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23rd Alaska State Legislature
The 23rd Alaska State Legislature
Alaska State Senator Ben Stevens
District N - Anchorage Senate Majority Leader

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716 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 510
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-0200
Fax: (907) 269-0204

Appointed to the Senate 2000
Elected to the Senate 2002


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SB 23 : Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to public rights-of-way and easements for surface transportation affecting the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 71 : Transportation Enhancement Projects
Signed into Law! Chapter 135 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to funding for transportation enhancement projects.

07-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 71 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 71 would decrease the amounts allocated for the TRAAK program and other enhancement projects to free up millions of dollars to be available for roadway construction and improvement projects.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 79 : Extend Alaska Minerals Commission
Signed into Law! Chapter 17 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska Minerals Commission.

05-06-03 : The Alaska State Governor signed into law Senate Bill 79 on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 79 would extend the termination date of the Alaska Minerals Commission.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 177 : PERS/TRS Cola For Active Duty Military
Signed into Law! Chapter 70 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to cost-of-living benefits for retired members in the public employees' retirement system and the teachers' retirement system who are called to active military duty; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 177 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 177 would relate to cost-of-living benefits for retired members in the public employees' retirement system and the teachers' retirement system that are called to active military duty.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 209 : Marine Pilot For Foreign Pleasure Craft
House Companion HB251 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to pilotage of certain foreign pleasure craft.

05-08-03 : Senate Bill 209 moved out of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee Thursday. Sponsored by the Senator Ben Stevens (R-Anchorage), SB 209 would attract independent yacht travelers to our coastal Alaskan communities.
SB 209 moves next to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 260 : Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Signed Into Law! Chapter 119 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

An Act relating to metropolitan planning organizations and to establishment of a metropolitan planning organization for the Anchorage metropolitan area; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 260 (TRA)
Contact: Kristy Tibbles, 465-4993
Action: 06-29-04: Signed Into Law

SB 260 authorizes metropolitan planning organizations under state statute. It changes the composition of the Anchorage MPO policy board by adding two public members, one appointed by the Anchorage Assembly and one by the governor, and two non-voting legislative representatives from the Anchorage area. SB 260 also streamlines the development of transportation projects for Anchorage and Fairbanks.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 315 : Entry Permit Buy-Back Program
Signed Into Law! Chapter 51 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the administration of commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs.

Version: SB 315
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 06-09-04: Signed Into Law

SB 315 modifies existing law governing commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs by allowing the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to “front fund” a buy-back program if an appropriation were received. These funds would be repaid by fishermen who are engaged in a buy-back program.

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

SB 322 : Salmon Enhancement Tax
Signed Into Law! Chapter 52 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the rate of the salmon enhancement tax.

Version: SB 322
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 06-09-04: Signed Into Law

SB 322 offers flexibility for Regional Aquaculture Associations by adding tax rates of 30, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 percent to the salmon enhancement tax that the fishermen may impose on themselves. Under current law fishermen may self-assess 1, 2 or 3 percent of the value of their harvest for the purpose of funding the operation of their regional aquaculture associations.

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

SB 347 : Commercial Fishing Moratoria, including AK Gulf
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens by Request

New title from Cheryl as of 03-05-04 -->An Act relating to moratoria on entry of new participants or vessels into a commercial fishery; relating to vessel permits for, and the establishment of a moratorium on entry of new vessels into, state Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 347 (RES)
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 03-19-04: Senate Floor » House after Reconsideration

SB 347 unanimously passed the Senate March 19 and was noticed for reconsideration. It establishes a temporary moratorium on entry of new vessels into the state groundfish fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska and adjacent state marine water to promote conservation of the resource; give the state the opportunity to plan for the consequences of federal management of the groundfish fisheries of the United States exclusive economic zone off Alaska; and minimize hardship on fishermen by grandfathering those vessels that meet eligibility criteria while limiting the growth of the state groundfish fishery during the period of the temporary moratorium.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 102 KB]

SCR 3 : Extend Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force
House Companion HCR6 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

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

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 5 : Sobriety Awareness Month: March 2003
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 2
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

Relating to declaring March 2003 as Sobriety Awareness Month.

