to three years that certain property must be held before it can be disposed of. Amended in committee to further clarify the definition of unclaimed property

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 331 : Retirement:Teachers/Judges/Pub Employees
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to federal requirements for governmental plan and other qualifications for the teachers' retirement system, the public employees' retirement system, and the judicial retirement system; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 331 (STA)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-3500
Action: 04-22-04: (H)L&C » (H)FIN

HB 331 allows retirement system members to selectively transfer pre-tax money, or make additional contributions, to repay indebtedness and to purchase permissible service credits in the Alaska retirement systems. These changes would allow members to better plan their retirement and to make their financial future more secure. Taking advantage of such tax law provisions would strengthen the retirement systems in a cost-effective manner.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 374 : SeniorCare
Signed into Law! Chapter 3 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the SeniorCare program and relating to that program; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HB CS 374 H(FIN)
Contact: Sherry Hill, 465-3030
Action: 02-17-04: S(FIN) ==> S(RLS)

HB 374 establishes the SeniorCare program. SeniorCare will provide prescription drug subsidies or cash assistance to low-income seniors until the new Medicare prescription drug subsidy administered by the federal government becomes fully effective in 2006. SeniorCare also includes a new Senior Information Office and a Preferred Drug List. Amended to make it easier for doctors to prescribe medications not on the PDL.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |
| Senate Companion Bill |
| Bill Summary | [PDF - 1 Page - 15 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 3 Pages - 47 KB]
| Freqently Asked Questions | [PDF - 4 Pages - 44 KB]
| Comparison of Benefits | [PDF - 1 Page - 1.12 MB]
| Comparison of Qualifications & Benefits | [PDF - 1 Page - 1.12 MB]

HB 375 : Appropriations: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds
Conference Committee Report Adopted
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government, for certain programs, and to capitalize funds; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 375(FIN) AM S (BRF SUP MAJ FLD S)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-22-04: Passed the Senate »Notice of Reconsideration Given

Passed 12 to 8, but failed needed three-fourths vote in the Senate

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 376 : Appropriations: Capital Projects
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making capital appropriations and supplemental appropriations; capitalizing funds; making other appropriations; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 377 : Appropriations: Mental Health Budget
Conference Committee Report Adopted
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 377(FIN)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-22-04: Passed the Senate

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 382 : Repeal Pipeline Preapplication Deadline
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the time limitation on the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to enter into agreements with a person or persons desiring to own an oil or natural gas pipeline proposed to be located on state land for the purposes of providing for payment of the reasonable costs incurred in preparing for activities before receipt of an application under the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 383 : Bristol Bay Oil & Gas Lease Sale Closure
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act approving an interim classification by the commissioner of natural resources closing certain land within the area of the proposed Bristol Bay (Alaska Peninsula) competitive oil and gas areawide lease sale to oil and gas exploration licensing and shallow natural gas leasing; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 384 : Oil & Gas Lease Sale Schedule/ Notification
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales and to a related report to the legislature; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 399 : Department Of Environmental Conservation Fees
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain fees or other monetary charges of the Department of Environmental Conservation; relating to action against Department of Environmental Conservation permits and other authorizations for failure to pay a monetary charge; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 400 : Housing Programs
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the housing assistance loan fund in the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; creating the housing assistance loan program; repealing loans for teacher housing and providing for loans for multi-family housing; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 401 : AHFC Water & Sewer Bonds
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act authorizing and relating to the issuance of bonds by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for safe and clean water and hygienic sewage disposal facility capital projects and other capital projects; providing for the repayment of the bonds and bond costs; relating to the dividend paid to the state by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 402 : Labor & Workforce Development Fees
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to fees for the inspection of recreational devices, for certificates of fitness for electrical wiring and plumbing, for filing voluntary flexible work hour plans, and for licenses for boiler operators; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 402 (L&C)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 03-17-04: (H)L&C ==> (H)FIN

This bill would establish a fee for inspection of recreational devices such as carnival rides. The department provide this service and this bill would allow for a fee to be charged. Amended to exempt those who provide there own expert inspection and remove the $100 fee for the flex plan.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 403 : Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; relating to joint insurance arrangements and assessments to the association; relating to the powers of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority concerning the association; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 403 (L&C)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 03-03-04: (H)JUD ==> (H)FIN

