22nd Alaska State Legislature
Senator John Cowdery (R)
District I - Anchorage



Portrait of Senator John Cowdery. Session:
State Capitol, Room 101
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-3879
Fax: (907) 465-2069


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District I & Transportation Committee Info

Interim:
716 W 4th Avenue, Suite 530
Anchorage, AK 99501-2133
Phone: (907) 269-0222
Fax: (907) 269-0223

Elected to the House 1982, 1996, 1998
Elected to the Senate 2000

Staff

Annette Deal
Legislative Aide
465-3879 (Jan-May)
269-0222 (June-Dec)
Crystal Moore
Legislative Aide
269-0222 (Jan-Dec)
Kim Ross
Legislative Aide
465-3879 (Jan-May)
269-0222 (June-Dec)
Don Smith
Transportation Committee Aide
465-3879 (Jan-May)
465-0222 (June-Dec)

Senate Committee Memberships

Chair:
Special Committee on World Trade & State/Federal Relations
Transportation Committee

Vice-Chair:
Legislative Council Joint Committee
Rules Committee

Member:
Judiciary Committee
Corrections Finance Subcommittee
Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee
Legislature Finance Subcommittee
Public Safety Finance Subcommittee
Transportation & Public Facilities Finance Subcommittee

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Legislation

Prime Sponsor Legislation

SB 51 : Legis Approval of AK RR Land Acquisitions
An Act relating to legislative approval of the acquisition of land by the Alaska Railroad Corporation.
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SB 83 : Construction of Highways by DOTPF
An Act relating to construction of highways by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and to contracts for the construction of highways.
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SB 85 : Failure to Report a Violent Crime
An Act relating to failure to report a crime.

SB 147 : State Government Activities
An Act relating to nongovernmental activities of state departments; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 152 : DOT&PF Related Contract Claims
Passed! Chapter 98 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to the handling of and interest on contract controversies involving the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities or state agencies to whom the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities delegates the responsibility for handling the controversies.
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SB 195 : Operation of Whittier Tunnel by Whittier
An Act relating to the operation of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and related toll facilities by the City of Whittier; and providing for an effective date.

SB 196 : Exemption From Toll for Whittier Tunnel
An Act relating to the toll for the use of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and the Portage Glacier Highway; and providing for an effective date.

SB 197 : Prohibit toll for Whittier Tunnel
An Act prohibiting the imposition of a toll or other fee for use of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and the Portage Glacier Highway; annulling certain regulations of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities relating to tolls for use of the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel and the Portage Glacier Highway; and providing for an effective date.

SB 215 : Common Carrier Liquor License
An Act relating to licensing common carriers to dispense alcoholic beverages; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 216 : Approp: UAA Study: Studed Tire/Construction
An Act making an appropriation to the University of Alaska Anchorage, School of Engineering, for a study of road design problems associated with studded tires and for recommendations regarding timing of construction contract awards; and providing for an effective date.

SB 218 : Airports:Bonds/Construction Fund/Facility Charge
Passed! Chapter 99 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to international airports revenue bonds and requiring that the spending plan for the International Airports Construction Fund include information about the amounts spent during the previous fiscal year for cost overruns on certain projects and the identification of time delays on certain projects; relating to customer facility charges to fund facilities in airports to be constructed without using international airport revenue bonds; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 225 : Standards for Sewage/Greywater
An Act relating to sewage and graywater.

SB 320 : Motor Vehicle Insurance & Repairs
An Act prohibiting discrimination in insurance rates based on credit rating or credit scoring; and providing for an effective date.
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Co-Sponsor Legislation

HB 48 : No Social Security Number Required on Hunting/Fishing License
Passed! Chapter 39 Session Law 2001
An Act eliminating a requirement that a social security number be provided by an applicant for certain hunting or sport fishing licenses, tags, and permits; eliminating a requirement that applications for certain licenses and tags be sworn to by the applicants before an officer authorized to administer oaths; and providing for an effective date.
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HB 79 : Eagle River Veterans' Memorial Highway
Passed! Chapter 6 Session Law 2001
An Act designating a portion of the Eagle River Loop Road as the Eagle River Veterans' Memorial Highway.
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HB 101 : Charter Schools
Passed! Chapter 70 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to charter schools; and providing for an effective date.
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HB 110 : Social Security Number & Driver's Licenses
Passed! Chapter 40 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to driver's licenses and instructional permits; and providing for an effective date.
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HB 164 : Grandparents' Rights Regarding CINA
Passed! Chapter 43 Session Law 2001
An Act prescribing the rights of grandparents related to child-in-need-of-aid hearings; and amending Rules 3, 7, 10, 15, 17, and 19, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules of Procedure.
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HB 167 : Motor Vehicle License Plates: National Guard/Antique
Passed! Chapter 44 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to license plates for Alaska National Guard personnel and for antique motor vehicles; and providing for an effective date.
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HB 172 : Therapeutic Drug and Alcohol Courts
Passed! Chapter 64 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to therapeutic courts for offenders; to the authorized number of superior court judges; amending Rule 35, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

