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Representative Paul Seaton  (R-30, Homer)

Session Info:

State Capitol, Room 102
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907-465-2689
Fax: 907-465-3472

Interim Info:

270 W Pioneer, #B
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: 907-235-2921
Fax: 907-235-4008
Toll Free: 800-665-2689

Elected to the House:

2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012

Office Staff

Taneeka Hansen
907-465-2689
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-235-2921
Homer: May-Dec
Jenny Martin
907-465-2689
Juneau: Jan-Apr
907-235-2921
Homer: May-Dec

Biography

Date/Place of Birth:
October 1, 1945
Oxnard, California
Residency:
Seward: 1975 - 1982
Anchor Point: 1983 - 1992
Kachemak City: 1993 - present
Occupation:
Business Owner
Commercial Fisherman
Family:
Wife - Tina
Children:
   - Tawny, Business Owner in Minnesota
   - Rand, Fish Tender Captain
Education:
Hueneme High School, Oxnard CA: Graduated 1963
Ventura College: Graduated AA 1965
University of California, Santa Barbara CA: 1966
University of Alaska, Fairbanks:
   - B.S. Biology, 1968
   - Master of Arts in Teaching the Biological Sciences, 1969
San Diego State College: 1972
   - M.S. Marine Zoology.
University of California, Santa Barbara CA: 1974 - 1976
   - studies on crustacean population ecology
Graduated from AVTEC in Diesel Mechanics: 1979
Alaska State House of Representatives:
Chair, Standing Committee on Education: 2009 - 2010
Chair, State Affairs Committee: 2005 - 2006
Chair, Special Committee on Fisheries: 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008, 2013 - present
Co-Chair, Resources: 2011 - 2012
House Chair of Legislative Council's 90-Day Session Evaluation Subcommittee
Vice-Chair, Administrative Regulation Review Committee: 2007 - 2008
Vice-Chair, Special Committee on Education: 2003 - 2004
Vice-Chair, Health, Education & Social Services Committee: 2003 - 2006
Vice-Chair, Resources Committee: 2005 - 2006
Vice-Chair, State Affairs Committee: 2009 - 2010
Member, Health, Education & Social Services Committee: 2003 - 2008
Member, Standing Committee on Education: 2009 - present
Member, Health & Social Services Committee: 2003 - present
Member, Joint Legislative Education Task Force: 2007
Member, Resources Committee: 2003 - present
Member, Salmon Industry Task Force Joint Committee: 2004
Member, State Affairs Committee: 2003 - 2012
Member, Ways & Means Committee: 2005 - 2008
Finance Subcommittees:
   - Commerce, Community & Economic Development: 2007 - 2010
   - Education & Early Development: 2005 - 2012
   - Environmental Conservation: 2005 - present
   - Fish & Game: 2003 - 2006, 2011 - present
   - Law: 2009 - 2010
   - Revenue: 2003 - 2004
   - Transportation & Public Facilities: 2003 - 2008, 2011 - present
Member, Education Funding District Cost Factor Commission
Other Political and Government Positions:
Community Rivers Planning Coalition, Anchor Point
Delegate to State Republican Convention, 2002
Lifetime Member, National Education Association: 1968 - present
Member, Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force
Former Member, Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee
Former Member, Seward Harbor Commission
Former Member, City of Homer 2000 Fisheries Task Force
Member, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Settlement Advisory Council
Member, Education Policy Task Force, Council of State Governments
Member, Education Committee Council of State Governments-West
Member, Higher Education Funding Task Force
Member, Scholarship Funding Task Force
Business and Professional Positions:
Business Owner: K-N-S Marine, fish tender business operating 2 vessels contracting with a variety of fish processors.
Commercial Fisherman:
   - Cook Inlet Salmon Drift Gillnet for 19 years, 1966 - 1985
   - Halibut, 1974 - present
   - Tanner Crab Cook Inlet, (when it reopens)
   - Pacific cod with pots, 1992 - 2001
Cook Inlet Keeper
Homer Chamber of Commerce
Founding Board Member, Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Former Member, West Coast Advisory Panel for the National Academy of Sciences
Former Member, National Research Council Committee on Individual Fishing Quotas
Former Member, North Pacific Fisheries Council Committee on 'Harvest Priority' and 'Full Retention and Full Utilization'
Former Member, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association
North Pacific Fisheries Association
Service Organizations and Community Involvement:
Pratt Museum
Homer Foundation
KBBI Public Radio
Kachemak Bay Conservation Society
Kachemak Bay National Research Reserve Community Council
Kachemak Bay Rotary Club
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust
Alaska Marine Conservation Council
National Rifle Association
Other:
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, 2007 Legislative Award
Lowell Thomas Jr. Award for Outstanding Civil Service: 2006
State Chamber of Commerce A+ Rating for Promoting a Sustainable Business Climate: 2006
Defender of Democracy Award: 2004
Special Interests:
Reading, Talking Politics, Hunting, Fishing, Lapidary

