Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

02/04/2020 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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*+ HB 198 AGGRAVATING FACTORS AT SENTENCING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ HB 182 SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS: TESTING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
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          HB 182-SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS: TESTING                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
                    [Contains discussion of HB 49]                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:48:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  FIELDS   announced  that  the  final  order  of business   would                                                      
be  SPONSOR  SUBSTITUTE   FOR  HOUSE  BILL   NO. 182,   "An Act  relating                                                       
to  testing  of sexual   assault  examination   kits;  and  providing  for                                                      
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
3:49:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   KREISS-TOMKINS    moved  to  adopt   the  sponsor   substitute                                                       
(SS) for HB 182, Version 31-LS1188\M, as the working document.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VANCE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:50:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
[It was determined that adoption of SSHB 182 was not necessary.]                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:50:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    GERAN   TARR,   Alaska   State   Legislature,    relayed                                                      
that  in  the  fall  of  2014,  she  received   a  letter  from  the  "End                                                      
the   Backlog"   organization    -  a   project   of  the   Joyful   Heart                                                      
Foundation.    The  Joyful   Heart  Foundation   was founded   by  actress                                                      
Mariska   Hargitay    of  the   Law  &   Order:   Special   Victims   Unit                                                      
television   series   in  response   to  the   many  communications    she                                                      
received   from  individuals    who  were  victims   of  sexual  assault.                                                       
She  started  the  End The  Backlog  initiative   to  end the  backlog  of                                                      
untested rape kits.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR   stated  that   Alaska   is  making   significant                                                       
gains  on  [rape  kit  testing]  reform.    She  referred  to  slide  2 of                                                      
the  PowerPoint,   entitled   "Joyful  Heart  Foundation   -  6 Pillars,"                                                       
which read:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
   head2right Annual statewide inventory of untested kits: A                                                                    
        recurring count of all untested rape kits enables                                                                       
       stakeholders to understand the scope of the problem                                                                      
      and monitor progress.                                                                                                     
   head2right Mandatory testing of backlogged kits: Eliminate the                                                               
     existing backlog by requiring law enforcement agencies                                                                     
      to submit all previously untested kits to the lab and                                                                     
      requiring the kits to be tested.                                                                                          
   head2right Mandatory testing of new kits: Prevent future backlogs                                                            
        by requiring law enforcement agencies to promptly                                                                       
      submit   all   newly   collected   kits   to   the   lab,  and                                                            
      requiring  the  lab  to test  these  kits  within  a  specific                                                            
      time frame.                                                                                                               
   head2right Statewide tracking system: Ensure that hospitals, law                                                             
      enforcement,   and   labs  are  using   the  same   system   to                                                           
      track  rape  kits.  Build  in a  mechanism  for  survivors   to                                                           
      check  the status   of their  kits  throughout   the  process,                                                            
      from collection to analysis.                                                                                              
   head2right Victims' rights to notice: Grant victims the right to                                                             
      receive  information    about  the  status   and  location   of                                                           
      their  rape  kit,  and  require   that  victims   be  informed                                                            
      if   their   kit   will   not   be   tested   and   prior    to                                                           
      destruction.                                                                                                              
   head2right Funding for reform: Appropriate state funding to                                                                  
      address these issues                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR stated that Alaska has accomplished almost                                                                  
everything on the list of reforms and outlined Alaska's progress                                                                
as shown on slide 3, entitled "Where are we?" which read:                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      2014       Launch Rape Kit Reform Initiative                                                                              
      2015       Introduce HB 117, requiring a statewide                                                                        
                 audit  of  all  untested  rape  kits,  legislative                                                             
