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2008-03-04 Senate Journal

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                                SENATE JOURNAL                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                           ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                           TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                SECOND SESSION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                     Tuesday                    March 4, 2008                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                 Fiftieth Day                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Pursuant to adjournment the Senate was called to order by President                                                             
Green at 11:05 a.m.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The roll showed seventeen members present. Senator Dyson was                                                                    
excused from a call of the Senate. Senators Therriault, Wagoner were                                                            
absent.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Pastor Jesse Perry of                                                                   
Northern Light United Church. Senator Hoffman moved and asked                                                                   
unanimous consent that the prayer be spread. Without objection, it was                                                          
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          In awe of the mystery we call God, let us pray:                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          God of humble service,                                                                                                
          We pray for the gifts to lead Alaska.                                                                                 
          Grant us eyes to see the needs of the least,                                                                          
          Ears to hear the voices of the distressed,                                                                            
          And hearts to respond with compassionate wisdom.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          We thank you for the honor                                                                                            
          Of being chosen by the people of Alaska                                                                               
          To serve beyond our own interests,                                                                                    
          And for the interests of all.                                                                                         
            Thank you for the wisdom of elders in centuries past,                                                              
          Who laid the foundations of a government                                                                              
          Capable of preserving this honorable ideal.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

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          As we live and serve together,                                                                                        
          Accepting the perennial challenges                                                                                    
          That attend this public trust,                                                                                        
             May all the conflict, confusion, and disappointment                                                               
          We experience serve to refine our hearts,                                                                             
          Our motives and our means,                                                                                            
          And so enable us to draw                                                                                              
          From the same humble wisdom                                                                                           
    That made us all.                                                Amen.                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Certification                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent that the journal for                                                            
the forty-ninth legislative day be approved as certified by the                                                                 
Secretary. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                           Messages from the House                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Message dated March 3 was read, stating the House passed and                                                                    
transmitted for consideration:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                        First Reading and Reference of                                                                       
                              House Resolutions                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HJR 14                                                                                                                        
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 14(RLS) BY THE                                                                                
HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE,                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          Urging the United States Congress to enact H.R.                                                                       
          2419, sec. 12801, so that individuals receiving a                                                                     
          damage award from the Exxon Valdez oil spill can                                                                      
          benefit from the income averaging and retirement                                                                      
          contribution provisions of the bill.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Resources Committee.                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                  First Reading and Reference of House Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB 267                                                                                                                        
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 267(RES) BY THE HOUSE                                                                                     
RESOURCES COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to authorizing the state to join with                                                                
          other states entering into the Wildlife Violator                                                                      
          Compact; excluding commercial fishing and big                                                                         
          game commercial hunting services from the                                                                             
          provisions of the compact; and directing the initiation                                                               
          of civil actions to revoke appropriate licenses in this                                                               
          state based on a licensee's violation of or failure to                                                                
          comply with the terms of a wildlife resource citation                                                                 
           issued in another state that is a party to the compact."                                                            
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Resources Committee.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          Standing Committee Reports                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB 170                                                                                                                        
The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 170 "An Act                                                                    
requiring that health care insurers provide insurance coverage for well-                                                        
baby exams" and recommended it be replaced with                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 170(FIN) "An Act                                                                               
          requiring that health care insurers offer insurance                                                                   
          coverage for well-baby exams."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Signing do pass: Senators Hoffman, Stedman, Cochairs; Senators                                                                  
Elton, Thomas, Olson.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Department of Commerce, Community                                                                     
          and Economic Development                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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SB 265                                                                                                                        
The State Affairs Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 265 "An                                                                  
Act relating to drivers' licenses and identification cards issued to sex                                                        
offenders and child kidnappers" and recommended the adoption of the                                                             
Transportation Committee Substitute offered on page 2053. Signing                                                               
do pass: Senator McGuire, Chair; Senators French, Stevens, Green,                                                               
