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Legislative roundup

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2003

Bills voted on last week:

• Minimum wage (Passed House): House Bill 199 removes annual inflation-proofing of the minimum wage.

Vote - Yeas: 24; Nays: 14

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Nay

• Informed consent abortion (Passed Senate): Senate Bill 30 requires a 24-hour wait before an abortion can be performed and requires abortion doctors to provide patients with information about abortion and adoption.

Vote - Yeas: 12; Nays: 8

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay

• Longevity Bonus (passed Senate): Senate Bill 117 phases out the Longevity Bonus Program.

Vote - Yeas: 11; Nays: 9

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay

• Substance abuse (Passed House): Senate Bill 124 increases the match that drug and alcohol abuse programs have to pay to receive state grants.

Vote - Yeas: 27 Nays: 8

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Patriot Act (Passed House): House Joint Resolution 22 advises Congress to review and revise the USA Patriot Act.

Vote - Yeas: 32; Nays: 1

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Yea

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Permanent fund (passed Senate): House Bill 11 directs money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to the general fund to be used for state government.

Vote - Yeas: 11; Nays: 9

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay

• Public interest litigants (Passed House): House Bill 145 eliminates the public interest litigant rule for all non-constitutional cases.

Vote - Yeas: 23; Nays: 14

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Lobbying (Passed House): Senate Bill 89 increases the amount of time lobbyists can spend with lawmakers before having to register with the state.

Vote - Yeas: 25; Nays: 12

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Yea

• Lobbying (passed Senate): Senate Bill 119 allows citizens and political action committees to donate more money to political candidates and closes a loophole for "issue ads."

Vote - Yeas: 12; Nays: 8

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay

• Coastal management (Passed Senate): House Bill 191 eliminates the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and annuls certain regulations under the Alaska Coastal Management Program.

Vote - Yeas: 11; Nays: 9

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay

• Business license fee (Passed House): House Bill 162 increases the business license fee.

Vote - Yeas: 28; Nays: 9

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay



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