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SB 8 : Tampering With Public Records
Signed into Law! Chapter 141 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Bettye Davis

An Act relating to tampering with public records.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 page - 21 KB]

SB 13 : Insurance Discrimination By Credit Rating
Signed into Law! Chapter 150 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery, Sen. Kim Elton

An Act prohibiting discrimination in insurance rates based on credit rating or credit scoring; and providing for an effective date.

08-06-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 13 into law. Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery (R-Anchorage) and Sen. Kim Elton (D-Juneau), SB 13 would prohibit insurance companies in Alaska from using credit scores in underwriting or rate setting for car or home insurance.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 page - 23 KB]

SB 20 : Extend Board Of Marine Pilots
Signed into Law! Chapter 10 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault, Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Marine Pilots; and providing for an effective date.

04-22-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 20 into law on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault (R-North Pole), SB 20 would extend the termination date of the Board of Marine Pilots.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 25 : AHFC Loans To Educators
Signed into Law! Chapter 126 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

An Act relating to the teachers' housing loan program in the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 25 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken (R-Fairbanks), SB 25 would provide an incentive for trained teachers, counselors, and administrators to enter into the profession and settle down in local communities, by providing them with no money down financing for a home.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 26 : State Employees Called To Military Duty
Signed into Law! Chapter 65 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Robin Taylor, Sen. Kim Elton

An Act relating to state employees who are called to active duty as reserve or auxiliary members of the armed forces of the United States; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 page - 20 KB]

SB 30 : Abortion: Informed Consent; Information
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act relating to information and services available to pregnant women and other persons; and ensuring informed consent before an abortion may be performed, except in cases of medical emergency.

Version: CCS SB 30
Contact: Jason Hooley, 465-3762
Action: 05-11-04: Waiting transmittal to Governor

Requires that information be prepared and made available via the Internet to women seeking abortions on the medical risks of abortion and its alternatives, and where services can be sought, by geographic region. Requires a physician or other health care provider performing an abortion to obtain voluntary and informed consent as defined in the bill. Requires the Bureau of Vital Statistics to collect and record data on whether each reported patient requested and received a written copy of information on reproductive options required to be maintained on the Internet.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 41 : Medicaid Costs And Crimes
Signed into Law! Chapter 66 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to medical care and crimes relating to medical care, including medical care and crimes relating to the medical assistance program.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 41 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 41 provides the legal tools for the fiduciaries of the Medicaid program to establish program integrity and maintain maximum fiscal control.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 43 : Extend State Medical Board
Signed into Law! Chapter 20 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

An Act extending the termination date of the State Medical Board.

SB 45 : LB&A Crimes And Cooperation
Signed into Law! Chapter 67 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 45 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 45 would provide prosecutors with the necessary tools to deter and punish those who hinder the investigative work of the legislative budget and audit committee. It also clarifies that information requested from state officials or agencies of state government cannot be claimed to be privileged, except from department commissioners.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 49 : 2003 Revisor's Bill
Signed into Law! Chapter 35 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Leg. Council Joint Committee

An Act making corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes; and providing for an effective date.

06-02-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 49 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules committee, by request of the Legislative Council, SB 49 would make corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes.

SB 51 : Bonds Of Bond Bank Authority
Signed into Law! Chapter 3 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to revenue bonds issued by the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority and the total amount of bonds and notes outstanding of that authority; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Deven Mitchell @ 465-3750 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 53 : Revoke Driver's License For Fatal Accident
Signed into Law! Chapter 89 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Scott Ogan

An Act relating to disposition of a traffic offense involving the death of a person; providing for the revocation of driving privileges by a court for a driver convicted of a violation of traffic laws in connection with a fatal motor vehicle or commercial motor vehicle accident; amending Rules 43 and 43.1, Alaska Rules of Administration; and providing for an effective date.

06-13-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 53 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Scott Ogan (R-Rural Mat-Su/ChugiaKB], SB 53 would allow courts to revoke the driving privileges of any driver who violates the traffic laws, and the violation contributes to an automobile accident that results in a death.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 54 : Overtime Pay For Airline Employees
Signed into Law! Chapter 11 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

An Act exempting flight crew members of certain air carriers from overtime pay requirements.

SB 56 : Sport Fishing Fees For Yukon Residents
Signed Into Law! Chapter 4 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act relating to sport fishing license fees and anadromous king salmon tag fees for residents of Yukon, Canada.

Version: HCS CS SB 56 (FIN)
Contact: Jason Hooley, 465-3762
Action: 03-08-04: Signed by Governor March 8

SB 56 allows Yukon residents to obtain sport fishing licenses and king salmon tags at the same rate as Alaskan residents. The Yukon government extends the same resident rate to Alaskans.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 63 : Municipal Annexations And Detachments
Signed Into Law! Chapter 12 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Community & Regional Affairs Committee

An Act relating to municipal property taxation in annexed and detached areas; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 63 (CRA)
Contact: Chris Knight, 465-2689
Action: 04-08-04: Signed into law

The Governor signed SB 63 into law April 8 with an effective date of July 5, 2004. It proposes new statutory language to clarify when a municipality may tax an area that was annexed. It also clarifies the question of property taxes in a detached area.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

SB 64 : Credit Information
Passed Senate!
Sen. Hollis French

An Act requiring certain consumer reporting agencies to provide individuals with certain information without charge.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 page - 6 KB]
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 1 page - 6 KB]

SB 69 : Board of Fisheries Conflicts of Interest
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act relating to participation in matters before the Board of Fisheries by members of the board; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 69 (FSH)
Contact: Amy Seitz, 465-2828
Action: 05-03-04: (H)FSH » (H)RES

SB 69 changes conflict of interest guidelines for the Board of Fisheries. It mandates full personal disclosure on matters related to the subject under discussion, but requires a board member to actively participate in the discussion and vote. It requires certain permit holders to abstain from voting if they are paid to represent a group that would benefit from the matter before the Board.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 99 KB]

SB 71 : Transportation Enhancement Projects
Signed into Law! Chapter 135 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to funding for transportation enhancement projects.

07-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 71 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 71 would decrease the amounts allocated for the TRAAK program and other enhancement projects to free up millions of dollars to be available for roadway construction and improvement projects.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 73 : Aidea Authority To Issue Bonds
Signed into Law! Chapter 73 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the authority of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Sara Fisher-Goad @ 269-3000 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 74 : Discharge Prevention & Contingency Plans
Signed into Law! Chapter 12 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the renewal period for oil discharge prevention and contingency plans; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Larry Dietrick @ 465-5250 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 77 : William Ransom Wood Centennial Bridge
Signed into Law! Chapter 5 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

An Act naming the William Ransom Wood Centennial Bridge in Fairbanks.

04-09-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 77 into law on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken (R-Fairbanks), SB 77 would name the Fairbanks Riverwalk Centennial Bridge in honor of a true visionary and leader for Alaska, Dr. William Ransom Wood.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 78 : Medicaid For Breast & Cervical Cancer
Signed into Law! Chapter 9 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to an optional group of persons eligible for medical assistance who require treatment for breast and cervical cancer; relating to cost sharing by those recipients under the medical assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

04-22-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 78 into law on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 78 would remove the sunset provision of the 2001 legislation and allows for women who have been participating the program to continue, as well as allowing access to the program for women who will be diagnosed in the future.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 79 : Extend Alaska Minerals Commission
Signed into Law! Chapter 17 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska Minerals Commission.

05-06-03 : The Alaska State Governor signed into law Senate Bill 79 on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 79 would extend the termination date of the Alaska Minerals Commission.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 82 : Alcoholic Beverage Tax For Wine & Others
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the state alcoholic beverage tax for certain wine and other beverages.

