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Senate Takes Major Step to Ending Special Session
Conference Committee Members Named for SB 130, SB 141
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May 19, 2005


"I am disappointed the house did not appoint conference committee members during its floor session this afternoon. That means the special session will drag on even longer because the process for finding the common ground needed to get these bills passed is delayed one more day."
- Sen. Stevens

 

(JUNEAU) - Today the Alaska Senate made a significant step to bringing an end to the special session. Senate President Ben Stevens (R - Anchorage) appointed senators to the two conference committees for the workers compensation reform (SB 130) and public employees retirement system reform (SB 141) bills.

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives still has not assigned house members to the two conference committees.

"I am disappointed the house did not appoint conference committee members during its floor session this afternoon. That means the special session will drag on even longer because the process for finding the common ground needed to get these bills passed is delayed one more day," said Sen. Stevens.

Senate President Stevens appointed the following senators to the conference committees.

SB 130
Sen. Gene Therriault -
Chair
Sen. Charlie Huggins
Sen. Hollis French
SB 141
Sen. Gary Stevens -
Chair
Sen. Ben Stevens
Sen. Gretchen Guess

This week the House of Representatives voted down both bills after they had already gone through the conference committee process. Legislative Research Services did some research and discovered that has not happened to any bill approved by a conference committee in two decades. The entire purpose of conference committees is to smooth out any disagreements between the house and senate so the bill can get passed.

Conference committees are made up of six legislators, three from the house and three from the senate. They are formed when a bill passes each legislative body but there are differences between the two versions that can be worked out.

The senate conference committee members are ready to get down to work and end the session as soon as the house makes its appointments.

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·
Print Text Version
· Acrobat PDF Version [PDF - 1 page - 18 KB]
· Governor's Transmittal Letter
· Fact Sheet [PDF - 109 KB]
· Sponsor Statement
· SB 141 Overview [PDF - 95 KB]
· SB 141 White Paper [PDF - 180 KB]
· AK Retirement Boards Comparison [PDF - 87 KB]
· SB 141 - Walkthrough [PDF - 79 KB]
· Actuarial Valuation 101 [PDF - 45 KB]
· Benefit Changes - Cost Comparison [PDF - 9 KB]
· Slide Presentation - Part 1 [PDF - 322 KB]
· Slide Presentation - Part 2 [PDF - 295 KB]
· (S) FIN Discussion Topics 03/29 - 04/03 [PDF - 54 KB]
· Board Restructuring Slide Presentation [PDF - 77 KB]
· Contribution Rate of Existing Employees Slide Presentation [PDF - 185 KB]
· Slide Presentation - Medical Benefits Program for DC Plan Members [PDF - 95 KB]
· Slide Presentation - Contribution Rates for New Defined Contribution Plan [PDF - 184 KB]
· Slide Presentation - Health Reimbursement Arrangement [PDF - 106 KB]
· Slide Presentation - Conversion Option from DB to DC [PDF - 61 KB]
· Slide Presentation - SB 141 vs. CS SB 141 (FIN) Comparision [PDF - 12 KB]
· Complete Bill Text for SB 130
· Complete Bill Text for SB 141


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