Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

05/13/2019 01:00 PM JUDICIARY

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01:17:26 PM Start
01:18:45 PM SB83
01:56:02 PM Adjourn
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+ SB 83 TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATION/EXEMPTIONS TELECONFERENCED
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        SB  83-TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATION/EXEMPTIONS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:18:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                               
SENATE  BILL  NO.   83,  "An  Act  relating   to  the  Regulatory                                                               
Commission of  Alaska; relating to the  public utility regulatory                                                               
cost charge;  relating to  the regulation  of telecommunications;                                                               
relating  to   exemptions,  charges,  and  rates   applicable  to                                                               
telecommunications   utilities;   relating   to   regulation   of                                                               
telephone   services;   and   relating  to   alternate   operator                                                               
services."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[Before the  committee was the  Committee Substitute (CS)  for HB                                                               
83(L&C), version 31-LS0563\U.]                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:19:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR CHRIS  BIRCH, Alaska State Legislature,  introduced SB 83                                                               
as prime  sponsor.  He  explained that  SB 83 seeks  to encourage                                                               
investment and  innovation in  the telecommunication  industry by                                                               
updating the telecommunication statutes  related to landlines and                                                               
long-distance services.  He said  rapid changes in technology and                                                               
in  Federal  Communications  Commission  (FCC)  regulations  have                                                               
rendered  portions  of  the  existing  statutes  obsolete  and/or                                                               
inefficient.    He said  consumers  prefer  broadband and  mobile                                                               
services, so the demand for  landline services is decreasing.  He                                                               
explained  that SB  83 would  place service  providers on  a more                                                               
level playing  field and would  encourage deployment  of advanced                                                               
technologies and  more efficient network  design.  He  added that                                                               
SB  83 would  create new  protections for  rural areas  and would                                                               
require  rural  landline  and  long-distance  rates,  terms,  and                                                               
conditions  be treated  the same  as in  larger communities.   He                                                               
said  the   bill  would   also  require   all  telecommunications                                                               
utilities to assess  the regulatory cost charge  (RCC) and submit                                                               
it to the  Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).   Currently, he                                                               
said,  the  RCC   is  not  being  paid  by   utilities  that  are                                                               
municipally  owned or  are cooperatives,  which  he clarified  is                                                               
about half the utilities in Alaska.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BIRCH  said  SB  83 would  also  add  utilities  analyst                                                               
masters employed by  RCA to the list of exempt  services under AS                                                               
39.25.110.   He said  the bill  would give the  chair of  RCA the                                                               
ability to hire up to five utilities analyst masters.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:21:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE   O'CONNOR,   Executive    Director,   Alaska   Telecom                                                               
Association,  said  SB  83  is   an  important  bill  that  would                                                               
streamline  regulations  for both  RCA  and  the industry.    She                                                               
emphasized that SB 83 relates  only to landline service and long-                                                               
distance service accessed through landlines.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR began a PowerPoint  presentation [hard copy included                                                               
in the  committee packet].   She addressed slide 2,  which listed                                                               
28 telecommunications  providers.  She  said SB 83  has unanimous                                                               
support  within  the  industry.   She  said  the  Alaska  Telecom                                                               
Association's  (ATA) members  are  the  broadband, wireless,  and                                                               
landline providers of Alaska.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  addressed slide 3.   She said the reason  for SB 83                                                               
is that  many of Alaska's telecommunications  statutes are nearly                                                               
50 years  old and not  in line with  changes in technology.   She                                                               
explained  that  the  federal   Telecommunications  Act  of  1996                                                               
transformed  the  telecommunications   industry  by  beginning  a                                                               
process  of  deregulation  and  inserting  competition  into  the                                                               
market.    She noted  that  landline  and long-distance  use  has                                                               
dramatically reduced since  1996.  She compared  ATA members' $64                                                               
million long-distance revenues from  2006 to $13 million revenues                                                               
in  2018.   She  remarked  that landline  service  is still  very                                                               
important  and noted  that SB  83 would  not remove  protections.                                                               
She noted that  48 percent of Alaska households  have a landline.                                                               