Version: CS SB 82 (L&C)
Contact: Doug Letch, 465-1283
Action: 04-05-04: (S)Floor » (H)Floor

SB 82 unanimously passed the Senate April 5. It exempts up to 100 gallons of wine per month from the $2.50 a gallon alcohol tax. Amended on the Senate floor to tighten the title.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 83 : Sven Haakanson Airport At Old Harbor
Signed into Law! Chapter 18 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act naming the Sven Haakanson, Sr. Airport at Old Harbor.

05-09-03 : The Alaska State Governor signed into law Senate Bill 83 on Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 83 would name the State airport at Old Harbor, the Sven Haakanson, Sr. Airport at Old Harbor.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 85 : Repeat Serious Sex Offenses
Signed into Law! Chapter 90 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Hollis French

An Act relating to sentencing and to the earning of good time deductions for certain sexual offenses.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 2 page - 8 KB]

SB 87 : Principal And Income
Signed into Law! Chapter 145 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to principal and income in the administration of trusts and decedents' estates and the mental health trust fund; adopting a version of the Uniform Principal and Income Act; and providing for an effective date.

07-18-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 87 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 87 relates to principal and income in the administration of trusts and decedents' estates and the mental health trust fund; adopting a version of the Uniform Principal and Income Act.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 88 : Forest Resources & Practices Standards
Signed into Law! Chapter 123 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to standards for forest resources and practices; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 88 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 88 would revises the riparian management standards of the Forest Resources Practices Act (FRPA) for Region III by strengthening protection for fish habitat and water quality in a manner that continues to support both the timber and fishing industries.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 89 : Definition Of Lobbying
Signed into Law! Chapter 115 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act amending the definition of 'lobbyist' in the Regulation of Lobbying Act, and as it applies in the act setting standards of conduct for legislators and legislative employees, to define 'regular' and 'substantial' as those terms describe activities for which a person receives consideration for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 89 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 89 would provide a more reasonable level of access for Alaska businessmen and women to their elected representatives, their staffers, and state agency personnel.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 93 : Adverse Possession
Signed into Law! Chapter 147 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act relating to limitations on actions to quiet title to, eject a person from, or recover real property or the possession of it; and providing for an effective date.

05-19-03 : Senate Bill 93 passed the House of Representatives Monday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai/Soldotna), SB 93 would repeal the Doctrine of Adverse Possession, giving private property owner's security in knowing their property can not be taken by squatters. SB 93 moves next to the governor for his signature.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |
| Legal Memo 1 |
| Legal Memo 2 |

SB 95 : 72-Hour Notice Of Teacher Strike
Signed into Law! Chapter 130 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to strikes by employees of a municipal school district, a regional educational attendance area, or a state boarding school, and requiring notice of at least 72 hours of a strike by those employees.

07-01-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 95 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 95 would require public school employees to provide a school district with written notice of an impending strike at least 72 hours prior to any labor action. This bill would protect students and give parents adequate time to be notified of a change in the school schedule.
SB 95 moves next to the Governor.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 98 : Liability: Plane And Boat Passengers
Signed into Law! Chapter 119 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde

An Act relating to civil liability for guest passengers on an aircraft or watercraft; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 98 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde (R-Anchorage), SB 98 would clarify in statute that people who accept an invitation to participate in a non-commercial recreational activity in a watercraft or aircraft also accept the inherent risks of such activity.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 100 : Appropriations: Capital Projects
Signed into Law! Chapter 82 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making capital appropriations and reappropriations; capitalizing a fund; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

05-21-03 : Senate Bill 100 passed and received concurrence from both bodies of the Legislature Wednesday. Sponsored by the Rules Committee at the Request of the Governor, SB 100 makes general fund appropriation for capital projects around the State.
SB 100 moves next to the Governor for his signature.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 102 : Charitable Gaming Revenue
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the amount of revenue received by the state from charitable gaming activities; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSSB 102(L&C) am(efd fld)
Contact: Larry Meyers, 269-6620
Action: 04-16-04: Tabled in the House Labor & Commerce Committee

Raises the state tax on charitable gaming pull tabs. The bill was tabled in the House Labor & Commerce Committee, meaning it would take four votes to bring it back up for discussion.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 105 : Medicaid:Children/Pregnant Women/Facility
Signed into Law! Chapter 34 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to eligibility requirements for medical assistance for certain children, pregnant women, and persons in a medical or intermediate care facility; and providing for an effective date.

06-02-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 105 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 105 is designed to save Denali Kid Care. In an era where ballooning Medicaid costs, reductions in Federal funding, and with more than half the states in this nation facing incredible fiscal challenges - many states have been forced to cut critical programs similar to Denali Kid Care completely. To prevent this we can no longer shoulder automatic annual increases to the eligibility standards for enrollment into Denali Kid Care. SB 105 puts into statute fixed income levels of 175 percent of the 2003 "Federal Poverty Guidelines."

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 106 : Fee For Studded Tires
Signed into Law! Chapter 131 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a fee on studded tires; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 108 : Health Facility Medicaid Rates/Advisory Commission
Signed into Law! Chapter 28 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to payment rates under the Medicaid program for health facilities and to budgeting, accounting, and reporting requirements for those facilities; abolishing the Medicaid Rate Advisory Commission; and providing for an effective date.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 108 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 108 accomplishes two things: It brings the state into compliance with current Federal law and removes the unneeded duplicative process performed by the Medicaid Rate Advisory Commission.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 109 : Medicaid Cost Containment & Priority List
Signed into Law! Chapter 106 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the statute that sets priorities for the Department of Health and Social Services to apply to administration of the medical assistance program when there are insufficient funds allocated in the state budget for that program; authorizing the department to make cost containment decisions that may include decisions about eligibility of persons and availability of services under the medical assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 109 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 109 empowers the Department of Health and Social Services to implement cost containment strategies.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 112 : Increase Motor Fuel Tax
Signed into Law! Chapter 107 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the motor fuel tax and repealing the special tax rates on blended fuels; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 115 : Correctional Industries Program Expenses
Signed into Law! Chapter 29 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act allowing expenses of the correctional industries program that may be financed from the correctional industries fund to include the salaries and benefits of state employees.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 117 : Eliminating Longevity Bonus Program
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act eliminating the longevity bonus program and making related conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 119 : Eliminate APOC
Signed into Law! Chapter 108 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act eliminating the Alaska Public Offices Commission; transferring campaign, public official, and lobbying financial disclosure record-keeping duties to the division of elections; relating to reports, summaries, and documents regarding campaign, public official, and lobbying financial disclosure; providing for enforcement by the Department of Law; making conforming statutory amendments; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 120 : State-Employed Seamen
Signed into Law! Chapter 30 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the state's sovereign immunity for certain actions regarding injury, illness, or death of state-employed seamen and to workers' compensation coverage for those seamen; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 123 : Eliminate Review Of Adoption Subsidies
Signed into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to adoptions that include a subsidy payment by the state; eliminating annual review of the subsidy paid by the state after adoption of a hard-to-place child has occurred; and providing for an effective date.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 123 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 123 will save the State $270,000 annually by eliminating the need for an annual evaluation of subsidy payments paid to people who adopt or take legal guardianship of "hard-to-place children.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 124 : Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Grants
Signed into Law! Chapter 48 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to grants for alcoholism and drug abuse programs; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 124 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 124 changes the local match from 10 percent to the standard 25 percent on alcohol and drug abuse program grants from the Department of Health and Social Services, for communities that can afford it.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 128 : Common Carrier Liquor License
Signed into Law! Chapter 151 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery

An Act relating to licensing common carriers to dispense alcoholic beverages; and providing for an effective date.

