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04/13/2012 09:00 AM FINANCE

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 24                                                                                           
     Establishing   the   Alaska   Legislative   Celebration                                                                    
     Commission to organize events  to commemorate the 100th                                                                    
     anniversary of  the first convening of  the legislative                                                                    
     branch of government in Alaska.                                                                                            
TIM  LAMKIN,  STAFF,  SENATOR   GARY  STEVENS,  presented  a                                                                    
PowerPoint,  "SCR 24:  The  100-Year Commission  Celebrating                                                                    
the Alaska  Legislature" (copy on  file). He stated  that on                                                                    
March 3, 1913, the first  convening of the first legislature                                                                    
of Alaska occurred.                                                                                                             
Mr.  Lamkin displayed  slide 1.  The photo  was of  downtown                                                                    
Juneau taken  in 1905. He  remarked that Juneau  was densely                                                                    
crowded,  with not  much  useable land.  He  stated that  in                                                                    
1911,  the United  States Congress  authorized the  funds to                                                                    
build  a  capitol  building  for  use  by  the  legislature.                                                                    
Because of World  War I and land  shortage, the construction                                                                    
of  the Capitol  was stalled  for  16 years.  For the  first                                                                    
sixteen  years,  the legislature  met  in  various halls  in                                                                    
downtown Juneau.                                                                                                                
Mr. Lamkin displayed  slide 2, and explained  that the photo                                                                    
was taken in September, 1929.  The building in the photo was                                                                    
the former governor's  office, and it was torn  down to make                                                                    
room for the new Capitol.                                                                                                       
Mr.  Lamkin discussed  slide 3.  The photo  was of  the same                                                                    
site as  the former governor's office,  facing the Gastineau                                                                    
Channel. He  pointed out the  car on  the right side  of the                                                                    
photograph,  and  stated  that   this  photo  was  from  the                                                                    
beginning of the Capitol construction in 1929.                                                                                  
Mr.   Lamkin   displayed   slide  4.   He   explained   that                                                                    
approximately  a   year  and  a   half  after   the  Capitol                                                                    
construction  began  the  building   was  dedicated  as  the                                                                    
"Territory and Federal Building."                                                                                               
Mr. Lamkin discussed slide 5,  and stated that the photo was                                                                    
of  the Alaska  House of  Representatives from  1913 in  the                                                                    
Juneau  Elks  Hall.  He  remarked that  the  Elks  Hall  was                                                                    
originally three  floors. It was his  understanding that the                                                                    
Senate met  on one floor,  and the House  of Representatives                                                                    
met on another floor.                                                                                                           
Mr.   Lamkin   displayed   slide    6,   "First   House   of                                                                    
Representatives Committee Structure."  There were originally                                                                    
15 standing committees,  with 16 members that sat  on all of                                                                    
the committees:                                                                                                                 
     1.   Banks   and   Banking,   Corporations   (including                                                                    
     2. Committee on Committees                                                                                                 
    3. Education, Public Health, Quarantine, and Morals                                                                         
     4. Elections, Election Laws, and Mileage                                                                                   
     5. Engrossment and Enrollment                                                                                              
     6. Fisheries, Fish, Game, and Agriculture                                                                                  
     7. Judiciary and Federal Relations                                                                                         
     8. Labor, Capital, and Immigration                                                                                         
     9. Mining and Manufacturing                                                                                                
     10. Printing                                                                                                               
     11. Roads and Highways                                                                                                     
     12. Rules                                                                                                                  
     13. Territorial Institutions                                                                                               
     14. Transportation, Commerce, and Navigation                                                                               
     15. Ways and Means and Contingent Expenses                                                                                 
Mr. Lamkin stated  that he did not believe that  there was a                                                                    
Revenue-type   committee   at   that   time,   because   the                                                                    
legislature  had very  limited powers.  Every item  that the                                                                    
