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SB 43 : Appropriation: K - 12 Public Education
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making special appropriations for the support of K-12 public education in the state; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 65
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-14-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 44 : Appropriation: Mental Health Budget
Companion Bill HB 66 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 5 FSSLA 05

Sponsored by 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.

Companion Bill : HB 66
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-14-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |
| Comparison Report |

SB 45 : Appropriation: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds/ CBR
Sponsored by 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, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-14-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 46 : Budget: Capital & Other/ BRF
Signed into Law! Chapter 3 FSSLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making and amending 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 : HCS 2D CS SB 46 (FIN) Am H(BRF SUP MAJ PFLD H
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-28-05
Current Status : Chapter 3 FSSLA 05 : 06-28-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-09-05 : Unanimously passed Senate 5/9. Full description available later.

SB 51 : Public Assistance Programs
Signed into Law! Chapter 22 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to contracts for the provision of state public assistance to certain recipients in the state; providing for regional public assistance plans and programs in the state; relating to grants for Alaska Native family assistance programs; relating to assignment of child support by Alaska Native family assistance recipients; relating to paternity determinations and genetic testing involving recipients of assistance under Alaska Native family assistance programs; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 51 (FIN)
Companion Bill : HB 69
Contact : : 465-3200
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-17-05
Current Status : Chapter 22 SLA 05 : 05-17-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-27-05 : Reauthorizes the Department of Health and Social Services to award and administer state funds under the Alaska Native family assistance grant program to support the operation of federally approved Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Programs. Clarifies that if the federal government decreases funding of the federal block grant, the State is not obligated to replace the funding with State funds.

SB 52 : Occupations/ Corporations/ Banks/ Securities
Signed into Law! Chapter 14 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain functions of the division of banking, securities, and corporations and the division of occupational licensing in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; relating to program receipts and record search fees of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development related to banking, securities, and corporations; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 52 (L&C)
Companion Bill : HB 70
Contact : : 465-2538
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-05-05
Current Status : Chapter 14 SLA 05 : 05-05-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-15-05 : Makes changes necessary to implement Administrative Order No. 219, which streamlines and centralizes activities relating to the formation of corporations and other business entities within the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Purpose is to provide ''one-stop-shopping'' for the formation of business entities and other business related functions.

SB 53 : AK Peninsula Oil & Gas Lease Sale; Taxes
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a credit for certain exploration expenses against oil and gas properties production taxes on oil and gas produced from a lease or property in the state; relating to the deadline for certain exploration expenditures used as credits against production tax on oil and gas produced from a lease or property in the Alaska Peninsula competitive oil and gas areawide lease sale area after July 1, 2004; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) RES : 01-12-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 58 : Increase Amount Of Base Student Allocation
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the base student allocation for state financing of public schools; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-14-05

| Transmittal Letter |

SB 62 : Appropriation: Division Of Elections
Signed into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making a supplemental appropriation for increased operating costs of the division of elections; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 79
Contact : : 465-4611
Last Action : Signed into Law : 03-09-05
Current Status : Chapter 1 SLA 05 : 03-09-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-24-05 : Passed House Feb. 24 by a vote of 30 to 3. SB 62 appropriates $694,900 to the division of elections for increased operating costs for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, including $304,000 for temporary hires and overtime to process five petitions, absentee ballots and a recall petition; $243,200 for a court-ordered ballot reprint; and $104,600 to include a municipality of Anchorage bond question on the general election ballot.

SB 65 : Offenses By Minors/ Against Teachers
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to certain weapons offenses involving minors; to aggravating factors in sentencing for certain offenses committed against a school employee; and providing for an effective date.

Contact : : 465-2133
Last Action : (S) JUD » (S) FIN : 02-09-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

02-09-05 : Addresses the issue of school violence by adopting an aggravating factor in sentencing a person convicted of a crime against a person directed at a school employee. Holds minors 16 years and older accountable to the same legal consequences as adults for Class A and B felonies involving misconduct with weapons in the first and second degree.

SB 66 : Absentee Voting; Recounts; Interference
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to absentee voting by mail or electronic transmission; relating to unlawful interference with an election; relating to election recounts; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 87
Current Status : (S) STA : 01-19-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 70 : Crimes Involving Controlled Substances
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to controlled substances regarding the crimes of manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and misconduct involving a controlled substance; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 70 (JUD)
Companion Bill : HB 99
Contact : : 465-2133
Last Action : (S) JUD » (S) FIN : 03-24-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

03-23-05 : Amends the crime of manslaughter to include deaths that are the direct result of ingesting drugs knowingly manufactured or delivered illegally. Makes it an aggravated form of manufacturing methamphetamine, with a greater sentencing range, to manufacture or attempt to manufacture in a place frequented by children or by using children to assist in the manufacturing. Raises to an A felony possession of methamphetamine in an organic solution with the intent to extract powder meth from it. Adds anabolic steroids to the list of controlled substances. Restricts the release on bail of repeated offenders of meth manufacturing.

SB 71 : Nonunion Public Employee Salary & Benefit
Companion Bill HB 98 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 53 SLA 05

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

An Act relating to the compensation of certain public officials, officers, and employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 98
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-21-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 72 : Oaths; Notaries Public; State Seal
Companion Bill HB 97 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 60 SLA 05

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

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

Companion Bill : HB 97
Contact : : 465-3520
Current Status : (S) STA : 01-21-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

01-21-05 : Comprehensively updates statutes governing notaries public, which includes qualifications, duties, and liability in the event of misconduct or neglect.