Bunde.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 2, Department of Public Safety                                                                                 
 Fiscal Note No. 3, Department of Revenue                                                                                       
 Fiscal Note No. 4, Department of Administration                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Department of Corrections                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
President Green added a Finance Committee referral to the bill.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 276                                                                                                                        
The State Affairs Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 276 "An                                                                  
Act relating to project labor agreements" and recommended it be                                                                 
replaced with                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 276(STA) "An Act                                                                                    
     authorizing certain state contracts to require project labor                                                               
     agreements and requiring that project labor agreements                                                                     
     negotiated under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, and                                                                    
     certain project labor agreements negotiated under the State                                                                
     Procurement Code, include terms allowing each employee                                                                     
     who is eligible to receive fringe benefits because of that                                                                 
     project labor agreement to select the fringe benefits                                                                      
     program to which the employer shall contribute the                                                                         
     employee's fringe benefits."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Signing no recommendation: Senator McGuire, Chair; Senators                                                                     
French, Stevens. Signing do pass: Senators Green, Bunde.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Department of Transportation and Public                                                               
          Facilities                                                                                                            

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The bill was referred to the Labor and Commerce Committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB 176                                                                                                                        
The Finance Committee considered CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO.                                                                          
176(RES) "An Act creating the Fort Rousseau Causeway State                                                                      
Historical Park." Signing do pass: Senator Stedman, Cochair; Senators                                                           
Elton, Thomas, Huggins. Signing no recommendation: Senator                                                                      
Hoffman, Cochair; Senator Olson.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, Department of Natural Resources                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HB 259                                                                                                                        
The State Affairs Committee considered HOUSE BILL NO. 259(efd                                                                   
add) "An Act establishing the first week of every March as Alaska                                                               
History Week; and providing for an effective date." Signing do pass:                                                            
Senator McGuire, Chair; Senators French, Stevens, Green, Bunde.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Department of Education and Early                                                                     
          Development                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                  Introduction and Reference of Senate Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 298                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 298 BY THE SENATE TRANSPORTATION                                                                                
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act establishing the division of marine                                                                           
          transportation; establishing the Alaska Marine                                                                        
          Transportation Authority Board and the position of                                                                    
          director of the division of marine transportation, and                                                                
          assigning the powers and duties of each; making                                                                       
          conforming amendments; and providing for an                                                                           
          effective date."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Transportation and Finance                                                          
Committees.                                                                                                                     

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                        Consideration of the Calendar                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                        Second Reading of Senate Bills                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 230                                                                                                                        
SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 230 "An Act                                                                              
establishing the film office in the Department of Commerce,                                                                     
Community, and Economic Development; and creating a transferable                                                                
tax credit applicable to certain film production expenditures incurred                                                          
in the state" was read the second time.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman, Cochair, moved and asked unanimous consent for                                                                 
the adoption of the Finance Committee Substitute offered on page                                                                
2025. Without objection, CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR                                                                          
SENATE BILL NO. 230(FIN) "An Act establishing the film office in                                                                
the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                                             
Development; creating a transferable tax credit applicable to certain                                                           
film production expenditures incurred in the state; and providing for                                                           
an effective date" was adopted.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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Senator Stedman moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                                                      
Without objection, Amendment No. 1 was adopted.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis 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 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO.                                                                                   
230(FIN) am was read the third time.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 230(FIN) am "An Act establishing the film office                                                                
in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                                          
Development; creating a transferable tax credit applicable to certain                                                           
film production expenditures incurred in the state; and providing for                                                           
an effective date" pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with the                                                                
following result:                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CSSSSB 230(FIN) am                                                                                                              
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
Effective Date                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  15   NAYS:  2   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  2                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                                    
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                     
Wielechowski                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Bunde, Wilken                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Dyson                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Therriault, Wagoner                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO.                                                                           
230(FIN) am passed the Senate.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis 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.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wilken gave notice of reconsideration.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

