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Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton District 35 - Homer

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Interim:
345 W. Sterling Hwy. Suite 102B
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 235-2921
Fax: (907) 235-4008
Personal Website:
www.reppaulseaton.com


Elected to the House 2002


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HB 51 : Labeling Of Prescribed Drugs
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act requiring pharmacists to include generic drug information on containers in which brand-name prescription drug orders are dispensed.

Version: CS HB 51 (HES)
Contact: Chris Knight, 465-6867
Action: 05-08-03: Passed the Senate

House Bill 51 moved out of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), HB 51 requires pharmacists to include the generic drug name on containers of a brand name drug. The requirement aims inform people of a brand name drug's generic name and prevent them from mistakenly overdosing on the same drug. House Bill 51 awaits assignment to its next Senate committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 118 : Transportation Of Commercial Fish
Signed into Law! Chapter 112 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the transportation and sale of certain commercially caught fish by an agent of a commercial fishing permit holder and to the sale of fish; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkwoski signed HB 118 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) on recommendation by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, HB 118 allows commercial fishermen to hire their own tender or pool their resources on one boat to transport fish to market. Currently, transporting another person's fish is illegal unless you are a licensed processor or act as a contractor for a licensed processor. HB 118 will require the person transporting the fish to have a transporter permit in addition to the currently required fish ticket. This arrangement allows a fisherman to retain ownership of the fish while authorizing an associate or another vessel to transport and sell the fish.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 232 : Homer Mercury Classic
Signed into Law! Chapter 149 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to mercury classics; and providing for an effective date.

08-06-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 232 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), HB 232 will allow the Homer Chapter of the Kenai Peninsula Boys and Girls Club to operate and implement the "Homer Mercury Classic."

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 260 : Immunity For Providing Free Health Care
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to immunity for free health care services provided by certain health care providers; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 260 (JUD)
Contact: Cameron Yourkowski, 465-3306
Action: 03-03-04: (S)JUD ==> (S)RSL

HB 260 extends the ability of licensed physicians and other health care providers to administer health care services free of charge. By exempting such services from malpractice liability, HB 260 would allow health care providers do donate their professional services at a lower personal cost. HB 260 will be especially helpful to retiring health professionals that wish to donate their services but do not still carry medical malpractice insurance. After a reconsideration vote, HB 260 will move to the Senate. Minor technical changes made in Senate Judiciary Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 320 : Apportionment Of Business Income
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to apportionment of business income; and providing for an effective date.

HB 322 : Municipal Initiative And Referendum Elections
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act requiring a municipal initiative or municipal referendum to be submitted to the voters at the next regular election occurring not sooner than 60 days after certification of the initiative or referendum petition.

Version: HB 322
Action: 02-05-04: H(STA) ==> H(RLS)

Under HB 322, local municipalities would be allowed to hold initiative elections and referendums on the following municipal election, thus saving time and money for local governments.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 364 : Natural Gas Leases On The Kenai Peninsula
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act establishing a moratorium on the issuance of state shallow natural gas leases in the vicinity of Kachemak Bay, and precluding the commissioner of natural resources from reissuing or otherwise extending leases within the moratorium area if the leases fail to produce gas in paying quantities within the terms of the lease or if there is a breach of a term or condition of the lease; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SS HB 364 (O&G)
Contact: Cameron Yourkowski, 465-2689
Action: 04-30-04: Passed the House

House Bill 364 acts to reaffirm the State of Alaska's previous findings that Kachemak Bay and the Homer area are not appropriate for oil and gas development.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 473 : Direct Mareting Fisheries Business
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by Joint Salmon Industry Task Force

An Act relating to limited joint venture fish processing businesses and to liability for the payment of the fisheries business tax; and providing for an effective date.

HB 498 : Sale or Trade of State Land
Withdrawn by Sponsor
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act requiring the sale or trade of state land.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 28 : Studies Of Salmon Harvesting Cooperatives
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

Relating to the socioeconomic impacts of salmon harvesting cooperatives.

