PFD, Sentencing and Surplus Bills Move
State Affairs passes out SB 35, SB 36 and SB 43
Juneau – Bills to save the state’s surplus, allow applicants to deduct money from their permanent fund checks for charitable causes, and impose a lifetime ban on alcohol for certain offenses moved out of the Senate State Affairs Committee today.
Senate Bill 35, introduced by Sen. Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks, makes appropriations of $250 million each to four separate funds in an effort to “Bank a Billion” of the estimated $1.35 billion surplus expected in this year’s budget.
“Last year we set aside almost half of our surplus in different accounts. Senate Bill 35 sets that same path for us this year. We can bank a billion, and we can put it in four different places, to where future legislatures can use it as needed when things aren’t quite as rosy as they are today,” Wilken said.
Senate Bill 36 allows a court to impose a lifetime ban on alcohol for people convicted of certain crimes if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s conduct was substantially influenced by alcohol.
“Senate Bill 36 offers a tool to our court system in the state of Alaska to deal with some of the alcohol-related problems that we experience. It’s not a tool that would be applied indiscriminately, only in very specific cases,” Therriault said.
Senate Bill 43 allows applicants for the permanent fund dividend to donate a portion of the dividend to community foundations, educational organizations or charitable organizations.
“I was very pleased that Senate Bill 43 moved from the State Affairs Committee today, it offers the citizens of the state of Alaska an easy way to help charitable organizations around the state. The administrative costs will be underwritten by the Rasmuson Foundation and it will be a win-win for the citizens of the State of Alaska,” Therriault said.
Audio actualities by Senator Therriault and Senator Wilken are available at the following links: