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05-21-03: Cigarette Tax Stamp Heads to Governor for Final Stamp
Bunde says Tax Stamp is Fair Revenue Generator

05-09-03: Cigarette Tax Stamp Gets Senate Seal of Approval
Bunde says Tax Stamp is Fair Revenue Generator


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SB 168 : Cigarette Sale/Distribution
Signed into Law! Chapter 109 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act relating to issuance and revocation of licenses for the importation, sale, distribution, or manufacture of cigarettes and tobacco products; relating to a tax refund or credit for unsaleable, returned, or destroyed tobacco products; relating to restrictions on shipping or transporting cigarettes; relating to records concerning the sale of cigarettes; amending and adding definitions relating to cigarette taxes; relating to the payment of cigarette taxes; relating to penalties applicable to cigarette taxes; relating to the definition of the wholesale price of tobacco products; relating to payment of cigarette taxes through the use of cigarette tax stamps; relating to provisions making certain cigarettes contraband and subject to seizure and forfeiture; relating to certain crimes, penalties, and interest concerning tobacco taxes and sales; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 Gov. Murkowski signed SB 168 into law. Sponsored the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee, SB 168 would more adequately regulate the collection of taxes on cigarettes. There is an unknown quantity of untaxed cigarettes imported into the state of Alaska every year and existing laws make it difficult to track their numbers. All cigarette purchasers should be paying tax equally, whether purchasing over the counter or over the Internet.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 210 : Wage And Hour Overtime Computation
Signed into Law! Chapter 133 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act regarding the computation of overtime compensation by employers before June 2, 1999; and providing for an effective date.

07-03-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 210 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee SB 210 would once and for all, brings certainty to the interpretation of computing overtime under Alaska's Wage & Hour Act. These changes are consistent with both concerns and policy goals expressed by the Legislature in the enactment of Chapter 43, SLA 99 and official State Department of Labor practices going back to pre-statehood.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 218 : State Procurement Pilot Program
House Companion HB313 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act authorizing a pilot program relating to state procurement and the use of electronic commerce tools; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 291 : Unstamped Cigarettes
Signed into Law! Chapter 11 SLA 2004
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act extending the transition period for activities involving unstamped cigarettes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 291
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 04-01-04: Signed Into Law

SB 291 was signed into law April 1 with an immediate effective date. It gives Alaska distributors and retailers another 90 days to dispose of cigarette inventories that do not have a tax stamp. The cigarettes must have been in the state prior to January 1, 2004, the effective date of the bill that required the stamp.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 299 : Bad Check Charge
Signed Into Law! Chapter 77 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act relating to a charge for a bad check.

Version: HCS SB 299 (JUD) Am H
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

Imposes a fee up to a maximum of $30 for a bounced check. This more accurately reflects the cost of collecting on bad checks and removes the creditor’s burden of documenting “costs incurred.” The fee under current statute is a maximum of $25.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 357 : Insurance
Signed Into Law! Chapter 96 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce

An Act relating to the regulation of insurance, insurance licenses, qualifications of insurance producers, surplus lines, fraud investigations, electronic transactions, and compliance with federal law and national standards; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 357 (FIN)
Contact: Linda Hall, 465-2560
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

Referred to as the Insurance Omnibus Bill, SB 357 contains numerous changes to Title 21 to conform state statutes to federal law and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) model acts, and to update procedures and transactions. Adopted Finance letter of intent

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 5 Page - 43 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 360 : Create Bldg & Life Safety Code Commission
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce

An Act relating to building and life safety codes, including creation of the Building and Life Safety Code Commission, the adoption of building and life safety codes for the state, and making exemptions for municipalities; relating to mechanical contractors, electrical administrators, mechanical administrators, plumbers, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, boilers, unfired pressure vessels, water heaters, the administration of certain building and life safety codes, and fees for administration of building and life safety codes; and providing for an effective date.

SB 365 : Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants
Signed Into Law! Chapter 114 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act relating to the regulation of speech-language pathologist assistants; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 365 (FIN)
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 365 establishes registration of speech-language pathology assistants through the Division of Occupational Licensing regardless of employment setting. Outlines the qualifications and training required to be an SLPA, scope of practice, supervision and continuing education requirements.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 377 : State Mechanical Code
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

An Act relating to the state's mechanical code, to mechanical contractors and mechanical administrators, to mechanical standards and inspections involved in certain housing loans, and to the adoption of the state's mechanical code; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 377
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-5038
Action: 04-28-04: (S)L&C » (S)FIN

SB 377 grants the Department of Labor the authority to adopt the mechanical code for state administration purposes. Puts the code in the same department as the other "trade codes."

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 389 : Corporation Conversion: Limited Liability Co.
Signed Into Law! Chapter 115 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. L&C Committee

An Act relating to the conversion of certain corporations to limited liability companies; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 389
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 389 amends existing law to allow subsidiary corporations owned directly or indirectly by one or more parent corporations to convert to limited liability companies (LLCs). Restricting this authority to subsidiaries ensures there is not a negative tax consequence.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 392 : Regulatory Commission of Alaska
Signed Into Law! Chapter 98 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. L&C Committee

An Act relating to the expenses of investigation, hearing, or public advocacy before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, to calculation of the regulatory cost charge for public utilities and pipeline carriers to include the Department of Law's costs of its public advocacy function, to inspection of certain books and records by the attorney general when participating as a party in a matter before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 392
Contact: Jane Alberts, 465-4843
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 392 clarifies that regulatory cost charges will fund the Department of Law public advocacy function. Modifies the regulatory cost charge mechanism to provide the DOL public advocacy function with budgetary independence from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Provides DOL public advocacy function with qualified access to utility records. Clarifies that state agencies are exempt from paying allocated costs of proceedings before the RCA.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 14 : 40-Hour Work Week For State Employees
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

Relating to requesting the Governor to negotiate a 40-hour workweek with state employees.

SCR 18 : Suspend Uniform Rules For HB 195
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 34
Sponsored by the Sen. Labor & Commerce Committee

Suspending Rules 24(c), 35, 41(b), and 42(e), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, concerning House Bill No. 195, relating to the state health insurance plan.


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