Alaska State Legislature
1997 Audio Clip Archive

MAR APR MAY JUN - DEC

April

04-01-97

  1. Senator Loren Leman discusses the implications a recent Supreme Court decision has on his SB 24. This bill requires parental consent before a minor can obtain an abortion. (In the Montana case, Lambert v. Wicklund, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which had declared the Montana law unconstitutional on a minor technicality. Any challenge to an Alaska parental consent law in the federal court would be considered by the same court. Senator Leman's parental consent bill, SB 24, was approved March 26 in the Senate, by a vote of 15 to 4. It has been transmitted to the House and is now pending in the Finance Committee.)

04-02-97

  1. House Finance Co-Chair, Mark Hanley, comments on the Operating Budget that will be debated on the floor of the House Thursday. This budget continues the Majority's "Committment to Alaska" to reduce the operating budget by $60 million this year while continuing to protect those items most important to Alaskans.
  2. Representative Al Vezey announces that his family trust legislation, HB 101, was signed into law by Governor Knowles on Tuesday. This bill promotes a financial trust industry in Alaska similar to the trusts currently available in the Caribbean off-shore financial markets.
  3. Representative Al Vezey discusses the enactment of his legislation which makes possession of Flunitrazepam, the Date Rape Drug, a felony. This bill passed into law Wednesday.
  4. Senator Loren Leman discusses his SB 137, which unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday. This bill exempts volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and fire fighters from the Alaska Wage and Hour Act. This act often incorrectly classifies them as employees and causes bureaucratic tangles for volunteer organizations.
  5. Senator Jerry Ward comments upon the reasons he introduced his SB 68. The bill would create a Task Force to study the privatization of state government functions. The bill passed the Senate, Wednesday, by a vote of 14 to 5.

04-03-97

  1. Representative Norman Rokeberg addresses some of the issues surrounding the miss-information that has been circulating about his Water Quality legislation. HB 51 passed the House Thursday upon reconsideration.
  2. Representative Ivan Ivan describes the reasons he introduced his HJR 27, which passed the House Wednesday by a vote of 34-0. This legislation requests the FAA to exempt small rural air carriers that use aircraft that seat 10 or more passengers from the "Commuter Rule." This rule has a negative impact on small air carriers throughout the state.
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  4. Senator Jerry Mackie comments on why he sees the urgent need for his SJR 24. This resolution passed the Senate Thursday by a vote of 19 to 1. This legislation encourages the US Forest Service to immediately finalize the Tongass Land Management Plan for the Tongass National Forest so the people and communities of Southeast Alaska can move forward with their economic and personal lives with some degree of certainty.
  5. Senator Robin Taylor's legislation supporting Anchorage's bid to host the 2001 Special Olympics Wold Winter Games was passed unanimously Thursday. Senator Taylor comments on the resolution.

04-04-97

  1. House Finance Co-Chair, Mark Hanley, comments on the Operating Budget that passed the House on Friday, April 4, 1997. The budget is on track and meeting the Majority's goal of reducing $60 million from the State's budget.
  2. House Finance Co-Chair, Representative Gene Therriault discusses the 48 amendments the House Minority offered to Operating Budget bill that passed the House Friday, April 4, 1997. He asserts that the Majority has prioritized spending and protected those areas most important to Alaskans.
  3. Representative Scott Ogan comments on what his recently introduced legislation, the Separation of Powers Act or HB 223, attempts to do. 04-04-97
  4. Representative Scott Ogan describes in detail the reasons he introduced his Separation of Powers Act, HB 223. 04-04-97
  5. Senator Jerry Mackie comments on the 17 to 3 vote in the Senate to pass his Shuyak Island State Park legislation. This legislation is one of the final actions of a long and complex effort by state and federal authorities and locally affected municipalities to compensate for the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  6. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, discusses the supplimental budget bill that passed the Senate Friday, 17 to 3.
  7. Senator Lyda Green comments on the her SB 109, which passed the Senate Friday on a vote of 16 to 4.
  8. Senator Lyda Green further discusses the impacts her Agricultural Land bill will have on family farms in Alaska.

