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SB 35 : Appropriation: Operating Budget/Loans/Funds
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations to the Department of Education and Early Development for K-12 educational programs; making appropriations to the University of Alaska; making an appropriation to reverse the deposit of money available for appropriation in the general fund at the end of fiscal year 2004 into the constitutional budget reserve fund; making appropriations of the amount necessary to balance revenue and general fund appropriations for fiscal years 2004 and 2005; making an appropriation for investment management fees for the constitutional budget reserve fund; 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: CSSSSB 35(FIN)
Contact: Sen. Lyda Green, 465-6600; Sen. Gary Wilken, 465-3709
Action: 03-19-04: Senate Floor ==> S(FIN)

SB 35 was sent back to the Senate Finance Committee March 19. It passed the Senate March 8, but the effective date vote failed 11 to 7 (requires two-thirds or 14 votes) and the Constitutional Budget Reserve vote failed 11 to 7 (requires three-quarters or 15 votes). SB 35 appropriates the governor's recommended $754,613,200 for public K-12 education and $649,322,300 for the University of Alaska. If the CBR sections had passed, SB 35 would have appropriated an additional $82 million to K-12, equating to a $407 increase in the base student allocation, and an additional $5.8 million to the university. The CBR draw would have: made up possible shortfalls in the FY 04 and 05 operating budgets; restored money to be transferred into the CBR on June 30, 2004 under a constitutional provision requiring that general fund sub-accounts be "swept" into the Budget Reserve at the end of each fiscal year; and covered $125,000 for the CBR's 2005 investment management fees. Depending on the amount of funding approved, further legislation must be passed to adjust the base student allocation in the state's foundation formula. The bill is contingent on passage of the education foundation formula increase.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 36 : Appropriation: Mental Health Budget
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 49 : 2003 Revisor's Bill
Signed into Law! Chapter 35 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Leg. Council Joint Committee

An Act making corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes; and providing for an effective date.

06-02-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 49 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules committee, by request of the Legislative Council, SB 49 would make corrective amendments to the Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes.

SB 51 : Bonds Of Bond Bank Authority
Signed into Law! Chapter 3 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to revenue bonds issued by the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority and the total amount of bonds and notes outstanding of that authority; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Deven Mitchell @ 465-3750 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 67 : Payment of Fisheries Business Tax

House Companion HB104 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to payment of the fisheries business tax and to security for collection of the fisheries business tax.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 68 : Tax Credit for Salmon Development
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to a salmon product development tax credit under the Alaska fisheries business tax and the Alaska fisheries resource landing tax; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 72 : Extend Regulatory Commission Of Alaska
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the termination date of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Nan Thompson @ 276-6222 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 73 : Aidea Authority To Issue Bonds
Signed into Law! Chapter 73 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the authority of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Sara Fisher-Goad @ 269-3000 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 74 : Discharge Prevention & Contingency Plans
Signed into Law! Chapter 12 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the renewal period for oil discharge prevention and contingency plans; and providing for an effective date.

| Bill Backup: Larry Dietrick @ 465-5250 |
| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 75 : Supplemental Appropriations: Fast Track
House Companion HB100 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending appropriations; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 76 : Supplemental Appropriations
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 94 : Benefits For Certain Rip Participants
House Companion HB140 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to benefits for retired teachers or employees who participated in retirement incentive programs and are subsequently reemployed as a commissioner; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 97 : Attorney Fees: Public Interest Litigants
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to public interest litigants and to attorney fees; and amending Rule 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure.

Version: CS SB 97 (JUD) Am (ct rule fld) (efd fld)
Contact: Dave Marquez, 465-2132
Action: 05-07-04: Senate Floor » House

Passed on recosideration May 7 by a vote of 11 to 9. Court Rules failed 12 to 8, which essentially voids the bill. Effective Date failed 12 to 8. It is similar to House Bill 145, which was passed last year and recently struck down in Juneau Superior Court. HB 145 eliminated the exemption for public interest litigants from the requirement that holds losing parties responsible for the winning side's attorney's fees and costs. The judge ruled HB 145 was improperly enacted because it required a two-thirds vote and was passed with a majority. SB 97 enacts changes similar to HB 145, but does so as rule changes and calls for a two-thirds vote. It applies the changes more broadly to all types of civil actions, regardless of whether they are related to resource development.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 100 : Appropriations: Capital Projects
Signed into Law! Chapter 82 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making capital appropriations and reappropriations; capitalizing a fund; 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.

05-21-03 : Senate Bill 100 passed and received concurrence from both bodies of the Legislature Wednesday. Sponsored by the Rules Committee at the Request of the Governor, SB 100 makes general fund appropriation for capital projects around the State.
SB 100 moves next to the Governor for his signature.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 102 : Charitable Gaming Revenue
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the amount of revenue received by the state from charitable gaming activities; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSSB 102(L&C) am(efd fld)
Contact: Larry Meyers, 269-6620
Action: 04-16-04: Tabled in the House Labor & Commerce Committee

Raises the state tax on charitable gaming pull tabs. The bill was tabled in the House Labor & Commerce Committee, meaning it would take four votes to bring it back up for discussion.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 103 : Motor Vehicle Registration Fees
House Companion HB170 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing certain motor vehicle registration fees; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 104 : Repeal Charter School Grants
House Companion HB171 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the charter school grant program; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 105 : Medicaid:Children/Pregnant Women/Facility
Signed into Law! Chapter 34 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to eligibility requirements for medical assistance for certain children, pregnant women, and persons in a medical or intermediate care facility; and providing for an effective date.

