04-04-05 : Amends state Aquatic Farming Act so shellfish farmers can harvest ''insignificant'' numbers of wild geoducks within aquatic farm areas. Permits Alaska Department of Fish & Game to hold a preliminary commercial geoduck dive fishery within shellfish farm areas. Clarifies that shellfish farmers do not need to replace wild geoduck stocks harvested during commercial dive opening.
SB 145 : Loans For Commercial Fishing Tenders Companion Bill HB 230 Signed Into Law! Chapter 85 SLA 05 Sponsored by Sen. Bert Stedman
An Act authorizing the making of loans for upgrade of commercial fishing tender vessels and gear.
04-07-05 : Amends the Alaska Commercial Fishing Loan Act to make seafood quality improvement loans available to owners of floating fish tenders. Current law does not allow these loans to floating fish tenders because they are not defined as fishermen. SB 145 changes the law so tender owners can update equipment and be part of the effort to improve the quality of Alaskan seafood.
02-06-06 : Extends the deadline for salmon processors to apply for a salmon product development tax credit for property put into service before December 31, 2008. SB 164 also defines what items are eligible for a tax credit.
05-05-06 : Passed House 36-0. Establishes a capital improvement program for harbor facilities with a one time 50/50 matching grant program for municipalities. It will be administered through the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and will fund major maintenance and capital improvements by using a portion of the watercraft fuel tax. CS adds another fund source, the state's portion of the raw fish tax.
SB 12 : Human Trafficking/ Sextourism/ Procurements Signed into Law! Chapter 72 SLA 06 Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson
An Act relating to human trafficking; relating to sex tourism; relating to procurement from a person conducting business in or having headquarters in countries that support or ignore slavery and trafficking in persons; and providing for an effective date.
Version : HCS CS SB 12 (STA) Am H(EFD ADD H) Contact :: 465-2199 Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-16-06 Current Status : Chapter 72 SLA 06 : 06-16-06
05-04-06 : Senate voted 20-0 to concur with House amendments. Directs the legislative, executive and judicial branches to develop regulations and procedures to prohibit procurement from a person that has headquarters in a country listed as sponsoring or turning a blind eye to slavery and human traffic.
SB 54 : Protective Order For Sexual Assault/ Abuse Signed into Law! Chapter 36 SLA 06 Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson
An Act amending protective order statutes for crimes involving stalking to include crimes involving sexual assault and sexual abuse, to provide for other relief ordered by a court, to add the protective orders to a centralized registry, to prevent denial solely for a lapse of time, and to require notification of the court of known civil or criminal actions involving the petitioner or respondent; relating to notifications to victims of sexual assault and to mandatory arrest for crimes involving violation of protective orders and violation of conditions of release; and amending Rule 65, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure.
Version : CS SB 54 (FIN) Contact :: 465-2199 Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-18-06 Current Status : Chapter 36 SLA 06 : 05-18-06
04-28-06 : Passed House 35-0. Allows a victim of sexual assault to petition for civil remedies of protective orders, ex parte orders, and emergency orders. Also mandates arrest for violation of these protective orders. This bill focuses on victims of sexual assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degrees) and sexual abuse of a minor (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degrees) that is not domestic violence.
SB 60 : Extend Suicide Prevention Council Signed into Law! Chapter 8 SLA 05 Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
An Act extending the termination date of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council; and providing for an effective date.
Companion Bill :HB 82 Contact :: 465-4993 Last Action : Signed into Law : 04-09-05 Current Status : Chapter 8 SLA 05 : 04-09-05
04-25-05 : Unanimously passed House April 25. Allows the Alaska Department of Transportation to erect and maintain roadway signs that encourage the use of safety belts. Stipulates placing the signs at the sites of traffic fatalities that could have been prevented if seat belts were in use. Between 1997-2002 about 55% of the traffic fatalities in Alaska could have been prevented if safety belts had been used.
