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                                SENATE JOURNAL                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                           ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                          TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                SECOND SESSION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                     Monday                     March 5, 2012                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                               Forty-ninth Day                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Pursuant to adjournment the Senate was called to order by President                                                             
Stevens at 10:46 a.m.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The roll showed eighteen members present. Senator Stedman was                                                                   
excused from a call of the Senate. Senator Wagoner was absent.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Reverend Sarah Schurr of the                                                            
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Juneau and Fairbanks. Senator                                                              
Hoffman moved and asked unanimous consent that the prayer be                                                                    
spread. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          As you reach toward whatever source or spirit to                                                                      
          which you address your prayers and sacred                                                                             
          intentions, may you be mindful of connections. May                                                                    
          you feel the connection that can give you strength                                                                    
          and solace in the work that needs to be done. May                                                                     
          you feel the connection you have with others in this                                                                  
          room as they too reach toward that which is sacred.                                                                   
          May you be renewed in your call to work for the                                                                       
          common good, to which you have been entrusted.                                                                        
          May you be strengthened to strive toward justice and                                                                  
    compassion for all.                                             Amen.                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Egan led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Certification                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the journals                                                               
for the forty- sixth through forty-eighth legislative days be approved as                                                       
certified by the Secretary. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                               

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The presence of Senator Wagoner was noted.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                           Messages from the House                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Message dated March 2 was read stating pursuant to AS 24.20.25, the                                                             
House has confirmed Kristin K. Curtis as Legislative Auditor.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB 30                                                                                                                         
Message dated March 2 was read stating the House passed and                                                                     
returned:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 30(2d JUD) "An Act                                                                             
          providing for the release of certain property in the                                                                  
          custody of a law enforcement agency to a crime                                                                        
          victim under certain conditions and relating to                                                                       
          requests for that release by the office of victims'                                                                   
          rights."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Secretary for enrollment.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Message dated March 2 was read stating the House passed and                                                                     
transmitted for consideration:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                        First Reading and Reference of                                                                       
                              House Resolutions                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HJR 29                                                                                                                        
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 29 BY REPRESENTATIVES                                                                                
MILLETT, Gruenberg, Fairclough, Tuck, Thompson, Kerttula, Joule,                                                                
Stoltze, Costello, Pruitt, Munoz, Lynn, Gardner, T.Wilson, Petersen,                                                            
Doogan, Foster, Gara, Neuman, Holmes, P.Wilson, Miller, Seaton,                                                                 
Edgmon, Dick, Austerman, Johansen, Herron, Johnson, Thomas,                                                                     
Guttenberg, Cissna, Gatto, Chenault, Feige, Hawker, Saddler, Keller,                                                            
Olson, Kawasaki,                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          Urging the United States Department of the Interior,                                                                  
          Bureau of Land Management, to plug legacy wells                                                                       
          properly and to reclaim the legacy well sites as soon                                                                 
          as possible in order to protect the environment in the                                                                
          Arctic region.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                

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was read the first time and referred to the Resources Committee.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                  First Reading and Reference of House Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB 118                                                                                                                        
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 118(FIN) BY THE HOUSE FINANCE                                                                             
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to a tax credit for qualified research                                                               
          and development expenditures; and providing for an                                                                    
          effective date."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Resources and Finance                                                               
Committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HB 216                                                                                                                        
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 216(FIN) BY THE HOUSE FINANCE                                                                             
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to fiscal notes for bills directing or                                                               
          resulting in the adoption, amendment, or repeal of                                                                    
          regulations, and to the notice required for the                                                                       
          proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of a                                                                          
          regulation; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs and Judiciary                                                         
Committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HB 271                                                                                                                        
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 271(TRA) am BY THE HOUSE                                                                                  
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to commercial motor vehicle                                                                          
          requirements."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Transportation and State                                                            
Affairs Committees.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                          Standing Committee Reports                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB 157                                                                                                                        
Memorandum dated March 5 was read from the Labor and Commerce                                                                   
Committee stating the committee substitute for SENATE BILL                                                                      
NO. 157 "An Act allowing an insurer to cancel an insurance policy if                                                            
property becomes unoccupied and the vacancy increases the hazard                                                                
insured against" published on February 29 (page 1682) did not                                                                   
conform to what the committee passed out.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The following corrected committee substitute was attached for                                                                   
publication and replacement in all bill files:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 157(L&C) "An Act                                                                               
          allowing an insurer to cancel an insurance policy if                                                                  
          property becomes vacant and the vacancy increases                                                                     
