REPRESENTATIVE MATT CLAMAN

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House Bill 20: Solemnize Marriage: Elected Officials

House Bill 20 expands the number of people eligible to solemnize (i.e. commemorate or memorialize) a marriage. Currently, religious leaders, judicial officers of the state, and individuals who have become “marriage commissioners” have the authority to marry individuals in Alaska. This group specifically includes:

• Ministers;
• Priests;
• Rabbis;
• Commissioned officers of the Salvation Army;
• Principal officers or elders of recognized churches or congregations that traditionally do not have regular ministers, priests, or rabbis;
• Marriage commissioners; and
• Judicial officers of the state.

House Bill 20 adds language to include elected officials, appointed or elected, to the group of individuals with the authority to solemnize a marriage. Currently, anyone can perform a marriage ceremony as long as they first obtain a marriage commissioner appointment from the Alaska Court System, which can be time consuming and includes providing the court with personal information and paying $25.

This bill expands the individuals with authority to perform marriage ceremonies to include officials who hold public office and have sworn to uphold the constitution and the law. The bill has real practical advantages, particularly in rural communities. For example, if a couple in a remote Alaskan village are set to be married on a date and the minister becomes ill, the local mayor or assembly person could perform the marriage on short notice. In addition, couples who may not be affiliated with a particular religious organization would be able to have an elected official perform their wedding without having to go through the time-consuming of arranging for a marriage commissioner appointment for another person.

Finally, the bill reduces the cost of operating the court system by allowing elected officials to perform some of the work currently performed by judges and magistrates.


 
REPRESENTATIVE MATT CLAMAN

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

House Bill 1: Election Registration and Voting

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 2: Employment Preference for Veterans

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 3: National Guard Leave/Reemployment Rights

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 7: Ballot Selfies

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


House Bill 8: Protection Orders from Other Jurisdictions

From the office of Representative Edgmon


House Bill 11: RIP for Public Employees/Teachers

From the office of Representative Kawasaki


House Bill 13: No State/Municipal Funds: Federal Immigration Registry

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 14: Legislative Approval for Bristol Bay Sulfide Mine

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 20: Solemnize Marriage: Elected Officials

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 23: Survivors’ Medical Benefits – Background

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 29: Ban Sale of Genetically Modified Fish

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 37: PERS Credit for Injured Peace Officers and Firefighters

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 38: Benefits for Workplace Death and Permanent Impairment

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 40: Trapping Near Public Trails

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 43: The Right to Try: New Drugs for the Terminally Ill

From the office of Representative Grenn


House Bill 44: Legislative Ethics: Voting & Conflicts

From the office of Representative Grenn


House Bill 47: PERS Contributions By Municipalities

From the office of Representative Foster


House Bill 49: Extend Board of Direct-Entry Midwives

From the office of Representative Kito III


House Bill 52: Alaska Voluntary Pre-Elementary Education Act

From the office of Representative Kawasaki


House Bill 78: Indigenous Peoples Day

From the office of Representative Westlake


House Bill 80: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing

From the office of Representative Wool


House Bill 81: More Energy Efficient Buildings Act

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


House Bill 82: Off-Highway Driver's Licenses

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


House Bill 84: Municipal Property Tax Exemption

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


House Bill 85: Petersburg Lands Bill

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


House Bill 87: Conflict of Interest: Board of Fisheries/Game

From the office of Representative Stutes


House Bill 89: Licensing Radiologic Technicians

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 99: Oil & Gas Tax Credit Disclosures

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 102: Limited Teacher Certificates

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


House Bill 105: Gordon Haber Denali Wolf Special Management Area

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 111: Oil and Gas Production Tax; Payments; Credits

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 115: State Revenue Restructure Act

From the office of Representative Seaton


House Bill 123: Disclosure of Health Care Costs

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 126: Organized Militia: Workers Compensation

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 131: Relocation Assistance for Federal Projects/Programs

From the office of Representative Wool


House Bill 132: Transportation Network Companies

From the office of Representative Wool


House Bill 133: Fair Share for Alaska Oil Act

From the office of Representative Gara


House Bill 134: Board of Game Composition

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Concurrent Resolution 1: Legislative Ethics: Voting & Conflicts

From the office of Representative Grenn


House Concurrent Resolution 2: Respond to Adverse Childhood Experiences

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Concurrent Resolution 3: APRIL 2017: Child Abuse Prevention Month

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Joint Resolution 5: Endorsing ANWR Leasing; Related Issues

From the office of Representative Westlake


House Joint Resolution 12: Opposing Genetically Engineered Salmon

From the office of Representative Tarr