HB 210 : Statute of Limitations: Sexual Assault
Passed! Chapter 86 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor.
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HB 239 : Vocational Education Pilot Program
An Act establishing a pilot program for a regional learning center.
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HB 307 : Oil/Gas Exploration Incentive Credit
Passed! Chapter 139 Session Law 2002
An Act delaying to June 30, 2007, the last date by which hydrocarbon exploration geophysical work must be performed or drilling of a stratigraphic test well or exploratory well must be completed in order for a person to qualify for an exploration incentive credit.
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HB 411 : Physician Assistants
Passed! Chapter 18 Session Law 2002
An Act relating to physician assistants; providing that a physician assistant is a health care provider covered by certain laws relating to medical malpractice actions; adding physician assistants to the list of providers against whom unfair discrimination relating to health care insurance is prohibited and to the list of providers who can provide proof of disablement or handicap for the purpose of motor vehicle registration or for the purpose of obtaining a special license plate or a special parking permit; and providing for an effective date.
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HCR 4 : African-American Citizen Recognition Month
Passed! Legislative Resolve 40
Declaring February 2001 to be African-American Citizen Recognition Month.
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HJR 6 : Roadless Policy
Passed! Legislative Resolve 4
Relating to opposition to the inclusion of national forests in Alaska within former President Clinton's Roadless Area Conservation rule and supporting the overturning of this inclusion by litigation, by congressional action, or by action of President Bush.
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HJR 7 : Endorsing ANWR Leasing
Passed! Legislative Resolve 5
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.
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HJR 37 : Alaska Airlines 70th Anniversary
Passed! Legislative Resolve 46
Congratulating Alaska Airlines on its 70th Anniversary.
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SB 48 : Municipalities: Incorp/Property Valuation
An Act relating to the determination of full and true value of taxable municipal property for purposes of calculating funding for education and certain other programs, to incorporation of third class boroughs, to incorporation of certain boroughs in the unorganized borough and annexation of portions of the unorganized borough to boroughs and unified municipalities, and to the formation of separate unorganized boroughs; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 59 : Federal Funds to Municipalities for Roads
An Act relating to awards of federal funds to municipalities for road projects; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

