HOUSE
LES GARA
23rd-30th Legislature (2003 -2018)

Representative Les Gara

District: 23
Party: Democrat

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Date and Place of Birth:
February 6, 1963
New York, New York

Occupation:
Attorney, writer

Spouse:
Kelly

Residency in Alaska:
Fairbanks, August 1988-August 1989;
Anchorage, August 1989 to present

Education:
Freeport High School, 1977-1981, Diploma;
Boston University, 1981-1985, B.A.;
Harvard Law School, 1985-1988, J.D

Political and Government Positions:
Law clerk for Justice Jay Rabinowitz, Alaska Supreme Court;
Assistant Attorney General.

Special Interests:
Fishing, rafting, fly-tying.

Legislative Service:

Prime Sponsorship
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 11 COLONOSCOPY: PUB. EMPLOYEE RETIREES REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) L&C 01/18/2011
HB 25 PRICE GOUGING INVOLVING ENERGY RESOURCES REPRESENTATIVES PETERSEN, TUCK, KAWASAKI, GARA
(H) L&C 01/18/2011
HB 33 FOSTER CARE LICENSING/STATE CUSTODY REPRESENTATIVES GARA, THOMAS, HERRON, GARDNER
(H) HSS 02/25/2011
HB 49 EARLY CHILDHOOD ED: PARENTS AS TEACHERS REPRESENTATIVES TUCK, KAWASAKI, GARA, PETERSEN
(H) FIN 03/16/2011
HB 53 GRANTS TO CHILDREN OF INMATES REPRESENTATIVES GARDNER, GARA
(H) FIN 01/18/2011
HB 54 APPROP: GRANTS TO CHILDREN OF INMATES REPRESENTATIVES GARDNER, GARA
(H) FIN 01/18/2011
HB 81 MOTOR VEHICLE TRANSACTIONS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) L&C 02/04/2011
HB 86 BAN MIXING ZONES IN SPAWNING AREAS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) FSH 01/18/2011
HB 144 REPORT ON FISHING STREAM ACCESS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
CHAPTER 9 SLA 12 04/24/2012
HB 152 GRANTS FOR SENIORS' MEDICAL CARE REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) HSS 02/11/2011
HB 177 REPORTING OF OIL & GAS PRODUCER PROFITS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) L&C 03/07/2011
HB 228 ALT ENERGY REVOLVING LOAN FUND REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) FIN 04/06/2011
HB 231 OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION TAX CREDITS REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) RES 04/07/2011
HB 244 CORPORATIONS NOT "PERSONS" IN ELECTIONS REPRESENTATIVES KAWASAKI, TUCK, GARDNER, GARA
(H) STA 01/17/2012
HB 255 READING OR TYPING MESSAGE WHILE DRIVING REPRESENTATIVES GARA, THOMAS, GATTO, P.WILSON, GRUENBERG, TUCK
CHAPTER 14 SLA 12 05/10/2012
HB 260 PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTING REPRESENTATIVES PETERSEN, TUCK, KAWASAKI, MILLER, GARA
(H) STA 01/17/2012
HB 263 PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT; DISCLOSURES REPRESENTATIVES GARDNER, GARA, TUCK, KAWASAKI
(H) RES 01/17/2012
HB 272 STUDENT LOAN INTEREST REDUCTIONS REPRESENTATIVES GARA, GUTTENBERG, GARDNER, KERTTULA, HOLMES, TUCK, KAWASAKI, PETERSEN, GRUENBERG, CISSNA
(H) EDC 02/22/2012
HB 303 SUSPEND IMP. OF SENTENCE/PAROLE/PROBATION REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) JUD 02/17/2012
HB 317 RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY FORECLOSURES REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) L&C 02/10/2012
HB 322 SCHOOL DISTRICT PRINCIPAL BONUSES REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) EDC 02/15/2012
HCR 21 TWO-DAY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) ENE 02/03/2012
HJR 33 AMEND U.S. CONST RE CAMPAIGN MONEY REPRESENTATIVE GARA
(H) JUD 02/24/2012



