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                                SENATE JOURNAL                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                           ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                           TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                FIRST SESSION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                   Wednesday                   March 28, 2007                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                              Seventy-second Day                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Pursuant to adjournment the Senate was called to order by President                                                             
Green at 11:07 a.m.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The roll showed nineteen members present. Senator Therriault was                                                                
absent.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Pastor Scott Williamson of                                                              
the Glacier Valley Baptist Church. Senator Hoffman moved and asked                                                              
unanimous consent that the prayer be spread. Without objection, it was                                                          
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          Heavenly Father, you created all people with the right                                                                
          to make free choices; I thank you for the country and                                                                 
          the state in which we live. Thank You for the                                                                         
          freedom this Senate has to gather here and to freely                                                                  
          discuss and debate matters of state without coercion                                                                  
          or fear of retaliation. Thank you for the liberty that                                                                
          we enjoy both as Alaskans and as Americans.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          Watch over these men and women in this Senate                                                                         
          today. Give them discernment and wisdom in all they                                                                   
          say and do. Thank you for the sacrifice that they                                                                     
          make as they leave their families to come serve here.                                                                 
          Watch over their families while they are away and                                                                     
          protect their families.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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          I thank you for the men and women of this state and                                                                   
          country who have given their lives so that we can                                                                     
          enjoy our freedoms. Thank you for those who at this                                                                   
          very moment are serving with our armed forces,                                                                        
          because they are willing to put their lives in harm's                                                                 
          way for this country and for citizens in other                                                                        
          countries. Watch over the men and women of our                                                                        
          Armed Forces today and every day.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          I pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ who                                                                   
        gives true freedom and liberty.                          Amen.                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Certification                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent that the journals                                                             
for the seventieth and seventy-first legislative days be approved as                                                            
certified by the Secretary. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The presence of Senator Therriault was noted.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                           Messages from the House                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SB 82                                                                                                                         
Message dated March 27 was read, stating the House passed and                                                                   
returned:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 82(FIN) "An Act                                                                                
          making supplemental appropriations and other                                                                          
          appropriations; amending the lapse dates of certain                                                                   
          appropriations; and providing for an effective date."                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Secretary for enrollment.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Messages dated March 26 and 27 were read, stating the House passed                                                              
and transmitted for consideration:                                                                                              

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                  First Reading and Reference of House Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB 95                                                                                                                         
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 95(FIN) BY THE HOUSE FINANCE                                                                              
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                   
          loan program expenses of state government, for                                                                        
          certain programs, and to capitalize funds; making                                                                     
          appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution                                                                
          of the State of Alaska; and providing for an effective                                                                
          date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 96                                                                                                                         
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 96(FIN) BY THE HOUSE FINANCE                                                                              
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                   
          capital expenses of the state's integrated                                                                            
          comprehensive mental health program; and providing                                                                    
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Communications                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Disclosure letters received in accordance with AS 24.60 were                                                                    
published today in Senate Journal Supplement No. 1 and Senate and                                                               
House Joint Journal Supplement No. 5.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The following report is on file in the Office of the Secretary of the                                                           
Senate:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections for 2007 Alaska Salmon                                                                    
Fisheries and Review of the 2006 Season                                                                                         
from Doug Eggers, Division of Sport and Commercial Fisheries                                                                    
Department of Fish and Game                                                                                                     

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                          Standing Committee Reports                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB 16                                                                                                                         
The State Affairs Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 16 "An                                                                   
Act extending the termination date for the Regulatory Commission of                                                             
Alaska; and providing for an effective date" and recommended the                                                                
adoption of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee                                                                        
Substitute offered on page 416. Signing do pass: Senator McGuire,                                                               
Chair; Senator Bunde. Signing no recommendation: Senators French,                                                               
Stevens.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Commerce, Community and                                                                       
      Economic Development                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 84                                                                                                                         