Version: CS HCR 28 (FIN)
Contact: Cameron Yourkowski, 465-3306
Action: 05-03-04: (S)CRA (S)RES

The purpose of this resolution is to request the University of Alaska to further study the broader socioeconomic effects of allocative salmon harvesting cooperatives. This bill was passed on 02/12/04 but held by the committee pending a new fiscal note. Make the study advisory not mandatory.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 25 : Commercial Fishing & Processor Shares
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

Supporting Alaska's independent commercial fishermen and Alaska's fish processing industry and opposing the establishment of processor quota shares.

| Sponsor Statement |


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HB 10 : Group Health Insurance For Private Groups
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze, Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act amending the definition of group health insurance, and allowing the Department of Administration to obtain a policy or policies of group health care insurance for employers that are small businesses, nonprofit organizations, special services organizations, or small associations for insurance purposes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB10 (FIN)
Contact: John Bittner, 465-4930
Action: 05-08-04: Passed the Senate

House Bill 10 moved out of the Senate State Affairs Committee on Saturday. Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Norman Rokeberg (R-Anchorage), HB 10 allows small businesses, nonprofit organizations, special services organizations, small associations, or self-employed individuals to create associations that can participate in group health insurance plans. These entities can then purchase health insurance coverage for their employees. HB 10 moves to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. Amended to make date current.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 11 : Deposits To The Permanent Fund
Signed into Law! Chapter 22 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act relating to deposits to the Alaska permanent fund from mineral lease rentals, royalties, royalty sale proceeds, net profit shares under AS 38.05.180(f) and (g), federal mineral revenue sharing payments received by the state from mineral leases, and bonuses received by the state from mineral leases, and limiting deposits from those sources to the 25 percent required under art. IX, sec. 15, Constitution of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

05-17-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 11 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Norman Rokeberg (R-Anchorage), HB 11 changes the statute that directs 50-percent of Alaska's mineral revenues to the Permanent Fund and returns the amount to the constitutionally required 25-percent.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 15 : Telemarketers No-Call Lists
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Hugh Fate

An Act relating to establishing the Alaska No-Call List, a data base of residential telephone customers who do not wish to receive telephonic solicitations; providing that the data base be compiled at no cost to the customers; requiring paid telephonic sellers to purchase the data base; requiring telephonic sellers to identify themselves; requiring telephonic solicitors who are otherwise exempt from registration as telephonic solicitors to file with the Department of Law and purchase the data base; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB 15 JUD
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-6541
Action: 05-07-04: (S)FIN (S)RLS

Committee Substitute for HB 15 gives the Department of Law the authority to require telemarketers to register, pay fees and face penalties for non-compliance, defines groups which will be exempt from the law and brings Alaska law in-line with Federal Regulations. Minor language changes in Finance.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 21 : Medicaid For Breast & Cervical Cancer
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula, Rep. Mary Kapsner, Rep. Sharon Cissna

An Act relating to an optional group of persons eligible for medical assistance who require treatment for breast or cervical cancer.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 83 KB]

HB 23 : Restitution For Crime Victims
Signed into Law! Chapter 26 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to court-ordered restitution and compensation following a criminal conviction.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 23 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 23 enables the court to consider documented volunteer labor as a factor in the process of determining restitution.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 25 : Health Care Services Directives
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to health care decisions, including do not resuscitate orders and the donation of body parts, and to powers of attorney relating to health care, including the donation of body parts; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS HB 25 (JUD)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 465-4963
Action: 05-02-04: Passed the Senate

HB 25 offers a comprehensive simplified alternative to the power of attorney enacted in Alaska in 1996 relating to health care services and directives for the terminally ill patient. Five simple directives request the patient's comprehensive details and instructions should they become incapacitated. These Five Wishes are: the person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't; the kind of medical treatment I want or don't want; how comfortable I want to be; how I want other people to treat me; and what I want my loved ones to know. Amended to provide guidelines for surrogate in DNR decisions and life sustaining procedures and refined DNR qualifications.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 18 Pages - 216 KB]

