Restoration of Petty Theft Penalties Fails to Pass

Date: May 19, 2017

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Governor calls Alaska Legislature into special session to deal with a variety of issues. NFIB not relenting on opposition to reinstating the income tax.

NFIB/Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt reports from Juneau on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending May 19.

The Legislature adjourned its regular session May 17, and the governor called it back into special session the next day.

Gov. Bill Walker’s proclamation calling lawmakers back for a special session included the following issues he wants to be addressed:

  • Opioids prescription and monitoring
  • Operating budget
  • Mental health budget
  • Capital budget
  • Oil and gas tax credit reform
  • Permanent Fund Protection Act
  • Motor fuel tax
  • Broad-based tax

Although the governor’s call dodges the term, the “broad-based tax” in his special session proclamation is political spin for income tax. NFIB will continue its strong opposition to that tax.

Crime Bills

On the final night of the regular session Senate Bill 55, the technical corrections to Senate Bill 91, last year’s major crime bill, passed and is on its way to the governor. But Senate Bill 54, which would have put some teeth back into the penalties for petty theft was blocked in the House State Affairs Committee by the House majority.

Rep. Lora Reinbold attempted to amend SB 55 to include many of the important provisions in SB 54, which NFIB members lobbied extensive for, but the House majority used procedural moves to block discussion of those amendments. NFIB appreciated that Rep. Reinbold and the House minority recognized the problems the changes made by last year’s crime bill are causing small businesses.

As the regular session adjourned, bills opposed by NFIB will rest in their current positions until next year when the fight begins again. House Bill 115, the personal income tax bill is the only bill NFIB expects to be fighting during the special session.

Previous Reports & Related News Releases

May 12 Report—Alaska Senate Votes Down State Income Tax Revival

May 9 Editorial—Fundamental Income Tax Lessons for Alaska

May 5 Report—Income Taxes, Petroleum Taxes, and Little Else

April 28 Report—Which Will Cave First Over State Income Tax. House or Senate?

April 21 Report—One Adjournment Deadline Ignored. Will a Second Be?

April 14 Report—NFIB Victory: Independent Contractors Pulled out of State’s Crosshairs

April 7 Report—NFIB Forcing Legislature to Practice What it Preaches

March 31—NFIB Testifies in Favor of Tougher Petty Theft Penalties

March 24 Report—Hearings on a New State Income Tax Take Center Stage

March 17 Report—NFIB Victory: Deceptive Income Tax Proposal Put Aside

March 10 Report—NFIB, State Still Far Apart on Defining Independent Contractors

March 3 Report—NFIB to Fight Alaska bid to Spike UI Wages

February 24 Report—Gas Tax Increase, State Income Tax Bills Still Alive

February 17 Report—NFIB to Testify Against Assault on Independent Contractors

February 10 Report—NFIB Looking at Four Fixes to Omnibus Crime Bill

February 3 Report—Flaw in SB 91: What Penalty for Petty Theft?

January 27 Report—Independent Contractors Once Again in Crosshairs of Alaska Legislature

January 20 Report—Costly Bills Make Return Engagement in Juneau

January 5 News Release—Poll: Alaska Should Not Be in The Retirement Business

[Tile photo courtesy of The Alaska State Legislature website.]


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