Legislative update

Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2000

UPCOMING HEARINGS

No hearings Monday or Tuesday because the Legislature is on a six-day break.

WEDNESDAY

5 p.m. Special Committee on Economic Development and Tourism hears the first part of a two-part overview on electronic commerce issues. The second part will be at the same time March 22. Room 124.

THURSDAY

8 a.m. House Community and Regional Affairs Committee hears a report on implementation of Rural Governance Commission recommendations. Room 124.

10 a.m. U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens speaks to a joint session of the House and Senate. House Chamber.

1 p.m. House Transportation Committee hears an overview of the Southeast Transportation Plan. Room 124.

1:30 p.m. House Finance Committee hears several bills including HB 204, which transfers oversight of elk farming from the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Agriculture; SB 7, increasing the land grant for the University of Alaska; and HJR 56, a constitutional amendment that would prevent wildlife management issues from being decided by citizens' initiatives. Room 519.

3 p.m., House Health Education and Social Services Committee considers several bills including HB 270, which prevents sexual assault and sexual abuse victims from being charged for medical exams required to investigate their case. Room 106.

FRIDAY

9 a.m., Senate Finance Committee agenda includes SB 281, establishing missions and performance measures for state departments. Room 532.

1 p.m., House Judiciary Committee hears HB 42, which would allow penalties for lawyers who lie in court cases; HB 253, which prevents school boards from punishing staff who enforce agreed-upon discipline plans; and SJR 27, a constitutional amendment that would make it easier for the Legislature to revise the constitution. Room 120.

3:15 p.m. House Labor and Commerce Committee will discuss several bills, including HB 298, which would require health insurance companies to cover diabetes; and HB 416, which lowers the age at which insurance companies are required to provide prostate cancer screening. Room 17.

ACTION ON LEGISLATION THIS WEEK

HJR 56, a constitutional amendment that would prevent wildlife management issues from being decided by citizens' initiatives, passed the House Judiciary Committee. It now moves to House Finance.

SB 193, a bill raising the amount of back wages the Department of Labor can seek to collect in small claims court on behalf of employees, passed the Senate. It now moves to the House.

SB 269, which moves up the deadline for the Department of Administration to submit monetary terms of labor contracts to the Legislature, passed the Senate Finance Committee. It now moves to the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 176, which allows health clubs to cater exclusively to women or to men, passed the House Labor and Commerce Committee. It now moves to the House Rules Committee.

HB 204, which transfers oversight of domestic elk breeding and farming from the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Agriculture, passed the House Resources Committee. It now moves to the House Finance Committee.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

SB 289 (Senate Finance) establishes an Alaska Board of Technical and Vocational Education.

HB 431 (House Community and Regional Affairs) allows a community with at least 450 students to count each of its schools as a separate school under the state's education funding formula.

HB 433 (House Judiciary) makes a change in the state's reimbursement program for school construction bonds.



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