HB 36 : Electronic Mail
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Les Gara

An Act relating to electronic mail activities and making certain electronic mail activities unfair methods of competition or unfair or deceptive acts or practices under the Act enumerating unfair trade practices and consumer protections.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 18 KB]

HB 45 : Second Verse Of Alaska's State Song
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act adding a second verse to the official Alaska state song.

05-01-03 : House Bill 45 moved out of the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 45 would officially add a second verse to the Alaska state song to celebrate the contributions of the Native culture and highlight the dignity of diverse cultures. HB 45 moves to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 49 : Expand DNA Database
Signed into Law! Chapter 88 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson, Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act relating to the DNA identification registration system; and providing for an effective date.

06-13-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 49 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage), HB 49 requires all convicted felons and sexual offenders, including those in custody, to submit DNA samples to the Alaska State Database. Juveniles adjudicated and in custody on the same offenses must also submit samples to the database.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 58 : Reinstatement Of Native Corporations
Signed into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Foster

An Act relating to the reinstatement of Native corporations; and providing for an effective date.

04-14-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 58 into law on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Richard Foster (D-Nome), HB 58 would offer a one-time window for previously dissolved Native Village Corporations to apply for reinstatement and retain their legal standing and assets.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 93 : Repeal Boating Safety Sunset
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to boating safety; repealing secs. 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, and 30, ch. 28, SLA 2000; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB 93 (TRA)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 465-4963
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

HB 93 consolidated boating regulatory functions and created a steady funding source for boater education programs for the state of Alaska. Amended to exclude non-motorized boats from the regulations.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 102 : Concealed Deadly Weapons Legal
Signed into Law! Chapter 62 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Croft

An Act relating to concealed deadly weapons.

HB 107 : Medicaid for Breast & Cervical Cancer
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act relating to an optional group of persons eligible for medical assistance who require treatment for breast or cervical cancer; relating to cost sharing by those recipients under the medical assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

02-25-03 : House Bill 107 moved out of the House Health, Education and Social Services Committee on Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Government Hill/Birchwood), HB 107 removes the sunset provision for Medicaid coverage to women diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer detected by federal screening programs that are provided under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. The provision is currently set to end coverage on June 30, 2003.
HB 107 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 134 : Correctional Facility Expansion
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act authorizing the Department of Corrections to enter into agreements with municipalities for new or expanded public correctional facilities in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Bethel, and the Municipality of Anchorage.

04-17-03 : House Bill 134 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 134 would increase beds in Alaska by providing legislative authorization for local governments to finance the construction of new prison facilities and add additional beds at facilities currently owned by the state. The State of Alaska would then enter into long-term leases and operate the facilities as part of the state correctional system.
HB 134 awaits its next House committee, and will then move to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 177 : Concealed Handguns
Signed into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to concealed handguns; allowing persons whose applications have been rejected as unqualified or whose permits have been revoked or suspended to continue to carry concealed handguns in this state if the person has a permit from another jurisdiction; requiring the Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements concerning the carrying of concealed handguns.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 177 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stolze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 177 recognizes concealed weapon permit holders from other states as valid permit holders in Alaska. HB 177 also requires the Alaska Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states when it benefits Alaska permit holders.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 194 : Regional Development Org Tax Credit
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson

An Act creating a tax credit under the Alaska Net Income Tax Act for contributions to regional development organizations; and providing for an effective date.