          the hazard insured against."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB 192                                                                                                                        
The Resources Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 192 "An                                                                      
Act relating to the oil and gas production tax; and providing for an                                                            
effective date" and recommended it be replaced with                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 192(RES) "An Act                                                                               
          relating to the oil and gas production tax; relating to                                                               
          the minimum tax on oil and gas production;                                                                            
          providing that the tax rate applicable to the                                                                         
          production of oil as the average production tax value                                                                 
          of oil, gas produced in the Cook Inlet sedimentary                                                                    
          basin, and gas produced outside of the Cook Inlet                                                                     
          sedimentary basin and used in the state increases                                                                     
          above $30 shall be 0.35 percent multiplied by the                                                                     
          number that represents the difference between that                                                                    
          average monthly production tax value and $30, or the                                                                  
          sum of 25 percent and the product of 0.1 percent                                                                      
          multiplied by the number that represents the                                                                          
          difference between that average monthly production                                                                    
          tax value and $101.43, except that the total rate                                                                     
          determined in the calculation may not exceed 35                                                                       
          percent; providing for an increase in the rate of tax on                                                              

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          the production of gas as the average production tax                                                                   
          value on a BTU equivalent barrel basis of gas                                                                         
          produced outside of the Cook Inlet sedimentary basin                                                                  
          and not used in the state increases above $30; relating                                                               
          to payments of the oil and gas production tax;                                                                        
          relating to the lease expenditures that may be                                                                        
          deducted when determining production tax value;                                                                       
          relating to the allocation of lease expenditures and                                                                  
          adjustments to lease expenditures; relating to the                                                                    
          availability of funds from the oil and gas production                                                                 
          tax for appropriation to the community revenue                                                                        
          sharing fund; providing for a reduction in production                                                                 
          tax value for certain oil; relating to the duties of the                                                              
          Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission;                                                                           
          relating to a petroleum information management                                                                        
          system; relating to the duties of the Department of                                                                   
          Natural Resources, the Department of Revenue, and                                                                     
          the Department of Labor and Workforce                                                                                 
          Development that relate to providing the Alaska Oil                                                                   
          and Gas Conservation Commission with certain                                                                          
          information relating to oil and gas; and providing for                                                                
          an effective date."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Signing amend: Senators Wagoner, Paskvan, Cochairs; Senators                                                                    
McGuire, Wielechowski, Stedman, Stevens. Signing no                                                                             
recommendation: Senator French.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, indeterminate, Department of Natural                                                                        
      Resources                                                                                                                 
 Fiscal Note No. 2, indeterminate, Department of Revenue                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                  Introduction and Reference of Senate Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 224                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 224 BY THE SENATE LABOR AND                                                                                     
COMMERCE COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                   

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          "An Act making privileged certain communications                                                                      
          between employees and employee union                                                                                  
          representatives; and amending Rule 402 and Rule                                                                       
          501, Alaska Rules of Evidence."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Labor and Commerce and                                                              
Judiciary Committees.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                    Recess                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the Senate                                                                 
stand in recess to the Joint Session. Without objection, the Senate                                                             
recessed at 10:52 a.m.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 After Recess                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          Joint Session in the House                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Speaker Chenault called the House to order and in accordance with                                                               
Uniform Rule 51 turned the gavel over to President Stevens, who                                                                 
called the Joint Session to order at 11:05 a.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The purpose of the Joint Session was to hear an address by the                                                                  
Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senator.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the roll call                                                              
of the Senate be waived and all members be shown as present.                                                                    
Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Austerman moved and asked unanimous consent that                                                                 
the roll call of the House be waived and all members be shown as                                                                
present. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
President Stevens appointed Representative Seaton and Senator Ellis                                                             
to escort Senator Begich to the Joint Session.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The Senate Sergeant at Arms, Zachary Mannix, announced Senator                                                                  
Mark Begich's entrance to the House Chamber.                                                                                    

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The Honorable Mark Begich was escorted to the rostrum and                                                                       
welcomed by President Stevens.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
U.S. Senator Begich delivered his address. This address appears in                                                              
House and Senate Joint Journal Supplement No. 14.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Following his address, there was a question and answer period.                                                                  
Senator Begich received a standing ovation and was escorted from the                                                            
chamber by Senator Ellis and Representative Seaton.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the Joint                                                                  
Session stand in adjournment. Without objection, President Stevens                                                              
adjourned the Joint Session at 12:10 p.m.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                 After Recess                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                In the Senate                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The Senate reconvened at 12:16 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the Senate                                                                 
return to Reports of Standing Committees. Without objection, the                                                                
Senate returned to:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                          Standing Committee Reports                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB 130                                                                                                                        
