Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

04/07/2016 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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+ SCR 16 SPECIAL SESSION TO BE HELD ON ROAD SYSTEM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSCR 16(STA) Out of Committee
+ SB 123 USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHILE DRIVING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 123(JUD) Out of Committee
+ SCR 20 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2016 TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCR 20 Out of Committee
+ SB 6 ELIMINATE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 6(STA) Out of Committee
+ SB 24 LEGIS. ETHICS ACT: CONTRACTORS,INTERNS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 24(JUD) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
       SCR 20-SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH: APRIL 2016                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:38:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
SENATE CONCURRENT  RESOLUTION NO.  20, Proclaiming April  2016 as                                                               
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:40:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KEVIN MEYER, Alaska State  Legislature, as prime sponsor,                                                               
explained that SCR 20 is  a resolution brought forward every year                                                               
to  proclaim April  as the  Sexual Assault  Awareness Month.   He                                                               
described  it as  part of  a  national campaign  to raise  public                                                               
awareness  about  sexual  assault  and  educate  communities  and                                                               
individuals on  how to  prevent sexual violence.   He  related he                                                               
has been  doing this for  many years  and spent much  time during                                                               
his  Anchorage  Assembly  days on  Stand  Together  Against  Rape                                                               
(STAR) and believes this is an important issue.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN interjected  that if this is done every  year, why not                                                               
make  it  permanent,  because   unfortunately  the  problem  will                                                               
continue.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  explained that  groups prefer  to bring  the issue                                                               
forward  each year  to put  it in  front of  people, because  the                                                               
problem  will not  go away  any  time soon.   Nationwide,  sexual                                                               
assault  statistics continue  to be  staggering, and  regrettably                                                               
Alaska  is almost  2.5 times  higher  than the  national rate  on                                                               
sexual  assault.     Sexual  violence  is   preventable,  and  he                                                               
described it  as a social,  public health, criminal  justice, and                                                               
human rights  issue.   This year, he  explained, the  2016 Sexual                                                               
Assault Awareness  Month campaign is focusing  on building blocks                                                               
of prevention by communicating  how individuals, communities, and                                                               
the private  sector can take  action to promote  safety, respect,                                                               
and equality.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:43:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAUREE MORTON,  Executive Director, Council on  Domestic Violence                                                               
and Sexual Assault  (CDVSA), reiterated that Alaska  is above the                                                               
national  average in  sexual assault  and there  must be  ongoing                                                               
hard work  and daily  efforts to end  sexual violence.   However,                                                               
she said  the 2013 Alaska  Victimization Survey  showed, compared                                                               
to  2010, a  decrease in  sexual violence  victimization.   There                                                               
were  3,072 fewer  victims of  sexual  violence in  2015 than  in                                                               
2010.   Acknowledging  the good  news, she  pointed out  there is                                                               
still  much work  to do,  because in  2010, 58  out of  100 women                                                               
suffered  intimate partner  violence, sexual  violence, or  both.                                                               
In 2015, the number reduced to 50  out of 100 women, which is one                                                               
out  of  every  two  women  in Alaska,  and  the  combination  of                                                               
intervention and prevention  work must continue.   She pointed to                                                               
SCR 20, page 2, lines 4-7, which read as follows:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          WHEREAS, in 2015, first responders from 16                                                                          
     communities--Anchorage,   Barrow,    Bethel,   Cordova,                                                                    
     Dillingham,  Eielson Air  Force  Base, Fairbanks,  Fort                                                                    
     Wainwright,  Juneau,  Kodiak, Kotzebue,  Nome,  Palmer,                                                                    
     Seward,  Unalaska, and  Valdez--participated in  Sexual                                                                    
     Assault Response Team training; and                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORTON  continued that these  first responders  and advocates                                                               
met jointly  for training to  learn about each other's  roles and                                                               
how the system  can better work in response to  victims when they                                                               
come forward  and progress through  forensic exams.   She advised                                                               
that  page  2  of  the resolution  refers  to  different  primary                                                               
prevention  activities  that communities  are  taking  on to  end                                                               
sexual violence,  such as  Girls on the  Run, Coaching  Boys into                                                               
Men,  Green Dot,  the 4thR,  and  Compass.   Not only  is this  a                                                               