05-08-03 : House Bill 194 moved out of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson (R-Anchorage), HB 194 creates a tax credit for contributions made by businesses to Alaskan regional development organizations. This legislation limits the tax credit to the first $10,000 contributed by a business to a regional development organization. The tax credit allowed under HB 194, when combined with credits allowed under various other tax credit provisions in statute, may not exceed the previously established limit of $150,000. This tax credit will sunset in 2005.
HB 194 moves to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Opinion-Editorial |

HB 209 : Municipal Tax: Property Affected By Disaster
Signed into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 04
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to municipal property tax adjustments for property affected by a disaster.

Version: CSHB 209(RLS)
Contact: Sue Wright 465-3779
Action: 02-13-04: Signed into law by Governor

HB 209 allows municipalities to provide for a tax reduction for property destroyed, damaged or otherwise reduced in value as a result of a disaster.

| Sponsor Statement |
| DCED Fiscal Note | [PDF - 1 Page - 10 KB]

HB 211 : Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson

An Act relating to a student loan repayment program for nurses, and amending the duties of the Board of Nursing that relate to this program; and providing for an effective date.

05-15-03 : The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 211 by a vote of 37 to zero on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson (R-Wrangell), HB 211 establishes the Alaska Nurse Recruitment Loan Repayment Program to provide incentives for more nurses to work in Alaska. HB 211 moves to the Senate.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 213 : Provisional Driver's License
Passed Legislaturee! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to a provisional driver's license and to issuance of a driver's license; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB 213 (FIN)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 465-3744
Action: 05-01-04: Passed the Senate

House Bill 213 creates a three-tiered system whereby young drivers pursue their full, unrestricted driver's license. Amended to clarify the definition of who may receive an exception for provisional license. Minor technical amendments made in FIN.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 226 : Organic Food
Signed into Law! Chapter 64 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to the sale, offer for sale, representation, and labeling of food or other agricultural products as organic, and to the state organic certification program; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 226 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 226 brings the state of Alaska's definition of organic agricultural products in line with the federal definition. HB 226 would create an Alaska organic certification program, providing in-state certification for organic agricultural producers, processors, and handlers.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 233 : Increase Education Funding
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson

An Act increasing the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 233 (FIN)
Contact: Jean Ellis, 465-3824
Action: 05-03-04: (S)FIN (S)RLS

House Bill 233 moved out of the House on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson, HB 233 increases the base student allocation in the state foundation formula. The increase will assist state local schools districts to meet, or, exceed the public's expectations and demands. HB 233 moves to the House Finance Committee. Amended to add $419 dollars per student to the foundation formula. Adds $84.5 million dollars for education.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 275 : Veterinarians And Animals Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to veterinarians and animals.

Version: CS HB 275 (FIN)
Contact: Sue Wright, 465-3779
Action: 05-09-04: (S)FIN (S)RLS

HB 275 is an animal cruelty bill that not only make sense but is effective. HB 275 clearly defines cruelty to animals in the first, second and third degrees and establishes minimum care standards for domestic pets statewide. Amended to define trapping of vermin and other technical amendments.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 292 : Abortion: Informed Consent; Information
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act relating to information and services available to pregnant women and other persons; and ensuring informed consent before an abortion may be performed, except in cases of medical emergency.

05-15-03 : House Bill 292 moved out of the House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Government Hill/Birchwood), HB 292 requires by law that Alaskan physicians who perform or induce abortions inform patients of the medical, emotional, and physical consequences that are possible. HB 292 moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 303 : Use Criminal Fines For Youth Courts
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg

An Act relating to youth courts and to the recommended use of criminal fines to fund the activities of youth courts; and relating to accounting for criminal fines.

05-12-03 : House Bill 303 moved out of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg (R-KodiaKB], HB 303 separately accounts for fines that have been imposed under the Sentencing and Probation statutes, and allows the legislature to appropriate a prescribed percentage of those fines that have been collected to the Youth Courts.
HB 303 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 304 : Jack Coghill Bridge To The Interior
Signed into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 04
Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill

An Act naming the Jack Coghill Bridge to the Interior.