SB 73 : School Bond Reimbursement/ Virology Lab
Signed into Law! Chapter 7 FSSLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to reimbursement of municipal bonds for school construction; relating to a lease-purchase agreement for the construction, equipping, and financing of a state virology laboratory in Fairbanks to be operated by the Department of Health and Social Services; relating to the issuance of certificates of participation for the laboratory; relating to the use of certain investment income for certain construction and equipment costs for the laboratory; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CCS SB 73
Contact : : 465-8613
Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-22-05
Current Status : Chapter 7 FSSLA 05 : 07-22-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-08-05 : Unanimously passed Senate 5/8. Authorizes sale of $24 million in certificates of participation (in a state lease financing obligation) to finance construction of a virology laboratory in Fairbanks.

SB 74 : Crimes Involving Marijuana/ Other Drugs
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making findings relating to marijuana use and possession; relating to marijuana and misconduct involving a controlled substance; and providing an effective date.

Version : CS SB 74 (JUD)
Companion Bill : HB 96
Contact : : 465-3600
Last Action : (S) JUD » (S) FIN : 05-05-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-05-05 : Proposes that the legislature make certain findings about the problems with widespread use of marijuana. Full description available later.

SB 75 : Public Health Disasters/ Emergencies
Companion Bill HB 95 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 54 SLA 05

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

An Act relating to public health and public health emergencies and disasters; relating to duties of the public defender and office of public advocacy regarding public health matters; relating to certain claims for public health matters; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 95
Contact : : 465-8613
Last Action : (S) HES » (S) STA : 02-14-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-09-05 : Clearly defines the legal authority of the Department of Health and Social Services to act to protect the public from public health threats while protecting the due process rights of affected individuals.

SB 76 : Elections
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to qualifications of voters, requirements and procedures regarding independent candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States, voter registration and voter registration records, voter registration through a power of attorney, voter registration using scanned documents, voter residence, precinct boundary and polling place designation and modification, recognized political parties, voters unaffiliated with a political party, early voting, absentee voting, application for absentee ballots through a power of attorney, or by scanned documents, ballot design, ballot counting, voting by mail, voting machines, vote tally systems, initiative, referendum, recall, and definitions in the Alaska Election Code; relating to incorporation elections; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) STA : 01-21-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

SB 78 : Senior Care Program
Companion Bill HB 106 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 89 SLA 05

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

An Act establishing the senior care program and relating to that program; creating a fund for the provision of the senior care program; repealing ch. 3, SLA 2004; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 78 (HES)
Companion Bill : HB 106
Last Action : (S) HES » (S) FIN : 02-24-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

02-23-05 : Authorizes the continuation and expansion of the SeniorCare program, which provides a cash or drug benefit to eligible seniors age 65 or older. Allows seniors with incomes below 135% of the federal poverty guideline to continue to be eligible for the $120 monthly cash payment. Seniors with incomes below 300% of the federal poverty guideline would be eligible to have their premiums and deductibles for Medicare Part D, or other similar prescription drug coverage, paid for by the new SeniorCare drug benefit beginning Jan. 1, 2006.

SB 79 : Medicaid For Adult Dental Services
Companion Bill HB 105 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 52 SLA 06

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

An Act relating to coverage for adult dental services under Medicaid; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 105
Contact : : 465-1618
Last Action : (S) HES » (S) FIN : 02-18-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-16-05 : Allows the Department of Health and Social Services to expand dental coverage to encompass preventative and restorative care for approximately 41,000 Alaskans enrolled in the Medicaid program. Repeals 47.07.900(1), defining adult dental services as the minimum treatment for the immediate relief of pain and acute infection provided by a licensed dentist. The department would adopt regulations implementing the expanded service, which could include regulations defining the scope of services, a maximum amount of benefits per fiscal year, and the amount of reimbursement for dental services.

SB 82 : Child Protection Interview/ Transport
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to child protection, including forensic interviews and transportation of children; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 112
Contact : : 465-3548
Last Action : (S) HES » (S) JUD : 02-18-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-16-05 : Permits the Department of Health and Social Services to conduct, without the permission of the child's parents, a forensic interview of a child suspected of suffering sexual abuse or serious physical abuse. Gives the department explicit authority to transport the child for forensic interviews authorized by the bill. Requires the department to notify the parent as soon as possible after taking action.

SB 83 : Termination Parental Rights/ CINA/ Delinquency Cases
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the retaining of certain privileges of a parent in a relinquishment and termination of a parent and child relationship proceeding; relating to eligibility for permanent fund dividends for certain children in the custody of the state; relating to child in need of aid proceedings and juvenile delinquency proceedings; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 83 (JUD)
Companion Bill : HB 114
Contact : : 465-3548
Last Action : (S) JUD » (S) RLS : 02-28-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-24-05 : Adds language to Alaska's adoption laws to permit parents to relinquish their parental rights while retaining certain privileges, such as ongoing communication or visitation. Authorizes retained privileges in appropriate cases where it is in the child's best interest. Allows children placed outside the state by the Department of Health and Social Services-- in out-of-state treatment facilitiies, for instance--to remain eligible for a Permanent Fund dividend. Permits courts to dispense with expert witness appearances in child in need of aid cases involving parents who cannot be located or identified. Amends the definition of ''mental health professional'' to include professionals licensed in other states. Requires the court to rule whether the Department has made reasonable efforts towards permanency for a child, which is necessary to receive federal Title IV-E funds for foster care.

SB 84 : Child Protection Confidentiality
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the confidentiality of investigations, court hearings, and public agency records and information in child-in-need-of-aid matters and certain child protection matters; relating to immunity regarding disclosure of information in child-in-need-of-aid matters and certain child protection matters; amending Rules 3 and 22, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules of Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 84 (JUD)
Companion Bill : HB 113
Contact : : 465-3548
Last Action : (S) JUD » (S) FIN : 03-04-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

03-03-05 : Provides greater public access to child-in-need-of-aid hearings and other information that has been historically closed to the public. Allows the Department of Health and Social Services Office of Children Services the discretion to respond to the public in cases where the parents or legal guardian have discussed their case with the media; where the perpetrator of child abuse/neglect has been criminally charged; or in cases of child fatalities or near fatalities.

