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20th Legislature
19th Legislature · 21st Legislature


Accomplishments

Budget Reform

Continuing to Implement the Five-Year Plan:
  • The Republican-led Majority accomplished its Year Three Goal, of the overall goal to reduce spending $250 million by the fifth year, by reducing spending $180 million thus far.
  • This Year Three Goal was obtained by reducing the size of state government - less spending, lower taxes, narrowing the state's fiscal gap, increasing revenues through continued economic and resource development, and protecting both the Permanent Fund and the Constitutional Budget Reserve Fund.
Results Based Budgeting:
  • The Republican-led Majority changed the budget process to a Results-Based approach requiring state government to focus on delivering results for Alaskans. The Legislature worked with state agencies to develop mission statements that will serve as performance benchmarks in the next budget cycle. By focussing on performance, the Legislature will be able to measure the success or failure of programs and ensure accountability within the bureaucracy.
SB 76 : Sponsored by Senator Sean Parnell : An Act relating to long-term plans of certain state agencies and recommendations regarding elimination of duplication in state agency functions.
| Sponsor Statement |
Children - Our Number 1 Priority:
  • Protecting Alaska's Children was the Republican-led Majority's top priority this year. We put backbone in child protection laws, secured almost $5.6 million in federal Medicaid funds for children, and passed a budget that adds millions to child protection programs. There is money for more foster parents and more front lince social workers as well as training for both. Money for legal services will facilitate quicker transition from foster care to premanent adoption for children who need loving families. New troopers have been authorized to assist in child abuse investigations.
  • Our budget adds $80 million dollars to child protection programs. There is money for more front line social workers, more foster parents and training for both. It includes money for legal services that will facilitate quicker transition from foster care to permanent adoption for children who need loving families; and an additional $150,000 was funded for childhood immunizations.
  • This budget adds money for new troopers to assist in child abuse prevention and investigation. Funding for the courts was also increased to help respond to child abuse cases.
Funding Education:
  • The Republican-led Majority is committed to reforming education, giving Alaska's children an equal opportunity to learn and succeed, and giving parents greater control, choice and involvement in the education system.
  • The Majority implemented Teacher Tenure reform in 1996. In 1997, we passed legislation to establish measurable standards for teachers and students. The education package also made education more accessible to Alaskans by expanding education alternatives including boarding and charter schools. This year, we undertook the daunting task of fixing the way Alaska pays for education, repairing old schools, and building new facilities to accommodate Alaska's growing student population.
SB 36 : Sponsored by Senator Randy Phillips : An Act relating to public schools; relating to the definition of a school district, to the transportation of students, to employment of chief school administrators, to school district layoff plans, to the special education service agency, and to the child care grant program; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement | Talking Points | Summary |
| Public School Funding History |

Protecting Alaska's Children

Safeguarding Our Children:

HB 335 : Sponsored by Representative Con Bunde : An Act replacing the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act; and amending Rules 4 and 62, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rule 205, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure.
HB 375 : Sponsored by Representative Fred Dyson : An Act relating to children-in-need-of-aid matters and proceedings; relating to child abuse and neglect; relating to kidnapping and the crime of endangering the welfare of a child; relating to sentencing for certain crimes; relating to the state medical examiner and reviews of child fatalities; relating to modification of child support orders by the child support enforcement agency; relating to access to, confidentiality of, and release of certain information concerning children, child abuse and neglect, and child fatalities; authorizing the Department of Health and Social Services to enter into an interstate compact concerning adoption and medical assistance for certain children with special needs; relating to the review of cases involving certain children who are in the custody of the state; authorizing the establishment of multidisciplinary child protection teams and relating to their duties; relating to persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect; relating to foster care and foster parents; relating to access to certain criminal justice information and licensure of certain child care facilities; amending Rule 218, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and amending Rules 3, 7, 10, 15, 18, 19, and 22, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 323 : Sponsored by Senator Drue Pearce : An Act relating to sexual offenses, to those who commit sexual offenses, and to registration of sex offenders; amending Rule 6(r)(2), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

Ensuring Our Children's Health:

