Legislature(2017 - 2018)HOUSE FINANCE 519

04/12/2017 01:30 PM FINANCE

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+ HB 166 MUSEUM CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
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+ HB 151 DHSS;CINA; FOSTER CARE; CHILD PROTECTION TELECONFERENCED
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+ SB 51 EXTEND BOARD OF VETERINARY EXAMINERS TELECONFERENCED
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HOUSE BILL NO. 166                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act establishing a museum construction grant                                                                           
     program in the Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                                      
     Economic Development."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:37:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JUSTIN PARISH,  SPONSOR,  explained that  HB                                                                    
166 created  a matching grant  program. He read  the sponsor                                                                    
statement:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     House Bill 166 establishes  a matching grant program in                                                                    
     the  Department  of  Commerce, Community  and  Economic                                                                    
     Development,   for    eligible   museum   construction,                                                                    
     expansion or major renovation projects.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Museums  are  eligible for  this  program  if they  are                                                                    
     located in  Alaska, entitled  to receive  state grants,                                                                    
     and  provide matching  funds from  other sources  of at                                                                    
     least 50 percent of the project costs.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska has  more than 60  museums throughout  the state                                                                    
     that   provide  cultural,   tourism,  and   educational                                                                    
     programs.   Alaska  museums   receive  380,993   annual                                                                    
     visitors  and they  serve 29,469  school children  each                                                                    
     year. Alaskan  communities are  enriched with  the art,                                                                    
     history, and  cultural language and  education provided                                                                    
     at the museums.  The approval of this  bill will enable                                                                    
     museums  to access  and leverage  funding so  that they                                                                    
     may improve,  expand or upgrade  as needed,  when funds                                                                    
     are appropriated. Included with  the bill documents you                                                                    
     will  find twenty-three  letters of  support from  nine                                                                    
     different Alaskan  museums, four regional  or statewide                                                                    
     museums organizations and Senator Bishop.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     The  award  is  subject  to  appropriation  and  cannot                                                                    
     exceed  more  than 50  percent  of  the total  proposed                                                                    
     project costs.  HB 166  is a companion  bill for  SB 7,                                                                    
     Sponsors: Stevens, Bishop, Stedman and Egan.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Parish was happy to answer any questions.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Foster read the list of available testifiers.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Gara thought  the bill  was straightforward.  He                                                                    
referred to Page  2, line 1 in subsection C.  He thought the                                                                    
subsection read  that the state  could only grant  an amount                                                                    
that was 50  percent of the grant amount.  He suggested that                                                                    
it would be  half of the grant amount rather  than 50/50. He                                                                    
surmised  that  the  maker of  the  amendment  intended  the                                                                    
amount to  be up to 50  percent of the cost  of the project.                                                                    
Representative Parish relayed that  he had put grant project                                                                    
together. He  thanked Vice-Chair  Gara for  his observation.                                                                    
He would be happy to work out a change.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Gara was  happy to  be corrected.  Clarification                                                                    
could  be  provided  at  the  next  hearing.  Representative                                                                    
Parish  thought  there  was   someone  available  who  could                                                                    
clarify the language.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson   was  aware   of  one   [grant]  for                                                                    
libraries. However, she did not  believe it dealt with major                                                                    
renovation  and construction.  She thought  it applied  to a                                                                    
new library  based on the  community size. She asked  if the                                                                    
library grant encompassed a  major renovation and expansion.                                                                    
Representative Parish  would field  the question  to someone                                                                    
more familiar with the program.  He would leave his staff to                                                                    
answer any remaining questions.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:42:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE  ELDEMAR,  DIRECTOR,  DIVISION  OF  COMMUNITY  AND                                                                    
REGIONAL AFFAIRS, introduced herself.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wilson suggested there  was a similar program                                                                    
for  libraries  based  on  population.  She  was  under  the                                                                    
impression the  program covered the  cost of building  a new                                                                    
library.  She  wondered  if  the  bills  were  similar.  Ms.                                                                    
Eldemar  responded  that  she would  have  to  research  the                                                                    
statute. She  offered that  there was  never any  funding to                                                                    
the  library program  through  other  venues. She  continued                                                                    
that  no  applications  were   funded  through  the  library                                                                    
statute.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson   thought  she  was   incorrect.  She                                                                    
indicated that  North Slope  had a new  library and  it went                                                                    
