Knowles signs terrorism, alcohol, draft bills

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law bills that target various crimes which captured much media attention earlier this year.

The bills lengthen prison sentences for acts of terrorism -- such as damaging the trans-Alaskan oil pipeline -- and increase the penalties for providing alcohol to minors.

Knowles also signed into law a bill that would take Alaska Permanent Fund dividends from people who do not register for the draft.

House Bill 350, sponsored by Rep. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, lengthens sentences for certain acts of terrorism, and spells out that actions such as tampering with water supplies or mailing fake anthrax to scare people are crimes.

Those were among changes the Knowles administration had sought, based on post-Sept. 11 recommendations from district attorneys around the state.

The new law takes effect immediately.

Knowles also signed two bills stemming from a drunken-driving crash last year in Anchorage that killed three teens and an Anchorage police officer. Two men in their 30s had supplied alcohol to the teens.

House Bill 330, sponsored by the House Judiciary Committee, makes it a felony to supply alcohol to a minor if the underage drinker then seriously hurts or kills someone. It takes effect in 90 days.

And House Bill 281, by Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, would allow civil lawsuits to be filed against someone who provides booze to a minor who then hurts or kills someone while drunk. It becomes law July 1.

Knowles also signed a bill that would keep young men from getting permanent fund dividends if they don't register for the draft. They also wouldn't be eligible for state student loans or state jobs.

Rep. Lisa Murkowski, R-Anchorage, sponsored the bill.

Men have a while to get their papers in order. The student loan section of the bill doesn't become law until July 1, 2003, and the permanent fund dividend and state job provisions aren't law until Jan. 1, 2004.

Knowles also signed a bill Thursday that makes it clear the state can prosecute crimes on state ferries, state planes or other state vessels even if the crime occurred while the ship or plane was outside state waters. It becomes law immediately.

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