Version: HB 304
Contact: Rynnieva Moss, 465-3719
Action: 02-25-04: Passed the Senate ==> awaiting transmission to Gov.

This bill names Bridge #216, which currently has no name, the "Jack Coghill Bridge to the Interior" to commemorate the contributions of one of Alaska's great citizens. Jack Coghill has served the state in various positions throughout the twentieth century.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 337 : Anatomical Gifts Registry
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

An Act relating to anatomical donor registries, to an anatomical gift awareness fund, to an anatomical gift awareness program, and to motor vehicle licenses and registrations.

Version: CS HB 337 (FIN)
Contact: Heath Hilyard, 465-6841
Action: 05-06-04: Passed the Senate

With this legislation, the donor's status and other information will be available to Life Alaska Donor Services so that the donor's gift may be realized with or without the donor having their License/State ID card at the time of death. This will also allow Life Alaska to quickly ascertain the donor status of the Licensee and match the donor's gift with a suitable recipient. Amended to allow cancellation of registration at DMV or the Registry.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 339 : Trade Practices: Tree Trial/ Option-Out Plans
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to negative option plans for sales, to charges for goods or services after a trial period, and to acts that are unlawful as unfair trade practices.

Version: SCS CS HB 339 (JUD)
Contact: Suzanne Cunningham, 465-4945
Action: 05-07-04: Passed the Senate

Under HB 339, businesses are prohibited from using opt-out marketing plans or free trial periods, to sell goods and services, unless specific requirements and disclosures are made to the consumer. The intent of this legislation is to protect consumers by requiring the disclosure of all consumer obligations and details of enrollment and acceptance of free trial periods and closely related marketing schemes. Amended to require written notification before charging a customer under a free trial offer.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 395 : Shallow Natural Gas
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. John Harris

An Act relating to shallow natural gas leasing and the regulation of shallow natural gas operations.

Version: CS HB 395 (O&G)
Contact: Rick VanderKolk, 465-4859
Action: 03-12-04: (H)O&G ==> (H)RES

HB 395 was designed to resolve concerns many Alaskans have with coal bed methane development in the areas of property rights, water quality assurance, and local involvement of residents.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 494 : Electronic Payment for State Business
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Pete Kott

An Act relating to the disbursement of money by the state, including employment compensation, unemployment payments, and permanent fund dividends, and to bank investments and deposits by the state; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB 494 (FIN)
Contact: Sue Stancliff, 465-3958
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

HB 494 would require the State of Alaska to disburse funds electronically. Minor language amendments were made in committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 496 : Youth Vote Ambassador Prog/Election BDs
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act creating the Youth Vote Ambassador Program and relating to that program; authorizing the members of the program to be appointed to serve on election boards; relating to qualifications for appointment to election boards; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 496 (STA)
Contact: Kelly Huber, 465-3783
Action: 05-03-04: Passed the Sente

Under HB 496 high school students, 16 years and older, would assist at the polls as part of election boards. These ambassadors would be appointed and trained by an election supervisor and supervised by an election board chairperson.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 1 : Congratulate Governor/Lt. Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Honoring Governor Frank H. Murkowski and Lieutenant Governor Loren D. Leman for their years of public service; and congratulating Governor Murkowski and Lieutenant Governor Leman and extending them best wishes.

HCR 2 : Extend Alaska Railroad To Ft. Greely
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 12
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Relating to the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Fort Greely to serve the anti-ballistic missile launch facility.

04-11-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 2 by a vote of 16 to one on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HCR 2 supports a 70-mile extension of the Alaska Railroad from the vicinity of Eielson Air Force Base to the Fort Greely anti-ballistic missile launch facility near Delta Junction.
Permanently Filed: 05-02-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 5 : Legis. Task Force On Design Of State Seal
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Reggie Joule

Establishing a task force to make recommendations regarding a new design for the official seal of the State of Alaska.