The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 130 "An Act                                                                    
establishing in the Office of the Governor an advisory council for the                                                          
preservation, restoration, and revitalization of Alaska Native                                                                  
languages" and recommended the adoption of the State Affairs                                                                    
Committee Substitute offered on page 1386. Signing do pass: Senator                                                             
Hoffman, Cochair; Senators Thomas, Egan, Olson, Ellis.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 2, Department of Commerce, Community and                                                                       
  Economic Development                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Office of the Governor                                                                                      

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The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB 135                                                                                                                        
The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 135 "An Act                                                                    
relating to the rights of crime victims; relating to the duties of                                                              
prosecuting attorneys; and amending Rule 45, Alaska Rules of                                                                    
Criminal Procedure" and recommended the adoption of the Judiciary                                                               
Committee Substitute offered on page 1483. Signing do pass: Senator                                                             
Hoffman, Cochair; Senators Thomas, Egan, Ellis. Signing no                                                                      
recommendation: Senator Olson.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 4, indeterminate, Senate Finance Committee                                                                     
 Fiscal Note No. 5, indeterminate, Department of Administration                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, indeterminate, Department of Administration                                                                 
 Fiscal Note No. 3, zero, Department of Corrections                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                        Consideration of the Calendar                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                        Second Reading of Senate Bills                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 170                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 170 "An Act requiring vocational education                                                                      
counseling in public schools" was read the second time.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer 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.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 170 was read the third time.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall SENATE BILL NO. 170 "An Act requiring                                                                
vocational education counseling in public schools" pass the Senate?"                                                            
The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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SB 170                                                                                                                          
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  18   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, French, Giessel, Hoffman,                                                            
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Paskvan, Stevens,                                                                     
Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Stedman                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
and so, SENATE BILL NO. 170 passed the Senate and was referred to                                                               
the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 199                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 199 "An Act relating to the vocational and                                                                      
technical instruction funding factor for public school funding" was                                                             
read the second time.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer 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.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 199 was read the third time.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall SENATE BILL NO. 199 "An Act relating                                                                 
to the vocational and technical instruction funding factor for public                                                           
school funding" pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with the                                                                   
following result:                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SB 199                                                                                                                          
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  18   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, French, Giessel, Hoffman,                                                            
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Paskvan, Stevens,                                                                     
Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Stedman                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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and so, SENATE BILL NO. 199 passed the Senate and was referred to                                                               
the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                        Senate Bills in Second Reading                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 136                                                                                                                        
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 136(FIN) "An Act providing a tax credit                                                                  
for employing a veteran that may be taken against a liability for the tax                                                       
on corporation income; and providing for an effective date" which had                                                           
been held in second reading to the March 5 calendar (page 1708), was                                                            
before the Senate.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today by the Rules                                                               
Committee:                                                                                                                      
 Fiscal Note No. 2, indeterminate, Senate Finance Committee                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Page 2, line 29, following "in":                                                                                                
     Insert "and was honorably discharged from"                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                                                 
Without objection, Amendment No. 1 was adopted.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the bill be                                                                
considered engrossed, advanced to third reading and placed on final                                                             
passage. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 136(FIN) am was read the third time.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senators Meyer, Kookesh, French, Wagoner, Coghill, Dyson, Menard,                                                               
Paskvan, Egan, Davis, McGuire moved and asked unanimous consent                                                                 
to be shown as cosponsors on the bill. Without objection, it was so                                                             
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 136(FIN) am                                                                   
"An Act providing a tax credit for employing a veteran that may be                                                              
taken against a liability for the tax on corporation income; and                                                                
providing for an effective date" pass the Senate?" The roll was taken                                                           
with the following result:                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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CSSB 136(FIN) am                                                                                                                
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
Effective Date                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  18   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, French, Giessel, Hoffman,                                                            
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Paskvan, Stevens,                                                                     
Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Stedman                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 136(FIN) am passed the Senate.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the vote on                                                                
the passage of the bill be considered the vote on the effective date                                                            
clause. Without objection, it was so ordered and the bill was referred                                                          
to the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                     Second Reading of Senate Resolutions                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SJR 17                                                                                                                        
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17 Welcoming the Arctic                                                                             
Council Task Force for Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and                                                             
Response to the state for its March 2012 meeting and urging the task                                                            
force to use its time in the state to inform and inspire the work of the                                                        
