Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 120

02/10/2015 01:00 PM MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HJR 13 RETAIN ARMY FORCES IN ALASKA TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 13(MLV) Out of Committee
*+ HB 61 MILITARY MERITORIOUS AWARD LICENSE PLATES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
              HJR 13-RETAIN ARMY FORCES IN ALASKA                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:08:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON announced that the first order of business would be                                                                
HOUSE  JOINT   RESOLUTION  NO.   13,  Urging  the   United  States                                                              
Department  of the  Army  to maintain  the  current  level of  its                                                              
combat-capable structure  in the state and not  to take structural                                                              
realignment  actions  with regard  to  Fort Wainwright  and  Joint                                                              
Base Elmendorf-Richardson.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:08:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LORA  REINBOLD, Alaska State  Legislature, speaking                                                              
as the sponsor of  HJR 13, stated that the U.S.  Army plays a role                                                              
important to  Alaska, the nation, and  the world.  As  co-chair of                                                              
the Joint Armed  Services Committee, she sponsored  HJR 13 because                                                              
30  military installations  are  being considered  for  reductions                                                              
nationwide.    It is  critical  to  maintain  the number  of  Army                                                              
personnel  in Alaska at  its current  level due  to the  fact that                                                              
Alaska  is  in  a unique  situation,  and  she  highlighted  three                                                              
important roles  for Alaska.  She  directed attention to  the bill                                                              
on page 2, lines 17-19, which read:                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS  the geographic  location  of Alaska,  including                                                                   
     its  access  to  polar  air  routes,  provides  a  vital                                                                   
     strategic  advantage for current  and future  Department                                                                   
     of  the Army  missions, force  mobilizations,  offensive                                                                   
     operations, and defensive operations; and                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  said Alaska's geographic location  is one                                                              
facet of its  very unique role.   Also, on page 2,  lines [26-28],                                                              
which read:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS,  the  six major  military  installations,  more                                                                   
     than 23,000  active duty service members, and  more than                                                                   
     37,000  family members  of active  duty service  members                                                                   
     in  Alaska  make  the military  presence  in  the  state                                                                   
     economically important to Alaska; and                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD directed attention  to another  point, on                                                              
page 3, lines [17-20] which read:                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     WHEREAS  Alaska has demonstrated  its strong  commitment                                                                   
     to  the  United  States  Army  by  investing  more  than                                                                   
     $88,000,000   in   transportation    infrastructure   to                                                                   
     provide the  United States  Army with access  throughout                                                                   
     the year  to training areas  for maneuvers in  the Joint                                                                   
     Pacific Alaska Range Complex; and                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  stated that  Alaska  is  the only  state                                                              
with direct  access to  the Arctic  thus Alaskan military  members                                                              
are experts  in extreme  cold weather  operations.  She  concluded                                                              
that these three  unique factors are very important.   About 5,000                                                              
positions   at  Fort   Wainwright  and   another  5,000   military                                                              
positions in Anchorage  are at risk.  She read a  quote from Major                                                              
General  Mitchell, and  urged  support for  HJR  13, for  national                                                              
security  and   for  Alaska.     In  response  to   Chair  Herron,                                                              
Representative  Reinbold said  she would  be attending  [listening                                                              
sessions on this matter scheduled for 2/23-24/15 in Anchorage].                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:12:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON noted  that the  committee and  the House  Judiciary                                                              
Standing Committee  would also be  represented in order to  send a                                                              
clear message from the legislature in support of the resolution.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:13:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LYNN said these  are hazardous  times in  which to                                                              
live and  expressed his surprise  that there are proposed  cuts to                                                              
the military.  He expressed his support for the bill.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:15:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  said he noted several  minor grammatical                                                              
problems with the  bill and directed attention to page  1, line 1,                                                              
and page 4, line 1, which read respectively in part:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Urging  the  United States  Department  of the  Army  to                                                                   
     maintain the current level of its                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Department  of the Army  to maintain  the current  level                                                                   
     of its combat-capable structure in                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  then  proposed a  conceptual  amendment                                                              
that  after  the  word  "maintain"  in  both  sentences  add  "and                                                              
strengthen."   He asked  whether the  chair wanted his  conceptual                                                              
amendments to be  numbered consecutively or to be  included in one                                                              
conceptual amendment.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON  said "we  will take  note of them  and then  we will                                                              
make a motion at  the end ... so, just so the  committee signs off                                                              
on  each  one  as  we  go."    He  restated  that  the  conceptual                                                              
amendment was  to read "maintain  and strengthen" to line  1, page                                                              
1,  and  to  line  1,  page  4, of  the  bill.    In  response  to                                                              
Representative  Gruenberg, Chair Herron  said the proposed  change                                                              
