Senator John Torgerson comments on his vocational education measure, which passed the
legislature Tuesday. SB 289 establishes a new technical and vocational education program for
= John Torgerson, 45 K
Senator Dave Donley explains the effect his SB 177 will have on insurance consumers. The bill
passed the Alaska House Tuesday. The measure allows the Director of the Division of Insurance to
take corrective action on individual acts of unfair or deceptive trade practices by insurers,
and strengthens consumer protection laws., 04-25-00
= Dave Donley, 82 K
Senate Judiciary Chairman, Senator Robin Taylor, explains why it was necessary to pass SB 286, which requires that the Attorney General uphold the Alaska State Constitution and state rights.
= Robin Taylor, 78 K
House Rules Chairman, Representative John Cowdery, comments on Friday's override of the
Governor's veto of Senate Bill 267, which authorizes the Board of game, as part of a game
management program, to permit shooting predators on the same day airborne.
= John Cowdery, 122 K
Senator Pete Kelly explains why SB 267, which today during a joint session the House & Senate
voted to override the Governor's veto, is so important, especially to the redsidents of these
areas, since it allows same day airborne wolf hunting in areas where the board of Game has
determined where preditor control is necessary., 04-21-00
= Pete Kelly, 112 K
Senator Robin Taylor, regarding SB 7, which allows the University of Alaska to select 250,000
acres of state land and today during a joint session the House & Senate voted to override the
Governor's veto, explains that now that the University is able to select that land they will also
be able to receive up to 500,000 acres of federal land, increasing their land base and providing
funding sources for students in the future., 04-21-00
= Robin Taylor, 80 K
Senator Robin Taylor says SB 294, which passed out of the house today, makes changes to the
statutes regarding the concealed hand gun carry permits by changing the aquiring and renewing of
these permits making the application process more streamlined and also providing for greater
reciprocity between Alaskan residents and receiving permits in other states., 04-21-00
= Robin Taylor, 36 K
Senator Robin Taylor discusses SB 259, which passed out of the house today and provides additions
to Alaska statutes regarding computer crimes and crimes that involve false identity bringing these
statutes up to date with current technology., 04-21-00
= Robin Taylor, 61 K
Senator Loren Lemon, discusses how SB 235, which passed out of the House today, benefits Alaska
by allowing exchanges of land between the Alaska Railroad and it's neighbors between Wasilla and
the Kenai Peninsula in order to straighten dangerous curves and shorten travel time along the
tracks between Anchorage and Wasilla, as well as straignten the Seward Highway south of
= Loren Leman, 78 K
Senator John Torgerson, Co-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, explains the benefits of the
dual General Obligation Bond Package., 04-20-00
= John Torgerson, 46 K
Senator John Torgerson, explains his vision for funding General Obligation Bond bills without
settling future generations of Alaskans with debt., 04-20-00
= John Torgerson, 48 K
Representative Eldon Mulder, Co-Chair of the House Finance Committee, the sponsor of HB 445,
which passed the House today, dicusses how this bill tries to save money on school construction
in rural Alaska and tries to find out if there are some ways that this could be done.,04-19-00
= Eldon Mulder, 43 K
Representative Eldon Mulder on the floor, continues his discussion on HB 445, which authorizes a
pilot program designed to impliment design efficiency firm price proposals and prompt timely
completion of school construction projects in rural Alaska. ,04-19-00
= Eldon Mulder, 87 K
Representative Eldon Mulder on the floor, explains that there were some misperceptions about
the intent of HB 445, and that's why it was brought back into the Rules Committee
= Eldon Mulder, 72 K
Representative Eldon Mulder on the floor, regarding HB 445, says that the state will make
an evaluation of this pilot project and determine whether or not to go forward with it.,04-19-00
= Eldon Mulder, 43 K
Senator Jerry Ward, regarding SJR 31, addresses the need for clarification of Federal Law
pertaining to equal access of subsistence rights for urban Alaskan Natives.,04-18-00
= Jerry Ward, 104 K
Representative Con Bunde explains during a floor speech Monday what HB 121 does. The measure
outlines consumer rights to for those Alaskans who have dental health care., 04-17-00
= Con Bunde, 41 K
Representative Bunde details some of the guarantees HB 121 provides Alaskans with dental
health care., 04-17-00
= Con Bunde, 103 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg comments on his HB 211. The measure passed the House Monday and
gives Alaskans a "Patients Bill of Rights". The bill is similar to a federal bill that would
affect self-insured groups in Alaska., 04-17-00
= Norman Rokeberg, 126 K
Representative Rokeberg details some of the provisions included in his "Patient's Bill of Rights"
measure, HB 211., 04-17-00
= Norman Rokeberg, 101 K
House Labor and Commerce Committee Chairman, Representative Norman Rokeberg, explains new
Worker's Compensation Legislation before the House Saturday. The measure, HB 419, updates
and revises Alaska's Workers' Compensation law that was last extensively revised in 1988.