through a  program. She  was uncertain  of the  details. Ms.                                                                    
Eldemar   referred   to   two   statutes.   She   referenced                                                                    
AS.14.56.355 pertaining  to a public construction  and major                                                                    
expansion matching  grant program. She explained  that there                                                                    
was  not an  appropriation  from the  legislature under  the                                                                    
statute.  She furthered  that funding  was granted  under AS                                                                    
37.05.315 - not through the library grant statute.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson commented  that was  the project  she                                                                    
thought  was being  funded. She  asked about  the definition                                                                    
for major renovation but did  not see one for expansion. She                                                                    
wondered about the size of  the expansion. Ms. Eldemar would                                                                    
get back to the committee with an answer.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg wondered  about  a structure  for                                                                    
establishing  a systematic  approach to  prioritizing museum                                                                    
capital  funding  requests in  the  state.  He did  not  see                                                                    
anything  in the  bill outlining  prioritization except  for                                                                    
major renovations.  He was concerned with  the definition of                                                                    
a   major  renovation.   He  did   not  see   anything  that                                                                    
prioritized  one  thing  over   another.  He  asked  if  the                                                                    
amendment was only setting up a fund.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Eldemar  pointed to HB  166 on  Page 1, Line  10-11. She                                                                    
read from the bill:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The department may not accept an application for a                                                                         
     grant under this section unless the legislature makes                                                                      
     an appropriation for the grant program.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Eldemar  explained  that it  was  put  in  procedurally                                                                    
because  previously there  were many  applications submitted                                                                    
to the  division for the  library program. They  were scored                                                                    
and given a  number. Typically, the grant  was awarded based                                                                    
on  the score.  Unfortunately, there  was no  appropriation.                                                                    
The  division  had  gone through  the  process  of  creating                                                                    
regulations  and  reviewing  and scoring  the  applications.                                                                    
However, the  grant was never funded.  Subsequently, funding                                                                    
was provided through the other statute she cited.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg  remarked  that  the  bill  would                                                                    
establish a  new section on museum  construction, expansion,                                                                    
and major renovation. He did  not see a reference to scoring                                                                    
or  prioritization  of grant  applications.  He  asked if  a                                                                    
scoring  system like  the previous  one would  be used.  Ms.                                                                    
Eldemar replied  that if the  bill became law,  the division                                                                    
would not  accept applications until  funding was  in place.                                                                    
Then,  the  division  would start  the  process  of  putting                                                                    
together regulations,  which would  take about a  year. Once                                                                    
the  regulations were  in place,  the  division would  begin                                                                    
processing  applications. The  division would  not take  any                                                                    
action   until  appropriations   were  made.   Criteria  and                                                                    
procedures would be established through regulations.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:48:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Guttenberg  referred to  information provided                                                                    
in  member   packets.  There  was  a   variety  of  museums,                                                                    
including the  Tanana Valley  Railroad Association.  Some of                                                                    
them were  private, public, and  non-profit. He  asked which                                                                    
entities would qualify  for a grant. He asked  if the Museum                                                                    
of the  North would qualify  for a  grant or if  a privately                                                                    
funded aviation museum would  qualify. Ms. Eldemar responded                                                                    
that if  the bill  became law, the  division would  start by                                                                    
creating  regulations. She  would  have to  wait  to see  an                                                                    
application to  verify whether it  was complete,  whether it                                                                    
satisfied requirements, or whether  it was deficient in some                                                                    
way.  She would  not know  until she  saw an  application or                                                                    
started the process.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Guttenberg  thought it was good  that she was                                                                    
not getting  too far  ahead. However,  he suggested  that it                                                                    
would  be nice  to know  in advance  of passing  legislation                                                                    
where the  line stood. He  wondered, for instance, if  a mom                                                                    
and  pop  dime store  museum  on  the corner,  the  downtown                                                                    
Anchorage  museum,  a  city-owned museum,  or  a  university                                                                    
museum would qualify. He could  wait for an answer after the                                                                    
meeting.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:50:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Kawasaki clarified  that the  division would                                                                    
not  be  creating  regulations that  would  specify  certain                                                                    
things  until  the  legislation was  passed  and  money  was                                                                    
