Representative Fred Dyson defends his student questionnairre legislation on the
House Floor Friday. The measure requires a once-a-year blanket parental consent
for student questionnaires. The bill is in response to the controversy
surrounding the recent use of the anonymous "Youth Risk Behavior Survey,"
sponsored by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the successful
completion of which is said to be necessary to secure federal grant funds.
= Fred Dyson, 54 K
Senator Jerry Ward comments on legislation he introduced Friday. The
measure, SB 168, would establish a two-prong approach to funding and
improving the state's educational system by creating a land trust for
funding education, and a tuition voucher system.
= Jerry Ward, 46 K
Representative Gary Davis defends HB 155 on the House Floor Friday. The measure
permits a municipal assembly to adopt a reapportionment plan and take it to
voters after the State's plan has been approved and put in place.
= Gary Davis, 32 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, describes the actions of her HB 134.
The legislation passed the Senate Thursday and next goes to the House for
consideration. The measure changes the way the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation
Commission is funded. It repeals the existing Oil and Gas Conservation Tax and,
instead, institutes a program receipt system designed to provide stable funding
for the Commission.
= Drue Pearce, 27 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg defends legislation on the House Floor Wednesday
introduced by the House Labor and Commerce Committee. House Bill 79 updates
Alaska laws governing the $200 billion U.S. Letter-of-Credit industry.
= Norman Rokeberg, 67 K
Representative Joe Green describes his legislation, HB 131, during floor debates
in the House Wednesday. The measure grants to the Legislature the final authority
to approve transportation rights of way and easements in the Anchorage Coastal
Wildlife Refuge. HB 131 passed 25-12.
= Joe Green, 134 K
Representative Pete Kott decribes the actions of HB 151, sponsored by the
House Judiciary Committee. The measure amends the existing "Use It, Lose It"
law affecting teens who drive and drink alcohol or are in the presense of
another teen who drinks.
= Pete Kott, 109 K
Representative continues his floor comments regarding HB 151.
= Pete Kott, 150 K
Representative John Cowdery describes the intent of House Rules Committee
sponsored legislation, HB 84, during floor comments Tuesday. The measure
would authorize the sale of $25 million in additional revenue bonds for the
Anchorage International Airport terminal redevelopment project.
= John Cowdery, 77 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Gene Therriault, defends House
Finance Committee legislation during floor comments Tuesday. The measure,
HB 189, authorizes the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to purchase the
office building it currently occupies at 4300 Boniface Parkway in Anchorage.
HB 189 would achieve budget savings by eliminating the need for lease
expenses in AHFC's operating budget.
= Gene Therriault, 76 K
Representative Pete Kott defends his HB 146 during Tuesday's floor session.
The measure establishes the responsibilities of commercial recreation
businesses and the responsibilities of persons who participate in
= Pete Kott, 100 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg defends House Labor and Commerce Committee
legislature, HB 201, Tuesday during floor session. The measure would clarify
a recent court decision ruling that overtime hours are to be calculated
differently from the historically accepted method.
= Norman Rokeberg, 81 K
Senate Majority Leader, Senator Jerry Mackie, talks about the Senate's passage of
his measure to abolish the State run Alaska Tourism Marketing Council. Under
the proposal, all tourism marketing functions currently performed by the Alaska
Tourism Marketing Council and the Alaska Division of Tourism would be
consolidated and performed under a contract with a single qualified trade
= Jerry Mackie, 42 K
Representative Con Bunde describes the actions of his measure to clarify service
area statutes. The legislation passed the House Monday and supports local control
of the mechanism under which Alaska's 200 service areas are constituted.
= Con Bunde, 140 K
Representative Gail Phillips, while speaking on the House Floor Monday, comments
on the actions of her legislation urging the Alaska Railroad to use Alaskan
businesses in the design and construction of three rail barges, and for the
charter and operation of tugboats for service between Seattle and Alaska.
= Gail Phillips, 51 K
Representative Gail Phillips defends her HJR 33 on the House floor Monday.
The measure urges the U.S. Senate to oppose the ratification of the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the so-called "Kyoto Treaty."
The measure also asks Congress to act to prevent President Clinton from issuing
an executive order or regulation that attempts to implement any provision of
= Gail Phillips, 72 K
Representative Phillips continues her defense in response to minority concerns.
= Gail Phillips, 46 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg defends his Alcohol Control Board sunset
extension legislation, HB 69, on the House Floor Friday. The measure extends
the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board, places limited liability
organizations under the licensing authority of the board, and makes certain
changes to statutes affecting liquor licenses and the practices of licensees..