08-06-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 128 into law. Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery (R-Anchorage), SB 128 would apply to issuance of a new common carrier dispensary license or renewal of a common carrier dispensary license that occurs on or after the effective date of this Act.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 139 : Alaska Salmon Price Report Program
Signed into Law! Chapter 32 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act repealing the termination date of the Alaska salmon price report program; and providing for an effective date.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 139 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson (R-Eagle River) SB 139 would repeal the sunset date and will permanently establish the Alaska Salmon Price Report in statute.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 142 : DNR Lead Resource Development Projects
Signed into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act designating the Department of Natural Resources as lead agency for resource development projects; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 146 : Commemorative Veterans License Plate
Signed into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gretchen Guess

An Act relating to a commemorative veterans' license plate; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 19 KB]

SB 147 : Control Of Nuisance Wild Animals
Signed into Law! Chapter 132 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to control of nuisance wild animals; and providing for an effective date.

07-01-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 147 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 147 would provide authority to the Alaska Board of Game to adopt regulations to allow issuance of permits and licenses to sanctioned designees to control nuisance wild birds and nuisance wild small mammals. Currently, there is no statutory authority for nuisance wildlife control and the means by which ADF&G can sell a license or issue a permit. SB 147 moves next to the governor for his signature.

| Sponsor Statement |
| ADF&G Fiscal Note | [PDF - 1 Page - 10 KB]

SB 148 : PFD: Allowable Absence For Military SVC
Signed into Law! Chapter 69 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery

An Act relating to allowable absences for certain members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependents for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 148 into law. Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery (R-Anchorage), SB 148 would change the allowable absences for certain members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependents for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 149 : Repeal Certain Timber Sale Requirements
Signed into Law! Chapter 153 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Robin Taylor

An Act relating to timber and to the sale of timber by the state.

08-08-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 149 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Robin Taylor (R-Wrangell), SB 149 would repeal certain timber sale requirements.

SB 151 : Gas Pipeline Transportation Tariffs
Signed into Law! Chapter 60 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act relating to the regulation of natural gas pipelines under the Pipeline Act.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 151 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai/Soldotna), SB 151 would clarify that the RCA has the authority to authorize "firm" and "interruptible" services for other Alaskan gas transmission pipelines.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

SB 155 : Hunting Same Day Airborne
Signed into Law! Chapter 124 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to hunting on the same day airborne; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 155 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 155 would make changes that will allow the Fish and Game Board as well as the Commissioner to better manage wildlife by balancing predator and game populations based on the best science available.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 157 : Inpatient Psychiatric Services
Signed into Law! Chapter 137 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to inpatient psychiatric services for persons who are under 21 years of age and are either eligible for medical assistance or are in the custody of the Department of Health and Social Services.

07-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 157 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 157 would require the Department of Health and Social Services to use in state facilities, where available, for the psychiatric treatment of eligible persons.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 160 : Civil Liability For Defibrillator Use
Signed into Law! Chapter 120 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

An Act relating to civil liability for use or attempted use of an automated external defibrillator; and providing for an effective date.

SB 168 : Cigarette Sale/Distribution
Signed into Law! Chapter 109 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act relating to issuance and revocation of licenses for the importation, sale, distribution, or manufacture of cigarettes and tobacco products; relating to a tax refund or credit for unsaleable, returned, or destroyed tobacco products; relating to restrictions on shipping or transporting cigarettes; relating to records concerning the sale of cigarettes; amending and adding definitions relating to cigarette taxes; relating to the payment of cigarette taxes; relating to penalties applicable to cigarette taxes; relating to the definition of the wholesale price of tobacco products; relating to payment of cigarette taxes through the use of cigarette tax stamps; relating to provisions making certain cigarettes contraband and subject to seizure and forfeiture; relating to certain crimes, penalties, and interest concerning tobacco taxes and sales; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 Gov. Murkowski signed SB 168 into law. Sponsored the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, SB 168 would more adequately regulate the collection of taxes on cigarettes. There is an unknown quantity of untaxed cigarettes imported into the state of Alaska every year and existing laws make it difficult to track their numbers. All cigarette purchasers should be paying tax equally, whether purchasing over the counter or over the Internet.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 173 : Science & Tech Foundation/Bidco/Int.Trade
Signed into Law! Chapter 2 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing statutes pertaining to the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation and transferring money in the foundation's endowment; repealing statutes relating to the BIDCO assistance program; repealing statutes pertaining to the international trade and business endowment and transferring money in the international trade and business endowment; transferring oversight administration of outstanding Alaska Science and Technology Foundation loans and grants to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; establishing an Alaska BIDCO assistance program to be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development; and making conforming amendments.

Version: SB 173(efd fld)
Contact: Sally Saddler 465-2500
Action: 02-18-04: Signed by Governor

The Governor signed SB 173 into law Feb. 16. SB 173 repeals the existing AS 37.17 statutes that create the Alaska Science Technology Foundation, its endowment fund, and the programs it administers: foundation grants and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO) assistance program. The statute creating the international trade and business endowment in the ASTF is also repealed.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 175 : Recreational Activity Liability
Signed into Law! Chapter 121 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to civil liability for commercial recreational activities and for guest passengers on an aircraft or watercraft; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 175 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 175 would help avoid unfair and unreasonable claims that make it difficult to provide recreational and outdoor activities that are closely identified with the Alaska lifestyle and have come to be expected by visitors looking for exceptional experiences.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 176 : Civil Liability For Livestock Activities
Signed into Law! Chapter 122 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to civil liability for injuries or death resulting from livestock activities.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 176 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 176 would recognize that a person assumes some degree of risk when placing themselves in the vicinity of livestock.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 177 : PERS/TRS Cola For Active Duty Military
Signed into Law! Chapter 70 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to cost-of-living benefits for retired members in the public employees' retirement system and the teachers' retirement system who are called to active military duty; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 177 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 177 would relate to cost-of-living benefits for retired members in the public employees' retirement system and the teachers' retirement system that are called to active military duty.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 179 : Criminal Background Checks/Teachers
Signed Into Law! Chapter 79 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act relating to criminal history records and background checks; allowing persons to teach in the public schools for up to five months without a teaching certificate if the person has applied for a certificate and the application has not been acted upon by the Department of Education and Early Development due to a delay in receiving criminal history records; allowing teacher certification for certain persons based on a criminal history background check without fingerprints; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 179 (FIN)
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-4797
Action: 06/17/04: Signed Into Law

The Governor signed June 17, 2004. SB 179 allows teachers to receive a name-based background check, for purposes of a teaching certificate, if their fingerprints are illegible or nonexistent. Conforms Alaska statute to federal law to avoid jeopardizing Alaska’s ability to get federal background checks on anyone in the state. It also gives the Department of Education the ability to grant an applicant a sixty-day extension on top of the three-month application period in the situation that their prints are backlogged and not processed in time.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 183 : Municipal Economic Development/Taxation
Signed into Law! Chapter 5 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act authorizing municipalities to provide for economic development and authorizing municipalities to expend revenue collected on an areawide or nonareawide basis to provide for economic development.

Version: CSSB 183(STA)
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 03-08-04: Signed by Governor March 5

SB 183 allows boroughs that have entered into economic development agreements with a municipality inside that borough to spend borough revenues on projects located within that municipality.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 185 : Royalty Reduction On Certain Oil
Signed into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act providing for a reduction of royalty on certain oil produced from Cook Inlet submerged land.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 185 into law. Sponsored the Senator Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai/Soldotna), SB 185 would amend statutes to provide for reduction of royalty on oil produced in certain Cook Inlet fields and platforms as they near the end of their production capability.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Amendment Offered in Senate Finance | [PDF file - 4 Pages - 168 KB]
| Explanation for Amendment | [PDF file - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 190 : Kenai River Special Management Area
Signed Into Law! Chapter 141 SLA 04br> Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act adding certain state-owned land and water to the Kenai River Special Management Area; relating to the mineral estate of the state-owned land and water in the Kenai River Special Management Area; amending the qualifications for members of the Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 190 (RLS)
Contact: Amy Seitz, 465-2828
Action: 06-30-04: Signed Into Law

On May 11, the Senate unanimously passed House amendments made to SB 190. SB 190 furthers the implementation of the Kenai River Comprehensive Management Plan by adding state-owned land to the Kenai River Special Management Area. Also gives the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources the ability to appoint a state or federal employee to one of the private citizen's seats while a state or federal agency representative can only hold a non-voting seat.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |
| Map of State Lands | [PDF - 1 Page - 85 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 103 KB]

SB 192 : DOL Teachers And Training Programs
Signed into Law! Chapter 49 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to teachers and training programs in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to the placement in the exempt service of certified teachers employed by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to their eligibility to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System of Alaska, and to the functions of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board regarding the Kotzebue Technical Center and the Alaska Vocational Technical Center; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 192 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 192 would specifically grant statutory authority to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to employ teachers who are members of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and would enable current AVTEC instructional staff to remain members of the TRS after AVTEC transfers to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It also would allow future AVTEC instructional staff to become TRS members.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 194 : Liquor Delivered To Hotels/Cruise Ships
Signed Into Law! Chapter 91 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act authorizing delivery of up to two bottles of distilled spirits to a cruise ship passenger or hotel guest.

