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Representative Kurt Olson  R-30, Kenai

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 24
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907-465-2693
Fax: 907-465-3835

Interim Info:

145 Main Street Loop
Suite 221
Kenai AK, 99611
Phone: 907-283-2690
Fax: 907-283-2763
Toll Free: 800-463-2693

Elected to the House:

2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014

Office Staff

Konrad Jackson
907-465-4954
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-283-2690
Kenai: May-Dec
Laura Stidolph
907-465-2693
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 
Rachel Hanke
907-465-2693
Juneau: Jan-Apr
 

Committee Memberships

Biography

Date/Place of Birth:
March 24, 1948
Sacramento, California
Residency:
Anchorage: 1977 - 1982
Kenai: 1982 - 1995
Soldotna: 1995 - present
Family:
Spouse - Barbara
Children - Madelyn, Valerie
Education:
Cupertino High School: 1966
California State University
   - B.A. 1977
Military:
USAF: 1967 - 1971; Honorable Discharge
Alaska State House of Representatives:
Chair, Labor & Commerce Committee: 2007 - present
Chair, Oil & Gas Committee: 2008
Co-chair, Community & Regional Affairs Committee: 2005 - 2006
Vice-Chair, Oil & Gas Committee: 2007
Vice-Chair, Econ. Dev., Trade & Tourism: 2011 - 2012
Member, Community & Regional Affairs Committee: 2007 - 2008
Member, Econ. Dev., Trade & Tourism: 2013 - present
Member, Resources Committee: 2005 - 2010
Finance Subcommittees:
   - Administration: 2005 - 2010
   - Court System: 2007 - 2008
   - Environmental Conservation: 2005 - 2010
   - Fish & Game: 2007 - 2010
   - Law: 2007 - 2008
   - Public Safety: 2007 - 2008
   - Revenue: 2007 - 2008
Other Political and Government Positions:
Soldotna City Council (2 years)
Central Emergency Services Service Area Board of Directors (elected 3 times, 8 years total, 3 as chair)
Business and Professional Positions:
Alaska Legislative Aide
Commercial Lines Insurance Broker
Custom Seafood Processor
The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Industry
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
Rotary (Spenard, Kenai, and Soldotna)
Peninsula Winter Games Board of Directors
Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce (Board of Directors - Soldotna 5 years)
Kenai Wild Salmon Brand Board of Directors
Soldotna Elks Lodge
Special Interests:
Fishing, hiking, and photography

Personal Legislation

HB 26 - Extend Cert. D.e. Midwives Bd; Audit Rprt
Signed Into Law! Chapter 18 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives; requiring an interim report regarding the board's audit compliance and budget deficit; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS HB 26(L&C)
Status: Chapter 18 SLA 15 : 2015-05-14



HB 31 - Controlled Substances And Workers Comp
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act restricting the dispensing, administering, and repackaging of certain controlled substances for employees receiving workers' compensation benefits.

Status: (H) L&C : 2015-01-21



HB 32 - Workers Comp: Controlled Substances Tests
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act relating to employer-required drug testing; requiring the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board to adopt regulations relating to the prescription of controlled substances to employees; and relating to the prescription of controlled substances to employees.

Status: (H) L&C : 2015-01-21



HB 33 - Affordable Care Act Navigators
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act relating to health care navigators.

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



HB 34 - Workers' Compensation Amount For Ppd
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act relating to the amount of workers' compensation benefits in the case of permanent partial impairment.

Status: (H) L&C : 2015-01-21



HB 214 - Repeal Workers' Comp Appeals Commission
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act repealing the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; relating to decisions and orders of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board; relating to superior court jurisdiction over appeals from Alaska Workers' Compensation Board decisions and orders; repealing Rules 201.1, 401.1, and 501.1, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure, and amending Rules 202(a), 204(a) - (c), 210(e), 508(g), 601(b), 602, and 603, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) FIN : 2016-04-10


Co-Sponsored 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 4 - Automated External Defibrillator
Signed Into Law! Chapter 19 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Tammie Wilson

An Act relating to automated external defibrillators.