was approved  by the  bill's sponsor and  asked the  committee for                                                              
comments.  [There were no comments made by committee members.]                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
[The committee  treated the  conceptual amendment  as accepted  by                                                              
the chair.]                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
[All of  the following  conceptual amendments  that were  accepted                                                              
by the chair  were incorporated into Conceptual  Amendment 1 moved                                                              
by Representative  Gruenberg at the  conclusion of the  hearing of                                                              
HJR 13.]                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  turned  to  page 1,  lines  1-3,  which                                                              
read:                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Urging  the  United States  Department  of the  Army  to                                                                   
     maintain  the   current  level  of  its   combat-capable                                                                   
     structure  in  the  state and  not  to  take  structural                                                                   
     realignment actions  with regard to Fort  Wainwright and                                                                   
     Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  proposed   a  conceptual  amendment  to                                                              
specify  "structural realignment  actions that  reduce" the  force                                                              
and noted  that this term  appears elsewhere  in the bill  on page                                                              
1, line 7, and on page 4, line 4.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER  suggested  that on  page  1, line  3,  the                                                              
conceptual  amendment   replace  "with   regard  to"   with  "that                                                              
reduce."                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON remarked:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     This is  a conceptual amendment,  we'll just  talk about                                                                   
     the  potential of  a full  amendment  at the  end and  I                                                                   
     understand,  in  those three  places,  it's:   We  don't                                                                   
     want it to reduce.  Is that correct?"                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  said yes.   He  then  proposed that  on                                                              
page  1, line  3,  the committee  replace  "with  regard to"  with                                                              
"at."                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON said,  "So we have "at" we're at ...  page 1, line 3,                                                              
and  then  in  those  three other  locations,  there  will  be  an                                                              
adjective that talks  about reductions.  ... You and  my staff and                                                              
the  sponsor,   we  will  make   sure  that  [legislative]   legal                                                              
understands the intent."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:19:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIJAH  VERHAGEN,  Staff,  Representative  Lora  Reinbold,  Alaska                                                              
State  Legislature, expressed  concurrence with  the first  change                                                              
to add "and strengthen."   However, he said the  sponsor would not                                                              
accept the deletion  of "with regard to," or an  amendment to page                                                              
1, line  2; even  though these  are minor  changes, the  intent of                                                              
the resolution is  clear that a reduction in the  number of troops                                                              
is unwanted.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG questioned whether  the sponsor  did not                                                              
wish to say "reduce or decrease."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. VERHAGEN  responded that  the intent is  clear as the  bill is                                                              
written.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD remarked:                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     It's always the  will of the committee.  So  if you guys                                                                   
     believe that  this is ... what  needs to be done  in the                                                                   
     title,   then  we   obviously   are   yielding  to   the                                                                   
     committee, so, in regards to that.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON noted  that the  sponsor does  not want  to use  the                                                              
word "reduce."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  asked whether  the sponsor did  not want                                                              
to make  the foregoing change  just in  the title, or  anywhere in                                                              
the bill.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   REINBOLD  pointed   out  the   term  is   written                                                              
throughout the  bill, and she was  "open to the  option;" however,                                                              
she  also  wanted   to  ensure  there  is  time   to  advance  the                                                              
resolution to the other body.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON recommended  that the  committee not  add a  "reduce                                                              
adjective"  because   the  intent   of  attending  the   listening                                                              
sessions  is  to  speak  against   reductions.    In  response  to                                                              
Representative  LeDoux,  he  said  the  committee  can  approve  a                                                              
committee substitute  (CS) with conceptual amendments,  and "we're                                                              
not going to hold it up."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON, in  response to Representative  Gruenberg's proposed                                                              
change on page  1, line 3, to  "at", said, "The chair  will make a                                                              
ruling  on  that  ... sometimes  we  disagree  with  [legislative]                                                              
legal,  but  it  survived  their  review,  so  ...  Representative                                                              
Gruenberg, I'm fine with it staying that way."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
[The committee treated  the foregoing conceptual  amendment as not                                                              
accepted by the chair.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  turned to page  2, line 3,  and proposed                                                              
a conceptual amendment  replacing "chairman" with  "Chair;" and on                                                              
page 2,  lines 8-9, change "members  of an affected  community" to                                                              
"members of affected communities;."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON said  he accepted  the  foregoing technical  changes                                                              
made by the conceptual amendment.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued  to  page  2,  line  11,  and                                                              
proposed  a  conceptual amendment  replacing  "WHEREAS  Anchorage"                                                              
with "WHEREAS Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   COLVER   said   the   conceptual   amendment   is                                                              
