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Representative Bob Herron  D-38, Bethel

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 406
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907-465-4942
Fax: 907-465-4589

Interim Info:

PO Box 886
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: 907-543-5898
Fax: 907-543-5892
Toll Free: 800-323-4942

Elected to the House:

2008, 2010, 2012, 2014

Leadership Positions:

Majority Whip: 2015 - 2016

Office Staff

Linda Hay
907-465-4923
Juneau: Jan-Dec
 
Mary Sherbick
907-465-4942
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 
Rob Earl
Committee Aide
907-465-5141
Juneau: Jan-Dec
 

Biography

Date/Place of Birth:
Birthdate: March 9, 1951
La Grande, Oregon
Residency:
Bethel: 1973 - present
Occupation:
Occupation before legislature: Public/Government Relations Director, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Family:
Spouse - Margaret
Children - Buddy, Charles, Jalene
5 Grand Children
Education:
High School: Lathrop High School, Fairbanks, AK
Military:
United States Marine Corps: 1973 - 1977
E-5 Sergeant, computer programmer
Other Political and Government Positions:
Bethel Planning Commission.
Bethel Port Commission.
Alaska Legislature legislative aide: 1987 - 1994;
Lower Kuskokwim School District Board (elected): 1992 - 2002;
Bethel City Manager: 1998 - 2005;
Alaska Congressional Delegation, Bethel office: 2005 - 2007;
Bethel Advisory School Board (elected): 2007 - 2008
Alaska Bush Caucus: 2009 - present
Joint Legislative Veterans' Caucus: 2009 - present
U.S. Coastal States Caucus: 2009 - present
Business and Professional Positions:
Bethel Cablevision, former owner/general manager
North Star Gas, former owner
Bethel Drilling & Welding, owner
Golden Eagle LLC, owner
Blue Sky Estates, owner
Alaska Public Entities Insurance, director
Rural CAP, director
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
VFW Post #10041, Life Member
Special Interests:
Family, Boating on the Kuskokwim River and working on the cabin at Napaimute; Long-distance motorcycle riding.

Personal Legislation

HB 1 - State Arctic Policy
Signed Into Law! Chapter 10 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act declaring the Arctic policy of the state.

Version: SCS CSHB 1(STA)
Status: Chapter 10 SLA 15 : 2015-05-11



HB 40 - Use Of Electronic Cigarettes As Smoking
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act relating to the use of electronic cigarettes; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) JUD : 2015-04-03



HB 51 - List Tramadol As Iva Controlled Substance
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act classifying tramadol and related substances as schedule IVA controlled substances; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) JUD : 2015-01-21



HB 52 - Museum Construction Grant Program
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act establishing a museum construction grant program in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.

Status: (H) FIN : 2015-04-03



HB 101 - Muni Bond Bank Loans To Reg Health Orgs
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act relating to the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority; authorizing the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority to issue bonds or notes for a regional health organization; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) FIN : 2015-02-11



HB 185 - Alcoholic Beverage Control
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act relating to alcoholic beverages; relating to the regulation of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages; relating to licenses, endorsements, and permits involving alcoholic beverages; relating to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; relating to offenses involving alcoholic beverages; relating to the offense of minor consuming; relating to revocation of a driver's license for a minor consuming offense; relating to the effect of the revocation of a driver's license for a minor consuming offense on a motor vehicle liability insurance policy; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) L&C : 2015-04-09



HCR 5 - Declare 2015-2017 As Years Of The Arctic
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 12
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Declaring 2015, 2016, and 2017 to be the Years of the Arctic; encouraging the state and its partners to join with the Institute of the North in encouraging the state to promote its Arctic policy during the Years of the Arctic and to take action to address the strategic recommendations in the Implementation Plan of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.

Version: SCS CSHCR 5(ARC)
Status: Legis Resolve 12 : 2015-09-01



HJR 30 - Post-Traumatic Stress Injury
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 50
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Urging the American Psychiatric Association to change the term post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD to post-traumatic stress injury or PTSI; urging the governor to support usage of the term post-traumatic stress injury; respectfully requesting that the Alaska delegation in Congress champion this change of designation in the United States Congress; and designating June 27, 2016, as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.