SB 86 : State/ Municipal Liability For Attorney Fees
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the liability of the state and municipalities for attorney fees in certain civil actions and appeals.

Version : CS SB 86 (CRA)(EFD FLD)
Companion Bill : HB 117
Contact : : 465-4021
Last Action : House Floor » (H) STA : 05-07-05

| Gov's Transmittal Letter |

05-05-05 : Passed the Senate 11 to 8 on 5/5. Limits the award of attorney's fees against the state and municipalities to public interest litigants, who are often granted full fees in cases determined by the court to be advancing an issue that reflects strong public policies. To ensure that public money is not disbursed as a subsidy to these litigants without an appropriate legislative authorization, the bill provides, as a matter of sovereign immunity, that the state or municipality would not be liable for attorney fee awards in excess of certain percentages of a money judgment or, if a money judgment is not recovered, certain percentages of the reasonable actual attorney fees the prevailing party incurred in litigating the issues upon which the party prevailed.

SB 96 : University Land Grant/ State Forest
Companion Bill HB 130 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 8 FSSLA 05

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

An Act granting certain state land to the University of Alaska and establishing the university research forest; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 96 (RES)
Companion Bill : HB 130
Contact : : 465-4730
Last Action : (S) RES » (S) FIN : 04-20-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-18-05 : Provides for the conveyance of approximately 253,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska, most of it over the next three years. Allows the Department of Natural Resources to correct various omissions and errors in the land list. Protects timber harvest in the university research forest. Codifies university public notice requirements, and creates a new section that sets aside several parcels to accommodate borough formation in Southeast Alaska.

SB 97 : Supplemental Appropriations/ CBR
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental, capital, and other appropriations, and reappropriations; amending appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize funds; making an appropriation 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 : CS SB 97 (FIN) Am
Companion Bill : HB 134
Last Action : (S) FIN » (H) FIN : 05-17-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |
| Supplemental Request Spreadsheet |

SB 98 : Fast Track Supplemental Appropriations/ CBRF
Signed into Law! Chapter 6 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making supplemental appropriations, capital appropriations, and other appropriations; amending appropriations; making 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 : CCS SB 98
Contact : : 465-3709
Last Action : Signed into Law : 04-08-05
Current Status : Chapter 6 SLA 05 : 04-08-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |
| Supplemental Request Spreadsheet |

04-08-05 : SB 98 was signed by the Governor April 8, with line item vetoes. SB 98 appropriates $854 million of general funds into a new public education fund established earlier this session by HB 158, which was signed into law April 4. The $854 million includes $400 million from the projected $500 million Fiscal Year 05 surplus, $440 million in FY 06 general funds and $14 million lapsing from the FY 05 K-12 budget. The bill also provides about $78 million in “Fast Track” general funds to cover needs for the current fiscal year. Also included: $58.7 million in federal funds for roadway, airport and other transportation needs; $5 million for computer network security needs; $6 million for infrastructure upgrades to Alaska's Land Mobile Radio system; $79 million in federal and state funding for Medicaid caseload and cost increases. The governor vetoed: $22 million appropriated to the Legislative Budget & Audit for contracts with state departments, agencies and commissions for natural gas pipeline work; $200,000 for Mt. Edgecumbe that the administration says it had already agreed to fund; $1.525 million to the Department of Natural Resources for gas pipeline work; $125,000 to the Office of the Governor for ANWR advocacy.

SB 101 : Revisor's Bill
Signed into Law! Chapter 56 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative 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.

Version : HCS CS SB 101 (JUD)
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-24-05
Current Status : Chapter 56 SLA 05 : 06-24-05

05-10-05 : Senate concurred 18 to 1. Makes corrective amendments to Alaska Statutes as recommended by the revisor of statutes.

SB 103 : Oil & Gas: Regulation Of Underground Injection
Signed into Law! Chapter 32 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to regulation of underground injection under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 142
Contact : : 793-1221
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-02-05
Current Status : Chapter 32 SLA 05 : 06-02-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-04-05 : Provides the State of Alaska with the ability to obtain primary enforcement for the underground injection of waste streams associated with oil and gas development in Alaska. Under the Federal government's Safe Drinking Water Act, the State currently manages a majority of the oil and gas field underground injection activity, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency managing the remainder of the program. If passed, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would be the primary agency overseeing all injection associated with oil and gas development. SB 103 will reduce duplication and confusion by streamlining the permitting process for the oil and gas industry.

SB 108 : Insurance
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the regulation of insurance, insurance licensing, surplus lines, insurer deposits, motor vehicle service contracts, guaranteed automobile protection products, health discount plans, third-party administrators, self-funded multiple employer welfare arrangements, and self-funded governmental plans; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 108 (L&C)
Contact : : 465-2503
Last Action : (S) L&C » (S) FIN : 04-15-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-14-05 : Streamlines and strengthens state regulation of the insurance industry to make it conform with current insurance laws in other states. For example, it gives the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development the ability to regulate health discount plans and to streamline producer licensing.

