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  1. 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
  2. Representative Porter continues his remarks.
    = Brian Porter, 62 K
  3. Representative Porter concludes his remarks.
    = Brian Porter, 97 K


  1. 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


  1. 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
  2. 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


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Representative Eldon Mulder continues his remarks.
    = Eldon Mulder, 69 K
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Representative Barnes continues her remarks.
    = Ramona Barnes, 93 K
  7. Representative Barnes continues her remarks.
    = Ramona Barnes, 117 K


  1. 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
  2. Senate President, Senator Drue Pearce, discusses the importance of the the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission's function to Alaskans.
    = Drue Pearce, 34 K
  3. 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


  1. 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
  2. Senator John Torgerson lists the Senate Majority's guiding principles in formulating a "Balanced Budget" plan.
    = John Torgerson, 33 K
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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


  1. 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 department.
    = Sean Parnell, 16 K
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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


  1. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator John Torgerson details the Senate's Capital Budget. The Senate passed its Capital Budget to the House Tuesday.
    = John Torgerson, 41 K
  2. Senator Dave Donley explains that the Senate Capital Budget maximizes state capture of federal dollars.
    = Dave Donley, 16 K
  3. 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
  4. 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


  1. 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


  1. 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
  2. House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Eldon Mulder, explains some of the details and goals of the Healthy Alaska Plan.
    = Eldon Mulder, 101 K
  3. Representative Alan Austerman comments on the impacts the plan would have on rural and urban Alaska.
    = Alan Austerman, 74 K
  4. 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
  5. Representative Gail Phillips talks about the legacy the Healthy Alaska Plan will leave Alaskans in the future.
    = Gail Phillips, 65 K


  1. 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
  2. Senator Halford continues his comments about the BP-ARCO merger
    = Rick Halford, 16 K
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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


  1. 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
  2. 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


  1. House Speaker, Representative Brian Porter, gives a weekly update to KINY Radio in Juneau on upcoming events in the House.
    = Brian Porter, 136 K


  1. 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 professional counselors.
    = Lisa Murkowski, 82 K
  2. 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

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