June 29, 2004
HB 338, sponsored by Anchorage Rep. Lesil McGuire, makes two changes in state law having to do with attendance at public schools. The bill provides that a child must reach the age of six on or before September 1 to be considered of school age, but allows a local school board to delegate to the chief school administrator the authority to admit a student under the school age, if he or she meets minimum standards. The change of school age is to make Alaska consistent with many other states, and to make it easier on Alaska's transient population.
HB 353, sponsored by Bethel Rep. Mary Kapsner, allows teachers who teach at a school that fails to make adequate yearly progress to be exempted from jury duty.
HB 539, also sponsored by Rep. McGuire, exempts a student participating in a University of Alaska practicum from the Alaska Wage and Hour Act. It also exempts an employer of a student participating in a UA practicum from vicarious liability as the "employer" of the student, if the student is not paid for his work in the practicum.
HB 549, also sponsored by Rep.
McGuire, prohibits unsolicited contact by an attorney with a
person or the relative of a person who is injured in an intrastate
airplane accident for 45 days following the accident. The bill
supplements a broad and general existing ethics rule for attorneys,
which prohibits in-person solicitation of accident victims by
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