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Alaska State Representative Bruce Weyhrauch
District 4 - Juneau

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Elected to the House 2002


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HB 22 : Commercial Fishing Permit Brokers
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to commercial fishing permit brokers; and providing for an effective date.

05-16-03 : House Bill 22 moved out of the House Special Committee on Fisheries on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 22 requires licensing and a bond established through the Department of Community & Economic Development for fish quota brokers. HB 22 moves to the House Resources Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 23 : Restitution For Crime Victims
Signed into Law! Chapter 26 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to court-ordered restitution and compensation following a criminal conviction.

05-28-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 23 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 23 enables the court to consider documented volunteer labor as a factor in the process of determining restitution.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 24 : Agreements On Management Of Fish And Game
Signed into Law! Chapter 95 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, Rep. Jim Whitaker

An Act relating to intergovernmental agreements regarding management of fish or game.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkowski signed HB 24 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau) and Rep. Jim Whitaker (R-Fairbanks), HB 24 requires intergovernmental agreements with the federal government for fish and wildlife management to not cede state management authority. HB 24 also requires that any such agreement be void on July 1, 2004.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 25 : Health Care Services Directives
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to health care decisions, including do not resuscitate orders and the donation of body parts, and to powers of attorney relating to health care, including the donation of body parts; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS HB 25 (JUD)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 465-4963
Action: 05-02-04: Passed the Senate

HB 25 offers a comprehensive simplified alternative to the power of attorney enacted in Alaska in 1996 relating to health care services and directives for the terminally ill patient. Five simple directives request the patient's comprehensive details and instructions should they become incapacitated. These Five Wishes are: the person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't; the kind of medical treatment I want or don't want; how comfortable I want to be; how I want other people to treat me; and what I want my loved ones to know. Amended to provide guidelines for surrogate in DNR decisions and life sustaining procedures and refined DNR qualifications.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis | [PDF - 18 Pages - 216 KB]

HB 45 : Second Verse Of Alaska's State Song
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act adding a second verse to the official Alaska state song.

05-01-03 : House Bill 45 moved out of the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 45 would officially add a second verse to the Alaska state song to celebrate the contributions of the Native culture and highlight the dignity of diverse cultures. HB 45 moves to the Senate Finance Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 93 : Repeal Boating Safety Sunset
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to boating safety; repealing secs. 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, and 30, ch. 28, SLA 2000; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB 93 (TRA)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 465-4963
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

HB 93 consolidated boating regulatory functions and created a steady funding source for boater education programs for the state of Alaska. Amended to exclude non-motorized boats from the regulations.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 130 : Unfair Trade Practices; Antitrust
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to the award of damages, costs, and attorney fees in an action against a seafood processor under certain state laws that prohibit unfair trade practices, monopolies, and restraints of trade; stating legislative intent regarding the appropriation and use of money obtained by the state from the operation of this Act; amending Rules 54, 58, and 82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

04-04-03 : House Bill 130 moved out of the House Special Committee on Fisheries on Friday. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 130 requires any party that brings a case under Alaska's unfair trade practice statutes to pay 15%, or $40 million of any damage award, whichever is less, to the State of Alaska. This bill is based upon the legislature's 1997 tort reform statute that requires any person who receives an award of punitive damages to pay 50 percent of the award into the general fund of the state.
HB 130 moves to the House Judiciary Committee.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 131 : Appropriations: AK Salmon Marketing Institute
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act making a supplemental appropriation to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 132 : AG Intervene in Natural Resources Actions
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to the duties of the attorney general; requiring the attorney general to participate in all actions affecting the management and jurisdiction of the natural resources of the state; amending Rule 24(c), Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and amending Rule 514, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure.

Version: CS HB 132 (STA)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 465-3744
Action: 03-30-04: (H) STA » (H) FIN

HB 132 insures that when litigation, which affects the management or jurisdiction of natural resources in the state, is filled that the State's interest are represented through the Attorneys General's office.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 183 : PERS Benefits For Juvenile Institution Employees
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to retirement contributions and benefits under the public employees' retirement system of certain juvenile detention employees and juvenile correctional institution employees.

04-03-03 : House Bill 183 moved out of the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau), HB 183 adds "juvenile officers" as employees eligible to participate in the 20-year retirement system.
HB 183 moves to the House Finance Committee.

| 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 217 : Due: Lower BAX if Previous Conviction
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant, or controlled substance and to presumptions arising from the amount of alcohol in a person's breath or blood; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 235 : Use RR Bonds To Finance Community Gas Lines
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to the Alaska Railroad; authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corporation to provide for the acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, equipping, and operation of facilities for the transportation and distribution of natural gas, propane air, and manufactured gas within and outside the state; authorizing the Alaska Railroad Corporation to issue bonds to finance certain public utility service facilities; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 272 : Motor Vehicle Dealers
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to motor vehicle dealers.

Version: SCS CS HB 272 (L&C)
Contact: Linda sylvester, 465-3744
Action: 05-04-04: (S)L&C (S)RLS

HB 281 : Moratorium On Charter Vessel Licenses
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act relating to a moratorium on entry of vessels into the Southeast Alaska sport fish charter fishery; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 379 : Office Of Citizenship Assistance
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

An Act establishing an office of citizenship assistance in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Version: HB 379
Contact: Terry Harvey, 465-3744
Action: 05-08-04: Passed the Senate

House Bill 379 would create an office to assist naturalized citizens and citizen candidates in Alaska.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 2 : Constitution Amendment: Subsistence
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to use of renewable resources for subsistence by residents.

