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The list of prefiled bills was released on Friday for the 32nd Alaska Legislature which is set to gavel in on Jan. 19.

Legislators representing all nine Mat-Su Valley districts filed a total of 19 bills, with 12 from the State House and seven from the State Senate. Despite the beginning of the start of the 32nd legislature in just 10 days, neither the House nor the Senate have organized leadership as of yet.

District 9 Representative George Rauscher led all Valley legislators with nine prefiled bills. Valley representatives filed pandemic related legislation such as Rauscher’s House Bill 1, an audit for CARES funds expended through the community assistance program and direct grants to municipalities and communities, District 11 Representative DeLena Johnson’s HB 3 relating to the definition of ‘disaster,’ and HB 4 providing immunity from liability and disciplinary action for occupational licenses for exposure of clients to COVID-19; providing immunity from liability for persons engaging in business and their employees for exposure of customers to COVID-19, as well as District D Senator David Wilson’s SB 24 Authorizing virtual meetings of shareholders of a corporation; and authorizing virtual meetings of members of a nonprofit corporation and SB 26 repealing the certificate of need program for health care facilities; making conforming amendments.

Rauscher also sponsored workplace legislation such as HB 2, the minimum wage of employees allowed to sell tobacco products, and other workplace issues such as HB 29 relating to the liability of an electric utility for contact between vegetation and the utilities facilities; and relegating to vegetation management plans and HB 32 providing civil immunity to recreational vehicle park owners for certain damages; and providing civil immunity from liability related to the inherent risks of camping. Rauscher also filed HB 12 which relates to, among other topics, the relocation of sessions of the legislature and HB 23 Relating to elections and voter registration; relating to ballot custody, retention, and destruction; prohibiting possession of another voter’s ballot; requiring signature verification; establishing an election offense hotline.

Election centric legislation was a well represented area by the Valley legislators. Including Rauscher’s election related bills, District E Senator Mike Shower filed Senate Joint Resolution 2 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alaska relating to membership of the judicial council and SJR 3 proposing an amendment to the constitution of the state of Alaska relating to political caucuses in the Legislature.

Read the entire list of prefiled bills by all members of the Alaska legislature here http://akleg.gov/docs/pdf/2021-Prefiles-First-Release.pdf .

Read the list of bills prefiled by Valley legislators below.

HOUSEDistrict 7: ( R) Christopher Kurka — No bills filed; District 8: ( R) Kevin McCabe — No bills filed; District 9: ( R) George Rauscher — HB 1, 2, 7, 11, 12, 13, 23, 29, and 32; District 10: ( R) David Eastman — No bills filed; District 11: ( R) DeLena Johnson — HB 3, 4, and 16; District 12: ( R) Cathy Tilton — No bills filed.

SENATESeat D: ( R) David Wilson — SB 24 and 26; Seat E: ( R) Mike Shower — SB 14 and SJR’s 2 and 3; Seat F: ( R) Shelley Hughes — SB 27 and SJR 4.

House District 9 Representative George RauscherHB 1 Providing for audits of CARES act funds expended for the community assistance program and direct grants to munis and communities; HB 2 Relating to the minimum age of persons allowed to sell cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, electronic smoking products, products containing nicotine, or products containing tobacco; HB 7 Relating to restrictions placed on users of interactive computer services based on content or viewpoint; and adding unlawful acts to the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act; HB 11 Relating to assault in the third and fourth degrees and relating to reckless endangerment; HB 12 Relating to the relocation and convening of the legislature at the legislative information office in Anchorage; relating to the regulation of lobbying; relating to annual student guests of the Legislature; relating to location of sessions of the Legislature; relating to the Legislative Ethics Act; relating to relocation of funds from state government; and providing for an effective date; HB 13 Relating to shared child custody; relating to relocation of a child out of state; and relating to a presumption of best interest of the child custody and visitation determinations; HB 23 Relating to elections and voter registration; relating to ballot custody, retention, and destruction; prohibiting possession of another voter’s ballot; requiring signature verification; establishing an election offense hotline; and providing for an effective date; HB 29 Relating to liability of an electric utility for contact between vegetation and the utilities facilities; and relegating to vegetation management plans; HB 32 Providing civil immunity to recreational vehicle park owners for certain damages; and providing civil immunity from liability related to the inherent risks of camping.

House District 11 Representative DeLena JohnsonHB 3 Relating to the definition of “disaster.”; HB 4 Providing immunity from liability and disciplinary action for occupational licenses for exposure of clients to COVID-19; providing immunity from liability for persons engaging in business and their employees for exposure of customers to COVID-19; and providing for an effective date; HB 16 Relating to the right of first refusal of a volunteer search and rescue group with respect to surplus state property.

SENATESeat D Senator David WilsonSB 24 Authorizing virtual meetings of shareholders of a corporation; and authorizing virtual meetings of members of a nonprofit corporation.; SB 26 repealing the certificate of need program for health care facilities; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Seat E Senator Mike ShowerSB 14 Relating to the selection and retention of judicial officers for the court of appeals and the district court and of magistrates; relating to the duties of the judicial council; relating to the duties of the commission on judicial conduct; and relating to retention or rejection of judicial officer; SB 31 Relating to binding votes by or for a legislator under the Legislative Ethics Act; SJR 2 Proposing an amendment to the constitution of alaska relating to membership of the judicial council; SJR 3 Proposing an amendment to the constitution of the state of alaska relating to political caucuses in the legislature

Seat F Senator Shelley HughesSb 27 Relating to industrial hemp; and providing for an effective date; SJR 4 Proposing an amendment to the constitution of the state of Alaska relating to abortion.

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