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SB 256                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 256 "An Act making supplemental                                                                                 
appropriations, capital appropriations, reappropriations, and other                                                             
appropriations; amending certain appropriations; ratifying certain                                                              
expenditures; making appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing                                                          
for an effective date" was read the second time.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman, Cochair, moved and asked unanimous consent for                                                                 
the adoption of the Finance Committee Substitute offered on page                                                                
2053. Without objection, CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 256(FIN) "An                                                                    
Act making supplemental appropriations, capital appropriations,                                                                 
reappropriations, and other appropriations; making an appropriation to                                                          
the senior benefits payment program; amending certain appropriations;                                                           
ratifying certain expenditures; making appropriations to capitalize                                                             
funds; and providing for an effective date" was adopted.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent to return to the start                                                          
of the Daily Order of Business. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent that Senators                                                                   
Wagoner, Therriault be excused from a call of the Senate today.                                                                 
Without objection, Senators Wagoner, Therriault were excused.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The Senate returned to:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                  Second Reading of Senate Bills (continued)                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 256                                                                                                                        
Senator Stedman offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
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Senator Stedman moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                                                      
Without objection, Amendment No. 1 was adopted.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Bunde offered Amendment No. 2:                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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Senator Bunde moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 2.                                                                        
Objections were heard.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 2 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CSSB 256(FIN) am                                                                                                                
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 2                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  2   NAYS:  15   EXCUSED:  3   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Wilken                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                                    
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                     
Wielechowski                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Dyson, Therriault, Wagoner                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 2 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wilken offered Amendment No. 3:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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Senator Wilken moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 3. Senator                                                               
Ellis objected.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 3 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CSSB 256(FIN) am                                                                                                                
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 3                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  2   NAYS:  15   EXCUSED:  3   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Wilken                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                                    
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                     
Wielechowski                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Dyson, Therriault, Wagoner                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 3 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wilken offered Amendment No. 4:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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     "(c)  The unrestricted balance of the Alaska capital income fund                                                           
(AS 37.05.565) on June 30, 2008, is appropriated to the constitutional                                                          
budget reserve fund (art. IX, sec. 17, Constitution of the State of                                                             
Alaska) for repayment of amounts owed the constitutional budget                                                                 
reserve fund."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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Senator Wilken moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 4. Senator                                                               
Ellis objected.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 4 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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CSSB 256(FIN) am                                                                                                                
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 4                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  2   NAYS:  15   EXCUSED:  3   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Wilken                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                                    
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                     
Wielechowski                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Dyson, Therriault, Wagoner                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 4 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
President Green stated CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 256(FIN) am                                                                       
will be on the March 5 calendar.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                     Second Reading of Senate Resolutions                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SJR 12                                                                                                                        
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12 Opposing proposed changes                                                                        
to the interpretation of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of June 19,                                                          
1886, by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Bureau                                                              
of Customs and Border Protection, affecting cruise itineraries of                                                               
foreign-flagged vessels transporting passengers to ports in Alaska, was                                                         
read the second time.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator McGuire, Chair, moved and asked unanimous consent for the                                                               
adoption of the State Affairs Committee Substitute offered on page                                                              
2027. Without objection, CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION                                                                         
NO. 12(STA) Requesting that Alaska be exempt from changes to the                                                                
interpretation of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of June 19, 1886,                                                           
proposed by the United States Department of Homeland Security,                                                                  
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, affecting cruise itineraries                                                           
of foreign-flagged vessels transporting passengers to ports in Alaska;                                                          
or, if Alaska is not exempted, opposing the proposed changes to the                                                             
interpretation of that Act, was adopted.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent that the resolution                                                             
be considered engrossed, advanced to third reading and placed on final                                                          
passage. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12(STA) was read the                                                                         
third time.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION                                                                       
NO. 12(STA) Requesting that Alaska be exempt from changes to the                                                                