02-24-03 : Senate Concurrent Resolution 5 passed the House of Representatives Monday, following a unanimous floor vote. SCR 5 recognizes March as "Sobriety Awareness Month," and has been enacted every year since 1995."
Permanently Filed: 04-24-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 21 : Sobriety Awareness Month: March 2004
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 36
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens

Relating to declaring March 2004 as Sobriety Awareness Month.

Version: SCR 21
Contact: Shannon Kempton, 465-4993
Action: Permanently Filed - Legis Resolve 36

SCR 21 declares March 2004 as Sobriety Awareness Month.


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SB 1 : Increase Amt Of Base Student Allocation
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

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

Version: SSSB 1
Contact: Sheila Peterson, 465-2872
Action: 03-01-04: (S)HES » (S)FIN

Increases the base student allocation in the public education funding formula from $4,169 to $4,263.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 26 : State Employees Called To Military Duty
Signed into Law! Chapter 65 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Robin Taylor, Sen. Kim Elton

An Act relating to state employees who are called to active duty as reserve or auxiliary members of the armed forces of the United States; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 page - 20 KB]

SB 41 : Medicaid Costs And Crimes
Signed into Law! Chapter 66 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to medical care and crimes relating to medical care, including medical care and crimes relating to the medical assistance program.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 41 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 41 provides the legal tools for the fiduciaries of the Medicaid program to establish program integrity and maintain maximum fiscal control.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 57 : Appropriations: Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

An Act making a special appropriation for a grant to Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska; and providing for an effective date.

SB 64 : Credit Information
Passed Senate!
Sen. Hollis French

An Act requiring certain consumer reporting agencies to provide individuals with certain information without charge.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 page - 6 KB]
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 1 page - 6 KB]

SB 78 : Medicaid For Breast & Cervical Cancer
Signed into Law! Chapter 9 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

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

04-22-03 : Governor Murkowski signed Senate Bill 78 into law on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 78 would remove the sunset provision of the 2001 legislation and allows for women who have been participating the program to continue, as well as allowing access to the program for women who will be diagnosed in the future.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 85 : Repeat Serious Sex Offenses
Signed into Law! Chapter 90 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Hollis French

An Act relating to sentencing and to the earning of good time deductions for certain sexual offenses.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 2 page - 8 KB]

SB 88 : Forest Resources & Practices Standards
Signed into Law! Chapter 123 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

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

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 88 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 88 would revises the riparian management standards of the Forest Resources Practices Act (FRPA) for Region III by strengthening protection for fish habitat and water quality in a manner that continues to support both the timber and fishing industries.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 147 : Control Of Nuisance Wild Animals
Signed into Law! Chapter 132 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act relating to control of nuisance wild animals; and providing for an effective date.

07-01-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 147 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SB 147 would provide authority to the Alaska Board of Game to adopt regulations to allow issuance of permits and licenses to sanctioned designees to control nuisance wild birds and nuisance wild small mammals. Currently, there is no statutory authority for nuisance wildlife control and the means by which ADF&G can sell a license or issue a permit. SB 147 moves next to the governor for his signature.

| Sponsor Statement |
| ADF&G Fiscal Note | [PDF - 1 Page - 10 KB]

SB 148 : PFD: Allowable Absence For Military SVC
Signed into Law! Chapter 69 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery

An Act relating to allowable absences for certain members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependents for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends; and providing for an effective date.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 148 into law. Sponsored by Sen. John Cowdery (R-Anchorage), SB 148 would change the allowable absences for certain members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependents for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 149 : Repeal Certain Timber Sale Requirements
Signed into Law! Chapter 153 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Robin Taylor

An Act relating to timber and to the sale of timber by the state.

08-08-03 : Governor Murkowski signed SB 149 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Robin Taylor (R-Wrangell), SB 149 would repeal certain timber sale requirements.