This bill addresses the shortfall ($60 Million) in workers compensation insurance resulting in the insolvency of Freemont Insurance of California. It was amended to remove independents and those who are self-insured.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 404 : Student Loan Programs
Passed House!
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education; relating to the Alaska Student Loan Corporation; relating to bonds of the corporation; relating to loan and grant programs of the commission; relating to an exemption from the State Procurement Code regarding certain contracts of the commission or corporation; making conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 404 (RLS)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-04-04: Passed the House

The bill would allow ASLC to issue bonds utilizing future cash flow that is in excess of that needed for effective and efficient operation of corporation programs. ASLC predicts it can return $260 million to the state over a three-year period beginning in 2004; the proceeds from which would be available to finance capital projects. House Bill 404 would allow the state to issue more than $143 million in revenue bonds to pay for a variety of construction projects at schools and university campuses around the state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 407 : Fines For Infractions
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to fines for an infraction; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 439 : Oaths; Notaries Public; State Seal
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the authority to take oaths, affirmations, and acknowledgments in the state; relating to notaries public; relating to fees for issuing certificates with the seal of the state affixed; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 349 (JUD)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-3500
Action: 03-31-04: (H)JUD » (H) FIN

The primary purpose of the bill is to comprehensively update AS 44.50, the chapter that governs notaries public, which includes among its provisions qualifications to become a notary public, duties of notaries public, and liability in the event of misconduct or neglect. Amended to be consistent with SB 203 and added a section dealing with unauthorized practices of Notaries.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 440 : Pioneers' Homes/Veterans' Homes
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Pioneers' Home, and the Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to eligibility for admission to the Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to state veterans' home facilities; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 440 HES
Contact: Mike Tibbles 465-4021
Action: 03-23-04: (H)HES » (H)FIN

The purpose of the bill is two-fold: to authorize the establishment of an Alaska veteran's Homes under the umbrella of our existing APH system and to provide long-term financial stability for both our AVH and APH programs. Amended include Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan and Palmer to the list of home and replaced maintained with operate.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 442 : Big Game Guide Board & Services
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act relating to the Big Game Commercial Services Board and to the regulation of big game hunting services and transportation services; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 447 : 2004 Revisors Bill
Passed House!
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act making corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 447 (JUD)
Contact: Henry Webb, 465-2095
Action: 05-02-04: Passed the Senate

This bill amends statues as recommended by individual departments and to conform with other sections of law and provide for uniformity of the statues.

HB 450 : Insurance & Workers' Compensation System
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act providing for a special deposit for workers' compensation insurers; relating to the board of governors of the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; relating to covered workers' compensation claims paid by the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; stating the intent of the legislature, and setting out limitations, concerning the interpretation, construction, and implementation of workers' compensation laws; relating to restructuring the Alaska workers' compensation system; eliminating the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board; establishing a division of workers' compensation within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and assigning certain Alaska Workers' Compensation Board functions to the division and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; establishing a Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; assigning certain functions of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; relating to agreements that discharge workers' compensation liability; providing for hearing officers in workers' compensation proceedings; relating to workers' compensation awards; relating to an employer's failure to insure and keep insured or provide security; providing for appeals from compensation orders; relating to workers' compensation proceedings; providing for supreme court jurisdiction of appeals from the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; providing for a maximum amount for the cost-of-living adjustment for workers' compensation benefits; providing for administrative penalties for employers uninsured or without adequate security for workers' compensation; relating to assigned risk pools and insurers; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 451 : Therapeutic Courts
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by the Alaska Court System

An Act relating to therapeutic courts; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HB 451
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-06-04: Passed the Senate

HB 451 extends the termination dates for two pilot therapeutic court programs until after a planned study of those courts has been completed and reviewed by the legislature. The bill also removes a sunset clause on the Anchorage superior court judge position that was added, in part, to administer one of those therapeutic courts.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 455 : First Supplemental Appropriation
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending appropriations; making an appropriation to capitalize a fund; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 456 : Second Supplemental Appropriation
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending and repealing appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 464 : Extend Board of Real Estate Appraisers
Passed House!
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers.

