Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

03/31/2015 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SCR 6 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2015 TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCR 6 Out of Committee
*+ HB 160 REPEAL ART IN PUBLIC PLACES REQUIREMENT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 117 SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 117(STA) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
        SCR 6-SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2015                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:07:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
SENATE  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION  NO. 6,  Proclaiming April  2015 as                                                               
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:07:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EDNA  MORELAND,   Staff,  Senator   Kevin  Meyer,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, explained that SCR 6  proclaims April 2015 as sexual                                                               
assault  awareness month  which is  an annual  campaign to  raise                                                               
public awareness  and educate communities and  individuals on how                                                               
to  prevent  sexual assault  violence  across  the nation.    She                                                               
described  sexual assault  violence  as a  serious public  health                                                               
problem affecting one  in five women, and one  in seventy-one men                                                               
in  their   lifetime.    However,   in  Alaska,  the   rates  are                                                               
approximately two  and one-half  times the national  average and,                                                               
she noted, statistics do not  [accurately] represent the problems                                                               
as  often victims  do  not  report the  violence  to the  police.                                                               
Sexual  assault  violence can  lead  to  long term  physical  and                                                               
mental health problems; therefore,  she pointed out that bringing                                                               
awareness  to the  crime of  sexual assault  and recognizing  the                                                               
enormity of the  problem can be properly  addressed and prevented                                                               
by lifting the veil of secrecy hiding these horrific crimes.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:09:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY  BROWN,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Network  on  Domestic                                                               
Violence and Sexual  Assault, advised that the  Alaska Network on                                                               
Domestic   Violence   and   Sexual  Assault   is   comprised   of                                                               
approximately 20  victim service  agencies throughout  the state.                                                               
Sexual assault and sexual abuse of  minors is a problem in Alaska                                                               
and, she acknowledged there are  many people performing good work                                                               
in assisting victims and survivors.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  asked Ms. Brown to  describe two to three  hurdles in                                                               
reducing sexual violence,  and where to start in  that people may                                                               
be reluctant to report the violence.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BROWN emphasized  "prevention,  prevention, prevention,"  in                                                               
that  sexual  assault  violence   prevention  education  must  be                                                               
present in every area that  male and female children and/or young                                                               
adults reside  and [the legislature]  should review  the criminal                                                               
arena for improvement.   She pointed out that in  2012 there were                                                               
804 reported cases of sexual assault  and of those 804, 8 percent                                                               
resulted  in some  type of  correction, which  sends the  message                                                               
"why should I  report."  She said she has  asked attorneys in the                                                               
legal  system,  Department  of  law  attorneys,  and  paralegals,                                                               
should they  be sexually assaulted  would they report,  and eight                                                               
out of ten said  "No, because they just don't want  to have to go                                                               
through the long process."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:12:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN interjected "where the victim gets victimized twice."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BROWN  agreed, and related that  people want to move  on even                                                               
though they want the "bad  guy" caught.  She suggested shortening                                                               
the time  a criminal  case is addressed,  and truly  investing in                                                               
prevention work for sexual violence.   She noted there has been a                                                               
slow  reduction in  teen  sexual violence  within  the past  five                                                               
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN closed  public testimony  after  ascertaining no  one                                                               
further wished to testify.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:14:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER moved  to report  SCR 6  out of  committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.   There being no  objection, SCR  6 was reported  from the                                                               
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
01 SCR 6 Sexual Assault Awareness v.W.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
02 SCR 6 Sponsor Statement CORRECTED.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
03 SCR 6 Fiscal Note (S)STA.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
04 SCR 6 DVSA_Dashboard_2014.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
05 SCR 6 CDVSA Annua lReport2014.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
01 HB160 ver A.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
02 HB160 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
03 HB160 Updated Sectional Analysis Version A.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
04 HB160 Alaska Statutes AS 35.27 Art Works in Public Buildings and Facilities.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
05 HB160 Alaska Statutes AS 44.27.050 and AS 44.27.060.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
06 HB160 Alaska Statutes AS 44.27.052. Powers of council.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
07 HB160 Background Information on Art in Public Places Fund.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
08 HB160 Legislative Research Repor 14-134m.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
09 HB160 Legislative Research Report 14-124m.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
10 HB160-DOA-DGS-03-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
11 HB160-DOT-CO-3-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
12 HB160-EED-ASCA-3-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
18aUPDATED HB117CS(STA)-LAW-CRIM-03-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
23 CSHB117 v.E.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
24 HB117 Supporting Documents-Email Dean Williams 03-24-2015.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
25 HB117 Supporting Documents-Email Orin Dym 03-24-2015.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
01a HB 160 Legislation Work Draft Version H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
02a HB 160 Sponsor Statement Work Draft v.H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
2b HB 160 Explanation of Changes Work Draft v.H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
3a HB 160 Sectional Analysis Work Draft v.H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160