An Act relating to the crimes of unsworn falsification in the first degree involving an application for a permanent fund dividend and false information or report involving eligibility for a permanent fund dividend; requiring the establishment of a permanent fund dividend fraud investigation unit in the Department of Revenue; relating to service in the peace corps and as a member of the United States Olympic Team as allowable absences from the state for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends and to the period for filing an application for a permanent fund dividend; authorizing the Department of Revenue to issue administrative orders imposing sanctions for certain misrepresentations or other actions concerning eligibility for a permanent fund dividend and providing for administrative appeal of those orders; and providing for an effective date.
Version : CCS SB 104 Contact :: 465-2327 Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-25-06 Current Status : Chapter 42 SLA 06 : 05-25-06
05-07-06 : Senate and House adopted conference committee report. Elevates Permanent Fund Dividend fraud from a class A misdemeanor to a class C felony. Codifies a PFD fraud investigation unit within the Department of Revenue to assist the Department of Law in detecting and investigating PFD fraud. Adds peace corps and members of the Special Olympics to the allowable absences for permanent fund dividend eligibility.
An Act relating to the admissibility into evidence of the prior recorded statement of a crime victim less than 16 years of age; and adding Rule 413, Alaska Rules of Evidence, and amending Rules 402 and 403, Alaska Rules of Evidence.
Version : CS SB 117 (JUD) Contact :: 465-3892 Last Action :(S) JUD»(S) RLS: 04-04-05
04-04-05 : Makes recorded statements of victims under 16 admissible in Alaska's courts if the statements were conducted under certain conditions and if the victim is available for cross examination. Such statements, or ''forensic interviews'' are now admissible as evidence only if the child victim contradicts his or her earlier statement or cannot remember the event.
03-24-05 : Makes online enticement of minors a felony under Alaska law. A person commits the crime of online enticement of a minor if the person is 18 years or older and knowingly uses a computer to communicate with another person to entice, solicit or encourage the person to engage in an act described in AS 11.41.455(a)(1)-(7). Makes online enticement a class C felony or a class B felony if the defendant is required to register as a sex offender or child kidnapper under AS 12.63 or similar law.
04-13-05 : Exempts Alaska from observing day light saving time.
SB 134 : Pilot Project: Sex Offense Victims Rights Signed into Law! Chapter 74 SLA 06 Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde
An Act relating to a pilot project to review and investigate certain complaints from victims of sexual assault in the first degree or sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree concerning actions of justice agencies.
Version : CS SB 134 (JUD) Contact :: 465-4843 Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-16-06 Current Status : Chapter 74 SLA 06 : 06-16-06
05-08-06 : Passed House 39-0. Establishes a pilot program within the Office of Victim's Rights to review cases in which the victim of first degree sexual assault or sexual abuse of a minor complains that the investigation has not been timely or through. Pilot program begins Sept. 1, 2006 and ends it August 31, 2008.
05-10-05 : Senate unanimously concurred 5/10. Makes it unlawful for a person who is not the owner or authorized user of a computer to use spyware to cause a pop-up advertisement under circumstances defined in the bill, or to purchase advertising that violates the prohibition on using spyware to customize pop-up advertising. Makes online enticement of minors a felony under Alaska law. A person commits the crime of online enticement of a minor if the person is 18 years or older and knowingly uses a computer to communicate with another person to entice, solicit or encourage the person to engage in an act described in AS 11.41.455(a)(1)-(7). Makes online enticement a class C felony or a class B felony if the defendant is required to register as a sex offender or child kidnapper under AS 12.63 or similar law. Makes electronic distribution of indecent materials, i.e. pornography, to minors a felony under Alaska law.
An Act relating to access by persons under 21 years of age to premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages as clubs when alcoholic beverages are not present and, when alcoholic beverages are present, to premises of a patriotic organization licensed as a club if the person possesses a valid active duty military or armed forces identification card issued by the United States government.