Version: HB 464
Contact: Henry Webb, 465-2095
Action: 05-03-04: (S)FIN » (S)RLS

Sec. 08.87.010 Established the Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers and provided for the appointment of members by the governor. The board consists of one licensed general real estate appraiser, one licensed residential real estate appraiser, one mortgage banking executive, and one member who represents the public at large. If enacted, HB 464 would extend the board's operation for another 4 years to June 30, 2008. Amended to extend to 2010.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 466 : Permanent Fund Investments
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit

An Act relating to investments of Alaska permanent fund assets; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 466 (STA)
Contact: Amanda Wilson, 465-4968
Action: 05-06-04: (H)FIN » (H)RLS

HB 466 expands the way the Trustees of the Permanent Fund may invest in and the amount the trustees may invest in the basket clause under AS 37.13.120 from 5% to 15%. It was amended to allow the permanent fund trustees to invest in the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 12 KB]

HB 484 : Corrections: Fees/Surcharge Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act imposing a correctional facility surcharge on persons convicted of a crime under state law, and on persons whose probation is revoked; relating to fees and expenses for interstate transfer of probation or parole; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 484 (JUD) Am
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-04-04: (S)FIN » (S)RLS

The bill imposes a surcharge on a person who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is convicted of, a crime if the person was arrested and taken to a correctional facility or is sentenced to a term of imprisonment. The amount of the surcharge depends on the seriousness of the crime: $100 for a felony and $50 for a misdemeanor. The bill also would impose a surcharge on a person placed on probation after conviction of a crime. The surcharge is collected only if the defendant's probation is revoked for a probation violation and the person was either arrested and taken to a correctional facility for the violation, or sentenced to prison for it. Amended for minor language fixes.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 485 : Energy Programs & Funds
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the powers of the Alaska Energy Authority to make grants and loans and enter into contracts; relating to the bulk fuel revolving loan fund; relating to the Alaska Energy Authority's liability for the provision of technical assistance to rural utilities; relating to the Alaska Energy Authority's investment of the power development fund; repealing the electrical service extension fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 485 (EDT)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 03-16-04: (H)EDT ==> (H)CRA

This bill would amend AS 42.45.010, establishing the power project fund, to add authorization for the AEA to make loans from the fund for waste energy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and alternative energy facilities and equipment. This bill also would expand AIDIA's involvement in energy loans. Minor technical amendments were made in committee.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 486 : Mining Reclamation Assurances/Fund
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to reclamation bonding and financial assurance for certain mines; relating to financial assurance limits for lode mines; establishing the mine reclamation trust fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HB 486 (FIN)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-05-04: (S)RES » (S)RLS

This bill would make three changes to existing law. First, it would remove "lode mines," sometimes referred to as "hard-rock mines," from the current bonding "cap" of $750 per acre for mine reclamation responsibilities; the cap would remain in effect for placer mines. Second, it would replace the term "performance bond" with the term "financial assurance," and would list various ways to provide that assurance, in order to give mining companies and the state the flexibility to employ a variety of financial assurance vehicles. Third, it would create a mine reclamation trust fund, which would allow the build-up of an adequate reclamation fund through payments made over time and through the earnings on that fund.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 487 : Detention of Minors
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the detention of delinquent minors in correctional facilities; relating to emergency detention of minors for evaluation for involuntary admission for mental health treatment; relating to detention of intoxicated minors and minors incapacitated by alcohol or drugs; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HB 487
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-26-04: (H)FIN » (H)RLS

This bill would modify AS 47.12.240, AS 47.30.705, and AS 47.37.170 to come into compliance with the federal requirements set out in the Guidance Manual for Monitoring Facilities Under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2003.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 488 : Claims Against State Employees
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to actionable claims against state employees; relating to the state's defense and indemnification of its employees and former employees with respect to claims arising out of conduct that is within the scope of employment; amending the Public Employment Relations Act regarding claims against the state or state employees; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 488 (L&C)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-02-04: (H)L&C » (H)JUD

This bill would allow state employees to carry out their duties knowing that if there is a lawsuit filed against them for an act or omission within the scope of their employment, the lawsuit will not proceed against them as an individual. Amended to address the concerns of police officers while on duty.

| Gov's Transmittal Letters |

HB 489 : AVTEC Administration
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the administration of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HB 489
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

Allows the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to administer and set rates for AVTEC's programs and services, this was not provided for in the transfer of AVTET to the department, from the Department of Education.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 490 : Employment Security Act Amendments
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the House Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the release of employment security records, to the admissibility of determinations and decisions regarding unemployment compensation benefits, and to contributions, interest, penalties, and payments under the Alaska Employment Security Act; providing that property under the Alaska Employment Security Act is not subject to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 490 (JUD) Am
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

HB 490 makes a number of changes to bring Alaska law into compliance with federal law, resolves conflicts in Alaska statutes and makes other technical amendments. Other changes include provisions dealing with payment and collection of unemployment taxes by DOL from employers, expanding the ability of DOL to collect overpayments of employment compensation benefits on behalf of other states, clarifying which health professionals are excluded from the Alaska Employment Security Act, and clarifying that the definition of wages does not include education assistance and would allow the Department of Labor (DOL) to release employment security records to a state district attorney, a municipal attorney, a United States attorney, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for use in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 518 : Managers Not Employees Under P.E.R.A.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act amending the Public Employment Relations Act to exclude from collective bargaining individuals who perform confidential or managerial duties for a public employer and relating to those exclusions; and providing for an effective date.

