REPRESENTATIVE MATT CLAMAN

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Sponsor    Statement

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

House Joint Resolution 2 amends the Constitution of the State of Alaska to limit the length of legislative sessions to 90 days. The resolution aligns the Constitution with the statutory limit passed by voters in a 2006 ballot initiative limiting the Legislature to 90 day sessions. The variation between state statute and the constitution creates inconsistency in the law governing the length of regular sessions. Since 2008, when the ballot initiative took effect, the Legislature has only met the statutory 90-day limit four times. In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 the Legislature ran past the statutory limit, incurring cumulative costs to the state of more than $1,000,000.

By limiting the length of the legislative sessions, HJR 2 serves three primary purposes. First, it forces the Legislature to focus its attention on state finances and shorten the schedule for adopting a budget. Second, a 90-day session reduces the quantity of "personal" legislation. A 90-day session will make sure the Legislature focuses its attention on the most important issues and is less likely to get side-tracked with special interest matters. Third, if circumstances arise that require a special session, the governor is able to narrow the agenda to vital issues and prevent consideration of non-essential legislation.

The failure to adjourn in 90 days also limits the ability for Alaska to have true citizen legislators — people who have regular jobs and serve in the Legislature. The unpredictably long sessions make it more and more difficult for citizen legislators – fishermen, contractors, administrators, lawyers, miners, etc. – to serve. In the long-term, repeat extended and special sessions will lead to more full-time legislators and fewer citizen legislators.

HJR 2 allows Alaskan voters to decide, once and for all, on the length of regular sessions of the Legislature by voting on an amendment to the Alaska State Constitution. If passed by Alaskan voters, the amendment would change the length of the regular session in the Alaska State Constitution from 120 days to 90 days. That change would align the Constitution with State Statute.


 
REPRESENTATIVE MATT CLAMAN

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority

"An Act relating to exemptions from mortgage loan originator licensing requirements; and providing for an effective date"

From the office of Representative Wilson


"An Act Relating to Claims Against Protection and Indemnity Insurance Policies of Vessel Owners"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school enrollment for certain children of active duty military members"

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the transfer of the title to a vehicle, including certain manufactured homes and trailers, on the death of the owner; allowing a person to act for the surviving spouse of a decedent to make a demand of the personal representative of the decedent’s estate related to enforcing a liability against real property or an interest in real property transferred at death by a transfer on death deed; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 117 – Municipal regulation of trapping

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act Relating to Protective Orders"

From the office of Representative Kopp


Strategically strengthening our laws will reduce Alaska’s sky-high crime rate. This bill will improve public safety by stiffening criminal procedures.

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Hannan


“An Act relating to sentencing for vehicle theft in the first degree.”

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring law enforcement agencies to send sexual assault examination kits for testing within six months after collection; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act relating to insurance coverage for contraceptives and related services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for contraceptives and related services."

From the office of Representative Claman


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


“An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

From the office of Representative Josephson


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries

From the office of Representative Ortiz


House Bill 44, "Automated Teller Machines: Fees"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"Establishing May 15th as Hmong American Veterans Day"

From the office of Representative Tarr


"Military Work Experience"

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act establishing the month of February as Black History Month."

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act relating to the liability of an excavator for damaging an underground facility"

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 81: An Act prohibiting disposable shopping bags; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 82: Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for HB 86

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act extending the liquefied natural gas storage facility tax credit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


From the office of Representative Johnston


From the office of Representative Johnston


"An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for certain nonresident professionals; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 96

From the office of Representative Fields


From the office of Representative Edgmon


Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

From the office of Representative Claman


Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund; POMV; Dividend

From the office of Representative Tuck