Version : CS SB 209 (JUD) Contact :: 465-3878 Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06 Current Status : Chapter 69 SLA 06 : 06-15-06
05-08-06 : Passed House 34-1. Allows military personnel under the age of 21 access to patriotic organizations licensed to sell alcoholic beverages if the person posesses a valid active duty military ID card or armed forces identification card issued by the United States government.
SB 274 : Govt. Firearm Disposal And Inventory Signed into Law! Chapter 70 SLA 06 Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson
An Act relating to the disposition of forfeited, surplus, and unclaimed firearms by the state and municipalities.
Version : HCS CS SB 274 (FIN) Am H Contact :: 465-2199 Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06 Current Status : Chapter 70 SLA 06 : 06-15-06
05-07-06 : Senate concurred with House amendments 20-0. Returns to Senate for concurrence with House amendments. Allows all Alaskans who are legally permitted to buy firearms to do so at auctions where state-owned surplus firearms are sold. Current state law only allows federally licensed firearm dealers to buy state firearms at auction. The state can also dispose of the firearms through trade-in, donation and transfer to other jurisdictions. The Department of Public Safety must report descriptions and values of all firearms not sold to the public to the legislature during the annual budgetary process.
An Act relating to loans from trust property; relating to a trustee's power to appoint the principal of a trust to another trust; relating to challenges to, claims against, and liabilities of trustees, beneficiaries, and creditors of trusts and of trusts and estates; relating to individual retirement accounts and plans; relating to certain trusts in divorce and dissolutions of marriage situations; and providing for an effective date.
Version : HCS CS SB 298 (JUD) Contact :: 465-2327 Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-15-06 Current Status : Chapter 66 SLA 06 : 06-15-06
05-01-06 : Senate concurred with House amendments 19-0. Updates state law pertaining to the administration of trust assets. Modifies Titles 13 and 34 to help keep Alaska a popular jurisdiction for trust administration.
04-19-05 : Passed Senate April 19 by a vote of 14 to 6. Urges the United States Congress to pass legislation permanently repealing the federal estate and generation-skipping transfer tax. In 2001, Congress passed tax legislation which included the temporary repeal of estate taxes. SJR 14 expresses the State of Alaska's desire to have the tax permanently repealed.
05-04-05 : Passed Senate 5/4 by a vote of 18 to 1. Urges the United States Congress to pass legislation protecting the firearms industry from lawsuits seeking monetary damages caused by the misuse of firearms by third parties.
An Act relating to reimbursement of municipal bonds for school construction; increasing the base student allocation used in the formula for state financing of public education; relating to the district cost factors for state funding of public education; relating to school improvement funding; and providing for an effective date.
Version : SCS CS HB 13 (FIN) Contact :: 465-3743 Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-25-06 Current Status : Chapter 41 SLA 06 : 05-25-06
05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.
Extends, until July 1, 2006, the statutory date for municipalities to receive reimbursements for the state for school construction and renovation bonds. Reimbursement rates for DEED approved projects to 70% and non-DEED approved projects to 60%.
HB 32 : Appropriation: Grant To Arctic Power For ANWR Signed into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 05 Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring
An Act making a special appropriation for a grant to Arctic Power to promote the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration and development; and providing for an effective date.
Version : CS HB 32 (FIN) Am Companion Bill :SB 69 Contact :: 465-2186 Last Action : Signed into Law : 05-17-05 Current Status : Chapter 23 SLA 05 : 05-17-05
05-02-05 : Allows the Alaska State Medical Board to adopt competency requirements for foreign medical school graduates. Currently, the State Medical Board has no discretion in determining credentials for licensure of foreign medical school graduates in Alaska, other than a completion of a two-year U.S. graduate medical education program. HB 102 allows for a little flexibility where currently none exists. HB 102 now moves to the House Rules Committee.
Restricting the authority of a court to suspend execution of a sentence or grant probation in prosecutions for driving while under the influence and prosecutions for refusal to submit to a chemical test; and allowing a court to suspend up to 75 percent of the minimum fines required for driving while under the influence and for refusal to submit to a chemical test if the defendant successfully completes a court-ordered treatment program.