HB 189 : Sponsored by Representative John Cowdery : An Act relating to sale, gift, exchange, or distribution of tobacco and tobacco products.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 369 : Sponsored by House Rules Committee by Request of the Governor : An Act relating to Medicaid coverage for certain eligible children and pregnant women; relating to primary care case management and managed care services as optional services under the Medicaid program; relating to premiums and cost- sharing contributions under the Medicaid program; and providing for an effective date.
SB 117 : Sponsored by Senator Dave Donley : An Act relating to an infant care curriculum in the public school system.
| Sponsor Statement |

Excellence in Education

Measurable Standards:

HB 145 : Sponsored by House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee : An Act relating to certification of teachers; and providing for an effective date.
HB 146 : Sponsored by House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee: An Act relating to competency testing requirements for secondary students; and providing for an effective date.

Alternative Schooling:

HB 147 : Sponsored by House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee: An Act relating to the expenses of housing nonresident charter school students; relating to authorizing charter school programs to provide domiciliary and other services to nonresident charter school students; relating to duties of the state Board of Education; and relating to the establishment of state boarding schools.
HB 158 : Sponsored by Representative Fred Dyson : An Act relating to attendance at a public school on a part-time basis.
| Sponsor Statement | Letter of Support |
SB 134 : Sponsored by Senator Loren Leman : An Act relating to home schooling for elementary and secondary students.
| Sponsor Statement |

Safe Neighborhoods and Child Protection

Juvenile Offenders:

HB 16 : Sponsored by Representative Pete Kelly : An Act relating to delinquent minors, to the taking of action based on the alleged criminal misconduct of certain minors, to the services to be provided to the victims of criminal misconduct of minors, and to agency records involving minors alleged to be delinquent based on their criminal misconduct; providing for the dual sentencing of minors who commit certain felony offenses; relating to violations of municipal ordinances by minors and to civil penalties for violation of municipal ordinances by minors; relating to semi-secure residential child care facilities and secure residential psychiatric treatment centers; relating to programs and shelters for runaways; relating to placement of children in need of aid and delinquent minors in secure residential psychiatric treatment centers; amending the Interstate Compact on Juveniles to which the state is a party; allowing use of hearsay evidence at temporary detention hearings in juvenile delinquency proceedings; and amending Rules 3, 10(c), 21, and 27 and repealing Rules 6 and 7, Alaska Delinquency Rules; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement | Talking Points |
HCR 4 : Sponsored by Representative Pete Kelly : Relating to records generated and maintained by the Department of Health and Social Services.
| Sponsor Statement | Talking Points |
SB 3 : Sponsored by Senator Drue Pearce : An Act authorizing prosecution and trial in the district court of municipal curfew violations, and providing for punishment of minors upon conviction for violation of a curfew ordinance.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 63 : Sponsored by Senator Dave Donley : An Act providing for automatic waiver of juvenile jurisdiction and prosecution of minors as adults for certain violations of laws by minors who use deadly weapons to commit offenses that are crimes against a person, and relating to the sealing of the records of those minors.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 70 : Sponsored by Senator Dave Donley : An Act relating to the discharge of firearms at or in the direction of buildings and dwellings.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

Protecting Alaska’s Children from Sex Offenders:

HB 252 : Sponsored by Representative Joe Ryan : An Act relating to criminal records; relating to notice about and registration of sex offenders and child kidnappers; and amending Rules 11(c) and 32(c), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

SB 323 : Sponsored by Senator Drue Pearce : An Act relating to sexual offenses, to those who commit sexual offenses, and to registration of sex offenders; amending Rule 6(r)(2), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

Prisons and Prisoners:

HB 53 : Sponsored by Senator Eldon Mulder : An Act expressing legislative intent without the force of law concerning correctional facility space and the Cleary v. Smith case; adding, as a general power of municipalities, the power to provide for, and enter into agreements concerning the confinement and care of prisoners; relating to authorizing the Department of Corrections to enter into agreements to lease facilities for the confinement and care of prisoners with the City of Delta Junction and with the Municipality of Anchorage; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis | Letter to Governor |
HB 272 : Sponsored by Representative Joe Green : An Act relating to allowing the commissioner of corrections to allow a prisoner to serve a term of imprisonment or period of temporary commitment by electronic monitoring; and relating to the crime of escape.
| Sponsor Statement |

