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Senator Rick Halford
District M - Republican

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State Capitol, Room 121
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-4958
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PO Box 670190
Chugiak, AK 99567-0190
Phone: (907) 694-4958
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Elected to the House 1978, 1980
Elected to the Senate 1982, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996


Paul Houston 465-4958 (Jan-May)
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Juli Lucky 465-4958 (Jan-May)
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Born: September 17, 1944 - Boston, Massachusetts
Residency: 32 years in Alaska

Wife - Rona
Three Daughters - Stacy, Katy and Tina
Two Sons - Kellen and Alec
One Grandson - Trever

Occupation: Commercial Pilot and Owner/Operator of Halford Guide Service
Special Interests: Flying, Hunting, Fishing and Building
Education: Kings College; Alaska Methodist University, BA (History/Political Science, Economics)
Military Service: Alaska Air National Guard: 1968 - 1975
Government Service: Alaska State House of Representatives: 1978 -1982

Alaska State Senate: 1983 - Present

Senate President: 1993 - 1994

Senate Majority Leader: 1985-87, 1989, 1991-92, 1995-96

Senate Minority Leader: 1983 - 1984

Present Committee Appointments: Resources, Transportation and Legislative Budget & Audit

House Majority Leader: 1981 - 1982

Committee Appointments: Resources, Commerce, Oil and Gas, Alaska Lands Oversight, Roads and Highways, Subsistence

Awards & Recognitions:

  • 1999 Legislator of the Year Award - Safari Club International
  • 1996 Wildlife Conservation Legislator of the Year Award - Alaska Outdoor Council
  • 1996 NRA "Defender of Freedom" Award
  • 1992 Outstanding Republican State Senator - Republican Party of Alaska
  • 1990 Wildlife Conservation Legislator of the Year Award - Alaska Outdoor Council
  • 1988 Outstanding Legislator of the Year - Phi Delta Kappa (Professional Educators Organization)
  • 1987 Standing Together Against Rape - Outstanding Legislator
  • 1987 Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Award
  • 1986/87 Bear Paw Festival Award
  • 1985 Outstanding Service Award - Human Rights and Equal Justice
  • 1985 "Polished Apple Award" - NEA Alaska
  • 1984 Commitment to Education School Board Award
  • 1979 AK Wildlife Federation Sportsman's Council Award
  • Appreciation Award - Chugiak Senior Citizen Center
  • 1979 Outstanding New Legislator - Anchorage Times

Present Memberships & Organizations:

  • Chugiak/Eagle River Chamber of Commerce
  • Chugiak/Eagle River Historical Society
  • Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
  • National Rifle Association - Life Member
  • Alaska Airmen's Association - Life Member
  • Alaska Boating Association
  • Alaska Outdoor Council

Previous Memberships & Organizations:

  • State Legislative Leaders Foundation - Director
  • Energy Council - Executive Committee
  • Citizens' Advisory Council on Federal Areas (1983- 1993)
  • Governor's Interim Commission on Children/Youth
  • National Conference of State Legislators
  • Chugiak/Eagle River Chamber of Commerce - Vice President
  • Chugiak Benefit Association

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Press Releases

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Prime Sponsor of the Following Legislation

SB 2 : An Act providing for civil commitment of sexually violent predators.
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SB 3 : Passed! Chapter 54, SLA 1999 An Act relating to the crimes of murder, solicitation to commit murder in the first degree, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide; relating to homicides of children; and relating to the crime of interference with custody of a child or incompetent person.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 4 :Vetoed by Governor An Act relating to establishing an office of victims' rights; relating to compensation of victims of violent crimes; relating to eligibility for a permanent fund dividend for persons convicted of and incarcerated for certain offenses; and amending Rule 16, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 9, Alaska Delinquency Rules, and Rule 501, Alaska Rules of Evidence.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 13 : An Act relating to assessment of discrete salmon stocks and to discrete salmon stock assessment surcharges.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 45 : Passed! Chapter 94, SLA 1999 An Act relating to tort immunity for personal injuries or death occurring on land; relating to the vacation by the state or a municipality of rights-of-way acquired by the state under former 43 U.S.C. 932; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 68 : An Act relating to cooperation with federal programs relating to management of fish and game.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 171 : Passed! Chapter 59, SLA 1999 An Act relating to the release of certain records and reports required by the Department of Fish and Game regarding fish, shellfish, or fishery products and reports of fish buyers and processors; relating to the transfer of certain land within the McNeil River State Game Refuge and McNeil River State Game Sanctuary to the state; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 5 : Passed! Legislative Resolve 3 Opposing the closure of the former Mount McKinley portions of Denali National Park and Preserve to snowmachine use.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 34 : Legislative Resolve 54 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to certain public corporations.
| Sponsor Statement |

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Co-Sponsor of the Following Legislation