SB 155 : Hunting Same Day Airborne
Signed into Law! Chapter 124 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to hunting on the same day airborne; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 155 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins (R-Fairbanks), SB 155 would make changes that will allow the Fish and Game Board as well as the Commissioner to better manage wildlife by balancing predator and game populations based on the best science available.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 185 : Royalty Reduction On Certain Oil
Signed into Law! Chapter 59 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act providing for a reduction of royalty on certain oil produced from Cook Inlet submerged land.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 185 into law. Sponsored the Senator Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai/Soldotna), SB 185 would amend statutes to provide for reduction of royalty on oil produced in certain Cook Inlet fields and platforms as they near the end of their production capability.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Amendment Offered in Senate Finance | [PDF file - 4 Pages - 168 KB]
| Explanation for Amendment | [PDF file - 1 Page - 30 KB]

SB 244 : Increase Fine For School Zone Violations
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

An Act relating to fines for offenses committed within school zones.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 270 : Avalanche Awareness Month
Signed into Law! Chapter 10 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

An Act establishing November as Avalanche Awareness Month.

Version: SB 270 am H
Contact: Jacqueline Tupou, 465-6600
Action: 03-24-04: Governor signed into law

The governor signed SB 270 into law March 22. It establishes November as Avalanche Awareness Month to encourage activities that increase awareness of avalanche dangers.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

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

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

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

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

SB 286 : Direct Marketing Fisheries Business
Signed Into Law! Chapter 147 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Bert Stedman
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to direct marketing fisheries businesses, to the fisheries business tax, and to liability for payment of taxes and assessments on the sale or transfer of fishery resources; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 286 (FIN)
Contact: Ian Fisk, 465-3873
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

SB 286 passed the House May 5 by a vote of 32 to 1. It reduces the Fisheries Business Tax on direct marketing vessels of 65 feet or less from 5 percent to 3 percent, leveling their rate to that of shore processors and Bering Sea factory trawlers. It also taxes the products of small-boat fishermen on the same value as the prevailing grounds price on which other processors base their taxes.

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

SB 295 : Extend Navigable Waters Commission
Signed Into Law! Chapter 41 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

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

Version: SB 295
Contact: Zach Warwick, 465-4797
Action: 06-04-04: Signed Into Law

Extends the life of the Joint Federal and State Navigable Waters Commission for Alaska until 2006. The commission’s purpose is to expedite the title process to the state’s submerged lands, to determine which bodies of water are navigable or non-navigable, and to recommend ways to improve the water navigability determination process and quickly clear title to the state’s submerged lands.

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

SB 327 : Rollerbladers Regulated Like Bicycles
Signed Into Law! Chapter 81 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

An Act relating to pedestrians using rollerblades, roller skates, and similar devices.

Version: CS SB 327 (STA)Am H
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 06-17-04: Signed Into Law

SB 327 legalizes the use of roller-skis on the same public roadways where bicycles are allowed.

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

SCR 1 : Support Roads/Hot Springs Loop Road
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 9
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

Relating to economic development generated by new road construction and to the design and construction of the Hot Springs Loop Road to connect Chena Hot Springs and Circle Hot Springs.

04-09-03 : The Senate concurred with the House amendment for Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 by a vote of 14 to five on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken (R-Fairbanks), SCR 1 encourages new economic development generated by new road construction.
Permanently Filed: 04-24-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 4 : Avalanche Awareness Month
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 7
Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green

Relating to Avalanche Awareness Month.

04-04-03 : Senate Concurrent Resolution 4 moved out of the House of Representatives Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Lyda Green (R-Mat-Su), SCR 4 would proclaim November 2003 as Avalanche Awareness month.
Permanently Filed: 04-24-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 12 : Borough Incorporation: Unorg Areas
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

Requesting the Local Boundary Commission to consider borough incorporation for certain unorganized areas.

Version: SCR 12
Contact: Sheila Peterson, 465-2872
Action: 04-05-04: (S)Floor » (H)Floor

SCR 12 passed the Senate April 5 by a vote of 11 to 9 and was noticed for reconsideration. It requests the Local Boundary Commission to consider borough incorporation for four areas of the state: Upper Tanana Basin Model Borough, Copper River Basin Model Borough, Glacier Bay Model Borough and Chatham Region Model Borough. These four areas of the state were identified in a February 2003 report by the LBC entitled "Unorganized Areas of Alaska that Meet Borough Incorporation Standards," as meeting the existing standards for borough incorporation. Details regarding establishment of each borough would be included in the recommendation. The recommended incorporations would be adopted unless the legislature disapproves them within 45 days after they are submitted.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 132 KB]

SJR 4 : Endorsing ANWR Leasing
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 4
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development, and production.