SB 110 : Pollution Discharge & Waste Treatment/ Disposal
Signed into Law! Chapter 95 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to regulation of the discharge of pollutants under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

Version : HCS CS SB 110 (FIN) Am H
Companion Bill : HB 153
Contact : : 465-5290
Last Action : Signed into Law : 08-27-05
Current Status : Chapter 95 SLA 05 : 08-27-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-10-05 : Senate concurred 13 to 6 on 5/10. Transfers responsibility for the federal Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program to the State of Alaska. Requires the Department of Environmental Conservation to report to the legislature annually until full authority for adminstering the NPDES has been transferred. Currently the DEC and federal Environmental Protection Agency jointly oversee surface wastewater discharges in Alaska. This has created a situation where federal regulators are making decisions with a limited understanding of the issues specific to our state. SB 110 will allow the NPDES program to be run in a streamlined, efficient manner that benefits industry and protects the environment.

SB 116 : School District Cost Factors
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

An Act relating to school funding and adjusting the district cost factors; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 173
Contact : : 465-6590
Current Status : (S) HES : 02-24-05

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 109 KB]

SB 121 : State Of AK Capital Corporation ; Bonds
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the State of Alaska Capital Corporation; authorizing the issuance of bonds by the State of Alaska Capital Corporation to finance capital improvements in the state; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 188
Contact : : 465-2302
Last Action : (S) FIN » (H) FIN : 05-17-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-28-05 : Establishes the Alaska capital income account as a separate account of the Alaska permanent fund and authorizes depositing the earnings on money received from State v. Amerada Hess. Proposes to end inflation proofing of the part of the pernament fund principal attributable to the Amerada Hess settlement and to authorize depositing the earnings into the capital income account. The money could be appropriated by the legislature for any valid public purpose, including covering debt service on bonds to finance capital improvements in the state issued by the State of Alaska Capital Corporation under a companion bill.

SB 122 : Amerada Hess Income; Capital Income Account
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the Alaska capital income account within the Alaska permanent fund; relating to deposits into the account; relating to certain transfers regarding the Amerada Hess settlement to offset the effects of inflation on the Alaska permanent fund; and providing for an effective date.

Contact : : 465-2302
Last Action : (S) FIN » (H) FIN : 05-17-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-28-05 : Establishes the State of Alaska Capital Corporation with the authority to issue bonds to finance up to $350 million in state capital improvements, including the cost of issuing the bonds. Intent is to cover the debt service on bonds issued by the corporation using appropriations from the earnings on the settlement proceeds derived from the Amerada Hess royalty settlement.

SB 124 : Fisheries Business License; Bond
Signed into Law! Chapter 24 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to requirements to obtain and maintain a fisheries business license; relating to security required of fish processors and primary fish buyers; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 124 (FIN) Am H
Companion Bill : HB 192
Contact : : 465-2302
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-17-05
Current Status : Chapter 24 SLA 05 : 05-17-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-10-05 : Senate unanimously concurred 5/10. Requires fisheries business license holders to pay all required taxes and fines in order to obtain and maintain their license. License holders must pay taxes including assessments supporting the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, employment security contributions, local fish taxes and any fines levied by the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The bill is intended to prevent fishing businesses from obtaining a license if they repeatedly demonstrate an unwillingness to pay taxes and fines that support the fishing industry and ensure workplace safety. SB 124 also repeals and reenacts a requirement for primary fish buyers and fish processors to have a performance bond. The proposed bond requirements enhance protections for employees and fishermen without placing additional requirements or costs on processors with no history of problems. Eases licensing requirements for processors of good standing by eliminating the current requirement to secure two years of taxes during the Jan. 1 to March 31 period.

SB 125 : Licensing Medical Or Care Facilities
Signed into Law! Chapter 57 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the licensing, regulation, enforcement, and appeal rights of ambulatory surgical centers, assisted living homes, child care facilities, child placement agencies, foster homes, free-standing birth centers, home health agencies, hospices or agencies providing hospice services or operating hospice programs, hospitals, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, maternity homes, nursing facilities, residential child care facilities, residential psychiatric treatment centers, runaway shelters, and rural health clinics; relating to possession of a firearm at licensed entities and facilities; relating to criminal history requirements, and a registry, regarding certain licenses, certifications, approvals, and authorizations by the Department of Health and Social Services; relating to the personal needs allowance for assisted living home residents, and authorizing emergency regulations relating to the personal needs allowance; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CCS SB 125
Companion Bill : HB 193
Contact : : 465-3139
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-24-05
Current Status : Chapter 57 SLA 05 : 06-24-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-10-05 : CC report approved 5/10. Consolidates the licensing functions of the Department of Health and Social Services as part of a reorganization initiated by Executive Order #108 to streamline DHSS program operations. Requires DHSS to implement a single, consolidated background check process across all programs to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect of its vulnerable clients.

SB 130 : Workers' Compensation/ Insurance
Signed into Law! Chapter 10 FSSLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to workers' compensation and to assigned risk pools; relating to the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; establishing the Task Force on Workers' Compensation; amending Rule 45, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

Version : FCCS SB 130 (EFD PFLD H)
Contact : : 465-2790
Last Action : Signed into Law : 08-09-05
Current Status : Chapter 10 FSSLA 05 : 08-09-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-08-05 : Passed House by a vote of 35 to 4 on 5/8. Proposes multiple amendments to increase the efficiency and flexibility of the current workers' compensation system. Full description available later.

SB 132 : Human Rights Commission
Signed into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to complaints filed with, investigations, hearings, and orders of, and the interest rate on awards of the State Commission for Human Rights; and making conforming amendments.

Version : HCS SB 132 (FIN) Am H
Companion Bill : HB 202
Contact : : 465-3994
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06
Current Status : Chapter 63 SLA 06 : 06-15-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-07-06 : Senate concurred with House amendments 18-2. Enhances the effectiveness of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights by allowing the commission to be more selective about the cases it prosecutes to remedy unlawful discrimination. SB 132 reverses a state Supreme Court decision (ADFG v. Meyer) that decided a hearing is mandatory if there is substantial evidence to back up the complaint. This bill gives the commission the power to determine which complaints of unlawful discrimination merit pursuit thereby most effectively utilizing the commission's limited resources.

