Legislature(2005 - 2006)CAPITOL 106

03/31/2005 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 214 ANATOMICAL GIFTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+= HB 170 PUB EMPLOYEES/TEACHERS RETIREMENT BOARDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 177 STATE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 191 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE/TEACHER RETIREMENT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ HB 238 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE/TEACHER RETIREMENT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
HB 214-ANATOMICAL GIFTS                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON announced  that  the first  order  of business  was                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO. 214, "An Act  relating to anatomical gifts and the                                                               
anatomical gift donor registry program."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:03:43 AM to 8:03:54 AM.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:03:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LESIL  McGUIRE,   Alaska  State  Legislature,  as                                                               
sponsor  of  HB  214,  explained  that  the  bill  would  make  a                                                               
technical correction  to a  broader bill  that last  year's House                                                               
State  Affairs  Standing  Committee   passed,  which  created  an                                                               
anatomical gift  registry in Alaska.   She stated for  the record                                                               
that the registry has been  successful.  The proposed legislation                                                               
would expand the definitions in last  year's bill.  She said that                                                               
unwittingly a  definition was  adopted which  left out  "our only                                                               
organ and  tissue bank here  in the state  of Alaska."   The bill                                                               
would also clear up some  inconsistencies between federal rulings                                                               
and state laws.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:05:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LYNN emphasized  his  support of  the  bill.   He                                                               
produced his  driver's license, which  shows that he is  an organ                                                               
donor.  He stated his concern  that [there be] no organ donations                                                               
from  any aborted  fetuses or  from any  early induction  fetuses                                                               
with abnormalities incompatible  with life.  He said  he has been                                                               
told  by  Representative McGuire's  staff  that  there may  be  a                                                               
federal  law  that  addresses  that.    He  said,  "I  have  some                                                               
information  that may  be  at odds  with that,  but  this is  not                                                               
something  that  I  want  to   take  ...  the  time  [to  address                                                               
currently]."   He restated his  support of  the bill and  said he                                                               
would probably  formulate an  amendment.  He  added, "And  we can                                                               
address this  during the interim  between this committee  and the                                                               
next committee of referral."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:07:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GATTO directed  attention to page 2,  line 26, and                                                               
noted  that  the effort  had  been  made  to change  "[MUST]"  to                                                               
"shall".  He asked if there  is a legal or grammatical definition                                                           
that is different for each of those words.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:08:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE McGUIRE responded, "It's  a drafting choice."  She                                                               
added that it doesn't seem like  much of a difference to her, but                                                               
in many  of the  legislative bills that  have passed  through the                                                               
House Judiciary Standing  Committee, the move has  been to change                                                               
the word to "shall".                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:08:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTO  directed attention  to  page  3, line  15,                                                               
which provides  the definition  of "technician".   He said  he is                                                               
happy to  see the  definition in  the bill.   He  offered further                                                               
details.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:09:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   McGUIRE  stated   for   the   record  that   she                                                               
appreciated Representative Gatto's comments  last year [that lead                                                               
to the definition].  She added,  "In fact, the definition was too                                                               
restrictive."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:09:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RAMRAS  emphasized  that   this  is  about  organ                                                               
donors, not fetuses.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:10:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN responded that it's a matter of definitions.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:10:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:11:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ELKINS  moved to  report HB  214 out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.   There being no  objections, HB  214 was reported  out of                                                               
the House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

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