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HB 181 -- An act authorizing a waiver for active duty military service personnel of continuing education requirements for renewal of occupational licenses. This bill is important one for deployed service members who hold a professional license. The bill provides a waiver so that an active duty member does not lose his or her license just because continuing education classes are not readily available during deployment. I co-sponsored this bill, which was signed into law on June 30, 2005

HB 201 -- The purpose of this bill was to permit a person who has a power of attorney for an individual who is on active duty with the United States Military outside the State of Alaska to sign and file a permanent fund dividend application on behalf of such individual. Some Alaskans serving in combat zones like Iraq were not getting their permanent fund dividend checks because they were unable to sign their applications. It just makes sense to allow someone who has a Power of Attorney to sign for people in this special situation and not deprive military personnel of their rightful dividends. I supported this bill, which was signed into law on July 15, 2005.

SB 209 -This bill permitted military personnel under the age of 21 to enter VFW type clubs. I supported Senate Bill 209 because I think it is ridiculous that a member of our armed forces who is under 21 can not attend a meeting or a function at a veterans club like the VFW because such a club is licensed to serve alcohol. Mind you this bill did not allow for under-aged drinking, just entry into patriotic clubs. I was happy to support this bill which was signed into law on June 15, 2006.

HB 285 -- Relating to an optional exemption from municipal property taxes for residences of widows and widowers of certain members of the armed forces of the United States. This bill was drafted to help the spouses of fallen soldiers by way of allowing municipal property tax exemptions for widows and widowers. For those who paid the ultimate sacrifice such as Sergeant Irving Hernandez, Jr for whom this bill was named it was the least we could do to help the ones they loved. I was proud to have been a co-sponsor of this bill, which was signed into law on June 13, 2008.


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