Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

04/18/2019 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 110 VEHICLES/BOATS: TRANSFER ON DEATH TITLE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 115 ABSENTEE VOTING TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 115 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 20 SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSSHB 20(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                     HB 115-ABSENTEE VOTING                                                                                 
3:29:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  KREISS-TOMKINS   announced  that  the  next   order  of                                                               
business  would  be HOUSE  BILL  NO.  115,  "An Act  relating  to                                                               
absentee voting; and providing for an effective date."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:30:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  MASON, Staff,  Representative Chris  Tuck, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  on behalf  of Representative  Tuck, prime  sponsor,                                                               
informed the committee that earlier  that day he had presented HB                                                               
115  to  the  Alaska  Commission on  Aging,  and  following  that                                                               
presentation, the  commission informed him that  it would endorse                                                               
the bill,  which would put  in place a permanent  absentee voting                                                               
system in Alaska.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:31:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS opened public testimony on HB 115.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:31:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EVAN ANDERSON, Civic Engagement  Manager, Alaska Center Education                                                               
Fund (ACEF),  stated that  ACEF believes  democracy in  Alaska is                                                               
strongest   when  there   is   full   participation  across   the                                                               
electorate.  He said permanent  absentee voting would be "a major                                                               
win"  for  students,  "people  of  varying  abilities,"  and  the                                                               
elderly.   He surmised that  the chances someone will  vote again                                                               
are   higher   if   his/her  [absentee]   ballot   is   delivered                                                               
automatically.   He mentioned there  are 11 other states  that do                                                               
this, and he  remarked that Alaskans "stand on  the shoulders" of                                                               
its  civil rights  heroes,  such as  Elizabeth  Peratrovich.   He                                                               
concluded by stating his support for HB 115.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:33:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VERI  DI  SUVERO,  Executive  Director,  Alaska  Public  Interest                                                               
Research Group  (AKPIRG), related that AKPIRG  protects consumers                                                               
and ensures  the best  possible governance in  Alaska.   She said                                                               
AKPIRG  supports   permanent  absentee  voting,   "because  every                                                               
American has  the fundamental  right to vote  and have  that vote                                                               
counted."   She talked about  the ability  to do most  things via                                                               
computer or  smart phone; therefore,  she reasoned that  there is                                                               
"no reason that signing up to  receive a ballot shouldn't be easy                                                               
and  accurate  and  accessible."     She  opined  that  permanent                                                               
absentee voting  would ensure  that Alaska's  electorate receives                                                               
the best process  for voting possible.  She said  there are eight                                                               
states, as  well as Washington,  D.C., that maintain  a permanent                                                               
absentee ballot list.  She expressed support of HB 115.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  KREISS-TOMKINS, after  ascertaining that  there was  no                                                               
one else  who wished  to testify, closed  public testimony  on HB                                                               
115.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:35:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  expressed appreciation for  the information                                                               
from Barbara  Jones, Municipal Clerk, Municipality  of Anchorage,                                                               
about ensuring that a voter does  not vote absentee and then show                                                               
up  at the  polls to  vote again.   She  questioned whether  this                                                               
[method] was in place in other parts of the state.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:36:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAIL  FENUMIAI, Director,  Division of  Elections, Office  of the                                                               
Lieutenant Governor,  stated that since Anchorage  [uses] "an all                                                               
by-mail system," its security measures  are different.  She said,                                                               
"The State  of Alaska would  still need to be  producing precinct                                                               
registers,  and  those precinct  registers  would  be marked  ...                                                               
'applied for  by-mail ballot' or 'applied  for absentee ballot'."                                                               
She added, "If someone was to show  up and vote at the polls, and                                                               
insist  on voting,  we  would  require them  to  vote a  question                                                               
ballot; that  would be  the division's policy  to ensure  that if                                                               
they already  voted a by-mail  ballot and  sent it in,  ... there                                                               
would not be duplicate voting going on."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:38:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked for clarification  as to how that would                                                               
work.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. FENUMIAI explained  that in order to  ensure duplicate voting                                                               
doesn't  occur,  notation  needs  to  be  made  in  the  precinct                                                               
register showing when  people have voted by mail  or voted early.                                                               