The Judiciary Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 84 "An Act                                                                   
relating to the burning capability of cigarettes being sold or offered for                                                      
sale, or possessed for sale; relating to compliance certifications by                                                           
tobacco product manufacturers, a directory of tobacco product                                                                   
manufacturers, the affixing of stamps to cigarette packages, and                                                                
cigarette tax stamps; and providing for an effective date" and                                                                  
recommended it be replaced with                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 84(JUD) "An Act                                                                                
          relating to the testing and packaging of cigarettes to                                                                
          be sold, offered for sale, or possessed in this state;                                                                
          and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Signing no recommendation: Senator French, Chair; Senators                                                                      
Therriault, Wielechowski, Huggins. Signing do pass: Senator                                                                     
McGuire.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 3, Department of Revenue                                                                                       
 Fiscal Note No. 4, Department of Public Safety                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 

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SB 85                                                                                                                         
The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 85 "An Act                                                                     
extending the termination date for the State Medical Board; and                                                                 
providing for an effective date." Signing do pass: Senators Hoffman,                                                            
Stedman, Cochairs; Senators Elton, Thomas, Dyson, Huggins. Signing                                                              
no recommendation: Senator Olson.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 2, Senate Finance Committee                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB 128                                                                                                                        
The Community and Regional Affairs Committee considered                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 128 "An Act relating to the sale, distribution, and                                                             
purchase of alcoholic beverages; relating to a state database for                                                               
records of certain alcoholic purchases of alcoholic beverages; relating                                                         
to procedures for local option elections for control of alcoholic                                                               
beverages; and providing for an effective date" and recommended it be                                                           
replaced with                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 128(CRA) "An Act                                                                               
          relating to the sale, distribution, and purchase of                                                                   
          alcoholic beverages; relating to a state database for                                                                 
          records of certain purchases of alcoholic beverages;                                                                  
          relating to the relocation of a license to sell alcoholic                                                             
          beverages; relating to procedures for local option                                                                    
          elections for control of alcoholic beverages; and                                                                     
          providing for an effective date."                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Signing do pass: Senator Olson, Chair; Senators Thomas, Kookesh.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, indeterminate, Department of Public Safety                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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SB 130                                                                                                                        
The Transportation Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 130                                                                     
"An Act relating to the registration of certain vehicles owned by                                                               
ranchers, farmers, or dairy workers." Signing do pass: Senator                                                                  
Kookesh, Chair; Senators Wielechowski, Cowdery. Signing no                                                                      
recommendation: Senators Wilken, Olson.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Department of Administration                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB 108                                                                                                                        
The Finance Committee considered CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO.                                                                          
108(L&C) "An Act extending the termination date for the Board of                                                                
Marine Pilots; and providing for an effective date." Signing do pass:                                                           
Senators Hoffman, Stedman, Cochairs; Senators Elton, Thomas,                                                                    
Dyson, Huggins, Olson.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, House Finance Committee                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SJR 3                                                                                                                         
The Health, Education and Social Services Committee considered                                                                  
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3 Relating to the effect of                                                                         
Medicare rates on senior citizens' access to healthcare; and urging the                                                         
United States Congress to increase Medicare rates for Alaska. Signing                                                           
do pass: Senator Davis, Chair; Senators Elton, Thomas, Cowdery.                                                                 
Signing amend: Senator Dyson.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Senate Health, Education and Social                                                                   
      Services Committee                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The resolution was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                          Special Committee Reports                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB 1                                                                                                                          
The Senate Special Committee on Education considered SENATE                                                                     
BILL NO. 1 "An Act relating to the base student allocation used in the                                                          
formula for state funding of public education; and providing for an                                                             
effective date." Signing no recommendation: Senator Stevens, Chair;                                                             
Senators Huggins, Olson. Signing do pass: Senators Wilken, Davis.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Education and Early                                                                           
      Development                                                                                                               
 Fiscal Note No. 2, Department of Education and Early                                                                           
      Development                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs                                                                     
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                  Introduction and Reference of Senate Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 139                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 139 BY SENATOR OLSON, entitled:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
            "An Act modifying the criteria used to limit liability                                                             
          for certain airfield owners or operators."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Transportation Committee.                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SB 140                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 140 BY SENATOR ELTON, entitled:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
               "An Act requiring paid leave from employment for                                                                
          bone marrow donation."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Labor and Commerce, State                                                           