interpretation of the Passenger Vessel Services Act of June 19, 1886,                                                           
proposed by the United States Department of Homeland Security,                                                                  
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, affecting cruise itineraries                                                           
of foreign-flagged vessels transporting passengers to ports in Alaska;                                                          
or, if Alaska is not exempted, opposing the proposed changes to the                                                             
interpretation of that Act, pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with                                                           
the following result:                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CSSJR 12(STA)                                                                                                                   
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  17   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  3   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Bunde, Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                             
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                     
Wielechowski, Wilken                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Dyson, Therriault, Wagoner                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12(STA)                                                                              
passed the Senate and was referred to the Secretary for engrossment.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                        Reconsideration of House Bills                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 273                                                                                                                        
Senator Wilken requested that the reconsideration on CS FOR                                                                     
HOUSE BILL NO. 273(FIN) "An Act relating to school funding,                                                                     
funding for student transportation services, the base student allocation,                                                       
district cost factors, and the adjustments for intensive services and                                                           
average daily membership calculations; and providing for an effective                                                           
date" be taken up. The bill was before the Senate on reconsideration.                                                           
                                                                                                                                

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The question to be reconsidered: "Shall CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO.                                                                   
273(FIN) "An Act relating to school funding, funding for student                                                                
transportation services, the base student allocation, district cost                                                             
factors, and the adjustments for intensive services and average daily                                                           
membership calculations; and providing for an effective date" pass the                                                          
Senate?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 273(FIN)                                                                                                                   
Third Reading - On Reconsideration                                                                                              
Effective Dates                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  15   NAYS:  2   EXCUSED:  3   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Cowdery, Davis, Ellis, Elton, French, Green, Hoffman,                                                                    
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Olson, Stedman, Stevens, Thomas,                                                                     
Wielechowski                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Bunde, Wilken                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Dyson, Therriault, Wagoner                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 273(FIN) passed the Senate on                                                                     
reconsideration.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent that the vote on the                                                            
passage of the bill be considered the vote on the effective date clauses.                                                       
Without objection, it was so ordered and the bill was signed by the                                                             
President and Secretary and returned to the House.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                             Unfinished Business                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                   
from a call of the Senate from afternoon plane time, March 7 through                                                            
morning plane time, March 10. Without objection, Senator Bunde was                                                              
excused.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Cowdery moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                 
from a call of the Senate from afternoon plane time, March 6 through                                                            
evening plane time, March 10. Without objection, Senator Cowdery                                                                
was excused.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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Senator McGuire moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                 
from a call of the Senate March 6. Without objection, Senator                                                                   
McGuire was excused.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HB 65                                                                                                                         
Senator Wilken moved and asked unanimous consent to be shown as a                                                               
cross sponsor on CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 65(FIN) "An Act                                                                          
relating to breaches of security involving personal information, credit                                                         
report and credit score security freezes, protection of social security                                                         
numbers, care of records, disposal of records, identity theft, credit                                                           
cards, and debit cards, and to the jurisdiction of the office of                                                                
administrative hearings; amending Rules 60 and 82, Alaska Rules of                                                              
Civil Procedure; and providing for an effective date." Without                                                                  
objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB 151                                                                                                                        
President Green added a Finance Committee referral to SENATE                                                                    
BILL NO. 151 "An Act relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation and                                                              
first aid classes for initial applicants for driver's licenses and                                                              
instruction permits."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Announcements are at the end of the journal.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 Engrossment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SJR 12                                                                                                                        
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12(STA) Requesting                                                                           
that Alaska be exempt from changes to the interpretation of the                                                                 
Passenger Vessel Services Act of June 19, 1886, proposed by the                                                                 
United States Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs                                                                
and Border Protection, affecting cruise itineraries of foreign-flagged                                                          
vessels transporting passengers to ports in Alaska; or, if Alaska is not                                                        
exempted, opposing the proposed changes to the interpretation of that                                                           
Act, was engrossed, signed by the President and Secretary and                                                                   
transmitted to the House for consideration.                                                                                     

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                                 Adjournment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ellis moved and asked unanimous consent that the Senate                                                                 
stand in adjournment until 11:00 a.m., March 5, 2008. Without                                                                   
objection, the Senate adjourned at 12:06 p.m.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                Kirsten Waid                                                    
                                                     Secretary of the Senate                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2090