Version: HCS CS SB 194 (L&C)
Contact: Doug Letch, 465-1283
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

Senate concurred with House changes 18 to 1. SB 194 allows delivery of up to 72 oz. of beer or up to two bottles of distilled spirits in a gift basket with a floral arrangement to a cruise ship passenger or hotel guest. Current law allows only wine or champagne.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 101 KB]

SB 198 : Damages Recovered By Police/Firefighter
Signed into Law! Chapter 146 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to recovery of civil damages by a peace officer or firefighter; and providing for an effective date.

07-18-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 198 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 198 would make a distinction between negligence that is related to the reason the firefighter or peace officer is responding and negligence that is unrelated to the reason the firefighter or peace officer is responding. In the first instance, it does not allow a civil action. Instead the firefighter or peace officer must rely on the state's workers compensation system. However, in the case where injury was caused by a negligent act not related to the reason for the firefighter or peace officer's response, then-under this legislation-a civil action can be brought against the at-fault party.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 201 : Home & Respite Care: Criminal Records

Signed Into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Judiciary Committee

An Act relating to home care and respite care; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 201 (HES)
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 04-23-04: Signed Into Law

Governor signed into law April 23. Reinstates a provision in Alaska law that requires a health care provider to undergo a criminal background check before receiving state funds for delivery of home care. Corrects an error made when a cross-reference was deleted in an earlier bill.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 202 : Education Funding & Pupil Transportation
Signed into Law! Chapter 54 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Finance Committee

An Act relating to school transportation; relating to the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 202 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee SB 202 would first revise the method in which local school districts are reimbursed for pupil transportation costs. Second, it would increase the K-12 education funding per student amount to $4,169, an increase of $159.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 203 : Office Of Administrative Hearings
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee by Request

An Act relating to certain administrative hearings; and establishing the office of administrative hearings and relating to that office.

Version: HCS CS SB 203 (FIN)
Contact: Dave Stancliff, 465-3444
Action: 05-06-04: Senate Concurrence » Waiting transmittal to Gov

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes May 6. SB 203 unanimously passed the House May 5. It would separate the administrative hearing process from the agencies that write and enforce administrative law by creating a model central independent hearing office. It would also establish tighter timelines on administrative hearings and implement a code of conduct for hearing officers.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 32 KB]

SB 210 : Wage And Hour Overtime Computation
Signed into Law! Chapter 133 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act regarding the computation of overtime compensation by employers before June 2, 1999; and providing for an effective date.

07-03-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 210 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee SB 210 would once and for all, brings certainty to the interpretation of computing overtime under Alaska's Wage & Hour Act. These changes are consistent with both concerns and policy goals expressed by the Legislature in the enactment of Chapter 43, SLA 99 and official State Department of Labor practices going back to pre-statehood.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 213 : Knik Arm Bridge And Toll Authority
Signed into Law! Chapter 77 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority and relating to that authority; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 215 : Seafood And Food Safety Laboratory
Signed into Law! Chapter 79 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act giving notice of and approving the entry into and the issuance of certificates of participation for a lease-purchase agreement for a seafood and food safety laboratory facility; relating to the use of certain investment income for certain construction costs; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 216 : International Airports Revenue Bonds
Signed into Law! Chapter 78 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to international airports revenue bonds; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 219 : Offenses Against Unborn Children
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

An Act relating to offenses against unborn children.

Version: CS SB 219 (JUD) Am
Contact: Wes Keller, 465-4729
Action: 05-04-04: (H)HES » (H)JUD

It establishes the following crimes against an unborn child: murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and assault. Explicit exceptions from these crimes are made for legal abortion and for customary medical treatment. This bill also defines unborn child within the criminal statutes. Amended on the Senate floor to clarify that the new crimes do not apply to an otherwise lawful act committed by a pregnant woman against herself and her own unborn child.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 101 KB]

SB 223 : Naming The Ferry Lituya
Signed into Law! Chapter 154 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

An Act naming the state ferry first operating to serve between Metlakatla and Ketchikan; and providing for an effective date.

05-20-03 : Senate Bill 223 passed the House of Representatives Tuesday. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee SB 223 will name the first State ferry to operate between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, the "Lituya." SB 223 moves next to the governor for his signature.

SB 227 : Municipal Initiative And Referendum Elections
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to municipal initiative and referendum elections.

Version: HCS CS SB 227 (STA)
Contact: Doug Letch, 465-1283
Action: 05-11-04: House floor » (H)RLS

SB 227 requires a run-off election for mayor in a municipality with more than 100,000 people if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. It eliminates the requirement that boroughs hold a special election for initiative and referendum petitions if no regular election occurs within 75 days after the certification of the petition. It would allow boroughs to submit the matter at an already scheduled special election at least 60 days after the certification, or order a special election by ordinance.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 11 KB]

SB 241 : Appropriations: Natural Gas Development Authority
Signed into Law! Chapter 14 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act making an appropriation to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 241(FIN) AM H
Contact: Joe Balash, 465-4797
Action: 04-13-04: Governor » Signed into Law

The Governor signed SB 241 into law April 13. SB 241 appropriates $1.65 million to the Department of Revenue for work related to bringing natural gas from the North Slope to market. The appropriation lapses June 30, 2005.

| Press Release |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 255 : Illegal Use Traffic Preemption Device
Signed Into Law! Chapter 40 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act relating to traffic preemption devices.

Version: CS SB 255 (FIN)
Contact: Dennis Michel, 465-4797
Action: 06-04-04: Signed Into Law

SB 255 makes it a class A misdemeanor for anyone other than emergency response providers or select state and municipal vehicles to use a Traffic Preemption Device. Allows municipalities to decide whether to exempt public transit vehicles.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 260 : Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Signed Into Law! Chapter 119 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to metropolitan planning organizations and to establishment of a metropolitan planning organization for the Anchorage metropolitan area; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 260 (TRA)
Contact: Kristy Tibbles, 465-4993
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 260 authorizes metropolitan planning organizations under state statute. It changes the composition of the Anchorage MPO policy board by adding two public members, one appointed by the Anchorage Assembly and one by the governor, and two non-voting legislative representatives from the Anchorage area. SB 260 also streamlines the development of transportation projects for Anchorage and Fairbanks.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 264 : Repeal Pipeline Preapplication Deadline
Signed Into Law! Chapter 21 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the time limitation on the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to enter into agreements with a person or persons desiring to own an oil or natural gas pipeline proposed to be located on state land for the purposes of providing for payment of the reasonable costs incurred in preparing for activities before receipt of an application under the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 264
Contact: Janet Burleson Baxter, 465-2400
Action: 04-23-04: Signed into law