She remarked  that current regulations  and statutes  are driving                                                               
industry inefficiencies.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR addressed  slide 4,  which  featured a  map of  the                                                               
United  States.     She  said   41  other  states   have  reduced                                                               
regulation.   She noted that  SB 83  is not a  deregulation bill.                                                               
She  said it  instead strips  away wasteful  provisions that  use                                                               
scarce industry and RCA resources.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:24:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  addressed slide  5.   She said,  "Mechanically, the                                                               
bill is  structured to exempt  from AS 42.05.   However, critical                                                               
sections are retained."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR addressed slide 6.   She described "rate regulation"                                                               
as a  traditional monopoly  function that  RCA performs  for "old                                                               
school" cost-based  utilities, such  as electricity,  where there                                                               
is  no   competition  and  a   heightened  need   for  regulatory                                                               
oversight.   "Telecommunications,"  she said,  "is  not that  way                                                               
anymore."   She stated that  99 percent of Alaskans  have options                                                               
of  where to  purchase  telecommunications.   She explained  that                                                               
these  Alaskans are  not limited  solely to  traditional landline                                                               
service.   She  noted that  SB 83  has important  protections for                                                               
landline rates.   She said landline rates are  annually capped by                                                               
federal rules.   She added that companies must  certify that they                                                               
have not gone above the federal cap for the landline rate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR stated  that  SB 83  would  create AS  42.05.381(l)                                                               
which  would require  every company  to provide  a uniform  rate,                                                               
service,  and  terms  across  its   entire  service  area.    She                                                               
explained that this  is how the industry operates  today and that                                                               
it is more efficient and less  confusing for consumers.  She said                                                               
putting that language in statute would protect rural customers.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:26:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR stated  that  SB  83 would  also  authorize RCA  to                                                               
designate eligible telecommunications carriers  (ETC).  She noted                                                               
that the  FCC has already delegated  this role to RCA,  but SB 83                                                               
would make  it explicit by putting  it in statute.   She said the                                                               
reason  this is  important is  because ETC  designation allows  a                                                               
company to  participate in federal  Universal Service  Fund (USF)                                                               
programs, which are very important to service in Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  said SB 83  would eliminate carrier of  last resort                                                               
(COLR) designations.   She explained  that COLR  regulations were                                                               
adopted when RCA  "created an explicit funding  stream to support                                                               
them."   She  clarified  that  these went  into  effect in  2010.                                                               
However,  she  said,  the  obligations to  continue  to  serve  a                                                               
designated  area unless  given permission  to leave  were already                                                               
contained in the Certificate of  Public Convenience and Necessity                                                               
granted to  each company by RCA.   She said the  COLR regulations                                                               
are  duplicative  to  the  duties  laid  out  under  a  company's                                                               
certificate.   She noted that  a company's certificate  allows it                                                               
to operate  in the  state.  She  said SB 83  would strip  out the                                                               
COLR regulations and retain the stronger certificate statutes.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  explained that SB 83  would also clean up  the RCC,                                                               
which  she explained  funds RCA  through  a small  charge on  all                                                               
utility  bills.    She  noted  that there  is  an  exception  for                                                               
telecommunications  cooperatives  due  to  the  age  of  Alaska's                                                               
telecommunications statutes.  She  said that because cooperatives                                                               
are not  allowed to assess  the fee,  the customers of  all other                                                               
telephone companies are paying for  "the full weight of activity"                                                               
at RCA.   She said SB 83 would make  it so all telecommunications                                                               
utilities must participate in funding RCA oversight.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:28:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR  addressed  slide  7.    She  restated  that  local                                                               
landline rates are  limited by federal rules.   She also restated                                                               
that SB 83  would create AS 42.05.381(l)  requiring rates, terms,                                                               
and conditions of  service to be the same  across defined service                                                               
areas.   She  said  the federal  Lifeline  program supports  low-                                                               
