Legislative roundup

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2003

Bills introduced last week:

• Authority expansion: HB 279 and SB 193 would expand the authority of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

• Charter fishery: HB 281 is an act relating to a moratorium on entry of vessels into the Southeast Alaska sport fish charter fishery.

• School grants: SB 196 would create a George W. Bush No Child Left Behind school grant program.

• Joint insurance: SB 191 would allow businesses to participate in joint insurance agreements.

• Alaska history: HCR 19 urges the implementation of an Alaska history curriculum.

Bills voted on last week:

• Concealed handguns (passed House): HB 177 would allow citizens of other states who have the proper permits to carry handguns into Alaska.

Vote - Yeas: 34; Nays: 1

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Clergy child abuse (passed House): House Bill 92 would require clergy to report instances of child abuse.

Vote - Yeas: 32; Nays: 6

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Yea

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Nay

• Medicaid fraud (passed Senate): Senate Bill 41 cracks down on Medicaid fraud.

Vote - Yeas: 20; Nays: 0

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Yea

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