So, here are the stats from the legislative website on bills passed so far for both sessions (2011 and 2012) 0f the 27th Legislature.
So, just 50 bills have passed so far. (HB and SB indicate House and Senate Bills, the others are resolutions There are also various resolutions.) Here are the bills that have passed in this session (the second session of the 27th Legislature that began January this year):
|HB 19||SPECIAL REQUEST LICENSE PLATES||LYNN, GATTO||CHAPTER 2 SLA 12||03/07/12|
|HB 65||SENIOR CITIZEN HOUSING DEV. FUND GRANTS||** EDGMON, HERRON||TRANSM TO GOVERNOR||04/09/12|
|HB 144||REPORT ON FISHING STREAM ACCESS||GARA||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||02/27/12|
|HB 291||PUBLIC NOTICES POSTED AT POST OFFICES||RLS BY REQUEST OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL||CHAPTER 4 SLA 12||03/21/12|
|HB 307||SUPPLEMENTAL/CAPITAL/OTHER APPROPRIATIONS||RLS BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR||CHAPTER 5 SLA 12||03/23/12|
|HB 311||REPORTS TO APOC||RLS||CHAPTER 1 SLA 12||02/20/12|
|HCR 18||COMMERCIAL FISHERIES PROGRAMS||FISHERIES||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||04/07/12|
|HJR 29||BLM LEGACY OIL WELL CLEAN UP/AWARENESS||MILLETT||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||03/28/12|
|HJR 34||COAST GUARD ICEBREAKERS & ARCTIC BASE||HERRON||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||03/30/12|
|SB 30||RETURN OF SEIZED PROPERTY||DYSON||CHAPTER 3 SLA 12||03/21/12|
|SB 86||PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE ADULTS/MINORS||RLS BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||03/26/12|
|SB 127||FETAL ALCOHOL DISORDERS AWARENESS DAY||MEYER||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||04/06/12|
|SB 173||2012 REVISOR'S BILL||RLS BY REQUEST OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL||CHAPTER 6 SLA 12||03/23/12|
|SCR 16||CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH||GIESSEL||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||04/03/12|
|SCR 18||RAOUL WALLENBERG REMEMBRANCE DAY||DYSON||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||04/02/12|
|SCR 20||DECORATION OF HONOR||WIELECHOWSKI||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||04/05/12|
|SCR 25||SUSPEND UNIFORM RULES FOR HJR 29||RESOURCES||AWAIT TRANSMIT GOV||03/28/12|
|SJR 17||ARCTIC COUNCIL TASK FORCE||MCGUIRE||LEGIS RESOLVE 29||03/19/12|
If you go through this list - just 6 house bills and 4 senate bills and a few resolutions - a lot of these bills are symbolic. I won't say they're all fluff, but they aren't focused on solving substantive issues that Alaska faces - balancing resource development and environmental concerns, dealing with serious educational and social issues, etc.
A quick look shows these that might have some bit of substance:
HB 65 "Making regional Native housing authorities eligible to receive grants through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation from the senior citizens housing development fund."
HB 144 "An Act requiring the Department of Natural Resources annually to deliver to the legislature and the governor a report on fishing stream access."
HB 307 "An Act making supplemental appropriations, capital appropriations, and other 2 appropriations; amending appropriations; repealing appropriations; making 3 appropriations to capitalize funds; and providing for an effective date." [Click here for specifics]
SB 30 "An Act providing for the release of certain property in the custody of a law enforcement agency to a crime victim under certain conditions and relating to requests for that release by the office of victims' rights." [Note on changes the law makes]
HCR 18 "Relating to an examination of fisheries-related programs to facilitate the entry of young Alaskans into commercial fisheries careers and to collaboration with the University of Alaska fisheries, seafood, and maritime initiative."
From the Governor's Office:
SB 86 "An Act relating to the protection of property of persons under disability and minors; relating to the crime of violating a protective order concerning certain vulnerable persons; relating to aggravating factors at sentencing for offenses concerning a victim 65 years or older; relating to the protection of vulnerable adults; making conforming amendments; amending Rules 12(h) and 45(a), Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 77, Alaska Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 17, Alaska Rules of Probate Procedure, and Rule 9, Alaska Rules of Administration; and providing for an effective date."
This is procedural stuff but probably is more than symbolic:
HB 311 - "An Act relating to the filing of information with, and to information filed with, the Alaska Public Offices Commission; and providing for an effective date." Looks like changes to make it easier for candidates, you can see the sponsor's analysis here.
The rest are what I'd call fluff. They're nice. They honor some person or organization. But it seems to me that such bills should not be the main reason the legislature is in session.
They still have some time left to pass some legislation, and in all fairness, the most contentious take the longest to be passed. Let's see how many more bills they can pass before the end of the session.
OK, now that I have that out of the way, I'll go over to the capitol building and see what I can find.