Legislature(1999 - 2000)

05/06/1999 01:18 PM RLS

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                SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                          
                     May 6, 1999                                                                                                
                      1:18 p.m.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Tim Kelly, Chair                                                                                                        
Senator Loren Leman, Vice Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Mike Miller                                                                                                             
Senator Drue Pearce                                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24                                                                                                  
Relating to the Kosovo conflict and to Alaskans serving in the                                                                  
military forces in the area of the conflict.                                                                                    
     -MOVED ALL VERSIONS OF SJR 24 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 109(RES) am                                                                                               
"An Act relating to management of fish and game in Glacier Bay                                                                  
National Park and Preserve and navigable waters."                                                                               
     -MOVED CSHB 109(RES)am OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 130                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to immunity for sale or transfer of a firearm;                                                                 
relating to administrative functions performed by and fees charged                                                              
by the Department of Public Safety for transfer of a firearm."                                                                  
     -MOVED ALL VERSIONS OF SB 130 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SJR 24 - See State Affairs minutes dated 5/4/99.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 109 - See Resources minutes dated 5/5/99.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB 130 - See Finance report dated 5/6/99.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 99-8, SIDE A                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN KELLY called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order                                                               
at 1:18 p.m.  Senators Kelly, Miller, Leman and Ellis were present.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to calendar SJR 24-KOSOVO CONFLICT.  There                                                                  
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to calendar CSHB 109(RES)am-GLACIER BAY                                                                     
NATIONAL PARK.  There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN KELLY noted the arrival of Senator Pearce.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to calendar SB 130-FEES/IMMUNITY SALE/TRANSFER                                                              
OF FIREARMS.  SENATOR ELLIS objected for the purpose of an                                                                      
explanation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN explained that according to testimony before the                                                                  
Senate Finance Committee, federal regulations allow a local police                                                              
chief or other designated person to sign a form for the transfer of                                                             
certain firearms.  Approximately 50 transfers per year are expected                                                             
to take place; the transfers tend to be firearms sold as collectors                                                             
items.  Many police chiefs are not signing the transfer forms                                                                   
because of concerns about liability.  SB 130 allows those                                                                       
designated to collect a fee for the transfer for the purpose of                                                                 
performing a criminal background check.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS asked what level of immunity is granted in SB 130.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN stated he thinks the designees would continue to be                                                               
liable for gross negligence, and that he would expect that no                                                                   
official would want to sign the transfer form without at least                                                                  
conducting a criminal background check.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS removed his objection.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN KELLY announced without objection, SB 130 would be                                                                     
calendared.  He then adjourned the meeting.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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