House Speaker, Representative Brian Porter, talks about the plan to address
Alaska's fical problem that the Legislature passed Tuesday late afternoon and
will put before the voters next September.
= Brian Porter, 78 K
Representative Porter continues his remarks.
= Brian Porter, 62 K
Representative Porter concludes his remarks.
= Brian Porter, 97 K
House Speaker Brian Porter describes what the House Majority's and House Minority's
intentions will be during the upcoming special session starting tomorrow.
= Brian Porter, 47 K
Representative John Coghill, Jr. comments on his motivations for introducing
HB 226. The measure would provide that the State will pay a public school
employee's contributions to credited service if the employee is on leave without
pay because of an on-the-job assault. The bill passed the House Tuesday.
= John Coghill, Jr., 63 K
Representative Vic Kohring comments on his motivations for introducing HB 40.
The measure combines two existing State departments, Commerce and Economic
Development, and Community and Regional Affairs, into a new Department of
Community and Economic Development. HB 40 passed the Senate Tuesday.
= Vic Kohring, 96 K
Senator Jerry Ward comments on his privatization measure after its passage by
the House Saturday. The bill would establish a commission to explore the
potential of turning some state functions over to private industry. The proposal
now goes to the governor for signature before becoming law..
= Jerry Ward, 44 K
House Finance Committee Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder defends the Healthy
Alaska Plan on the House Floor Saturday. He explains the need for action saying,
"... it is a step we must take. Doing nothing is not a responsible option."
= Eldon Mulder, 86 K
Representative Eldon Mulder continues his remarks.
= Eldon Mulder, 69 K
Representative Gary Davis, while defending the Healthy Alaska Plan on the House
Floor during Saturday's floor debate, details the parts of the budget Alaska's
Legislature does and does not control.
= Gary Davis, 149 K
Representative Ramona Barnes gives a historical perspective of the Permanent Fund
and the debates that took place during its formation and throughout its history to
the present day.
= Ramona Barnes, 57 K
Representative Barnes continues her remarks.
= Ramona Barnes, 93 K
Representative Barnes continues her remarks.
= Ramona Barnes, 117 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, talks about her SB 133. The measure
passed the Legislature Friday and next goes to the Governor for signature. The
bill repeals the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, which regulates public
utilities and pipeline carrier services, and transfers those duties to the
new Regulatory Commission of Alaska. SB 133 also establishes the groundwork
for eventually merging the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission into the
new state regulatory agency, if warranted. In the meantime, the bill requires
AOGCC to relocate to the same location as the new RCA to save administration
costs by sharing office space, clerical staff, and record keeping facilities.
= Drue Pearce, 31 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, discusses the importance of the the Alaska
Oil and Gas Commission's function to Alaskans.
= Drue Pearce, 34 K
House Rules Chairman, Representative John Cowdery, explains the actions of his
HB 167 on the House Floor Friday. The measure repeals the statutes requiring
mobile home dealers to be licensed and bonded in Alaska.
= John Cowdery, 63 K
Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator Sean Parnell, comments on the
Senate Majority's position on calling for an advisory vote before any long
range fiscal plan is enacted that utilizes the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve.
= Sean Parnell, 28 K
Senator John Torgerson lists the Senate Majority's guiding principles in
formulating a "Balanced Budget" plan.
= John Torgerson, 33 K
Senator Jerry Ward comments on his census measure that passed the Senate Thursday.
The bill would requiring a "true headcount" of Alaskans when the U.S. Bureau of
the Census does the 2000 Census.
= Jerry Ward, 34 K
Senator Loren Leman expresses his satisfaction on the passage of his medical
marijuana measure. The bill, while addressing concerns from law enforcement
officials statewide and the Department of Law, will allow the medical marijuana
program to work as intended and as represented by the initiative's sponsors.
= Loren Leman, 60 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg describes legislation, HB 234, he introduced
recently. The measure would create competition for the construction of a
new legislative hall for Alaska.
= Norman Rokeberg, 61 K
Representative Gary Davis comments on his alcohol sales tax measure, HB 92. The
bill would would permit municipalities to impose a sales tax on alcohol without
taxing other sales, after voter approval.
= Gary Davis, 108 K
Representative Fred Dyson, during floor comments on HCR 11, describes culturally
sensitive treatment plans for inebriates. The bill encourages that efforts
within the criminal justice system and at the legislative level be spent on
responding to substance abuse with the goal of reducing recidivism.
= Fred Dyson, 47 K
Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator Sean Parnell, comments on legislation
introduced by the Senate Finance Committee. SB 169 passed the Senate Wednesday
and would establish mission and definable performance measures for each state
= Sean Parnell, 16 K
Representative Jeannette James defends her HB 192 during a floor speech Wednesday.
The measure would standardize Pledge of Allegiance policies among the state's
public schools and school systems.
= Jeannette James, 65 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, comments on the fairness
of the Healthy Alaska Plan to Alaska's citizens during Wednesday's floor session.
= Eldon Mulder, 140 K
Representative Pete Kott, while defending the Healthy Alaska Plan during
Wednesday's floor session, talks about the irresponsibility of doing nothing
to address Alaska's budget crisis.
= Pete Kott, 73 K
Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator John Torgerson details the
Senate's Capital Budget. The Senate passed its Capital Budget to the
= John Torgerson, 41 K
Senator Dave Donley explains that the Senate Capital Budget maximizes state
capture of federal dollars.
= Dave Donley, 16 K
Representative Fred Dyson defends his HB 33 on the House Floor Tuesday. The
measure would outlaw human "bounty hunters" in Alaska.
= Fred Dyson, 142 K
Representative Joe Green explains on the House Floor Tuesday the need for a
Joint Committee on Mergers. The legislation, HCR 12, sets up a joint legislative
committee to study the BP-ARCO merger.
