Legislature(1993 - 1994)
1994-03-09 House JournalFull Journal pdf
1994-03-09 House Journal Page 2689 HB 526 HOUSE BILL NO. 526 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain information in vehicle records; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs and Finance Committees. The following fiscal notes apply: Fiscal note, Dept. of Public Safety, 3/9/94 Zero fiscal notes (2), Dept. of Administration, 3/9/94 Zero fiscal note, Dept. of Law, 3/9/94 The Governor's transmittal letter, dated March 9, 1994, appears below: 1994-03-09 House Journal Page 2690 HB 526 "Dear Speaker Barnes: Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill that generally makes confidential the addresses and telephone numbers of persons identified in registration records, titles, and documents maintained by the division of motor vehicles (DMV), Department of Public Safety. This information has been used by criminals to learn the residence address of a victim. Making this information generally confidential will help protect the public. California passed nearly identical legislation after vehicle registration information was used in the notorious stalking murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in Los Angeles. Here in Alaska, a convicted murderer used DMV license plate information last year to identify the addresses of senior employees of a business before robbing them at gunpoint. As it stands now, if the public, including a person planning a crime, knows the license plate of a particular car, DMV must release the name, address and telephone number of the car owner as a public record. In order to protect the public -- and in keeping with Alaska's tradition of protecting the privacy of its citizens -- the attached bill amends AS28.05.061 to make the addresses and telephone numbers contained in DMV records confidential unless the requestor has a legitimate interest in the information, as determined under regulations adopted by the Department of Public Safety. I urge your favorable action on this bill. Sincerely, /s/ Walter J. Hickel Governor"