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                                SENATE JOURNAL                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                           ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                           THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                FIRST SESSION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                     Monday                     April 15, 2019                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                               Ninety-first Day                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Pursuant to adjournment the Senate was called to order by President                                                             
Giessel at 11:02 a.m.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The roll showed nineteen members present. Senator Wielechowski                                                                  
was excused from a call of the Senate.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Pastor Gordon Mills, Glacier                                                            
Valley Baptist Church. Senator Hoffman moved and asked unanimous                                                                
consent the prayer be spread. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          Dear Heavenly Father;                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          We come before you today recognizing Who you are,                                                                     
          the Almighty, creator of the heavens and the earth,                                                                   
          and all of life. In you and you alone is life, and you                                                                
          hold eternity in your hands. We thank you for the fact                                                                
          that you love each and every one of us, that you                                                                      
          know us by name, and that you know the personal                                                                       
          issues, struggles, and challenges that we face                                                                        
          personally and corporately. Thank you for this and                                                                    
          for the blessings you give, for the ones we are aware                                                                 
          of and especially for those we are not. You watch                                                                     
          over us, personally, even if we are often unaware. We                                                                 
          are finite and fallible, and thankfully you are infinite                                                              
          and infallible.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          You have revealed to us that if we lack wisdom that                                                                   
          we can ask you, and combined with that we would                                                                       
          seek your discernment and insight. Place within each                                                                  

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          one of us an attitude that can make a positive                                                                        
          difference for all concerned. Your Word directs us to                                                                 
          “Be like-minded, having the same love, being one in                                                                   
          spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition                                                                
          or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better                                                               
          than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to                                                                  
          your own interests, but also to the interests of others”                                                              
          (Phil 2:2-4). Father we ask you to place within each                                                                  
          of us to have that spirit and desire; to work together                                                                
          to reach the decisions that will honor You and be of                                                                  
          benefit to all concerned. We face some difficult                                                                      
          circumstances and significant decisions. We need                                                                      
          Your wisdom, and we seek it. Please grant us your                                                                     
          grace, your enabling grace as we engage this day.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          I ask this in the name of your Son Jesus, in whom is                                                                  
                       the power of life.        Amen.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Costello led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                Certification                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Costello moved and asked unanimous consent the journals for                                                             
the eighty-eighth through ninetieth legislative days be approved as                                                             
certified by the Secretary. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                           Messages from the House                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Message dated April 12 was read stating the House passed and                                                                    
transmitted for consideration:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                  First Reading and Reference of House Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB 48                                                                                                                         
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 48(FIN) am BY THE HOUSE FINANCE                                                                           
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                

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          "An Act removing from the exempt service of the                                                                       
          state persons who are employed in a professional                                                                      
          capacity to make a temporary or special inquiry,                                                                      
          study, or examination as authorized by the governor                                                                   
          and including those persons in the partially exempt                                                                   
          service of the state; repealing the authority of the                                                                  
          governor or a designee of the governor to authorize                                                                   
          higher pay than is otherwise allowable for certain                                                                    
          partially exempt employees in the executive branch;                                                                   
          requiring the commissioner of administration to                                                                       
          submit a report to the legislature; and providing for                                                                 
          an effective date."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs Committee.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          Standing Committee Reports                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Report dated April 12 was read stating:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
In accordance with AS 39.05.080, the Judiciary Committee reviewed                                                               
the following and recommends the appointment be forwarded to a                                                                  
joint session for consideration:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Commission on Judicial Conduct                                                                                                
Jane Mores – Juneau                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
This does not reflect an intent by any of the members to vote for or                                                            
against the confirmation of the individual during any further sessions.                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Signing the report: Senator Hughes, Chair; Senators Kiehl, Micciche.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Report dated April 12 was read stating:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
In accordance with AS 39.05.080, the Resources Committee reviewed                                                               
the following and recommends the appointments be forwarded to a                                                                 
joint session for consideration:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Board of Game                                                                                                                 
Allen “Al” Barrette - Fairbanks                                                                                                 
Orville Huntington - Fairbanks                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