= Norman Rokeberg, 99 K
Representative Rokeberg concludes his comments on HB 419. "This benefit increase is the
first in twelve years," Rokeberg said. "Because it is based on a calculation of Alaska's
"Average Annual Wages" it will be adjusted every year in the future."
= Norman Rokeberg, 56 K
Senator Loren Leman expresses his pleasure upon hearing the House passed his SB 247. The
measure allows veterans staying in nursing homes to receive the Alaska Longevity Bonus if
any part of the cost of their care is paid for by veterans' benefits.
= Loren Leman, 58 K
Senator Robin Taylor comments upon his SB 259. The bill makes it a crime to use someone
else's identity, and makes it a crime to use a false identity for criminal purposes. In
addition it addresses crimes involving computers and the use of new recording technology
to exploit children.
= Robin Taylor, 67 K
Senator Loren Leman explains what SB 235 does. The measure passed the Senate Thursday and would
authorize the Alaska Railroad Corporation to enter into several land-exchange and transfer
agreements needed to upgrade and realign railroad track.
= Loren Leman, 103 K
Senator Loren Leman comments on the Senate's passage of his SB 26. The measure expands existing
statutes prohibiting the use of deception and false information to hinder the criminal justice
= Loren Leman, 91 K
Senator Loren Leman concludes his comments on SB 26. The measure also makes it a crime to give
false identity information to a peace officer while the person is under arrest, detention,
or investigation for a crime, or while the person is being served with an arrest warrant or
being issued a citation.
= Loren Leman, 69 K
Representative Romona Barnes, talks on the floor of the House about HB 18, which makes a special one-time apropriation from the Earnings Reserve to the corpus of the Permanent Fund.
= Ramona Barnes, 157 K
Representative Romona Barnes continues on the floor of the House about HB 18 and points out that this deposit belies the myth that is wide spread about the legislature.
= Ramona Barnes, 130 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, regarding HB 441, the University of Alaska Funding Bill, explains what the bill actually does for the University System, on the floor of the House today.
= Eldon Mulder, 42 K
Representative Eldon Mulder makes more remarks concerning HB 441, desribing why investing in the University of Alaska System is necessary, which is mainly because the state's economy isn't what it appears on the surface.
= Eldon Mulder, 104 K
Representative Eldon Mulder continues his discussions regarding HB 441, and says this bill represents an investment in Alaska's economy and explains why we need this money.
= Eldon Mulder, 29 K
Representative Eldon Mulder tells us that the support base for HB 441 is very broad.
= Eldon Mulder, 89 K
Senator Sean Parnell discussing SB 281, the Missions and Measures Bill, which passed out of the House today, explains that this bill provides accountibility in state spending by laying out the goals for state agencies and departments when spending their funds and why this is critical to Alaska.
= Sean Parnell, 41 K
Senator John Torgerson regarding SB 281, which provides accountability in state spending, talks about the effort the Finance Committee put forth in evaluating how well our state programs are functioning with the funds they are receiving.
= John Torgerson, 37 K
Senator John Torgerson discusses SB 289, which passed out of the House today, explains that this bill creates a new program for technical & vocational education with a new source of funding, which is important to both employees and employers.
