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Representative Bob Herron  (D-37, Bethel)

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 411
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

Office Staff

Liz Clement
907-465-6576
Juneau: Jan-Dec
 
Graham Judson
907-465-5141
Juneau: Jan-Dec
 
Susan Phillips
907-465-4942
Juneau: Jan-Dec
 
Konrad Frank
First Alaskans Intern
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Juneau: Jan-Apr
 

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
3 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 30 - State Agency Performance Audits
Signed Into Law! Chapter 19 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Chenault, Rep. Olson, Rep. Feige, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Pruitt, Rep. Keller, Rep. Stoltze, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Hawker, Rep. Edgmon, Rep. Seaton, Rep. Nageak, Rep. Herron, Rep. LeDoux, Rep. Muñoz, Rep. Austerman, Rep. Costello, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Saddler, Rep. Reinbold, Rep. Gattis, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Foster, Rep. Isaacson

An Act relating to performance reviews, audits, and termination of executive and legislative branch agencies, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska Court System; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 30(FIN)
Status: Chapter 19 SLA 13 : 2013-05-28




HB 49 - Chinook Research & Restoration Endowment
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act establishing the Alaska Chinook salmon research and restoration endowment fund and relating to grants from the fund.

Status: (H) FIN : 2013-03-20




HB 156 - Extend Hair Crab & Scallop Limited Entry
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act extending the termination date of the authority of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to maintain a vessel-based limited entry fisheries system for the weathervane scallop and Bering Sea hair crab fisheries; and providing for an effective date by amending the effective date under sec. 28, ch. 137, SLA 2002.

Status: (H) FSH : 2013-03-04




HB 165 - AK Arctic Port And Development Authority
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act creating the Alaska Arctic Port and Development Authority as a public corporation of the state with the power to receive and administer funds in order to plan, develop, construct, own, improve, and operate ports, including deepwater ports, and related infrastructure in the state's Arctic coastal region; defining the purposes and powers of the authority; establishing the Alaska Arctic Port and Development Authority revolving fund; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) L&C : 2013-03-14




HB 216 - Official Languages Of The State
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit To Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins, Rep. Millett, Rep. Edgmon, Rep. Nageak, Rep. Herron

An Act adding the Inupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unangax, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages as official languages of the state.

Version: CSHB 216(STA)
Status: Await Transmit To Governor : 2014-04-20




HB 218 - Sentencing;aggravator/Deportation Status
Signed Into Law! Chapter 56 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Chenault, Rep. Millett, Rep. Herron, Rep. Lynn

An Act relating to the aggravating factor at felony sentencing of multiple prior misdemeanors when a prior misdemeanor involves an assault on a correctional employee; providing that deportation is not a proper factor for referral of a case to a three-judge panel for sentencing for a felony; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 218(JUD)
Status: Chapter 56 SLA 14 : 2014-06-23




HB 288 - AIDEA: Arctic Development Program/Fund
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act creating the Arctic infrastructure development program and fund in the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.

Status: (H) L&C : 2014-01-29




HB 301 - State Med Examiner Post Mortems Autopsies
Signed Into Law! Chapter 96 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act relating to duties and procedures of the state medical examiner and the Department of Health and Social Services.

Version: CSHB 301(HSS)
Status: Chapter 96 SLA 14 : 2014-07-17




HB 333 - Museum Construction Grants
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act establishing a museum construction grant program in the Department of Education and Early Development.

Status: (H) EDC : 2014-02-24




HB 363 - Official State Firearm
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

An Act designating the official state bolt-action rifle.

Status: (H) STA : 2014-02-26




HCR 19 - Supporting Efforts Of Recover Alaska
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 45
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Supporting Recover Alaska in its efforts to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and its effects.

Version: CSHCR 19(HSS)
Status: Legis Resolve 45 : 2014-07-17




HJR 24 - Arctic Council
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 34
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Urging the United States Department of State to consider the priorities of the state while it holds the position of chair of the Arctic Council; requesting that the United States Department of State work in partnership with state officials to appoint a chair of the Arctic Council; and supporting the strategic recommendation of the January 30, 2014, preliminary report of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.

Version: CSHJR 24(STA)
Status: Legis Resolve 34 : 2014-07-17




HJR 29 - Social Security Disability/Ssi Appeals
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Supporting the Disability Law Center of Alaska's inquiry into the United States Social Security Administration's disproportionate denial of social security disability insurance and supplemental security income claims in the state.

Status: (H) HSS : 2014-02-26




HJR 30 - Izembek Land Exchange
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 38
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Requesting that the federal government and the United States Secretary of the Interior reconsider the Izembek Land Exchange decision and approve the Izembek Land Exchange, allowing the residents of King Cove to have road access to the Cold Bay Airport for critical health and safety reasons and to improve the quality of their lives.