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This does not reflect an intent by any of the members to vote for or                                                            
against the confirmation of the individuals during any further sessions.                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Signing the report: Senator Birch, Chair; Senators Giessel, Coghill,                                                            
Bishop, Kiehl.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 44                                                                                                                         
The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 44 "An Act                                                                     
relating to the prescription of drugs by a physician assistant without                                                          
physical examination" and recommended it be replaced with                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 44(FIN) "An Act                                                                                
          relating to the prescription of drugs by a physician                                                                  
          assistant without physical examination; and providing                                                                 
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Signing do pass: Senators Stedman, von Imhof, Cochairs; Senators                                                                
Micciche, Hoffman, Olson, Wilson, Bishop. Signing no                                                                            
recommendation: Senator Shower.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                                                  
          Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                            
          Economic Development                                                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Department of Administration                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                  Introduction and Reference of Senate Bills                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 111                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 111 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                               
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
               "An Act authorizing the commissioner of natural                                                                 
          resources to modify a net profit share lease."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Resources and Finance                                                               
Committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, indeterminate, Department of Natural                                                                        
          Resources                                                                                                             
 Fiscal Note No. 2, indeterminate, Department of Revenue                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Governor's transmittal letter dated April 12:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Dear President Giessel:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill authorizing the renegotiation of                                                         
North Slope net profit share leases.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The bill would authorize the commissioner of the Department of                                                                  
Natural Resources to modify North Slope net profit share leases where                                                           
net profit share has hindered development of known oil and gas pools                                                            
within units as a result of the percentage of profits returned to the state                                                     
in addition to royalties and taxes. Modifications to net profit shares                                                          
would be consistent with the existing royalty modification process.                                                             
The bill would allow the commissioner to modify a net profit share                                                              
lease to encourage production, prolong production or economic life of                                                           
an oil or gas field or pool. A modification, however, could not result in                                                       
a share reserved to the state of less than 10 percent of the net profit                                                         
derived from the lease.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The benefits of the bill would include incentivizing development and                                                            
production of known oil and gas resources within units in production                                                            
or in non-unitized areas with net profit share leases. An increase in                                                           
development and production on the North Slope would generate                                                                    
additional revenue for the state; that result requires modification of                                                          
leases to reflect production realities.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this bill.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Sincerely,                                                                                                                      
/s/                                                                                                                             
Michael J. Dunleavy                                                                                                             
Governor                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                

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SB 112                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 112 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                               
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to medical assistance for needy                                                                      
          persons; relating to material incorporated by                                                                         
          reference; relating to payment for prescribed drugs;                                                                  
          and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Health and Social Services                                                          
and Finance Committees.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
          Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                            
          Economic Development                                                                                                  
 Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Department of Corrections                                                                             
 Fiscal Note No. 3, Department of Health and Social Services                                                                    
 Fiscal Note No. 4, Department of Health and Social Services                                                                    
 Fiscal Note No. 5, Department of Health and Social Services                                                                    
 Fiscal Note No. 6, Department of Health and Social Services                                                                    
 Fiscal Note No. 7, Department of Health and Social Services                                                                    
 Fiscal Note No. 8, Department of Health and Social Services                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Governor's transmittal letter dated April 12:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Dear President Giessel:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill regarding medical assistance for                                                         
eligible persons.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
First, the bill would make changes to state coverage under the                                                                  
Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion to provide more cost                                                                   
effective and efficient means to provide medical assistance to eligible                                                         
persons, either through third party payer coverage or through a state-                                                          
paid medical assistance program.  Second, the bill would broaden the                                                            
department’s authorization to seek certain federal waivers without                                                              
going through an extensive legislative or regulatory process. Third, the                                                        
bill would provide authority for the Department of Health and Social                                                            
Services to implement cost containment measures regarding provider                                                              