Version: CSHJR 30(STA)
Status: Legis Resolve 50 : 2016-09-15


Co-Sponsored Legislation

HB 27 - Dhss Duties;cina; Foster Care; Adoption
Signed Into Law! Chapter 7 4ssla 16
Sponsored by Rep. Les Gara

An Act relating to the duties of the Department of Health and Social Services; relating to hearings on and plans for permanent placement of a child in need of aid; relating to school placement and transportation for children in foster care; relating to foster care transition programs; relating to emergency and temporary placement of a child in need of aid; relating to transitional living arrangements for children in foster care; and amending Rule 17.2, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules of Procedure.

Version: SCS CSSSHB 27(HSS) AM S
Status: Chapter 7 4ssla 16 : 2016-07-26



HB 35 - March 27: Great Alaska Earthquake Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 2 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act establishing March 27 as Great Alaska Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day.

Version: CSHB 35(STA)
Status: Chapter 2 SLA 15 : 2015-04-18



HB 44 - Sex Abuse/ Assault/ Dating Viol Prev. Progs
Signed Into Law! Chapter 2 SSSLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act relating to course mastery requirements; relating to the duties of the Department of Education and Early Development; relating to questionnaires administered in a public school; relating to the duties of school districts and regional educational attendance areas; relating to teacher certification requirements; relating to training for school employees and mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect; relating to physical examinations for students; relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in public schools; relating to dating violence and abuse awareness and prevention efforts in public schools; relating to national criminal history record check requirements for employees of child care facilities and residential child care facilities; relating to mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect; repealing the requirement for secondary students to take college and career readiness assessments; establishing the Alaska Safe Children's Act Task Force; relating to suicide prevention training; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 44(FIN)
Status: Chapter 2 SSSLA 15 : 2015-07-09



HB 77 - Disability: ID/License And Training Requirements
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson

An Act relating to training regarding disabilities for police officers, probation officers, parole officers, correctional officers, and village public safety officers; relating to guidelines for drivers when encountering or being stopped by a peace officer; relating to driver's license examinations; and relating to a voluntary disability designation on a state identification card and a driver's license.

Version: CSHB 77(FIN)
Status: (S) RLS : 2016-04-14



HB 115 - AK Sovereignty;US Transfer Land To Alaska
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to the sovereignty of the state and the state's right to a credit or setoff for amounts or injuries inequitably or unlawfully caused or claimed by the federal government; requiring the United States to lift certain land orders and federal withdrawals; relating to the transfer of public land or interests in public land from the federal government to the state and to the disposal of that land or any interest in land; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 115(FIN)
Status: (S) JUD : 2016-02-05



HB 125 - Restrictions On Sale Of Dextromethorphan
Signed Into Law! Chapter 16 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act relating to the sale of products containing dextromethorphan; relating to the regulation of dextromethorphan by municipalities; and providing for an effective date.

Status: Chapter 16 SLA 16 : 2016-06-02



HB 128 - Alaska Wild Salmon Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 6 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon

An Act establishing August 10 of each year as Alaska Wild Salmon Day.

Version: SCS HB 128(STA)
Status: Chapter 6 SLA 16 : 2016-05-07



HB 132 - AGDC Support Of Natural Gas Projects
Passed Legislature! Vetoed By Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to the purpose, powers, and duties of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation related to the Alaska liquefied natural gas project and an in-state natural gas pipeline; relating to the in-state natural gas pipeline fund; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 132(L&C)
Status: Vetoed By Governor : 2015-04-17



HB 275 - Indigenous Peoples Day;katie John Day
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Harriet Drummond

An Act establishing Katie John Day; and establishing Indigenous Peoples Day.

Version: CSHB 275(STA) AM
Status: (S) STA : 2016-04-04



HB 282 - AGDC Board Of Directors
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to the board of directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation; adding legislators as nonvoting members of the board of directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RES : 2016-01-29



HB 363 - Extend Exemption For Small Power Plants
Sponsored by Rep. Liz Vazquez

An Act extending the exemption from regulation by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for certain facilities or plants generating energy from renewable energy resources.

Status: (H) L&C : 2016-04-06



HCR 9 - Congenital Diaphragm. Hernia Action Day
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 15
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Proclaiming April 19, 2015, as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day.