02-26-03 : The House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 4 on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai), SJR 4 would urge the United States Congress to pass legislation opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to oil and gas exploration, development and production.
SJR 4 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 5 : Destroy Brady Bill Records
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 21
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Urging the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.

05-16-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 5 moved out of the House of Representatives Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai), SJR 5 would urge the President of the United States and the Congress to act to ensure that federal agencies do not retain records relating to lawful purchase or ownership of firearms gathered through the Brady Handgun Bill instant check system.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 9 : Supporting Members Of Military
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 6
Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde

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

03-28-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 9 unanimously passed the House of Representatives Friday, just hours before a large rally in front of the capitol to honor and support our troops fight for the liberation of Iraq and the security of our country. Sponsored by Sen. Con Bunde (R-Anchorage), SJR 9 expresses confidence in and support for all members of the military, their families, and employers of members of the National Guard.
SJR 9 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

Relating to the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 12 : Supporting Halibut By-Catch Project
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 14
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

Supporting the halibut by-catch utilization project of the Alaska Food Coalition.

04-30-03 : Senate Joint Resolution 12, was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), SJR 12 would respond to the Alaska Food Coalition's on-going efforts to help those less fortunate with much needed food assistance.
SJR 12 will now be forwarded to the President of the United States, and our State's Congressional delegation.

| Sponsor Statement |

SJR 17 : Alaska-Yukon Intergov Relations Accord
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 19
Sponsored by Sen. Donny Olson

Relating to the Alaska-Yukon Intergovernmental Relations Accord, to annual legislative exchanges, and to continuing intergovernmental work on matters of joint concern and mutual interest.

SJR 27 : Submerged Land Title Disputes
Passed Legislature! Leg Resolve 45
Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Seekins

Relating to the resolution of submerged land title disputes.

Version: SJR 27
Contact: Brian Hove, 465-2327
Action: 06-04-04: Permanently filed

SJR 27 encourages the Interior Secretary to continue recording disclaimers of interest (statements that the federal government has no stake in the property); requests federal participation in the Joint Navigable Waters Commission for Alaska; and recommends amendment of the federal Quiet Title Act.

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

SR 2 : Ronald Reagan Day
Passed Senate! Senate Resolve 2
Sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault

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

Version:
Contact:
Action: 07-16-04:

HB 12 : Harassment By Electronic Communication
Signed into Law! Chapter 13 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to harassment.

05-01-03 : Governor Frank Murkowski signed House Bill 12 into law on Thursday. Sponsored by Representative Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), House Bill 12 adds obscene email and email that threatens physical injury or sexual contact to the legal definition of harassment.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 16 : Stranded Gas Development Act Amendments
Signed into Law! Chapter 4 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Hugh Fate

An Act amending the standards applicable to determining whether, for purposes of the Alaska Stranded Gas Development Act, a proposed new investment constitutes a qualified project, and repealing the deadline for applications relating to the development of contracts for payments in lieu of taxes and for royalty adjustments that may be submitted for consideration under that Act; and providing for an effective date.

04-09-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 16 into law on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Hugh "Bud" Fate (R-Fairbanks), HB 16 expands the areas of potential gas exploration and development that fall under the Act. Currently, the statute only qualifies natural gas projects that export the gas in liquefied form. HB 16 would allow gas development and transportation in any form and does not specify a pipeline route. HB 16 also extends the June 30, 2001 deadline to March 31, 2005 to allow the state and producers to begin new contract negotiations.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

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

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

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 59 : Cleanup Of Illegal Drug Sites
Signed into Law! Chapter 142 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Holm

An Act relating to the evaluation and cleanup of sites where certain controlled substances may have been manufactured or stored; and providing for an effective date.