Governor signed into law April 23. Restores the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to enter into agreements for reimbursement of department costs incurred in assisting potential pipeline right-of-way lease applications in their preparation of an application under the Alaska Right-of-Way Act.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 265 : Oil & Gas Lease Sale Schedule/Notification
Signed into Law! Chapter 8 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales and to a related report to the legislature; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 265 (RES)
Contact: Janet Burleson-Baxter, 465-2400
Action: 03-17-04: Signed by Governor

The governor signed SB 265 into law March 17. It allows the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, upon notification of the Legislature, to amend at any time the sale schedule under the five-year oil and gas lease program, AS 38.05.180(b) and (c). It would also remove the current requirement that a proposed sale be on the schedule for two years before being held. Instead, a sale may not be held before the date in the amended five-year program. The amendments allow DNR to move up the earliest possible date for a proposed lease sale on the Alaska Peninsula, from 2007 under current law, to 2005.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 266 : Bristol Bay Oil & Gas Lease Sale Closure
Signed Into Law! Chapter 9 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act approving an interim classification by the commissioner of natural resources closing certain land within the area of the proposed Bristol Bay (Alaska Peninsula) competitive oil and gas areawide lease sale to oil and gas exploration licensing and shallow natural gas leasing; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 266
Contact: Janet Burleson-Baxter, 465-2400
Action: 03-17-04: Signed by Governor

The governor signed SB 266 March 17. It approves a classification that closes certain land in the Bristol Bay area to oil and gas exploration licensing and shallow natural gas leasing so the land will remain available for a proposed competitive oil and gas sale. The bill precludes exploration licensing and gas leasing only in the competitive lease sale area, and ensures the state the maximum economic benefit through bonus bids, royalties and lease terms.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 269 : Parent Access To Child's Library Records
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to access to the library records of a child by a parent or guardian.

Version: HCS CS SB 269 (JUD)
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 05-11-04: Failed House

SB 269 clarifies that parents have the right to access their minor child’s records at public libraries run by the state, a municipality, public schools and universities, and non-profit organizations.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 98 KB]

SB 270 : Avalanche Awareness Month
Signed into Law! Chapter 10 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act establishing November as Avalanche Awareness Month.

Version: SB 270 am H
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 03-24-04: Governor signed into law

The governor signed SB 270 into law March 22. It establishes November as Avalanche Awareness Month to encourage activities that increase awareness of avalanche dangers.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 273 : ASMI Board/ Seafood Taxes & Assessments
Signed Into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the seafood marketing assessment, the seafood marketing tax, and the seafood product tax; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 273 (FIN)
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 05-13-04: Signed Into Law

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes. SB 273 changes the tax structure of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and reduces the size of its board from 25 to either seven or nine members, depending on the outcome of an election. The current tax structure levies 1 percent on salmon harvesters and a voluntary .3 percent on processors for marketing. SB 273 requires an election in the Fall for processors to vote on whether to A) eliminate the ASMI assessment, B) retain the current .3 percent, or C) increase the assessment to .5 percent. If processors approve the .5 percent assessment, the 1 percent salmon marketing tax would be eliminated. If processors retain the .3 percent or eliminate the assessment, the 1 percent salmon harvester tax would be retained, and two more fisherman would be added to the ASMI board.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 113 KB]

SB 274 : Housing Programs
Signed Into Law! Chapter 134 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the housing assistance loan fund in the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; creating the housing assistance loan program; repealing loans for teacher housing and providing for loans for multi-family housing; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 274
Contact: Bryan Butcher, 330-8445
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 274 replaces the housing assistance loan fund with the housing assistance loan program, under which loans would be repaid to the Alaska Housing Finance Revolving Fund. It would also replace the restrictive provisions for teacher housing loans with more general provisions for multi-family housing.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 276 : Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association
Signed Into Law! Chapter 61 SLA 04

Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; relating to joint insurance arrangements and assessments to the association; relating to the powers of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority concerning the association; and providing for an effective date.:
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Version: HCS CS SB 276 (JUD)
Contact: Sally Saddler, 465-2500
Action: 06-16-04: Signed by Governor

SB 276 responds to the insolvency of Fremont Insurance Company, a California-based worker's compensation insurer writing about 27 percent of the policies in Alaska in 2000, and three other insolvent workers' compensation insurers. It increases the ability of the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association to pay claims of the insolvent insurers by increasing the assessment caps through 2010, and assessing all lines of coverage. It also authorizes the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to guarantee loans made to the association by commercial lenders.

SB 277 : Student Loan Programs
Signed Into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education; relating to the Alaska Student Loan Corporation; relating to bonds of the corporation; relating to loan and grant programs of the commission; relating to an exemption from the State Procurement Code regarding certain contracts of the commission or corporation; making conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 277 (FIN)
Contact: Diane Barrans, 465-6740
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

SB 277 allows the Alaska Student Loan Corporation to issue bonds using available cash flow. It establishes a needs-based grant program to be funded from corporate receipts and federal matching dollars. It also exempts from state procurement codes the ASLC and Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education contracts for guaranteeing financial aid money.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 279 : AHFC Water & Sewer Bonds
Signed Into Law! Chapter 120 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act authorizing and relating to the issuance of bonds by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for safe and clean water and hygienic sewage disposal facility capital projects and other capital projects; providing for the repayment of the bonds and bond costs; relating to the dividend paid to the state by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 279 (FIN)
Contact: Bryan Butcher, 330-8445
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 279 allows the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to issue up to $45 million in bonds to finance village water and sewer and other capital projects. It would allow direct financing of projects and provide matching funds for federal grant programs. Repayment of costs of the bonds would be offset by a reduction in AHFC's dividend to the state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 283 :Approp:Capital/Supplemental/Reapprop/CBR
Transmitted to Governor
Sponsored by Sen. Lyman Hoffman

An Act making, amending, and repealing appropriations, including capital appropriations, supplemental appropriations, reappropriations, and appropriations to capitalize funds; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: FCCS SB 283 (corrected)
Contact: Tim Grussendorf, 465-2829
Action: 06-25-04: Transmitted to Governor

A House and Senate Conference Committee approved a compromise budget package Monday evening (05/10/04) that increases K-12 education funding by $82 million, the largest single increase to education in the State's history, and provides for capital needs. Portions of the bill are contingent on a three-quarters vote of the Legislature to approve using money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve to make up possible shortfalls in the FY 04 and 05 operating budgets, and restore money to be transferred into the CBR at the end of the 2004 and 2005 fiscal years under a constitutional provision requiring that general fund sub-accounts be swept into the Budget Reserve at the end of each fiscal year.

| Bipartisan Press Release 1 |
| Bipartisan Press Release 2 |

SB 285 : Medical Assistance Coverage
Signed Into Law! Chapter 93 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to medical assistance coverage for targeted case management services and for rehabilitative services furnished or paid for by a school district on behalf of certain children; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 285
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 285 unanimously passed the House May 5. It expands medical assistance coverage for targeted case management services. It also clarifies that school districts can seek reimbursement as Medicaid providers for services provided to students for rehabilitative services.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SB 286 : Direct Marketing Fisheries Business
Signed Into Law! Chapter 147 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Bert Stedman
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to direct marketing fisheries businesses, to the fisheries business tax, and to liability for payment of taxes and assessments on the sale or transfer of fishery resources; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 286 (FIN)
Contact: Ian Fisk, 465-3873
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

SB 286 passed the House May 5 by a vote of 32 to 1. It reduces the Fisheries Business Tax on direct marketing vessels of 65 feet or less from 5 percent to 3 percent, leveling their rate to that of shore processors and Bering Sea factory trawlers. It also taxes the products of small-boat fishermen on the same value as the prevailing grounds price on which other processors base their taxes.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SB 288 : Emergency Child Custody Placement
Signed Into Law! Chapter 117 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to certain determinations concerning placement of a child in emergency custody and temporary placement hearings in child-in-need-of-aid proceedings; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 288 (JUD)
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