06-02-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 105 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 105 is designed to save Denali Kid Care. In an era where ballooning Medicaid costs, reductions in Federal funding, and with more than half the states in this nation facing incredible fiscal challenges - many states have been forced to cut critical programs similar to Denali Kid Care completely. To prevent this we can no longer shoulder automatic annual increases to the eligibility standards for enrollment into Denali Kid Care. SB 105 puts into statute fixed income levels of 175 percent of the 2003 "Federal Poverty Guidelines."

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 106 : Fee For Studded Tires
Signed into Law! Chapter 131 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a fee on studded tires; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 107 : Centralized Correspondence Study
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the state centralized correspondence study program, to funding for educational programs that occur primarily outside school facilities, and to the duties of school boards of borough and city school districts and regional educational attendance areas; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 108 : Health Facility Medicaid Rates/Advisory Commission
Signed into Law! Chapter 28 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to payment rates under the Medicaid program for health facilities and to budgeting, accounting, and reporting requirements for those facilities; abolishing the Medicaid Rate Advisory Commission; and providing for an effective date.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 108 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 108 accomplishes two things: It brings the state into compliance with current Federal law and removes the unneeded duplicative process performed by the Medicaid Rate Advisory Commission.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 109 : Medicaid Cost Containment & Priority List
Signed into Law! Chapter 106 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the statute that sets priorities for the Department of Health and Social Services to apply to administration of the medical assistance program when there are insufficient funds allocated in the state budget for that program; authorizing the department to make cost containment decisions that may include decisions about eligibility of persons and availability of services under the medical assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 109 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 109 empowers the Department of Health and Social Services to implement cost containment strategies.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 110 : Under School Age Students
House Companion HB154 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to admission to and advancement in public schools of children under school age; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 111 : Public Construction Project Requirements
House Companion HB155 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the submission of payroll information by contractors and subcontractors performing work on a public construction contract; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 112 : Increase Motor Fuel Tax
Signed into Law! Chapter 107 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the motor fuel tax and repealing the special tax rates on blended fuels; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 113 : Financial Institution Examinations/CFAB
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the frequency of examinations of certain persons licensed to engage in the business of making loans of money, credit, goods, or things in action; repealing the requirement for a state examination and evaluation of the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 114 : Increase Business License Fee
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the fee for a state business license; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 115 : Correctional Industries Program Expenses
Signed into Law! Chapter 29 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act allowing expenses of the correctional industries program that may be financed from the correctional industries fund to include the salaries and benefits of state employees.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 116 : Emission Control Permit Program
House Companion HB160 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the emission control permit program; relating to fees for that program and to the accounting of receipts deposited in the emission control permit receipts account; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 117 : Eliminating Longevity Bonus Program
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act eliminating the longevity bonus program and making related conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 118 : Borough Inspection: Food/Aquatic Farms
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the power of boroughs to conduct inspections and enforce standards for food and aquatic farm products; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 119 : Eliminate APOC
Signed into Law! Chapter 108 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act eliminating the Alaska Public Offices Commission; transferring campaign, public official, and lobbying financial disclosure record-keeping duties to the division of elections; relating to reports, summaries, and documents regarding campaign, public official, and lobbying financial disclosure; providing for enforcement by the Department of Law; making conforming statutory amendments; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 120 : State-Employed Seamen
Signed into Law! Chapter 30 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the state's sovereign immunity for certain actions regarding injury, illness, or death of state-employed seamen and to workers' compensation coverage for those seamen; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 121 : Community Schools
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to community schools; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 122 : Nonresident Game Tag Fees/Wildlife Tour Pass
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to an annual wildlife conservation pass and the fee for that pass; relating to nonresident and nonresident alien big game tag fees; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 123 : Eliminate Review Of Adoption Subsidies
Signed into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to adoptions that include a subsidy payment by the state; eliminating annual review of the subsidy paid by the state after adoption of a hard-to-place child has occurred; and providing for an effective date.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 123 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 123 will save the State $270,000 annually by eliminating the need for an annual evaluation of subsidy payments paid to people who adopt or take legal guardianship of "hard-to-place children.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 124 : Alcoholism And Drug Abuse Grants
Signed into Law! Chapter 48 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to grants for alcoholism and drug abuse programs; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 124 into law. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee on request of the governor, SB 124 changes the local match from 10 percent to the standard 25 percent on alcohol and drug abuse program grants from the Department of Health and Social Services, for communities that can afford it.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 142 : DNR Lead Resource Development Projects
Signed into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act designating the Department of Natural Resources as lead agency for resource development projects; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 143 : Coastal Management Programs
House Companion HB191 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska coastal management program and to policies and procedures for consistency reviews and the rendering of consistency determinations under that program; relating to the functions of coastal resource service areas; creating an Alaska Coastal Program Evaluation Council; eliminating the Alaska Coastal Policy Council; annulling certain regulations relating to the Alaska coastal management program; relating to actions based on private nuisance; relating to zoning within a third class borough covered by the Alaska coastal management program; and providing for effective dates.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 161 : Monopoly And Restraint Of Trade Actions
House Companion HB225 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain civil actions brought by the attorney general under monopoly and restraint of trade statutes; relating to the award of damages in actions brought under those statutes; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 162 : Cigarette Sales Requirements
House Companion HB224 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a tobacco product manufacturer's compliance with certain statutory requirements regarding cigarette sales; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 164 : Extend Board Of Storage Tank Assistance
House Companion HB187 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Storage Tank Assistance; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 165 : Alcohol Board: Extension & Police Powers
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act relating to the exercise of peace officer powers by employees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and continuing the existence of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 169 : Evaluation Of Agency Programs
House Companion HB243 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing state agency program performance management and audit powers in the Office of the Governor for the evaluation of agency programs; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 170 : Criminal Law/Sentencing/ Probation/Parole
Signed Into Law! Chapter 124 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Code of Criminal Procedure; relating to defenses, affirmative defenses, and justifications to certain criminal acts; relating to rights of prisoners after arrest; relating to discovery, immunity from prosecution, notice of defenses, admissibility of certain evidence, and right to representation in criminal proceedings; relating to sentencing, probation, and discretionary parole; amending Rule 16, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Rules 404, 412, 609, and 803, Alaska Rules of Evidence; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 170 (FIN)AM H
Contact: Dave Marquez, 465-2132
Action: 6-30-04: Signed Into Law