                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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ADA Coordinator at 465-3854 Voice/465-4980 TDD.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                             STANDING COMMITTEES                                                                             
+ indicates teleconference                                                                                                      
= indicates bill previously heard/scheduled                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                         COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                               Beltz 211         3:30 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
+ SB 228 MUNICIPAL LAND USE REGULATION                                                                                          
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                              Beltz 211         3:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                   FINANCE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                   Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ HB 176 CREATE FORT ROUSSEAU CAUSEWAY PARK                                                                                     
+= SB 170 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR WELL-BABY EXAMS                                                                                
+ SB  28 LIMIT OVERTIME FOR REGISTERED NURSES                                                                                   
+= SB 249 CAPSTONE AVIONICS FUND/LOANS                                                                                          
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+= SB 249 CAPSTONE AVIONICS FUND/LOANS                                                                                          
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Friday                    Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                             FINANCE (continued)                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mar 10        Monday                    Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB 221 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS                                                                                 
+             Department Presentations:                                                                                         
              Departments to be Announced                                                                                       
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 11        Tuesday                   Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB 221 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS                                                                                 
+             Department Presentations:                                                                                         
              Departments to be Announced                                                                                       
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 12        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB 221 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS                                                                                 
+             Department Presentations:                                                                                         
              Departments to be Announced                                                                                       
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB 221 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS                                                                                 
+             Department Presentations:                                                                                         
              Departments to be Announced                                                                                       
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            5:00 PM                                                 
+= SB 221 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS                                                                                
              Statewide Public Testimony                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 14        Friday                    Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB 221 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS                                                                                 
+             Department Presentations:                                                                                         
              Departments to be Announced                                                                                       
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                     HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
+             Medicaid Behavior Health Presentation by                                                                          
              Mary Thorton, BSRN, MBA                                                                                           
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2092
               HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES (continued)                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Friday                          Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
+             HESS Confirmation Hearing                                                                                         
+             Best Beginnings Report & Presentation by Abbe Hensley                                                             
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  JUDICIARY                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                             Beltz 211         1:30 PM                                                 
+= SB 273 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS                                                                                                    
+ HB 163 PROPERTY FORECLOSURES AND EXECUTIONS                                                                                   
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Friday                                Beltz 211         1:30 PM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                               LABOR & COMMERCE                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                               Beltz 211         1:30 PM                                                 
+ SB 289 HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION                                                                                               
+ SB 293 ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES                                                                                       
+ HB  65 PERSONAL INFORMATION & CONSUMER CREDIT                                                                                 
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
+= SB 147 WORKERS' COMP EMPLOYER LIABILITY                                                                                      
              <Bill Moved Out of Committee 2/28/08>                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                              Beltz 211         1:30 PM                                                 
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
+= HB 233 UNCLAIMED PHONE/ELEC COOP DISTRIBUTIONS                                                                               
+= HJR 16 OPPOSING MILK TAX                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Saturday                              Beltz 211       10:00 AM                                                  
              -- Time Change --                                                                                                 
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  RESOURCES                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532           12:00 PM                                                 
              -- Location & Time Change --                                                                                      
              Joint with House Resources Committee                                                                              
+             Presentation: Alaska Mining Industry Briefing                                                                     
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2093
                            RESOURCES (continued)                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Friday                          Butrovich 205           3:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                STATE AFFAIRS                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                               Beltz 211         9:00 AM                                                 
+= SB 276 STATE CONSTRUCT'N PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT                                                                             
+ SB 265 SEX OFFENDERS & CHILD  KIDNAPPERS                                                                                      
+ SB 296 CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND                                                                                         
+ HB 259 ESTABLISHING ALASKA HISTORY WEEK                                                                                       
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                              Beltz 211         9:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                TRANSPORTATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           1:00 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           1:00 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                            FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                ADMINISTRATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mar 10        Monday                    Senate Finance 532            4:00 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