SB 133 : Aviation Advisory Board
Signed into Law! Chapter 18 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the Aviation Advisory Board; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 209
Contact : : 465-3904
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-14-05
Current Status : Chapter 18 SLA 05 : 05-14-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-03-05 : Creates a permanent advisory board within the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to advise the commissioner on the department's aviation functions. The board will consist of 11 members appointed by the governor to staggered three year terms. All board members will serve at the pleasure of the governor.

SB 139 : Occupational Boards/ Agencies
Signed into Law! Chapter 58 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

An Act relating to termination and oversight of boards, commissions, and agency programs; extending the termination date of the Board of Marital and Family Therapy; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 139 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3613
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-24-05
Current Status : Chapter 58 SLA 05 : 06-24-05

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 108 KB]

05-10-05 : Senate unanimously concurred 5/10. Extends the sunset date of the Board of Marital and Family Therapy from June 30, 2005 to June 30, 2010. Adds the following to the criteria that must be considered in the sunset review of Agencies, Boards and Commissions: the extent to which the agency, board or commission has effectively attained its objectives and the efficiency with which it has operated; the extent to which the board, commission or agency duplicates the activities of another governmental agency or the private sector. Changes the standard sunset period for boards or commissions scheduled to terminate under AS 44.66 or AS 08.03 from four years to eight years. Provides for the transfer of authority for regulatory boards that are terminated.

SB 151 : Decoupling From Federal Tax Deduction
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act excepting from the Alaska Net Income Tax Act the federal deduction regarding income attributable to certain domestic production activities; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 235
Contact : : 465-2302
Last Action : (S) FIN » (S) RLS : 04-25-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-25-05 : Decouples the Alaska Net Income Tax Act from the federal deduction for domestic production activities. Last year Congress passed legislation that created a new federal tax deduction for corporations equal to a portion of income attributable to certain domestic production activities. Alaska tax law automatically adopts such federal tax deductions unless the legislature explicitly excepts to them. Unlike the calculation under federal law the Alaska deduction would not be limited to domestic production income. Passage of this legislation will maintain Alaska's corporate income tax structure the way it is currently.

SB 153 : International Airports Revenue Bonds
Signed into Law! Chapter 28 SLA 05
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

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

Companion Bill : HB 237
Contact : : 465-3900
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-26-05
Current Status : Chapter 28 SLA 05 : 05-26-05

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-10-05 : Passed House 34 to 4 on 5/10. Amends AS 37.15.410 to increase the total amount of bond authorization for the state's two international airports from $524,500,000 to $812,500,000. Annual debt service on the revenue bonds will be paid for primarily through airline rates and fees. At the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, the bond package includes $91 million for a seismic retrofit of the A and B concourses of the South Terminal. In Fairbanks, $86.8 million in bond proceeds will upgrade and replace terminal facilities to accommodate future growth in passenger numbers and address seismic and code issues.

SB 157 : Utilities/ Pipelines Cost Charge/ Liability
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the maximum annual regulatory cost charge collected from certain regulated public utilities and pipeline carriers and to public utility liability associated with operating certain transmission lines under a Regulatory Commission of Alaska order for joint use and interconnection; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 157 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-2503
Last Action : Passed House » Senate : 04-10-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-10-06 : Passed House 34-0. Notice of reconsideration given. Returns to Senate for concurrence. Allows for a three year increase in the Regulatory Cost Charge (RCC) rate from .7 percent to .9 percent to fund information system improvements within the RCA including implementation of a case management system, a time management system, and an interactive RCA website that would allow regulated entities to electronically file forms and pleadings on-line. Because the improvements are expected to reduce RCA operating costs, the bill would reduce the maximum regulatory cost to the previous .7 percent in 2008. Relieves a public utility of liability when it is ordered by the RCA to provide joint use and interconnection of a transmission line associated with continued operation of a transmission line owned by the Alaska Energy Authority. Retroactive to December 1, 2004

SB 228 : Appropriation: Operating Budget/ Loans/ Funds
Companion Bill HB 67 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 4 FSSLA 05

Sponsored by 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, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 67
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-13-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 229 : Appropriation: Mental Health Budget
Companion Bill HB 66 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 5 FSSLA 05

Sponsored by 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.

Companion Bill : HB 66
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-13-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 230 : Appropriation: K - 12 Education Operating
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for state aid to public schools, centralized correspondence study, and transportation of pupils; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 367
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-13-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 231 : Budget: Capital & Other Appropriations
Signed into Law! Chapter 82 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making 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 : HCS CS SB 231 (FIN) Am H(BRF SUP MAJ PFLD H)
Companion Bill : HB 368
Contact : : 465-3500
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-30-06
Current Status : Chapter 82 SLA 06 : 06-30-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |
| Work Draft - 24-GS2034-I - dated 04/28/06 | [PDF - 3.80 MB]

05-10-06 : Senate concurred with House amendments 15-5. Appropriates $628 million in general fund revenue to the state's FY 07 capital construction and maintenance budget. Funds various road, harbor and airport projects statewide and pays for deferred maintenance projects. Provides numerous grants to schools and non-profit organizations. Appropriates $29 million for water and wastewater projects. Provides $182.7 million for the Power Cost Equalization endowment Program.