                 hearings lead to request for audit of the                                                                      
                 crime lab                                                                                                      
      2016       Continued working with crime lab staff and                                                                     
                 public safety officials on reforms like                                                                        
                 instituting a tracking system for all rape                                                                     
                 kits                                                                                                           
      2017       Reforms pass requiring statewide audit of                                                                      
                 untested kits (SB 55)                                                                                          
      2018       Reforms  pass  establishing   law  enforcement                                                                 
                 and  anonymous  reports  for  victim  centered                                                                 
                 approach,   require  law enforcement   to  have                                                                
                 training   on sexual   assault  response,   require                                                            
                 audit on untested kits to be annual (HB 31)                                                                    
      2019       Reforms pass requiring timely testing of                                                                       
                 rape  kits  and victim  notification   (HB  49)                                                                
      2020       House Bill 182 to shorten timeline for                                                                         
                 testing  60 days or 6 months?                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR  referred   to  the  document,   entitled   "Annual                                                      
Inventory   of Untested   SAKs,"  [included  in  the  committee  packet],                                                       
that   presents   the   last  three   years   of   the  statewide    audit                                                      
numbers.    She reviewed   the kit  tracking   process.   She  added  that                                                      
Alaska   now   requires   a  victim   be   notified   by   public   safety                                                      
officials   within   two  weeks  of  a  rape  kit  being   tested.    Some                                                      
states   offer  an  online   tracking   system  in  which   a  victim  can                                                      
track  the  progress  of  the  rape  kit  online.   Alaska  does  not  yet                                                      
have a full tracking system in that regard.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR   addressed   the  issue   of   the  timeline   for                                                      
testing:    When  the reform  work  began,  rape  kit  processing   took a                                                      
little  more  than  two  years.   With  work  on capacity,   funding,  and                                                      
training,   the   timeline   was  reduced   to  about   one   year.    The                                                      
current  version   of SSHB  182  puts  the  timeline  at  60  days  as the                                                      
best practice for Alaska.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   TARR  continued   with  slide  4, entitled   "Why  Timing                                                      
of Testing is Important," which offered a case study and read:                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
      Mosley  is  in  custody  now,  but  he  was  allowed  to  roam                                                            
      Anchorage   freely   for   more   than  eight   months   after                                                            
      Anchorage  police   detectives  learned   his  DNA implicated                                                             
      him in  three  sexual  assaults,   and  forwarded  charges   to                                                           
      the Department of Law.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      During that time, a fourth woman was raped.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR  relayed   the   passage  on   slide  5,  entitled                                                       
"Lives Changed Forever," which read:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
      "The  effect  on  the  victims  cannot  be  overstated.   Some                                                            
      of  these   women  waited   years   to  find  out   who  their                                                            
      assailant   was.  [One  woman]  moved  back  to  her  hometown                                                            
      out of  fear  and  shame.  One of  these  women,  after  years                                                            
      of suffering   from  infertility   despite  her  best  efforts                                                            
      with  her  partner,   became  pregnant   as  a result   of the                                                            
      rape.  The  cruel   irony   of  carrying   the  child  of  her                                                            
      rapist  after  years  of  trying  to  have  a child  with  her                                                            
      partner  had  a  significant   impact   on her.  For  each   of                                                           
      these  women,  they   re-live  the  trauma   of the  rape  and                                                            
      recently   endured   having   to  tell   a  grand   jury  what                                                            
      happened to them."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR  offered  that  the  story   she  just  related  is                                                      
just  one  of many  in  Alaska.    She emphasized   the  power  of  timing                                                      
in rape kit testing.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:56:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR   moved   to  slide   6,  entitled   "We   MUST  do                                                      
better."    In  addressing   the  fiscal   note  (FN)  for  SSHB  182  she                                                      
