Legislature(2017 - 2018)HOUSE FINANCE 519
04/18/2017 01:30 PM FINANCE
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CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 51(FIN) "An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Veterinary Examiners; and providing for an effective date." 1:46:01 PM KONRAD JACKSON, STAFF, SENATOR NATASHA VON IMHOF, introduced the legislation. Representative Wilson asked // TERESA BECK, ALASKA BOARD OF VETERINARY EXAMINERS, PALMER (via teleconference), asked for clarification on the question. Representative Wilson clarified // the challenges in rural areas. Ms. Beck answered // the veterinarians in that area had a very unique role // Representative Wilson wanted to ensure it was on record that she had received quite a few comments from the public // Co-Chair Foster spoke to a lack of availability of veterinarians in rural Alaska. // the highest quality of veterinary service in the areas. He asked for detail. Ms. Beck answered that the board had discussed the issue. She elaborated that highly qualified veterinarians were needed to do the work. She characterized the work as "in the trenches" and it was necessary to have qualified individuals to provide the services. It was not prudent to have someone visit a community and leave right away. 1:52:52 PM Representative Guttenberg referred to the audit recommendation asking the chair to be more diligent in the annual audit //. He asked for detail. Ms. Beck believed it pertained to a clerical error. She explained detail about the situation. The recommendation was for the board chair to review the document thoroughly. Representative Guttenberg asked if Ms. Beck was satisfied that the documents she received for review were aligned. Ms. Beck answered in the affirmative. She detailed // the licensing office had the secretary // it was easy for clerical errors to occur. She was satisfied. 1:55:13 PM Co-Chair Foster OPENED and CLOSED public testimony. Vice-Chair Gara addressed the fiscal note from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Representative Wilson pointed to page 2 of the fiscal note. She asked who paid for staff. JANEY HOVENDEN, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF CORPORATIONS, BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSING, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, replied that the program absorbed the cost. The program paid for the other incidentals. The cost was directly associated with the cost of the board. Representative Wilson understood the cost was related to travel and services. She wondered why the costs would be put out. She thought it seemed all or none would be listed. Ms. Hovenden answered // board related costs. Representative Wilson stated // would be a reduction of staff. // She provided a scenario with four boards in a year // the board was paying for time. // 2:00:03 PM Vice-Chair Gara asked if the funding for the receipt authority was in the operating budget. Ms. Hovenden replied in the affirmative. Representative Wilson MOVED to REPORT CSSB 51(FIN) out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal note. There being NO OBJECTION, CSSB 51(FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with a "do pass" recommendation and with one previously published fiscal impact note: FN1 (CED).