23rd-30th Legislature (2003 -2018)

HOUSE
LES GARA





Representative Les Gara
District: 23
Party: Democrat

Legislative Service
2003-2018 Representative

:

Date and Place of Birth:
February 6, 1963
New York, New York

Occupation:
Attorney, writer

Spouse:
Kelly

Residency in Alaska:
Fairbanks, August 1988-August 1989;
Anchorage, August 1989 to present

Education:
Freeport High School, 1977-1981, Diploma;
Boston University, 1981-1985, B.A.;
Harvard Law School, 1985-1988, J.D

Political and Government Positions:
Law clerk for Justice Jay Rabinowitz, Alaska Supreme Court;
Assistant Attorney General.

Special Interests:
Fishing, rafting, fly-tying.

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 36 ELECTRONIC MAIL REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(S) L&C 05/21/2003
HB 41 POLITICAL PARTY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) STA 01/21/2003
HB 56 UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ATTY FEES/COSTS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
CHAPTER 169 SLA 04 07/26/2004
HB 220 INCREASE EDUCATION FUNDING REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) EDU 03/28/2003
HB 302 MAXIMUM PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO/SCHOOL BLDGS. REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) EDU 05/07/2003
HB 308 EXCHANGE PUBLIC LAND FOR STREAM BANK LAND REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) RES 04/07/2004
HB 328 SENIOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT PLAN REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) L&C 05/20/2003
HB 352 APPROP: LONGEVITY BONUS REPRESENTATIVES GUTTENBERG, BERKOWITZ, CISSNA, CRAWFORD, CROFT, GARA, GRUENBERG, JOULE, KOOKESH, KERTTULA, KAPSNER, LYNN
(H) STA 01/12/2004
HB 359 INTRAMILITARY IMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES GARA, BERKOWITZ, CRAWFORD
(H) MLV 01/12/2004
HB 367 LICENSING ADULT-ORIENTED BUSINESSES REPRESENTATIVES MCGUIRE, GARA
(S) FIN 05/07/2004
HB 370 NATURAL GAS: MUNI LAW;ACCESS;WATER SUPPLY REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) O&G 01/12/2004
HB 371 HIGH SCHOOL QUALIFYING EXAM & DIPLOMAS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) EDU 01/12/2004
HB 372 REQUIRE AN ADVISORY VOTE ON TAXES REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) STA 01/12/2004
HB 441 MODIFICATION OF OIL SEVERANCE TAX REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) W&M 02/16/2004
HB 477 FOUNDATION FORMULA INFLATION ADJUSTMENT REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) EDU 02/16/2004
HJR 40 DON'T AMEND BILL REPLACING INITIATIVE REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) STA 02/16/2004
HSCR 1 DISAPPROVING EXECUTIVE ORDER 107 REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) RES 03/28/2003



