A new advisory board intended to improve community and public transportation, especially for those with special needs, was created Thursday after Gov. Sean Parnell signed into law a bill sponsored by Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau.
The bill was one of five bills inspired by local residents that Parnell signed Thursday.
“These bills are based on ideas that constituents brought me,” Muñoz said of her three bills.
The new board will have 13 members and was supported by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities, the Alaska Commission on Aging and other groups.
House Bill 131 takes effect immediately.
Another bill, House Bill 343, simplified the criteria for releasing state records of minors who have had been adjudicated delinquents in cases of serious crimes such as murder, assault, arson or robbery. It allows former clients, who were once children in state custody, to have access to old records from the Division of Juvenile Justice to apply for jobs, obtain student loans or get health care, according to Muñoz.
It also allows more information to be exchanged between agencies, and was requested by the Department of Health & Social Services.
House Bill 267, another Muñoz bill, allows the Alaska Real Estate Commission to designate a licensee to close down a real estate brokerage for medical reasons or violation of law if there is not a licensed broker available to perform the task.
The bill also makes it clear licensed assistants may only work for the brokerage in which they are licensed.
Finally, the bill also allows real estate licensees to share a portion of their commission with a charity, something that is now prohibited.
The Alaska Association of Realtors supports it.
Senate Bill 222 was sponsored by Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, and co-sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, and updates resuscitation protocols.
Standards for giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation have changed over the years, and today are different from the standards adopted in 2002, Egan said.
For example, the American Heart Association now recommends trained rescuers give two breaths for every 30 compressions, and those without training only give compressions. Pediatric standards have also changed over time.
The bill allows the state to incorporate new standards in its protocols without having to go through a lengthy process of amending regulations.
Another bill, sponsored by Egan’s Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, Senate Bill 122, would make changes to title transfer fees and require title insurance producers be residents of Alaska to be licensed.
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