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23rd Alaska State Legislature
The 23rd Alaska State Legislature
Alaska State Senator Gary Stevens District R - Kodiak

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112 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: (907) 486-4925
Fax: (907) 486-5264

345 W. Sterling Hw., Suite 102A
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 235-0690
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Elected to the House 2000, 2002
Appointed to the Senate 2003


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Sponsored as a Senator

SB 82 : Alcoholic Beverage Tax For Wine & Others
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the state alcoholic beverage tax for certain wine and other beverages.

Version: CS SB 82 (L&C)
Contact: Doug Letch, 465-1283
Action: 04-05-04: (S)Floor » (H)Floor

SB 82 unanimously passed the Senate April 5. It exempts up to 100 gallons of wine per month from the $2.50 a gallon alcohol tax. Amended on the Senate floor to tighten the title.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 83 : Sven Haakanson Airport At Old Harbor
Signed into Law! Chapter 18 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act naming the Sven Haakanson, Sr. Airport at Old Harbor.

05-09-03 : The Alaska State Governor signed into law Senate Bill 83 on Friday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 83 would name the State airport at Old Harbor, the Sven Haakanson, Sr. Airport at Old Harbor.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 84 : Teacher Loan Repayment Program
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the Alaska teacher recruitment loan repayment program; and providing for an effective date.

04-09-03 : Senate Bill 84 moved out of the Senate Health, Education and Social Services committee Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 84 would give school districts a valuable tool to help solve this problem by establishing the Alaska Teacher Recruitment Loan Repayment Program. This program will provide financial incentives through the repayment, in whole or part, by the state, of education loans for teachers, upon the teacher's being first hired at an Alaskan public elementary, or secondary school.
SB 84 moves next to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 90 : Increase Education Funding
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

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

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 137 : Employment Tax For Education
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act imposing a tax on employment; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 145 : Reemployment Of Retired Teachers
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to reemployment of and benefits for retired teachers or employees, including those who participated in retirement incentive programs, and to the employment as teachers of members of the public employees' retirement system who participated in a retirement incentive program; and providing for an effective date.

05-05-03 : Senate Bill 145 moved out of the Senate Health, Education and Social Services Committee Monday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 145 would allow schools experiencing a shortage of education professionals to reemploy teachers and principals who had retired under a Retirement Incentive Program. SB 145 moves next to the Senate Rules Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 192 : DOL Teachers And Training Programs
Signed into Law! Chapter 49 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to teachers and training programs in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to the placement in the exempt service of certified teachers employed by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, to their eligibility to participate in the Teachers' Retirement System of Alaska, and to the functions of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board regarding the Kotzebue Technical Center and the Alaska Vocational Technical Center; and providing for an effective date.

06-06-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 192 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], SB 192 would specifically grant statutory authority to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to employ teachers who are members of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and would enable current AVTEC instructional staff to remain members of the TRS after AVTEC transfers to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It also would allow future AVTEC instructional staff to become TRS members.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 194 : Liquor Delivered To Hotels/Cruise Ships
Signed Into Law! Chapter 91 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act authorizing delivery of up to two bottles of distilled spirits to a cruise ship passenger or hotel guest.

Version: HCS CS SB 194 (L&C)
Contact: Doug Letch, 465-1283
Action: 06-25-04: Signed Into Law

Senate concurred with House changes 18 to 1. SB 194 allows delivery of up to 72 oz. of beer or up to two bottles of distilled spirits in a gift basket with a floral arrangement to a cruise ship passenger or hotel guest. Current law allows only wine or champagne.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 101 KB]

SB 195 : Certificates Of Participation For Jails
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act giving notice of and approving, and authorizing the entry into and issuance of certificates of participation for, the upgrade, expansion, and replacement of certain jails; and providing for an effective date.

05-01-03 : Senate Bill 195 moved out of the Senate State Affairs Committee Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), SB 195 would provide a funding mechanism to take care of four community jails that are in dire need of expansion or replacement.
SB 195 moves next to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 214 : Alaska History Curriculum
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to a curriculum for Alaska history; and providing for an effective date.

SB 227 : Municipal Initiative And Referendum Elections
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to municipal initiative and referendum elections.

