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Fighting to Keep Alaskans Safe

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During the 22nd Legislature, the Republican-Led Majority focused on protecting Alaskans by improving the public safety system, increasing the tools law enforcement uses to combat crime, and encouraging public safety education.

HJR 22 condemns the paintball attack on Alaska Natives in the spring of 2001, encourages federal investigation of racism in Alaska and calls for sensitivity training for those convicted of racially motivated crimes.

Improving Our Public Safety

SB 145 allows VPSOs to provide probation services in rural Alaska, so that people on probation or parole can receive the support of their home communities.

SB 99 expands the state's convicted offender DNA registry to include samples from those convicted of burglary.

HB 210 eliminates the statute of limitation for felony sexual assault involving penetration, taking advantage of recent advances in genetic testing that can provide evidence years after a crime.

SB 105 creates an Office of Victims' Rights and a Victims' Advocate, designed to help guide crime victims through the legal process in the aftermath of a violent crime.

HB120 authorizes Alaska to join a nationwide network of shared criminal history records, providing access to more than 55 million criminal records for non-crime fighting purposes, such as background checks for jobs or licenses.

HB 186 allows municipalities to impose surcharges on cellular telephones to help fund the staff and equipment necessary to provide 911 service through such phones.

SB 178 guarantees juveniles placed in an adult jail or lockup get an initial court appearance within 24 hours, allowing the state to continue receiving federal funds for youth corrections services.

SJR 17 asks the U. S. Department of Justice to acknowledge that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right of individual Americans to own guns.

SJR 10 urges the U.S. Congress to fully fund the U.S. Coast Guard, to ensure full protection of our waters and residents.

Fighting Substance Abuse

HB 179 makes it a crime for minors to consume alcohol, and imposes stiff fines and community service requirements for offenders.

HB 132 combats bootlegging by lowering the amount of alcohol a person may possess before law enforcement authorities may presume it is for illegal resale.

HB 172 addresses multiple drunken driving offenders by creating two pilot therapeutic courts in Anchorage and Bethel, allowing participants to go through extensive substance abuse treatment.

HB 228 dedicates nearly $500,000 from Alaska's share of the national tobacco lawsuit settlement for tobacco cessation, prevention and education programs for Alaska's youth, and increases penalties for selling tobacco to minors.

Teaching Alaskans to Stay Safe

HCR 7 proclaims April 2001 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, encouraging Alaskans to share strategies on how to recognize and prevent sexual assault.

SCR 1 declares November 2001 as Avalanche Awareness Month, to expand public knowledge of how to recognize and avoid the dangers of deadly snow slides.

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