The State of Alaska on Friday released a list of bills prefiled in the House and Senate prior to the opening of the Legislative session on Jan. 17. Included among them are a bill providing against "corporate personhood"; creating new guidelines for certain substances as controlled; a promised bill rewriting a contentious texting-while-driving ban currently on the books; and a bill requiring suicide awareness and prevention training to certain school personnel.
So what are some of the items your Representatives and Senators working on for this year? Check out the list below.
Prefiled House Bills
Number, sponsor: Purpose
HB 243, Rep. Scott Kawasaki: Prohibiting certain automated telephone solicitations.
HB 244 Rep. Kawasaki: Providing that for-profit corporations and limited liability companies organized in the state are not persons for purpose of influencing the outcomes of public office elections, initiatives, referendums or recalls.
HB 245, Rep. Mike Hawker: Establishing a snow classic as an authorized form of charitable gaming.
HB 246, Rep. Bill Thomas: Naming certain bridges.
HB 247, Rep. Bob Lynn: Establishing July 30 each year as Alaska National Guard Day.
HB 248, Rep. Alan Dick: Naming the Al Wright Airport at Minto.
HB 249, Rep. Dick: Naming the Koyukuk Station Veterans' Airport at Koyukuk.
HB 250, Rep. Thomas: Relating to the renewable energy grant fund and recommendation program; and providing for an effective date.
HB 251, Rep. Dick: Relating to the Board of Veterinary Examiners and the practice of veterinary medicine.
HB 252, Rep. Mia Costello: Exempting certain small businesses from the corporate income tax; and providing for an effective date.
HB 253, Rep. Bill Stoltze: Classifying certain substances as schedule IIA controlled substances; and providing for an effective date.
HB 254, Rep. Dick: Establishing the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council and relating to the preservation, restoration and revitalization of Alaska Native languages.
HB 255, Reps. Thomas, Les Gara: Prohibiting a driver from reading or typing a text message or other nonvoice message or communication on a cell phone, computer or personal data assistant while driving a motor vehicle.
HB 256, Rep. Dick: Repealing provisions relating to the power and duties of the state education department to intervene in a school district to improve instructional practices.
HB 257, Rep. Beth Kerttula: Relating to time limitations on applications for compensation to victims of crime by the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.
Prefiled Senate Bills
SB 134, Sen. Albert Kookesh: Relating to child support awards; and repealing rule 90.3, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure
SB 135, Sen. Hollis French: Relating to rights of crime victims; and amending rule 45, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure.
SB 136, Sen. Bill Wielechowski: Providing tax credit for employing an Alaska veteran, that may be taken against a liability for the tax on corporation income; and providing for an effective date.
SB 137, Sen. Bettye Davis: Requiring suicide awareness and prevention training for certain school personnel.
SB 138, Sens. Wielechowski, Davis, Dennis Egan, Johnny Ellis: Relating to inclusion of charges of a vendor of goods or services on the bills of certain telecommunications carriers; and adding an unlawful act to the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.
SB 139, Sen. Davis: Increasing the base student allocation for public schools; and providing for an effective date.
SB 140, Sens. Kevin Meyer, Cathy Giessel, Donny Olson: Classifying certain substances as schedule IIA controlled substances; and providing for an effective date.
SB 141, Sens. Ellis, Wielechowski, Davis, Tom Wagoner: Creating the Alaska pension trust reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.
SB 142, Sens. Ellis, Wielechowski, Davis, Wagoner: Making appropriations from the constitutional budget reserve fund, under Article IX, Section 17(c) of the Constitution of the State of Alaska, to the Alaska permanent fund and Alaska pension trust reserve fund; and providing for an effective date.
SB 143, Sen. Giessel by request: Relating to the Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors and to the department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
SB 144, Sens. Giessel, Olson: Temporarily reinstating the child and health immunization program in the Department of Health and Social Services; and providing for an effective date.
SB 145, Sens. Wagoner, John Coghill: Providing for a credit against the oil and gas production tax for costs incurred in drilling certain oil or natural gas exploration wells in the Nenana Basin.
SB 146, Sen. Giessel: Establishing a snow classic as an authorized form of charitable gaming.
SB 147, Sen. Kookesh: Relating to an Alaska Water and Sewer Task Force; and providing an effective date.
Prefiled Senate Resolution
SJR 10, Sen. Wielechowski: Proposing an amendment to the constitution relating to deposits to the constitutional budget reserve fund from surplus oil revenue.