task force, was read the second time.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer 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.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17 was read the third time.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senators Hoffman, Davis, Egan, Paskvan, Menard, Ellis, Meyer,                                                                   
Huggins, Giessel, Dyson, Wagoner, Stevens, Thomas moved and                                                                     
asked unanimous consent to be shown as cosponsors on the resolution.                                                            
Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17                                                                       
Welcoming the Arctic Council Task Force for Arctic Marine Oil                                                                   
Pollution Preparedness and Response to the state for its March 2012                                                             
meeting and urging the task force to use its time in the state to inform                                                        
and inspire the work of the task force, pass the Senate?" The roll was                                                          
taken with the following result:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SJR 17                                                                                                                          
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  18   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  1                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, French, Giessel, Hoffman,                                                            
Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Paskvan, Stevens,                                                                     
Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Stedman                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Absent:  Olson                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
and so, SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17 passed the Senate                                                                        
and was referred to the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                  Citations                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Palmer High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Team, 2011                                                               
Region III 4A Champions                                                                                                         
Senator(s) Menard, Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis,                                                                 
Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Meyer, Olson,                                                                      
Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Tylor Tilton, Alex Schwochert and Luke George                                                                        
Senator(s) Menard, Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis,                                                                 
French, Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Meyer,                                                                     
Olson, Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Gary Hall, 2012 Secondary Instructor of the Year                                                                     
Representative(s) Feige                                                                                                         
Senator(s) Coghill, Stevens, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, French,                                                                 
Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer,                                                                     
Olson, Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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Honoring - Glacier View School Mixed 6 Volleyball Team, 2011 State                                                              
Champions                                                                                                                       
Representative(s) Feige                                                                                                         
Senator(s) Coghill, Stevens, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, Giessel,                                                                
Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Olson,                                                                       
Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Ben Grossmann, 2012 Academy Award Winner                                                                             
Representative(s) Miller, Feige                                                                                                 
Senator(s) Thomas, Coghill, Stevens, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis,                                                                 
French, Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard,                                                                    
Meyer, Olson, Paskvan, Stedman, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Linda Schandelmeier                                                                                                  
Representative(s) Miller                                                                                                        
Senator(s) Thomas, Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis,                                                                 
Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer,                                                                     
Olson, Paskvan, Stedman, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - East High First Robotics Team                                                                                        
Representative(s) Gardner                                                                                                       
Senator(s) Ellis, Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Giessel,                                                                
Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Olson,                                                                       
Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Kay L. Thomas                                                                                                        
Representative(s) Edgmon, Miller                                                                                                
Senator(s) Thomas, Hoffman, Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan,                                                               
Ellis, Giessel, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Olson,                                                                
Paskvan, Stedman, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Kimberly Ann Baker                                                                                                
Senator(s) Meyer, Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis,                                                                  
Giessel, Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Olson,                                                                     
Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Dennis Novak                                                                                                      
Representative(s) Seaton                                                                                                        
Senator(s) Stevens, Coghill, Davis, Dyson, Egan, Ellis, Giessel,                                                                
Hoffman, Huggins, Kookesh, McGuire, Menard, Meyer, Olson,                                                                       
Paskvan, Stedman, Thomas, Wagoner, Wielechowski                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the citations                                                              
be adopted. Without objection, the citations were adopted and referred                                                          
to the Secretary for transmittal.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                             Unfinished Business                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
President Stevens made the following appointment:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Board of Directors of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation                                                                        
 Senator Stevens, alternate                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Announcements are at the end of the journal.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 Engrossment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 136                                                                                                                        
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 136(FIN) am "An Act providing a tax                                                                      
credit for employing a veteran that may be taken against a liability for                                                        
the tax on corporation income; and providing for an effective date"                                                             
was engrossed, signed by the President and Secretary and transmitted                                                            
to the House for consideration.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 170                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 170 "An Act requiring vocational education                                                                      
counseling in public schools" was engrossed, signed by the President                                                            
and Secretary and transmitted to the House for consideration.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB 199                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 199 "An Act relating to the vocational and                                                                      
technical instruction funding factor for public school funding" was                                                             
engrossed, signed by the President and Secretary and transmitted to                                                             
the House for consideration.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1741
SJR 17                                                                                                                        
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 17 Welcoming the Arctic                                                                             
Council Task Force for Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and                                                             