Version: CS HCR 5(STA)
Contact: Christine Hess, 465-4833
Action: 03-11-04: (S)STA ==> (S)FIN

Establishes in the legislative branch the Task Force on the State Seal whose mission is to gather input from the citizens of Alaska about what the official state seal should look like and to make recommendations to the legislature about a proposed new design for a new official seal for the state.

HCR 6 : Extend Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 3
Sponsored by Rep. Gary Stevens

Extending the termination date of the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force until 2005.

02-26-03 : The Alaska State Senate passed House Concurrent Resolution 6 by a vote of 19 to zero on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], HCR 6 extends the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force until the end of next year's Regular Session.
Permanently Filed: 03-27-03.

| Sponsor Statement for Senate Companion Bill |

HCR 8 : Inhalants And Poisons Awareness Week
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 5
Sponsored by Rep. Mary Kapsner

Requesting the Governor to declare March 16 - 22, 2003, to be Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.

HCR 25 : Alaska Wild Salmon Week
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf

Relating to Alaska Wild Salmon Week, June 28 - July 4, 2004.

Version: CS HCR 25 (RES)
Contact: Rex Weimer, 465-4695
Action: 03-30-04: (S) STA ==> (S)RES

Resolves that the Alaska State Legislature designates the week of June 28 - July 4, 2004, as Alaska Wild Salmon Week, and calls on the people of Alaska to observe the week by participating in activities focusing on the catching and eating of salmon.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 29 : Support Therapeutic Courts
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze

Relating to support for therapeutic courts for repeat driving while under the influence offenders.

Version: CS HCR 16 (RLS)
Contact: Jon Bittner, 465-4930
Action: 05-10-04: Passed theSenate

HCR 29 encourages the Department of Law and the Public Defender Agency to actively participate in the startup of therapeutic courts in communities where there is a large population of DUI offenders and local support for therapeutic courts. Added Department of Corrections, probation and parole and public defenders office t the list of recipients.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Cost Analysis | [PDF - 3 Pages - 16 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 6 Pages - 27 KB]

HCR 31 : Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 43
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

Proclaiming March 2004 as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Version: SCS CSHCR 31(HES) AM S
Contact: Heath Hilyard, 465-6841
Action: 04-20-04: Passed the Senate

By making Alaskans aware of traumatic brain injuries, their cause, and prevention we can lower the number of injuries and deaths caused each year. Amended to make June Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month and recognizing Alaska Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board. Amended to make June Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 9 : Constitution Amendment: Appropriation/ Spending Limit
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to an appropriation limit and a spending limit.

Version: CS HJR 9 (FIN) Am
Contact: Ben Mulligan, 465-4958
Action: 05-05-04: (S)FIN (S)RLS

HJR 9 would call for a question on the ballot, asking whether or not an amendment should be added to Alaska Constitution to include a spending limit and limitations on the growth of the budget. Amended to change the calcultion to include the greater of the last two fiscal years and add several exemptions to the formula.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 16 : Supporting Members Of Military
Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze

Expressing confidence in and support for all members of the military, their families, and employers of members of the National Guard.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 18 : Supporting Military Action Against Iraq
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 8
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Supporting the men and women of the United States armed forces in the military action to free Iraq and to protect the world from Saddam Hussein.

04-04-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 18 by a vote of 19 to zero on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HJR 18 supports President George Bush's decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein in Iraq and supports the American troops involved in that military action.
HJR 18 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 32 : Labeling Of Salmon Food Products
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 38
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula

Relating to the labeling of salmon and salmon food products.

Version: CS HJR 32 (FSH) AM S
Contact: Aurora Hauke, 465-4766
Action: 03-15-04: Passed the Senate

Amended to replace "salmon" with "fish" making the resolution include all Alaskan Wild fish and amended language to reflect a more positive image and healthy benefits of wild Alaskan fish. Amended to fix minor language change.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 34 : Federal Training And Assistance For Fishermen
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

Requesting the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Labor to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits to Alaska fishermen; requesting the United States Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture to extend additional disaster and price support benefits to Alaska salmon fishermen; and requesting the United States Department of Agriculture to establish terminal markets in Alaska for all covered commodities including salmon.

