Legislative update

Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2000

UPCOMING HEARINGS

MONDAY

9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., House Finance Committee takes up HB 312, the FY 2001 operating budget, and HB 313, which is FY 2001 mental health appropriations. The committee continues work on the bills throughout the week. Room 519.

1:30 p.m., Senate Finance revenue subcommittee closes out the Revenue Department budget. Room 532. Senate Finance subcommittees working throughout the week on various department budgets.

1:30 p.m., Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee hears SB 227, which would allow voters in municipalities to set tax rates above that called for in a statewide tax-cap initiative that will go on the November election ballot. Room 203.

3:15 p.m., House Labor and Commerce Committee takes up SB 176, which would allow health clubs to be women-only or men-only. The committee will also consider HB 370, which allows teen-age workers to be paid less than minimum wage. Room 17.

TUESDAY

8 a.m., State Affairs Committee holds a hearing on HB 324, which would prohibit the Division of Motor Vehicles from releasing personal information about drivers to marketers without the drivers' written consent.

1:30 p.m., Senate Labor and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on SB 230, a bill to make Alaska a ``right-to-work'' state. Room 211.

WEDNESDAY

11 a.m., Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Matthews speaks on the state of the Judiciary to a joint session of the House and Senate. House chamber.

1 p.m., House Judiciary considers HJR 56, which prohibit citizens from placing initiatives dealing with wildlife issues on the ballot.

THURSDAY

9 a.m. Senate Finance considers SB 73, which raises the daily reimbursement rates for assisted living facilities. Room 532.

1 p.m., House Transportation Committee takes up HB 282 and HB 283, requiring helmets for children under 16 when they ride bicycles or off-road vehicles. Room 17.

ACTION ON LEGISLATION

HB 150, which prohibits adults from knowingly allowing a minor to enter or remain in the presence of drugs, passed the House 25-11. Notice of reconsideration was filed. After clearing the House, it will move to the Senate.

HJR 53, which proposes amending the state Constitution to provide a preference for human consumption of fish and wildlife, moved from the House Resources Committee. It now goes to the Judiciary Committee.

SB 123, which lowers the amount of legal fees that can be awarded to public interest litigants, passed the Senate 14-5. It now moves to the House.

SJR 38, which shows supports for a feasibility study on extending the North American rail system through Canada to Alaska, passed the Senate Transportation Committee. It now moves to the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 276, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage for diabetes equipment, supplies, training and education, passed the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. It now moves to the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 385, which allows search warrants to be issued for violations such as under-age drinking, passed the House Judiciary. It now moves to the House Rules Committee.

HJR 56, which would prohibit citizens from placing initiatives dealing with wildlife issues on the ballot, passed the House Resources Committee. It next moves to House Judiciary.

NOTABLE NEW BILLS

SB 282, (Knowles) would allow commissioners of state departments to make up to $96,000 a year, up from $86,000.



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