relayed   the   following:     Alaska's    Scientific   Crime   Detection                                                       
Laboratory   ("crime  lab")   is  a great  facility,   but  it  has  never                                                      
been  fully  staffed   for  Alaska  to  have  the  in-state   capacity  to                                                      
do  all  the   forensic   processing   necessary.     The  crime   lab  is                                                      
processing   as much  as  possible  for  the  whole  state,  although  for                                                      
some  circumstances,   kits  must  be sent  out  of state.    She  stated,                                                      
"It's  a big  uplift  to  get  these  highly  qualified  technical   staff                                                      
in  place."   She  mentioned   that  after  HB  49 was  enacted  [calling                                                       
for  the  testing  of  sexual  assault   examination   kits,  signed  into                                                      
law   7/11/19],   it  took   several   months   for  a   position   to  be                                                      
created,   several   more  months   for  recruitment    and  hiring,   and                                                      
another   year   and  a  half   of  training.     She  complimented    the                                                      
efforts  of  the  new  director  of  the  crime  lab,  David  Kanaris,  to                                                      
make  the  crime  lab  work  better.    She  said  that  crime  lab  staff                                                      
are  doing  everything  they  can;  it  is a  matter  of the  legislature                                                       
providing   additional   resources  so  that  staff  can  scale  up  their                                                      
operations   to  meet  any  new  requirements.     She  stated   that  the                                                      
goal  is  60  days  [for  the  testing  of  sexual  assault   examination                                                       
kits];  however,   the next  realistic   step  is probably   6 months  due                                                      
to  the  challenge   of filling   positions   and  evolving   the  system.                                                      
Once  the  6-month  timeline  is  achieved,  staff  will  be  better  able                                                      
to  assess   the  additional   resources   necessary   to  meet  60  days.                                                      
She  mentioned    that  the  estimates    in  the  FN  reflect   multiple                                                       
phases  in  the  process.    She continued   by  saying  that  there  have                                                      
been   discussions    about   strengthening    the   relationships    with                                                      
local  law   enforcement   as  the  capacity   of  the  state   crime  lab                                                      
increases;    "better   response    will  just   mean   improved    public                                                      
safety for the whole state."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR   referred   again  to   the  document,   entitled                                                       
"Annual   Inventory   of  Untested   SAKs,"  to  point  out  the   numbers                                                      
from  the   statewide   inventory:     in  2017,  3,484   sexual   assault                                                      
kits   (SAKs)    were   inventoried;     in   2019,   1,696    SAKs   were                                                      
inventoried.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:01:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[A  trailer   for  the  documentary,   I  am  Evidence,   was  played  for                                                    
the   committee,   to   demonstrate   the   consequences    of  delay   in                                                      
processing   sexual   assault   kits.    The  link  to  the  trailer   was                                                      
displayed          on         slide         7,         which         read:                                                      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_b1SbbSu6Y                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR   relayed   that  on   an  annual   basis,   Alaska                                                      
receives  about  1,100  kits  to  be processed,   which  represents   many                                                      
lives  impacted.     It  is  an  issue  that   impacts  everyone   in  the                                                      
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:05:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   KANARIS,   Chief,   Scientific    Crime   Detection   Laboratory,                                                       
Department   of  Public  Safety  (DPS),  relayed   that  he  became  chief                                                      
of  the crime   lab in  July  2019  and  is reviewing   processes   within                                                      
the  lab.    His  goal  is  as follows:     to reduce   backlog;   improve                                                      
turn-around    times;  address   retention    and  recruitment,    develop                                                      
partnerships   with   local  stakeholders;   develop   multidisciplinary                                                        
teams  with  the  Department   of Law  (DOL)  and  law  enforcement;   and                                                      
increase   transparency   within   the  system.    He  said,   "I  believe                                                      
Alaska's   public  has  a  right   to  know  what's  actually   happening                                                       
within  the  crime  lab.   We  don't  want  us to  be a  black  box."   He                                                      
stated  that  ultimately,    he wants   to make  lab  data  available   to                                                      
the public on the website.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS   offered  that  what  Alaska   has  seen  regarding   sexual                                                      
assault   mirrors  what  has  occurred   nationally;   there  has  been  a                                                      
large  increase  in  the  number  of cases  being  submitted.    With  the                                                      
increased   focus  on  publicity  nationally,   the  sexual   assault  kit                                                      