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rates, including by emergency regulation. Importantly, the bill would                                                           
allow the department to develop preferred drug lists to control costs                                                           
and make medical treatment and access to needed medications more                                                                
streamlined. Last, the bill would direct the Department of Health and                                                           
Social Services to apply for required federal waivers in order to                                                               
provide coverage for those traditionally covered by medical assistance                                                          
programs through the individual health insurance market or exchange.                                                            
Together, these tools will improve our state’s ability to provide                                                               
medical assistance to eligible persons.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Sincerely,                                                                                                                      
/s/                                                                                                                             
Michael J. Dunleavy                                                                                                             
Governor                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 113                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 113 BY SENATOR HUGHES, entitled:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to national board certification for                                                                  
          public school teachers."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Education Committee.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 114                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 114 BY THE SENATE EDUCATION                                                                                     
COMMITTEE, entitled:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          "An Act relating to course credit for students; relating                                                              
          to annual reports regarding school district                                                                           
          performance and school district employees; relating                                                                   
          to cooperative arrangements between school districts;                                                                 
          relating to school operating fund reserves; relating to                                                               
          competency examinations for teacher certificates;                                                                     
          relating to the duties and powers of the Department                                                                   
          of Education and Early Development; relating to the                                                                   
          Professional Teaching Practices Commission;                                                                           
          relating to a virtual education consortium;                                                                           
          establishing a reading intervention program for                                                                       

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          students in grades kindergarten through three;                                                                        
          establishing the Alaska middle college program for                                                                    
          public school students; relating to the powers of the                                                                 
          University of Alaska; relating to reporting                                                                           
          requirements of the Board of Regents of the                                                                           
          University of Alaska; and providing for an effective                                                                  
          date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
was read the first time and referred to the Education and Finance                                                               
Committees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                        Consideration of the Calendar                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                        Second Reading of Senate Bills                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 43                                                                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 43 "An Act extending the termination date of the                                                                
Big Game Commercial Services Board; and providing for an effective                                                              
date" was read the second time.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof, Cochair, moved and asked unanimous consent for                                                               
the adoption of the Finance Committee Substitute offered on page 777.                                                           
Senator Begich objected, then withdrew his objection. There being no                                                            
further objection, CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 43(FIN) "An Act                                                                       
extending the termination date of the Big Game Commercial Services                                                              
Board; relating to a person's eligibility to hold a registered guide-                                                           
outfitter license, master guide-outfitter license, class-A assistant guide                                                      
license, assistant guide license, or transporter license; and providing                                                         
for an effective date" was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
President Giessel stated CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 43(FIN) will                                                                    
advance to third reading on the April 17 calendar.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB 61                                                                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 61 "An Act relating to claims against protection                                                                
and indemnity insurance policies of vessel owners" was read the                                                                 
second time.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
President Giessel stated SENATE BILL NO. 61 will advance to third                                                               
reading on the April 17 calendar.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                

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SB 83                                                                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 83 "An Act relating to the Regulatory                                                                           
Commission of Alaska; relating to the public utility regulatory cost                                                            
charge; relating to the regulation of telecommunications; relating to                                                           
exemptions, charges, and rates applicable to telecommunications                                                                 
utilities; relating to regulation of telephone services; and relating to                                                        
alternate operator services" was read the second time.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kiehl offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Page 2, line 2:                                                                                                                 
     Delete "not"                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kiehl moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1. Senator                                                                
Costello objected.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SB 83                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 1?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  5   NAYS:  14   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Hoffman, Hughes,                                                              
Micciche, Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 1 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Costello moved and asked unanimous consent the bill be                                                                  
considered engrossed, advanced to third reading and placed on final                                                             
passage. Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 83 was read the third time.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall SENATE BILL NO. 83 "An Act relating to                                                               
the Regulatory Commission of Alaska; relating to the public utility                                                             
regulatory cost charge; relating to the regulation of                                                                           
telecommunications; relating to exemptions, charges, and rates                                                                  
applicable to telecommunications utilities; relating to regulation of                                                           
telephone services; and relating to alternate operator services" pass the                                                       
Senate?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB 83                                                                                                                           
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  17   NAYS:  2   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Gray-                                                                 
Jackson, Hoffman, Hughes, Micciche, Olson, Reinbold, Shower,                                                                    
Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Kawasaki, Kiehl                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, SENATE BILL NO. 83 passed the Senate and was referred to                                                                
the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                     Third Reading of Senate Resolutions                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                         
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 Supporting the ratification of                                                                    
the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade; encouraging                                                                 
the federal Administration to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs on                                                          
imports from Canada and Mexico; and urging the United States                                                                    
Congress and the federal Administration to call on Canada and Mexico                                                            
to remove retaliatory tariffs on all goods and services exported from                                                           
the United States, was read the third time.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved the resolution be returned to second reading                                                             
for the purpose of considering Amendment No. 1 through Amendment                                                                
No. 4. Without objection, the resolution was returned to second                                                                 
reading.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Kawasaki offered Amendment No. 1:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 1, following "trade;":                                                                                           
     Insert "urging the United States Congress to change the                                                                  
production wage rate calculation in the United States-Mexico-                                                                 
Canada Agreement from an average hourly base rate to a                                                                        
minimum hourly base rate;"                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 8, following "marketplace;":                                                                                       
     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS, under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-                                                                
Mexico-Canada Agreement, the production wage rate of $16 an hour                                                                
is calculated as an average hourly base rate, which minimizes the                                                               
potential effect of the production wage rate by allowing employers to                                                           
pay some workers much less than $16 an hour and use the pay of high                                                             
wage workers to raise the average wage rate;"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 11, following "agreement":                                                                                         
        Insert "with a change to the production wage rate calculation"                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 17, following "United States":                                                                                     
     Insert "; and be it                                                                                                        
     FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges                                                                 
the United States Congress to change the production wage rate                                                                   
calculation under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-Mexico-                                                             
Canada Agreement from an average hourly base rate to a minimum                                                                  
hourly base rate"                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 1.                                                                     
Senator Costello objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 1 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 1?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  6   NAYS:  13   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                

