Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/22/2002 10:40 AM RLS

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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.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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