Pre-filed bills tackle Alaska’s sexual assault problem #Sexual_AssaultJanuary 12, 2019
Claman said in most Alaska court cases, marriage cannot be used as a defense in a sexual assault case, except for this loophole.
Claman said these bills that attempt to amend the criminal code in regards to sexual violence are likely a result of the Justin Schneider case .
“Here in Anchorage in particular there was a real outcry about sexual assault after the Justin Schneider case,” Claman said.
His crime fell outside the criminal code’s definition of sexual assault and he walked out of court with no jail time.
Tarr’s House Bill 28 would also require an annual report on equal pay for comparable work to be published each January.
Of the 13 pieces of legislation pre-filed on Friday, three deal with the Alaska Permanent Fund.
Sen. Bill Wielechowski’s Senate Bill 17 is a follow-up bill to his supplemental dividend bill that was released Monday.
SB17 would require the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to make a one time $2.393 billion appropriation to the earnings reserve for the purpose of funding that supplemental dividend.
Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, has submitted a House Joint Resolution that would require 50 percent of the Permanent Fund earnings available for distribution to be used for dividend payments.
The remaining 50 percent would be deposited in the general fund.