Cosponsored Bills
BillShort TitlePrime Sponsor(s)Current StatusStatus Date
HB 15 STUDENT ATHLETE CONCUSSIONS REPRESENTATIVE DOOGAN
CHAPTER 12 SLA 11 05/27/2011
HB 16 EXTEND SENIOR BENEFITS/INCOME ALLOWANCES REPRESENTATIVE HAWKER
CHAPTER 6 SLA 11 05/02/2011
HB 28 OCC. LICENSES: TEMPORARY/FEES/PAWNBROKERS REPRESENTATIVES THOMAS, HERRON, FEIGE
CHAPTER 25 SLA 11 06/27/2011
HB 36 SMALL BUSINESS ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANTS REPRESENTATIVE OLSON
(H) ENE 01/18/2011
HB 48 EXTEND SENIOR BENEFITS PAYMENT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVES TUCK, PETERSEN
(H) HSS 01/18/2011
HB 50 ACCESS TO LICENSED PREMISES REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
(S) RLS 04/13/2012
HB 59 COMMERCIAL FISHING LOAN ACT REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
(S) RES 04/06/2012
HB 65 SENIOR CITIZEN HOUSING DEV. FUND GRANTS REPRESENTATIVES EDGMON, HERRON, FOSTER, JOULE
CHAPTER 8 SLA 12 04/24/2012
HB 69 WAIVE PARK FEE FOR VETERANS & SENIORS REPRESENTATIVE TUCK
(H) RES 01/18/2011
HB 72 ANTITRUST ACTIONS & PENALTIES REPRESENTATIVES GRUENBERG, PETERSEN
(H) L&C 01/18/2011
HB 78 MEDICAL PROVIDER INCENTIVES/LOAN REPAYM'T REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
CHAPTER 25 SLA 12 05/22/2012
HB 79 INS. COVERAGE: AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER REPRESENTATIVES PETERSEN, KAWASAKI
(H) HSS 01/18/2011
HB 85 MIXING ZONES/SEWAGE SYSTEMS REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
(H) FSH 01/18/2011
HB 87 ANTITRUST VIOLATION PENALTIES REPRESENTATIVES OLSON, HOLMES
CHAPTER 27 SLA 11 07/22/2011
HB 97 EXTEND INVASIVE PLANTS LAW REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON
CHAPTER 3 SLA 11 04/22/2011
HB 129 DECEASED VETERAN DEATH CERTIFICATE REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG
CHAPTER 69 SLA 12 06/18/2012
HB 131 COMMUNITY & PUB.TRANSPORTATION ADV. BOARD REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ
CHAPTER 36 SLA 12 05/24/2012
HB 132 FUNDING FOR SCHOOL MEALS REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ
(H) FIN 02/16/2011
HB 141 LOANS TO COMMUNITY QUOTA ENTITIES/PERMITS REPRESENTATIVE AUSTERMAN
(H) FIN 02/18/2011
HB 143 ADJUST BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION: INFLATION REPRESENTATIVE PETERSEN
(H) EDC 01/27/2012
HB 154 PRE-ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLANS/GUIDELINES REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI
(H) FIN 03/16/2011
HB 170 MUNI TAX EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN VOLUNTEERS REPRESENTATIVE FEIGE
(H) RLS 03/15/2012
HB 180 VETERAN DESIGNATION ON DRIVER'S LICENSE REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER
(S) FIN 04/06/2012
HB 182 ELECTRONIC DISTRIB. OF REPORTS/NOTICES REPRESENTATIVE JOHANSEN
(S) STA 04/04/2012
HB 194 APPROP: CONST. CBR TO PERMANENT FUND REPRESENTATIVE DOOGAN
(H) FIN 03/16/2011
HB 220 SHARED USE OF OIL & GAS FACILITIES REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER
(H) RES 03/31/2011
HB 224 SALES OF NICOTINE PRODUCTS TO MINOR REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
CHAPTER 43 SLA 12 05/24/2012
HB 233 BIOMETRIC INFORMATION FOR ID REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER
(H) HSS 04/08/2011
HB 234 PICKETING AND PROTESTS AT FUNERALS REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
(S) RLS 04/13/2012
HB 236 TEACHERS & PUB EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLANS REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
(H) L&C 02/20/2012
HB 237 ALASKA WILD SALMON DAY REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON
(H) FSH 04/13/2011
HB 247 ALASKA NATIONAL GUARD DAY REPRESENTATIVES LYNN, THOMPSON, SADDLER
CHAPTER 10 SLA 12 04/30/2012
HB 250 RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANT FUND REPRESENTATIVES THOMAS, P.WILSON, MILLETT
CHAPTER 12 SLA 12 05/02/2012
HB 252 TAXES: FILM; SMALL CORP; OIL & GAS REPRESENTATIVE COSTELLO
WITHDRAWN BY SPONSR 04/15/2012
HB 253 CATHINONE BATH SALTS REPRESENTATIVES STOLTZE, THOMPSON, MILLETT, PRUITT, TUCK
(H) FIN 02/10/2012
HB 261 COMMERCIAL FISHING ENTRY PERMIT LOANS REPRESENTATIVES EDGMON, MILLETT, THOMPSON
CHAPTER 47 SLA 12 05/28/2012
HB 264 MUNI PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL: SUBDIVISIONS REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ
WITHDRAWN BY SPONSR 04/15/2012