Response to the state for its March 2012 meeting and urging the task                                                            
force to use its time in the state to inform and inspire the work of the                                                        
task force, was engrossed, signed by the President and Secretary and                                                            
transmitted to the House for consideration.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 Adjournment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer moved and asked unanimous consent that the Senate                                                                 
stand in adjournment until 11:00 a.m., March 6, 2012. Without                                                                   
objection, the Senate adjourned at 12:38 p.m.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                Kirsten Waid                                                    
                                                     Secretary of the Senate                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1742
                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Americans with Disabilities Act Notice - Persons with disabilities who require                                                  
special accommodation or alternative communication formats to access                                                            
committee meetings may contact the appropriate committee office or the                                                          
Legislative Information Office in their community. Reasonable advance                                                           
notice is needed to accommodate the request. For further information, call the                                                  
ADA Coordinator at 465-3854 Voice/465-4980 TDD.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                             STANDING COMMITTEES                                                                             
+ indicates teleconference                                                                                                      
= indicates bill previously heard/scheduled                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                         COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                     Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          3:30 PM                                                 
              -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                            
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
+ SB 157 CANCEL INSUR. ON CERTAIN VACANT PROPERTY                                                                               
+             Overview - Toxic Release Inventory                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Thursday                    Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          3:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Tuesday                     Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          3:30 PM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 15        Thursday                    Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          3:30 PM                                                 
+ SB 223 TAX CRED: CONTR. TO HOMELESS SHELT/DETOX                                                                               
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  EDUCATION                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                      Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
+= SB 197 GRANT PROGRAM FOR  SCHOOLS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Wednesday                   Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                

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                            EDUCATION (continued)                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 09        Friday                      Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                   FINANCE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                    Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
+ HB 307 SUPPLEMENTAL/CAPITAL/OTHER APPROPRIATIONS                                                                              
              <Pending Referral>                                                                                                
+ SB 184 SUPPLEMENTAL/CAPITAL/OTHER APPROPRIATIONS                                                                              
+= SB 130 ALASKA NATIVE LANGUAGE COUNCIL                                                                                        
+= SB 135 CONTINUANCES IN CRIMINAL TRIALS; VICTIMS                                                                              
+= HB 104 ALASKA PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                       
+= HB  65 SENIOR CITIZEN HOUSING DEV. FUND GRANTS                                                                               
+= SB 160 BUDGET: CAPITAL                                                                                                       
+             FY13 Capital Budget: Agency Overviews                                                                             
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                    Senate Finance 532            2:00 PM                                                 
+= SB 160 BUDGET: CAPITAL                                                                                                       
+             FY13 Capital Budget: Agency Overviews                                                                             
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                   Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Thursday                  Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 09        Friday                    Senate Finance 532            9:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                           HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                          Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
+ SB 202 RESUSCITATION PROTOCOL DOCUMENTS                                                                                       
+ SB 151 FETAL ALCOHOL SPEC. DISORDER AS MITIGATOR                                                                              
+             Presentation: Governor's Council on Disabilities                                                                  
              & Special Education - Millie Ryan, Exec. Director                                                                 
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1744
                     HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES (continued)                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 09        Friday                          Butrovich 205           1:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  JUDICIARY                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                      Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          1:30 PM                                                 
+             Confirmation Hearing:                                                                                             
              Select Committee on Legislative Ethics:                                                                           
              Herman G. Walker, Anchorage                                                                                       
              Dennis "Skip" Cook, Fairbanks                                                                                     
+ HB   6 REMOVING A REGENT                                                                                                      
+ HB 215 PIPELINE PROJECT: JUDICIAL REVIEW/ROW                                                                                  
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Wednesday                   Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          1:30 PM                                                 
+ HB  80 SELF DEFENSE                                                                                                           
+ SB 134 CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS                                                                                                   
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 09        Friday                      Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          1:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                               LABOR & COMMERCE                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                     Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          1:30 PM                                                 
+= SB 217 PHARMACY AUDITS                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Thursday                    Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          1:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                  RESOURCES                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                          Butrovich 205           3:30 PM                                                 
              Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1745
                            RESOURCES (continued)                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 07        Wednesday                       Butrovich 205           3:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 09        Friday                          Butrovich 205           3:30 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                STATE AFFAIRS                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           9:00 AM                                                 
+ SB 222 APPROP: BASE CLOSURE/REALIGNMENT STUDY                                                                                 
+= SB  29 TAX EXPENDITURE REPORT                                                                                                
+ SB 208 DISASTER PLANNING AND SERVICES                                                                                         
+             Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           9:00 AM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                TRANSPORTATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           1:00 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 08        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           1:00 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           1:00 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 15        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           1:00 PM                                                 
              No Meeting Scheduled                                                                                              