initiative,   and  capital  appropriations   made  available   within  the                                                      
state,  there   has  been  more  focus   on  sexual  assaults.     Between                                                      
2011  and  2017,  according  to  national  crime  statistics,   there  has                                                      
been an uptick in violent crime rates in the state as well.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS  continued   by  saying  that  when  the lab  was  opened  in                                                      
2012,    about   300    deoxyribonucleic     acid    (DNA)   cases    were                                                      
submitted;   in  2019,  651  cases  were  submitted;   the  current   year                                                      
[2020]   has  seen  a  33  percent  increase,   which   puts  the  lab  on                                                      
track  for  receiving   900  cases  for  the  year.   He  stated  that  he                                                      
is   looking   for   ways    to  handle    the   increase    and   shorten                                                      
processing    times,   including   more   personnel,   process   changes,                                                       
changes in the training program, and procedural changes.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    THOMPSON    asked  for   a  progress    report   on  the                                                      
status of the backlog of untested rape kits.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS  answered   that  there  are  three  groups   of kits.    The                                                      
2016  federal   funds   through   the  sexual   assault   kit  initiative                                                       
(SAKI)   were  used  to  test   only  DPS  Alaska   State  Trooper   (AST)                                                      
kits,  which  numbered   slightly  under  600.    Testing  of  those  kits                                                      
was  completed  and  the  funds  exhausted.    In  2017,  the  state  made                                                      
a capital   appropriation   of $2.75  million   to test  the  rest  of the                                                      
kits,  which  numbered  2,500.    Of those,   1,219  have been  submitted                                                       
to  a third-party    testing  company.    The  third  group   consists  of                                                      
the  ongoing   cases  that  come   in,  which  is  estimated   to  be  900                                                      
this   year.    Of   those,   about  60-70   percent   represent    sexual                                                      
assaults,   and  they   will  be  tested.    The   current  timeline   for                                                      
testing   is  about  9  months,   which  is  a  significant   improvement                                                       
over the 2-year testing timeline of 2-3 years ago.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:10:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    VANCE  thanked  the  sponsor   for  her  efforts.    She                                                      
suggested   a change  to  the  effective   date  - currently   7/1/2020  -                                                      
to  a  later   date,  considering   the   lab  is  a  couple   years  from                                                      
eliminating   the  backlog   and  at  the  point  where   it  can  process                                                      
cases as they are received.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR   explained   that   currently    6  months   is  a                                                      
realistic    timeframe.      It  is   her   desire   that   the  proposed                                                       
legislation   be  amended   to  require  testing   to  be  done  within  6                                                      
months  with  the  effective   date  of  7/1/2021.    Additional   funding                                                      
would   be  required   in  fiscal  year   2021  (FY  21)  to   create  the                                                      
positions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    VANCE  asked  whether   there   have  been  discussions                                                       
about  expectations   and  timelines  for  hiring  qualified   people  for                                                      
the  crime  lab,  considering    the  difficulty   recruiting   other  DPS                                                      
employees   and  the  resulting   slowdown   of timelines   on  important                                                       
public  safety   matters.    She  maintained   that  such  a  delay  would                                                      
affect  the  effective   date  in  meeting   the goals   of the  proposed                                                       
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE     TARR   replied    that    initially,    1/1/2021    was                                                      
considered,   but  the  date   was  changed  to  7/1/2021   for  the  very                                                      
reason  Representative    Vance  cited  -  to allow  for  an  appropriate                                                       
amount  of  time  to hire  and  train  employees.    She referred   to Mr.                                                      
Kanaris's credentials and tours of the crime lab.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:14:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE     VANCE    asked   whether    there    have    been   any                                                      
prosecutions as a result of kits being processed.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE     TARR   responded    that    Mr.   Kanaris    has   some                                                      
information   on results,   but  kits are  still  being  processed.    She                                                      
stated   that   SAKI   evaluated    kit   testing   to   establish    best                                                      
practices,   and   Mr.  Kanaris   has   stated  that   if  there   is  not                                                      
usable   evidence  after   testing,   the  lab  can  quickly   notify  the                                                      
victim.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   THOMPSON   also  asked  about  the results   of catching                                                       
up  on  kit  testing.    He  asked  for  the  number  of  cases  affected                                                       