= Norman Rokeberg, 99 K
Representative Scott Ogan defends HJR 36 on the House Floor. The Alaska House
Friday passed HJR 36. The resolution rejects the conclusions in a recent
article published by the American Psychological Association. These conclusions
suggest that sexual relationships between adults and children might be positive
for "willing" children. .
= Scott Ogan, 55 K
Representative Fred Dyson also defends HJR 36 during a floor speech on the House
Floor Friday. Rep. Dyson acknowledges attempts by the APA to put the disputed
research article in context, but Dyson claims the APA fails in three major
= Fred Dyson, 115 K
Representative Gail Phillips, while speaking on the House Floor Friday, comments
on legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Thursday by Senator William Roth
of Delaware to place the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
off-limits to oil and gas exploration.
= Gail Phillips, 72 K
Representative Kott defends his "Immunity from Y2K Liability" measure on the
House floor Thursday. The measure would protect the State of Alaska and
municipalities from some liability claims for damages in connection with the
year 2000 date change.
= Pete Kott, 84 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg defends his "Painless Revenue Source" legislation
on the House floor Thursday. The measure would change an Alaska statute concerning
the percentage of funds deposited into the Alaska Permanent Fund. HB 96 passed
the House 24-11.
= Norman Rokeberg, 144 K
Senator Jerry Ward talks about his motivations in introducing SJR 25 Wednesday.
The resolution urges Congress to adopt a constitutional amendment allowing
= Jerry Ward, 66 K
Senator Finance Co-Chair, Sean Parnell, discusses the Senate's version of
the Operating Budget. The Senate passed this legislation Wednesday night.
= Sean Parnell, 31 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, talks about the Majority's goals and
how the operating budget fits into those goals.
= Drue Pearce, 46 K
Representative John Coghill, Jr., discusses his reasons for introducing HJR 26.
The measure was passed by the House Wednesday. It asks the federal government
to begin a dialog with Canada and Alaska over the disputed maritime
boundaries between Canada and Alaska.
= John Coghill, 66 K
Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Sean Parnell, comments on the Senate
Finance Committee's passage of the FY 2000 Operating Budget and what the
= Sean Parnell, 51 K
Representative Gail Phillips comments on the House passage of her HJR 20.
The measure asks Congress to amend the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986
to eliminate the "marriage tax penalty.
= Gail Phillips, 37 K
Representative John Coghill, Jr., comments on the House's passage of his HJR 27.
The measure is meant to encourage the federal government to begin a new dialogue
with Canada and Russia over the disputed maritime borders among the three nations
and to assure Alaska a seat at the negotiating table.
= John Coghill, 95 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg defends his HB 82 during a floor speech Friday. The
measure calls for immunity for businesses from certain claims arising out of
or in connection with the year 2000 date change.
= Norman Rokeberg, 72 K
Representative Rokeberg continues his floor defense of his Y2K legislation.
= Norman Rokeberg, 56 K
Representative Pete Kott, during his floor defense, urges members to vote for
his HJR 29. The bill endorses U.S. Senate legislation (S.253) by Senators Frank
Murkowski and Slade Gorton to divide the United States Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit.
= Pete Kott, 113 K
Representative Kott continues his floor comments.
= Pete Kott, 96 K
Representative Scott Ogan defends his measure to affirm that the State of
Alaska has not assented to federal control over Glacier Bay National Park
and Preserve and its navigable waters during a floor speech Friday. The
bill passed the House 32-0.
= Scott Ogan, 80 K
Representative Vic Kohring comments on the Governor's recent announcement that
he supports combining the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and
the Department of Community and Regional Affairs.
= Vic Kohring, 75 K
Representative Bill Williams during a floor speech Friday expresses his
frustration at the impacts recent federal forestry policy concerning the Tongass
National Forest is having in his district.
= Bill Williams, 150 K
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Senator John Torgerson talks about the Senate Finance Committee's proposal
to restructure the Municipal Assistance Funding Program
= John Torgerson, 29 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, discusses the House's passage
of HB 161. The measure allows administrators to reduce payments in benefit programs
to match the appropriated level of funding.
= Eldon Mulder, 81 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder comments on House and
Senate companion measures introduced Thursday. HB 199 and SB 152 make
structural changes to benefits for exempt state employees - employees who
are not members of bargaining units.
= Eldon Mulder, 67 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder discusses House and Senate
companion legislation introduced Thursday. HB 200 and SB 151 will give
municipalities the option of exempting senior citizens and disabled veterans
from local property taxes.