appropriated. Ms.  Eldemar indicated that the  details would                                                                    
come   through  regulations   and   that   there  would   be                                                                    
opportunity for public comment.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kawasaki  wondered if the  legislature needed                                                                    
to place the criteria and  eligibility in the bill to narrow                                                                    
the  scope. He  wondered  what kinds  of  museums the  state                                                                    
wanted  to support.  He asked  her to  comment about  museum                                                                    
funds being granted to places  without museums versus places                                                                    
that already had large museums.  He thought that communities                                                                    
without museums versus those that did would have priority.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LISA  WORL,  STAFF,   REPRESENTATIVE  JUSTIN  PARISH,  asked                                                                    
Representative Kawasaki to repeat his policy question.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kawasaki asked  about new museum construction                                                                    
and  whether it  should be  imbedded within  the eligibility                                                                    
criteria as laid out in  statute. He wondered if places that                                                                    
did  not  have  museums  would  be  a  priority  over  those                                                                    
communities that already  had museums. He asked if  it was a                                                                    
priority  of  the  bill sponsor.  Ms.  Worl  responded  that                                                                    
Representative  Parish had  received 23  letters of  support                                                                    
for   a  host   of  different   types  of   museums  already                                                                    
established that held many  different public cultural items.                                                                    
She  encouraged members  to invite  a person  from the  city                                                                    
museum  who was  involved  in the  bill  drafting who  could                                                                    
respond.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:54:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Thompson wanted  to  clarify  that the  bill                                                                    
would set  up a  fund for the  legislature to  deposit money                                                                    
and  entities could  make application.  He  wondered if  the                                                                    
legislature  could make  a  direct grant  to  a museum  that                                                                    
would  not  require a  match.  He  mentioned an  atmospheric                                                                    
control. Ms. Eldemar responded affirmatively.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Pruitt   asked  about  the   other  programs                                                                    
already in  place. He wondered  why there was a  proposal to                                                                    
institute   a  new   program.   He   inquired  whether   the                                                                    
legislature  should be  getting rid  of other  programs. Ms.                                                                    
Worl responded  that the last  one was  written specifically                                                                    
for libraries  and the current  one applied to  museums. She                                                                    
continued that  when the bill  was drafted it took  the form                                                                    
of  the proposal  brought to  the representative.  She could                                                                    
provide  clarification  as  to  the reason  for  a  separate                                                                    
account.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt  asked if  it was an  appropriate time                                                                    
to be  discussing additional capital  funds for  museums. He                                                                    
mentioned  the House  of Representatives  recently having  a                                                                    
massive  debate  on the  floor  about  taking the  Permanent                                                                    
Fund.  He thought  it was  more important  for the  state to                                                                    
maintain  what it  already  had. Ms.  Worl  agreed with  his                                                                    
comments about money being short.  The point of the bill was                                                                    
to  set  the  mechanism  in  place  when  there  were  funds                                                                    
available for museums.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:58:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Tilton  asked  if  there was  a  listing  of                                                                    
current  museums throughout  the state.  Ms. Worl  indicated                                                                    
Patience  Fredrickson  was on  the  line  from the  Archives                                                                    
Library   and  Museum.   She  offered   to  get   back  with                                                                    
Representative  Tilton with  an answer  if Ms.  Frederickson                                                                    
was not online.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Foster OPENED PUBLIC TESTIMONY on HB 166.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SHEILA   WYNE,   SHEILA   WYNE   STUDIOS,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support of HB  166. She mentioned                                                                    
the  success of  her  art  studio. She  had  artwork in  the                                                                    
permanent  collections of  four  museums in  the state.  She                                                                    
opined that  it was critical  for businesses like  hers that                                                                    
museum institutions had access  to programs that allowed for                                                                    
construction, expansion,  and major  renovations to  keep up                                                                    
with  advances  in  technology, the  tourist  industry,  and                                                                    
trade. These  museum programs  and collections  were magnets                                                                    
that attracted  new and repeating  clients. The  quality was                                                                    
critical  to  local  economies.   She  provided  a  personal                                                                    
experience  as a  designer for  a performance  event at  the                                                                    
Anchorage  Museum.  The budget  for  the  event $185,000  of                                                                    
which $160,000  came from sources  outside of  Alaska. There                                                                    
were  5,000 attendees.  Several  businesses benefitted  from                                                                    