redundant.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG clarified the proposed change.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  VERHAGEN stated  the sponsor's  wish to  retain the  original                                                              
language on this point.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
[The committee treated  the foregoing conceptual  amendment as not                                                              
accepted by the chair.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:26:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued  to  page  2,  line  18,  and                                                              
proposed  a conceptual  amendment  replacing  "Department of  the"                                                              
with "United States."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON said  he  accepted  the foregoing  technical  change                                                              
made by the conceptual amendment.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued  to  page  2,  line  24,  and                                                              
proposed a  conceptual amendment  adding ", Asia,"  preceding "and                                                              
Europe."                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON  stated there was no  objection and said  he accepted                                                              
the foregoing addition made by the conceptual amendment.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued  to  page  2,  line  28,  and                                                              
proposed  a   conceptual  amendment  replacing   "important"  with                                                              
"vital."                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON  stated there was no  objection and said  he accepted                                                              
the foregoing conceptual amendment.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued   to  page  3,  line  3,  and                                                              
proposed  a  conceptual amendment  replacing  "distance  delivery"                                                              
with "off campus communications."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON  noted there was  an objection,  and said he  did not                                                              
accept the aforementioned conceptual amendment.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued  to  page  3,  line  14,  and                                                              
proposed  a  conceptual  amendment replacing  "the  United  States                                                              
Army and  the United  States Air Force"  with "United  States Army                                                              
and United States Air Force facilities."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON stated  there was no objection, and  said he accepted                                                              
the foregoing conceptual amendment.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
There followed discussion  about the use of the  term "co-located"                                                              
or "located together."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON ruled  to  retain  "located together"  as  currently                                                              
found in the bill.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  continued  to  page  3,  line  15,  and                                                              
proposed  a conceptual  amendment  replacing  "providing a  unique                                                              
and efficient" with "providing an ideal."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD indicated her objection.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   GRUENBERG  withdrew   the  foregoing   conceptual                                                              
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:30:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   GRUENBERG   proposed   a   conceptual   amendment                                                              
replacing "with regard to both" with "at" on line 4, page 4.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD   said  this  conceptual   amendment  had                                                              
already  been  discussed  earlier  in  the  meeting  and  was  not                                                              
acceptable to the sponsor.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
{The committee treated  the foregoing conceptual  amendment as not                                                              
accepted by the chair.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  then  proposed a  conceptual  amendment                                                              
that the  resolution should be  sent to General  Dempsey, Chairman                                                              
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and to the Army Chief of Staff.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON stated  there was no objection, said  he accepted the                                                              
conceptual amendment,  and directed staff and  [legislative] legal                                                              
to add the foregoing names.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD returned  attention to  page 2,  line 11,                                                              
and  proposed   a  conceptual  amendment  adding   "and  vicinity"                                                              
following "Anchorage."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON  stated there was no  objection and said  he accepted                                                              
the foregoing conceptual amendment.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   LEDOUX   [proposed    a   conceptual   amendment]                                                              
expanding  the distribution  list  to  include the  President  and                                                              
Vice-President of the U.S.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD agreed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON said  he accepted  the conceptual  amendment to  the                                                              
distribution list.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:33:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  moved  to adopt  [Conceptual  Amendment                                                              
1].     [The   committee  treated   Conceptual   Amendment  1   as                                                              
incorporating all  of the conceptual amendments that  Chair Herron                                                              
stated  were accepted.]    There  being no  objection,  Conceptual                                                              
Amendment  1 was adopted.   Before  the committee  was HJR  13, as                                                              
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:33:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON  [opened   public  testimony  on  HJR   13.    After                                                              
ascertaining that  no one wished  to testify, Chair  Herron closed                                                              
public testimony.]                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  COLVER moved to  report HJR  13, as amended,  with                                                              
individual recommendations  and [zero]  fiscal note.   There being                                                              
no objection,  CSHJR 13(MLV) was  reported from the  House Special                                                              
Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:34:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at ease from 1:34 p.m. to 1:37 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB61 Sponsor Statement.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61
HB 61 Supporting Document What the state currently offers.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61
HB 61 Supporting Documents Medals and their meaning.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61
HB 61 Supporting Documents Medals in order of rank.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61
HJR 13 Sponsor Statement.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HJR 13
HJR013A.PDF HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HJR 13
HB 61 Fiscal Note - HB061-DOA-DMV-02-06-15.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61
HJR13 Fiscal Note - HJR13-LEG-SESS-02-09-2015.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61 Draft Committee Substitute Ver H.pdf HMLV 2/10/2015 1:00:00 PM
HB 61