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2023-02-27 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2023-02-27 House Journal Page 0275 HB 85 HOUSE BILL NO. 85 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to professional licensing; relating to temporary licenses for some professions; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Labor & Commerce and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 23 follows: "Dear Speaker Tilton: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to temporary professional licensing. 2023-02-27 House Journal Page 0276 This bill would expedite and streamline professional licensing by creating a new "temporary license" designation under AS 08.01. The bill would repeal most temporary license types (e.g., courtesy licenses, temporary courtesy licenses, temporary permits, etc.) that can be found across the professional licensing statutes and replace them with the universal temporary license, which would be administered by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The bill would allow the department to grant temporary licenses using standard criteria to reduce board work and provide consistency to the process. The universal temporary licensing provisions would not apply to all professions. The bill creates exceptions for professions that are unique to Alaska, such as big game guides and marine pilots. Additionally, the new provisions would not change the temporary military courtesy licenses available to United States Armed Forces service members and their spouses. However, the temporary military courtesy license statute is amended slightly to avoid confusion over the term "temporary license." Finally, a number of changes would be made to conform the Alaska Statutes to the changes proposed under AS 08.01. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Mike Dunleavy Governor"