the event. She thought  museum institutions were critical to                                                                    
communities,   artists,    and   businesses.    The   museum                                                                    
construction matching  grants will help with  their mission.                                                                    
She encouraged support for the bill.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:02:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EVA  MALVICH, AVCP,  BETHEL (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
favor of  HB 166. She was  the director and curator  for the                                                                    
Yupiit Piciryarait Museum and a  tribal member of the native                                                                    
village  of  Mekoryuk  (A  co-owner   of  the  museum).  She                                                                    
mentioned a fire that burned the  museum in 1980. It took 14                                                                    
years from  the time it  burned to open the  cultural center                                                                    
and open the collection to  the public. She reminded members                                                                    
that the museum  had not been able to be  filled until 1967,                                                                    
the 100th year anniversary of  the sale of Alaska. The state                                                                    
matched  $2500 supplied  by the  community of  Bethel, which                                                                    
was used to purchase lumber.  However, the money ran out for                                                                    
the  project. She  noted that  it  would soon  be the  150th                                                                    
anniversary of the  sale of Alaska. It had been  a long time                                                                    
since  the  museum  was  given an  opportunity  to  ask  for                                                                    
funding. She provided more information  about the museum and                                                                    
its benefits.  She spoke of  a grant that would  provide the                                                                    
museum  with a  desperately  needed HVAC  system. There  had                                                                    
been several  missed opportunities to house  exhibits due to                                                                    
a  non-functioning HVAC  system.  She  provided examples  of                                                                    
exhibits that had been damaged  due to environmental factors                                                                    
and spoke about the expense  of replacing the system. HB 166                                                                    
would help immensely.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Foster   noted  that  Patience   Frederickson  was                                                                    
available online.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:10:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BETHANY FOLLETT, CITY OF  WASILLA/WASILLA MUSEUM AND VISITOR                                                                    
CENTER,  WASILLA  (via teleconference),  reported  increased                                                                    
interest in  local and  state history.  She spoke  about the                                                                    
community  programs  offered  at  the  museum  that  infused                                                                    
history  and culture  into a  learning experience.  She also                                                                    
mentioned  other activities  housed there.  She believed  HB                                                                    
166  was  critical  to  the   city's  museum  buildings  and                                                                    
programming and  provided details  about the  current museum                                                                    
structure. It was bursting at  the seams. She advocated that                                                                    
the  museum  needed   more  space  and  an   update  to  its                                                                    
technology.  Many libraries  and museums  had different  and                                                                    
specific  needs for  providing services  to the  public. She                                                                    
opined that  HB 166 provided  the framework for  Alaskans to                                                                    
support state museums and to preserve Alaska's heritage.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:12:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA   RELAY,    MUSEUMS   OF   ALASKA,    VALDEZ   (via                                                                    
teleconference), had  heard her  colleagues share  about the                                                                    
needs of  their museums. She  clarified the definition  of a                                                                    
museum.  A  museum was  an  institution,  whether public  or                                                                    
private or  in partnership that conserved  and preserved and                                                                    
interpreted  the  collection  of artifacts  and  objects  of                                                                    
artistic,  cultural, historical,  and scientific  importance                                                                    
making  them  available  to  the   public  as  permanent  or                                                                    
temporary exhibits. Museums served  the public by preserving                                                                    
cultural    heritage.   Museums    were   facing    critical                                                                    
infrastructure issues (She read from a prepared statement):                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     I  am  contacting  you  today to  thank  you  for  your                                                                    
     support  of HB166,  establishing a  museum construction                                                                    
     grant program  and companion  bill SB7.  Research shows                                                                    
     that  almost  half of  all  museums  in the  state  are                                                                    
     either currently involved in  a construction project or                                                                    
     will be  in the  next five  years. That  is incredible.                                                                    
     This  bill provides  the structure  for establishing  a                                                                    
     systematic  approach  to  prioritizing  museum  capital                                                                    
     project funding requests in the state.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Museums  and cultural  organizations  in  Alaska are  a                                                                    
     critical   part  of   the   educational  and   economic                                                                    
     infrastructure,  spurring tourism  and partnering  with                                                                    
     schools to teach the  local curriculum. They contribute                                                                    
     to our economy and wellbeing by:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     • Employing over 260 Alaskans;                                                                                             
     • Spend over $23,553,294. annually in the State;                                                                           
