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CHENAULT REPEALS STATUTES NOT BEING USED
HB 170 repeals use of day fines for misdemeanors
Friday, April 17, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State Senate today passed House Bill (HB) 170, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, repealing state statutes pertaining to day fines.
HB 170 passed the Senate unanimously.
Though established through legislation in 1994, day fines have not been used by the court system due to a number of problems identified with the day fine program by a Supreme Court committee created to establish a fine schedule. Legislation was introduced to fix the issues identified by the committee, but never passed. As a result, day fines have never been used.
“In a time when many Alaskans feel that Government has created too many statutes, it feels good to take something that is not used off the books,” Chenault said. “The day fine plan, as is, has flaws and technical changes were never made to make the program usable. HB 170 helps to clean up our already crowded state statutes.”
HB 170 now moves to the Governor for signature.
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To contact Speaker Chenault, please call 1-907-465-3779.