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03/31/2018 01:00 PM House LABOR & COMMERCE

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            HB 262-MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                         
1:03:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KITO  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO. 262,  "An  Act  relating to  temporary  courtesy                                                               
licenses for  certain nonresident professionals; and  relating to                                                               
the   Department    of   Commerce,   Community,    and   Economic                                                               
1:04:03 PM                                                                                                                    
WILLIAM  JODWALIS, Staff,  Representative Scott  Kawasaki, Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  presented HB 262 on  behalf of Representative                                                               
Kawasaki, prime  sponsor.  He  paraphrased the  sponsor statement                                                               
[in  committee   packet],  which   reads  as   follows  [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
     In  2011,  HB  28   was  passed  to  provide  expedited                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy  licenses to  eligible  individuals                                                                    
     transferred to  Alaska with  their active  duty service                                                                    
     member  spouse,  so  they   can  practice  their  trade                                                                    
     without   experiencing   extensive   wait   times   for                                                                    
     licensure approval. For a military spouse, expedited                                                                       
     temporary courtesy  licenses are the fastest  method of                                                                    
     obtaining   licensure  and   getting   back  to   their                                                                    
     Similar legislation  was also  passed by  several other                                                                    
     states.   However,  states   such  as   Washington  and                                                                    
     Connecticut,  also included  a  reporting mechanism  so                                                                    
     that   the  Legislature   and   Joint  Armed   Services                                                                    
     Committee  equivalent in  that  state  could track  the                                                                    
     executive  branch's  progress   of  implementation  and                                                                    
     occupational  board   communication.  HB  28   did  not                                                                    
     include a reporting requirement when it was passed.                                                                        
     In  fall 2017,  legislators  voiced  concern that  full                                                                    
     implementation of  HB 28 (2011) was  not yet completed,                                                                    
     and that not all occupational  boards were aware of the                                                                    
     now  7-year-old statute.  While  questions remain,  the                                                                    
     bill  simply   seeks  to  strengthen  the   ability  of                                                                    
     military spouses to  obtain these occupational licenses                                                                    
     in an  efficient and expedited manner  as prescribed by                                                                    
     HB 262 seeks to amend  AS 08.01.063 to include that the                                                                    
     Department   of   Commerce,  Community   and   Economic                                                                    
     Development   prepare   an  annual   report   regarding                                                                    
     courtesy  licenses issued  the previous  calendar year.                                                                    
     This  simple reporting  mechanism will  help facilitate                                                                    
     communication   between    occupational   boards,   the                                                                    
     department  and the  legislators. It  will also  aid in                                                                    
     making  occupational board  staff and  legislators more                                                                    
     aware of  what opportunities are available  for helping                                                                    
     military spouses get back into the workforce.                                                                              
     The  passage  of  HB 262  would  improve  communication                                                                    
     between the  boards, the department and  the legislator                                                                    
     and by  improving efficiency  and awareness  about what                                                                    
     opportunities   are   available,  will   help   welcome                                                                    
     military  families   to  Alaska  and   encourage  their                                                                    
     integration  into  our  local economy.  I  respectfully                                                                    
     urge your support of HB  262, a corrective bill that is                                                                    
     in   the    interest   of    improving   communication,                                                                    
     accountability  and  helping  with  the  transition  of                                                                    
     Alaska's military families.                                                                                                
1:06:49 PM                                                                                                                    
DALE  VANDE  HEY,  Department  of  Defense  (DoD)  State  Liaison                                                               
Office, testified  in the hearing  on HB  262.  He  explained the                                                               
DoD works  with state  legislators who  work on  legislation that                                                               
impacts and  supports military  members and  their families.   He                                                               
stated  the proposed  bill was  "top  of the  list", as  military                                                               
spouses continue to need assistance.   He said it is "not a give-                                                               
away," but  merely recognizing a  license from another  state and                                                               
expediting the process for transitioning military spouses.                                                                      