Crime and Punishment:

HB 203 : Sponsored by Representative Fred Dyson : An Act relating to actions for unlawful trade practices.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 261 : Sponsored by Representative Gary Davis : An Act relating to fines and to a surcharge imposed for violations of state or municipal law and to the Alaska police training fund.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |
HB 405 : Sponsored by Representative Pete Kott : An Act relating to failing to stop a vehicle when directed to do so by a peace officer.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 284 : Sponsored by Representative Dave Donley : An Act relating to cruelty to animals.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 3 : Sponsored by Representative Dave Donley : Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Alaska limiting the rights and protections of prisoners to those required under the Constitution of the United States.
| Sponsor Statement |

Victims Rights:

HB 9 : Sponsored by Representative Brian Porter : An Act relating to the rights of crime victims and victims of juvenile offenses; relating to the collection by victims of restitution from prisoners; relating to the definition of `incapacitated' for sexual offenses; creating the crime of interfering with a report of a crime involving domestic violence; relating to mental examinations of victims in criminal prosecutions; relating to the safety of victims, other persons, and the community in setting bail or conditions of release; relating to access to certain records of the Violent Crimes Compensation Board; amending Rules 6 and 43(d), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules 404 and 615, Alaska Rules of Evidence, and Rule 3, Alaska Delinquency Rules; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 14 : Sponsored by Representative Dave Donley : An Act relating to insurance covering an insured who is a victim of domestic violence and requiring certain disclosures by an insurer.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 67 : Sponsored by Senator Rick Halford : An Act relating to the imposition of criminal sentences; and amending Rule 32.2, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure.
| Sponsor Statement |

Criminal Justice Reform:

HB 22 : Sponsored by Representative Ivan Ivan : An Act relating to civil liability for illegal sale or barter of an alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 1 : Sponsored by Representative Dave Donley : An Act relating to living and working conditions of prisoners in correctional facilities operated by the state, and authorizing the commissioner of corrections to negotiate with providers of detention and confinement services under contract to apply those conditions and limitations on services to persons held under authority of state law at facilities operated under contract or agreement; relating to services provided to prisoners; amending the definition of `severely medically disabled' applicable to prisoners seeking special medical parole; amending provisions of the correctional industries program; and extending the termination date of the Correctional Industries Commission and the program.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |
SB 254 : Sponsored by Senate Labor and Commerce Committee : An Act relating to the exemption from levy, execution, garnishment, attachment, or other remedy for the collection of debt as applied to a permanent fund dividend.
| Sponsor Statement |

Addressing Deferred Maintenance

Preventing Deferred Maintenance:

HB 313 : Sponsored by House Rules Committee by Request of the Deferred Maintenance Task Force : An Act relating to preventive maintenance programs required for certain state grants; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 315 : Sponsored by House Rules Committee by Request of the Deferred Maintenance Task Force : An Act relating to operating appropriations for facility operations, maintenance and repair, and renewal and replacement for components of public buildings and facilities; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |

Repairing Facilities & Building Schools for Alaska’s Future:

SB 11 : Sponsored by Senator Rick Halford : An Act establishing a reimbursement program for municipal bonds, notes, or other indebtedness incurred for school construction; relating to administrative costs of reimbursing municipal school construction debt; relating to municipal school construction project eligibility requirements for receiving state reimbursement; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SCR 19 : Sponsored by Senate Health, Education, and Social Services Committee : Relating to the use of prototype designs in public school construction projects.