= John Torgerson, 34 K
House Labor and Commerce Committee Chairman, Representative Norman Rokeberg, sponsor of HB 418 which passed the House today, explains why this bill is necessary to place program receipts from occupational licensing agencies and other agencies into seperate accounts.
= Norman Rokeberg, 111 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg continues to explain the importance of HB 418 and gives two examples of what this bill would do.
= Norman Rokeberg, 154 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, sponsor of HB 441, which provides operating funds for the University of Alaska System, explains after being charged by the public that this bill is too confusing, that really there is nothing confusing about it all.
= Eldon Mulder, 43 K
Representative Eldon Mulder makes more remarks concerning HB 441, which is taking an appropriation directly from the Constitutional Budget Reserve, and says that the Minority's objections to this bill largely fall into the realm of politics rather than anything else.
= Eldon Mulder, 82 K
Representative John Harris, sponsor of HB 320, which unanimously passed the house today, comments about the bill and how it authorizes the Alaska Railroad to accept the Whittier DeLong Dock and associated lands from the Federal Government and also authorizes the Alaska Railroad to convey those associated lands to the City of Whittier.
= John Harris, 146 K
Repersentative Beverly Masek, sponsor of HB 349, which passed the House eventhough a reconsideration has been filed, comments on how this bill strengthens the protections for hunting, fishing, and trapping in the statutes, and makes clear those uses are protected uses in Alaska.
= Beverly Masek, 152 K
Senator Pete Kelly explains why SB 255, which passed the House today, is necessary because the Supreme Court issued a decision on a permit that went against existing statutes. This bill was drafted to preserve the status quo regarding the DNR and their ability to issue permits for easements and right of ways without a best interest finding.
= Pete Kelly, 80 K
Senator Pete Kelly responds to critics who are saying that SB 255 is removing the best interest finding. He explains that the best interest finding for these permits never existed, so they are not removing anything, but actually preserving status quo. In fact, they're adding to the process by requiring public notice when these permits are issued.
= Pete Kelly, 157 K
Representative Gary Davis defends his HB 159 on the House Floor Monday. The measure
permits correctional facility employees to have the option at retirement of converting
their correctional facility service to service as peace officers.
= Gary Davis, 133 K
Representative Andrew Halcro comments on the House Floor Monday that Alaska has a teacher
shortage. His measure, HB 277, addresses the problem by allowing teachers who have retired
to return to teaching in the public schools without forfeiting their retirement benefits.
= Andrew Halcro, 212 K
House Resources Committee Co-Chairwoman, Representative Beverly Masek, describes HB 290 on
the House Floor Monday. The bill addresses some of the regulatory aspects of the development
of a North Slope natural gas pipeline system.
= Beverly Masek, 220 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chairman, Representative Eldon Mulder explains his motivations for
introducing HB 339. The measure expands the lending authority of the Commercial Fishing and
Agriculture Bank (CFAB) and enables it to make loans to Alaskan small business enterprises
involved in natural resource development and tourism.
= Eldon Mulder, 231 K
Legislative Budget & Audit Chairwoman, Representative Gail Phillips, explains on the House
Floor what HCR 22 does. The resolution directs the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee (LB&A)
to study fiscal and other public policy issues relating to state revenue and to report to
the Legislature by January 5, 2001.
= Gail Phillips, 94 K
Representative Gail Phillips explains HJR 60 on the House Floor Monday. The resolution
opposes pending critical habitat designations by the federal government for the Spectacled
Eider and the Stellar's Eider as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
HJR 60 also asks the governor to pursue legal action if these designations are enacted.
= Gail Phillips, 174 K
Representative Alan Austerman defends HB 265 during his floor speech Friday. The measure would
extend the life of the Alaska Regional Economic Assistance Program to July 1, 2003. The ARDOR
program was created in statute in 1988. The 13 ARDORs created across the state are
private, nonprofit corporations formed by local initiative to promote private sector
economic development within their designated regions., 04-07-00
= Alan Austerman, 53 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chairman, Representative Gene Therriault, explains on the House floor
Friday that the ARDOR program was originally set up with state money to get started and would
soon winnow itself from state funds. He states its time to look at the missions and measures
for this program and see if its time to reduce its funding., 04-07-00
= Gene Therriault, 52 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chairman, Representative Eldon Mulder, comments on the House floor
Friday that the ARDORs need to be measured on how effectively they create new jobs and
stimulate local economies. If they don't perform adequately their state funding needs to be
= Eldon Mulder, 75 K
House Finance Committe Co-Chairman, Representative Gene Therriault, comments on the House
Finance Committee sponsored HB 428, which passed the House today unanimously, requiring the
Child Support Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue to pay interest on child
support payments that are mistakenly ordered by the state.
