Senator Dave Donley
District J - Midtown Anchorage

Session: January - May.

State Capitol, Room 508
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-3892
Fax: (907) 465-6595

Interim: May - December

716 W 4th, Suite 430
Anchorage, AK 99501-2133
Phone: (907) 258-8181
Fax: (907) 258-1648

Elected to the House 1986, 1988, 1990
Elected to the Senate 1992, 1994


Karen Brand, at (907) 465-3887
James Armstrong, at (907) 465-6581
Laura Hosey, at (907) 465-3892


Date/Place of Birth: 8/29/54; Anchorage, Alaska
Occupation: Construction Worker, Attorney
Residency in Alaska: Lifelong; Anchorage, 1954-present
Education: High School - Dimond High School, 1969-72, American Legion
School Award; College - University of Oregon, 1972-76, B.S. Political Science, Phi Beta Kapa; Post Graduate - University of Washington Law School, 1976-79,
Law Degree.
Political and Government Positions: State Senator, 1993-present; Member Senate Finance Committee, 1995-present; Co-Chair Anchorage Caucus, 1997-present; State Representative, 1987-92; Chair, Judiciary, 1991-92, Labor & Commerce, 1987-91.
Business and Professional Positions: Alaska Bar Association, 1979-present; Former Financial Auditor/Current Member, Construction Laborers 341, 1974-present.
Service Organization(s) Membership: National Rifle Association; MENSA.
Past Community Service: Former Volunteer Fireman; Anchorage School District Curriculum Committee; Alaska Juvenile Justice Committee; Forum 49 Board of Directors.
Special Interests: Hunting, fishing, softball and bicycling.

1989 AK Outdoors Council Sportsman Legislator of the Year
1994 NRA Defender of Freedom Award
1992 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislative Award
Alaska Public Radio Service Award
1993 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislative Award
A.N.H.S. Outstanding Neighborhood Service Award
American Legion School Award
Victims for Justice Outstanding Service Award

Successful Legislation: Senator Dave Donley has been one of Alaska's most successful state legislators, authoring over twenty major laws. This is a list of those laws prime sponsored by Senator Donley or House Judiciary (JUD) or House Labor and Commerce (L&C) committees when Senator Donley was chair.

Anti-Crime Laws & Victim's Rights:

HB 36 (1989) (Donley) Alaska Crime Victims Rights Act of 1989.
HB 217 (1989) (Donley) Improved the jury duty selection process.
HB 488 (1990) (Donley) Toughened penalties for using a firearm to commit a crime and for second time assaults.
HB 100 (1991) (Donley) Alaska Crime Victims Rights Act of 1991 - increased protections for victims.
HB 103 (1991) (Donley) Allows minors to be fingerprinted if they are arrested.
HB 104 (1991) (Donley) Strictly limits convicted felons' possession of guns and makes it illegal to have guns on school property without permission from school authorities.
HB 105 (1991) (JUD) Strengthened prosecution of multiple defendants and those who commit multiple crimes.
HB 142 (1991) (JUD) Strengthened laws dealing with the crime of escape.
HB 169 (1991) (JUD) Made it possible to issue a search warrant by facsimile machine.
HB 396 (1992) (JUD) Anti-Violent Crime Act of 1992. (Closed loopholes and toughened crime laws in twelve major areas including life without parole for first degree murders, prohibition of stun guns on school grounds, increased penalties for drug dealers, anti drive by shooting provisions and toughened sexual assault laws.)
SB 24 (1994) (Donley) Increased the maximum time a criminal may be sentenced to serve on probation from five to ten years.
SB 1 (1997) (Donley) Alaska No-Frills Prison Act - Establishes uniform standards limiting prisoner amenities in Alaskan prisons. This law fulfills the new state constitutional mandates, adopted by voters in 1994, of "community condemnation", "victim rights", and "victim restitution" as constitutional standards for prison administration in Alaska.
SB 14 (1997) (Donley) Protects victims of domestic violence from insurance company discrimination such as refusing to provide coverage, from canceling a policy, and from increasing premiums only on the basis of domestic violence.
SB 70 (1997) (Donley) Increases the penalty for unlawfully shooting firearms at homes by classifying the crime as a felony. Before the passage of this measure, the unlawful discharge of a firearm was only a misdemeanor offense.

Business Development & Local Hire:

HJR 19 (1987) (Donley) Requested Congress provide for Resident Hire on Federal Projects in Alaska.
HJR 18 (1988) (Donley) Alaska Hire State Constitutional Amendment - Adopted by voters, November 1988
HB 34 (1989) (Donley) Lengthened residency requirement for Permanent fund dividend to one year (from six months).
HB 82 (1989) (L&C) Delivery of Supplies - Helps small, Alaskan-owned businesses to successfully compete for state funded procurement bids.
HB 160 (1989) (L&C) Alaska Neighborhood Revitalization Act - Enables neighborhood businesses and communities to access public and private matching funds for revitalization projects.
HJR 37 (1989) (L&C) Small Business Administration (SBA) - Successfully requested the SBA to lift its moratorium on loan refinancing in Alaska.
HJR 45 (1989) (L&C) Local Hire on Disaster Cleanup Work - Urged Congress to require local hire for disaster cleanup work involving federal agencies.
SCR 3 (1997) Donley) Urged the Attorney General to utilize every appropriate resource to defend Alaska's interests in the civil action filed against the state challenging the 1996 revisions to the Northstar unit leases.
SB 7 (1997) (Donley) Reduces Fees for Resident Combination Licenses and Increases Fees for Non-Resident Sport Fishing Licenses and Tags.