Affairs and Finance Committees.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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SB 141                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 141 BY SENATOR MCGUIRE, entitled:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to limited liability companies."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Judiciary Committee.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 142                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 142 BY THE SENATE STATE AFFAIRS                                                                                 
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
             "An Act relating to the handling of matters after a                                                               
          person's death."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Labor and Commerce, State                                                           
Affairs and Judiciary Committees.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SB 143                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 143 BY SENATORS MCGUIRE, Davis, Ellis,                                                                          
French, Huggins, Kookesh, entitled:                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
             "An Act making special appropriations for a contract                                                              
            with a qualified trade association and for a marketing                                                             
          program; and providing for an effective date."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs and Finance                                                           
Committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 144                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 144 BY SENATOR MCGUIRE, entitled:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
             "An Act relating to matching funds in state tourism                                                               
          marketing contracts with trade associations."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs and Finance                                                           
Committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 145                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 145 BY SENATOR MCGUIRE, entitled:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                

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          "An Act relating to municipal impoundment and                                                                         
          forfeiture."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Community and Regional                                                              
Affairs and Judiciary Committees.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SB 146                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 146 BY THE SENATE STATE AFFAIRS                                                                                 
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to the issuance of shares of                                                                         
          professional corporations to a trust, to trusts, to                                                                   
          trustees, to the removal of a trustee, to the                                                                         
          compensation of a trustee and a person employed by                                                                    
          a trustee, to a trustee's accepting or rejecting a                                                                    
          trusteeship, to co-trustees, to a vacancy in a                                                                        
          trusteeship, to the resignation of a trustee, to delivery                                                             
          of trust property by former trustees, to the                                                                          
          reimbursement of trustee expenses, to the                                                                             
          certification of a trust, to the suitability of a trustee,                                                            
          to the place of administration of a trust, to a trustee's                                                             
          power to appoint property to another trust, to a                                                                      
          change of the percentage of trust property to be                                                                      
          considered principal, to the determination of the                                                                     
          value of a trust, and to a settlor's intent when                                                                      
          transferring property in trust; amending Rules 54 and                                                                 
          82, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure; and providing                                                                    
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the  State Affairs, Judiciary and                                                       
Finance Committees.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SB 147                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 147 BY SENATORS FRENCH, Wagoner,                                                                                
Thomas, Elton, Wielechowski, Dyson, entitled:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act clarifying when a project owner or general                                                                    
          contractor is considered an employer for purposes of                                                                  
          workers' compensation exclusive liability."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Labor and Commerce and                                                              
Finance Committees.                                                                                                             

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                        Consideration of the Calendar                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                        Second Reading of Senate Bills                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 105                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 105 "An Act relating to reimbursement to                                                                        
municipalities by the Department of Transportation and Public                                                                   
Facilities for debt incurred by those municipalities for certain capital                                                        
projects; and providing for an effective date" was read the second                                                              
time.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kookesh, Chair, moved and asked unanimous consent for the                                                               
adoption of the Transportation Committee Substitute offered on page                                                             
634.  Senator Therriault objected, then withdrew his objection. There                                                           
being no further objection, CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 105(TRA)                                                                     
"An Act extending, for purposes of a program of debt reimbursement                                                              
to municipalities, the date by which debt must be incurred for a small                                                          
boat harbor; and providing for an effective date" was adopted.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent that the bill be                                                              
considered engrossed, advanced to third reading and placed on final                                                             
passage. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 105(TRA) was read the third time.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 105(TRA)                                                                      
"An Act extending, for purposes of a program of debt reimbursement                                                              
to municipalities, the date by which debt must be incurred for a small                                                          
boat harbor; and providing for an effective date" pass the Senate?" The                                                         
roll was taken with the following result:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSSB 105(TRA)                                                                                                                   
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
Effective Date                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  20   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Cowdery, Davis, Dyson, Ellis, Elton, French, Green,                                                               
Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens,                                                                    
Therriault, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski, Wilken                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 105(TRA) passed the Senate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent that the vote on                                                              
the passage of the bill be considered the vote on the effective date                                                            
clause. Without objection, it was so ordered and the bill was referred                                                          