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 51 - Oil And Gas Taxes; Tax Credits
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to oil and gas; relating to the oil and gas corporate income tax; relating to the oil and gas production tax; relating to tax credits; allowing the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds for an oil processing facility; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.

Version: SSHB 51
Status: (H) RES : 2013-02-06




HB 75 - Contribution From PFD: Audits; University
Signed Into Law! Chapter 106 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act amending certain audit requirements for entities receiving contributions from permanent fund dividends; requiring the three main campuses of the University of Alaska to apply to be included on the contribution list for contributions from permanent fund dividends; relating to notice provided on the electronic dividend application form; relating to administrative costs for administering the program of contributions from permanent fund dividends; relating to a coordination fee for entities that receive contributions from permanent fund dividends; and requiring the university to pay an application fee for each campus separately listed on the contribution list for contributions from permanent fund dividends.

Version: SCS CSHB 75(FIN)
Status: Chapter 106 SLA 14 : 2014-07-29




HB 89 - Aquatic Invasive Species
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to the rapid response to, and control of, aquatic invasive species and establishing the aquatic invasive species response fund.

Version: CSHB 89(FIN)
Status: (S) FIN : 2014-04-15




HB 90 - Testing Newborns For Vitamin D
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act establishing a temporary program in the Department of Health and Social Services for testing newborns for baseline vitamin D levels.

Status: (H) FIN : 2014-04-09




HB 109 - Naming Michael Wiley Bridge
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act naming bridge number 670, over the Kasilof River on the Sterling Highway, the Michael G. Wiley Bridge.

Status: (H) FIN : 2013-02-27




HB 110 - Barbed Hooks
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act prohibiting the use of barbed hooks in certain freshwater areas.

Status: (H) RES : 2013-03-22




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 131 - Abandoned And Derelict Vessels
Signed Into Law! Chapter 65 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to abandoned and derelict vessels.

Status: Chapter 65 SLA 13 : 2013-06-27




HB 143 - Commercial Fishing Crewmember Licenses
Signed Into Law! Chapter 68 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to crewmember fishing licenses; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 143(FIN)
Status: Chapter 68 SLA 14 : 2014-07-08




HB 190 - Credit For Secondary School Courses
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act providing for course credit in secondary school based on demonstrated mastery of the subject.

Version: CSHB 190(EDC)
Status: (S) RLS : 2014-01-31




HB 230 - AIDEA Bonds For Processing Facilities
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act allowing the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to issue bonds for an oil or gas processing facility; and creating the oil and gas infrastructure fund to finance construction or improvement of an oil or gas processing facility.