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 1 STALKING & PROTECTIVE ORDERS REPRESENTATIVES HEINZE, CRAWFORD
CHAPTER 87 SLA 03 06/13/2003
HB 2 CIVIL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS/SEX OFFENSES REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 40 SLA 03 06/05/2003
HB 5 INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION BY CREDIT RATING REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) L&C 04/16/2003
HB 8 TELEMARKETERS PHONE LISTS/REGISTRATION REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) STA 01/21/2003
HB 10 GROUP HEALTH INS: PRIVATE GROUPS/PERSONS REPRESENTATIVES HEINZE, ROKEBERG
CHAPTER 54 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 12 HARASSMENT BY ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 13 SLA 03 05/01/2003
HB 14 PERMANENT FUND ALLOWABLE ABSENCES REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 116 SLA 03 06/18/2003
HB 15 SOLICITATIONS/CONSUMER PROTECTION REPRESENTATIVE FATE
CHAPTER 55 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 20 REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS REPRESENTATIVE STEVENS
(H) RLS 03/07/2003
HB 21 MEDICAID FOR BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER REPRESENTATIVES KERTTULA, KAPSNER, CISSNA
(H) FIN 02/26/2003
HB 23 RESTITUTION FOR CRIME VICTIMS REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
CHAPTER 26 SLA 03 05/28/2003
HB 25 HEALTH CARE SERVICES DIRECTIVES REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
CHAPTER 83 SLA 04 06/25/2004
HB 42 PUPIL\TEACHER RATIO IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
(H) EDU 01/21/2003
HB 51 LABELING OF PRESCRIBED DRUGS REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
CHAPTER 123 SLA 04 06/29/2004
HB 59 CLEANUP OF ILLEGAL DRUG SITES REPRESENTATIVE HOLM
CHAPTER 142 SLA 03 07/16/2003
HB 63 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE VACANCY REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
(H) STA 01/24/2003
HB 64 PURCHASE OF STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER
CHAPTER 21 SLA 03 05/14/2003
HB 68 OFFICE OF VICTIMS' RIGHTS: INCLUDE MUNIS REPRESENTATIVE SAMUELS BY REQUEST
CHAPTER 6 SLA 03 04/11/2003
HB 82 LIMITATIONS ON COMMERCIAL ELECTRONIC MAIL REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 14 SLA 03 05/01/2003
HB 83 REVISED UNIFORM ARBITRATION ACT REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
CHAPTER 170 SLA 04 07/26/2004
HB 84 ALASKA HISTORY CURRICULUM REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
(S) HES 05/10/2004
HB 85 CREDIT REPORTS REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) RLS 02/21/2003
HB 91 RETIRED PEACE OFFICER'S MEDICAL BENEFITS REPRESENTATIVE ANDERSON
(S) FIN 05/05/2004
HB 103 CRIME VICTIMS' COMP.:SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
(H) JUD 02/14/2003
HB 115 EXTEND ALASKA MINERALS COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
(H) FIN 03/07/2003
HB 118 TRANSPORTATION OF COMMERCIAL FISH REPRESENTATIVE SEATON BY REQUEST OF SALMON INDUSTRY TASK FORCE
CHAPTER 112 SLA 03 06/16/2003
HB 139 CLOSING CERTAIN LAND TO MINERAL ENTRY REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 8 SLA 03 04/16/2003
HB 178 INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) HES 03/07/2003
HB 180 VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) MLV 03/10/2003
HB 181 STATE VETERANS' HOME REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) MLV 03/10/2003
HB 182 APPROP: STATE VETERANS' HOME REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) MLV 03/10/2003
HB 190 TOBACCO TAXATION; LICENSING REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) CRA 03/12/2003
HB 196 CARBON SEQUESTRATION REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
CHAPTER 152 SLA 04 07/03/2004
HB 200 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL & LB&A MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
(H) STA 03/19/2003
HB 205 PFD: PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS & MISC REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
(S) JUD 05/15/2003
HB 206 COMMEMORATIVE VETERANS LICENSE PLATE REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) MLV 03/19/2003
HB 211 NURSE EDUC LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
(S) FIN 05/16/2003
HB 213 PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
CHAPTER 165 SLA 04 07/26/2004
HB 222 FOUNDATION FORMULA INFLATION ADJUSTMENT REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
(H) EDU 03/28/2003
HB 226 ORGANIC FOOD REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
CHAPTER 64 SLA 03 06/11/2003
HB 228 STATE EMPLOYEES CALLED TO MILITARY DUTY REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
(H) FIN 05/14/2003
HB 233 INCREASE EDUCATION FUNDING REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
CHAPTER 58 SLA 04 06/15/2004
HB 234 BREWPUBS; ABC BOARD REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 127 SLA 03 06/28/2003
HB 237 INTRODUCTION OF BILLS REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) STA 04/02/2003