HJR 36 : Mitigating Glacier Bay Fishing Closures
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov. Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch

Requesting the National Park Service to mitigate the adverse economic effects of commercial fishing closures and restrictions in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Version: SCS HJR 36 (RES)
Contact: Linda Sylvester, 464-4963
Action: 05-03-04: (S)RES (S)RLS

This Resolution asks the National Park Service to take simple steps to mitigate the adverse consequences that fishing closures in Glacier Bay have had on those who once participated.

| Sponsor Statement |


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HB 10 : Group Health Insurance For Private Groups
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze, Rep. Norman Rokeberg

An Act amending the definition of group health insurance, and allowing the Department of Administration to obtain a policy or policies of group health care insurance for employers that are small businesses, nonprofit organizations, special services organizations, or small associations for insurance purposes; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CS HB10 (FIN)
Contact: John Bittner, 465-4930
Action: 05-08-04: Passed the Senate

House Bill 10 moved out of the Senate State Affairs Committee on Saturday. Sponsored by Rep. Cheryll Heinze (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Norman Rokeberg (R-Anchorage), HB 10 allows small businesses, nonprofit organizations, special services organizations, small associations, or self-employed individuals to create associations that can participate in group health insurance plans. These entities can then purchase health insurance coverage for their employees. HB 10 moves to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. Amended to make date current.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

HB 36 : Electronic Mail
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Les Gara

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

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 18 KB]

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 58 : Reinstatement Of Native Corporations
Signed into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Richard Foster

An Act relating to the reinstatement of Native corporations; and providing for an effective date.

04-14-03 : Governor Murkowski signed House Bill 58 into law on Monday. Sponsored by Rep. Richard Foster (D-Nome), HB 58 would offer a one-time window for previously dissolved Native Village Corporations to apply for reinstatement and retain their legal standing and assets.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 83 : Revised Uniform Arbitration Act
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Ethan Berkowitz

An Act adopting a version of the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act; relating to the state's existing Uniform Arbitration Act; amending Rules 3, 18, 19, 20, and 21, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 601, Alaska Rules of Evidence, and Rule 402, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 83 (JUD)
Contact: Lisa Weissler, 465-4919
Action: 05-06-04: (S)JUD (S)RLS

An Act adopting a version of the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act; relating to the state's existing Uniform Arbitration Act; amending Rules 3, 18, 19, 20, and 21, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 601, Alaska Rules of Evidence, and Rule 402, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 13 KB]

HB 84 : Alaska History Curriculum
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Mary Kapsner

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

Version: CS HB 84 (HES)
Contact: Mary Kapsner, 465-4942
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the House

HB 84 recommends at least on semester of Alaska history to be taught in Alaska schools.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 8 K]

HB 91 : Retired Peace Officer's Medical Benefits
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson

An Act relating to medical benefits for retired peace officers after 20 years of credited service.

Version: CS HB 91 (FIN)
Contact: Josh Applebee, 465-4939
Action: 03-08-04: (S)STA ==> (S)L&C

HB 91 allows peace officers to collect their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) and major medical benefits at the same time they are eligible for normal retirement, which is after 20 years of service. Currently, peace officers must work 25 years before collecting major medical benefits and must be 65 years old to receive their COLA. HB 91 returns these requirements back to their 1986 criteria.

| 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 459 : Paper Trail for Electronic Voting Machines
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. John Harris

An Act requiring an auditable paper trail for electronic voting machines; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 459 (STA) Am S
Contact: Tom Wright, 465-4859
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

Requires the director of elections to provide for a paper record of each electronically generated ballot that can be reviewed and corrected by the voter at the time the vote is cast and used for a recount of the votes cast at an election in which electronically generated ballots were used. Amended in committee to limit the number of machines required per precinct, added matching federal funds for the 2004 and 2005 elections and does not require the director to certify the machines but any one qualified to do so.

| Sponsor Statement | Sectional Analysis |

HCR 5 : Legis. Task Force On Design Of State Seal
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Reggie Joule

Establishing a task force to make recommendations regarding a new design for the official seal of the State of Alaska.

Version: CS HCR 5(STA)
Contact: Christine Hess, 465-4833
Action: 03-11-04: (S)STA ==> (S)FIN

Establishes in the legislative branch the Task Force on the State Seal whose mission is to gather input from the citizens of Alaska about what the official state seal should look like and to make recommendations to the legislature about a proposed new design for a new official seal for the state.

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 32 : Labeling Of Salmon Food Products
Passed Legislature! Legis Resolve 38
Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula

Relating to the labeling of salmon and salmon food products.

Version: CS HJR 32 (FSH) AM S
Contact: Aurora Hauke, 465-4766
Action: 03-15-04: Passed the Senate

Amended to replace "salmon" with "fish" making the resolution include all Alaskan Wild fish and amended language to reflect a more positive image and healthy benefits of wild Alaskan fish. Amended to fix minor language change.

| 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 |



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