07-18-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 59 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Jim Holm (R-Fairbanks), HB 59 will require the property owner to clean up hazardous materials when law enforcement agencies discover an illegal drug lab. The owner must provide test results that show the levels of contamination to be below Department of Environmental Conservation limits (DEC) before the property can be used again. The DEC or a law enforcement entity will provide cleanup guidelines, testing procedures and a list of laboratories for testing the property to the property owner. Future property buyers must be notified of the previous presence of a lab on the property.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 69 : Regulation Of Shallow Natural Gas
Signed into Law! Chapter 45 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring

An Act relating to regulation of shallow natural gas leasing and closely related energy projects; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 69 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Vic Kohring (R-Wasilla), HB 69 ensures that the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the authority and discretion necessary to regulate shallow gas drilling while also providing for human safety and environmental protection.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 82 : Commercial Electronic Mail
Signed into Law! Chapter 14 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

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

05-01-03 : Governor Frank Murkowski signed House Bill 82 into law on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), House Bill 82 requires anyone sending unsolicited commercial email with sexually explicit content to include the letters "ADV: ADLT" in the subject line.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 90 : Tax Credit For Salmon Development
Signed into Law! Chapter 57 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

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.

06-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 90 in law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens by recommendation of the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, HB 90 provides a tax credit for salmon product development.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 105 : Commercial Fishing Loans
Signed into Law! Chapter 56 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to loans to satisfy past due federal tax obligations of commercial fishermen and to the commercial fishing loan program.

06-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 105 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens, HB 105 allows fishermen to obtain secured loans for Internal Revenue Service debt retirement.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 139 : Closing Certain Land To Mineral Entry
Signed into Law! Chapter 8 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act approving an interim classification by the commissioner of natural resources closing certain land within the Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages to new mineral entry; and providing for an effective date.

04-16-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 139 into law on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anchorage/Girdwood/Portage/Whittier), HB 139 will close state land in the upper Glacier Creek and Winner Creek drainages to new mineral entry for ten years.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

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

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

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

| Sponsor Statement |

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

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

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

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

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 251 : Marine Pilot For Foreign Pleasure Craft
Signed into Law! Chapter 39 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom

An Act exempting certain foreign pleasure craft from the mandatory pilotage requirement.

06-05-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 251 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Anchorage/Birchwood), HB 251 exempts certain pleasure craft of foreign registry from the mandatory pilotage requirement.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 283 : Coal Leases
Signed into Law! Chapter 91 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Hugh Fate

An Act relating to limitations on coal leases.

06-13-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 283 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Hugh "Bud" Fate (R-Fairbanks), HB 283 increases the amount of state acreage available for coal leases.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

An Act naming the Jack Coghill Bridge to the Interior.

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

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

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 344 : Mining Fees, Rentals, & Royalties
Signed into Law! Chapter 26 SLA 04
Sponsored by Rep. Hugh Fate

An Act relating to annual rental fees for mining claims, and providing for reduced royalties during the first three years of production.

Version: SCS HB 344 (RES)
Contact: Jim Pound, 465-4976
Action: 04-13-04: House Concurrence with Senate Amendments

Allows a grace period if the mine's filing deadline is missed. By filing the necessary paperwork, paying the royalties, rent, and a penalty equal to one year's rent the claim remains protected.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

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

HCR 11 : Alaska Salmon Day
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 15
Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf

Relating to Alaska Salmon Day.

05-01-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 11 by a vote of 19 to zero on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Wolf (R-Kenai), HCR 11 proclaims July 2, 2003 as "Alaska Wild Salmon Week" to recognize the salmon industry's significance to the state.
Permanently Filed: 05-09-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

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

Proclaiming March 2004 as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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

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

| Sponsor Statement |

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

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

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

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 29 : US Coast Guard ROTC Program
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 30
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Relating to the establishment of Reserve Officer Training Corps programs in Alaska by the United States Coast Guard.

05-20-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 29 by a vote of 19 to zero on Tuesday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HJR 29 urges the Coast Guard to create an ROTC program at the University of Alaska Southeast and to create JROTC programs at Juneau-Douglas High School and Kodiak High School.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 30 : Eliminate Social Security Offset
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 42
Sponsored by Rep. Carl Gatto

Relating to supporting the repeal of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provisions from the Social Security Act.

Version: CS HJR 30 (STA) Am
Contact: Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, 465-3743
Action: 04-20-04: Passed the Senate

This resolution calls on the Alaskan Congressional Delegation to repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision which reduces social security benefits based on other retirement earnings from public servants who participated in other retirement and pension plans during their work history.

| Sponsor Statement |


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