The Alaska Firearms Freedom Act (HB 186) will be heard before the Senate Finance Committee this morning at 9:00 AKDT.
They will also hear HB 319, for the modernization of the rules governing the procedure for issue of an Alaska concealed carry permit (not required in-state, but recognized by most other states for carry there).
A federal mandate to carry health insurance isn't sitting well with some Alaska lawmakers. The House Judiciary Committee advanced a state health care policy bill Monday in a 5-2 vote. By stating a person has the right to choose or decline health care, the policy conflicts with federal health care reform legislation recently signed into law. Some public employees would be exempt if their employer, such as the state or university system, requires they buy insurance.
The overall intent is to establish grounds for a lawsuit with the federal government, should the governor and attorney general pursue one.