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




HB 243 - Reject Recommendation Of Compensation Commission
Sponsored by Rep. Chenault, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Hughes, Rep. Seaton, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Hawker, Rep. Foster, Rep. Nageak, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Olson, Rep. Gara, Rep. Kawasaki, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Josephson, Rep. Drummond, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins, Rep. Saddler

An Act disapproving all recommendations of the State Officers Compensation Commission relating to the salaries of state officers; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) FIN : 2014-01-21




HB 346 - Public Benefit Corporation
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to corporations, including public benefit corporations; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) FIN : 2014-04-13




HB 349 - AK Retirement Reserve Fund
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act creating the Alaska retirement reserve subaccount in the constitutional budget reserve fund; relating to the duties of the Alaska Retirement Management Board; and providing for an effective date.

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




HB 356 - Advisory Committee On Wellness
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act establishing the Advisory Committee on Wellness; and relating to the administration of state group health insurance policies.

Version: CSHB 356(STA)
Status: (S) STA : 2014-04-17




HB 365 - Performance Scholarship: Qualifying Exam
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton

An Act relating to the Alaska performance scholarship.

Status: (H) FIN : 2014-04-11



Co-Sponsored Legislation

HB 22 - Extend Board Of Marine Pilots
Signed Into Law! Chapter 39 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Marine Pilots; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 22(L&C)
Status: Chapter 39 SLA 13 : 2013-06-03




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 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 88 - Statutory Refs To Mental Retardation
Signed Into Law! Chapter 42 SLA 13
Sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett

An Act changing the terms 'mental retardation' and 'mentally retarded,' and making conforming changes, in Alaska Statutes.

Version: CSHB 88(HSS)
Status: Chapter 42 SLA 13 : 2013-06-03




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 216 - Official Languages Of The State
Signed Into Law! Chapter 116 SLA 14
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: Chapter 116 SLA 14 : 2014-10-23




HB 217 - Dr. Walter Soboleff Day
Signed Into Law! Chapter 109 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Muñoz, Rep. Kerttula

An Act establishing November 14 each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day.

Status: Chapter 109 SLA 14 : 2014-07-30




HB 220 - Secondary School Exit Exam; Perf Report
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Higgins, Rep. Millett, Rep. Gara, Rep. Gattis, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Thompson

An Act repealing the secondary student competency examination and related requirements; relating to an annual performance report to the legislature by the Department of Education and Early Development; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 220(FIN)
Status: (S) FIN : 2014-03-26




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 325 - Oil Spill Prevention Fund
Sponsored by Rep. Cathy Muñoz

An Act increasing the balance of the oil and hazardous substance release prevention and response fund required to suspend the surcharge levied on oil produced in the state; increasing the amount of the surcharge levied on oil produced in the state that may be appropriated to the oil and hazardous substance release prevention account; and providing for an effective date.

Status: (H) RES : 2014-02-21




HB 328 - Board/Licensing Of Massage Therapists
Signed Into Law! Chapter 114 SLA 14
Sponsored by Rep. Benjamin Nageak

An Act establishing the Board of Massage Therapists; relating to the licensing of massage therapists; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CSHB 328(L&C)
Status: Chapter 114 SLA 14 : 2014-08-11




HB 344 - Invasive Aquatic Plant Species Control
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Olson

An Act prohibiting the importation of, sale of, purchase of, or release into the water of the state of certain invasive aquatic plant species.

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




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 18 - Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 44
Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Hughes

Encouraging hospitals and birthing facilities in the state to participate in the Baby- Friendly Hospital Initiative and to support breastfeeding; and recognizing the benefits of breastfeeding.

Status: Legis Resolve 44 : 2014-07-28




HJR 10 - Constitutional Am.: Transportation Fund
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Peggy Wilson

Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska creating a transportation infrastructure fund.

Version: CSHJR 10(FIN)
Status: (S) FIN : 2014-04-02




HJR 12 - Support In-State Firearms Manufacturing
Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 24
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Chenault

Encouraging the manufacture of firearms and firearms accessories in the state.

Version: CSHJR 12(EDT)
Status: Legis Resolve 24 : 2013-06-20




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 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 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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