Alaska State Legislature
1997 Audio Clip Archive

MAR APR MAY JUN - DEC

March

03-12-997

  1. Representative Bill Hudson comments on the reasons he introduced HJR 23. This bill passed the House today 36-2. It asks our congressional delegation to use every means at their disposal to prevent IRS seizures of limited entry commercial fishing permits.
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  2. Senate Finance Co-Chairman Bert Sharp discusses the reasons for the introduction of SB 136. This bill clarifies current law, making it explicit that the Governor must present all three of his necessary budget bills by December 15 of each year -- an operating budget, a capital budget bill, and a mental health program budget bill. This will allow for adequate time for public input and legislative consideration.
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  3. Senator Robin Taylor's SCR 2 passed the Senate today on a 19 to 1 vote. Senator Taylor says Alaska Fish and Game management practices need new direction and this resolution will give direction that we must manage for abundance. The State Constitution requires that wildlife be managed for abundance and sustained yield.
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03-13-97

  1. Representative Al Vezey describes his HB 101, which passed the Senate today by a vote of 16 to 3. This bill seeks to establish Alaska as a national and international center for administering trusts.
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  2. Representative Bill Williams is encouraged that the Ketchikan Ship Yard was the low bidder on refurbishing the M/V Matanuska State Ferry. This will create jobs in a region hard hit by the decline of the timber industry due to President Clinton's forest policies.
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  3. Senator Rick Halford comments on the sentencing practices in Alaska that sparked him to introduce SB 67. This bills unanimously passed the Senate Thursday.
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  4. Senator Dave Donley explains the effects his SB 14 will have on domestic violence victims and on Alaska's insurance industry. This bill passed the Senate Thursday and ensures that insurance companies cannot cancel, deny, or increase the insurance premiums of domestic violence victims because simply because they have been the victim of a domestic violence attack.
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  5. Senator Loren Leman comments on the reasons behind his introduction of SJR 16, which passed the Senate Thursday by a vote of 19 to 1. This resolution supports our congressional delegation in their efforts to reform the Endangered Species Act.
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  6. Senator Loren Leman describes what his SJR 20 attempts to accomplish. This resolution passed the Senate to 19 to 1 Thursday and it urges our congressional delegation to amend the Clean Water Act by modifying the wetlands regulatory program.
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  7. Senator Robin Taylor says the recent award to Ketchikan's Alaska Ship and Dry Dock Company of a major overhaul and refurbishment project on the M/V Matanuska puts to death the lingering myth that Alaska is incapable of competing against Northwest shipyards in the repair and maintenance of our own ferry fleet.
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03-14-97

  1. Representative Pete Kelly talks about the impact his HB 45 will have on Alaskan familys. This bill passed the Senate today and gives parents the authority to require their runaway children to stay home. There is already a mechanism in place to more the runaway minor to another safe environment if going home is not appropriate based on the police officer's judgement.
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  2. Senator Randy Phillips comments on the upcoming legislative exchange with the Yukon Territory. Legislative leaders from both Alaska and the Yukon will be attending their annual legislative exchange on March 16 - 18.
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  3. Senator Randy Phillips details plans for repaving and reconstruction of the highway between Burwash Landing and Haines Junction in the Yukon Territories. This project will greatly impact tourists traveling to Alaska.
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03-17-97

  1. Senator Jerry Ward comments on a joint hearing he and House Finance Corrections Budget Subcommittee Chairman Eldon Mulder will hold on Friday, March 21, in the Senate Finance Chambers of the State Capitol from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The hearing will review recommendations suggested in the Alaska Native Commission Report for reducing Native overcrowding in Alaska's prisons.
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03-18-97

  1. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, expresses her happiness that the Tort Reform bill passed the House of Representative's today. The bill will be brought up again on the House Floor for reconsideration Wednesday, but the bill is expected to be reported out of the House and sent to the Senate tomorrow.
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03-19-97

  1. Representative Brian Porter discusses his Tort Reform bill, which passed the House Wednesday on final reconsideration.
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  2. Senator Loren Leman reflects upon the reasons he introduced SB 41, which passed the Senate Wednesday. The Envioronmental Self Audit bill seeks to encourage businesses to identify areas of environmental violation and take measures to correct them.
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03-20-97

  1. Representative Bill Hudson discusses his HJR 23, currently being deliberated in the House Resources Committee. This resolution urges the U.S. Forest Service to bring the decade-long Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP) to a conclusion and adopt a minimum annual harvest level of 300 million board feet.
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  2. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, comments on her release of operating budget subcommittee appropriation targets for fiscal year 1998 Thursday.

03-21-97

  1. Representative Con Bunde discusses HB 145, which passed out of the House Friday. This bill would establish an examination to be taken by all new teachers to demonstrate a minimum level of competency in basic skills before certification in Alaska.
  2. Senator Gary Wilken discusses how his SB 84, which unanimously passed the House today, will transfer control of the University's Natural Resource Endowment Fund from the Department of Revenue to the University of Alaska.

03-25-97

  1. Representative Al Vezy comments in detail on the reasons why he introduced his HB 112, which passed the House Tuesday. This bill expands the definiation of a political party to make it easier for a political party to qualify under the Alaska Statutes. Currently, if a party does not run a candidate for governor they loose their legal status as a party.
  2. Representative Ivan Ivan details the intent of his HB 22, which unanimously passed the Senate Tuesday. This bill holds bootleggers and drug dealers liable for actions taken by person who commit property damage or person injury while under the influence of alcohol or drugs purchased from the bootlegger or dealer.
  3. Senator Loren Leman discusses his SB 24, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a 14 to 4 vote. This bill makes enforceable a 1970 law requiring parental consent for abortion. It contains a "judicial bypass," a method that allows a judge to provide permission before an abortion can be performed on a minor, as an alternative to securing parental consent. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that state parental consent laws must contain the alternative judicial bypass to be constitutional.

03-26-97

  1. Senator Drue Pearce discusses the difficulties of health care delivery to remote areas in Alaska. The passage of her SCR 6 from the Senate on Wednesday recognizes the Alaska Telemedicine Project as the official project for the State of Alaska.

03-27-97

  1. House Finance Co-Chair, Mark Hanley, comments on the Operating Budget passed out of House Finance Committee late Wednesday night.
  2. Senate President Mike Miller announces the members of the newly formed Deferred Maintenance Task Force at a press conference on Thursday.
  3. Representative Eldon Mulder, appointed to the Task Force discusses the task ahead.
  4. Senator Tim Kelly also a new member of the Deferred Maintenance Task Force comments on the Task Force.
  5. Representative Rokeberg comments on the passage of his water quality bill, HB 51, from the House on Thursday.
  6. Representative Con Bunde talks about the intent of HB 147, which passed the House Thursday. HB 147 allows a charter school to be designed to serve nonresident students. The expenses of housing nonresident students who attend the charter school, including room, board, and other reasonable housing expenses, may be paid for with funds contributed by sources other than the state.

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