On May 11, the Senate unanimously passed House amendments made to SB 170 . SB 170 is an omnibus crime package. It strengthens bootlegging, local option, and other alcohol laws to give local communities more control of alcohol related crime. It modifies sentencing laws to require consecutive sentences for the most serious crimes such as murder, and it modifies the law on self-defense and the felony-murder rule to help make communities safer. It creates an orderly, uniform procedure for dealing with claims of immunity by witnesses. It creates a new crime for violating third-party custody duties and increases the consequences for sexual abuse by teenagers of very young children.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 171 : Suits & Claims: Military/Fire/Defense
House Companion HB245 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain suits and claims by members of the military services or regarding acts or omissions of the organized militia; relating to liability arising out of certain search and rescue, civil defense, homeland security, and fire management and firefighting activities; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 172 : Limit On Oil & Gas Lease Acreage
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the limitation on upland acreage that a person may take or hold under oil and gas leases; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 173 : Science & Tech Foundation/Bidco/Int.Trade
Signed into Law! Chapter 2 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing statutes pertaining to the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation and transferring money in the foundation's endowment; repealing statutes relating to the BIDCO assistance program; repealing statutes pertaining to the international trade and business endowment and transferring money in the international trade and business endowment; transferring oversight administration of outstanding Alaska Science and Technology Foundation loans and grants to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; establishing an Alaska BIDCO assistance program to be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development; and making conforming amendments.

Version: SB 173(efd fld)
Contact: Sally Saddler 465-2500
Action: 02-18-04: Signed by Governor

The Governor signed SB 173 into law Feb. 16. SB 173 repeals the existing AS 37.17 statutes that create the Alaska Science Technology Foundation, its endowment fund, and the programs it administers: foundation grants and the Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO) assistance program. The statute creating the international trade and business endowment in the ASTF is also repealed.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 174 : Salary Of Chief Procurement Officer
House Companion HB248 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the annual salary of the chief procurement officer; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 187 : Elections
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to elections, questioned ballots and questioned voters, voter registration, training of election officials, preparation of election materials, voter identification, absentee voting, counting ballots, and the primary election; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 193 : Natural Gas Pipeline Development
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act expanding the purpose of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority to include planning, developing, constructing, managing, or operating an economically viable gas pipeline project from the North Slope of Alaska by a route that parallels the Trans Alaska Pipeline System or the Alaska Highway; relating to the development plan, requiring a work plan, and relating to acquiring permits or other property by the authority for a proposed gas pipeline project; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 203 : Office Of Administrative Hearings
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee by Request

An Act relating to certain administrative hearings; and establishing the office of administrative hearings and relating to that office.

Version: HCS CS SB 203 (FIN)
Contact: Dave Stancliff, 465-3444
Action: 05-06-04: Senate Concurrence » Waiting transmittal to Gov

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes May 6. SB 203 unanimously passed the House May 5. It would separate the administrative hearing process from the agencies that write and enforce administrative law by creating a model central independent hearing office. It would also establish tighter timelines on administrative hearings and implement a code of conduct for hearing officers.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 32 KB]

SB 211 : Regulations: Notice And Distribution
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the publishing and furnishing of certain public notices regarding regulations or rules of certain state agencies; relating to distribution of the Alaska Administrative Code, Alaska Administrative Register, and supplements to the code or register; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 213 : Knik Arm Bridge And Toll Authority
Signed into Law! Chapter 77 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority and relating to that authority; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 215 : Seafood And Food Safety Laboratory
Signed into Law! Chapter 79 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act giving notice of and approving the entry into and the issuance of certificates of participation for a lease-purchase agreement for a seafood and food safety laboratory facility; relating to the use of certain investment income for certain construction costs; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 216 : International Airports Revenue Bonds
Signed into Law! Chapter 78 SLA 03
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to international airports revenue bonds; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 220 : State Sales And Use Tax
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act relating to a state sales and use tax; relating to taxes levied by cities and boroughs; providing authority to the Department of Revenue to enter into the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement; increasing the motor fuel tax and repealing the special tax rates on blended fuels; and providing for an effective date.