income subscribers, allowing  them to get a  landline or wireless                                                               
service, usually for a cost under $5.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR addressed slide 8.   She said the reason she and the                                                               
prime sponsor  want to  eliminate rate  regulation is  because it                                                               
creates an uneven playing field  and wastes resources.  She noted                                                               
that cooperatives do not have to  file tariff filings and are not                                                               
obligated  to  report their  rates  to  RCA.   She  said  private                                                               
companies  do not  have a  path to  be relieved  of those  filing                                                               
obligations.  She  stated that it is misleading to  say that rate                                                               
regulation exists  because private  companies can  usually change                                                               
their rates at-will without RCA  approval, though they still must                                                               
make  a  filing.    She  described  the  "paper-shuffle"  process                                                               
between  a private  company  and RCA.   She  noted  that RCA  has                                                               
called it  "work without value" and  "a blizzard of paper."   She                                                               
said SB  83 would eliminate  that.  She noted  that approximately                                                               
10 percent of Alaska's population is  served in an area where the                                                               
company must  file a more  traditional tariff filing  telling RCA                                                               
what the rate will be.  She  said the level of detail required in                                                               
these filings can  take over 2 years to achieve.  She stated that                                                               
SB 83 would  eliminate that as well.  She  said the protection of                                                               
requiring  uniform rates  across those  areas offers  reassurance                                                               
that there will not be negative impacts in those areas.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:31:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR addressed  slide 9.  She relayed an  anecdote from a                                                               
telecommunications    industry   senior    manager   about    the                                                               
inefficiencies  of  composing  multiple   tariff  filings.    Ms.                                                               
O'Connor noted that the tariffs are  laden with jargon and are at                                                               
times incomprehensible.  She restated  the intention to eliminate                                                               
the  mandate  to  maintain  the  filings  with  RCA.    She  said                                                               
eliminating  them would  also allow  RCA to  focus on  other more                                                               
important matters.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR addressed slide 10.   She explained that the ability                                                               
to  designate an  ETC is  one  of the  important protections  and                                                               
powers of RCA.   She noted that there are  significant funds that                                                               
flow into  Alaska from USF.   She said it is  critical funding to                                                               
allow  Alaska to  have modern  telecommunications networks.   She                                                               
explained  that a  company may  not participate  in USF  programs                                                               
without  an ETC  designation from  RCA.   She stated  that SB  83                                                               
would make  it explicit  that RCA  will continue  to be  the body                                                               
that authorizes  initial designations  and that it  will continue                                                               
to report to the FCC that USF funds are being properly used.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR  addressed  slide  11.   She  explained  that  COLR                                                               
regulations  were   implemented  in  2010.     Before  2010,  she                                                               
explained,  RCA evaluated  service in  areas using  its authority                                                               
under the Certificate  of Public Convenience and  Necessity.  She                                                               
said  RCA  decisions  on  such  matters  are  based  on  its  own                                                               
evaluation of  whether service  is in the  public interest.   She                                                               
stated that none  of this would change under SB  83 and RCA would                                                               
continue to have that authority.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:34:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  addressed slide 12.   She said SB 83  would fix the                                                               
outdated RCC.   She  noted that  ATA members  unanimously support                                                               
the provision to do so.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR addressed  slide 13.  She  said consumer protections                                                               
would remain under  SB 83, as RCA would  retain authorities under                                                               
the Certificate  of Public Convenience  and Necessity and  as the                                                               
certifier  of federal  funds.    She restated  that  SB 83  would                                                               
enshrine  uniform   rates  in  statute.     She  said  additional                                                               
protections are  provided by RCA's Regulatory  Affairs and Public                                                               
Advocacy   (RAPA)   group,   the  Attorney   General's   Consumer                                                               
Protection  Unit, and  the FCC  Consumer Complaint  Center.   She                                                               
described the Consumer Complaint  Center as "distant, but active"                                                               
and  explained that  the FCC  must respond  within 10  days to  a                                                               
consumer complaint.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  addressed slide 14.   She listed benefits of  SB 83                                                               