HB 271 COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS REPRESENTATIVES KELLER, PRUITT
(S) RLS 04/11/2012
HB 274 UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES REPRESENTATIVES HOLMES, OLSON
CHAPTER 22 SLA 12 05/17/2012
HB 275 RETIREE BENEFITS:COLORECTAL/DRUG BENEFITS REPRESENTATIVE LYNN
(H) L&C 01/17/2012
HB 282 MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT/TEMP. LICENSE REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HB 289 LIQ. NAT. GAS STORAGE: TAX CREDIT/LEASE REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
(S) FIN 04/04/2012
HB 290 ESTABLISH ENDOW ALASKA GRANT PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE AUSTERMAN
(S) FIN 04/10/2012
HB 299 CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES FUND REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
(H) FIN 02/13/2012
HB 302 CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PFD: UNIV/AUDITS REPRESENTATIVE SEATON
(S) RLS 04/13/2012
HB 305 MUNI. PROP.TAX EXEMPTION: RELIGIOUS ORGS. REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER
WITHDRAWN BY SPONSR 03/15/2012
HB 308 STUDY COOK INLET TO FBKS GAS PIPELINE REPRESENTATIVE MILLER
(H) ENE 02/01/2012
HB 310 STATE IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE HERRON
CHAPTER 24 SLA 12 05/22/2012
HB 312 HOMEOWNERS ENERGY CONVERSION LOAN FUND REPRESENTATIVE T.WILSON
(S) FIN 04/10/2012
HB 316 MILITARY FACILITY ZONES REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON
CHAPTER 20 SLA 12 05/16/2012
HB 339 PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICERS' CASELOADS REPRESENTATIVE TUCK
(H) STA 02/22/2012
HB 354 G.O. BONDS: TRUCKING NATURAL GAS REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG
(H) ENE 02/22/2012
HCR 8 TSA SCREENING PROCEDURES REPRESENTATIVE TUCK
LEGIS RESOLVE 4 07/19/2011
HCR 24 STATE FOOD RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPRESENTATIVE STOLTZE
(S) SUP CAL 4/15 04/15/2012
HCR 25 WILDLIFE & SPORT FISH RESTORATION PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN
(S) RLS 04/06/2012
HJR 8 OPPOSE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SALMON REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI
(H) RLS 03/18/2011
HJR 29 BLM LEGACY OIL WELL CLEAN UP/AWARENESS REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT
LEGIS RESOLVE 30 09/12/2012
HJR 39 URGING THE STATE TO OPT OUT OF NCLB REPRESENTATIVE MILLER
(H) EDC 02/22/2012
HR 6 BYCATCH LIMITS IN NPFMC GROUNDFISH PLAN REPRESENTATIVE THOMAS
HOUSE RESOLVE 6 07/19/2011
SB 15 SEX OFFENDER/UNDERAGE ALCOHOL OFFENSE SENATOR MEYER
CHAPTER 21 SLA 11 06/23/2011
SB 19 PASSENGER VEHICLE RENTAL TAX SENATOR FRENCH
(H) RLS 04/14/2012
SB 23 TAX/CREDIT:FILM/OIL & GAS/GAS STOR./CORP. SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 51 SLA 12 05/30/2012
SB 25 AIDEA: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY/ INTEREST RATE SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 60 SLA 12 06/12/2012
SB 30 RETURN OF SEIZED PROPERTY SENATOR DYSON
CHAPTER 3 SLA 12 03/21/2012
SB 31 COUNTING OF WRITE-IN VOTES SENATORS THOMAS, FRENCH, MENARD, WIELECHOWSKI
CHAPTER 10 SLA 11 05/17/2011
SB 74 AUTISM: INS. COVERAGE, TASK FORCE SENATOR ELLIS
CHAPTER 63 SLA 12 06/27/2012
SB 82 FOSTER CARE LICENSING/STATE CUSTODY SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 59 SLA 12 06/11/2012
SB 92 DENTISTS/DENTAL HYGIENISTS/ASSISTANTS SENATOR EGAN
CHAPTER 53 SLA 12 05/31/2012
SB 95 FRANK PALMER AUKE BAY FERRY TERMINAL SENATOR EGAN
CHAPTER 18 SLA 11 06/08/2011
SB 98 BIOMETRIC INFORMATION FOR ID SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
(H) JUD 04/12/2012
SB 104 MANUFACT'D HOMES AS REAL PROP.;MUNI TAXES SENATOR FRENCH
CHAPTER 64 SLA 12 06/12/2012
SB 108 SPC. STEPHEN "MAX" CAVANAUGH OVERPASS SENATOR MCGUIRE
CHAPTER 19 SLA 11 06/08/2011
SB 130 ALASKA NATIVE LANGUAGE COUNCIL SENATOR OLSON
CHAPTER 48 SLA 12 05/28/2012
SB 136 VETERANS DRIVERS LICENSE, TAX CREDIT SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI
CHAPTER 68 SLA 12 06/18/2012
SB 137 SUICIDE AWARENESS & PREVENTION TRAINING SENATOR DAVIS
CHAPTER 34 SLA 12 05/23/2012
SCR 7 FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS DAY SENATOR MEYER
LEGIS RESOLVE 11 07/19/2011
SCR 11 WALTER HICKEL DAY OF THE ARCTIC SENATOR FRENCH
LEGIS RESOLVE 42 08/08/2012
SCR 18 RAOUL WALLENBERG REMEMBRANCE DAY SENATOR DYSON
LEGIS RESOLVE 33 08/08/2012