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Governor Signs Legislation Extending Boards

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Location: Anchorage, AK

Governor Sean Parnell signed several pieces of legislation into law today. The bills relate primarily to the extension or sunsetting of certain boards and commissions, as well as the makeup of their membership.

House Bill 22, sponsored by Representative Kurt Olson, extends the Board of Marine Pilots until June 30, 2019.

House Bill 26, sponsored by Representative Mike Hawker, extends the Board of Public Accountancy until June 30, 2021.

House Bill 63, sponsored by Representative Mike Hawker, extends the sunset date of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association until June 30, 2021, and mandates that members complete both ethics and voluntary legal education requirements.

House Bill 113, sponsored by Representative Eric Feige, specifies that one of the four firefighters on the Alaska Fire Standards Council will be a representative of the Alaska Professional Firefighters Association. HB 113 will also add an additional member to the council representing the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association.

House Bill 99, sponsored by Representative Dan Saddler, extends the Alaska Minerals Commission until February 1, 2024.

House Bill 147, sponsored by Representative Dan Saddler, extends the reporting date and the termination date of the Autism Early Diagnosis and Treatment Task Force until January 15, 2015.

Senate Bill 16, sponsored by Senator Cathy Giessel, designates a full-time investigator and executive secretary specifically for the State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.

Senate Bill 37, sponsored by Senator Anna Fairclough, extends the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council until June 30, 2019.

Senate Bill 38, sponsored by Senator Donny Olson, extends the sunset date of the State Medical Board until June 30, 2020.

House Bill 52, sponsored by Representative Eric Feige, clarifies in statute that for the purposes of PFD eligibility, all Alaskans would need to return to the state for 30 days over the course of five years, and establishes in statute factors that shall be considered when determining one's "intent to return" to the state. Additionally, a provision was added to include members of a U.S. National Team training for an Olympic sport to the list of allowable absences for PFD eligibility.

Senate Bill 24, sponsored by Senator Gary Stevens, changes the makeup of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board by adding a twelfth seat designated for a representative from Southcentral Alaska.

Governor Parnell also signed House Bill 125. The bill, sponsored by Representative Lindsey Holmes, allows patients to receive a limited refill of prescription eye drops if an individual runs out of medication before the prescribed refill date.

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