concentrated  effort by  programs  funded across  the state  with                                                               
paid staff, community  members are also invested  in working with                                                               
the programs  to end sexual violence.   Over the last  year, more                                                               
than 3,000 people  have given their time, energy,  and efforts to                                                               
this cause by  providing over 63,000 hours of service.   She said                                                               
that Alaska  needs to  thank the  people who day  in and  day out                                                               
answer  phone  calls  at  3:00  a.m., go  to  the  hospital  with                                                               
victims,  and  help   when  a  victim  is  in   court,  with  law                                                               
enforcement,  or  at social  services.    These people  hear  the                                                               
horrendous things  people are  capable of  doing to  one another,                                                               
and they continue  to come back and work so  that someone will be                                                               
available  when a  victim of  sexual violence  is ready  to share                                                               
his/her story.   Advocates work tirelessly to provide  a sense of                                                               
dignity and bear  witness to these horrible crimes,  and they are                                                               
owed a great debt of gratitude, she said.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:48:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN thanked  Ms. Morton  for her  work and  the work  the                                                               
advocates do to make this a better  place, and he said there is a                                                               
special place in heaven for these folks.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:48:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ  related  that   while  in  the  district                                                               
attorney's  office,   she  saw   volunteers  firsthand   and  was                                                               
impressed with the type of support they provide to victims.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN, after ascertaining no  one further wished to testify,                                                               
closed public testimony on SCR 20.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:49:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  moved to report  SCR 20, out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes. There being  no objection, SCR 20 was reported  out of the                                                               
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
01 SB 24 ver E.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
01-a SB 24 v.W.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
02 SB 24 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
03 SB 24 Sectional Analysis.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
04 SB 24 Summary of changes ver W to ver E.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
05 SB 24 Leg Research Report Subcontractors.PDF HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
06 SB 24 Applicable Statutes.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
07 SB 24 Contracts - Rec by Ethics Office.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
08 SB 24 Fiscal Note.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
09 SB 24 Previous Advisory Opinions.PDF HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
10 SB 24 Previous Minutes & Committee Action.PDF HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
01 SB123 ver E.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
01a SB123 ver A.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
02 SB123 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
03 SB123 Summary of Changes from Version A to Version E.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
04 SB123 Supporting Documents ADN Article 11.15.15.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
05 SB123 Supporting Documents Alaska Texting While Driving Charges.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
06 SB123 Supporting Documents Alaska Texting While Driving Penalties.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
07 SB123 Supporting Documents AO 2015-126 Pages 14-15.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
08 SB123 Supporting Documents Hands Free Info.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
09 SB123 Supporting Documents Legal Memo 2.24.2016.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
10 SB123 Supporting Documents Legal Research Municipal Laws.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
11 SB123 Supporting Documents NCSL Texting While Driving State Laws.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
12 SB123 Fiscal Note-1-2-021716-DPS-N.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
13 SB123 Fiscal Note-2-2-021716-ADM-N.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 123
01 SCR 16 ver W - CS(STA).pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
01a SCR 16 ver A.PDF HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
02 SCR 16 Summary of Changes.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
03 SCR 16 Fiscal Note #1 - SSTA 03-25-16.PDF HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
04 SCR 16 Backup Document - 2015 Alaska Legislature Salary and Business Expense Report.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
05 SCR 16 Backup Document - Governor's Letter to Legislature - 03-23-16.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
06 SCR 16 Backup Document - LAA 4-1-16 Memo RE Seismic Retrofit & Life Safety Improvement Timeline.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
07 SCR 16 Backup Document - LAA Estimate of Anchorage vs Juneau Special Session - 10-12-2015.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
08SCR 16 Backup Document - LAA Expense Actuals of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd 2015 Special Sessions - 3-18-2016.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
01 SCR20 Ver A.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
02 SCR20 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
03 SCR20 Fiscal Note-1-1-030216-STA-N.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
04 SCR20 Supporting Documents Alaska Victimization Survey Media Release.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
05 SCR20 Supporting Documents ANDVSA Support Letter.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
06 SCR20 Supporting Documents CDVSA Annual Report 2015.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
07 SCR20 Supporting Documents DVSA_Dashboard_2015.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
08 SCR20 Supporting Documents Key Results 2015 AK Victimization Survey.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 20
09 SCR 16 Backup LRS Report from LAA - Historical Special Session.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SCR 16
2016 SB 6 Additional Testimony.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
SB6 Testimony Rak, Paula 4-7-2016.pdf HSTA 4/7/2016 8:00:00 AM
SB 6