and the number of identifications.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR  answered   that  because   criminal   prosecution                                                       
is  involved,   she  does  not  receive  that  information.     She  added                                                      
that  the  information   is  privileged   and   for  the  benefit  of  law                                                      
enforcement personnel.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS   stated   that  of   the  568  SAKI   cases,   199  had  DNA                                                      
profiles   available.    Of  those,  57  were  enter  into  the  Combined                                                       
DNA  Index  System  (CODIS)   and  got  hits  in  the database;   61  were                                                      
"warm"   [confirmatory]    hits;  and   66  were   cold  hits,   that  is,                                                      
providing   completely    new   information   to   the  law   enforcement                                                       
agency.    He  mentioned   that  one  of  the  cases   is  now  active  in                                                      
DOL.   He  said  he has  less  information   on  the  cases  funded  under                                                      
the  capital   appropriation.     Of  the   2,568  SAKs,   a portion   has                                                      
been  tested,   and as  of  November   [2019]  about  212  had  a  profile                                                      
that  was  available   to be  uploaded   into  CODIS.    He  offered  that                                                      
about  one-third   of  cases   have  a  usable  DNA   profile.    At  that                                                      
point,  it  is  up  to law  enforcement   to  investigate   further.    He                                                      
cited   research   which   stated   that  the   benefit   to  society   of                                                      
testing   one   SAK  is   $130,000   -   an  8,000   percent   return   on                                                      
investment.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:18:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    HOPKINS   referred   to   the  "Report   from   End  the                                                      
Backlog   on  Alaska,"   page  2,  which  read:     "No  tracking   system                                                      
exists."  He asked for comment on the tracking system.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR  responded   that  at  the  time   House  Bill  117                                                      
was    introduced     [during     the    Twenty-Ninth     Alaska     State                                                      
Legislature,     (2015-2016)]    there    was   no   system    of   unique                                                      
identifiers   for  the  kits;  therefore,   it  was  impossible   to  know                                                      
if   the   tested   kits   being   sent   back   to   the   local   police                                                      
departments   had  been  used.    Subsequently   the  crime   lab  changed                                                      
its  operations    internally   so  that  each   kit  now  has   a  unique                                                      
identifier   and   can  be  tracked.      She  added   that  the   capital                                                      
budget  a  couple   years  ago  included   not  only  funds   for  testing                                                      
but  funds   for   high  capacity   storage   shelves;    therefore,   the                                                      
crime  lab  now  can  be  the central   repository   for  the  kits.   The                                                      
tracking   system   tracks  the  location   of  the  kits.     A tracking                                                       
system  to  the  victim  would  allow  the  victim  to  log in  and  track                                                      
the   progress   of   the   kit.     She  referred    to   victims   being                                                      
retraumatized   when  asked  to  retell  their   stories  over  and  over.                                                      
Alaska  has  not  fully   established   victim  tracking;   however,   law                                                      
enforcement   must  notify  the  individual  within   two weeks  that  the                                                      
rape  kit  was  tested.   Under   HB 49,  the  kit  must  be sent  to  the                                                      
crime  lab  within  30 days;  it  must  be tested  within  one  year;  and                                                      
the  victim  must  be  notified  within  two  weeks  [of  testing].    The                                                      
proposed   legislation   [SSHB  182],   if amended,   would   require  the                                                      
SAK   be  tested    within   6  months.      She   emphasized   that   the                                                      
timelines add certainty to the process for the victims.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   FIELDS    referred   to   the  letter    [dated   1/31/20   and                                                      
included   in   the  committee    packet]   from   Providence   Health   &                                                      
Services Alaska offering support for the proposed legislation.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:22:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    THOMPSON  referred   to  the  $2.75  million   that  the                                                      
legislature   appropriated   in  2018  to  process   the  rape  kits.   He                                                      
asked whether all the funds have been expended.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    TARR  answered   that  during  the  reform   process  an                                                      
industry   has  developed   around  rape  kit  testing   because  so  many                                                      
kits   were   untested   and  large   sums   of   federal   money   became                                                      
available.    She  said  that  of the  2,500  kits  to  be tested,   about                                                      
1,290   have  been   submitted   for   testing   with   results   back  on                                                      
1,000.    She  stated  that  until  all  kits  have  been  submitted   and                                                      
