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Senate Passes
22nd Legislature's First Bill

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2001

Contact: Senator Gene Therriault at (907) 465-4797
Senator Lyda Green at (907) 465-6600
Senator Loren Leman at (907) 465-2095

(JUNEAU) -- The Alaska Senate on Thursday unanimously passed three measures, including the first bill to pass out of the 22nd Alaska State Legislature.

Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault (R-North Pole), extends the expiration date of the Board of Public Accountancy for four years, to June 30, 2005. The seven-member board oversees the licensing of public accountants and certified public accountants practicing in the state. Because a license is required to legally use the title of CPA or public accountant, the board protects the public from fraudulent or incompetent accounting advice.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Matanuska-Susitna), designates November 2001 as Avalanche Awareness Month. The Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Response Team (BAART), an association of the families of avalanche victims, asked Green to draft the resolution.

"Alaskans die in avalanches every year," said Green. "My intent in sponsoring this proclamation is to save lives by increasing public awareness of the dangers of avalanches and the need for avalanche safety training."

Senate Joint Resolution 5, sponsored by Sen. Loren Leman (R-Anchorage) urges the National Collegiate Athletic Association to preserve preseason basketball tournaments around the country, including the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage and the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks. These preseason tournaments are partially exempt from the rule that bars Division 1 schools from playing more than 28 games each year. In April the NCAA will decide on a proposal that would eliminate this exemption.

"Division 1 schools have a wide recruitment, so our tournaments bring players from all over the world to compete in Alaska," said Leman. "It would be a shame to see the end of these tournaments, both for the players and the spectators."

All three measures move to the House for consideration.

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