SB 223 : Naming The Ferry Lituya
Signed into Law! Chapter 154 SLA 2003
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

An Act naming the state ferry first operating to serve between Metlakatla and Ketchikan; and providing for an effective date.

05-20-03 : Senate Bill 223 passed the House of Representatives Tuesday. Sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee SB 223 will name the first State ferry to operate between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, the "Lituya." SB 223 moves next to the governor for his signature.

SB 226 : State Agency Receipts
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to receipts of certain state agencies and the accounting for and disposition of those receipts; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 231 : Decrease Time To Claim Unclaimed Property
Signed Into Law! Chapter 90 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act shortening the time periods after which certain unclaimed property is presumed to be abandoned; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 231 (FIN)
Contact: Betty Martin, 465-2350
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 231 amends the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Shortens the time period after which certain unclaimed property is presumed to be abandoned and must be transferred to the custody of the state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 232 : Retirement: Teachers/Judges/Public Employees
Signed Into Law! Chapter 92 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to federal requirements for governmental plan and other qualifications for the teachers' retirement system, the public employees' retirement system, and the judicial retirement system; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 232 (FIN)
Contact: Kevin Jardell, 465-5671
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 232 makes technical corrections to the Public Employees, Teachers and Judicial Retirement Systems to comply with the Internal Revenue Service code.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 256 : Appropriations: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds
House Companion HB75 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government, for certain programs, and to capitalize funds; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 257 : Appropriations: Capital Projects
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making capital appropriations and supplemental appropriations; capitalizing funds; making other appropriations; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 258 : Appropriations: Mental Health Budget
House Companion HB76 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 259 : SeniorCare
House Companion HB374 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the SeniorCare program and relating to that program; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 259
Contact: Sherry Hill 465-3030
Action: 01-12-04: S) HES => (S) FIN

SB 259 establishes the SeniorCare program. SeniorCare will provide prescription drug subsidies or cash assistance to low-income seniors until the new Medicare prescription drug subsidy administered by the federal government becomes fully effective in 2006. SeniorCare also includes a new Senior Information Office and a Preferred Drug List.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |
| House Companion Bill |
| Bill Summary | [PDF - 1 Page - 15 KB]
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 3 Pages - 47 KB]
| Freqently Asked Questions | [PDF - 4 Pages - 44 KB]
| Comparison of Benefits | [PDF - 1 Page - 1.12 MB]
| Comparison of Qualifications & Benefits | [PDF - 1 Page - 1.12 MB]

SB 264 : Repeal Pipeline Preapplication Deadline
Signed Into Law! Chapter 21 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the time limitation on the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to enter into agreements with a person or persons desiring to own an oil or natural gas pipeline proposed to be located on state land for the purposes of providing for payment of the reasonable costs incurred in preparing for activities before receipt of an application under the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 264
Contact: Janet Burleson Baxter, 465-2400
Action: 04-23-04: Signed into law

Governor signed into law April 23. Restores the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to enter into agreements for reimbursement of department costs incurred in assisting potential pipeline right-of-way lease applications in their preparation of an application under the Alaska Right-of-Way Act.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 265 : Oil & Gas Lease Sale Schedule/Notification
Signed into Law! Chapter 8 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales and to a related report to the legislature; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 265 (RES)
Contact: Janet Burleson-Baxter, 465-2400
Action: 03-17-04: Signed by Governor

The governor signed SB 265 into law March 17. It allows the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, upon notification of the Legislature, to amend at any time the sale schedule under the five-year oil and gas lease program, AS 38.05.180(b) and (c). It would also remove the current requirement that a proposed sale be on the schedule for two years before being held. Instead, a sale may not be held before the date in the amended five-year program. The amendments allow DNR to move up the earliest possible date for a proposed lease sale on the Alaska Peninsula, from 2007 under current law, to 2005.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 266 : Bristol Bay Oil & Gas Lease Sale Closure
Signed Into Law! Chapter 9 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act approving an interim classification by the commissioner of natural resources closing certain land within the area of the proposed Bristol Bay (Alaska Peninsula) competitive oil and gas areawide lease sale to oil and gas exploration licensing and shallow natural gas leasing; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 266
Contact: Janet Burleson-Baxter, 465-2400
Action: 03-17-04: Signed by Governor

The governor signed SB 266 March 17. It approves a classification that closes certain land in the Bristol Bay area to oil and gas exploration licensing and shallow natural gas leasing so the land will remain available for a proposed competitive oil and gas sale. The bill precludes exploration licensing and gas leasing only in the competitive lease sale area, and ensures the state the maximum economic benefit through bonus bids, royalties and lease terms.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 272 : Deferred Deposit Advances (Payday Loans)
Signed Into Law! Chapter 116 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

An Act relating to certain monetary advances in which the deposit or other negotiation of certain instruments to pay the advances is delayed until a later date; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 272 (FIN) Am H
Contact: Richard Schmitz, 465-3879
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

Governor signed into law June 29. SB 272 regulates the Deferred Deposit Advance (payday loan) industry. SB 272 proposes licensing and record-keeping requirements, limits on terms and the number of allowable renewals, fees, and reasonable limits on the amount of the advances. It would provide the consumer detailed information about the type of service and require full disclosure for all fees and costs incurred during the advance process. Additionally, provisions of the bill create a next day change of mind provision allowing the consumer time to reconsider their decision for any reason. Does not regulate traditional pawnshop activities of loans under $500; the focus is on deferred deposits and businesses providing this service.