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                            FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                      COMMERCE, COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEV                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 20        Tuesday                   Senate Finance 532            3:00 PM                                                 
              Closeout                                                                                                          
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1746
                                 CORRECTIONS                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           5:00 PM                                                 
              Overview of Budget Requests                                                                                       
              Review Select Staffing Issues                                                                                     
              - Compliance w/ 2010 Legislative Audit                                                                            
              - Adjustment to Shift Scheduling Methodology                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           5:00 PM                                                 
              Review Select Facility Issues                                                                                     
              - Update on Goose Creek Correctional Complex                                                                      
              Progress                                                                                                          
              - Update on Fairbanks & Bethel Facility                                                                           
              Expansion Projects                                                                                                
              - Review Community Jails Funding and Funding                                                                      
              Allocation                                                                                                        
              Review Inmate Health Care Cost Management                                                                         
              Strategies                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 20        Tuesday                         Butrovich 205           5:00 PM                                                 
              Review Rehabilitation and Reentry Program Funding                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                 COURT SYSTEM                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 15        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203             5:00 PM                                                 
+             Closeout                                                                                                          
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                        EDUCATION & EARLY DEVELOPMENT                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 06        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             3:30 PM                                                 
+             FY 13 Budget Request                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             3:30 PM                                                 
+             Closeout                                                                                                          
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                          ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203            12:00 PM                                                 
+             Closeout                                                                                                          
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1747
                                 FISH & GAME                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 16        Friday                      Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
+             FY 13 Budget Pre-Closeout                                                                                         
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 20        Tuesday                     Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
+             FY 13 Budget Closeout                                                                                             
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                           HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mar 16        Friday                      Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          3:30 PM                                                 
+             FY13 Budget Pre-Closeout                                                                                          
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 20        Tuesday                     Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          3:30 PM                                                 
+             FY13 Budget Closeout                                                                                              
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                        LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 22        Thursday                        Butrovich 205           3:00 PM                                                 
              DOLWD Budget - Department Addresses Additional                                                                    
              Questions and Overview of House Budget Actions                                                                    
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                         MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mar 15        Thursday                     Fahrenkamp 203            12:00 PM                                                 
+             Closeout                                                                                                          
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                              NATURAL RESOURCES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mar 22        Thursday                        Butrovich 205         11:00 AM                                                  
              DNR Budget - Department Addresses Committee                                                                       
              Questions; Overview of House Budget Actions                                                                       
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    

2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1748
                                PUBLIC SAFETY                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 15        Thursday                    Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
+             Pre-Close-Out and Question/Answer Session                                                                         
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mar 22        Thursday                    Beltz 105 (tsbldg)          8:00 AM                                                 
+             Budget Close-Out                                                                                                  
              -- Testimony <Invitation Only> --                                                                                 
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                      TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC FACILITIES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 14        Wednesday                 Senate Finance 532            8:00 AM                                                 
              Budget Overview: Department of Transportation                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 16        Friday                    Senate Finance 532            8:00 AM                                                 
              Budget Detail                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mar 23        Friday                    Senate Finance 532            8:00 AM                                                 
              Closeout                                                                                                          
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                               JOINT COMMITTEES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                       ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION REVIEW                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mar 13        Tuesday                      Fahrenkamp 203             1:30 PM                                                 
+             Proposed Changes in the Regulations of the Board                                                                  
              of Marine Pilots - 12 AAC 56.115 - Pleasure                                                                       
              Craft Exemptions                                                                                                  
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                          LEGISLATIVE BUDGET & AUDIT                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mar 28        Wednesday                  House Finance 519            8:00 AM                                                 
              Audits - Executive Session                                                                                        
              Other Committee Business                                                                                          
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2012-03-05                     Senate Journal                      Page 1749
                                OTHER MEETINGS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                JOINT SESSION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mar 05        Monday                       House Chamber            11:00 AM                                                  
              Annual Address by the Honorable                                                                                   
              Mark Begich, U.S. Senator                                                                                         
                   ----------------------------------------                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                            MISCELLANEOUS MEETING                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mar 10        Saturday                           Barnes 124         10:00 AM                                                  
+             Continued Discussion of Taku River Fisheries                                                                      
              -- Public Testimony on Draft Report --                                                                            
              Sponsored by the Juneau Legislative Delegation:                                                                   
              Sen. Egan and Reps. Kerttula and Munoz