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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:02 am | Updated: 5:42 am, Tue Jan 8, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Legislature released its first set of pre-filed legislation on Monday. Statewide, issues like proposed voter identification and stand your ground laws were paired with some energy legislation.

The Fairbanks House Delegation filed a number of bills including a low-interest loan program for home heating upgrades, a four-day school week, royalty oil and a bill that would allow a driver’s license without a photograph on the grounds of religious objection.

Here’s a list of the bills filed by Fairbanks lawmakers and brief explanations of what they do.

• HB5 Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks

Relating to the Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors and to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. (Creates investigator for the board, second employee after the executive secretary.)

• HB8 Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, and Mark Neuman, R-Big Lake

Relating to the powers of the Department of Natural Resources. (DNR is no longer authorized to implement hunting guide concession program or limit big game commercial guiding on state land.)

• HB21 Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, and Tammie Wilson

Relating to the length of a school week; and providing for an effective date. (Allows the School Board of Education to allow one school district to enter into a four-day week pilot program for three years. The four-day week would have offer equal education to a five-day week.)

• HB 34 Tammie Wilson

Making state compliance with a federal law, regulation, or presidential executive order contingent on receipt of certain information from the federal government. (State won’t comply with federal law, regulation or presidential orders until the feds tell state, governor and Legislature how compliance will be accomplished and the economic impact on each affected community.)

• HB 35 Tammie Wilson

Creating a low-interest loan program for homeowners who improve or replace their home heating systems; and providing for an effective date. (Loan to improve energy efficiency, doesn’t mention a specific heat source other than “available.”)

• HB 36 Tammie Wilson

Exempting certain federal agencies or military services firing or using munitions on active ranges from prior authorization requirements of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

• HB 38 Scott Kawasaki,

D-Fairbanks

Relating to the sale of state royalty oil and gas; and relating to recommendations by the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board. (Requires board consider whether it will be consumed in state and removes economically feasibility requirements.)

• HB 42 Tammie Wilson

Allowing the issuance of a driver’s license without a photograph on the grounds of religious objection. (Requires “applicant sign an affidavit affirming the applicant’s religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification and affirming the request is not made for the purpose of fraud or concealment of the applicant’s identity.”)

• HB 43 Scott Kawasaki

Authorizing the establishment of institutes of medicine and law at the University of Alaska.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544 or follow him on Twitter: @FDNMpolitics.

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