legislature examined  and determined  needed to  be approved                                                                    
by congress.                                                                                                                    
Mr. Lamkin  discussed slide  7, "A  Sampling of  the Session                                                                    
Laws  of  1913." He  explained  that  the first  legislature                                                                    
passed  84  bills  and  111   resolutions  in  60  days.  He                                                                    
highlighted  some   of  the  laws.  He   remarked  that  the                                                                    
legislature passed a  law allowing women the  right to vote,                                                                    
several  years before  congress.  He pointed  out five  more                                                                    
notable laws  that were passed  in the first  legislature of                                                                    
     - "An  Act to  Prevent the Desecration  of the  Flag of                                                                    
     U.S., and  to Provide Punishment For  Carrying Flags in                                                                    
     Public  Parades or  Flying  Them  From Buildings  Under                                                                    
     Certain Conditions"                                                                                                        
     - "An  Act to Require  Hotels and Lodging Houses  to be                                                                    
     Provided   With   Fire   Escapes,  Ropes,   and   Other                                                                    
     - "An Act to Prevent  Employees from Being Oppressed by                                                                    
     Reason of  an Employer  Compelling Them  to Board  at a                                                                    
     Particular  Boarding House,  or  to  Purchase Goods  or                                                                    
     Supplies at a Particular Store."                                                                                           
     - "An Act to Establish  Juvenile Courts, to Provide For                                                                    
     the  Care   of  Dependent   Children,  and   to  Create                                                                    
     Childrens' Guardians in Alaska…"                                                                                           
     - "An Act  to Prevent the Spread  of Contagious Disease                                                                    
     Among Livestock"                                                                                                           
Mr. Lamkin  discussed slide 8,  "A Sampling of  Session Laws                                                                    
of 1913." He discussed six more  laws of note from the first                                                                    
legislature of Alaska:                                                                                                          
     - "An  Act to Provide  For the Registration  of Persons                                                                    
     Employed  to Advocate  or Oppose  Legislative Measures,                                                                    
     and  to  Regulate  the  Method   of  Such  Advocacy  or                                                                    
     - "An  Act to Provide  For the Compulsory  Education of                                                                    
     the Children of Alaska…"                                                                                                   
     -  "An  Act  to  Fix the  Liability  of  Employers  For                                                                    
     Personal Injuries Sustained by Their Employees"                                                                            
     - "An  Act Prohibiting  the Casting of  Sawdust, Planer                                                                    
     Shavings,  and Other  Lumber Waste  Into the  Waters of                                                                    
     - "An Act to Provide Punishment For Pimps or Macques"                                                                      
     -  "An  Act  to  Create a  Board  of  Commissioners  to                                                                    
     Provide  For a  Home for  Aged Prospectors  in Interior                                                                    
Co-Chair Thomas wondered  if the Flag Act  had been repealed                                                                    
since the first Alaska legislature.  He remarked that he had                                                                    
recently visited  the Treadwell Ice Arena,  and noticed that                                                                    
the U.S.  flag was level with  the Canadian flag. He  made a                                                                    
complaint with  an employee at  the Ice Arena, and  was told                                                                    
that they  receive that  complaint many  times. He  told the                                                                    
employee  that veterans  would be  "very upset"  to see  the                                                                    
U.S.  flag flying  equal to  a foreign  country's flag.  Mr.                                                                    
Lamkin replied  that he assumed  that the flag act  had been                                                                    
amended, but was not sure.                                                                                                      
Mr.  Lamkin looked  at slide  9, which  was a  photo of  the                                                                    
first territorial  senate in  1913, in  what he  assumed was                                                                    
the second floor of the  Elks Hall. Elwood Brunner, pictured                                                                    
in the front and left-hand side  of the photo, was the first                                                                    
president  pro-tem  of  the Alaska  State  Senate.  He  also                                                                    
served as the Rules Committee Chairman.                                                                                         
9:23:14 AM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Stoltze  requested a description and  intent of the                                                                    
fiscal note  attached to the  bill. Mr. Lamkin  replied that                                                                    
the purpose of the fiscal  note was to allow the legislature                                                                    
some  flexibility   in  spending   on  the   project.  Other                                                                    
organizations  were  contacted  to  determine  a  reasonable                                                                    