04-07-97

  1. Representative Norman Rokeberg comments on the unanimous passage of SB 14 from the House on Monday. This bill, in addition to protecting victims of domestic abuse from discrimition, is strong consumer protection legislation. It allows policy holders to request in writing the reasons for denial of coverage.
  2. Senator Dave Donley discusses his proactive effort to ensure that domestic violence victims are not discriminated against by insurance companies. Senate Bill 14, would prohibit insurance companies from canceling, denying, or increasing insurance policies of domestic violence victims and to require insurers to disclose the reasons why insurance is increased, canceled or denied.
  3. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, comments on the good economic news facing our State.
  4. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, talks about the fiscal gap facts facing our State that sparked the Republican-led Majority's 5 year budget cutting plan.

04-08-97

  1. Representative Ivan Ivan describes his legislation that protects Alaska fishermen's limited entry permits from Internal Revenue Service takings. This bill passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 34 to 4.
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  3. Senator Lyda Green comments on the broad public support her SJR 18 has garnered. This legislation calls for a constitutional amendment to protect the permanent fund dividend and inflation-proofing and it would require a vote of the people before any of the undistributed income can be spent.

04-09-97

  1. Representative Pete Kott comments on his Partial-Birth Abortion legislation. HB 65 will move to final passage in the Senate under a reconsideration vote on Thursday. This legislation would make it a felony for a person to perform a partial-birth abortion, except where necessary to save the life of a mother.
  2. Senator Dave Donley discusses his "Alaska Regulation Reform Act." This piece of legislation will have its first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol. This bill seeks to place reasonable and needed restraints on the increasing number of state regulations Alaskans live with.
  3. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, describes the intent behind SB 136, which unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday. This legislation would direct the Governor to present all three of his required budget bills on December 15th of each year - an operating budget bill, a capital budget bill, and a mental health program operating/capital budget bill.
  4. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, further comments on details of SB 136 that would ensure that the Governor awards designated grants to the grantees chosen by the Legislative.

04-10-97

  1. Representative Eldon Mulder analysises community support around the state for the proposed Senate Corrections Plan.
  2. Representative Scott Ogan comments on the suitability of the Mat Sue valley as one of the proposed prison locations in the proposed Senate Corrections Plan.
  3. Representative Eldon Mulder's comments at Thursday's press conference announcing the proposed Senate Corrections Plan
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  4. Representative Pete Kott announces the formation of a new House Special Committee on Telecommunications Thursday.
  5. Senator Jerry Ward discusses the reasons behind his announcement of a Senate Corrections Plan at a press conference called Thursday
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  6. Senator Jerry Ward details the goals of his corrections package.
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  7. Senate Finance Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, comments upon the time lines and some of the components of Senator Jerry Ward's proposed corrections package.
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  8. Senator Rick Halford comments on the intentions behind his introduction of SJR 28. This resolution calls for Congress to conduct a multi-year federal audit of the financial status of the Alaska Native Regional Corporations and their compliance with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

04-11-97

  1. The House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, talks about the State of Alaska delegation traveling to the Sakhalin Island region of Russia this next week.
  2. Senator Dave Donley, comments on why he introduced his SJR 3. This resolution passed the Senate on a 15 to 4 vote and it would limit Alaska's incarcerated prisoners to those rights granted to them under the United States Constitution if approved by the votes of the state.
  3. Senator Gary Wilken discusses the passage of his SB 84 into law, Thursday. Governor Tony Knowles signed into law legislation that will transfer control of the University's Natural Resource Endowment Fund from the Department of Revenue to the University of Alaska. This places management of the fund with the University.
  4. Senator Gary Wilken announces a joint hearing of the House and Senate Health, Education, and Social Services Committees on Monday, April 14, 1997, at 3:30 p.m. in the Capitol Building to hear Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods talk about his experiences in Arizona's landmark successful court case against the tobacco company, Liggett Group. Woods will discuss and examine the variety of tools anti-tobacco forces can use to cut down the use of tobacco, including taxation, litigation and enforcement.
  5. The Senator President, Senator Mike Miller, talks about the State of Alaska delegation traveling to the Sakhalin Island region of Russia this next week.

04-14-97

  1. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, announces the State Operating Budget bills (SB 75 and SB 76) passed the Senate Finance committee today and they will likely be up for a Senate floor vote on Wednesday.
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  2. Senator Dave Donley describes the impacts his recently passed SB 63 will have on juvinile offenders. This bill will mandate that second time juvinile offenders of deadly weapons charges be tried in adult court as adults.
  3. Senator Dave Donley talks about his SB 70 and the reasons he introduced it. This bill, which passed the Senate Monday, makes it a felony to shoot into an occupied building.
  4. Senator Dave Donley comments again on SB 70.

