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Senate bills: Higher oil taxes, constitutional amendments

The Senate prefiled bills from Friday, Jan. 10 include a major rewrite of Alaska’s oil taxes, to increase the taxation on the largest fields on the North Slope. The list of bills filed by senators on Friday:

SB 128, sponsored by Mia Costello: Requiring legislative approval for certain state charges, rentals, and fees related to aviation. Details here.

SB 129, sponsored by Bill Wielechowski: Relating to the oil and gas production tax; relating to credits against the oil and gas production tax; relating to payments of the oil and gas production tax; relating to lease expenditures and adjustments to lease expenditures; making public certain information related to the oil and gas production tax; relating to the Department of Revenue; and providing for an effective date. This bill is similar to the oil tax voter initiative called “Our Fair Share,” and has a slim chance of passage, but shows that the Our Fair Share initiative is not as simple as it’s made out to be, a case made by the Attorney General’s opinion on the initiative language. Details here.

SB 130, sponsored by Gary Stevens: Relating to a seafood product development tax credit; repealing secs. 32 and 35, ch. 61, SLA 2014. Adds pollock and cod to the list of seafood covered by this tax. Details here.

SB 131, sponsored by Elvi Gray-Jackson: Relating to special registration plates for vehicles owned by a person with a disability. People can can get special license plates if deemed disabled by a speech therapist, physical therapist or occupational therapist under this bill. Details here.

SB 132, sponsored by Tom Begich: Limiting the pay of certain state officers and employees in the executive branch. No head of a department would be able to be paid more than the governor. Details here.

SB 133, sponsored by Elvi Gray-Jackson: Relating to testing of sexual assault examination kits. This is companion legislation to that filed by Rep. Geran Tarr in the House, requiring the processing of rape kits in six months, rather than 12. Details here.

SB 134, sponsored by David Wilson: Relating to medical assistance (Medicaid) reimbursement for the services of licensed professional counselors. Details here.

SB 135, sponsored by Shelley Hughes: Relating to health care insurers; relating to availability of payment information; relating to an incentive program for electing to receive health care services for less than the average price paid; relating to filing and reporting requirements; relating to municipal regulation of disclosure of health care services and price information. Bill is also known as Alaska Health Care Consumer’s Right to Shop Act. Details here.

SB 136, sponsored by Gary Stevens: Providing for the establishment of public schools through state- tribal compacts. Appears to not be coordinating with legislation coming from the Office of the Governor. Details here.

SB 137, sponsored by Peter Micciche: Extending the termination date of the Board of Parole. Details here.

SB 138, sponsored by Elvi Gray-Jackson: Relating to correctional facilities; relating to the authority of the commissioner of corrections to designate the correctional facility to which a prisoner is to be committed. Companion to legislation filed by Rep. Zack Fields to strip the Department of Corrections of its authority. Details here.

SJR 12, sponsored by Click Bishop: This is considered a “butt-hurt bill,” as it proposes to strip the governor of much of his veto authority over budget items. Details here.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Then, there is HB62, by Tarr, Josephson and Drummond, Alaska’s own commie inspired Red Flag bill. Introduced last session. Let’s hope the bill dies in the House.

  • SB60 defines the mission, composition and organization of the Alaska State Defense Force, and was introduced by Sen. Shelley Hughes last session. This bill will end the politics played by the TAGs and the confusion about the nature and standing of the ASDF as part of the organized militia. The Legislature has been under the impression that the ASDF is part of the National Guard, which is not so. The 32 USC Sec. 109 Alaska State Defense Force is not subject to federal oversight, including the National Guard. This is a bill that is needed to restore the ASDF as a state military police constabulary and as a state military disaster response asset. Requires little money and is designed to give the ASDF the same standing as other state agencies to participate in preparedness for the federal response. This is a bill that is designed to give the governor a viable tool to make Alaskans safer.

    • Agreed with Tom. The reason for this bill is why I and so many others resigned from ASDF during Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell’s administration.

  • Click Bishop, a Republican, trying to strip the current governor of his veto powers and reduce the veto override from 3/4 majority to 2/3. Does anybody remember the corrupt union activities that Click Bishop engaged in at Local 302 of the IUOE during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s? Bishop is uneducated and crooked. Dunleavy’s staff is advised to watch this idiot. He’s not very bright.

    • This has to go through Judiciary Committee. If Shelley Hughes maintains her chairmanship, this will never get out of committee, if even brought up for discussion! If Senate President Cathy Giessel “disciplines” Shelley Hughes by stripping her of her committee, I’m sure it will pass Judiciary. With the Senate structure, no chance of passage and I don’t think the numbers are there in the House.

  • The budget solution is to eliminate the oil tax credits for the fabulously wealthy, oil corporations.

  • SB 133 Process a rape kit in 3 months? Is our 92 million dollar State Lab big enough for the job or will we have to keep sending them out, lol?

  • What can one expect when the lawlesslature firmly believes that a 100% tax on something will generate 10 times more revenue than a 10% tax on the same thing? Mind ye, umbragetakers, that this is not addressing specific taxes on specific things. Simply an explanation of what goes on in the minds of fools.

  • The only thing going on this legislative session is the recall and it looks like this thing is moving toward a vote.

  • SJR 12, sponsored by Click Bishop: Click Bishop is just another union idiot trying to look like he has a brain.

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