Status: Chapter 19 SLA 15 : 2015-05-14



HB 5 - Guardians/Conservators Of Certain Persons
Passed Legislature! Vetoed By Governor
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Hawker

An Act relating to the persons who may be appointed guardians of incapacitated persons or conservators of protected persons.

Version: SCS HB 5(JUD)
Status: Vetoed By Governor : 2015-05-14



HB 8 - Powers Of Attorney
Signed Into Law! Chapter 50 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

An Act relating to powers of attorney and other substitute decision-making documents; relating to the uniform probate code; relating to notaries public; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 8(JUD)
Status: Chapter 50 SLA 16 : 2016-07-28



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 43 - Jan 9: AK Law Enforcement Officers' Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 1 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn, Rep. Talerico, Rep. Vazquez, Rep. Wool, Rep. Claman

An Act establishing Alaska Law Enforcement Officers' Day.

Version: CSHB 43(STA)
Status: Chapter 1 SLA 15 : 2015-04-03



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 46 - Workforce Investment Board Veteran Member
Signed Into Law! Chapter 33 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Saddler

An Act relating to membership in the Alaska Workforce Investment Board.

Status: Chapter 33 SLA 15 : 2015-06-02



HB 56 - Alaska Firefighters' Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 7 SLA 15
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn, Rep. Matt Claman

An Act establishing Alaska Firefighters' Day.

Version: SCS HB 56(STA)
Status: Chapter 7 SLA 15 : 2015-05-05



HB 59 - Marijuana Concentrates; Licenses
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to marijuana concentrates; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) JUD : 2015-03-11



HB 61 - Military Meritorious Award License Plates
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Gara, Rep. Gruenberg, Rep. Vazquez, Rep. Lynn, Rep. LeDoux

An Act relating to special motor vehicle registration plates for recipients of the Bronze Star awarded for valor, Silver Star, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, Coast Guard Cross, and other awards reflecting valor; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 61(STA)
Status: (S) STA : 2015-04-09



HB 81 - Exemption: Licensing Of Contractors
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Tilton

An Act relating to an exemption from the regulation of construction contractors.

Version: CSHB 81(FIN)
Status: Withdrawn : 2016-04-16



HB 100 - Urea/ Ammonia/ Gas-Liq Facility; Tax Credit
Signed Into Law! Chapter 58 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act establishing a credit against the net income tax for an in-state processing facility that manufactures urea, ammonia, or gas-to-liquid products; relating to establishing the value of the state's royalty share of gas production based on contracts with certain in-state processing facilities that manufacture urea, ammonia, or gas-to-liquid products; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SCS CSHB 100(FIN) AM S
Status: Chapter 58 SLA 16 : 2016-09-12



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 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 175 - Establish Military Family Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 4 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn

An Act establishing November 1 as Military Family Day.

Status: Chapter 4 SLA 16 : 2016-04-21



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 287 - Atty Gen: Service On Boards/Commissions
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

An Act relating to the duties and powers of the attorney general; relating to the governor's power to appoint the attorney general to a state board or commission, the governing body of a public corporation, or any other entity that has a governing body; requesting that the governor replace the attorney general on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation board; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) JUD : 2016-02-01



HB 298 - Layoff Of Tenured Teachers
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Tilton

An Act relating to school districts; and relating to layoff plans for tenured teachers.

Status: (H) EDC : 2016-02-05



HB 305 - Recreational/Avocational Training Exempt.
Signed Into Law! Chapter 21 SLA 16
Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Gattis

An Act relating to an exemption from the regulation of postsecondary educational institutions.

Version: CSHB 305(EDC)
Status: Chapter 21 SLA 16 : 2016-06-17



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 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 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 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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