Version: HCS CS SB 227 (STA)
Contact: Doug Letch, 465-1283
Action: 05-11-04: House floor » (H)RLS

SB 227 requires a run-off election for mayor in a municipality with more than 100,000 people if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. It eliminates the requirement that boroughs hold a special election for initiative and referendum petitions if no regular election occurs within 75 days after the certification of the petition. It would allow boroughs to submit the matter at an already scheduled special election at least 60 days after the certification, or order a special election by ordinance.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 11 KB]

SB 250 : Natural Gas Leases On The Kenai Peninsula
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act establishing a moratorium on the issuance of state shallow natural gas leases in the vicinity of Kachemak Bay, and directing the commissioner of natural resources to reacquire shallow natural gas leases on the Kenai Peninsula within the moratorium area; and providing for an effective date.

SB 273 : ASMI Board/ Seafood Taxes & Assessments
Signed Into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the seafood marketing assessment, the seafood marketing tax, and the seafood product tax; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 273 (FIN)
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 05-13-04: Signed Into Law

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes. SB 273 changes the tax structure of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and reduces the size of its board from 25 to either seven or nine members, depending on the outcome of an election. The current tax structure levies 1 percent on salmon harvesters and a voluntary .3 percent on processors for marketing. SB 273 requires an election in the Fall for processors to vote on whether to A) eliminate the ASMI assessment, B) retain the current .3 percent, or C) increase the assessment to .5 percent. If processors approve the .5 percent assessment, the 1 percent salmon marketing tax would be eliminated. If processors retain the .3 percent or eliminate the assessment, the 1 percent salmon harvester tax would be retained, and two more fisherman would be added to the ASMI board.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 113 KB]

SB 310 : Shallow Natural Gas
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to shallow natural gas leasing and the regulation of shallow natural gas operations.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 325 : Assault On School Employees
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the crime of assault.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 334 : Education Funding
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act requiring a separate appropriation bill for funding public education; providing for an increase in the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education; establishing a date by which the bill funding public education must be transmitted to the governor; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 350 : 4 Dam Pool Joint Action Agency
House Companion HB495 Passed Legislature!
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the four dam pool joint action agency; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 350 (L&C)
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 03-09-04: (S)L&C » (S)FIN

SB 350 allows the Four Dam Pool Power Agency (FDPPA) to refinance a loan of approximately $73 million owed to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. It clarifies existing statute to state explicitly that joint action agencies are political subdivisions of the state for purposes of securities law. It also allows the agency to mortgage the four dam pool assets, which would likely be necessary to sell bonds. Assets may not be sold to a party outside the FDPPA without legislative approval.

| Sponsor Statement |

SCR 19 : Supporting Fisheries Education
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 41
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force

Relating to the support of fisheries education, training, and research and encouraging collaborative efforts between the state, the University of Alaska, and other educational institutions to provide fisheries education programs.

Version: SCR 19
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 04-14-04: Transmitted to Governor

SCR 19 unanimously passed the House April 6. It supports a recommendation from the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force to promote fisheries education and collaboration between the University of Alaska and other institutions to provide seafood education and training programs.

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

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 |

Sponsored as a Representative

HB 19 : Education Funding
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to appropriations for operating expenses for primary and secondary public education; and providing for an effective date.

04-03-03 : House Bill 19 moved out of the House Special Committee on Education on Thursday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), HB 19 would let school districts know the amount of state aide they will be receiving for the succeeding school year by April 1st of each calendar year. That deadline gives the school districts one month before they file their funding requests to their municipal government on May 1st.
HB 19 moves to the House Health, Education, and Social Services Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 20 : Reemployment Of Retired Teachers
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to reemployment of and benefits for retired teachers and principals, including those who participated in retirement incentive programs, and to the employment as teachers of members of the public employees' retirement system who participated in a retirement incentive program; and providing for an effective date.

03-06-03 : House Bill 20 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), HB 20 gives public schools that are experiencing a shortage of education professionals the option of reemploying teachers and principals who retired under a Retirement Incentive Program. Those reemployed under this provision will not be required to pay back their retirement incentive and can elect to either continue receiving retirement benefits or accrue new Teacher Retirement System credited service during the re-hire period. HB 20 moves to the House Rules Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 26 : Increase Education Funding
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

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

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 30 : Teacher Loan Assumption Program
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the Alaska teacher recruitment loan assumption program; and providing for an effective date.

HB 33 : Student Loan Forgiveness For Teachers
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to forgiveness of certain student loans; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 35 : Alcoholic Beverage Tax For Wine Producers
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to a reduction in the state alcoholic beverage tax for certain small domestic wine producers.

HB 44 : Use Of Headlights Required
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the use of headlights when operating a motor vehicle.