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Yeas:  Begich, Giessel, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Hoffman, Hughes, Micciche,                                                             
Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 1 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki offered Amendment No. 2:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 1, following "trade;":                                                                                           
     Insert "urging the United States Congress to change the                                                                  
production wage rate calculation in the United States-Mexico-                                                               
Canada Agreement to provide that the production wage rate will                                                                
be adjusted for inflation;"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 8, following "marketplace;":                                                                                       
     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS, under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-                                                                
Mexico-Canada Agreement, the production wage rate of $16 an hour                                                                
is not tied to inflation, which allows employers the option to ignore                                                           
inflation and pay workers less than the agreement intends;"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 11, following "agreement":                                                                                         
     Insert "with a change to allow adjustment of the production wage                                                           
rate for inflation"                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 17, following "United States":                                                                                     
     Insert "; and be it                                                                                                        
     FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges                                                                 
the United States Congress to change the production wage rate                                                                   
calculation under ch. 4, art. 7, n. 76 of the United States-Mexico-                                                             
Canada Agreement to provide that the production wage rate will be                                                               
adjusted for inflation"                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 2.                                                                     
Senator Costello objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 2 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 2?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  5   NAYS:  14   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Hoffman, Hughes,                                                              
Micciche, Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 2 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Amendment No. 3 was not offered.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki offered Amendment No. 4:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Page 1, line 1, following "trade;":                                                                                           
     Insert "urging the United States Congress to remove the United                                                           
States exemption from the discrimination provisions of the United                                                             
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement;"                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 8, following "marketplace;":                                                                                       
     Insert "and                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS ch. 23, art. 9, n. 13 of the United States-Mexico-                                                               
Canada Agreement needlessly exempts the United States from the                                                                  
coverage of the provision that requires the parties to the agreement to                                                         
implement policies they consider appropriate to protect workers                                                                 
against employment discrimination on the basis of sex, pregnancy,                                                               
sexual orientation, gender identity, and caregiving responsibilities, to                                                        
provide job-protected leave for birth or adoption of a child and care of                                                        
family members, and to protect against wage discrimination;"                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Page 3, line 11, following "agreement":                                                                                         
     Insert "with the removal of the United States exemption from the                                                           
discrimination provisions"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                

