Legislature(2019 - 2020)CAPITOL 106

04/25/2019 08:00 AM TRIBAL AFFAIRS

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Moved HCS SB 78(TRB) Out of Committee
Moved CSHJR 19(TRB) Out of Committee
              HJR 19-SUPPORT 2020 DECENNIAL CENSUS                                                                          
8:22:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR ZULKOSKY announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE  JOINT RESOLUTION  NO.  19,  Urging the  United  States                                                               
Congress to  fully fund the  United States Census Bureau  for the                                                               
2020 Census; urging the governor  to prioritize an accurate count                                                               
for the  2020 Census; and  urging local governments  to establish                                                               
local complete count commissions.                                                                                               
8:23:10 AM                                                                                                                    
GRACE  SINGH, Staff,  Representative Tiffany  Zulkosky, presented                                                               
HJR 19 on behalf of  Representative Zulkosky, prime sponsor.  She                                                               
said Alaska receives  $3.2 billion in federal  funding each year,                                                               
and the  receipt of  that funding  is tied  to U.S.  Census data.                                                               
She said the maintenance of  that federal funding during times of                                                               
budget  constraint is  critical  to Alaska's  economy.   Lack  of                                                               
accurate  census  data  "discourages investments  in  communities                                                               
across the  state."  Organizations  across the state rely  on the                                                               
funds.   The  undercounting of  Alaskans in  the U.S.  Census can                                                               
result in a loss of $3,000  per person annually, which amounts to                                                               
$30,000 per  person over a  10-year period.   She said  Alaska is                                                               
considered one of the most difficult  states to count in the U.S.                                                               
Census  because of  its  geographic,  language, and  connectivity                                                               
MS. SINGH  stated that Alaska  needs a count commission  that can                                                               
prioritize an  accurate count of the  population "before starting                                                               
conversations about how  the data will be used."   She concluded,                                                               
"As  the  2020 Census  launches  its  count  in Toksook  Bay,  on                                                               
January 21,  2020, it is  imperative that Alaska's  leadership at                                                               
all levels of government prioritize an accurate count."                                                                         
8:25:06 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR ZULKOSKY related  that HJR 19 was crafted in  response to a                                                               
presentation heard  by the House  Community and  Regional Affairs                                                               
Standing Committee on Tuesday.                                                                                                  
8:25:23 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  noted  that  the  Department  of  Commerce,                                                               
Community &  Economic Development  (DCCED) uses  information from                                                               
the U.S. Census for state revenue sharing purposes.                                                                             
8:26:34 AM                                                                                                                    
GREG BRINGHURST,  Director, Public  Policy and  External Affairs,                                                               
Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA),  testified in support of HJR
19.  He said  the data gained through the U.S.  Census is used to                                                               
determine   allocations  for   many  programs,   including  those                                                               
pertaining to roads, transportation,  housing programs, water and                                                               
wastewater  systems, education,  and  substance abuse  prevention                                                               
and treatment.   He said CIHA believes that HJR  19 would support                                                               
the ongoing efforts  in Alaska to ensure a  complete and accurate                                                               
count.   He  expressed  appreciation for  language  in the  joint                                                               
resolution  that encourages  participation and  coordination with                                                               
the State of Alaska, as  well as encouraging local governments to                                                               
establish complete  count commissions  (CCCs), many of  which are                                                               
ongoing or  being established  currently.   He said  a CCC  is an                                                               
excellent  way for  tribal and  local governments  to "coordinate                                                               
and  cooperate with  the U.S.  Census Borough  in a  formal way."                                                               
Local knowledge  can be  used to build  trust in  communities and                                                               
educate residents  on why the  U.S. Census really matters  and to                                                               
promote full participation.                                                                                                     
8:29:57 AM                                                                                                                    
MIKE  WALSH, Ph.D.,  Vice President,  Public Policy,  The Foraker                                                               
Group,  testified  in  support  of   HJR  29.    He  relayed  his                                                               
involvement with  the Alaska  Census Work Group.   He  echoed the                                                               
point about  Alaska being difficult  to count in the  U.S. Census                                                               
because  of its  remote locations.   He  stated that  The Foraker                                                               
Group believes  HJR 19  emphasizes the importance  of a  fair and                                                               
accurate  count,  highlights  the   important  role  the  federal                                                               
government plays  in funding the  U.S. Census Borough  effort and                                                               
the essential  role of the state  in engaging all Alaskans  to be                                                               
counted,  and  brings  attention   to  the  importance  of  local                                                               
governments  to establish  the CCCs.   He  expressed appreciation                                                               
for the related discussion heard  during the joint meeting of the                                                               
House Community  and Regional Affairs Standing  Committee and the                                                               
House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs early this week.                                                                      
8:32:24 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR ZULKOSKY opened public testimony on HJR 19.                                                                               
8:32:39 AM                                                                                                                    
NILS  ANDREASSEN,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Municipal  League                                                               
(AML), emphasized  the importance  of ensuring an  accurate count                                                               
in  the U.S.  Census.   He listed  the amounts  other states  are                                                               
considering   investing  toward   ensuring   a  complete   count:                                                               
Colorado,  $12  million;  Virginia, $1.5  million;  Maryland,  $4                                                               
million;   Washington,   $12   million;   Nevada,   $5   million;                                                               
California, $90  million; and North  Carolina, $1.5 million.   He                                                               
said even though the Office  of Management & Budget has confirmed                                                               
the  availability of  "some" funding,  he  feels HJR  19 and  the                                                               
legislature's support of a complete  count is important.  He said                                                               
AML is  encouraged that  the CCC  includes local  governments but                                                               
encourages    "increased   and    meaningful   cooperation    and                                                               
coordination"  between the  Office  of the  Governor, the  United                                                               
States Census Bureau,  and AML.  Mr. Andreassen  related that AML                                                               
is  offering incentives  to local  governments to  form CCCs  and                                                               
will continue  to do so  in the  next months.   More importantly,                                                               
AML will encourage communities to  try to change the numbers from                                                               
the 2010  United States  Census.  He  expressed AML's  support of                                                               
"your" efforts.                                                                                                                 
8:34:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR ZULKOSKY,  after ascertaining  that there  was no  one else                                                               
who wished to testify, closed public testimony on HJR 19.                                                                       
8:35:05 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE VANCE  moved to  adopt Amendment 1  to HJR  19, as                                                               
     On page 3, line 3:                                                                                                         
          Following "shall be sent to"                                                                                          
          Insert "Governor Michael J. Dunleavy"                                                                                 
There being no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                              
8:35:55 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE LINCOLN  moved to report  HJR 19, as  amended, out                                                               
of   committee   with    individual   recommendations   and   the                                                               
accompanying zero fiscal note.                                                                                                  
8:36:10 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  objected for the purpose  of discussion.                                                               
He  emphasized  the  importance  of  an  accurate  census  toward                                                               
ensuring  equal  representation  throughout   Alaska.    He  then                                                               
removed his objection.                                                                                                          
8:37:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR ZULKOSKY  announced that there  being no  further objection                                                               
[CSHJR 19(TRB)] was  reported out of the  House Special Committee                                                               
on Tribal Affairs.                                                                                                              

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Census 2020 Sponsor Statement .pdf HTRB 4/25/2019 8:00:00 AM
SB 78 Sponsor Statement.pdf HTRB 4/25/2019 8:00:00 AM
SB 78
SB0078A.PDF HTRB 4/25/2019 8:00:00 AM
SB 78
HJR019A.PDF HTRB 4/25/2019 8:00:00 AM
HJR 19