     • Host over 624,695 visitors annually; and                                                                                 
     • Server over 36,290 school children annually.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Despite this vital role of  museums, our facilities and                                                                    
     collections  are at  risk  through decreasing  federal,                                                                    
     local and  charitable giving.  As collections  grow and                                                                    
     visitation  increases,   the  pressure  on   our  aging                                                                    
     infrastructure  must be  managed. The  Valdez Museum  &                                                                    
     Historical Archive is no stranger  to this dilemma. The                                                                    
     Valdez Museum  & Historical Archive has  accomplished a                                                                    
     lot  within   the  past  few  years:   incorporating  a                                                                    
     successful expanded range  of public programming, major                                                                    
     upgrades   to   several    exhibits,   increasing   its                                                                    
     visitation,  and raising  its  standards of  collection                                                                    
     management.    Despite    these    achievements,    the                                                                    
     institution is now at a  point in which its progress is                                                                    
     being  hampered by  limitations of  space. In  order to                                                                    
     maintain and improve  its standards of professionalism,                                                                    
     and  to  preserve  its  vision   for  the  future,  the                                                                    
     organization  needs  to  move  away  from  its  current                                                                    
     environment of shared-purpose space  and move towards a                                                                    
     facility with dedicated space designed for single                                                                          
     use functionality.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     At  the core  of  our mission  is  education. Over  the                                                                    
     years  we  have  had   numerous  teachers  share  their                                                                    
     gratitude  for how  the  Valdez  Museum supports  their                                                                    
     work. Recently,  Sheri Beck, a  4th grade  teacher with                                                                    
     the  Valdez   City  Schools  shared  with   our  Museum                                                                    
     Educator,                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          "I just  returned from  a National  Social Studies                                                                    
          Convention  in New  Orleans. I  thought of  you so                                                                    
          many times  and wished  we could  be brainstorming                                                                    
          side by  side! I  was also reminded  how fortunate                                                                    
          we are in  Valdez and in my  partnership with you,                                                                    
          to have  our local  museum available for  help and                                                                    
          support.  Thankyou!  Your  recent lesson  with  my                                                                    
          students using  artifacts and primary  sources was                                                                    
          such a wonderful  example of what we  heard at the                                                                    
          conference as stellar teaching."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Without  the proper  care and  housing or  the Museum's                                                                    
     collections  we  would  not be  able  to  offer  robust                                                                    
     education programs.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Thank you  for sponsoring HB  166 and supporting  SB 7,                                                                    
     establishing  a museum  construction grant  program, so                                                                    
     that  museums  throughout  the   state  of  Alaska  may                                                                    
     continue  to  serve  their communities.  Help  us  make                                                                    
     these  bills  a  reality  and  speak  up  for  Alaska's                                                                    
     museums!                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:18:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANGELA   LINN,    MUSEUMS   OF   ALASKA,    FAIRBANKS   (via                                                                    
teleconference), reported  having worked in Alaska  for over                                                                    
22  years,  20  of  which she  was  the  Senior  Collections                                                                    
Manager  of  Ethnology  and History  at  the  University  of                                                                    
Alaska, Museum of  the North in Fairbanks.  According to the                                                                    
Alaska Travel Industry Association,  over 2 million visitors                                                                    
were  coming  to  Alaska every  year  generating  over  $100                                                                    
million  in  state revenues  and  $83  million in  municipal                                                                    
revenues  through  taxes  and  other  fees.  Alaska  museums                                                                    
provided  a  major  draw  for  visitors.  According  to  the                                                                    
American  Alliance of  Museums,  76 percent  of all  leisure                                                                    
travelers  participated in  cultural or  heritage activities                                                                    
such as  visiting museums. These travelers  spent 60 percent                                                                    
more on average than  other leisure travelers. Fairbanks had                                                                    
museums that specialized in and  featured the unique stories                                                                    
of  the indigenous  people. She  reported that  there was  a                                                                    
museum that  featured planes,  trains, and  automobiles that                                                                    
have helped in building Alaska  in the modern period. Alaska                                                                    
also had a children's museum  where kids engaged in hands-on                                                                    
learning. There  were many others  including a  museum where                                                                    
they  were undertaking  world-class research  on collections                                                                    
that spanned  millions of years of  biological diversity and                                                                    
thousands of years  of cultural traditions in  the North. In                                                                    