Jobs for Alaskans

SB 35 : Sponsored by Senator Lyda Green : An Act relating to management of state land, water, and land and water as part of a state park, recreational or special management area, or preserve; relating to reports to the legislature concerning prohibitions or restrictions of traditional means of access for traditional recreational uses within a park, recreational or special management area, or preserve; requiring legislative approval before certain land managed under AS 41.21 may be closed or have access restricted; relating to Chilkat State Park.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 39 : Sponsored by Senator Loren Leman : An Act relating to hazardous chemicals, hazardous materials, and hazardous waste.
| Sponsor Statement | Fact Sheet | Sectional Analysis |
SB 41 : Sponsored by Senator Loren Leman : An Act relating to environmental audits to determine compliance with certain laws, permits, and regulations.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |
SB 56 : Sponsored by Senator Lyda Green : An Act relating to tourist oriented directional signs that are 90 inches in width and 18 inches in height, relating to penalties for violations related to outdoor advertising, and annulling a regulation of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
| Sponsor Statement | Sign Facts | What's Behind the "Billboard Scam"? |
SB 68 : Sponsored by Senator Jerry Ward : An Act relating to the Task Force on Privatization; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 110 : Sponsored by Senator Jerry Mackie : An Act relating to licensure of landscape architects; relating to exemptions from laws regulating the practice of architecture, engineering, and land surveying; and relating to fees collected by the Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 159 : Sponsored by Senator Drue Pearce : An Act relating to the new business incentive program.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 192 : Sponsored by Senator Robin Taylor : An Act relating to maintenance of state marine vessels; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 352 : Sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee : An Act relating to international airports revenue bonds; and providing for an effective date.
SCR 3 : Sponsored by Senator Dave Donley : Urging the Attorney General of the State of Alaska to use every appropriate resource and due diligence to defend the state's interests in the civil action filed against the state challenging the 1996 revisions of the Northstar unit leases, and respectfully requesting the Superior Court of the State of Alaska to give expeditious consideration to the matter.
| Sponsor Statement |
SCR 20 : Sponsored by Senator Drue Pearce : Relating to support of the State of Alaska's areawide leasing program.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 58 : Sponsored by Representative Brian Porter : An Act relating to civil actions; relating to independent counsel provided under an insurance policy; relating to attorney fees; amending Rules 16.1, 26, 41, 49, 58, 68, 72.1, 82, and 95, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; amending Rules 1 and 4, District Court Rules of Civil Procedure; amending Rule 702, Alaska Rules of Evidence; and amending Rule 511, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |
HB 101 : Sponsored by Representative Ivan Ivan : An Act relating to civil liability for illegal sale or barter of an alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 262 : Sponsored by Representative Joe Ryan : An Act relating to confidentiality of permanent fund dividend application information.
HB 310 : Sponsored by Representative Alan Austerman : An Act relating to the utilization of groundfish; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 370 : Sponsored by House Regional Affairs Committee : An Act making appropriations for relief of the 1997 economic disaster in Bristol Bay and on the Kuskokwim River; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 380 : Sponsored by Representative Mark Hodgins : An Act relating to a temporary reduction of royalty on oil and gas produced for sale from certain fields described as being located within the Cook Inlet sedimentary basin, as having been discovered before January 1, 1988, and as having been undeveloped or shut in from at least January 1, 1988, through December 31, 1997.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 393 : Sponsored by House Rules Committee by Request of the Governor : An Act relating to contracts with the state establishing payments in lieu of other taxes by a qualified sponsor or qualified sponsor group for projects to develop stranded gas resources in the state; providing for the inclusion in the contracts of terms making certain adjustments regarding royalty value and the timing and notice of the state's right to take royalty in kind or in value from projects to develop stranded gas resources in the state; relating to the effect of the contracts on municipal taxation; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HCR 1 : Sponsored by Representative Ramona Barnes : Relating to a new Alaska liquefied natural gas project.
| Sponsor Statement |
HJR 65 : Sponsored by House Resources Committee : Requesting that Alaska wild salmon be included as an organic food under federal law.