+             Budget Close-out                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 11        Tuesday                   Senate Finance 532            3:30 PM                                                 
+             Budget Close-out                                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                        EDUCATION & EARLY DEVELOPMENT                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Friday                          Butrovich 205           8:00 AM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              FY09 Budget Overview                                                                                              

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2094
                      FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES (continued)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                  EDUCATION & EARLY DEVELOPMENT (continued)                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 12        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                 FISH & GAME                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 10        Monday                    Senate Finance 532            3:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                   GOVERNOR                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 12        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            3:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out Meeting                                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                           HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            1:00 PM                                                 
              -- Time Change --                                                                                                 
+             Department Budget Close-out                                                                                       
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                     LAW                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             1:30 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              Budget Detail                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 11        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             1:30 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                 LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 12        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            3:30 PM                                                 
              Close-out Meeting                                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2095
                      FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES (continued)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                        MILITARY AND VETERANS AFFAIRS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                    Fahrenkamp 203             1:00 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              FY09 DMVA Budget Close-out                                                                                        
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                              NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             4:00 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              FY09 Budget Close-out                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mar 11        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             4:00 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 04        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           5:00 PM                                                 
              -- Time and Location Change --                                                                                    
+             Department Budget Close-out                                                                                       
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                   REVENUE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             1:30 PM                                                 
              Budget Detail                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             1:30 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                      TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 11        Tuesday                               Beltz 211         3:30 PM                                                 
              Close-out                                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2096
                              SPECIAL COMMITTEES                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                        SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           8:00 AM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
              Including But Not Limited to:                                                                                     
+= SCR 16 EDUCATION FUNDING/COST FACTOR COMMISSION                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Friday                          Butrovich 205           8:00 AM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Saturday                        Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
              -- Meeting Postponed to 3/15/08 --                                                                                
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
+             Overview & Workshop on Charter Schools                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 15        Saturday                  Senate Finance 532            1:30 PM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
+             Overview & Workshop on Charter Schools                                                                            
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                               JOINT COMMITTEES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                          LEGISLATIVE BUDGET & AUDIT                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mar 11        Tuesday                    House Finance 519            8:30 AM                                                 
              Contracts                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mar 25        Tuesday                    House Finance 519            8:30 AM                                                 
              Final Audits -                                                                                                    
              FY08 Statewide Single Audit                                                                                       
              Dept. of Admin., AK Data Enterprise                                                                               
              Reporting System                                                                                                  
              Preliminary Audits -                                                                                              
              Dept. of Natural Resources,                                                                                       
              Matanuska Maid                                                                                                    
              Dept. Environmental Conservation,                                                                                 
              Div. of Spill Prevention & Response                                                                               
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2008-03-04                     Senate Journal                      Page 2097
                                OTHER MEETINGS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                       JOINT LEGISLATIVE HEALTH CAUCUS                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              Maximizing Access                                                                                                 
              Measuring Success: Improving Health Indicators                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mar 19        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
              Measuring Success: Improving Health Indicators                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Apr 02        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205          12:00 PM                                                 
              High Quality, Low Cost                                                                                            
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                JOINT SESSION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 18        Tuesday                      House Chamber            11:00 AM                                                  
              -- Date Change --                                                                                                 
              Annual Address by the Honorable                                                                                   
              Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator                                                                                      
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                       SENATE BIPARTISAN WORKING GROUP                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532          11:00 AM                                                  
              -- Rescheduled to 03/13/08 --                                                                                     
              Open Caucus on Affordable Housing                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532          11:00 AM                                                  
              Open Caucus on Affordable Housing