Government Reform:

HB 297 (1988) (Donley) Strengthened Anchorage's Community Councils.
HB 299 (1988) (L&C) Charitable Gaming Reform Act of 1988.
HB 91 (1989) (L&C) Whistleblower Protection Law- Protects public employees who "blow the whistle" on public waste and fraud.

Public Safety:

HB 90 (1990) (L&C) School Bus Safety Act of 1990

Consumer Protection:

HB 44 (1989) (Donley) Reinstated and improved the Alaska Mandatory Auto Insurance Program.
HB 429 (1990) (L&C) Auto Insurance - Improves auto insurance to better protect against uninsured drivers.
HB 300 (1990) (L&C) Electrical Utilities - Helps protect consumers from rate increases.
HB 587 (1990) (L&C) Gambling Advertising - Continued federal ban on gambling on TV and radio.
HB 305 (1992) (JUD) Reformed motorcycle liability insurance coverage to reduce cost and provide greater availability.
SR 2 (1994) (Donley) Opposed use of oxy fuel in automotive gasoline until proven safe.

Fair Workplace Laws:

HB 170 (1988) (L&C) Collective Bargaining - Extended collective bargaining rights to non-certified school district employees.
HB 86 (1989) (L&C) Access to Personnel Files - Guarantees Alaskan workers access to their own personnel files.

Government Reduction:

SB 25 (1995) (Donley) Repealed a law which required vegetable dealers to obtain an unnecessary special license and expensive bonds.
SB 28 (1995) (Donley) Biennial I/M Testing - Saves Alaskans the time and expense of obtaining a vehicle emission test every year.


HB 486 (1992) (JUD) Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trust Appropriation.

Senior Issues:

SB 27 (1995) (Donley) Gave Alaskan grandparents the standing to petition the court for reasonable visitation rights with their grandchildren.

Health Issues:

HB 178 (1987) (Donley) Extended Board of Nursing.
HB 179 (1987) (L&C) Extended Board of Psychologist Examiners.
HB 531 (1988) (L&C) Extended Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
HB 532 (1988) (L&C) Reformed regulations of Optometry/Extended Board of Optometry.
HB 534 (1988) (L&C) Improved dispensing of services by Opticians & Apprentices.


HB 394 (1988) (L&C) Defined the functions and powers of electric & telephone cooperatives to protect consumers.

Occupational Licensing:

HB 172 (1987) (L&C) Extended Board of Marine Pilots.
HB 222 (1987) (L&C) Reformed the occupational licensing regulations.
HB 533 (1988) (L&C) Improved the licensing for public accountants.


HB 443 (1992) (JUD) Increased the number of judges in the 4th Judicial District (South-Central Alaska).
HB 92 (1991) (JUD) Reformed the retirement system for the judicial employees and former elected public officers.

International Relations:

HCR 40 (1988) (Donley) Designated 1988 as the "Year of Friendship between Finland & Alaska".
HJR 28 (1988) (L&C) Requested the Governor to develop an economic relationship with New Zealand.

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Prime Sponsor of the following legislation

Passed! SB 1: 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.
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Passed! SB 7: Reducing certain resident sport fishing, hunting, and trapping license fees, increasing certain nonresident sport fishing license and tag gees, and relating to nonresident sport fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses; and providing for an effective date.
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Passed! SB 14: Relating to insurance covering an insured who is a victim of domestic violence and requiring certain disclosures by an insurer.
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SB 63: An Act providing for automatic waiver of juvenile jurisdiction and prosecution of minors as adults for certain violations of laws by minors who use deadly weapons to commit offenses that are crimes against a person, and relating to the sealing of the records of those minors.
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Passed! SB 70: An Act defining the offenses of unlawful discharge of a firearm; and relating to the commission of those offenses by minors.
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SB 101: An Act relating to the adoption, amendment, repeal, legislative review, and judicial review of regulations; and amending Rule 202, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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SB 117: An Act relating to an infant care curriculum in the public school system.
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SB 157: An Act establishing a children's trust motor vehicle registration plate.
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SB 197: An Act relating to health care services provided by, and practices of, a health maintenance organization; and prohibiting health maintenance organizations from limiting free speech of health care providers.
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SB 202: An Act prohibiting insurer limits on free speech between an insured and certain other persons regarding automobile insurance damage claims; prohibiting certain motor vehicle liability insurance surcharges and premium increases; prohibiting an automobile insurer from requiring an insured to prepay certain costs of arbitration or mediation; relating to payment of covered loss claims by an insurer; requiring certain telephone listings by motor vehicle liability insurers; requiring certain provisions be included in a motor vehicle liability insurance policy; relating to payments made by a motor vehicle insurer for medical coverage; and amending Rules 79 and 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 284: An Act relating to cruelty to animals.
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SB 304: An Act relating to regulation of highways and motor vehicles; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 306: An Act relating to the authority to claim a child who is the subject of a child support order as a dependent for purposes of a federal income tax exemption; relating to certification of child support arrears; amending Rule 90.3, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure.
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Passed! SCR 3: Urging the Attorney General of the State of Alaska to use every appropriate resource and due diligence to defend the state's interests in the civil action filed against the state challenging the 1996 revisions of the Northstar unit leases, and respectfully requesting the Superior Court of the State of Alaska to give expeditious consideration to the matter.
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Passed! State Supreme Court Decision on 09-22-98 took the question off the ballot SJR 3: 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.
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SJR 4: Relating to an amendment to the Constitution of the United States setting out the authority of the United States Congress and of state legislatures to enact laws relating to limits on election campaign expenditures.
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SR 1: Relating to compensation of Holocaust victims and survivors, their heirs, and Jewish communities by the government of Switzerland and the Swiss banking industry.
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Co-Sponsor of the following legislation