to  consumers, including  the new  mandate that  rates in  remote                                                               
areas match  rates in larger areas.   She said SB  83 would allow                                                               
the  industry  to be  nimbler  and  respond quickly  to  consumer                                                               
preferences.  She  mentioned that the bill  would allow companies                                                               
to focus  additional resources on  consumer services and  that it                                                               
would fix the RCC.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.   O'CONNOR  addressed   slide   15.     She  summarized   her                                                               
presentation and  emphasized that the  updates proposed in  SB 83                                                               
would apply only to landline-accessed services.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:36:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   EASTMAN  asked   what  proportion   of  wireless                                                               
providers in Alaska belong to ATA.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR said all the wireless providers are members.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN referenced  slide  12,  which dealt  with                                                               
proposed changes to  the RCC.  He asked what  the impact of those                                                               
changes would be for cooperatives.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR said  the changes  would  spread the  RCC across  a                                                               
broader base.   She mentioned  that it would  add a few  cents to                                                               
every  bill.     She  said  the  overall  impact   has  not  been                                                               
quantified.   She  explained how  the RCC  is calculated  through                                                               
regulations.    She  added that  the  cooperatives  support  this                                                               
provision of SB 83.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN   asked  if  the   "cooperative  members                                                                
mentioned on slide 12 are members of ATA.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR answered correct.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN  asked  if  ATA has  discussed  with  the                                                               
cooperatives how  they intend to  deal with the  increased costs.                                                               
He  asked whether  the costs  will be  absorbed internally  or if                                                               
they are passed on to the consumers.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. O'CONNOR  said it is written  into statute that the  RCC is a                                                               
charge assessed to the consumer.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:38:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIM   SKIPPER,  Staff,   Senator   Chris   Birch,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, summarized  the changes made  to SB 83 in  the House                                                               
Labor and  Commerce Standing Committee.   She explained  that HCS                                                               
SB 83(L&C)  [Version U] has  a different title from  the original                                                               
bill,  the  phrase "relating  to  exempt  employees" having  been                                                               
added to conform  to changes made to the bill.   She said section                                                               
2 would now  amend AS 39.25.110, the State Personnel  Act, to add                                                               
"utilities  analyst  masters"  to  the  list  of  Exempt  Service                                                               
personnel.   She noted that  section 3  has also been  changed to                                                               
amend  AS 42.05.141  to provide  authority  to the  RCA chair  to                                                               
employ up to five utilities  analyst masters.  She mentioned that                                                               
the rest  of the  bill has  been renumbered  to conform  to those                                                               
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:39:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN asked if  the five employees referenced in                                                               
the bill are  existing employees whose positions  will be changed                                                               
or if the positions themselves would be new.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SKIPPER  said she thinks  they would  be new positions.   She                                                               
explained that RCA is currently  suffering from a lack of skilled                                                               
professionals.  She  added that it is her  understanding that the                                                               
addition of those positions is cost-neutral.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN clarified  that the  intention of  the language  is                                                               
that  the changes  be  cost-neutral  and said  it  may require  a                                                               
"reshuffle."  He  said there is general recognition  that RCA has                                                               
difficulty  retaining the  technical  experts  it trains  because                                                               
they get  hired by industry  employers.  He  said the goal  is to                                                               
require RCA  to reshuffle its  budget in order to  raise salaries                                                               
for people who possess valuable expertise.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR said  she has  observed that  RCA has  difficulties                                                               
recruiting and retaining talent.   She explained that this is not                                                               
just  a  telecommunications  problem.    She  remarked  that  ATA                                                               
appreciates  and   supports  RCA  possessing   greater  technical                                                               
expertise.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:42:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN   relayed  Representative  Eastman's   question  to                                                               
Commissioner Robert M. Pickett of RCA.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  M.   PICKETT,  Commissioner,  Regulatory   Commission  of                                                               