HB 523 : Voters/ Voting/ Political Parties/ Elections
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to qualifications of voters, voter registration, voter residence, precinct boundary modification, recognized political parties, voters unaffiliated with political parties, early voting, absentee voting, ballot counting, voting by mail, initiative, referendum, recall, and definitions; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 524 : Waste Management/Disposal
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the protection of land and water from waste disposal; providing for the regulation of waste management; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB 524 (RES)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-02-04: Passed the Senate » Reconsideration Notice

This bill would change the existing statutory authority for a waste disposal permit program (AS 46.03.100) by reorganizing and supplementing it. That reorganized section would preserve the essential requirement to obtain authorization before conducting an operation that results in waste disposal. The bill would clarify that the proof of financial responsibility must cover managing and closing the facility to control or minimize the risk of release of unauthorized levels of pollutants to waters.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 525 : Human Rights Commission Procedures
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to complaints filed with, and investigations, hearings, and orders of, the State Commission for Human Rights; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 528 : Royalty Oil Contract Sale Approval
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

An Act approving and ratifying 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.

HB 532 : Amend Definition Of Lobbyist
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act amending the definition of 'lobbyist' in the Regulation of Lobbying Act; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 534 : Extend Office Of Victims Rights
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the termination date of the office of victims' rights.

Version: CS HB 534 (FIN)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

HB 534 extends the office of victims right to July 1, 2010.

HB 535 : Limit State Aid For Mental Health Care
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to liability for expenses of placement in certain mental health facilities; relating to the mental health treatment assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 535 (JUD)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-06-04: (H)JUD » (H)FIN

An Act relating to liability for expenses of placement in certain mental health facilities; relating to the mental health treatment assistance program; and providing for an effective date. Minor language amendments added in JUD

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 536 : Permanent Fund Application Deadlines: Military
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Hou. Econ. Dev., Int'l Trade & Tourism Committee

An Act relating to applications for permanent fund dividends by certain individuals serving in the armed forces; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 536 (MLV)
Contact: Jon Bittner, 465-4930
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

HB 536 amends the current PFD application process to allow for members of the armed services who receive hostile fire/imminent danger pay during the application period to receive an application extension. Amended to establish a 90 day window, from the time military personal cease receiving hostile fire/imminent danger pay, to file for the PFD. Amended to add a sunset of December 31, 2004

| Sponsor Statement |
| Bill Summary | [PDF - 3 Pages - 8 KB]

HB 537 : Tourism Sales And Use Taxes
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the levy, collection, and administration of sales and use taxes on tourism services; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 538 : Tobacco Tax; Licensing; Penalties
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products; relating to tax stamps on cigarettes; relating to forfeiture of cigarettes and of property used in the manufacture, transportation, or sale of unstamped cigarettes; relating to licenses and licensees under the Cigarette Tax Act; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 538 (W&M)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 04-23-04: (H)L&C » (H)FIN

Adds one-dollar tax to each package of cigarettes sold. Amended to relives some of the financial burden of existing licensees in regards to bonding and request money be spent on smoking session. Amended to prohibit the use of tobacco as a “lost leader” and limits the amount of tobacco products and individual may import for person use.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 541 : Increased Appropriations Require Offset
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to consideration by the legislature of the executive budget and other bills affecting appropriations; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 544 : Permanent Fund Board Public Member Removal
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act providing that public members of the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation may be removed only for cause; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 544 (STA)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-06-04: (H)STA » (H)RLS

This bill would insulate the Alaska Permanent Fund from partisan politics by making it more likely that Board members would be retained until the expiration of their terms. Amended to conform with Senate version-SB 379.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 545 : State Lease And Contract Extensions
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the extension under the State Procurement Code of terms for leases for real estate and certain terms for certain state contracts for goods and services; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 545 (L&C)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-10-04: Passed the Senate

This bill would make several changes to the State Procurement Code. Section one of the bill would authorize the state to negotiate lease rate reductions on existing leases in exchange for certain term extensions when favorable lease rates are available. Amended to increase the percentage the state can negotiate from 5% to 10%.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 546 : Pollution Discharge & Waste Treatment/ Disposal
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to regulation of the discharge of pollutants from timber-related activities under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System; relating to waste treatment and disposal permits; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 546 (JUD)
Contact: Mike Tibbles, 465-4021
Action: 05-06-04: Passed the Senate

This bill would amend some existing permit requirements related to application submittals, public notice and comment opportunities, the maximum term of permits, and the causes for termination or modification of an authorization.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 554 : Commercial Fishing Loans For Quota Shares
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act authorizing the making of certain commercial fishing loans to eligible community quota entities for the purchase of certain fishing quota shares; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

HB 555 : Occupational Licensing Fees And Receipts
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

An Act relating to occupational licensing fees and receipts.