HB 254 ASSESS NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS REQUIRED REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
(H) STA 04/09/2003
HB 260 IMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING FREE HEALTH CARE REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
CHAPTER 56 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 267 AK RAILROAD BONDS FOR NAT.GAS TRANSPORT REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING
CHAPTER 71 SLA 03 06/11/2003
HB 303 USE CRIMINAL FINES FOR YOUTH COURTS REPRESENTATIVE OGG
(H) FIN 05/13/2003
HB 304 JACK COGHILL BRIDGE TO THE INTERIOR REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
CHAPTER 7 SLA 04 03/15/2004
HB 309 CRIMES: NONINDIGENOUS FISH ; SENTENCING REPRESENTATIVE WOLF
CHAPTER 125 SLA 04 06/29/2004
HB 310 DAMAGES RECOVERED BY POLICE/FIREFIGHTER REPRESENTATIVE MCGUIRE
(H) STA 05/08/2003
HB 332 UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS REPRESENTATIVES CRAWFORD, GUTTENBERG
(H) L&C 01/12/2004
HB 339 TRADE PRACTICES: FREE TRIAL/OPT-OUT PLANS REPRESENTATIVE MEYER
CHAPTER 57 SLA 04 06/14/2004
HB 347 EXEMPT TAXIS FROM VEHICLE RENTAL TAX REPRESENTATIVE KOTT
CHAPTER 29 SLA 04 05/07/2004
HB 351 CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTION DEVICES REPRESENTATIVES GATTO, GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 60 SLA 04 06/15/2004
HB 353 JURY DUTY EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN TEACHERS REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
CHAPTER 104 SLA 04 06/28/2004
HB 355 GIFTS TO BUILD A STATE VETERANS HOME REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) MLV 01/12/2004
HB 361 APPROP: CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION GRANTS REPRESENTATIVES CROFT, ANDERSON
(H) EDU 01/12/2004
HB 365 HIGH SCHOOL COMPETENCY EXAMS/DIPLOMAS REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) EDU 02/16/2004
HB 379 OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATIVE WEYHRAUCH
CHAPTER 167 SLA 04 07/26/2004
HB 398 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW TEAM REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM
CHAPTER 19 SLA 04 04/21/2004
HB 425 SCHOOL FUNDS RELATED TO BOARDING SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVE COGHILL
(S) FIN 05/01/2004
HB 448 LOBBYIST/CAMPAIGN CONTRIB/LEG DISCLOSURE REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) STA 02/09/2004
HB 454 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS REPRESENTATIVE BERKOWITZ
(H) JUD 02/16/2004
HB 457 DIFFERENTIATED HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS REPRESENTATIVE WILSON
(H) EDU 02/16/2004
HB 459 ELECTRONIC/OPTICAL SCAN VOTING MACHINES REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
CHAPTER 154 SLA 04 07/03/2004
HB 512 HYDROGEN ENERGY RESEARCH PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(S) FIN 05/05/2004
HCR 5 LEGIS. TASK FORCE ON DESIGN OF STATE SEAL REPRESENTATIVE JOULE
(S) FIN 03/12/2004
HCR 15 AMENDING UNIFORM RULES 37 AND 44 REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
(H) STA 04/02/2003
HCR 19 ALASKA HISTORY CURRICULUM REPRESENTATIVE KAPSNER
(H) EDU 05/16/2003
HCR 21 ALASKA ENERGY POLICY TASK FORCE REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS
LEGIS RESOLVE 24 06/05/2003
HCR 25 ALASKA WILD SALMON WEEK REPRESENTATIVE WOLF
(S) RES 03/31/2004
HJR 11 CONST. AM: OPEN MEETINGS FOR LEGISLATURE REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) STA 02/21/2003
HJR 14 NATIONAL WHEELCHAIR GAMES REPRESENTATIVE CROFT
LEGIS RESOLVE 26 07/15/2003
HJR 18 SUPPORTING U.S. ARMED FORCES REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
LEGIS RESOLVE 8 04/24/2003
HJR 22 PATRIOT ACT AND DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG
LEGIS RESOLVE 27 07/15/2003
HJR 30 ELIMINATE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSET REPRESENTATIVE GATTO
LEGIS RESOLVE 42 05/04/2004
HJR 32 LABELING OF FISH & FISH PRODUCTS REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
LEGIS RESOLVE 38 04/01/2004
HJR 35 MAD COW DISEASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELS REPRESENTATIVE KERTTULA
LEGIS RESOLVE 54 07/26/2004
HJR 42 EXXON VALDEZ DAMAGE CLAIMS REPRESENTATIVE CRAWFORD
(H) RES 02/16/2004
SB 25 TEACHERS' & NURSES HOUSING/ AHFC LOANS SENATOR WILKEN
CHAPTER 126 SLA 03 06/18/2003
SB 53 REVOKE DRIVER'S LIC. FOR FATAL ACCIDENT SENATOR OGAN
CHAPTER 89 SLA 03 06/13/2003
SB 85 REPEAT SERIOUS SEX OFFENSES/VICTIM COMP. SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 90 SLA 03 06/13/2003
SB 146 COMMEMORATIVE VETERANS LICENSE PLATE SENATOR GUESS
CHAPTER 68 SLA 03 06/11/2003
SB 177 PERS/TRS COLA FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY SENATOR STEVENS B
CHAPTER 70 SLA 03 06/11/2003
SB 198 DAMAGES RECOVERED BY POLICE/FIREFIGHTER SENATOR SEEKINS
CHAPTER 146 SLA 03 07/16/2003
SB 217 GENETIC PRIVACY SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 176 SLA 04 07/26/2004
SB 349 MIDWIFERY BIRTH CENTER LICENSING SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 118 SLA 04 06/29/2004