Version: HJR 30 AM
Status: Legis Resolve 38 : 2014-09-19




HR 5 - Federal Assessment Of 2012 Arctic Operations
Passed House! House Resolve 5
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Supporting full state participation alongside federal officials in the United States Department of the Interior's Expedited Assessment of 2012 Arctic Operations.

Status: (H) Resolve 5 : 2013-01-31




HR 7 - Request Secretary Of State Attend Arctic Council
Passed House! House Resolve 6
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Herron

Requesting the United States Secretary of State to attend the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, on May 15, 2013, as the Arctic Minister of the United States.

Status: (H) Resolve 6 : 2013-05-09



Co-Sponsored Legislation

HB 32 - Lines Of Business On Business License
Signed Into Law! Chapter 110 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Mia Costello, Rep. Shelley Hughes

An Act providing for the issuance of one business license for multiple lines of business; and providing for reissuance of a business license to make a change on the license.

Version: CSHB 32(FIN) AM S
Status: Chapter 110 SLA 14 : 2014-07-31




HB 39 - Power Cost Equalization
Sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon

An Act relating to the power cost equalization program.

Status: (H) ENE : 2013-01-16




HB 40 - Municipal Tax Exemption: Farm Structures
Signed Into Law! Chapter 66 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

An Act establishing a municipal tax exemption for certain farm structures.

Version: CSHB 40(CRA) AM S
Status: Chapter 66 SLA 13 : 2013-06-28




HB 45 - Electronic Bullying In Schools
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Costello, Rep. Gattis, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Josephson

An Act relating to harassment, intimidation, or bullying by students attending a public school in the state.

Status: (S) JUD : 2014-04-17




HB 52 - PFD Allowable Absence
Signed Into Law! Chapter 33 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Feige

An Act relating to allowable absences from the state for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS HB 52(FIN)
Status: Chapter 33 SLA 13 : 2013-06-03




HB 56 - Passenger Vehicle Rental Tax
Signed Into Law! Chapter 8 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Lindsey Holmes, Rep. Tammie Wilson

An Act excluding motorcycles and motor-driven cycles from the passenger vehicle rental tax; and providing for an effective date.

Status: Chapter 8 SLA 13 : 2013-05-09




HB 67 - Vietnam Veterans Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 3 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Steve Thompson

An Act establishing March 29 of each year as Vietnam Veterans Day; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 67(MLV)
Status: Chapter 3 SLA 13 : 2013-03-27




HB 71 - AK Regional Economic Assistance Program
Signed Into Law! Chapter 2 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

An Act relating to a vessel-based commercial fisheries limited entry system for the Bering Sea hair crab fishery; requiring the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to report biennially on the vessel-based limited entry fisheries system for the Bering Sea hair crab fishery; establishing the Alaska regional economic assistance program; requiring the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to compile an annual report to the legislature regarding statewide and regional economic development projects and regional development organizations; and providing for an effective date.

Version: FCCS HB 71
Status: Chapter 2 SLA 14 : 2014-05-27




HB 84 - Military Training Credit/Temp. License
Signed Into Law! Chapter 28 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

An Act relating to applying military education, training, and service credit to occupational licensing and certain postsecondary education and employment training requirements; providing for a temporary occupational license for qualified military service members; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 84(FIN)(EFD AM S)
Status: Chapter 28 SLA 13 : 2013-06-02




HB 87 - Special Education Service Agency
Signed Into Law! Chapter 23 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Pete Higgins

An Act relating to allocations to the special education service agency and extending the special education service agency; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CCS HB 87
Status: Chapter 23 SLA 13 : 2013-05-29




HB 116 - Pers Credit For Military Service
Signed Into Law! Chapter 81 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act relating to the use of credited military service by retired peace officers and firefighters to meet certain requirements for major medical insurance coverage; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 116(L&C)
Status: Chapter 81 SLA 14 : 2014-07-10




HB 130 - Jay Hammond Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act establishing July 21 each year as Jay Hammond Day.

Status: Chapter 68 SLA 13 : 2013-07-10




HB 140 - Regulations: Notice, Review, Comment
Signed Into Law! Chapter 87 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Lora Reinbold

An Act relating to the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation; and relating to contact with agencies about regulations.

Version: SCS CSHB 140(JUD)
Status: Chapter 87 SLA 14 : 2014-07-16




HB 147 - Extend Autism Early Diagnosis Task Force
Signed Into Law! Chapter 35 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

An Act extending the reporting date for and the termination date of the Comprehensive Autism Early Diagnosis and Treatment Task Force; and providing for an effective date.