SB 274 : Housing Programs
Signed Into Law! Chapter 134 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the housing assistance loan fund in the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; creating the housing assistance loan program; repealing loans for teacher housing and providing for loans for multi-family housing; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 274
Contact: Bryan Butcher, 330-8445
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 274 replaces the housing assistance loan fund with the housing assistance loan program, under which loans would be repaid to the Alaska Housing Finance Revolving Fund. It would also replace the restrictive provisions for teacher housing loans with more general provisions for multi-family housing.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 275 : Dept. Of Environmental Conservation Fees
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain fees or other monetary charges of the Department of Environmental Conservation; relating to action against Department of Environmental Conservation permits and other authorizations for failure to pay a monetary charge; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 276 : Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association
Signed Into Law! Chapter 61 SLA 04

Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; relating to joint insurance arrangements and assessments to the association; relating to the powers of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority concerning the association; and providing for an effective date.:
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Version: HCS CS SB 276 (JUD)
Contact: Sally Saddler, 465-2500
Action: 06-16-04: Signed by Governor

SB 276 responds to the insolvency of Fremont Insurance Company, a California-based worker's compensation insurer writing about 27 percent of the policies in Alaska in 2000, and three other insolvent workers' compensation insurers. It increases the ability of the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association to pay claims of the insolvent insurers by increasing the assessment caps through 2010, and assessing all lines of coverage. It also authorizes the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to guarantee loans made to the association by commercial lenders.

SB 277 : Student Loan Programs
Signed Into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education; relating to the Alaska Student Loan Corporation; relating to bonds of the corporation; relating to loan and grant programs of the commission; relating to an exemption from the State Procurement Code regarding certain contracts of the commission or corporation; making conforming changes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 277 (FIN)
Contact: Diane Barrans, 465-6740
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

SB 277 allows the Alaska Student Loan Corporation to issue bonds using available cash flow. It establishes a needs-based grant program to be funded from corporate receipts and federal matching dollars. It also exempts from state procurement codes the ASLC and Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education contracts for guaranteeing financial aid money.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 278 : Labor & Workforce Development Fees
Signed Into Law! Chapter 87 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to fees for the inspection of recreational devices, for certificates of fitness for electrical wiring and plumbing, for filing voluntary flexible work hour plans, and for licenses for boiler operators; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 278 (FIN)
Contact: Guy Bell, 465-5981
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 278 establishes and adjusts fees for services for the Division of Labor Standards and Safety.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 279 : AHFC Water & Sewer Bonds
Signed Into Law! Chapter 120 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act authorizing and relating to the issuance of bonds by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for safe and clean water and hygienic sewage disposal facility capital projects and other capital projects; providing for the repayment of the bonds and bond costs; relating to the dividend paid to the state by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 279 (FIN)
Contact: Bryan Butcher, 330-8445
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 279 allows the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to issue up to $45 million in bonds to finance village water and sewer and other capital projects. It would allow direct financing of projects and provide matching funds for federal grant programs. Repayment of costs of the bonds would be offset by a reduction in AHFC's dividend to the state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 280 : Fines For Infractions
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to fines for an infraction; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 301 : Pioneers' Homes/Veterans' Homes
Signed Into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Pioneers' Home, and the Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to eligibility for admission to the Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to state veterans' home facilities; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 301 (FIN) Am H
Contact: Sherry Hill, 465-3030
Action: 06-15-04: Signed Into Law

Authorizes the establishment of an Alaska Veterans' Home and allows the Department of Health and Social Services to require home residents to apply for other state or federally sponsored programs that could reduce the amount of assistance. The bill designates the Pioneer Home in Palmer as the State veterans' home. The House adopted a Senate letter of intent that the State continue to maintain a Pioneers' Home waiting list for the Palmer home and that the home have an occupancy of 75 percent veterans and 25 percent from the waiting list. The House increased the monthly stipend that indigent residents receive, increased the minimum level of allowable assets, and required the State to conduct annual unannounced licensing inspections. The House also adopted a letter of intent that the bill shall not reduce the number of non-veteran Pioneers' Home residents living in Pioneers' Homes statewide.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 302 : Oaths; Notaries Public; State Seal
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the authority to take oaths, affirmations, and acknowledgments in the state; relating to notaries public; relating to fees for issuing certificates with the seal of the state affixed; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 302 (STA)
Contact: Annette Kreitzer, 465-3520
Action: 05-09-04: (H)STA » (H)RLS

Updates statutes regarding notaries public. It changes the qualifications for becoming a notary from a minimum age of 19 to 18, and disallows convicted felons for ten years after incarceration. It increases the fee for certificates with the seal of the state from $2 to $5, and authorizes the lieutenant governor to suspend or revoke a notary commission.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 303 : Big Game Guide Board & Services
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act relating to the Big Game Commercial Services Board and to the regulation of big game hunting services and transportation services; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSSB 303(FIN)
Contact: Henry Webb, 465-2095
Action: 04-20-04: (S)FIN » (S)RLS