Alaska,  said RCA  is  pleased to  have the  ability  to be  more                                                               
flexible  with  totally exempt  positions.    He echoed  previous                                                               
statements about  the difficulty  RCA faces in  retaining talent.                                                               
He said  the process through  which the five new  positions would                                                               
be  allocated is  not  yet  set though  mentioned  that it  could                                                               
entail  both   the  retention  of  existing   employees  and  the                                                               
recruitment of outside talent.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:43:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN  asked  if  the  salaries  for  the  five                                                               
positions would be set by RCA.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER PICKETT  said the salaries  would have to  be pegged                                                               
to  the  actual  market  rate.    He  noted  that  the  amendment                                                               
containing this provision  was adopted only a few  days prior, so                                                               
RCA has not  had time to look  at job descriptions.   He said RCA                                                               
would do  that "in  consultation" and  assess "the  benchmarks of                                                               
other  state classified  positions," though  noted that  thus far                                                               
RCA has not found "real good comparisons."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN  asked what  the  timeline  would be  for                                                               
hiring/converting employees once SB 83 becomes law.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER PICKETT  said that  is difficult  to say  right now.                                                               
He noted that there are  currently other major proceedings before                                                               
RCA.  He remarked that it  is probably not realistic to commit to                                                               
doing it in  the next 6 to  9 months.  He said  the process would                                                               
likely  involve bringing  employees  on  one at  a  time with  an                                                               
initial focus on areas of greatest need.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN  asked him  to briefly describe  the roles                                                               
of the  five prospective employees.   He  asked if they  would be                                                               
advisors for RCA.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  PICKETT   said  they  would  be   technical  policy                                                               
advisors   to  assist   RCA    decision-making   and  rule-making                                                               
processes.  He noted that RCA  does not receive general funds, so                                                               
it would have  to assess RCC funding to determine  how to fit the                                                               
positions into  its budget.   He noted  that RCA has  a statutory                                                               
cap on how much  it can charge with RCCs.   He explained that RCA                                                               
would likely  focus initially  on filling  vacant positions.   He                                                               
characterized the process as "very involved."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:47:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN opened public testimony on SB 83.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:47:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    JONATHAN     KREISS-TOMKINS,    Alaska    State                                                               
Legislature,  testified on  behalf of  some of  his constituents.                                                               
He thanked  Ms. O'Connor for providing  information and answering                                                               
questions.   He said he is  convinced that many aspects  of SB 83                                                               
are positive.   He  expressed apprehension that  SB 83  is moving                                                               
quickly  through the  legislative  process  and relayed  concerns                                                               
about the  impact of SB  83 on landline service.   He said  it is                                                               
important to  put on  the record the  difficulties faced  by some                                                               
rural communities  regarding landline  services.   He highlighted                                                               
three communities in  his district - Edna Bay,  Coffman Cove, and                                                               
Thorne  Bay    that  have  had  difficulties sustaining  landline                                                               
service.   He noted that those  communities for the most  part do                                                               
not  have wireless  access,  so landline  service  is their  only                                                               
means of  telephone communication.   He said this  makes landline                                                               
service a  life safety issue  and a  commerce issue.   He relayed                                                               
the following from the city clerk in Edna Bay:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     [The   phone  company]   provides  service   to  select                                                                    
     households in our city via  a limited group of hardline                                                                    
     phones and  a 900-megahertz  wireless system  that they                                                                    
     installed  around 2008.   The  new wireless  system has                                                                    
     not performed  as well  as the  system it  replaced and                                                                    
     resulted  in less  availability  of service  restricted                                                                    
     only to  select households.   The hardline  system only                                                                    
     reaches  the first  few households  on  the main  road.                                                                    
     New residents  have come  to me  and informed  that the                                                                    
     phone company has declined  them services, stating they                                                                    
     are no longer offering any  new service to residents of                                                                    
