Legislature(2001 - 2002)
02/22/2002 10:40 AM RLS
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE February 22, 2002 10:40 a.m. MEMBERS PRESENT Senator Randy Phillips, Chair Senator Rick Halford Senator Gene Therriault Senator Johnny Ellis MEMBERS ABSENT Senator John Cowdery, Vice Chair COMMITTEE CALENDAR SENATE BILL NO. 242 "An Act relating to concealed handgun permittees." APPROVED FOR CALENDARING SENATE BILL NO. 260 "An Act relating to historic and antique motor vehicles; and providing for an effective date." APPROVED FOR CALENDARING SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 31 Urging the United States Congress to permit the use of tax exempt bonds to fund loans for veterans who served after 1976. APPROVED FOR CALENDARING SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 22 Relating to declaring March 2002 as Sobriety Awareness Month. APPROVED FOR CALENDARING SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 23 Relating to declaring April 6, 2002, as Alaska Tartan Day. APPROVED FOR CALENDARING SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 27 Authorizing a recess by the Senate for a period of more than three days. APPROVED FOR CALENDARING PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION SB 242 - See Judiciary minutes dated 2/11/02. SB 260 - See Transportation minutes dated 2/19/02. SJR 31 - See State Affairs minutes dated 2/7/02 and 2/12/02. SCR 22 - See State Affairs minutes dated 2/7/02 and 2/14/02. SCR 23 - See State Affairs minutes dated 2/19/02. WITNESS REGISTER Mr. Darrell Thomas Senate Judiciary Committee Staff Alaska State Capitol Juneau, AK 99801-1182 POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions about SB 242. Ms. Jennifer Yuhas Staff to Representative Beverly Masek Alaska State Capitol Juneau, AK 99801-1182 POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions about SB 242. ACTION NARRATIVE TAPE 02-2, SIDE A Number 001 CHAIRMAN RANDY PHILLIPS called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order at 10:40 a.m. Present were Senators Halford, Ellis and Phillips. Chairman Phillips announced that a Senate Rules Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25. The committee first took up SB 242. SENATOR HALFORD moved to calendar SB 242-CONCEALED HANDGUN PERMITTEES. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS asked if any states do not require fingerprint- based criminal record checks. MR. DARRYL THOMAS, staff to Senator Taylor, sponsor of SB 242, said some states do not. SENATOR THERRIAULT arrived. MS. JENNIFER YUHAS, staff to Representative Masek, informed the committee that three states do not require fingerprinting for criminal record checks, however they do require extensive background checks. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has testified that it is satisfied with the background checks. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS took a hand count of those in favor of calendaring SB 242 and announced that the motion carried, 4 to 0. SENATOR HALFORD moved to calendar SB 260-HISTORIC/ANTIQUE MOTOR VEHICLES at the Chair's discretion. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS asked for questions or amendments. There being none, he took a hand count and announced the motion to calendar SB 260 carried with a 4 to 0 vote. SENATOR HALFORD moved to calendar SJR 31-TAX EXEMPT BONDS TO FUND VETERANS LOANS at the Chairman's discretion. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS announced that a staff member from Senator Ward's office was available to answer questions. There being none, he announced that the motion carried with a 4 to 0 vote. SENATOR HALFORD moved to calendar SCR 23-ALASKA TARTAN DAY at the Chairman's discretion. SENATOR ELLIS asked why a sponsor introduces this resolution every year. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS said he does not believe this subject should be made a permanent part of the law. He said that former Senator Parnell originally introduced this resolution. Since Senator Parnell retired, he was asked because Eagle River hosts the highland Scottish games every mid-July. SENATOR ELLIS asked if the requesting group would be satisfied with a citation honoring their deeds. He pointed out there is an expense associated with passing resolutions. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS responded that the group wanted Alaska Tartan Day established in statute but he has resisted that. He then announced with a 4 to 0 vote, SCR 23 would be calendared. SENATOR HALFORD moved to calendar SCR 27-RECESS OF THE LEGISLATURE: LATE MARCH at the Chair's discretion. CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS announced that with a 4 to 0 vote, SCR 27 would be calendared. There being no further business to come before the committee, CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS adjourned the meeting at 10:48 a.m.