1:08:35 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBERT  DOEHL,  Deputy  Commissioner, Department  of  Military  &                                                               
Veterans' Affairs  (DMVA), testified in  the hearing on  HB 262.{                                                               
He said  military spouses  have to figure  out what  licenses and                                                               
standards are  current in  the new  state and  they end  up doing                                                               
this  on  their own  through  word-of-mouth  as the  DoD  doesn't                                                               
provide any  assistance.   He said  DMVA has  reached out  to the                                                               
active military  to offer  informal avenues,  but it  still comes                                                               
down  to  the  military  spouse  to  navigate.    He  added  that                                                               
typically they have to do this about every four years.                                                                          
1:10:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRISTIE RODRIGUEZ  testified in  support of  HB 262.  She shared                                                               
her experience with moving every  few years as a military spouse.                                                               
She said military spouses are  38 percent under-employed compared                                                               
to their civilian counterparts.                                                                                                 
CHAIR KITO asked about the fiscal note (FN) for HB 262.                                                                         
1:13:06 PM                                                                                                                    
SARA  CHAMBERS,   Deputy  Director,  Division   of  Corporations,                                                               
Businesses,  and Professional  Licensing  (DCBPL), Department  of                                                               
Commerce,  Community  &  Economic Development  (DCCED),  answered                                                               
questions in  the hearing on  HB 262.   She addressed  the fiscal                                                               
note  and explained  that currently  the department  does provide                                                               
updates  on an  ad hoc  basis.   She said  $5,000 in  expenditure                                                               
authority was the request.                                                                                                      
1:14:18 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KITO asked whether the amount  is a one-time request and in                                                               
future years  the amount would  be incorporated into  the budgets                                                               
of individual boards.                                                                                                           
MS. CHAMBERS answered in the affirmative.                                                                                       
1:14:44 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL   asked  about  producing  a   report  every                                                               
calendar year rather  than every fiscal year.    He further asked                                                               
about renewals.                                                                                                                 
MS.  CHAMBERS  answered that  there  are  existing practices  for                                                               
military spouses. She  said there are over 100  license types and                                                               
nearly every  type offers the process.   She added that  the ones                                                               
that  don't are  the  ones  that don't  need  it  or have  safety                                                               
requirements.    She said  there  were  only 35  military  spouse                                                               
license requests  in the previous  year.   She said she  was very                                                               
interested  in   hearing  from  the  Department   of  Military  &                                                               
Veterans' Affairs  (DMVA) and  other groups  who could  help meet                                                               
the needs.   She underlined  that currently the division  was not                                                               
hearing from them about any problems.                                                                                           
1:18:59 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked whether  Ms. Chambers  understands the                                                               
need to move to reporting on the calendar year.                                                                                 
MS.  CHAMBERS answered  the department  is happy  to provide  the                                                               
information whenever it is necessary.                                                                                           
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked about the timing of reporting.                                                                        
MS. CHAMBERS said the timing  gives the department plenty of time                                                               
to produce a report.                                                                                                            
1:21:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KITO opened public testimony on HB 262.                                                                                   
CHAIR KITO held over HB 262.                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB262 Supporting Document- Military Spouse Licensure State Report - Alaska.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- DoD Officials Assesment Article.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- Expedited Application for Mil. Spouses.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- EAFB Regional Growth Plan.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB 262 Supporting Document- A,N,A Secs Memo.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 ver D.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
CSHB262(MLV) ver J.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Explanation of Changes.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Fiscal Note DCCED CBPL 3.23.18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Support Letters 3.26.18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- Board of Barbers Llc Instructions.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- DC Doehl MLV Letter.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- DoD Licensure Implementation Eval. 2.2.17.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- Military Licensure Update CBPL 2-1-18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB401 Ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB374 Ver E.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 374
HB401 Summary of Changes ver A to ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB401 Sectional Analysis ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB374 Explanation of Changes from vers N to vers E.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 374