HB 16: Relating to delinquent minors, to the taking of action based on the alleged criminal misconduct of ceratin minors, to the services to be provided to the victims of criminal misconduct of minors, and to agency records involving minors alleged to be delinquent based on their criminal misconduct; and amending Rule 19 and repealing Rules 6, 7, 11(a), 12(a), and 21(f), Alaska Delinquency Rules.
HB 33: An Act relating to real estate licensing and the real estate surety fund, and providing for an effective date.
HB 45: Relating to runaway and missing minors, and providing for an effective date.
HB 116: An Act relating to worker's compensation self-insurance.
HB 189: An Act relating to sale, gift, and possession of tobacco and tobacco products; and providing for an effective date.
HB 203: An Act relating to actions for unlawful trade practices.
HB 261: An Act relating to a surcharge imposed for violations of state or municipal law and to the Alaska police training fund.
HB 309: An Act naming the Robert B. Atwood Building.
HB 334: An Act relating to wavier of tuition and fees for certain family members of a police officer killed in the line of duty; and providing for an effective date.
HB 349: An Act prohibiting the use of the title 'social worker' without a license; relating to social workers, licensure of social workers, and the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners; and providing for an effective date.
HB 356: An Act establishing the Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska; and providing for an effective date.
HB 380: An Act relating to a temporary reduction of royalty on oil and gas produced for sale from fields within the Cook Inlet sedimentary basin where production is commenced in fields that have been discovered and undeveloped or that have been shut in.
HCR 1: Relating to a new Alaska Liquefied natural gas project.
HCR 26: Urging support of the 1998 International People First Conference.
HJR 12: Urging the Secretary of the interior to conduct competitive oil and gas lease sales within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
HJR 16: Relating to a federal balanced budget amendment.
HJR 49: Relating to opposition to a moratorium on the building of roads in the roadless areas of national forests.
HJR 51: Relating to support for H.R. 2924, which allows certain Alaska Native Vietnam veterans and the Elim Native Corporation to select land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
HJR 53: Relating to support for federal legislation providing for the continuation of the University of Alaska by the conveyance of federal land to the university.
SB 3: An Act authorizing prosecution and trial in the district court of municipal curfew violations.
SB 19: An Act repealing the power and duty of the commissioner of fish and game to assist in the enforcement of federal laws relating to fish and game.
SB 25: An Act relating to authorizing the Department of Corrections to provide an automated victim notification and prisoner information system.
SB 26: An Act making a special appropriation for an automated victim notification system; and providing for an effective date.
SB 40: An Act relating to management of discrete salmon stocks, to salmon management assessments, and to the fishery business tax.
SB 67: An Act relating to the imposition of criminal sentences; and amending Rule 32.2, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure.
SB 76: An Act relating to long-term plans of certain state agencies and recommendations regarding elimination of duplication in state agency functions.
SB 95: An Act relating to worker's compensation self-insurance.
SB 134: An Act relating to home schooling for elementary and secondary students.
SB 216: An Act providing for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators.
SB 218: An Act relating to the crime of murder and to murder of children.
SB 219: An Act relating to establishing an office of crime victims' advocacy; and amending Rule 16, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 9, Alaska Delinquency Rules, and Rule 501, Alaska Rules of Evidence.
SB 242: An Act providing for the forfeiture of good time sentence credits of sex offenders who fail to successfully complete sex offender treatment programs.
SB 309: An Act relating to the use of force by peace officers and correctional officers.
SB 323: An Act relating to sexual offenses, to those who commit sexual offenses, and to registration of sex offenders; Amending Rule 6(r)(2), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
SJR 9: Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development, and production.
SJR 10: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the election and duties of the attorney general.
SJR 19: Relating to naming Anchorage as the location of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
SJR 28: Requesting the federal government to conduct an audit of the Alaska Native regional corporations to determine their compliance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and to review the accountability of the corporations to their shareholders.

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