HB 89 : Fish Handling And Delivery Standards
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to standards for chilling and delivery of commercially caught salmon; and providing for an effective date.

| 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 96 : Sven Haakanson Airport At Old Harbor
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act naming the Sven Haakanson, Sr. Airport at Old Harbor.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 104 : Payment of Fishery Business Tax
Signed into Law! Chapter 55 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Gary Stevens

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

06-10-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 104 in law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens by recommendation of the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, HB 104 allows fish processing applicants to avoid posting a bond for twice the estimated fisheries business tax if they: remit all tax obligation on a monthly basis by paying the taxes due on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the month in which the tax liability is incurred, and file a bond in the amount of $50,000; or provide the Department of Revenue with proof that the applicant is the owner of real property in the state at a value of at least $100,000.

| 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 |

HCR 6 : Extend Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 3
Sponsored by Rep. Gary Stevens

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

02-26-03 : The Alaska State Senate passed House Concurrent Resolution 6 by a vote of 19 to zero on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], HCR 6 extends the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force until the end of next year's Regular Session.
Permanently Filed: 03-27-03.

| Sponsor Statement for Senate Companion Bill |


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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 25 : AHFC Loans To Educators
Signed into Law! Chapter 126 SLA 2003
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken

An Act relating to the teachers' housing loan program in the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

06-18-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed SB 25 into law. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Wilken (R-Fairbanks), SB 25 would provide an incentive for trained teachers, counselors, and administrators to enter into the profession and settle down in local communities, by providing them with no money down financing for a home.

| 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 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 146 : Commemorative Veterans License Plate
Signed into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 03
Sponsored by Sen. Gretchen Guess

An Act relating to a commemorative veterans' license plate; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 19 KB]

SB 154 : Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program
Sponsored by Sen. Hollis French

An Act relating to a student loan repayment program for nurses, and amending the duties of the Board of Nursing that relate to this program; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 9 KB]
| Bipartisan Press Release | [PDF - 2 Pages - 24 KB]

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 189 : Jonathan Link Courthouse
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act naming the Jonathan H. Link Courthouse in Kenai.

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 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]

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 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 6 : Location Of New Seafood Lab
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Relating to the location of the state's new seafood laboratory.

04-08-03 : Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 moved out of the Senate State Affairs committee Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Wagoner (R-Kenai/Soldotna), SCR 6 pertain to two current issues. One is that the existing seafood lab in the Mat-Su will be closed soon and needs to be replaced. The other is that the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) currently owns a 250,000 square foot underutilized state-of-the-art seafood processing facility in Anchorage. This resolution suggests that a better use of state funds would be to incorporate the proposed lab into the existing AIDEA owned building that currently houses Alaska Seafood International.
SCR 6 moves next to the Senate Finance Committee.

| 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 3 : Constitution Amendment: Appropriation/Spending Limit
Sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to an appropriation limit and a spending limit.

Version: CS SJR 3 (FIN) Am
Contact: Lucky Shultz, 465-6580
Action: 04-13-04: (S)Floor » (S)FIN

SJR 3 was returned to the Senate Finance Committee April 13. It amends the current appropriation limit in the Alaska State Constitution. It allows growth based on population and inflation. It includes a four-year sunset provision and mechanisms for funding emergencies and extraordinary circumstances.

| 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 20 : US Coast Guard ROTC in Alaska
Sponsored by Sen. Kim Elton

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

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 11 KB]

SJR 28 : Exxon Valdez Damage Claims
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

Requesting Exxon Mobil Corporation to pay claimants for court-ordered damages resulting from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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 1 : Stalking & Protective Orders
Signed into Law! Chapter 87 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Harry Crawford, Rep. Cheryll Heinze

An Act relating to stalking and to violating a protective order; and amending Rules 4 and 65, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rule 9, Alaska Rules of Administration.

06-13-03 : Governor Murkowski signed HB 1 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Harry Crawford (D-Anchorage), HB 1 allows the victims of stalking to seek and obtain a protective order in cases of stalking that are not crimes involving domestic violence. The bill streamlines the process for public safety and judicial practitioners by harmonizing the arrest and notification procedures to mirror those already in place for domestic violence situations. The bill adds the crime of violation of a child protective order and of a violation of a stalking protective order; these changes also reflect existing practitioner procedures.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 2 : Civil Statute Of Limitations/Sex Offenses
Signed into Law! Chapter 40 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer

An Act relating to the statute of limitations for certain civil actions; and providing for an effective date.