= Eldon Mulder, 92 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, talks about her motivations for
introducing SCR 7. The measure urges Governor Tony Knowles to withdraw his
request for referral of the Tulsequah Chief Mine project in British Columbia
to the International Joint Commission
= Drue Pearce, 123 K
Representative John Coghill defends the House's passage of his HJR 34 in floor
debate Wednesday. The measure asks the U. S. Congress to pass legislation
repealing the Federal Estate and Gift Tax.
= John Coghill, 100 K
Representative John Coghill mentions that passage of his "Repeal the Federal
Estate and Gift Tax" resolution will assist our delegation in Congress in
passing this measure on the federal level.
= John Coghill, 47 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, discusses the pervasive
extent of state subsidies in Alaska's economy during floor debate on the
operating budget Tuesday.
= Eldon Mulder, 101 K
Representative Bill Hudson comments on the build up of public expectations
for state services during the 80's oil boom times.
= Bill Hudson, 60 K
House Majority Leader, Representative Joe Green, talks about how the Majority's
ongoing 5-year plan to keep spending in-line has benefited Alaskans during
this budget crisis.
= Joe Green, 95 K
Representative Bill Williams describes how this budget has spread the pain of
modest reductions across Alaskan society and has not focused on any single group
= Bill Williams, 48 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, outlines the scope,
the rationale, and the priorities behind the Fiscal Year 2000 Operation Budget
during floor debate Monday. The House began debating the FY 00 State
Operating Budget today. Rep. Mulder's comments are in boxes 1, 2, 3, and 4
= Eldon Mulder, 49 K
Representative Mulder mentions how difficult it is to balance this budget.
The pain is widespread and equally shared by communities all across Alaska.
= Eldon Mulder, 43 K
Representative Mulder describes the priorities in this budget package.
= Eldon Mulder, 35 K
Representative comments on how local decisions made at the municipal level
on misdemeanant crimes impacts state budgets.
= Eldon Mulder, 53 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, discusses the major
points contained in the State's Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2000. The
measure passed the House Finance Committee late Friday evening.
= Eldon Mulder, 91 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Gene Therriault comments on the passage of
the State's Operating Budget, HB 50, from the House Finance Committee Friday
evening. Rep. Therriault details where the bill goes next and what steps the
House Majority will likely take to bridge the budget gap.
= Gene Therriault, 50 K
Representative Bill Hudson defends his measure to amend the Alaska Ski Safety Act
on the House Floor Friday. The legislation clarifies two provisions of the Alaska
Ski Safety Act of 1994 and was introduced at the request of Eaglecrest Ski Area
and Alyeska Resort. The amendments are necessary to fully implement the Act in
all ski areas and allow the Court system to establish a bail forfeiture schedule
to enforce intent.
= Bill Hudson, 94 K
Representative Fred Dyson defends his HB 78 on the House Floor Friday. The
measure would eliminate the current requirement for an owner to obtain a current
emission (I/M) test before transferring a vehicle title, if the vehicle owner
holds a valid seasonal waiver or surrenders all evidence of registration to
= Fred Dyson, 87 K
Representative Andrew Halcro defends his Airline Shift Trading Legislation on
the House Floor Friday. The measure would allow airline employees to trade
shifts with each other without invoking overtime pay requirements.
= Andrew Halcro, 58 K
Senator Robin Taylor comments on efforts to displace a newsworthy beaver. In his
effort to bring attention to the D.C. celebrity beaver, who to this day has eluded
all captors, Taylor has introduced a Resolution (SJR 20) to "Keep Bucky Free". The Senator comments on
= Robin Taylor, 141 K
Senator Robin Taylor sings an Ode to Bucky the Beaver.
= Ode to Bucky the Beaver, 62 K
Senator Jerry Ward discusses his motivations for introducing his privatization
legislation, SB 33. The measure calls for the creation of a commission to
identify which services provided by the state can more easily and inexpensively
be provided by private firms.
= Jerry Ward, 43 K
Senator Jerry Ward, calls for a constitutional amendment to be placed before
the voters at the next general election. His measure, SJR 10, would require
a two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature to levy any new state
taxes or to increase the rate of present taxes.
= Jerry Ward, 54 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Gene Therriault, comments during
Wednesday's floor session that much missinformation is circulating about
Finance Subcommittee budget recommendations. Rep. Therriault says some of
that misinformation came to light during public testimony yesterday.
= Gene Therriault, 114 K