to the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                     Second Reading of Senate Resolutions                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCR 4                                                                                                                         
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4 Relating to public                                                                           
health and a health compact, was read the second time.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Davis, Chair, moved and asked unanimous consent for the                                                                 
adoption of the Health, Education and Social Services Committee                                                                 
Substitute offered on page 614. Without objection, CS FOR SENATE                                                                
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4(HES) was adopted and was                                                                            
before the Senate on final passage.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senators Dyson, Bunde, Wilken, Wagoner, Therriault offered                                                                      
Amendment No. 1:                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Page 2, line 16, following "other":                                                                                             
 Delete "."                                                                                                                     
 Insert "; and be it"                                                                                                           
Page 2, following line 16:                                                                                                      
 Insert "FURTHER RESOLVED that to encourage each Alaskan                                                                      
to make healthy choices and to choose healthy lifestyles: each Alaskan                                                          
should have control over, and primary responsibility for, his or her                                                            
own health care; each Alaskan should be free to choose his or her own                                                           
insurance plan, health plan, and doctor; each Alaskan should have the                                                           
option to make tax-free contributions to his or her own health plan;                                                            
and in recognition of individual Alaskans choosing healthy lifestyles                                                           
and behaviors insurance companies should be allowed to offer healthy                                                            
lifestyle discounts to such individuals."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1. Senator                                                                
Stevens objected.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator French moved and asked unanimous consent for the adoption                                                               
of the following amendment to Amendment No. 1:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

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Amendment No. 1, following "doctor;"                                                                                            
 Delete "each Alaskan should have the option to make tax-free                                                                   
contributions to his or her own health plan;"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Objections were heard.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall the amendment to Amendment No. 1 be                                                                  
adopted?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CSSCR 4(HES)                                                                                                                    
Second Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                  
Amendment to Amendment No. 1                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  11   NAYS:  8   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh,                                                                  
Stedman, Stevens, Thomas, Wielechowski                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Bunde, Cowdery, Davis, Dyson, McGuire, Therriault,                                                                       
Wagoner, Wilken                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Hoffman changed from "Nay" to "Yea".                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 1 was amended.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 1 as amended be                                                                        
adopted?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CSSCR 4(HES)                                                                                                                    
Second Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 1 as amended                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  5   NAYS:  14   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Dyson, Therriault, Wagoner, Wilken                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                                    
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                            
Wielechowski                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 1 as amended failed.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall CS FOR SENATE CONCURRENT                                                                             
RESOLUTION NO. 4(HES) Relating to public health and a health                                                                    
compact, pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with the following                                                                
result:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CSSCR 4(HES)                                                                                                                    
Second Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  19   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  0   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Cowdery, Davis, Dyson, Ellis, Elton, French, Green,                                                               
Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Stedman, Stevens, Therriault,                                                               
Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski, Wilken                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO.                                                                                 
4(HES) passed the Senate and was referred to the Secretary for                                                                  
engrossment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                  Citations                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Nanooks                                                                   
Rifle Team                                                                                                                      
Representative(s) Guttenberg                                                                                                    
Senator(s) Thomas, Green, Bunde, Cowdery, Davis, Dyson, Ellis,                                                                  
Elton, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman,                                                                      
Stevens, Therriault, Wagoner, Wielechowski, Wilken                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Whitestone High School's Drama, Debate, and Forensics                                                                
Team                                                                                                                            
Representative(s) Harris                                                                                                        
Senator(s) Therriault, Green, Bunde, Cowdery, Davis, Dyson, Ellis,                                                              
Elton, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman,                                                                      
Stevens, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski, Wilken                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - James C. Gay Jr.                                                                                                  
Senator(s) Davis, Green, Bunde, Cowdery, Dyson, Ellis, Elton,                                                                   
French, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman,                                                                     
Stevens, Therriault, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski, Wilken                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent that the citations                                                            
be adopted. Without objection, the citations were adopted and referred                                                          
to the Secretary for transmittal.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                             Unfinished Business                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Therriault moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                              
from a call of the Senate the morning of March 30. Without objection,                                                           
Senator Therriault was excused.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wilken moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                  
from a call of the Senate from afternoon plane time, March 30 through                                                           
morning plane time, April 3. Without objection, Senator Wilken was                                                              