the  current  year,  there was  a  significant  increase  in                                                                    
tourism from Asian countries.  Those visitors connected with                                                                    
Alaska  through its  museums. She  continued to  discuss the                                                                    
advantages of  Alaska museums. She  emphasized the  need for                                                                    
museum construction and  renovations funding and encouraging                                                                    
members to support HB 166.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg asked  if  Ms.  Linn thought  the                                                                    
Museum of the  North would be eligible under  the grant. Ms.                                                                    
Linn  hoped so.  She  was uncertain  about the  university's                                                                    
budgeting  process.  Her  museum  was a  member  of  Museums                                                                    
Alaska and a  major part of the museum  community. She hoped                                                                    
her museum would be eligible for the funding.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Foster CLOSED Public Testimony on HB 166.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg  asked  if  Ms.  Frederiksen  was                                                                    
still online.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:21:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. PATIENCE  FREDERIKSEN, DIRECTOR OF  LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES,                                                                    
AND MUSEUMS, introduced herself.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg  asked  about the  definition  of                                                                    
museums. He referred  to Chapter 57 indicating  that some of                                                                    
the  definitions and  functions  were not  aligned with  the                                                                    
language of the  bill. He thought the  definitions needed to                                                                    
be strengthened. He asked if she  had looked at the bill and                                                                    
whether it  worked. Ms. Frederiksen  responded that  she had                                                                    
not  looked  carefully  at  the  bill, as  it  was  under  a                                                                    
different department.  She was  happy to  look at  the bill,                                                                    
review the definition of museum, and provide feedback.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg  referred  to  Chapter  57  [A.S.                                                                    
14.57]    under   designated    cultural   and    historical                                                                    
depositories.  He  wanted  to   make  sure  there  were  not                                                                    
conflicts between what was in  statute and the bill language                                                                    
regarding  a museum  and  funding. He  wanted  to make  sure                                                                    
things    were   aligned.    Ms.   Frederiksen    asked   if                                                                    
Representative  Guttenberg   wanted  her  to  talk   to  the                                                                    
Division of  Commerce. Representative  Guttenberg responded,                                                                    
"Okay. Alright. Thank you."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Foster announced  amendments were  due at  5:00 pm                                                                    
Thursday, April 18, 2017.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson relayed  that  several questions  had                                                                    
been asked  during the meeting.  She wanted  those questions                                                                    
answered  prior  to  having to  submit  amendments,  as  the                                                                    
answers would be pertinent to  the bill. She queried about a                                                                    
timeframe.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Foster would take a  brief at ease to inquire about                                                                    
a timeline.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:25:13 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:26:32 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Foster would not set a deadline for amendments                                                                         
until he had a better idea of when answers might be                                                                             
provided.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 166 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Sponsor statement - museum construction bill.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 166
HB 166 lttrs supporting.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 166
HB 151 Brief Explanation of Changes.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Sponsor Statement version N.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 1. OCS Office by Office Caseloads.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 2. High Caseloads How Do They Impact Health and Human Services 3.1.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 3. Children Waiting to be Adopted 2014.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 4. Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems (Excerpt).pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 5. NJ DCF Workforce Report (Excerpt).pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 6. Why the Workforce Matters.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 7. Creating a Permanence Driven Organization - Anu (Excerpt).pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 8. DHSS Memo OOH Growth.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 9. DHSS Memo NJ Standard and Workforce.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 10. Relevant Statistics.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 11. Supporting Article.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 12. Youth Essay.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 13. Youth Guide from FFCA.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Supporting Document 14. Letters of Support.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB103 Supporting Documents Optometrist's Education 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Support Letters 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Support Document Optometrists Practicing in AK 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Support Document Medical Liability Premiums Fact Sheet 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Support Document Board of the Examiners in Optometry 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Sponsor Statement 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Sectional Analysis 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Opposition Letters 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Explanation of Changes 4.03.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB103 Additional Documents Regulation Flow Chart 4.01.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB 151 Supporting Document 15. Casey Family Programs Testimony.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Explanation of Changes 4.10.17 version N to I.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Sectional Analysis Version I 4.10.17.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 151 Sectional Analysis version N (no change from vers R).pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151
HB 103 - Opposition Documents.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 103
HB 151 Sponsor Statement version I.pdf HFIN 4/12/2017 1:30:00 PM
HB 151