Version: HB 555
Contact: Amanda Wilson, 465-4968
Action: 04-27-04: (H)STA » (H)FIN

House Bill 555 would require the return of any fines and penalties collected as the result of a decision by a licensing Board or Commission to the Division to help offset its regulatory costs; Clarifies that total amount of fees together with fines and penalties, shall approximately equal the total actual costs of the board and department of all occupations regulated by the board.

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

HB 557 : Lobbyist Prohibitions
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

An Act regarding lobbyist prohibitions.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 4 : Recess For More Than 3 Days In April
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 1
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Authorizing a recess by the Senate and the House of Representatives for a period of more than three days, those days being April 18, 19, 20, and 21 of 2003.

HCR 16 : Uniform Rules; Mason's Manual Edition
Passed House!
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Proposing amendments to the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature providing that the 2000 edition of "Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure" shall implement the rules; and providing for an effective date for the amendments.

05-18-03 : House Concurrent Resolution 16 moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sunday. Sponsored by the House Rules Committee, HCR 16 requires that the 2000 edition of "Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure" implement the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature. HCR 16 awaits assignment to the next Senate committee.

HJR 26 : Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund Appropriations/ Inflation-Proofing
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to and limiting appropriations from and inflation-proofing the Alaska permanent fund by establishing a percent of market value spending limit.

Version: CS HJR 26 (FIN)
Contact: Laura Achee, 465-2059
Action: 05-06-04: (S)FIN » (S)RLS

HJR 26 restricts allowable appropriations from the Permanent Fund to no more than five-percent of the Fund's average value from the previous five years.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 48 : Taiwan Status And President
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee
Requested by the Hou. Economic Development, International Trade & Tourism Committee

Sending a message of goodwill to President Chen Shui-bian, and reaffirming the Alaska State Legislature's 2003 resolution urging the United States Congress to support the granting of official Observer Status to the Republic of China and to support negotiation of a free trade agreement with the Republic of China.

Version: CS HJR 48 (RLS)
Contact: Mike Pawlowski, 465-4930
Action: 05-08-04: Passed the Senate

This resolution reaffirms the Alaska State Legislature's action in Legislative Resolve 29, which encouraged the United States Congress to endorse a request by the Republic of China in Taiwan to be granted Observer Status at the World Health Organization

| Sponsor Statement |

HR 1 : House Special Committee: Economic. Development, Trade & Tourism
Passed House! Hou. Resolve 1
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing a House Special Committee on Economic Development, International Trade, and Tourism.

HR 2 : House Special Committee: Education
Passed House! Hou. Resolve 2
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing a House Special Committee on Education.

HR 3 : House Special Committee: Fisheries
Passed House! Hou. Resolve 3
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing a House Special Committee on Fisheries.

HR 4 : House Special Committee: Military & Veterans' Affairs
Passed House! Hou. Resolve 4
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing a House Special Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs.

HR 5 : House Special Committee: Oil & Gas
Passed House! Hou. Resolve 5
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing a House Special Committee on Oil and Gas.

HR 6 : House Special Committee: Ways & Means
Passed House! Hou. Resolve 6
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing a House Special Committee on Ways and Means.

HR 7 : Resources Room Named After Ramona Barnes
Passed House! Transmitted to Gov.
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Dedicating the House Resources Committee Room of the Alaska State Capitol to the late Representative Ramona L. Barnes.

Version: HR 7 (Rules)
Contact: Janet Seitz 465-4968
Action: 01-29-04: Passed House

The Ramona L. Barnes Committee Room memorializes the dedication of former Representative Ramona L. Barnes, who served for two decades as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives.

HR 9 : House Interim Gas Pipeline Committee
Sponsored by the Hou. Rules Committee

Establishing the House Special Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines as a special and an interim committee of the House of Representatives of the Twenty-Third Alaska State Legislature.


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