= Joe Green, 147 K
Senator Jerry Ward discusses legislation he introduced Monday. SB 172 would
call for an advisory vote in the November 2000 General Election for voters to
choose between three long-range fiscal plans to bridge the fiscal gap.
= Jerry Ward, 52 K
House Speaker, Representative Brian Porter, introduces the House Majority
Caucus's Healthy Alaska Plan to resolve the fiscal gab problem in a Saturday
afternoon press conference.
= Brian Porter, 100 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, explains some of the
details and goals of the Healthy Alaska Plan.
= Eldon Mulder, 101 K
Representative Alan Austerman comments on the impacts the plan would have on
rural and urban Alaska.
= Alan Austerman, 74 K
Representative Bill Hudson provides some historical perspective underlying the
plan's assumptions. Representative Hudson was part of former Governor Hammonds'
administration when the current permanent fund and dividend program were formed.
= Bill Hudson, 163 K
Representative Gail Phillips talks about the legacy the Healthy Alaska Plan
will leave Alaskans in the future.
= Gail Phillips, 65 K
Senator Rick Halford, Senate Resouces Committee Chairman, talks about the importance
of the BP-ARCO merger to Alaska's future economy.
= Rick Halford, 16 K
Senator Halford continues his comments about the BP-ARCO merger
= Rick Halford, 16 K
House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, comments on his HB 214.
The House passed the measure Friday. Modeled after successful federal
legislation, HB 214 mandates that court decisions affecting Alaska's prison
system be as direct and unobtrusive as possible regarding the overall operations
of the prison system.
= Eldon Mulder, 78 K
Representative Vic Kohring defends his departmental consolidation measure on the
House Floor Friday. The legislation, HB 40, would combine two existing
State departments, Commerce and Economic Development, and Community and
Regional Affairs, into a new Department of Community and Economic Development.
= Vic Kohring, 70 K
Representative Fred Dyson, during floor session Friday, describes the actions of
his HB 34. The measure would make it a Class A misdemeanor to not report a
completed or attempted murder, kidnapping, or sexual penetration of a child.
= Fred Dyson, 102 K
Representative Norman Rokeberg explains the actions of his legislation, HB 158.
The measure would benefit Alaska's seniors and would change the way
Alaskans over 70 years of age are notified about cancellation of automobile or
other personal insurance policies. Additionally, the legislation would permit
the Division of Insurance to gather information about the number of individual
and group health policies sold in Alaska. The bill passed the House Friday.
= Norman Rokeberg, 52 K
Representative Gail Phillips explains and defends LB&A legislation passed by
the House Friday during a floor speech. The bill would modernize the operations
of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation by revising the corporation's "legal
list" of permissible investments. This would provide increased investment
flexibility, reduced risk, and increased returns for Alaska's Permanent Fund.
= Gail Phillips, 69 K
Representative Pete Kott defends his HB 135 during floor session. The measure
was passed by the House Friday. The bill would allow undercover officers to wear
a transmitting device or "wire" without first obtaining a warrant and would permit
backup officers to monitor their conversations. The difference of a few precious
seconds in response time that this type of monitoring can provide could mean the
difference between life and death for an undercover officer. Conversations
monitored in this manner could not be used at trial.
= Pete Kott, 124 K
Senator Jerry Mackie expresses his pleasure at the House's strong show of support
for his legislation that would approved dismantling the Alaska Tourism Marketing
Council and replacing it with a qualified trade association that would promote the
state's tourism industry. SB 107 also requires the tourism industry to pay more
of the costs of promoting the industry.
= Jerry Mackie, 28 K
Senator Jerry Mackie comments on the House's passage of his Health Care
legislation Thursday. SB 48 makes it easier and more efficient to
administer insurance to those in the high-risk pool
= Jerry Mackie, 38 K
Senator Jerry Ward comments on the Senate's passage of his resolution, SJR 25,
calling for the restoration of voluntary prayer in public schools.
= Jerry Ward, 34 K
Senator Sean Parnell, refuting Minority claims to the contrary, says the
Majority budget increases spending on children's programs by $42 million.
= Sean Parnell, 23 K
Representative Jerry Sanders explains during floor action Thursday the effects of
his legislation, HB 157. The measure corrects an oversight in current law and
makes Alaskans who are Merchant Mariners eligible for Permanent Fund Dividends.
HB 157 passed unanimously on a reconsideration vote.
= Jerry Sanders, 83 K
Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, explains the actions of her SB 133.
The Senate passed the bill Wednesday and it restructures the Alaska
Public Utilities Commission by repealing the current commission and transferring
its duties to the new Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
= Drue Pearce, 36 K
Representative Fred Dyson explains the history behind his Foster Parent Rights
legislation, HB 177. The bill passed the House Wednesday and it requires
that foster parents be allowed to be present and have a voice at all proceedings
dealing with the disposition and treatment of the child. It also requires the
State to provide them with information and records necessary for their foster
child's proper care and protection..
= Fred Dyson, 78 K
House Speaker, Representative Brian Porter, gives a weekly update to KINY Radio
in Juneau on upcoming events in the House.
= Brian Porter, 136 K
Representative Lisa Murkowski comments on her professional counselor legislation
on the House floor Monday. HB 208 passed the House Monday and it strengthens the
existing Alaska statutes that established a board and licensing requirements for
= Lisa Murkowski, 82 K
Representative Gail Phillips urges House members to support her resolution
supporting a National Museum of Women's History. The measure, HJR 14, asks Congress
to appoint an advisory committee to oversee construction of a National Museum
of Women's History in Washington, DC.
= Gail Phillips, 42 K