SB 303 would re-establish the Big Game Commercial Services Board in the Department of Community and Economic Development to license and regulate commercial big game hunting services and transportation services. It also increases from $1,000 to $5,000 the maximum civil penalty for disciplinary purposes.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page(s) - 104 KB]

SB 311 : Insurance & Workers' Compensation System
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act providing for a special deposit for workers' compensation insurers; relating to the board of governors of the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; relating to covered workers' compensation claims paid by the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; stating the intent of the legislature, and setting out limitations, concerning the interpretation, construction, and implementation of workers' compensation laws; relating to restructuring the Alaska workers' compensation system; eliminating the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board; establishing a division of workers' compensation within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and assigning certain Alaska Workers' Compensation Board functions to the division and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; establishing a Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; assigning certain functions of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; relating to agreements that discharge workers' compensation liability; providing for hearing officers in workers' compensation proceedings; relating to workers' compensation awards; relating to an employer's failure to insure and keep insured or provide security; providing for appeals from compensation orders; relating to workers' compensation proceedings; providing for supreme court jurisdiction of appeals from the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; providing for a maximum amount for the cost-of-living adjustment for workers' compensation benefits; providing for administrative penalties for employers uninsured or without adequate security for workers' compensation; relating to assigned risk pools and insurers; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 311 (JUD) efd fld
Contact: Sally Saddler, 465-2500
Action: 05-09-04: Returned to (H)L&C

Proposes reforms to the workers' compensation system. It changes the appeals process by eliminating the current Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board and establishing a panel of hearing officers and a hearing commission to bring more efficiencies and predictability to the system. It removes the cap on the surcharge in the assigned risk workers’ compensation pool. It establishes new statutory penalties against uninsured employers.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 313 : First Supplemental Appropriation
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending appropriations; making an appropriation to capitalize a fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 313 (FIN)
Contact: Deb Davidson, 465-6600
Action: 04-29-04: (S)FIN » (S)RLS

Makes a $13.8 million Fiscal Year 2004 general fund supplemental appropriation. Provides $4 million for work related to bringing North Slope natural gas to market; $459,000 for conversion of the State veteran’s home in Palmer; and $4.8 million for Medicaid. It also authorizes $40 million in federal Medicaid money, primarily for nursing homes, assisted living homes and agencies that provide other services for senior citizens and disabled Alaskans.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 314 : Second Supplemental Appropriation
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; amending and repealing appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 326 : Permanent Fund Investments
Signed Into Law! Chapter 74 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

An Act relating to investments of Alaska permanent fund assets; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 326 (STA)
Contact: Laura Achee, 465-2059
Action: 06-16-04: Signed Into Law

SB 326 clarifies investment guidelines for the Alaska Permanent Fund to explicitly authorize certain investments under a basket clause that allows the trustees to invest up to 5 percent of the Fund in investments that are restricted under the statutory list, but are appropriate under the prudent investor rule. It also increases the percentage that can be invested under the basket clause up to 10 percent.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 12 KB]

SB 336 : Corrections: Fees/Surcharge
House Companion HB484 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act imposing a correctional facility surcharge on persons convicted of a crime under state law, and on persons whose probation is revoked; relating to fees and expenses for interstate transfer of probation or parole; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSSB 336(JUD)
Contact: Portia Parker, 465-4338
Action: 04-08-04: (S)FIN ==> (S)RLS

SB 336 imposes a surcharge of $100 for a felony conviction and $50 for a misdemeanor conviction, and imposes a fee if a convicted felon violates conditions of probation. It also would require an offender under state probation or parole supervision to pay an application fee for a requested transfer to another state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 337 : Energy Programs & Funds
Signed Into Law! Chapter 36 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the powers of the Alaska Energy Authority to make grants and loans and enter into contracts; relating to the bulk fuel revolving loan fund; relating to the Alaska Energy Authority's liability for the provision of technical assistance to rural utilities; relating to the Alaska Energy Authority's investment of the power development fund; repealing the electrical service extension fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 337 (FIN)
Contact: Becky Gay, 269-3024
Action: 06-03-04: Signed Into Law

Sb 337 amends the Power Project Fund program by authorizing loans for waste energy, energy conservation, energy efficiency and alternative energy facilities and equipment, and repealing the loan committee. It amends the bulk fuel revolving loan fund program by changing the definition of eligible entities from private individuals to persons, which would include corporations. Specifies that the mandate to provide technical assistance may not be used as an independent basis for tort liability and clarifies AEA's authority to enter into contracts and to make grants for bulk fuel projects. The bill also provides that AEA may invest the power development fund and repeals the inactive electrical service extension fund. Continues the tax rate for an ethanol-type fuel that comes from wood or waste seafood to 2209.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 338 : Claims Against State Employees
Signed Into Law! Chapter 94 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to actionable claims against state employees; relating to the state's defense and indemnification of its employees and former employees with respect to claims arising out of conduct that is within the scope of employment; amending the Public Employment Relations Act regarding claims against the state or state employees; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 338 (STA)
Contact: Dave Marquez, 465-2132
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 338 incorporates a core concept of the Federal Tort Claims Act by converting claims against state employees acting within the scope of their employment into claims against the state.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 339 : Mining Reclamation Assurances/Fund
House Companion HB486 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to reclamation bonding and financial assurance for certain mines; relating to financial assurance limits for lode mines; establishing the mine reclamation trust fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 339
Contact: Bob Loeffler, 269-8600
Action: 03-04-04: (S)RES ==> (S)FIN