With  that notation  made, the  polling place  worker would  then                                                               
tell the  voter who  comes to the  precinct voting  location that                                                               
he/she must  use a question ballot.   All ballots that  come back                                                               
to the  regional offices are  logged, reviewed, and  entered into                                                               
the voter  registration system; therefore,  there is a  method to                                                               
determine  whether  a  by-mail ballot  was  received  before  the                                                               
question ballot.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked how the  division knows a mailed ballot                                                               
is from a particular voter.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. FENUMIAI  answered that  three identifying  items must  be on                                                               
the back of the by-mail envelope  in order for the by-mail ballot                                                               
to  be  counted:   a  witness,  a  voter "indentifier,"  and  the                                                               
voter's signature.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:41:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  said it was  interesting to learn  that the                                                               
State of Colorado  received 60 percent return  rates in [by-mail]                                                               
voting.   She  observed  that information  she  read showed  that                                                               
Alaska's rate was 18 percent.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL said  while he  personally does  not want  a                                                               
future  where voting  by mail  is  the only  option, he  supports                                                               
getting more people to vote.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:42:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  opined that HB  115 is "great,"  as well                                                               
as "simple"  and "straightforward."   He explained that  he would                                                               
put aside  HB 115  and bring it  back at the  end of  the meeting                                                               
when  a quorum  was  present to  vote  on moving  HB  115 out  of                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                     HB 115-ABSENTEE VOTING                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:16:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  KREISS-TOMKINS  announced  that   the  final  order  of                                                               
business  would be  a  return  to HOUSE  BILL  NO.  115, "An  Act                                                               
relating  to  absentee voting;  and  providing  for an  effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:16:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to report  HB 115 out of committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  the  accompanying fiscal  notes.                                                               
There being no objection, HB 115 was reported from the House                                                                    
State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB110 ver M 4.1.19.PDF HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Sponsor Statement 4.9.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Sectional Analysis 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - Presentation 4.8.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - Trusts, ACS 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - URPTODA Summary 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - AADA Letter of Support 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - AARP Letter of Support 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - ACoA Letter of Support 4.12.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property, ACS 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - Article, Senior Voice 4.1.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - DoA Boat Titles 4.4.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Supporting Document - Letter of Support 4.12.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB110 Fiscal Note DOA-DMV 4.6.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 110
HB115 Supporting Document - Hawaii Permanent Absentee Application 04.01.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 ver A 04.01.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Supporting Document - Absentee Ballot Application 04.01.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Additional Document-Alaska Permanent Absentee Voter Regulation 04.01.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Fiscal Note OOG-DOE 3.31.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Additional Documents-NCSL Absentee and Early Voting 04.01.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Sponsor Statement 04.01.19.pdf HSTA 4/2/2019 4:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Additional Documents-Municipality of Anchorage Sample Ballot 04.08.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB115 Additional Documents-Municipality of Anchorage Response to Security Questions 04.10.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB020 ver A 01.07.19.PDF HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 ver S 03.07.19.PDF HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Summary of Changes Version A to S 03.11.19.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Sponsor Statement 03.11.19.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Sectional Analysis 03.11.19.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Document - 49th Rising_AS44.41.070_SAK Report.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Document - DPS-Annual-Sexual-Assualt-Kit-Inventory-Report-2018_ 11.01.18.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Document - SAK-Inventory-Report-and-Plan-DPS-2017.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Documents - Rape Kit Joyful Heart Foundation.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Documents STAR policy priorities.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Fiscal Note Ver A 3.11.19.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 State Affairs Presention 3.12.19.pdf HSTA 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB0020 Ver G 3.21.19.pdf HSTA 3/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB0020 Sectional Analysis 03.21.19 Version G.pdf HSTA 3/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB0020 Sponsor Statement 3.21.19 Version G.pdf HSTA 3/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB0020 Summary of Changes Version S to G 3.21.19.pdf HSTA 3/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB0020 State Affairs Version G.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB0020 State Affairs PresentationVersion G.pdf HSTA 3/21/2019 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Draft Proposed Ammendment Ver G.1 4.17.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Draft Proposed Blank CS Ver G 3.21.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Sectional Analysis Ver G 4.17.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB115 Supporting Document-Support Letter from Vote at Home 04.17.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 115
HB020 Supporting Document - Letter of Support STAR 4.19.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Document - Letter of Support 3.19.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20
HB020 Supporting Document - Letter of Support 3.18.19.pdf HSTA 4/18/2019 3:00:00 PM
HB 20