Representative John Cowdery
District 17 - Republican

Session:

State Capitol, Room 416
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-3879
Toll Free: (888) 269-3879
Fax: (907) 465-2069
Toll Free: (888) 269-3879

Interim:

716 W 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 258-8188

Elected to the House 1982, 84, 96

Biography

Date of Birth: 1930; Missouri
Spouse: Juanita
Children: 3 (grown)
Occupation: Businessman, Retired.
Length of Residency in Alaska: 46 years.
Political and Government Positions: While serving in the Alaska Legislature, I formed the first "Anchorage Caucus". I have also worked for the Municipality.
Business and Professional Positions: I have a background in finance, economics and engineering which helped me build and run a successful business. While building our company we helped create homes, roads, businesses and jobs in our community. I also built a solid reputation for hard work and dependability.
Special Interests: Family, music, boating, flying, photography.
Other: I was born in Missouri, educated in California and came to the Territory of
Alaska in 1950. Juanita and I built homes for ourselves, my parents and our
children in this district. Recently we welcomed the fifth generation to live
here.

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Speeches

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Legislation

Prime Sponsor of the following Legislation

HB 172: An Act relating to the distribution and public inspection of the proposed budget and general appropriation bill and of state agency program and finanical plans.
HB 188: An Act relating to calculation of compensation for the public employees' retirement system.
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HB 189: Passed Legislature! Awaiting transmittal to the Governor An Act relating to sale, gift, and possession of tobacco and tobacco products; and providing for an effective date.
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HB 265: Passed! Chapter 6 SLA 98 An Act relating to pamphlets, publications, plans, and records of state agencies; and relating to reports to and from state agencies and the governor.
HB 309: Passed! Chapter 3 SLA 98 An Act naming the Robert B. Atwood Building.
HB 347: Passed Legislature! Awaiting transmittal to the Governor An Act relating to an exemption from overtime wage requirements for certain motor vehicle mechanics.
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HB 389: An Act relating to an exemption from the requirement for payment for overtime under a voluntary written agreement for certain employees in the airline industry; and providing for an effective date.
HB 412: An Act providing for the transfer of certain land to the City of Whittier; and providing for an effective date.
HB 432: An Act relating to the bond authorization for international airports revenue bonds; and providing for an effective date.
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HCR 20: Relating to competitive air service for rural Alaska and Southeast Alaska.
HJR 47: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the nomination, selection, appointment, and public approval or rejection of justices of the supreme court and of judges of courts established by the legislature that have as an exclusive purpose the exercise of appellate jurisdiction over judicial acts and proceedings, and requiring legislative confirmation of those justices and judges and of the appointed members of the judicial council.
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Sponsor Statement | The Judiciary Reacts - Rep. Cowdery's Comments to House Judiciary Committee |
HJR 58: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the education fund.
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Co Sponsor of the following Legislation

HB 3: Withdrawn by Sponsor An Act relating to disclosures of information about certain minors.
HB 31: Relating to civil liability for certain false allegations or material misstatements of fact in a civil pleading or proceeding, for certain improper acts relating to signing a civil pleading, for certain improper acts relating to civil pleadings or proceedings, for making an intentional false statement of material fact, for acting on a civil claim or defense without probable cause, or for acting for a purpose other than proper adjudication of a civil claim; amending Rules 13(e) and 82(b), Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, and providing for an effective date.
HB 37: An Act relating to a requirement that a parent, guardian,or custodian consent before certain minors receive an abortion; establishing a judicial bypass procedure by which a minor may petition a court for authorization to consent to an abortion without consent of a parent, guardian, or custodian; amending the definition of 'abortion'; and amending Rules 40 and 79, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; Rules 204, 210, 212, 213, 508, and 512.5, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and Rule 9, Alaska Administrative Rules.
HB 51: Passed Legislature! Awaiting transmittal to the Governor An Act relating to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
HB 58: Passed! Chapter 26 SLA 97 An Act relating to civil actions; amending Rules 49 and 68, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; amending Rule 702, Alaska Rules of Evidence, and providing fo ran effective date.
HB 65: Passed! Chapter 15 SLA 97 An Act relating to partial-birth abortions.
HB 68: An Act relating to the exemption from the requirement for payment for overtime under a voluntary work hour plan; and providing for an effective date.
HB 90: An Act establishing a woman's right to know certain medical facts related to the woman's safety before an abortion is performed.
HB 95: An Act relating to motor vehicle registration, licensing, and insurance; and providing for an effective date.
HB 149: An Act relating to the management of salmon fisheries; and providing for an effective date.
HB 158: Passed! Chapter 60 SLA 97 An Act relating to attendance at a public school on a part-time basis.
HB 159: An Act relating to sale, possession, and purchase of tobacco and tobacco products; amending Rules 603 and 611(d), Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
HB 171: An Act relating to the state environmental policy and changing the name of the Department of Environmental Conservation to the Department of Environmental Development.
HB 203: Passed Legislature! Awaiting transmittal to the Governor An Act relating to actions for unlawful trade practices.
HB 227: An Act relating to the Alaska Capital Improvement Project Authority; relating to the powers and duties of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities; and providing for an effective date.
HB 251: An Act relating to education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
HB 254: An Act relating to disclosure of public records identifying a participant in the advance college tuition payment program; relating to the composition and assets of the Alaska advance college tuition payment fund; relating to administration of the advance college tuition payment program; relating to advance college tuition payment contracts; and providing for an effective date.
HB 255: An Act relating to subsistence hunting and fishing; and providing for an effective date.
HB 264: Passed Legislature! Awaiting transmittal to the Governor An Act providing for a negotiated regulation making process; and providing for an effective date.
HB 304: An Act relating to the location of the convening of the legislature in regular session; repealing provisions relating to student guests of the legislature; and providing for an effective date.
HB 333: An Act relating to the crime of endangering the welfare of a minor.
HB 339: An Act relating to the child support enforcement agency; and providing for an effective date.
HB 400: An Act combining parts of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and parts of the Department of Community and Regional Affairs by transferring some of their duties to a new Department of Commerce and Rural Development; transferring some of the duties of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Department of Community and Regional Affairs to other existing agencies; eliminating the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Department of Community and Regional Affairs; relating to the Department of Commerce and Rural Development; adjusting the membership of certain multi-member bodies to reflect the transfer of duties among departments and the elimination of departments; and providing for an effective date.
HJR 14: Passed! Legislative Resolve 31 Relating to supporting the "American Land Sovereignty Protection Act."
HJR 19: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the election and the duties of the attorney general.
HJR 21: Relating to amendment of Title VIII of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
SB 1: Passed! Chapter 49 SLA 97 Relating to living and working conditions of prisoners in correctional facilities operated by the state, and authorizing the commissioner of corrections to negotiate with providers of detention and confinement services under contract to apply those conditions and limitations on services to persons held under authority of state law at facilities operated under contract or agreement; relating to services provided to prisoners; amending the definition of "severely medically disabled" applicable to prisoners seeking special medical parole; amending provisions of the correctional industries program; and extending the termination date of the Correctional Industries Commission and the program.
SB 17: Passed Legislature! Awaiting transmittal to the Governor An Act creating the crime of criminal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
SJR 3: Passed! Legislative Resolve 59 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska limiting the rights of prisoners to those required under the Constitution of the United States.
SJR 7: Passed! Legislative Resolve 7 Supporting continued funding of the Alaska National Guard Youth Corps Challenge Program.

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District Information and Hot Topics

The Judiciary Reacts to HJR 47

What's Going on with Alaska Airlines

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