SB 232 : Supplemental Appropriations
Signed into Law! Chapter 13 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations, supplemental appropriations, and capital appropriations; amending appropriations and funding sources; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CCS SB 232
Contact : : 465-3983
Last Action : Signed into Law : 04-27-06
Current Status : Chapter 13 SLA 06 : 04-27-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-18-06 : Creates ''Fast Track'' Supplemental bill. It includes $12 million for fuel price and usage increases of the Alaska Marine Highway, $10 million to replace the White Mountain elementary school that burned, $3.8 million to repair the Susitna Valley High School roof, and $4 million for phase 1 of the telephone system replacement. Includes $750,000 for Arctic Power. $3 million to PAC West Communications for a lobbying effort to open ANWR. $3.3 million for the Power Cost Equalization program and $250,000 for the bulk-fuel loan program and $430,000 for Arctic Winter Games. Sets aside $600 million of budget surplus. Half that amount goes into the Public Education Fund, the other half goes into an AHFC account to pay for future capital construction projects.

SB 233 : Appropriations For Capital Projects
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making appropriations for capital projects; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 370
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-13-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 234 : Community Dividend Program
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a community dividend program; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 144
Contact : : 465-2503
Last Action : (S) STA » (S) FIN : 04-12-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-11-06 : Establishes the Community Dividend Program. Awards grants to municipalities to provide specified public services using funds from the Alaska Capital Income Fund. Provides base grants to municipalities and organizational grants to newly organized boroughs.

SB 235 : School Performance Bonuses
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to a public school performance incentive program; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 235 (FIN)
Companion Bill : HB 364
Contact : : 465-2803
Last Action : Passed Senate » House : 04-20-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

04-20-06 : Passed Senate. Notice of reconsideration given. Provides for a public school performance incentive program to provide school personnel up to a $5,500 inventive payment when students achieve more than one year's academic growth. Authorizes the Department of Eduction to set eligibility requirements and the mathematical formula for achievement through regulation.

SB 236 : AK Housing FinanceCorporation Dividend/ Subsidiaries
Signed into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to subsidiary corporations of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and to the dividend paid to the state by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 236 (FIN)
Contact : : 330-8445
Last Action : Signed into Law : 03-16-06
Current Status : Chapter 7 SLA 06 : 03-16-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-27-06 : Permits the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to make accounting changes to bring the corporation's reconciliation and calculation of the dividend into compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board rules. Expands the eligibility of projects that may be financed by a subsidiary of the AHFC.

SB 237 : Additional Judges/ Judges' Salaries
Signed into Law! Chapter 51 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the compensation of justices and judges, and to increasing the number of superior court judges designated for the third and fourth judicial districts; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 237 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-2132
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-02-06
Current Status : Chapter 51 SLA 06 : 06-02-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-05-06 : Passed House 35-4. Adds six new superior court judges. Two judges will be assigned to Anchorage, two more to Palmer, one to Kenai and one to Fairbanks. Authorizes salary increases for judges.

SB 238 : Increase Base Student Allocation
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

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

Companion Bill : HB 362
Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-13-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 243 : Tobacco Revenue For University & Correctional Facilities
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the financing of construction, major maintenance, and renovation of facilities for the University of Alaska; relating to the financing of construction of a correctional facility; authorizing the commissioner of revenue to sell the right to receive a portion of the anticipated revenue from a tobacco litigation settlement to the Northern Tobacco Securitization Corporation, with the proceeds of that sale to finance construction, major maintenance, and renovation of facilities for the University of Alaska and to finance the construction of a correctional facility; providing for the establishment of funds for deposit of those proceeds; authorizing the issuance of bonds by the Northern Tobacco Securitization Corporation for the purpose of acquiring the right to receive a portion of anticipated revenue from a tobacco litigation settlement; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) FIN : 01-18-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 250 : Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Council
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

An Act extending the termination date of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Version : HCS SB 250 (FIN) Am H
Companion Bill : HB 404
Contact : : 465-3613
Last Action : Conference Committee » (S) FLD CONCUR(H) AM : 05-09-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 17 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

05-08-06 : Senate failed to concur with House amendments. Sens. Therriault (Chair), Dyson and Elton appointed to conference committee. Extends the termination date of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to June 30, 2010. Network on Domestic Violence amended back into the Council on domestic Violence/Sexual Assault.

SB 252 : Definition Of Child Abuse And Neglect
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the definition of 'child abuse and neglect' for child protection purposes; and providing for an effective date.

Contact : : 465-1618
Last Action : (S) HES » (S) JUD : 02-09-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

02-08-06 : Clarifies that the definition of ''child'' includes an infant who is affected by abuse of a controlled substance or from withdrawal from prenatal exposure to a controlled substance. Meant to ensure that health care professionals report such infants to the Department of Health and Social Services to comply with federal law and qualify for federal funding for child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment.

SB 253 : Extend Board Of Chiropractic Examiners
Signed into Law! Chapter 22 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

An Act extending the termination date for the Board of Chiropractic Examiners; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 406
Contact : : 465-3613
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-05-06
Current Status : Chapter 22 SLA 06 : 05-05-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 18 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

04-28-06 : Passed House 32-1. Extends the termination date for the Board of Chiropractic Examiners to June 30, 2014.

SB 254 : Extend Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board
Signed into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

An Act extending the termination date for the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 405
Contact : : 465-3613
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-06-06
Current Status : Chapter 23 SLA 06 : 05-06-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 18 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

04-28-06 : Passed House 35-1. Extends the termination date for the state Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board to June 30, 2014.

SB 255 : Optometry: Practice/ Licensing/ Extend Board
Signed into Law! Chapter 24 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

An Act extending the termination date and duties for the Board of Examiners in Optometry; amending the licensing, endorsement, and renewal provisions for optometrists; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 255 (FIN)
Contact : : 465-3613
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-06-06
Current Status : Chapter 24 SLA 06 : 05-06-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 20 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

04-28-06 : Passed House 35-1. Extends the termination date of the Board of Examiners in Optometry to June 30, 2014. Amends optometry statutes to ensure they support current license endorsements for both ''prescribe'' and ''use.'' Deletes the statutory cite requiring 24 hours of continuing education instruction and makes other statutory ''housekeeping'' changes requested by the board.