Conforms to federal requirements the language a judge must use at a temporary custody hearing when determining placement of a child who has previously been removed from home.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 289 : Extending The Special Ed Service Agency
Signed Into Law! Chapter 27 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act extending the termination date of the special education service agency; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 289
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 05-05-04: Signed into Law

Signed into law May 5. SB 289 unanimously passed the House April 14. It extends the Special Education Service Agency for another nine years. SESA assists schools and infant learning programs to serve children with severe disabilities.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 291 : Unstamped Cigarettes
Signed into Law! Chapter 11 SLA 2004
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act extending the transition period for activities involving unstamped cigarettes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 291
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 04-01-04: Signed Into Law

SB 291 was signed into law April 1 with an immediate effective date. It gives Alaska distributors and retailers another 90 days to dispose of cigarette inventories that do not have a tax stamp. The cigarettes must have been in the state prior to January 1, 2004, the effective date of the bill that required the stamp.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 295 : Extend Navigable Waters Commission
Signed Into Law! Chapter 41 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act extending the termination date of the Navigable Waters Commission for Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 295
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-4797
Action: 06-04-04: Signed Into Law

Extends the life of the Joint Federal and State Navigable Waters Commission for Alaska until 2006. The commission’s purpose is to expedite the title process to the state’s submerged lands, to determine which bodies of water are navigable or non-navigable, and to recommend ways to improve the water navigability determination process and quickly clear title to the state’s submerged lands.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 299 : Bad Check Charge
Signed Into Law! Chapter 77 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act relating to a charge for a bad check.

Version: HCS SB 299 (JUD) Am H
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

Imposes a fee up to a maximum of $30 for a bounced check. This more accurately reflects the cost of collecting on bad checks and removes the creditor’s burden of documenting “costs incurred.” The fee under current statute is a maximum of $25.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 300 : Attorney's Lien
Signed Into Law! Chapter 149 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Bert Stedman

An Act relating to an attorney's lien, to court actions, and to other proceedings where attorneys are employed.

Version: HCS CS SB 300 (JUD)
Contact: Miles Baker, 465-3873
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes May 5. SB 300 unanimously passed the House May 3. It prevents the Internal Revenue Service from double taxing award fees passed on to an attorney by clarifying that those fees are the attorney's income.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 301 : Pioneers' Homes/Veterans' Homes
Signed Into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Pioneers' Home, and the Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to eligibility for admission to the Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to state veterans' home facilities; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 301 (FIN) Am H
Contact: Sherry Hill, 465-3030
Action: 06-15-04: Signed Into Law

Authorizes the establishment of an Alaska Veterans' Home and allows the Department of Health and Social Services to require home residents to apply for other state or federally sponsored programs that could reduce the amount of assistance. The bill designates the Pioneer Home in Palmer as the State veterans' home. The House adopted a Senate letter of intent that the State continue to maintain a Pioneers' Home waiting list for the Palmer home and that the home have an occupancy of 75 percent veterans and 25 percent from the waiting list. The House increased the monthly stipend that indigent residents receive, increased the minimum level of allowable assets, and required the State to conduct annual unannounced licensing inspections. The House also adopted a letter of intent that the bill shall not reduce the number of non-veteran Pioneers' Home residents living in Pioneers' Homes statewide.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 305 : Asserting State Title To Submerged Land
Signed Into Law! Chapter 42 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act relating to state ownership of submerged land underlying water that was navigable at the time Alaska achieved statehood.

Version: HCS SB 305 (FIN)
Contact: Joe Balash, 465-4797
Action: 06-04-04: Signed Into Law

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes May 6. It outlines the state's position on the ownership of submerged lands and requires the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources to compile a list of navigable waters.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 309 : Blood Pathogens Testing Of Prisoners
Signed Into Law! Chapter 142 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act relating to testing the blood of prisoners and those in custody for bloodborne pathogens.

Version: HCS CS SB 309 (JUD)
Contact: Kurt Olson, 465-2828
Action: 06-30-04: Signed Into Law

SB 309 allows for the testing of prisoners for blood borne pathogens in the event a correctional officer is exposed to blood or other bodily fluids. Testing is subject to confidentiality provisions with penalties for unauthorized disclosure.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 315 : Entry Permit Buy-Back Program
Signed Into Law! Chapter 51 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the administration of commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs.

Version: SB 315
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 06-09-04: Signed Into Law

SB 315 modifies existing law governing commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs by allowing the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to “front fund” a buy-back program if an appropriation were received. These funds would be repaid by fishermen who are engaged in a buy-back program.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 316 : Seat Belt Violation As Primary Offense
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde

An Act relating to motor vehicle safety belt violations.

Version: HCS CS SB 316 (TRA)
Contact: Lauren Wickersham, 465-4843
Action: 05-05-04: (H)JUD » (H)RLS

Allows police officers and state troopers to pull over individuals who are not wearing their seatbelt on municipal, state and federal highways.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 101 KB]

SB 322 : Salmon Enhancement Tax
Signed Into Law! Chapter 52 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the rate of the salmon enhancement tax.

Version: SB 322
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 06-09-04: Signed Into Law

SB 322 offers flexibility for Regional Aquaculture Associations by adding tax rates of 30, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 percent to the salmon enhancement tax that the fishermen may impose on themselves. Under current law fishermen may self-assess 1, 2 or 3 percent of the value of their harvest for the purpose of funding the operation of their regional aquaculture associations.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SB 323 : Workers Compensation And Contractors
Signed Into Law! Chapter 80 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to a project owner's liability for workers' compensation and the exclusiveness of liability for workers' compensation.

Version: CS SB 323 (JUD) Am H
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 06-17-04: Signed Into Law

SB 323revises the Workers’ Compensation Act as it applies to contractors and subcontractors. It extends responsibility for payment of workers’ compensation up the chain of contracts to include project owners, and bars injured parties who are receiving benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act from “double dipping” via a tort liability claim.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 327 : Rollerbladers Regulated Like Bicycles
Signed Into Law! Chapter 81 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to pedestrians using rollerblades, roller skates, and similar devices.

Version: CS SB 327 (STA)Am H
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 06-17-04: Signed Into Law

SB 327 legalizes the use of roller-skis on the same public roadways where bicycles are allowed.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 328 : National Forest Income Program/DCED Regs
Signed Into Law! Chapter 150 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Bert Stedman

An Act relating to the national forest income program in the Department of Community and Economic Development and to the authority of the department to adopt regulations; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CSSSSB 328 (CRA)
Contact: Dick Coose, 465-3873
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

SB 328 makes statutory changes required for the Department of Community and Economic Development to disburse National Forest Receipts in accordance with the federal act providing these funds. National Forest Receipts are distributed to the State for schools and roads within the boundary of the national forest in which they are collected. Amended in committee to define the student “average daily membership” for the purpose of distributing forest receipts within unorganized boroughs.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 329 : Nuisance Moose
Signed Into Law! Chapter 72 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde by Request

An Act relating to control of nuisance moose.

