Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/30/2003 03:10 PM House JUD

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SB 49 - 2003 REVISOR'S BILL                                                                                                   
Number 0683                                                                                                                     
CHAIR McGUIRE announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
CS  FOR  SENATE  BILL  NO. 49(STA),  "An  Act  making  corrective                                                               
amendments to the  Alaska Statutes as recommended  by the revisor                                                               
of statutes; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
Number 0612                                                                                                                     
PAM  FINLEY,  Revisor  of Statutes,  Legislative  Legal  Counsel,                                                               
Legislative  Legal  and  Research Services,  Legislative  Affairs                                                               
Agency, explained  that revisor's bills are  prepared pursuant to                                                               
statute,  and   that  while  most   of  the  changes   come  from                                                               
Legislative Legal  and Research Services' periodic  review of the                                                               
statutes, sometimes  corrections come  from the  executive branch                                                               
or members of the public.  The  purpose of a revisor's bill is to                                                               
clean up  the statutes  for which  policy decisions  have already                                                               
been made.  This  is not to say that a  revisor's bill won't have                                                               
any  substantive effect,  however, but  when the  legislature has                                                               
already decided on policy, the  revisor's bill simply attempts to                                                               
make the statutes  fit that policy.  For example,  SB 49 provides                                                               
short  titles  for  a  couple  of provisions  of  law  for  which                                                               
"everyone" appears  to want them;  this change in no  way affects                                                               
the intent of those statutory provisions.                                                                                       
Number 0524                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  SAMUELS  moved  to  adopt  CSSB  49(STA)  as  the                                                               
working document.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                 
MS.  FINLEY,  in  response  to   a  question,  said  she  designs                                                               
revisor's bills  so as not to  make policy changes, and  that she                                                               
gives  the executive  branch an  opportunity to  review revisor's                                                               
bills.    She  also  mentioned   that  generally,  the  sectional                                                               
analysis details where the proposed changes originated.                                                                         
CHAIR McGUIRE indicated that SB 49 would be held over.                                                                          

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