News from the Senate Majority
Alaska State Legislature

Wendy Lindskoog, Senate Majority Press Secretary
State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907/465-4582
Broadcast Actualities: 800/478-6540

Legislature Approves Senate Measures

For Immediate Release: May 8, 1998

Legislature Approves License Plate for the Arts

Juneau – The House Friday passed legislation to create a new license plate for the Arts. Senate Bill 153, sponsored by Senator Drue Pearce (R-Anchorage), provide the State Arts Council an ongoing revenue source to supplement decreasing state funding. SB 153 passed by a vote of 27 to 7.

The specialty license plate, costing $150, will provide Alaskans a way to voluntarily support funding of the arts. The license plates will be designed in consultation with the State Arts Council which will be responsible for promoting the program to success.

Contact: Senator Drue Pearce: 465-4993

Bill Legalizes Electronic Signatures

Juneau – The House Friday unanimously passed legislation to establish electronic signatures as a legal substitute for standard signatures. Senate Bill 232, sponsored by Senator Sean Parnell (R-Anchorage), will allow the administration to develop regulations for using electronic signatures by private or public entities and establishes criteria for electronic signature regulations.

According to Parnell, government services can be delivered more quickly and efficiently to Alaskans by allowing them to perform many routine functions, such as filing forms or registering vehicles, by computer.

Electronic signatures are encrypted computerized codes. "By providing the legal framework for use of electronic signatures in the ever-changing world of electronic commerce, we help continue Alaska's interstate, intrastate and global economic growth," said Parnell. SB 232 also removes roadblocks to the use of this technology by repealing some state agencies' selected notarization requirements.

Contact: Senator Sean Parnell, 465-2995

Bill Extends Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers"

The House passed Senate Bill 235 by a unanimous vote to extend the termination date of the Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers to June 30, 2002. The Board was created in 1990 after enactment of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act guidelines of 1989 which required all appraisals, in connection with federally related transactions, to be performed by state licensed or state certified appraisers. The impetus for the federal legislation was the Savings and Loan crisis.

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