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Special Education Service Agency – Sunset Extension

House Bill 43 extends the sunset date of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) to June 30, 2029, ensuring continuation of high quality, efficiently delivered services for students with severe disabilities in Alaska.

SESA is a public agency established in 1986 under Alaska Statute 14.30.600 and governed by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. SESA was created to assist Alaska school districts in serving children with low incidence disabilities. In doing so, it allows students to be educated in their home communities, without traveling for specialized services. It also assists school districts in meeting federal “Individuals with American Disabilities Education Act” requirements.

Specifically, per AS 14.30.630 (b)(1) SESA provides:

(A) Itinerant outreach services to students who are deaf, deaf-blind, intellectually disabled, developmentally disabled, hearing impaired, blind and visually impaired, orthopedically disabled, health-impaired in other ways, and severely emotionally disturbed, and to students with multiple disabilities;

(B) Special education instructional support and training of local school district special education personnel; and

(C) Other services appropriate to special education needs. SESA’s onsite and virtual services include classroom observations, disability specific resources, braille and large print materials, assistive and adaptive technology, video modeling, and more. Staff provide year-round responses to parent and teacher requests at no cost to school districts or families.

Last year, SESA’s education specialists provided services to 50 school districts, 91 parents, and more than 400 student instructional teams.

The 2020 AK Legislative Budget & Audit Report sunset review of SESA affirms: “SESA served the public’s interest..” and recommends the legislature extend SESA’s termination date to the maximum allowed by statute to June 30, 2029.

SESA must be reauthorized this session to avoid discontinuation of these highly effective, efficiently delivered services to students with severe disabilities, wherever they live in Alaska.


 
REPRESENTATIVE ANDI STORY

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

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


House Bill 104: Motor Fuels Tax

From the office of Representative Josephson


HB 110 – Electronic Smoking Products Excise Tax

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 115 – Renewal or extension of aquatic farming and aquatic plant and shellfish hatchery site leases and requiring a report to the legislature.

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 123 – An Act Providing for State Recognition of Federally Recognized Tribes

From the office of Representative Zulkosky


Sectional Analysis HB 128 Version A

From the office of Representative Fields


HB 145: EXPAND PHARMACIST AUTHORITY

From the office of Representative Snyder


HB 149

From the office of Representative Fields


House Bill 155 – Court System Provide Visitors & Experts

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 162 – Fisheries Rehabilitation Permits

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 164 – Early Ed Programs; Reading; Virtual Ed

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 177 Revised Program: Appropriations

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 21 Sponsor Statement University of Alaska Faculty Regent

From the office of Representative Wool


House Bill 218 – “Smoke/Fire Dampers & Smoke Control Systems”

From the office of Representative Tuck


An Act relating to shared ownership; and relating to the sharing and sale of raw milk and raw milk products.

From the office of Representative Tarr


An Act relating to the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska

From the office of Representative Hopkins


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 226

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act relating to municipal energy and resilience improvement assessment programs”

From the office of Representative Schrage


House Bill 234 – Version I

From the office of Representative Schrage


House Bill 246 Version A Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


An Act relating to public school funding for social and emotional learning; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Hopkins


House Bill 259 v. A

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


Sponsor Statement HB 26 version A

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 268, version B Sponsor Statement
“An Act relating to driver’s license renewal.”

From the office of Representative Merrick


Sponsor Statement HB 27 v. A
An Act naming the irene Webber Bridge.

From the office of Representative Stutes


“HB 272, An Act relating to education; increasing the base student allocation; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Story


"HB 273, An Act relating to education; increasing the base student allocation according to inflation; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 289 An Act establishing the Alaska marijuana industry task force

From the office of Representative Hopkins


HB 292: HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED WAIVER SERVICES

From the office of Representative Snyder


House Bill 297 – Military Member Child Protection Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Hopkins


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 30

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act modifying the boundary of Chugach State Park; directing the sale of land to the Eagle River Lions Club; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Merrick


House Bill 306 ver. A “Extending the termination date of the Board of Pharmacy.”

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 309 Version W Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


Observe Daylight Saving Time All Year

From the office of Representative Stutes


“An act relating to dress codes and natural hairstyles.”

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 331 – Self-Storage Units: Liens; Sales

From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 350 An Act relating to school bond debt reimbursement; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Drummond


“An Act naming the Bragaw Street overcrossing of the Glenn Highway the Insook Baik Bridge.”

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 358: Renewable Energy Grant Fund

From the office of Representative Edgmon


“An Act establishing the office of broadband; creating the broadband parity adjustment fund; establishing the Statewide Broadband Advisory Board; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Edgmon


House Bill 364 Perm Leg Cmte Appts/Unorganized House

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 372 – Eliminate Minimum Wage Exemption

From the office of Representative Tuck


An Act relating to voter preregistration for minors at least 16 years of age

From the office of Representative Hopkins


HB 392: EXPAND ADV. PRAC. REG. NURSE AUTHORITY Ver. B

From the office of Representative Snyder


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries; Fees

From the office of Representative Ortiz


Special Education Service Agency – Sunset Extension

From the office of Representative Story


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 45

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 47– Renaming the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council as the Council for Alaska Native Languages; and relating to the Council for Alaska Native Languages

From the office of Representative Story


An Act relating to sexual abuse of a minor; relating to sexual assault; relating to the code of military justice; relating to consent; relating to the testing of sexual assault examination kits; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Tarr


An Act establishing the Alaska Invasive Species Council in the Department of Fish and Game; relating to management of invasive species; relating to invasive species management decals; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Tarr


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 55

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 57

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act relating to solemnization of marriage.”

From the office of Representative Claman


Sponsor Statement House Bill 63

From the office of Representative Stutes


An Act relating to regional fisheries development associations; and related to developing fishery management assessments

From the office of Representative Stutes


Elections, Voting, Ballots

From the office of Representative Tuck


Prohibition of Conversion Therapy on Youth and Vulnerable Adults

From the office of Representative Hannan


HB 9—The Education Funding Act

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 90 Sponsor Statement Version A Rental vehicles; Vehicle rental networks; Vehicle rental taxes

From the office of Representative Wool


An Act relating to the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board; relating to the practice of physical therapy; and relating to the practice of occupational therapy.

From the office of Representative Claman