SB 261 : Traffic Safety Corridors/ Highway Work Zones
Signed into Law! Chapter 45 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the designation of traffic safety corridors; relating to the bail or fine for an offense committed in a traffic safety corridor and to separately accounting for such fines; relating to the license point penalty; relating to damage claims regarding a highway work zone; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 261 (JUD)
Contact : : 465-8994
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-26-06
Current Status : Chapter 45 SLA 06 : 05-26-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-03-06 : Senate voted 17-0 to concur with House amendments. Authorizes the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to identify a section of highway as a traffic safety corridor. Directs DOT commissioner to determine what criteria and factors should be considered and to consult with DPS commissioner before designating a safety corridor. Traffic fines would double if the offense took place inside the corridor. 50 percent of the fines could be directed to DOTPF for highway safety programs.

SB 262 : Forest Resources & Practices Standards
Companion Bill HB 420 Signed Into Law!
Chapter 65 SLA 06

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

An Act relating to riparian protection standards for forest resources and practices; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 420
Current Status : (S) RES : 02-01-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 263 : Supplemental Appropriations
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

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

Companion Bill : HB 422
Current Status : (S) FIN : 02-01-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 264 : Fast Track Supplemental Appropriations
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

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

Companion Bill : HB 421
Current Status : (S) FIN : 02-01-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 268 : Geographic Colas For Judges
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee by Request

An Act relating to geographic cost-of-living adjustments applied to the salary of a justice of the supreme court or a judge of the superior or district court; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 427
Contact : : 264-8228
Current Status : (S) JUD : 02-06-06

| Sponsor Statement of House Companion | [PDF - 85 KB]

SB 269 : Compensation Of Judges
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee by Request

An Act relating to the compensation of justices and judges; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 428
Contact : : 264-8228
Current Status : (S) JUD : 02-06-06

| Sponsor Statement of House Companion | [PDF - 138 KB]

SB 271 : Authorize Highway Program Participation
Signed into Law! Chapter 50 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act authorizing the commissioner of transportation and public facilities to participate in certain federal highway programs and relating to that authorization; relating to powers of the attorney general to waive immunity from suit in federal court related to those programs; and providing for an effective date.

Contact : : 465-4772
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-01-06
Current Status : Chapter 50 SLA 06 : 06-01-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-06-06 : Passed House 26-6. Authorizes the Department of Transportation to assume certain federal programatic and environmental responsibilities and agree to waive immunity to suit in federal court for those duties assumed from the United States DOT. Alaska was one of five states given the opportunity to participate in a pilot program for assuming duties under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

SB 286 : Complimentary Fishing & Hunting License / Tags
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the issuance of complimentary fishing and hunting licenses and certain tags; providing for the issuance of complimentary fishing and hunting licenses to certain members of the Alaska National Guard returning from active duty deployment; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 451
Current Status : (S) RES : 02-13-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

SB 305 : Oil And Gas Production Tax
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act repealing the oil production tax and the gas production tax and providing for a production tax on oil and gas; relating to the calculation of the gross value at the point of production of oil and gas and to the determination of the value of oil and gas for purposes of the production tax on oil and gas; providing for tax credits against the production tax on oil and gas; relating to the relationship of the production tax on oil and gas to other taxes, to the dates those tax payments and surcharges are due, to interest on overpayments of the tax, and to the treatment of the tax in a producer's settlement with the royalty owners; relating to flared gas, and to oil and gas used in the operation of a lease or property under the production tax; relating to the prevailing value of oil and gas under the production tax; relating to surcharges on oil; relating to statements or other information required to be filed with or furnished to the Department of Revenue, to the penalty for failure to file certain reports for the tax, to the powers of the Department of Revenue, and to the disclosure of certain information required to be furnished to the Department of Revenue as applicable to the administration of the tax; relating to criminal penalties for violating conditions governing access to and use of confidential information relating to the tax, and to the deposit of tax money collected by the Department of Revenue; amending the definitions of 'gas,' 'oil,' and certain other terms for purposes of the production tax, and as the definition of the term 'gas' applies in the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, and adding further definitions; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 305 (FIN) Am H
Companion Bill : HB 488
Contact : : 465-3500
Last Action : Failed » (S) FLD CONCUR(H) AM : 06-21-06

| Petroleum Production Tax Overview |
| SB 305 Backup Material and On-Line Resources |
| Charts - Graphs by Econ One for the Final House version of SB 305 | [PDF - 31 KB]

05-10-06 : Senate failed to concur with House amendments 10-10. Eliminates the economic limit factor (ELF) and replaces it with a petroleum production tax (PPT). It levies a 21.5 percent tax on an oil field's net cash flow and provides a 20 percent tax credit for all upstream capital investment that increases oil production. Contains progressivity so the tax rate increases when oil prices are high. A tax credit is also allowed for losses. The production tax takes effect April 1, 2006.

SB 315 : Disposition Of Unredeemed Property
Signed into Law! Chapter 40 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee

An Act relating to the disposition of unredeemed property; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 315 (L&C)
Contact : : 465-3879
Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-22-06
Current Status : Chapter 40 SLA 06 : 05-22-06

| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 17 KB]
| Sponsor Statement |

05-06-06 : Passed House 37-0. Amends current state statute regulating pawn shops. Changes language regarding unredeemed property from $400 to $1000, or twice the pawn loan limit. Returns the amount to the previous standard set in 1981. Requires pawnbroker to notify the pawnee what amount they will retain if the property is sold.