Contact :: 465-6848 Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-13-05 Current Status : Chapter 68 SLA 05 : 07-13-05
05-04-05 : Specifically, HB 136 expands the court-ordered treatment programs, i.e. ''Wellness Courts,'' to felony DUI defendants. The statutory authority for these courts can be found under AS 28.35.030 and AS 28.35.032.
An Act relating to an application for a permanent fund dividend for a member of the armed forces of the United States serving on active duty outside of the state who is eligible for hostile fire or imminent danger pay; and providing for an effective date.
Contact :: 465-3779 Last Action : Signed into Law : 07-21-05 Current Status : Chapter 83 SLA 05 : 07-21-05
05-04-05 : The purpose of this bill is to permit the person who has power of attorney for an individual who is serving on active duty with the United States armed services outside the state of Alaska to sign and file a permanent fund application for said individual.
05-09-06 : Passed the Legislature, to be transmitted to the Governor for signature.
HB 399 establishes an office of elder fraud and assistance within the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) to investigate complaints of fraud committed against elder residents of Alaska. This bill authorizes OPA to bring civil enforcement actions for injunctive and other relief for fraud committed against older Alaskans.
Relating to declaring March 2005 as Sobriety Awareness Month.
Contact :: 465-3764 Last Action : Signed into Law : 03-14-05 Current Status : Legis Resolve 1 : 03-14-05
02-18-05 : HCR 1 Designates March as Sobriety Awareness month.
HCR 13 : Natural Gas Spur Line Construction Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 29 Sponsored by Rep. Jay Ramras
Expressing the legislature's support for the construction of a natural gas spur pipeline between Fairbanks and the Nenana Basin and Southcentral Alaska, commending the interest and initiative of the sponsors of that project, and encouraging the appropriate state resource agencies to lend support to those efforts.
Version : CS HCR 13 (RES) Contact :: 465-3004 Last Action : Signed into Law : 02-06-06 Current Status : Legis Resolve 29 : 02-06-06
05-02-05 : HCR 13 expressing the legislature's support for the construction of a natural gas spur pipeline between Fairbanks and the Nenana Basin and Southcentral Alaska, commending the interest and initiative of the sponsors of that project, and encouraging the appropriate state resource agencies to lend support to those efforts.
Urging the United States Congress to honor the process and judgment of the federal courts in the case of the Exxon Valdez disaster and to refrain from enacting legislation that would affect the outcome of the courts' resolution of the case; urging the United States Department of Justice and the Alaska Department of Law to identify all natural resource damages from the Exxon Valdez oil spill that were unanticipated at the time of the 1991 settlement, to develop plans to remedy the damages, and to present the ExxonMobil Corporation with a request for the full $100,000,000 that is available through the Reopener for Unknown Injury clause of the 1991 civil settlement to carry out these plans.
Version : SCS HJR 9 (JUD) Am S Contact :: 465-2487 Last Action :(S) JUD»Governor: 07-11-06
04-11-05 : This resolution from the Alaska State Legislature urges that the United States Congress respect the judicial process and refrain from enacting any legislation that would alter the punitive damages awarded to more than 32,000 plaintiffs as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill as finally determined by the federals courts.
05-05-05 : Urges the United States Congress and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Food and Drug Administration, to assist in the prompt approval of new drug applications for targeted drugs for the treatment of prostate cancer.
HJR 27 : Allotments For Native Vietnam Veterans Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 37 Sponsored by Rep. John Coghill
Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation amending the Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans Allotment Act to allow deserving veterans to obtain allotments of vacant land within the State of Alaska; and to reopen and legislatively approve allotments in the Tongass National Forest.
Version : CS HJR 27 (MLV) Contact :: 465-3719 Last Action : Signed into Law : 06-01-06 Current Status : Legis Resolve 37 : 06-01-06