HB 3 : Passed! Chapter 73, SLA 2000 An Act relating to controlled substances and to the possession of certain chemicals; and providing for an effective date.
HB 37 : Passed! Chapter 87, SLA 2000 An Act relating to restricting sale of cigarettes, to enforcement of certain laws relating to sales of cigarettes, and to smoking education and cessation programs administered by the Department of Health and Social Services.
HB 80 : Passed! Chapter 7, SLA 1999 An Act relating to a state employment preference for certain members of the Alaska National Guard.
HB 116 : Passed! Chapter 81, SLA 2000 An Act relating to the Board of Agriculture and Conservation, to the director of agriculture, to the agricultural revolving loan fund and to loans from the fund, to the disposal of interests in state agricultural land; and providing for an effective date.
HB 180 : Passed! Chapter 32, SLA 2000 An Act relating to the manufacture, use, display, or delivery of controlled substances while children are present.
HB 191 : An Act relating to charter schools.
HB 238 : Passed! Chapter 127, SLA 2000 An Act establishing a federal tax obligation loan program under the commercial fishing loan program; and providing for an effective date.
HB 253 : Passed! Chapter 114, SLA 2000 An Act relating to a school disciplinary and safety program; and providing for an effective date.
HB 288 : Passed! Chapter 67, SLA 2000 An Act relating to the creation of an aggravating factor for the commission of domestic violence in the physical presence or hearing of a child.
HB 372 : Passed! Chapter 103, SLA 2000 An Act relating to criminal sentencing and restitution.
HB 392 : Passed! Chapter 45, SLA 2000 An Act relating to continuances for temporary custody hearings that follow emergency custody of a child; and amending Rule 10, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules.
HCR 11 : Legislative Resolve 31 Relating to substance abuse treatment for offenders in the criminal justice system.
HCR 15 : Legislative Resolve 32 Requesting the governor to proclaim March 2000 as Developmental Disability Awareness Month.
HJR 11 : Passed! Legislative Resolve 8 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.
HJR 36 : Passed! Legislative Resolve 18 Relating to rejecting the conclusions in a recent article published by the American Psychological Association that suggests that sexual relationships between adults and children might be positive for children; and urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to similarly reject these conclusions.
HJR 54 : Legislative Resolve 37 Relating to urging the exclusion of national forests in Alaska from President Clinton's proposal for withdrawal of roadless areas in the national forest system.
SB 43 : An Act making a special appropriation from the earnings reserve account to the principal of the permanent fund; and providing for an effective date.
SB 53 : An Act relating to a state employment preference for certain members of the Alaska National Guard.
SB 77 : Passed! Chapter 17, SLA 1999 An Act prohibiting certain civil actions against firearms or ammunition manufacturers and dealers.
SB 95 : An Act relating to the combination of grades that constitute junior high, middle, or secondary school.
SB 134 : Passed! Chapter 34, SLA 1999 An Act authorizing the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to determine the amount of and to collect a charge for operating wells subject to the commission's jurisdiction, and to allocate expenses of investigation and hearing; authorizing the commission to employ additional professional staff; repealing the oil and gas conservation tax; and providing for an effective date.
SB 231 : Passed! Chapter 22, SLA 2000 An Act naming the Alaska Native Veterans' Honor Bridge.
SB 268 : Passed! Chapter 49, SLA 2000 An Act relating to mandatory 99-year terms of imprisonment for persons convicted of certain murders.
SCR 9 : Relating to the state's interest in oil and gas company mergers and establishing a Joint Special Committee on Mergers as a joint committee of the legislature.
SJR 6 : 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.
SJR 25 : Passed! Legislative Resolve 27 Relating to voluntary school prayer.
SJR 28 : Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the appropriation limit.
SJR 31 : Relating to subsistence activities of urban Alaska Natives under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
SJR 35 : Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska to guarantee the permanent fund dividend, to provide for inflation proofing, and to require a vote of the people before changing the statutory formula for distribution that existed on January 1, 2000.
SR 1 : Passed! Senate Resolve 1 Relating to declaring March 1999 as Sobriety Awareness Month.
SR 2 : Passed! Senate Resolve 2 Dedicating the Terry Miller Gallery of the Chamber of the Alaska Senate to Cliff Groh.

Archive of Past Legislation

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Senate Resources Committee Legislation

SB 175 : Passed! Chapter 74, SLA 2000 An Act relating to state mining law, to methods of locating mining claims, to the granting of larger mining claims using a legal subdivision based on rectangular survey descriptions, and to mandatory rental payments for prospecting rights.
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SB 226 : An Act relating to stranded gas pipeline carriers and to the intrastate regulation by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska of pipelines and pipeline facilities of stranded gas pipeline carriers.
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SB 300 : An Act relating to services and information available to pregnant women and other persons; and requiring informed consent and a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion may be performed unless there is a medical emergency.
SB 308 : An Act relating to certain passenger vessels operating in the marine waters of the state.
SCR 18 : Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 114, relating to the taking of antlerless moose.
SCR 22 : Legislative Resolve 50 Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 446, relating to the power cost equalization fund, other funds, and power projects.
SJR 17 : Requesting that the National Marine Fisheries Service and the United States Congress act immediately to reverse the decline of the Cook Inlet beluga whale population and to regulate the harvest of the beluga whales in Cook Inlet until the beluga whale population has recovered.

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Merger Committee

Report Issued by Committee

  • Final Report, 01-25-00.
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Documents Referred to in Final Report

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