figure,  in  order  to  shape   the  logistics  of  bringing                                                                    
legislators  and  state  officials  from  around  the  state                                                                    
together for the celebration.                                                                                                   
Co-Chair Stoltze  surmised that the  geographical references                                                                    
were intended for the purpose  of estimated the fiscal note.                                                                    
Mr. Lamkin agreed.                                                                                                              
Co-Chair  Stoltze hoped  to not  spend the  amount of  money                                                                    
represented in  the fiscal note.  He thought it should  be a                                                                    
community    based   celebration,    like   the    statehood                                                                    
celebration. Mr. Lamkin agreed.                                                                                                 
Representative  Doogan felt  the focus  should really  about                                                                    
the whole history  of Alaska, and not  just the legislature.                                                                    
He  read part  of the  bills  that passed  during the  first                                                                    
Alaska legislature, and related a personal story.                                                                               
9:29:41 AM                                                                                                                    
STEPHEN HAYCOX,  PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), testified  in support of SCR
24. He felt  that it was important for  education in Alaska.                                                                    
Before  the  legislature  was  held   in  1913,  Alaska  was                                                                    
effectively  ruled  by   the  "federal  bureaucracy."  James                                                                    
Wickersham, who  supported the  formation of  a legislature,                                                                    
was  very  committed  to  the idea  of  "government  by  the                                                                    
consent of the governed." He  remarked that the formation of                                                                    
the first  legislature was an important  step towards Alaska                                                                    
Representative Edgmon  stated that Professor Haycox  was his                                                                    
history teacher in 1984.                                                                                                        
9:33:35 AM                                                                                                                    
TERRENCE COLE,  PROFESSOR OF  HISTORY, UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), testified  in support of SCR
24. He  stated that  James Wickersham stopped  the territory                                                                    
from being  ruled by Washington  D.C. He remarked  that this                                                                    
resolution was  not party-based,  but merely a  narrow focus                                                                    
on  a  part  of  state  history education.  He  felt  it  is                                                                    
important to  remind Alaskans of  this particular  aspect of                                                                    
Alaska history.                                                                                                                 
Co-Chair Stoltze appreciated Terrence Cole's publications.                                                                      
Representative Doogan related another personal story.                                                                           
Co-Chair Stoltze closed the public testimony.                                                                                   
Representative Neuman  recalled that there was  $25,000 left                                                                    
over from the Alaska  Statehood Celebration. He thought that                                                                    
that  money  may  have  been  placed  in  an  endowment.  He                                                                    
wondered if that money could be used toward SCR 24.                                                                             
Representative Guttenberg  hoped that the archives  from the                                                                    
celebration   of  the   100th  anniversary   of  the   first                                                                    
legislature   would   be   easily  accessible   for   future                                                                    
9:40:36 AM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Thomas MOVED  to report  SCR 24  out of  committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
SCR  24 was  REPORTED  out  of committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation and  with previously published  fiscal impact                                                                    
note: FN1 (LEG).                                                                                                                
9:41:03 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
9:45:16 AM                                                                                                                    

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SB 91_Sponsor Statement.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 91
SB 91 SWLogsheet_2012.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 91
SB 91 2012 Freshwater Charter Logbook.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 91
SB 91 2010 Participation Effort and Harvest in the Sport Fish Business-Guide Licensing and Logbook Programs.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 91
SB 182 Sectional Analysis.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 182
SB 182 Letter on Education Funding (3).pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 182
SB 182 Letter on Education Funding (3).pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 182
SB 182 Letter of Intent.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 182
Changes to CSSB 182.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 182
SB 83 sponsor statement.docx HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 83
SB 83 support documents-1.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 83
State_Profile_2011_AK.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 83
SB19 CS WORKDRAFT 27-LS0157-I 4.13.12.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 19
SB160 DRAFT#s_HCS CSSB 160_FIN_.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 160
SB23 CS WORKDRAFT 27-LS0252-XX.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 23
SB23 HCS FIN EXPLANATION.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 23
SB23 AMENDMENT 1- XX version.pdf HFIN 4/13/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 23