Status: Chapter 35 SLA 13 : 2013-06-03




HB 158 - DNR Hunting Concessions
Sponsored by Rep. Mia Costello

An Act authorizing the commissioner of natural resources to implement a hunting guide concession program or otherwise limit the number of individuals authorized to conduct big game commercial guiding on state land.

Status: (H) RES : 2013-03-05




HB 189 - Hazing
An Act relating to hazing.

Status: (H) JUD : 2014-03-31




HB 199 - VPSO Firearms
Signed Into Law! Chapter 97 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon

An Act relating to Department of Public Safety regulations allowing village public safety officers to carry firearms.

Status: Chapter 97 SLA 14 : 2014-07-18




HB 211 - Employment Of Persons With Disabilities
Signed Into Law! Chapter 19 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Millett, Rep. Gattis, Rep. Holmes, Rep. Hughes, Rep. LeDoux, Rep. Josephson

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities.

Version: SCS CSHB 211(L&C)
Status: Chapter 19 SLA 14 : 2014-05-29




HB 233 - Sexual Abuse/Assault Prevention Programs
Sponsored by Rep. Tarr, Rep. Gara, Rep. Drummond, Rep. Josephson

An Act relating to sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention efforts in public schools.

Status: (H) FIN : 2014-03-28




HB 250 - Medical Malpractice Actions
Signed Into Law! Chapter 62 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act making an expression of apology, sympathy, commiseration, compassion, or benevolence by a health care provider inadmissible in a medical malpractice case; requiring a health care provider to advise a patient or the patient's legal representative to seek legal advice before making an agreement with the patient to correct an unanticipated outcome of medical treatment or care; and amending Rules 402, 407, 408, 409, and 801, Alaska Rules of Evidence.

Version: CSHB 250(HSS) AM
Status: Chapter 62 SLA 14 : 2014-07-08




HCR 1 - State Food Resource Development Group
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 1
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

Relating to the establishment and operation of a state food resource development working group.

Version: CSHCR 1(EDT)
Status: Legis Resolve 1 : 2013-06-28




HCR 2 - Purple Heart State
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 4
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

Proclaiming the state as a Purple Heart State to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans.

Status: Legis Resolve 4 : 2013-06-02




HCR 5 - Decoration Of Honor
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 5
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

Relating to awarding the Alaska Decoration of Honor to certain members of the military.

Status: Legis Resolve 5 : 2013-06-02




HJR 3 - Statehood/ ANCSA/ Native Allotment Land
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Urging the President of the United States to seek and the United States Congress to approve adequate funding for land conveyance activities for the State of Alaska, Alaska Native corporations, and Alaska Natives under the Alaska Statehood Act, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Native Allotment Act of 1906, the Alaska Native Veterans Allotment Act of 1998, and the Alaska Land Transfer Acceleration Act.

Status: (H) RES : 2013-01-16




HJR 4 - Oppose Gun Control Orders & Legislation
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Urging the President of the United States to rescind 23 executive orders, executive actions, and executive recommendations, related to regulation of firearms; and urging the United States Congress to refrain from passing legislation that restricts the right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

Version: CSHJR 4(JUD) AM
Status: (S) JUD : 2013-02-28




HJR 5 - Oppose Genetically Engineered Salmon
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 6
Sponsored by Rep. Geran Tarr

Opposing the United States Food and Drug Administration's preliminary finding relating to genetically engineered salmon; urging further examination of genetically engineered salmon; opposing AquaBounty's petition to produce genetically engineered salmon; and proposing, if AquaBounty's petition is approved, that its product should be labeled as genetically modified.

Version: CSHJR 5(FSH)
Status: Legis Resolve 6 : 2013-04-15




HJR 7 - Endorsing ANWR Leasing
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Gattis

Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, development, and production; relating to oil and gas exploration, development, production, and royalties; and relating to renewable and alternative energy technologies.

Status: (H) RLS : 2013-03-01




HJR 15 - Federal Contamination Of ANCSA Lands
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 28
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; and 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.

Version: SCS CSHJR 15(RES)
Status: Legis Resolve 28 : 2014-03-04




HJR 18 - Constitutional Am.: Elected Attorney General
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze

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

Status: (H) RLS : 2014-03-27




HJR 23 - Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 26
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

Proclaiming March 27, 2014, as Good Friday Earthquake Remembrance Day.

Status: Legis Resolve 26 : 2014-03-04




HJR 26 - Offshore Oil & Gas Revenue Sharing
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 30
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.

Status: Legis Resolve 30 : 2014-03-04



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