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Legislative roundup

Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2004

Bills introduced last week:

• Lobbyist definition: House Bill 532 would amend the definition of a lobbyist in the Regulation of Lobbying Act, requiring lobbyists to be employed for more than 20 hours during each 30-day period.

• Judicial oversight: House Bill 533 relates to judicial oversight of the state's administrative matters.

• Victims' rights: House Bill 534 would extend the office of victims' rights four more years.

• Mental health: House Bill 535 would limit state aid for mental health care.

• Victims' rights: Senate ?Bill 363 would extend the office of victims' rights four more years..

• Mental Health: Senate Bill 364 would limit state aid for mental health care.

Bills voted on last week:

• Municipal property taxation (passed House): Senate Bill 63 clarifies taxation rules in annexed, detached and newly incorporated areas.

Vote - Yeas: 36; Excused: 3; Absent: 1

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Yea

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Appropriations (passed House): Senate Bill 283 appropriates funds for the constitutional budget reserve, the Department of Education and Early Development, the University of Alaska and the Alaska Court System..

Vote - Yeas: 36; Excused: 4

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Yea

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Education funding (passed House): House Bill 233 increases the base student allocation used in the formula for state funding of public education.

Vote - Yeas: 5; Excused: 5

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Yea

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Appeal court ruling (passed House): SJR 26 requests the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal the decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in The Wilderness Society v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and asks for an emergency stay of the decision pending the appeal..

Vote - Yeas: 24; Nays: 6; Excused: 5; Absent: 5

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Absent

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Nay

• Metropolitan planning organizations (passed Senate): Senate Bill 260 would allow for the establishment of metropolitan planning organizations when required for participation in the federal transportation program..

Vote - Yeas: 11; Nays: 7; Excused 2

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay



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