06-05-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 2 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Meyer, HB 2 establishes the civil statute of limitations at three years for misdemeanor sexual assault, misdemeanor sexual abuse of a minor, incest, and felony indecent exposure. Under HB 2, Unlawful Exploitation of a Minor, a class B felony, is added to the list of sexual assault crimes in which the civil statute of limitations is removed.

| Sponsor Statement |

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 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 52 : Sex Crime And Pornography Forfeitures
Signed into Law! Chapter 41 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire

An Act relating to the forfeiture of property used to possess or distribute child pornography, to commit indecent viewing or photography, to commit a sex offense, or to solicit the commission of, attempt to commit, or conspire to commit possession or distribution of child pornography, indecent viewing or photography, or a sexual offense.

06-05-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 52 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), HB 52 will give courts additional punitive sentencing options against sexual predators and award forfeited computer technology to law enforcement agencies for ongoing monitoring operations. HB 52 also makes providing billing services for a child pornography website a felony.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

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 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 118 : Transportation Of Commercial Fish
Signed into Law! Chapter 112 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the transportation and sale of certain commercially caught fish by an agent of a commercial fishing permit holder and to the sale of fish; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkwoski signed HB 118 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) on recommendation by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, HB 118 allows commercial fishermen to hire their own tender or pool their resources on one boat to transport fish to market. Currently, transporting another person's fish is illegal unless you are a licensed processor or act as a contractor for a licensed processor. HB 118 will require the person transporting the fish to have a transporter permit in addition to the currently required fish ticket. This arrangement allows a fisherman to retain ownership of the fish while authorizing an associate or another vessel to transport and sell the fish.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 177 : Concealed Handguns
Signed into Law! Chapter 63 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

An Act relating to concealed handguns; allowing persons whose applications have been rejected as unqualified or whose permits have been revoked or suspended to continue to carry concealed handguns in this state if the person has a permit from another jurisdiction; requiring the Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements concerning the carrying of concealed handguns.

06-11-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 177 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stolze (R-Chugiak/Mat-Su), HB 177 recognizes concealed weapon permit holders from other states as valid permit holders in Alaska. HB 177 also requires the Alaska Department of Public Safety to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states when it benefits Alaska permit holders.

| 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 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 2 : Extend Alaska Railroad To Ft. Greely
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 12
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

Relating to the extension of the Alaska Railroad to Fort Greely to serve the anti-ballistic missile launch facility.

04-11-03 : The Alaska State Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 2 by a vote of 16 to one on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage), HCR 2 supports a 70-mile extension of the Alaska Railroad from the vicinity of Eielson Air Force Base to the Fort Greely anti-ballistic missile launch facility near Delta Junction.
Permanently Filed: 05-02-03.

| Sponsor Statement |

HCR 6 : Extend Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 3
Sponsored by Rep. Gary Stevens

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

02-26-03 : The Alaska State Senate passed House Concurrent Resolution 6 by a vote of 19 to zero on Wednesday. Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-KodiaKB], HCR 6 extends the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force until the end of next year's Regular Session.
Permanently Filed: 03-27-03.

| Sponsor Statement for Senate Companion Bill |

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 |

HJR 14 : National Wheelchair Games
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 26
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Croft

Relating to urging that the 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games be held in Anchorage, Alaska.

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

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 22 : Patriot Act And Defending Civil Liberties
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 27
Sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg

Relating to the USA PATRIOT Act and to defending the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and civil liberties.

05-20-03 : The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 22 by a vote of 19 to zero on Tuesday. Sponsored by Majority Leader Representative John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), HJR 22 calls our leaders to caution with regard to the Patriot Act and urges them to apply the Constitutional principles that are meant to "secure the blessings of liberty" and not to erode the public confidence in our government through abuses of power. HJR 22 returns to the House for concurrence.

| Rep. Coghill Sponsor Statement |
| Rep. Guttenberg Sponsor Statement |
[PDF - 1 Page - 13 KB]

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 |

HJR 34 : Federal Training And Assistance For Fishermen
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

Requesting the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Labor to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits to Alaska fishermen; requesting the United States Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture to extend additional disaster and price support benefits to Alaska salmon fishermen; and requesting the United States Department of Agriculture to establish terminal markets in Alaska for all covered commodities including salmon.

Version: CS HJR 34 (FSH)
Contact: Melissa Dover, 465-2487
Action: 04-19-04: Passed the Senate

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Labor have Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs that were designed to help workers whose industries have been hurt by imports. This resolution asks the USDA to establish a (TAA) program for fisherman.

| Sponsor Statement |


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