SB 339 moved out of Senate Resources March 3. It makes three changes to Alaska's law mining reclamation statute. It removes the $750 per acre "cap" for mine reclamation responsibilities for lode mines (Alaska's large mines) allowing DNR to require a bond for the reasonable and probable cost of reclamation. It replaces the term "performance bond" with the term "financial assurance," and lists various ways that mining companies can provide that assurance. It creates a Mine Reclamation Trust Fund, which allows a company to use a state fund to build up a reclamation account through payments over time and through earnings on that fund.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 340 : Detention Of Minors
Signed Into Law! Chapter 95 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the detention of delinquent minors in correctional facilities; relating to emergency detention of minors for evaluation for involuntary admission for mental health treatment; relating to detention of intoxicated minors and minors incapacitated by alcohol or drugs; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 340
Contact: Sherry Hill, 465-3030
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

SB 340 brings state statutes into compliance with federal requirements under the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 clarifying that emergency protective custody of minors may not include placement in any correctional facility.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 341 : AVTEC Administration
House Companion HB489 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the administration of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 341
Contact: Guy Bell, 465-5981
Action: 04-06-04: (S)L&C » (S)FIN

SB 341 allows the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to set and collect tuition and fees from students attending the Alaska Vocation Technical Center.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 342 : Employment Security Act Amendments
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the release of employment security records, to the admissibility of determinations and decisions regarding unemployment compensation benefits, and to contributions, interest, penalties, and payments under the Alaska Employment Security Act; providing that property under the Alaska Employment Security Act is not subject to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 352 : Managers Not Employees Under P.E.R.A
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act amending the Public Employment Relations Act to exclude from collective bargaining individuals who perform confidential or managerial duties for a public employer and relating to those exclusions; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 354 : Human Rights Commission Procedures
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to complaints filed with, and investigations, hearings, and orders of, the State Commission for Human Rights; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 354 (STA)
Contact: Scott Nordstrand, 269-5100 or, 465-2133
Action: 05-09-04: (H)STA » (H)JUD

Moved out of the House State Affairs Committee May 8. SB 354 amends the investigation and procedure laws of the Alaska Commission for Human Rights.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 355 : Waste Management/Disposal
House Companion HB524 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the protection of land and water from waste disposal; providing for the regulation of waste management; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date. Version: SB 355
Contact: Melanie Lesh, 465-5290
Action: 03-10-04: (S)CRA ==> (S)RES

SB 355 is part of the Department of Environmental Conservation's "Raindrops to Oceans" initiative to protect Alaska's water. SB 355 replaces specific statutory references to "permits" with the broader term "authorization" and allows DEC to select from a range of permitting tools to authorize waste disposal activities depending on risk; expands requirements for proof of financial responsibility for harmful mining waste; and modifies the definition of "solid waste" to make the term more specific and adds a definition for "municipal solid waste" to help distinguish municipal solid waste from industrial and other forms of solid waste.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 356 : Voters/ Voting/ Political Parties/ Elections
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to qualifications of voters, voter registration, voter residence, precinct boundary modification, recognized political parties, voters unaffiliated with political parties, early voting, absentee voting, ballot counting, voting by mail, initiative, referendum, recall, and definitions; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 362 : Amend Definition Of Lobbyist
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act amending the definition of 'lobbyist' in the Regulation of Lobbying Act; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 363 : Extend Office Of Victims' Rights
House Companion HB 534 Signed Into Law
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act extending the termination date of the office of victims' rights.

Version:
Contact:
Action: 07-14-04:

SB 364 : Limit State Aid For Mental Health Care
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to liability for expenses of placement in certain mental health facilities; relating to the mental health treatment assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 364 (JUD)
Contact: Sherry Hill, 465-3030
Action: 05-09-04: (H)JUD » (H)FIN

Moved out of House Judiciary May 8. The effective date failed and a letter of intent was adopted in the Senate. It allows the Department of Health & Social Services to contain costs for mental health treatment assistance services by capping payments at the available funding level, rather than the current open-ended process. It requires patients and hospitals to register for possible assistance within 24 hours, shortens the time for submission of bills to 90 days, allows for more assertive monitoring of eligibility and provides an alert to hospitals if funds appear to be running out. Eliminates the ability to appeal a denial or reduction of assistance due to insufficient appropriations.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 367 : Tourism Sales And Use Taxes
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the levy, collection, and administration of sales and use taxes on tourism services; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 368 : Tobacco Tax; Licensing; Penalties
SB 1001 Passed During Special Session! Awaiting Transmittal to Governor
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products; relating to tax stamps on cigarettes; relating to forfeiture of cigarettes and of property used in the manufacture, transportation, or sale of unstamped cigarettes; relating to licenses and licensees under the Cigarette Tax Act; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 368 (FIN) Am
Contact: Johanna Bales, 269-6620
Action: 04-29-04: Senate Floor » House after Reconsideration