SB 65 : Study of Pay Equity for State Employees
Passed! Chapter 48 Session Law 2001
An Act requiring a study regarding equal pay for equal work of certain state employees.
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SB 72 : Take a Child Hunting Season
Passed! Chapter 68 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to 'take-a-child-hunting' seasons for big game.
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SB 75 : Service Areas: Voter Approval/Tax Zones
An Act relating to municipal service areas and providing for voter approval of the formation, alteration, or abolishment of certain service areas.
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SB 79 : Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge
Passed! Chapter 11 Session Law 2001
An Act naming the Fred Zharoff Memorial Bridge.
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SB 80 : Appropriation: Special Olympics
An Act making a special appropriation to the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs for a grant to 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 99 : DNA Registration of Burglars
Passed! Chapter 49 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to the DNA identification registration system.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 102 : Social Security Numbers and Drivers' Licenses
An Act relating to the information required in an application for, and to display of social security numbers on, certain licenses and instructional permits; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 105 : Victims' Rights/ Prisoner's PFD
Passed! Chapter 92 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to victims' rights; relating to establishing an office of victims' rights; relating to the crime victim's choice to appear or testify in a criminal case; relating to compensation of victims of violent crimes; relating to eligibility for a permanent fund dividend for persons convicted of and incarcerated for certain offenses; relating to notice of appropriations concerning victims' rights; relating to restitution for criminal and delinquency acts; authorizing the state to collect restitution on behalf of victims of crime and delinquent acts and the release of certain information related to that collection; relating to the forfeiture of certain cash and other security for payment of other restitution; relating to access by the Violent Crimes Compensation Board to certain records regarding delinquency acts to award compensation to victims; relating to immunity for damages related to certain collections of restitution; amending Rule 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 16, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 9, Alaska Delinquency Rules, and Rules 402 and 501, Alaska Rules of Evidence; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 130 : Alaska Marine Highway Authority
An Act establishing the Alaska Marine Highway Authority; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 140 : Small Water-Power Development Projects
Passed! Chapter 107 Session Law 2002
An Act relating to regulation and licensing of certain water-power development projects; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 145 : Village Public Safety Officer Program
Passed! Chapter 97 Session Law 2001
An Act relating to the expansion of the village public safety officer program to include the provision of probation and parole supervision services, and to retirement benefits for village public safety officers.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 164 : No Gas Pipeline over Beaufort Sea
Passed! Chapter 29 Session Law 2001
An Act prohibiting leases under the Right-of-Way Leasing Act on state land in or adjacent to the Beaufort Sea; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 169 : Hate Crimes: Automatic Waiver of Minors
An Act relating to the nonapplicability of the delinquency laws to certain minors accused of certain crimes against persons directed at certain victims.
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SB 191 : Insurance Pooling by Air Carriers
An Act relating to insurance pooling by air carriers; amending the definition of group health insurance, and allowing the Department of Administration to obtain a policy or policies of group health care insurance for employers that are small businesses, nonprofit organizations, special services organizations, or small associations for insurance purposes; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 198 : Statewide Suicide Prevention Council
Passed! Chapter 84 Session Law 2001
An Act establishing the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 226 : Design of Highway Projects
Passed! Chapter 67 Session Law 2002
An Act relating to design of highway projects; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 271 : Marine And Rail Transportation Authority
An Act establishing the Alaska Marine Highway Authority; establishing the marine highway transportation fund; relating to ferries and ferry terminals; and providing for an effective date.
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SB 295 : Licensing: Disclosure Of Minors Records
Passed! Chapter 47 Session Law 2002
An Act relating to the disclosure of information regarding delinquent minors to certain licensing agencies; and providing for an effective date.
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SCR 2 : Approp: Sobriety Awareness Month
Passed! Legislative Resolve 10
Relating to declaring March 2001 as Sobriety Awareness Month.
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SCR 4 : Alaska Tartan Day
Passed! Legislative Resolve 9
Relating to declaring April 6, 2001, as Alaska Tartan Day.
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SCR 22 : Sobriety Awareness Month
Passed! Legislative Resolve 42
Relating to declaring March 2002 as Sobriety Awareness Month.
| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 28 : Joint Legis Salmon Industry Task Force
Passed! Legislative Resolve 53
Establishing the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force.
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SJR 3 : F-22 Raptor Aircraft at Elmendorf AFB
Passed! Legislative Resolve 6
Relating to the deployment of F-22 Raptor aircraft at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
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SJR 8 : Voting Sites at Military Installations
Passed! Legislative Resolve 8
Relating to supporting polling places at military installations and reserve component facilities.
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SJR 10 : U.S. Coast Guard Funding
Passed! Legislative Resolve 19
Urging the United States Congress to fully fund the operational readiness and recapitalization requirements of the United States Coast Guard.
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SJR 12 : Eliminate Marriage Tax Penalty
Passed! Legislative Resolve 13
Urging the United States Congress to amend the tax code to reduce the marriage penalty.
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SJR 14 : Oppose Canadian Fee to Transport Firearms
Passed! Legislative Resolve 18
Urging President Bush, the United States Department of State, and the United States Congress to intervene and negotiate with the government of Canada to reconsider the imposition of a fee to transport firearms through Canada.
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SJR 15 : Chilean Farmed Salmon
Passed! Legislative Resolve 22
Relating to imports of salmon from Chile.
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SJR 17 : Federal Gun Policies
Passed! Legislative Resolve 21
Relating to requesting that President Bush renounce and reverse Clinton Administration anti-gun-ownership policies and reorient the United States Department of Justice towards policies that accurately reflect the intent of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution to grant individual Americans the right to keep and bear arms.
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SJR 23 : Constitutional Spending Limit
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to an appropriation limit and a spending limit.
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SJR 31 : Tax Exempt Bond to Fund Veterans Loans
Passed! Legislative Resolve 52
Urging the United States Congress to permit the use of tax exempt bonds to fund loans for veterans who served after 1976.
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SJR 32 : Const. Amendment: Marine/Rail Transportation Fund
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to a marine and rail transportation fund.
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