SB 317 : Anchorage Parking Garage
Signed into Law! Chapter 47 SLA 06
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the purchase by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation of a parking garage in Anchorage, Alaska and approving the issuance of bonds for the purchase of that parking garage; providing notice of, and authorizing the commissioner of the Department of Administration to enter into, a lease-purchase agreement with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for that parking garage; and providing for an effective date.

Companion Bill : HB 504
Contact : : 465-5671
Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-01-06
Current Status : Chapter 47 SLA 06 : 06-01-06

| Governor's Transmittal Letter |

05-04-06 : Permits the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to issue bonds that will finance the purchase of a parking garage with up to 830-spaces for the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage.

SB 2001 : Oil And Gas Tax
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the production tax on oil and gas and to conservation surcharges on oil; relating to criminal penalties for violating conditions governing access to and use of confidential information relating to the production tax; amending the definition of 'gas' as that definition applies in the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 2001 (FIN) Am H
Current Status : CC Report Adopted (S) : 06-08-06

SB 2002 : Gas Pipeline Contract: Court Jurisdiction
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act increasing the time period for legislative and public comment on a proposed contract and preliminary findings and determinations under the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, conferring original jurisdiction on the Alaska Supreme Court for the purpose of providing judicial review of a contract executed under the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, and setting the time in which a final agency decision of the commissioner of revenue made under that Act, the constitutionality of a law authorizing a contract enacted under that Act, or the enforceability of a contract executed under a law authorizing a contract enacted under that Act must be legally challenged and by whom; and providing for an effective date.

Version : HCS CS SB 2002 (JUD) Am H
Current Status : CC Appointed (S) : 06-07-06

SB 2003 : Natural Gas Pipeline Corporation
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act establishing the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Corporation to finance, own, and manage the state's interest in the Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project and relating to that corporation and to subsidiary entities of that corporation; relating to owner entities of the Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project, including provisions concerning Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project indemnities; establishing the gas pipeline project cash reserves fund in the corporation and establishing the Alaska natural gas pipeline construction loan fund in the Department of Revenue; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) NGD : 06-01-06

SB 2004 : Stranded Gas Development Act Amendments
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, including clarifications or provision of additional authority for the development of stranded gas fiscal contract terms; making a conforming amendment to the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act; relating to municipal impact money received under the terms of a stranded gas fiscal contract; relating to determination of full and true value of property and required contributions for education in municipalities affected by stranded gas fiscal contracts; and providing for an effective date.

Version : CS SB 2004 (NGD)
Current Status : PASSED (S) : 06-06-06

SB 3001 : Oil/ Gas Production Tax
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the production tax on oil and gas and to conservation surcharges on oil; relating to criminal penalties for violating conditions governing access to and use of confidential information relating to the production tax; amending the definition of 'gas' as that definition applies in the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) NGD : 07-12-06

SB 3002 : Stranded Gas Amendments
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act; relating to municipal impact money received under the terms of a stranded gas fiscal contract; relating to determination of full and true value of property and required contributions for education in municipalities affected by stranded gas fiscal contracts; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) NGD : 07-12-06

SB 3004 : Appropriation: Gas Spur Line Feasibility Study
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act making an appropriation to study the feasibility of a spur line from a gas pipeline in this state; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) NGD : 07-27-06

SB 3005 : Detention/ IDentification; Contempt
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to contempt of court and to temporary detention and identification of persons.

Current Status : (S) JUD : 07-27-06

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SB 4001 : State Employee Same - Sex Partner Benefits
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Gov. Frank Murkowski

An Act relating to employment-related insurance benefits for the same-sex partner of a state employee; relating to survivor and medical benefits for the same-sex partner of a member of the state's teachers', public employees', judicial, or elected public officers retirement systems; and providing for an effective date.

Current Status : (S) FIN : 11-15-06

SCR 3 : Recess For More Than 3 Days In March
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 6
Sponsored by 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 March 25, 26, 27, and 28 of 2005.

Current Status : Legis Resolve 6 : 05-17-05

SCR 201 : Authorizing Recess During Special Session
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee

Authorizing the Senate or the House of Representatives to recess for periods longer than three days during special sessions.

Current Status : Governor : 05-22-06

SCR 401 : Same - Sex Partner Benefits; Court Authority
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee

Relating to legislative powers over same-sex partner employment benefits and urging the courts to delay action until the legislature has sufficient time to act in the next regular session of the legislature.

Current Status : Governor : 11-16-06

SJR 8 : Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund P. O. M. V.
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by Legislative Budget & Audit Joint Committee

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

Companion Bill : HJR 11
Contact : : 465-2059
Current Status : (S) STA : 02-14-05

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02-14-05 : Removes the distinction between principal and earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund and merges the two accounts. Makes 5 percent of the value of the entire fund averaged over the previous five years available for appropriation.

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

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

Current Status : Senate Resolve 1 : 03-14-05

SR 5 : Senate University Oversight Committee
Passed Legislature! Senate Resolve 4
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee

Establishing a Senate Special Committee on University Oversight.

Contact : : 465-3879
Current Status : Senate Resolve 4 : 02-06-06

01-17-06 : Creates the Special Senate Committee to oversee and deal with University of Alaska issues.The committee may meet during and between sessions of the Alaska Legislature. The committee terminates at the start of the 25th Session of the Alaska Legislature.

SR 201 : Special Committee On Natural Gas Dev
Passed Legislature! Transmit To Gov.
Sponsored by Sen. Rules Committee

Establishing a Senate Special Committee on Natural Gas Development.

Current Status : Governor : 06-13-06


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