Senate Bill 368 passed the Senate April 29 by a vote of 14 to 5 and was noticed for reconsideration. SB 368 increases the cigarette tax from the current rate of $1 per pack of 20 to $2 per pack and the other tobacco products tax from 75 percent to 100 percent of the wholesale cost. These increases are expected to generate an additional $35.5 million in tobacco tax revenues. This bill includes provisions to allow the state to seize property used in the sale or transport of cigarettes in the state in violation of the cigarette tax act. This bill will also institute a floor stock tax on all existing cigarette inventories held in the state for sale on the effective date of the act. Requires individuals who import other tobacco products for personal consumption to pay the other tobacco products tax.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 375 : Increased Appropriations Require Offset
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to consideration by the legislature of the executive budget and other bills affecting appropriations; and providing for an effective date.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 380 : State Lease And Contract Extensions
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the extension under the State Procurement Code of terms for leases for real estate and certain terms for certain state contracts for goods and services; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSSB 380 (STA)
Contact: Vern Jones, 465-5684
Action: 04-20-04: (S)STA » (S)FIN

SB 380 authorizes the state to negotiate lease rate reductions on existing leases in exchange for certain term extensions when favorable lease rates are available. Ensures that the state receives the best value for its leasing dollars.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 387 : Commercial Fishing Loans For Quota Shares
Signed Into Law! Chapter 38 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act authorizing the making of certain commercial fishing loans to eligible community quota entities for the purchase of certain fishing quota shares; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 387 Am
Contact: Greg Winegar, 465-2510
Action: 06-03-04: Signed Into Law

Allows the Department of Community and Economic Development to make loans to federally designated community quota entities under the commercial fishing revolving loan fund. The federal government is proposing regulations that would amend the federal individual fishing quota program to allow specific communities in the Gulf of Alaska to form non-profit corporations to purchase quota shares for halibut and sablefish fisheries. The effective date for the loan statute changes would ensure that if the federal amendments do not take effect, the changes expanding the department's lending authority also would not take effect.

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 394 : AIDEA Bonds For Lynn Canal Port
House Companion HB556 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

An Act relating to a port development project on Lynn Canal, providing legislative approval for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds for the project; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SB 394
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-4797
Action: 04-27-04: (S)TRA » (S)FIN

Provides legislative authority for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds to finance the acquisition, development, improvement, and construction of port facilities on Lynn Canal in Southeast Alaska.

| Sponsor Statement of House Companion |

SB 395 : Municipal Land Use Regulation
Signed Into Law! Chapter 46 SLA 04
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

An Act relating to application of municipal ordinances providing for planning, platting, and land use regulation to interests in land owned by the Alaska Railroad Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 395 (FIN) Am
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-4797
Action: 06-04-04: Signed Into Law

Allows the Alaska Railroad to issue up to $500 million in tax-free revenue bonds to pay for extending a rail line to Delta Junction and Fort Greely. Bonds would be secured through federal funds secured by the Department of Defense. Depending on negotiations with the Department, the Railroad could issue the bonds as early as 2005. Creates a 16 member Task Force, including representatvies from all 13 affected local governments, the Railroad, the State Senate, and the House of Representatives, to recommend what level of control local governments should have on Railroad operations throughout the State.

SCR 23 : Recess For More Than 3 Days In April
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 40
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

Authorizing a recess by the Senate and the House of Representatives for a period of more than three days, those days being April 9, 10, 11, and 12 of 2004.

Version: SCR 23
Action: 04-05-04: (H)Floor » Governor

SCR 23 unanimously passed the House April 5. It authorizes a recess by the Senate and House for April 9 through 12, 2004.

SJR 18 : Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund Appropriations/ Inflation-Proofing
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to limiting appropriations from and inflation-proofing the Alaska permanent fund by establishing a percent of market value spending limit.

Version: CSSJR 18(STA)
Contact: Laura Achee, 465-2059
Action: 02-27-04: (S)JUD ==> (S)FIN

SJR 18, referred to as the POMV plan, restricts annual appropriations from the Permanent Fund to no more than five-percent of the Fund's average value from the previous five years.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SJR 31 : Federal Funding For Education
Transmitted to Gov.
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

Relating to urging the United States Congress to compensate the State of Alaska for the effect of federal land ownership on the state\'s ability to fund public education.

Version: CS SJR 31 (STA)
Contact: Tom Maher, 465-4920
Action: 06-25-04: Transmitted to Governor

SJR 31 unanimously passed the House May 5. It urges the United States Congress to appropriate just compensation to the State of Alaska for the effect of federal land ownership on the state's ability to fund public education.

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SJR 34 : Taiwan Status And President
House Companion HJR48 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Sen. World Trade & State/Federal Relations Committee

Sending a message of goodwill to President Chen Shui-bian, and reaffirming the Alaska State Legislature's 2003 resolution urging the United States Congress to support the granting of official Observer Status to the Republic of China and to support negotiation of a free trade agreement with the Republic of China.

Version: CS SJR (WTR)
Contact: Richard Schmitz, 465-4921
Action: 05-01-04: (S)STA » (S)RLS

Sends a goodwill message to President Chen Shui-bian and reaffirms the Alaska State Legislature's 2003 resolution urging the United States Congress to support granting official Observer Status to the Republic of China and to support negotiating a free trade agreement with the Republic of China.

SR 1 : Senate Special Committee: World Trade & State/Federal Relations
Passed Senate! Sen. Resolve 1
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee

Establishing a Senate Special Committee on World Trade and State/Federal Relations.


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