Status: Legis Resolve 15 : 2015-04-18



HCR 10 - Maritime Workforce Development
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 31
Sponsored by Rep. Louise Stutes

Supporting the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Industry Advisory Committee, the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center in Seward, and further efforts to carry out the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan.

Version: CSHCR 10(FSH)
Status: Legis Resolve 31 : 2016-08-16



HCR 15 - Uniform Rules: Regulation Review
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

Proposing an amendment to the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature relating to the jurisdiction of standing committees.

Status: (H) STA : 2016-01-19



HJR 4 - Offshore Oil & Gas Revenue Sharing
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 8
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

Urging the United States Congress to provide a means for consistently and equitably sharing with all oil and gas producing states adjacent to federal outer continental shelf areas a portion of revenue generated from oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf to ensure that those states develop necessary infrastructure to support outer continental shelf development and preserve environmental integrity; urging the United States Congress to reject any proposal to divert or otherwise reduce revenue sharing to the coastal states and their political subdivisions under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006; and urging the President of the United States to direct, to the maximum extent possible, federal funds received from outer continental shelf development, and not dedicated to states or other federal programs, to federal infrastructure in the affected states.

Version: SCS HJR 4(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 8 : 2015-09-01



HJR 6 - Federal Contamination Of ANCSA Lands
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 9
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Supporting the introduction and enactment of federal legislation acknowledging that the federal government is financially responsible under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for the remediation of contaminated land subject to conveyance under the Act; urging the United States Department of the Interior to implement the six recommendations to identify and clean up the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act lands in its 1998 report to the United States Congress; and urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to remediate and make free from pollutants lands in the state conveyed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Version: SCS HJR 6(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 9 : 2015-09-01



HJR 7 - Oppose Aleutian National Marine Sanctuary
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 6
Sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon

Opposing the proposed designation of an Aleutian Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

Version: CSHJR 7(FSH)
Status: Legis Resolve 6 : 2015-09-01



HJR 9 - Endorsing ANWR Leasing; Related Issues
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 2
Sponsored by Rep. David Talerico

Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development; urging the United States Department of the Interior to recognize the private property rights of owners of land in and adjacent to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; relating to oil and gas exploration, development, production, and royalties; and relating to renewable and alternative energy technologies.

Version: SCS HJR 9(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 2 : 2015-09-01



HJR 10 - Oppose ANWR Wilderness Designation
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 1
Sponsored by Rep. Benjamin Nageak

Opposing the revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; opposing attempts by President Obama to alter management of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; encouraging the United States Congress to reject a proposal based on the revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan or accompanying Environmental Impact Statement; and encouraging the United States Congress to reject a proposal that does not open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

Version: SCS CSHJR 10(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 1 : 2015-09-01



HJR 13 - Retain Army Forces In Alaska
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 4
Sponsored by Rep. Lora Reinbold

Urging the United States Department of the Army to maintain and strengthen the current level of its combat-capable structure in the state and not to reduce personnel at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Version: SCS CSHJR 13(STA)
Status: Legis Resolve 4 : 2015-09-01



HJR 16 - Canadian Mines On Transboundary Rivers
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ortiz

Urging the United States government to continue to work with the government of Canada to refer the issue of transboundary development in the Alaska-British Columbia region to the International Joint Commission, and to use any and all powers under the Boundary Waters Treaty to investigate the long-term, region-wide downstream effects of proposed and existing industrial development and to develop measures to ensure that state resources are not harmed by upstream development in British Columbia.

Status: (H) RES : 2015-02-27



HJR 18 - Limit Declaration Of National Monuments
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 19
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Urging the United States Congress to pass the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act.

Version: SCS CSHJR 18(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 19 : 2015-09-01



HJR 26 - Constitutional Am.: Elected Attorney General
Sponsored by Rep. Craig Johnson

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the office of attorney general.

Status: (H) JUD : 2015-04-19



HR 6 - Max F. Gruenberg Jr. Committee Room
Passed House! House Resolve 6
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

Dedicating the House Judiciary Committee Room of the Alaska State Capitol to the late Representative Max F. Gruenberg, Jr.

Version: HR 6 AM
Status: (H) Resolve 6 : 2016-08-26


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