Version: CS SB 329 (RES) Am H
Contact: Karen McCarthy, 465-4843
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

SB 329 instructs the Commissioner of the Department of Fish & Game to avoid destruction of nuisance moose if a practicable alternative exists for the relocation of the moose to suitable habitat. Allows the commissioner to authorize one or more private individuals or groups to relocate nuisance moose to suitable habitat under certain circumstances. Requires the relocator to cover the cost of relocation. SB 329 also makes sure darts containing narcotics used to tranquilize moose, shall be recovered and properly disposed.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 32 KB]

SB 338 : Claims Against State Employees
Signed Into Law! Chapter 94 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to actionable claims against state employees; relating to the state's defense and indemnification of its employees and former employees with respect to claims arising out of conduct that is within the scope of employment; amending the Public Employment Relations Act regarding claims against the state or state employees; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 338 (STA)
Contact: Dave Marquez, 465-2132
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 338 incorporates a core concept of the Federal Tort Claims Act by converting claims against state employees acting within the scope of their employment into claims against the state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 344 : Trusts/Estates/Property Transfers
Signed Into Law! Chapter 82 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to the Uniform Probate Code and trusts, including pleadings, orders, nonprobate assets, estates of decedents, minors, protected persons, incapacitated persons, guardians, conservators, trustees, foreign trusts, principal and income, and transfer restrictions; relating to corporate voting trusts; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 344 (JUD) Am H
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 06-17-04: Signed Into Law

SB 344 makes a host of technical revisions to Alaska's trust and estate laws, including updating provisions relating to virtual representation, clarifying when a trustee can be relieved of liability and adding provisions that other jurisdictions have adopted.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 347 : Commercial Fishing Moratoria, including AK Gulf
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens by Request

New title from Cheryl as of 03-05-04 -->An Act relating to moratoria on entry of new participants or vessels into a commercial fishery; relating to vessel permits for, and the establishment of a moratorium on entry of new vessels into, state Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 347 (RES)
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 03-19-04: Senate Floor » House after Reconsideration

SB 347 unanimously passed the Senate March 19 and was noticed for reconsideration. It establishes a temporary moratorium on entry of new vessels into the state groundfish fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska and adjacent state marine water to promote conservation of the resource; give the state the opportunity to plan for the consequences of federal management of the groundfish fisheries of the United States exclusive economic zone off Alaska; and minimize hardship on fishermen by grandfathering those vessels that meet eligibility criteria while limiting the growth of the state groundfish fishery during the period of the temporary moratorium.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 102 KB]

SB 348 : Approve Flint Hills Royalty Oil Sale
Signed into Law! Chapter 6 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act approving the sale of royalty oil by the State of Alaska to Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC, and Flint Hills Resources, LLC; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 348 (FIN)
Contact: Joe Balash, 465-4797
Action: 03-10-04: Signed into Law

The governor signed SB 348 into law March 9. It grants legislative approval to a contract for the sale of state royalty oil to Flint Hills Resources. The terms of the contract will result in increased state revenues of $2.6 million to $8.4 million.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SB 351 : APOC Reports: Forms & Electronic Filing
Signed Into Law! Chapter 155 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee

An Act requiring the Alaska Public Offices Commission to accept documents by nonelectronic means, and specifying the manner of preparing the forms that are provided by the commission.

Version: HCS CS SB 351 (STA)
Contact: Kim Carnot, 465-6600
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

SB 351 broadens the acceptable format for filing mandatory reports with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. Specifically, while electronic filing may be encouraged, APOC shall continue to accept paper filing from those who do not want to take advantage of electronic filing opportunities. Standardizes the format of APOC forms for ease of completion by the filer.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 353 : No Child Care In Fairbanks Courthouse
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Finance Committee

An Act relating to repealing a requirement for a day-care facility in the Fairbanks courthouse; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 353
Contact: Darwin Peterson, 465-1881
Action: 03-15-04: Senate Floor » House

SB 353 unanimously passed the Senate March 15. It repeals a section of Ch. 92, SLA 1986, which required the Court System to provide a day-care facility in the Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks for the use of employees, jurors and witnesses. Legislation passed in 1986 authorized construction of a new courthouse and required a day-care facility. The Court issued a request for proposals, but it was non-responsive because a private day-care facility is already located within two blocks of the new courthouse. With no need for the day-care facility, SB 353 proposes to repeal the statutory requirement, for a general fund savings of $350,000.

| Sponsor Statement | Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page(s) - 102 KB]

SB 357 : Insurance
Signed Into Law! Chapter 96 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce

An Act relating to the regulation of insurance, insurance licenses, qualifications of insurance producers, surplus lines, fraud investigations, electronic transactions, and compliance with federal law and national standards; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 357 (FIN)
Contact: Linda Hall, 465-2560
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

Referred to as the Insurance Omnibus Bill, SB 357 contains numerous changes to Title 21 to conform state statutes to federal law and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model acts, and to update procedures and transactions. Adopted Finance letter of intent

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 5 Page - 43 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 358 : Alaska Railroad Track Work
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Sen. Transportation

An Act relating to the performance of railroad track construction work for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities by the Alaska Railroad Corporation.

Version: SB 358
Contact: Richard Schmitz, 465-4921
Action: 05-05-04: House » Waiting transmittal to Gov

SB 358 unanimously passed the House May 5. It gives the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities flexibility in working with the Alaska Railroad on construction projects involving track construction by allowing the Railroad to perform the work under an agreement with DOT.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 32 KB]

SB 373 : Physician Interns And Residents
Signed Into Law! Chapter 73 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Health, Education & Social Services Committee

An Act relating to residency and internship permits issued by the State Medical Board; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 373
Contact: Jason Hooley, 465-3762
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

SB 373 passed the Senate May 3 by a vote of 38 to 1. It extends residency and internship permits issued by the State Medical Board for residents participating in the Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI) Family Practice Residency program from 18 months to 36 months.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 32 KB]

SB 382 : Eminent Domain/Replatting Of Boundary Changes
Signed Into Law! Chapter 32 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Transportation Committee

An Act relating to replat approval; relating to the platting of right-of-way acquired through eminent domain proceedings; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 382 (CRA) Am H
Contact: Mary Jackson, 465-2828
Action: 05-24-04: Signed Into Law

SB 382 clarifies an ambiguity in existing eminent domain law that unnecessarily limits municipalities in their consideration of replat approval petitions. Authorizes municipalities to adopt replat approval procedures targeted specifically to the eminent domain process.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 78 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SCR 1 : Support Roads/Hot Springs Loop Road
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 9
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

Relating to economic development generated by new road construction and to the design and construction of the Hot Springs Loop Road to connect Chena Hot Springs and Circle Hot Springs.

04-09-03 : The Senate concurred with the House amendment for Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 by a vote of 14 to five on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken (R-Fairbanks), SCR 1 encourages new economic development generated by new road construction.
Permanently Filed: 04-24-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 4 : Avalanche Awareness Month
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 7
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

Relating to Avalanche Awareness Month.

04-04-03 : Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 moved out of the House of Representatives Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SCR 4 would proclaim November 2003 as Avalanche Awareness month.
Permanently Filed: 04-24-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 5 : Sobriety Awareness Month: March 2003
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 2
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

Relating to declaring March 2003 as Sobriety Awareness Month.

02-24-03 : Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 passed the House of Representatives Monday, following a unanimous floor vote. SCR 5 recognizes March as "Sobriety Awareness Month," and has been enacted every year since 1995."
Permanently Filed: 04-24-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 7 : Suspend Uniform Rules For HB 71
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 10
Sponsored by the Sen. Finance Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 71, relating to the Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives.

SCR 9 : Suspend Uniform Rules For HB 52
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 18
Sponsored by the Sen. State Affairs Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 52, relating to the forfeiture of certain property used in certain crimes.

SCR 12 : Borough Incorporation: Unorg Areas
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

Requesting the Local Boundary Commission to consider borough incorporation for certain unorganized areas.

Version: SCR 12
Contact: Sheila Peterson, 465-2872
Action: 04-05-04: (S)Floor » (H)Floor

SCR 12 passed the Senate April 5 by a vote of 11 to 9 and was noticed for reconsideration. It requests the Local Boundary Commission to consider borough incorporation for four areas of the state: Upper Tanana Basin Model Borough, Copper River Basin Model Borough, Glacier Bay Model Borough and Chatham Region Model Borough. These four areas of the state were identified in a February 2003 report by the LBC entitled "Unorganized Areas of Alaska that Meet Borough Incorporation Standards," as meeting the existing standards for borough incorporation. Details regarding establishment of each borough would be included in the recommendation. The recommended incorporations would be adopted unless the legislature disapproves them within 45 days after they are submitted.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 132 KB]

SCR 13 : Canned Salmon for Prisoners
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 31
Sponsored by Sen. Georgianna Lincoln

Encouraging the Department of Corrections to provide canned Alaska pink salmon to inmates of the Alaska prison system.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 4 KB]

SCR 14 : 40-Hour Work Week For State Employees
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

Relating to requesting the Governor to negotiate a 40-hour workweek with state employees.

