I am offering trial subscriptions to the Alaska Education Update for the remainder of the legislative interim (until January 17, 2011) to increase the visibility of the Alaska Education Update, and hopefully garner some new subscriptions for next session. I am looking at lowering subscription rates for the smallest school districts and organizations, so that the information is more widely accessible. Increasing the number of overall subscriptions will help in that regard.
Governor Parnell signed HB 300, HB 302, and SB 230 into law on Thursday, June 3. He said the capital budget passed by the legislature was significantly larger than his proposed budget. Final education funding and a list of vetoes is contained in the Alaska Education Update, June 3, 2010 edition.
Most education-related legislation that passed the legislature is still awaiting transmittal to the governor. At the end of April, Legal Services had considerably over 100 bills it was still working on enrolling (checking for errors, ommissions, and correct form).
After Legal Services completes enrollment of legislation, it has to be signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate, and then it is sent to the governor. Speaker Chenault is.....
The Twenty-Sixth Alaska State Legislature adjourned their second session early in the morning on Monday, April 19. A new legislature will convene on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The Senate Bipartisan Working Group held a press availability at the end of session. Both the House and the Senate ran past midnight on the 90th day, for the first time since the 90-day session limit was enacted.
The Senate Finance Committee just moved HB 424 with a committee substitute. The bill is on the Senate Calendar.
Miles Baker, staff to Sen. Stedman said the only change in the committee substitute is the removal of an appropriation to the state bond committee of $4.766 million to pay expenses related to the issuance and sale of bonds. Funding for that item was added to SB 230 - Capital Budget and pulled out of HB 424.
The Conference Committee met Thursday to consider open items in HB 300 and HB 302. During the last hearing on Monday, April 12, the committee dealt with all open items in the Dept. of Education & Early Development’s budget, so there are no items open in that department. Sen. Hoffman said the next meeting would address the last two open items (one in the Governor’s Office and one in the Dept. of Revenue) and any fiscal notes.
Senate Finance adopted a new committee substitute for SB 230 and passed the bill out of committee Saturday evening. The biggest change in the new cs is a new section adding $380 million in G.O. bond projects, $360 million of which are for education projects.
G.O. Bond Education Projects:..... • $20,000,000: Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum Facility Construction • $20,000,000: Mt. Edgecumbe High School Aquatic Facility
Major Maintenance: • $1,700,000 – Mt. Edgecumbe deferred maintenance • $84,337 – Nome Beltz Jr./Sr. fire alarm replacement • $29,807 – Nome Beltz Jr./Sr. emergency generator auto switch replacement • $1,202,914 – Metlakatla High School Renovation Alternates • $1,762,541 – Whittier K-12 sprinkler install & interior renovations • $123,701 – Yup’ik Voc Ed Building water service & boiler replacement • $80,729 – Yup’ik Voc Ed Building roof replacement