04-15-97

  1. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, reflects upon her impressions of the Trade Mission to Sakhalin, Russia and some of the specifics where Alaskans can help the Sakhalin region. She returns to Alaska on Wednesday.
  2. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, comments upon the original purpose of the Trade Mission to Sakhalin, Russia.
  3. Representative Alan Austerman comments on why he supports HJR 34. This resolution opposes the adoption of proposed options now under consideration by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for creating a new halibut fishery in Alaska.

04-16-97

  1. Wednesday, after returning from Sakhalin, Russia, House Speaker Gail Phillips reflects upon her trip.
  2. Representative Gail Phillips talks about her presentation before the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on Wednesday.

04-17-97

  1. Representative Pete Kelly comments upon the floor action of his HB 6. This bill allows the free flow of information about minors who commit repeat or serious offenses.
  2. Representative Fred Dyson talks about the purposes behind the accountability and disclosure provisions of HB 6.

04-18-97

  1. Representative Pete Kelly comments upon his two initiatives to remove the veil of secrecy surrounding juvenile criminals. HB 6 and HCR 4, passed the House Friday.
  2. House Rules Chairman, Representative Pete Kott, expresses his pleasure at the transmittal of his HB 65 to the Governor. This legislation seeks to outlaw partial-birth abortions by making it a felony for a person to perform the proceedure, except where necessary to save the life of a mother.
  3. House Majority Leader, Representative Brian Porter, reflects upon the multi-year struggle to pass tort reform legislation and the concensus required to reach this point. He also comments upon the original goals of the bill.
  4. House Speaker, Representative Gail Phillips, announces that Governor Knowles and House and Senate Representatives have reached concensus upon HB 58, the Tort Reform legislation. Speaker Phillips looks forward to sending the bill to the Governor on Monday.
  5. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, talks about the Majority's strategy to reduce the size of state government while protecting the Alaska Permanent Fund and the Constitutional Budget Reserve Fund.
  6. Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair, Senator Drue Pearce, comments about the history behind the Majority's 5-year budget plan and its future impacts upon Alaska's economy.
  7. Senator Loren Leman comments upon the passage of his SB 24 from the Legislature Friday. This bill requires parental consent for girls, 16 years old or younger, to obtain an abortion. This bill now moves to the Governor for approval.
  8. Senator Loren Leman describes the intent and impacts of HB 41, his environmental self audit legislation. This bill passed the Legislature Friday and now moved to the Governor for approval.
  9. Senator Drue Pearce discusses changes to the Ethics Act passed by the Senate Friday by a vote of 15 to 2. This legislation, SB 105, addresses many of the concerns and requests put forth by the Legislative Ethics Committee and it would make the executive branch abide by the same standards as the Legislature.
  10. Senator Jerry Mackie reflects upon the changes made to the Ethics Act in SB 105 on Friday, having served as a member of that body for the past four years.

04-19-97 to 04-27-97

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04-28-97

  1. Representative Bill Hudson speaks to the intent and purpose of his HJR 23. This legislation passed the Senate Monday and seeks to protect Alaska's fishermen from permit seizures by the IRS.
  2. Senator Loren Leman offers these reactions in response to the leader of a New York City-based organization announcing her group's opposition to HB 65 and SB 24 at a press conference Monday. Both of these abortion-related measures have passed the House and Senate and are strongly supported by the Alaska public. The bills now await action by the Governor. 04-28-97
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04-30-97

  1. Representative Pete Kott criticizes Governor Knowles for vetoing his Parental Consent Bill, HB 65. This bill seeks to make enforceable Alaska's existing statute requiring parental consent before a minor's abortion.
  2. Senate President, Senator Mike Miller, and House Speaker, Gail Phillips, announce their request to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Ron Otte to further investigate misuse of the State's confidential computer records.
  3. Senator Mike Miller further comments on the apparent misuse of confidential records contained in Alaska's APSIN computer system.
  4. Senator Loren Leman expresses his disappointment with Governor Knowles for vetoing his SB 24. This bill would make enforceable Alaska's existing statute requiring parental consent before a minor's abortion.
  5. Senator Rick Halford discusses his "Truth in Sentencing" Act, SB 67. This bill passed the HouseWednesday and now heads to the Governor.

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