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Page 3, line 17, following "United States":                                                                                     
     Insert "; and be it                                                                                                        
     FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges                                                                 
the United States Congress to remove the United States exemption                                                                
from ch. 23, art. 9, n. 13 of the United States-Mexico-Canada                                                                   
Agreement"                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kawasaki moved for the adoption of Amendment No. 4.                                                                     
Senator Costello objected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall Amendment No. 4 be adopted?" The roll                                                                
was taken with the following result:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Second Reading                                                                                                                  
Amendment No. 4?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  5   NAYS:  14   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Gray-Jackson, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Olson                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Nays:  Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Hoffman, Hughes,                                                              
Micciche, Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, Amendment No. 4 failed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 was automatically in third                                                                        
reading.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The question being: "Shall SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8                                                                        
Supporting the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada                                                                  
Agreement on trade; encouraging the federal Administration to                                                                   
remove the steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada and                                                                
Mexico; and urging the United States Congress and the federal                                                                   
Administration to call on Canada and Mexico to remove retaliatory                                                               
tariffs on all goods and services exported from the United States, pass                                                         
the Senate?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                           
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                

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YEAS:  19   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Gray-                                                                 
Jackson, Hoffman, Hughes, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Micciche, Olson,                                                                     
Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 passed the Senate and                                                                     
was referred to the Secretary for engrossment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SJR 11                                                                                                                        
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11 Urging the United States                                                                         
Secretary of State to issue a Presidential permit authorizing a railroad                                                        
crossing of the Alaska-Canada border from state land into Yukon,                                                                
Canada; and supporting cooperation between the United States and                                                                
Canada to establish a public- private partnership for construction of a                                                         
railroad from Alberta, Canada, to the state that would connect the                                                              
Alaska Railroad to the North American railroad system, was before                                                               
the Senate.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Costello moved the resolution be returned to second reading                                                             
for the adoption of the Transportation Committee Substitute. Without                                                            
objection, the resolution was returned to second reading.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hughes, Chair, moved and asked unanimous consent for the                                                                
adoption of the Transportation Committee Substitute offered on                                                                  
page 778. Senator Begich objected, then withdrew his objection. There                                                           
being no further objection, CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION                                                                      
NO. 11(TRA) Urging the United States to issue a Presidential permit                                                             
authorizing a railroad crossing of the Alaska-Canada border from state                                                          
land into Yukon, Canada; and supporting cooperation between the                                                                 
United States and Canada to establish a public-private partnership for                                                          
construction of a railroad from Alberta, Canada, to the state that would                                                        
connect the Alaska Railroad to the North American railroad system,                                                              
was adopted.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11(TRA) was                                                                                  
automatically in third reading and was read the third time.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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The question being: "Shall CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION                                                                       
NO. 11(TRA) Urging the United States to issue a Presidential permit                                                             
authorizing a railroad crossing of the Alaska-Canada border from state                                                          
land into Yukon, Canada; and supporting cooperation between the                                                                 
United States and Canada to establish a public-private partnership for                                                          
construction of a railroad from Alberta, Canada, to the state that would                                                        
connect the Alaska Railroad to the North American railroad system,                                                              
pass the Senate?" The roll was taken with the following result:                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CSSJR 11(TRA)                                                                                                                   
Third Reading - Final Passage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
YEAS:  19   NAYS:  0   EXCUSED:  1   ABSENT:  0                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Yeas:  Begich, Birch, Bishop, Coghill, Costello, Giessel, Gray-                                                                 
Jackson, Hoffman, Hughes, Kawasaki, Kiehl, Micciche, Olson,                                                                     
Reinbold, Shower, Stedman, Stevens, von Imhof, Wilson                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Excused:  Wielechowski                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
and so, CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11(TRA)                                                                              
passed the Senate and was referred to the Secretary for engrossment.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                  Citations                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Alaska's 60th Anniversary of Statehood                                                                               
Senator Coghill                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Aliy Zirkle                                                                                                          
Senators Coghill, Kiehl                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Jyotsna and Steve Heckman                                                                                            
Senator Coghill                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - University of Alaska Student Government Associations                                                                 
Senators Kawasaki, Birch                                                                                                        
Representative LeDoux                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - Robert Auth                                                                                                          
Representative Claman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