tested,  the  state  won't  know  the  remaining  balance  in  the  funds.                                                      
The high capacity shelves have been purchased.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS   responded   that  none  of  the  funding  was  to  be  used                                                      
for  in-state   personnel;   it  was determined    that  using  the  funds                                                      
to  hire  and  train  personnel   would  result  in  too  many  staff  for                                                      
the  ongoing  amount  of  work.    The decision   was  made  to outsource                                                       
the  kits  to a  third  party  on  the East  Coast.    The  [third  party]                                                      
agency  is  halfway  through  testing   the kits,  and  kits  coming  into                                                      
the  lab are  being  forwarded   on to  the agency  as  well.   Crime  lab                                                      
staff   is  tasked  with   uploading   the  profiles   into  COTIS   after                                                      
testing is complete.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    THOMPSON  asked  whether   current  kits  from  AST  are                                                      
being  sent  to  the  Lower  48  to  be  tested,   or whether   crime  lab                                                      
personnel are performing the tests on the current kits.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS   answered   that  cases   inventoried   under  the   capital                                                      
appropriation    -   the  ones   that   are   stored   at   local   police                                                      
departments   and  have never  been  submitted   to the  crime  lab  - are                                                      
being  outsourced.    Any  current   kits  are  being  tested  within  the                                                      
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    VANCE   referred    to  the   FN,   [included    in  the                                                      
committee    packet],   which    read:     "private    forensic    science                                                      
service  provider   could  meet  a 60-day  testing  window."    She  asked                                                      
for the turnaround time for outsourced kits.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KANARIS   answered    that  it  takes   200  days   on  average   for                                                      
testing to be completed at the private company.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   FIELDS  asked   for  confirmation   that  in  summary,   Alaska                                                      
is  expanding  its  internal  capacity   while  outsourcing   some  of the                                                      
backlog.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. KANARIS answered, "Yes, that's absolutely correct."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR FIELDS stated SSHB 182 would be held over.                                                                             

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB198 Presentation PDF 2.3.2020.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 v. M 1.21.2020.PDF HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Sponsor Statement 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB198 Fiscal Note DOA-OPA 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB198 Fiscal Note LAW-CRIM 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB198 Fiscal Note DOA-PDA 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - 2015 FBI Hate Crimes Report 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - 2016 FBI Hate Crimes Report 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - 2017 FBI Hate Crimes Report 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - "I don't want it to be about me" - Clarion 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - FBI Report shows increase in anti-LGBT hate crimes - Washington Blade 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - Legislator proposes adding LGBTQ protections to state hate crime laws - Clarion 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - LGBTQ activist in hiding after she was attacked on the Kenai Peninsula - APM 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - Packed town hall addresses LGBTQ safety - Clarion 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - Soldotna passes resolution in support of hate crime legislation - Clarion 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Article - Town hall to address violence against LGBTQ community - Clarion 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Hate Crime Chart NCSL 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Hate Crimes Law Map HRC 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 198 Supporting Document - Soldotna City Council Resolution 2020-006 1.27.2020.pdf HJUD 3/2/2020 1:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 198
HB 182 Ver A 01.21.20.PDF HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Sponsor Substitute v. M 1.27.20.PDF HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Explanation of Changes v. A to v. M 01.29.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Sectional Anaylsis v. M .pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Supporting Document - Joyful Heart Foundation Timeline Information 01.21.21.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Supporting Document - Hughes Alaska Public Media Article 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Supporting Document - Hopkins Lawless Article 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Supporting Document - Hopkins ADN Article 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Supporting Document - End the Backlog Report on Alaska 01.21.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Supporting Document - 2019 Report on Untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits 11.15.19.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Sponsor Statement 01.29.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 KTUU Article - One-year goal nearly reached, new bill would halve test time of sex assault kits 11.06.19.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 KTVA Article - Justice Denied Alleged serial rapist known to authorities roamed Anchorage freely for months 09.12.19.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Fiscal Note DPS-LAB 2.3.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Letter of Support - Providence 1.31.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Letter of Support - Joyful Heart Foundation 01.21.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Sponsor Presentation 2.4.20.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182
HB 182 Untested SAKs -State Crime Lab 11.06.2019.pdf HSTA 2/4/2020 3:00:00 PM
HB 182