Legislative update

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2000

Hearings

Monday

9 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee considers SB 227 (Elton), which would allow communities to set their own property tax limitations above or below any statewide limit. Room 532.

1 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee considers HJR 47 (Davis), which would grant a $25,000 final dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund and allow for the use of the remainder of the fund to pay for state services. Room 120.

1:30 p.m., the House Finance Committee considers HB 255 (Dyson), which would allow for a new type of municipal government, and SB 7 (Taylor), which would increase the amount of state land given to the University of Alaska. Room 519.

3 p.m., the Senate Resources Committee considers SB 273 (Knowles), which would require cruise ships, other vessels and the railroad to have oil spill prevention and contingency plans. Room 205.

Tuesday

12 p.m., the Children's Caucus will listen to a presentation by the Alaska Children's Trust. Room 205.

1 p.m., the House Transportation Committee will consider HB 371 (Kerttula), which would require cruise ships to report on the volume and disposition of their pollutants. Room 17.

1:30 p.m., the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will consider SB 272 (Knowles), which would revamp the way the state's workers compensation program is paid for. Room 211.

Wednesday

9 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee considers SJR 33 (Mackie), which would grant a $25,000 final dividend from the Alaska Permanent Fund and allow for the use of the remainder of the fund to pay for state services, and SJR 35 (Green), which would prevent earnings from the fund to go into the state's general fund. Room 532.

1 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee considers HB 369 (Rokeburg), which would allow some properties to be valued based on earnings for the purposes of property taxes. Room 120.

2 p.m., the Joint Special Committee on Mergers will consider the BP Amoco merger with Arco. Room 532.

5 p.m., the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee will listen to a presentation of the potential impacts of an initiative that would cap property taxes at 10 mils. Room 519.

Thursday

9 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee will listen to a review of negotiated public employee contracts. Room 532.

6 p.m., the Senate Finance Committee will take public testimony on the state operating budget for the 2001 fiscal year. Room 532.

Legislation Introduced

HB 434 (House Transportation Committee) and SB 291, would rename the Anchorage International Airport the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

HCR 21 (House Heath, Education and Social Services Committee), would recognize June 17, 2000 as Juneteenth Day.

HJR 58 (House Finance Committee), requesting a federal law change on how money now going toward community impact grants stemming from sales and leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska can be spent.

SB 290 (Senate Finance Committee), reducing the percentage of busing costs the state would be committed to pay for following the current fiscal year.

SJR 39 (Senate Rules Committee), asking Congress to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and development.



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