     Edna Bay.   However, after our city  and residents have                                                                    
     made  repeated  attempts  to  reach  out  for  improved                                                                    
     service availability  and received no  inclination that                                                                    
     they will  work to help  us, this felt like  we're left                                                                    
     with  a  community  running  out   of  time.    Without                                                                    
     critical  phone infrastructure  being available  to new                                                                    
     and  existing  residents,  it creates  a  safety  issue                                                                    
     reaching  out  to  residents  during  natural  disaster                                                                    
     events  like  the  tsunami warnings  we  just  had  and                                                                    
     impedes the future viability of our town.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS said  there are  similar anecdotes                                                               
from other communities he represents.   He relayed his efforts to                                                               
communicate with  the phone companies and  ATA.  He said  that he                                                               
appreciates  the  responsiveness,  but   the  situation  has  not                                                               
changed.   He expressed that he  realizes SB 83 may  not directly                                                               
affect the  ability of residents  to obtain service  but stressed                                                               
that  there is  a  basic level  of  communication that  residents                                                               
should have that  is not presently being afforded.   He clarified                                                               
that the  issue affects residents  moving to communities  and not                                                               
existing   residents  having   service  discontinued,   which  he                                                               
explained is  a nuanced  but important distinction.   He  said he                                                               
feels compelled and obligated to put  on the record that there is                                                               
a problem    particularly  in rural  communities    with landline                                                               
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:51:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR    CLAMAN   encouraged    Representative   Kreiss-Tomkins's                                                               
constituents  to e-mail  written  testimony to  his  office.   He                                                               
asked Representative  Kreiss-Tomkins to forward any  testimony he                                                               
has received.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:52:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN closed public testimony on SB 83.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:52:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  expressed that  it his intention  to move  the bill                                                               
today.   He noted  that some committee  members are  presently in                                                               
other meetings.   He shared that  he plans to recess  the meeting                                                               
to the call of the chair.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:53:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 1:53 p.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:53:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN  said  he  was  assured  during  the  at-ease  that                                                               
additional  committee members'  votes would  not be  necessary to                                                               
report  SB 83  out  of  committee, so  the  meeting  will not  be                                                               
recessed.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:54:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SHAW moved to report  version 31-LS0563\U of SB 83                                                               
out  of   committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  the                                                               
accompanying  fiscal notes.   There  being no  objection, HCS  SB                                                               
83(L&C) was reported out of committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:55:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BIRCH  thanked the committee  for hearing and  moving the                                                               
bill.     In  response  to   concerns  about   inadequate  public                                                               
engagement, he noted that the bill has been two years in the                                                                    
making and received four hearings in the previous committee.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB083 ver U 5.13.19.PDF HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 ver M 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 HL&C Amendment Adopted to ver M 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 PowerPoint Presentation 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-AP&T Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-ASTAC Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-AT&T Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-ATA Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-CVTC Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-GCI Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-MTA Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-OTZ Telephone Cooperative Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-Regulatory Commission of Alaska Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Supporting Document-TelAlaska Letter 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Fiscal Note DCCED-RCA 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Additional Document-SB 83 Summary (Provided by the House Judiciary Committee) 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Additional Document-Alaska Communications Telephone Bill Regulatory Charges (Provided by the House Judiciary Committee) 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Additional Document-OTZ Telephone Bill Regulatory Charges (Provided by the House Judiciary Committee) 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Additional Document-TelAlaska Telephone Bill Regulatory Charges (Provided by the House Judiciary Committee) 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Sponsor Statement ver U (Updated) 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Sectional Analysis ver U (Updated) 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83
SB083 Summary of Changes ver M to U 5.13.19.pdf HJUD 5/13/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 83