Rural Alaska

HB 17 : Sponsored by Representative Jeannette James : An Act establishing the Department of Natural Resources as the platting authority in certain areas of the state; relating to subdivisions and dedications; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 50 : Sponsored by Representative Mark Hodgins : An Act relating to the use of broadcasting to promote certain classics or sweepstakes; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |
HB 206 : Sponsored by Representative Brian Porter : An Act relating to credit under the Public Employees' Retirement System for service as a village public safety officer.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |
HB 356 : Sponsored by Representative Eldon Mulder : An Act establishing the Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 370 : Sponsored by House Community and Regional Affairs Committee : An Act making appropriations for relief of the 1997 economic disaster in Bristol Bay and on the Kuskokwim River; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HJR 51 : Sponsored by Representative Beverly Masek : Relating to support for H.R. 2924, which allows certain Alaska Native Vietnam veterans and the Elim Native Corporation to select land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
| Sponsor Statement |

Protect State's Rights

SB 180 : Sponsored by Senator Rick Halford : An Act relating to state rights-of-way.
| Sponsor Statement |
HJR 12 : Sponsored by Representative Joe Green : Urging the Secretary of the Interior to conduct competitive oil and gas lease sales within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
| Sponsor Statement |
HJR 57 : Sponsored by Representative Joe Green : Relating to an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting federal courts from ordering a state or a political subdivision of a state to increase or impose taxes.
SCR 2 : Sponsored by Robin Taylor : Relating to management of Alaska's wildlife resources.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 9 : Sponsored by Representative Drue Pearce : 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.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 13 : Sponsored by Representative Rick Halford : Relating to RS 2477 rights-of-way.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 16 : Sponsored by Loren Leman : Relating to reauthorization and reform of the Endangered Species Act.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 20 : Sponsored by Representative Loren Leman : Requesting the United States Congress to accommodate Alaska's unique wetlands circumstances by amending the Clean Water Act to modify the wetlands regulatory program and to recognize Alaska's outstanding history of wetlands conservation.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 24 : Sponsored by Representative Jerry Mackie : Relating to the Tongass Land Management Plan and to continued Congressional oversight of that plan.
| Sponsor Statement |
SJR 33 : Sponsored by Representative Jerry Mackie : Supporting passage of S. 1221, the "American Fisheries Act," by the United States Congress.
| Sponsor Statement |

Campaign Finance/Ethics

HB 462 : Sponsored by House Finance Committee : An Act relating to the contents of certain state documents.
HJR 44 : Sponsored by Representative Brian Porter : Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to redistricting and reapportionment of the legislature; repealing obsolete language setting out the apportionment schedule used to elect members of the first state legislature.
| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis | SB 105 : Sponsored by House Rules Committee by Request of the Legislative Ethics Committee : An Act relating to legislative and executive branch ethics; relating to campaign finances for candidates for state or municipal office; relating to the conduct and regulation of lobbyists with respect to public officials; relating to the filing of disclosures by certain state employees and officials; making a conforming amendment to the definition of 'public official' for employment security statutes; and providing for an effective date.
SB 275 Sponsored by Senator Mike Miller : : An Act relating to time periods for making, soliciting, or accepting campaign contributions; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 307 Sponsored by Senator Rick Halford : : An Act relating to conditions for filling vacancies in the office of United States senator; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
SB 313 : Sponsored by Senator Bert Sharp : An Act relating to sponsor certification of initiative petitions; relating to sponsor identification during petition circulation; relating to the voidability of an initiated law; placing limitations on the compensation that may be paid to sponsors of initiative petitions; prohibiting payments to persons who sign or refrain from signing initiative petitions; and repealing procedures for filing a supplementary initiative petition.

Regulatory Reform

HB 33 : Sponsored by Representative Norman Rokeberg : An Act relating to real estate licensees and to the real estate surety fund; relating to the Real Estate Commission; and providing for an effective date.
| Short Summary of Bill | Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis | Frequently Asked Questions |
HB 51 : Sponsored by Representative Norman Rokeberg : An Act relating to the Department of Environmental Conservation; amending Rules 79 and 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 231 : Sponsored by Representative Beverly Masek : An Act relating to regulation of snowmobiles.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 473 : Sponsored by House State Affairs Committee : An Act relating to training and certification of fire services personnel; relating to certification of fire services training programs; and providing for an effective date.
| Sponsor Statement |
HB 488 : Sponsored by House Rules Committee: An Act relating to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board.

Supporting Documentation

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1998, 2nd Session:

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