excused.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Cowdery moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                 
from a call of the Senate from afternoon plane time, April 5 through                                                            
evening plane time, April 9. Without objection, Senator Cowdery was                                                             
excused.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 25                                                                                                                         
Senator Wilken moved and asked unanimous consent to be shown as a                                                               
cosponsor on SENATE BILL NO. 25 "An Act relating to the state                                                                   
budget and to planning and reports regarding state finances and                                                                 
operations; and providing for an effective date." Without objection, it                                                         
was so ordered.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Announcements are at the end of the journal.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 Engrossment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 105                                                                                                                        
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 105(TRA) "An Act extending, for                                                                          
purposes of a program of debt reimbursement to municipalities, the                                                              
date by which debt must be incurred for a small boat harbor; and                                                                
providing for an effective date" was engrossed, signed by the President                                                         
and Secretary and transmitted to the House for consideration.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                

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SCR 4                                                                                                                         
CS FOR SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4(HES)                                                                                  
Relating to public health and a health compact, was engrossed, signed                                                           
by the President and Secretary and transmitted to the House for                                                                 
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                  Enrollment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 82                                                                                                                         
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 82(FIN) "An Act making supplemental                                                                      
appropriations and other appropriations; amending the lapse dates of                                                            
certain appropriations; and providing for an effective date" was                                                                
enrolled, signed by the President and Secretary, Speaker and Chief                                                              
Clerk and the engrossed and enrolled copies transmitted to the Office                                                           
of the Governor at 3:12 p.m., March 28, 2007.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 Adjournment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent that the Senate                                                               
stand in adjournment until 10:00 a.m., March 30, 2007. Without                                                                  
objection, the Senate adjourned at 12:17 p.m.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                Kirsten Waid                                                    
                                                     Secretary of the Senate                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Americans with Disabilities Act Notice - Persons with disabilities who require                                                  
special accommodation or alternative communication formats to access                                                            
committee meetings may contact the appropriate committee office or the                                                          
Legislative Information Office in their community. Reasonable advance                                                           
notice is needed to accommodate the request. For further information, call the                                                  
ADA Coordinator at 465-3854 Voice/465-4980 TDD.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                             STANDING COMMITTEES                                                                             
+ indicates teleconference                                                                                                      
= indicates bill previously heard/scheduled                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                         COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                              Beltz 211         3:30 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                   FINANCE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB   5 FAILURE TO REPORT CRIMES                                                                                               
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 30        Friday                    Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                     HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
+             HHS Presentation: OCS System Improvements                                                                         
              and Challenges                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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               HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES (continued)                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            1:30 PM                                                 
              -- Note Day & Location Change --                                                                                  
+             Joint w/ (S) Labor & Commerce                                                                                     
              Presentation: Healthcare in the                                                                                   
              Workplace                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mar 30        Friday                          Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  JUDICIARY                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                             Beltz 211         1:30 PM                                                 
+ SB  18 PROPERTY FORECLOSURES AND EXECUTIONS                                                                                   
+ SB 132 ASSESSMENT REVIEW BOARD APPEALS                                                                                        
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           3:30 PM                                                 
+ SB 110 PUBLIC PENSION FORFEITURE FOR BRIBERY ETC                                                                              
+ SB  92 LIMITED LICENSE IGNITION INTERLOCK                                                                                     
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                               LABOR & COMMERCE                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            1:30 PM                                                 
              Joint w/ (S) HES                                                                                                  
+             Overview:Health Insurance & the Workplace                                                                         
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  RESOURCES                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           3:30 PM                                                 
              -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --                                                                                
+= SB 104 NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT                                                                                          
              Administration's Gas Team will be                                                                                 
              Present                                                                                                           
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

2007-03-28                     Senate Journal                      Page 0688
                            RESOURCES (continued)                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             5:00 PM                                                 
              -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --                                                                                
+= SB 104 NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT                                                                                          
              Mid-American/Kern River will be Present                                                                           
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 30        Friday                          Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
              -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --                                                                                
+= SB 104 NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT                                                                                          