= Gene Therriault, 52 K
Representative Therriault continues his comments on the floor of the House concerning HB 428
= Gene Therriault, 57 K
Representative Therriault explains the inequities of the state's child support collection
system currently in place.
= Gene Therriault, 127 K
Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman, Senator Sean Parnell, comments on the Senate's passage of
the operating budget Wednesday. Senator Parnell states the $30 million dollar decrease was met
while funding for priorities was maintained.
= Sean Parnell, 20 K
Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman, Senator John Torgerson, comments on the Senate's passage of
the operating budget Wednesday. Senator Torgerson maintains essential state services have been
= John Torgerson, 15 K
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Senator Robin Taylor, comments on SB 286. The measure
clarifies the obligation of the Attorney General to protect and defend the constitution. The
bill also limits the Attorney General's ability to settle cases. If a settlement agreement
recognizes a present or future obligation of the state not defined by statute or otherwise
funded, the agreement is subject to appropriation by the Legislature.
= Robin Taylor, 20 K
Senate Finance Co-Chairman, Senator John Torgerson, comments on a new vocational education
program the Senate Finance Committee proposed. The program would establish new technical
and vocational education programs for Alaska.
= John Torgerson, 12 K
Representative John Harris explains the actions of HB 369 on the House floor Wednesday. The
measure amends Alaska statutes to provide for exemptions from judgements for certain property.
= John Harris, 90 K
Representative John Harris concludes his remarks on HB 369. The bill reflects the public
policy decision that certain assets should be beyond the reach of creditor claims if a
person is unable to repay creditors.
= John Harris, 62 K
Representative John Harris, during his floor speech defending HB 392, explains that the measure
requires a judge or hearing officer to tell a child's parent or guardian that, at the 48 hour
hearing during which the court determines whether a child is a "Child In Need of Aid", the
parent or guardian of that child may request a continuance.
= Jim Whitaker, 67 K
Senator Tim Kelly explains the Legislature's motivation for naming the Anchorage International
Airport for Alaska's Senior United States Senator, Ted Stevens.
= Tim Kelly, 27 K
Representative Andrew Halcro discusses the details of HB 233 on the House Floor Tuesday during
his floor speech defending the bill. The measure would grant local governments and entities
authority to reorganize themselves under federal bankruptcy laws.
= Andrew Halcro, 54 K
Representative Carl Morgan comments on measures to recruit local pilots to increase air safety
in interior Alaska
= Carl Morgan, 96 K
Representative Carl Morgan comments on the need for preditor control in rural communities and
how this affects the bottom line for many rural families.
= Carl Morgan, 125 K
Representative Carl Morgan, during a floor speech on preditor control, talks about how this
issue has wide popular support and is important to interior Alaskans who depend upon the resource
for their food supply.
= Carl Morgan, 207 K
Representative Carl Morgan concludes his remarks by noting that if preditor control isn't
implimented soon his district will soon have serious food shortage problems.
= Carl Morgan, 161 K
House Health, Education, and Social Services Chairman, Representative Fred Dyson, talks about how
HB 253 evolved during the committee process. The measure would ensure that local school boards
involve the public in developing acceptable student behavior and school safety standards
= Fred Dyson, 226 K
Representative Dyson continues his remarks by noting that teachers are clamouring for enforceable
student behaviour standards that their local administrations will back them up on when they enforce
student bahaviour in their classrooms and that are agreed upon by the local community.
= Fred Dyson, 119 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chairman, Representative Gene Therriault, describes HB 361, and what
its intended effects are in the permitting process during a floor speech Monday.
= Gene Therriault, 184 K