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Honoring - The Legislative Affairs Agency Online Democracy Award                                                                
Winner                                                                                                                          
Representative Eastman                                                                                                          
Senator Shower                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Honoring - John Sturgeon                                                                                                        
Representatives Eastman, Rauscher                                                                                               
Senator Shower                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Dick L. Madson                                                                                                    
Senator Coghill                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Jon Thomas Lundquist                                                                                              
Senator Coghill                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Sarah Latta Carter Crawford                                                                                       
Senator Coghill                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Mildred M. Oyoumick "Iggalli"                                                                                     
Senator Olson                                                                                                                   
Representative Foster                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Lavonne Okeasik                                                                                                   
Senator Olson                                                                                                                   
Representative Foster                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Ida Ruth "Tattoovik" Nakarak                                                                                      
Senator Olson                                                                                                                   
Representative Foster                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Ellen Amaateka Baize                                                                                              
Senator Olson                                                                                                                   
Representative Foster                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Dr. Derrick Leedy                                                                                                 
Senator Olson                                                                                                                   
Representative Foster                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
In Memoriam - Benedict A. Snowball                                                                                              
Senator Olson                                                                                                                   
Representative Foster                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

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Senator Costello moved and asked unanimous consent the citations be                                                             
adopted. Without objection, the citations were adopted and referred to                                                          
the Secretary for transmittal.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                             Unfinished Business                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                  
from a call of the Senate from evening plane time, April 18 through                                                             
morning plane time, April 22. Without objection, Senator Bishop was                                                             
excused.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 95                                                                                                                         
Senators Bishop, Stevens moved and asked unanimous consent to be                                                                
shown as cosponsors on SENATE BILL NO. 95 "An Act approving                                                                     
the transfer of certain Alaska Railroad Corporation land; and                                                                   
providing for an effective date." Without objection, it was so ordered.                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Reinbold moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                
from a call of the Senate from afternoon plane time, May 21 through                                                             
evening plane time, May 26. Without objection, Senator Reinbold was                                                             
excused.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Costello moved and asked unanimous consent President                                                                    
Giessel be excused from a call of the Senate from afternoon plane                                                               
time, April 19 through evening plane time, April 21. Without                                                                    
objection, Senator Giessel was excused.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson moved and asked unanimous consent to be excused                                                                   
from a call of the Senate from morning plane time, May 3 through                                                                
evening plane time, May 6. Without objection, Senator Olson was                                                                 
excused.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gray-Jackson moved and asked unanimous consent to be                                                                    
excused from a call of the Senate from morning plane time, April 19                                                             
through evening plane time, April 21. Without objection, Senator                                                                
Gray-Jackson was excused.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                                Announcements                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Announcements are at the end of the journal.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                 Engrossment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB 83                                                                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 83 "An Act relating to the Regulatory                                                                           
Commission of Alaska; relating to the public utility regulatory cost                                                            
charge; relating to the regulation of telecommunications; relating to                                                           
exemptions, charges, and rates applicable to telecommunications                                                                 
utilities; relating to regulation of telephone services; and relating to                                                        
alternate operator services" was engrossed, signed by the President and                                                         
Secretary and transmitted to the House for consideration.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SJR 8                                                                                                                         
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 8 Supporting the ratification of                                                                    
the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade; encouraging                                                                 
the federal Administration to remove the steel and aluminum tariffs on                                                          
imports from Canada and Mexico; and urging the United States                                                                    
Congress and the federal Administration to call on Canada and Mexico                                                            
to remove retaliatory tariffs on all goods and services exported from                                                           
the United States, was engrossed, signed by the President and                                                                   
Secretary and transmitted to the House for consideration.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SJR 11                                                                                                                        
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11(TRA) Urging the                                                                           
United States to issue a Presidential permit authorizing a railroad                                                             
crossing of the Alaska-Canada border from state land into Yukon,                                                                
Canada; and supporting cooperation between the United States and                                                                
Canada to establish a public-private partnership for construction of a                                                          
railroad from Alberta, Canada, to the state that would connect the                                                              
Alaska Railroad to the North American railroad system, was                                                                      
engrossed, signed by the President and Secretary and transmitted to                                                             
the House for consideration.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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                                 Adjournment                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Costello moved and asked unanimous consent the Senate                                                                   
stand in adjournment until 11:00 a.m., April 17, 2019. Without                                                                  
objection, the Senate adjourned at 12:10 p.m.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                    Liz Clark                                                   
                                                     Secretary of the Senate                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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