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 31        Saturday                        Butrovich 205         10:00 AM                                                  
              -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --                                                                                
+= SB 104 NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT                                                                                          
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Apr 01        Sunday                          Butrovich 205         11:00 AM                                                  
              -- Teleconference <Listen Only> --                                                                                
+= SB 104 NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT                                                                                          
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                STATE AFFAIRS                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                              Beltz 211         9:00 AM                                                 
+             Confirmation Hearing:                                                                                             
              Elizabeth Johnston Hickerson - Anchorage                                                                          
              Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                  
+ SB 135 ACCOMMODATE 90-DAY SESSION                                                                                             
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                TRANSPORTATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
     HB 126 FORMS/DOCUMENTS/RIGHTS RELATED TO DRIVING                                                                           
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2007-03-28                     Senate Journal                      Page 0689
                            FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                ADMINISTRATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Apr 02        Monday                    Senate Finance 532            3:00 PM                                                 
              Budget Close-out                                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                        EDUCATION & EARLY DEVELOPMENT                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 30        Friday                          Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                          ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             3:00 PM                                                 
+             Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                 FISH & GAME                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Apr 03        Tuesday                   Senate Finance 532            8:00 AM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                           HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532           12:30 PM                                                 
              -- Time Change --                                                                                                 
+             Close-out                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Apr 05        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             8:00 AM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              Department Budget Close-out                                                                                       
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                     LAW                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Apr 02        Monday                       Fahrenkamp 203             3:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         

2007-03-28                     Senate Journal                      Page 0690
                      FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES (continued)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                              NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Apr 02        Monday                       Fahrenkamp 203            12:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Apr 02        Monday                                Beltz 211         8:00 AM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              Department Budget Close-out                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Apr 03        Tuesday                               Beltz 211         8:00 AM                                                 
+             Department Budget Close-out                                                                                       
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                   REVENUE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             1:45 PM                                                 
              -- Time Change --                                                                                                 
              Budget Close-out                                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                      TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                              Beltz 211         8:00 AM                                                 
              DOT/PF Budget Close-out                                                                                           
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                             UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 29        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            7:30 AM                                                 
              -- Note Agenda Change --                                                                                          
              Budget Close-out                                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2007-03-28                     Senate Journal                      Page 0691
                              SPECIAL COMMITTEES                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                        SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           8:00 AM                                                 
= SB   1 INCREASE AMT OF BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION                                                                                
     SB  10 TRUANCY OFFICERS                                                                                                    
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 30        Friday                          Butrovich 205           8:00 AM                                                 
              College Affordability                                                                                             
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                               JOINT COMMITTEES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                          LEGISLATIVE BUDGET & AUDIT                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Apr 03        Tuesday                    House Finance 519            7:30 AM                                                 
              Contracts & Other Committee Business                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                    SELECT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE ETHICS                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Apr 17        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205         10:00 AM                                                  
              -- Teleconference --                                                                                              
              Full Committee: Open Session                                                                                      
              Election of Committee Chairs                                                                                      
              Public Comment                                                                                                    
              Chair/Staff Report                                                                                                
              Budget                                                                                                            
              Legislation                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Apr 17        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           3:00 PM                                                 
              Senate Subcommittee: Executive Session                                                                            
              Public Comment                                                                                                    
              Executive Session                                                                                                 
              Public Session                                                                                                    
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2007-03-28                     Senate Journal                      Page 0692
                                OTHER MEETINGS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                       JOINT LEGISLATIVE HEALTH CAUCUS                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Apr 18        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              "Filling the Need: Other Forms of Health                                                                          
              Care"                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
May 02        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              "Week of the Uninsured: Alaska's                                                                                  
              Workforce"