SCR 15 : Suspend Uniform Rules For HB 229
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 32
Sponsored by the Sen. Finance Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 229, relating to special medical parole and to prisoners who are severely medically or cognitively disabled.

SCR 16 : Suspend Uniform Rules For HB 232
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 33
Sponsored by the Sen. Finance Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 232, relating to mercury classics.

SCR 18 : Suspend Uniform Rules For HB 195
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 34
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 195, relating to the state health insurance plan.

SCR 19 : Supporting Fisheries Education
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 41
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force

Relating to the support of fisheries education, training, and research and encouraging collaborative efforts between the state, the University of Alaska, and other educational institutions to provide fisheries education programs.

Version: SCR 19
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 04-14-04: Transmitted to Governor

SCR 19 unanimously passed the House April 6. It supports a recommendation from the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force to promote fisheries education and collaboration between the University of Alaska and other institutions to provide seafood education and training programs.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SCR 21 : Sobriety Awareness Month: March 2004
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 36
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

Relating to declaring March 2004 as Sobriety Awareness Month.

Version: SCR 21
Contact: Shannon Kempton, 465-4993
Action: Permanently Filed - Legis Resolve 36

SCR 21 declares March 2004 as Sobriety Awareness Month.

SCR 23 : Recess For More Than 3 Days In April
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 40
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

Authorizing a recess by the Senate and the House of Representatives for a period of more than three days, those days being April 9, 10, 11, and 12 of 2004.

Version: SCR 23
Action: 04-05-04: (H)Floor » Governor

SCR 23 unanimously passed the House April 5. It authorizes a recess by the Senate and House for April 9 through 12, 2004.

SJR 4 : Endorsing ANWR Leasing
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 4
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

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.

02-26-03 : The House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 4 on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai), SJR 4 would urge the United States Congress to pass legislation opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development and production.
SJR 4 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 5 : Destroy Brady Bill Records
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 21
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Urging the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.

05-16-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 5 moved out of the House of Representatives Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai), SJR 5 would urge the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 7 : Vancouver's Bid For 2010 Winter Games
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 11
Sponsored by the Sen. World Trade & St./Fed. Relations Committee

Expressing support for Vancouver, British Columbia's, bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games.

04-14-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 7 passed out of the House of Representatives Monday. Sponsored by the World Trade and State/Federal Relations committee, SJR 7 expresses support for Vancouver, British Columbia's, bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games.
SJR 7 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 8 : Division Of 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 35
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

Relating to the division of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

05-17-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 8 moved out of the House of Representatives Saturday. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SJR 8 would endorse legislation introduced in the 106th and 107th Congress by Senators Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski that would split the Ninth Circuit Court in two. The reconfigured Ninth would encompass Arizona, California and Nevada. The new Twelfth Circuit Court would take in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington (as well as the Northern Marianas and Guam).

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 9 : Supporting Members Of Military
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 6
Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde

Expressing confidence in and support for all members of the military, their families, and employers of members of the National Guard.

03-28-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 9 unanimously passed the House of Representatives Friday, just hours before a large rally in front of the capitol to honor and support our troops fight for the liberation of Iraq and the security of our country. Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde (R-Anchorage), SJR 9 expresses confidence in and support for all members of the military, their families, and employers of members of the National Guard.
SJR 9 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 10 : Pledge Of Allegiance Resolution
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 20
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

Relating to the Pledge of Allegiance.

05-14-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 10 passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SJR 10 would express the support of the Alaska State Legislature for the review of Newdow vs. U.S. Congress by the United States Supreme Court and of our firm belief of the principles and ideals stated in our nation's Pledge of Allegiance.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 12 : Supporting Halibut By-Catch Project
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 14
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

Supporting the halibut by-catch utilization project of the Alaska Food Coalition.

04-30-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 12, was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), SJR 12 would respond to the Alaska Food Coalition's on-going efforts to help those less fortunate with much needed food assistance.
SJR 12 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 14 : FAA Flight Service Stations
Passed Legislature! Transmitted to Governor
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

Requesting the Federal Aviation Administration to fully staff and maintain flight service stations in Alaska.

Version: SJR 14
Contact: Haven Harris, 465-3707
Action: 05-05-04: House Floor » Waiting Transmittal to Governor

SJR 14 unanimously passed the House May 4. It requests the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain the current 206 flight service station controllers in order to properly staff all flight service stations in Alaska.

| Sponsor Statement |
[PDF - 1 Page - 10 KB]

SJR 16 : End Federal Ethanol Subsidy
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 22
Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde

Encouraging the federal government to end the federal subsidy of ethanol, and requesting the Congress of the United States to mandate that land currently used to grow corn for the production of ethanol be returned to its natural state.

05-17-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 16, was moved out of the House of Representatives Saturday. Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde (R-Anchorage), SJR 16 is meant to send a message to those United States Senators who support the environmentalists' viewpoint. They believe that saving 2,000 acres in Alaska is worth more than Alaskan jobs and Alaskans' right to develop our state in the manner we see fit.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 17 : Alaska-Yukon Intergov Relations Accord
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 19
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

Relating to the Alaska-Yukon Intergovernmental Relations Accord, to annual legislative exchanges, and to continuing intergovernmental work on matters of joint concern and mutual interest.

SJR 25 : Flooding And Erosion Control Assistance
Passed Legislature! Transmitted to Governor
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

Recommending that certain federal funding restrictions be eased so that more villages in Alaska would qualify for assistance relating to flooding and erosion.

Version: SJR 25
Contact: Haven Harris, 465-3707
Action: 06-29-04: Transmitted to Governor

Unanimously passed the House May 6 and was noticed for reconsideration. It urges the federal government to ease the strict cost and benefit analysis rules associated with federal assistance for flood and erosion damage so that more villages in Alaska would qualify.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 9 KB]

SJR 26 : Salmon Enhancement In Wilderness Areas
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 37
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Requesting the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Department of Justice to appeal the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in The Wilderness Society v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service and to seek an emergency stay of the decision pending an appeal of the decision to the United States Supreme Court.

Version: CS SJR 26 (RES)
Contact: Amy Seitz, 465-2828
Action: 04-05-04: Governor » Permanently Filed

SJR 26 asks the Interior Department and the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in The Wilderness Society v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It also asks for a temporary emergency stay of the decision to allow the project to continue this year while the decision is under appeal.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SJR 27 : Submerged Land Title Disputes
Passed Legislature! Leg Resolve 45
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

Relating to the resolution of submerged land title disputes.

Version: SJR 27
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 06-04-04: Permanently filed

SJR 27 encourages the Interior Secretary to continue recording disclaimers of interest (statements that the federal government has no stake in the property); requests federal participation in the Joint Navigable Waters Commission for Alaska; and recommends amendment of the federal Quiet Title Act.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SJR 31 : Federal Funding For Education
Transmitted to Gov.
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

Relating to urging the United States Congress to compensate the State of Alaska for the effect of federal land ownership on the state\'s ability to fund public education.

Version: CS SJR 31 (STA)
Contact: Tom Maher, 465-4920
Action: 06-25-04: Transmitted to Governor

SJR 31 unanimously passed the House May 5. It urges the United States Congress to appropriate just compensation to the State of Alaska for the effect of federal land ownership on the state's ability to fund public education.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 103 KB]

SR 1 : Senate Special Committee: World Trade & State/Federal Relations
Passed Senate! Sen. Resolve 1
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

Establishing a Senate Special Committee on World Trade and State/Federal Relations.

SR 2 : Ronald Reagan Day
Passed Senate! Senate Resolve 2
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

Recognizing February 6, 2004, as Ronald Reagan Day in Alaska.

Version:
Contact:
Action: 07-16-04:


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