Version: CS HJR 34 (FSH)
Contact: Melissa Dover, 465-2487
Action: 04-19-04: Passed the Senate

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Labor have Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs that were designed to help workers whose industries have been hurt by imports. This resolution asks the USDA to establish a (TAA) program for fisherman.

| Sponsor Statement |

HR 8 : Ronald Reagan Day
Passed House! Transmitted to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Nick Stepovich

Recognizing February 6, 2004, as Ronald Reagan Day in Alaska.

Version: HR 8
Contact: Ryan Colgan, 465-3004
Action: 02-05-04: Passed House

HR 8 recognizes February 6, 2004 as Ronald Reagan Day in Alaska.

SB 25 : AHFC Loans To Educators
Signed into Law! Chapter 126 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

An Act relating to the teachers' housing loan program in the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 25 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken (R-Fairbanks), SB 25 would provide an incentive for trained teachers, counselors, and administrators to enter into the profession and settle down in local communities, by providing them with no money down financing for a home.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 160 : Civil Liability For Defibrillator Use
Signed into Law! Chapter 120 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

An Act relating to civil liability for use or attempted use of an automated external defibrillator; and providing for an effective date.

SB 192 : DOL Teachers And Training Programs
Signed into Law! Chapter 49 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to teachers and training programs in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to the placement in the exempt service of certified teachers employed by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to their eligibility to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System of Alaska, and to the functions of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board regarding the Kotzebue Technical Center and the Alaska Vocational Technical Center; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 192 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 192 would specifically grant statutory authority to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to employ teachers who are members of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and would enable current AVTEC instructional staff to remain members of the TRS after AVTEC transfers to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It also would allow future AVTEC instructional staff to become TRS members.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 283 :Approp:Capital/Supplemental/Reapprop/CBR
Transmitted to Governor
Sponsored by Sen. Lyman Hoffman

An Act making, amending, and repealing appropriations, including capital appropriations, supplemental appropriations, reappropriations, and appropriations to capitalize funds; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: FCCS SB 283 (corrected)
Contact: Tim Grussendorf, 465-2829
Action: 06-25-04: Transmitted to Governor

A House and Senate Conference Committee approved a compromise budget package Monday evening (05/10/04) that increases K-12 education funding by $82 million, the largest single increase to education in the State's history, and provides for capital needs. Portions of the bill are contingent on a three-quarters vote of the Legislature to approve using money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve to make up possible shortfalls in the FY 04 and 05 operating budgets, and restore money to be transferred into the CBR at the end of the 2004 and 2005 fiscal years under a constitutional provision requiring that general fund sub-accounts be swept into the Budget Reserve at the end of each fiscal year.

| Bipartisan Press Release 1 |
| Bipartisan Press Release 2 |

SB 348 : Approve Flint Hills Royalty Oil Sale
Signed into Law! Chapter 6 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

An Act approving the sale of royalty oil by the State of Alaska to Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC, and Flint Hills Resources, LLC; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 348 (FIN)
Contact: Joe Balash, 465-4797
Action: 03-10-04: Signed into Law

The governor signed SB 348 into law March 9. It grants legislative approval to a contract for the sale of state royalty oil to Flint Hills Resources. The terms of the contract will result in increased state revenues of $2.6 million to $8.4 million.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SJR 10 : Pledge Of Allegiance Resolution
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 20
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

Relating to the Pledge of Allegiance.

05-14-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 10 passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SJR 10 would express the support of the Alaska State Legislature for the review of Newdow vs. U.S. Congress by the United States Supreme Court and of our firm belief of the principles and ideals stated in our nation's Pledge of Allegiance.

| Sponsor Statement |



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