Legislature(2005 - 2006)SENATE FINANCE 532

02/09/2006 09:00 AM FINANCE


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Heard & Held
+= SB 218 CRIMINAL SENTENCING AND POLYGRAPHS TELECONFERENCED
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+ SB 188 BULK FUEL REVOLVING LOAN FUND CAP TELECONFERENCED
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+ HB 243 SWAN LAKE-TYEE LAKE INTERTIE TELECONFERENCED
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                     SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                 
                         February 9, 2006                                                                                     
                             9:06 a.m.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Lyda  Green convened the  meeting at approximately  9:06:56                                                          
AM.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyda Green, Co-Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Gary Wilken, Co-Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Con Bunde, Vice Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Also Attending:   GUY  BELL, Assistant  Commissioner, Department  of                                                          
Labor  and  Workforce   Development;  JUNO  CHANCE,  Administrative                                                             
Services Manager,  Administrative  Services Division, Department  of                                                            
Military  and Veterans Affairs;  NICO BUS,  Administrative  Services                                                            
Manager  and   Acting  Director,   Division  of  Support   Services,                                                            
Department of Natural Resources;  DAN SPENCER, Director, Division of                                                            
Administrative Services,  Department of Public Safety; NANCY SLAGLE,                                                            
Director,  Division   of  Administrative  Services,   Department  of                                                            
Transportation   and  Public  Facilities;   FRANK  RICHARDS,   State                                                            
Maintenance  Engineer,   Transportation  Management   and  Security,                                                            
Office of the Commissioner,  Department of Transportation and Public                                                            
Facilities;   PAT  PITNEY,  Director   of  Budget  Development   and                                                            
Institutional   Planning,  University  of  Alaska;  DOUG   WOOLIVER,                                                            
Administrative  Attorney,  Office  of the  Administrative  Director,                                                            
Alaska Court System; PORTIA  PARKER, Deputy Commissioner, Department                                                            
of  Corrections;  SUSAN PARKS,  Deputy  Attorney  General,  Criminal                                                            
Division, Department of  Law; DAVE CARLSON, Chief Executive Officer,                                                            
Four Dam Pool Power Agency                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Attending  via  Teleconference:    From an  offnet  location:  JAMES                                                          
HELGOE,  Lieutenant,  Alaska State  Troopers, Department  of  Public                                                            
Safety; From Sitka:  GALEN PAINE, Defense Attorney;  From Anchorage:                                                            
STACY  WALKER,  Attorney; RON  MILLER,  Executive  Director,  Alaska                                                            
Energy  Association;  BRIAN BJORKQUIST,  Senior  Assistant  Attorney                                                            
General,   Labor  and  State   Affairs   Section,  Civil   Division,                                                            
Department of Law; SARA FISHER GOAD, Alaska Energy Association                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB 233-APPROPRIATIONS FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The  Committee heard  overviews  on the  FY 06  supplemental  budget                                                            
requests  from the Department  of Labor  and Workforce Development,                                                             
the Department  of Military and Veterans Affairs,  the Department of                                                            
Natural Resources,  the Department of Public Safety,  the Department                                                            
of Transportation  and Public Facilities, the University  of Alaska,                                                            
and the Alaska Court System. The bill was held in Committee.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB 218-CRIMINAL SENTENCING AND POLYGRAPHS                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The  Committee heard  from  the sponsor,  the Department  of  Public                                                            
Safety, the  Department of  Corrections, the  Department of  Law and                                                            
private attorneys.  A committee substitute  was adopted and  amended                                                            
once. The bill was reported from Committee.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HB 243-SWAN LAKE-TYEE LAKE INTERTIE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The Committee  heard from  the Four  Dam Pool  Power Agency  and the                                                            
Alaska Energy Authority. The bill was held in Committee.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 188-BULK FUEL REVOLVING LOAN FUND CAP                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
This bill was scheduled but not heard.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:07:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     SENATE BILL NO. 233                                                                                                        
     "An Act making appropriations for capital projects; and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This was  the second  hearing for  this bill in  the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee. The Committee  continued hearing overviews on the funding                                                            
requests.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:07:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Labor and Workforce Development                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     AVTEC Facilities Deferred Maintenance                                                                                      
     $2,500,000 general funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 41462                                                                                                       
     Category: Education                                                                                                        
     Location: Seward                                                                                                           
     Election District: Homer/Seward                                                                                            
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     AVTEC has 12 buildings  in Seward that are 25-55 years old. The                                                            
     First  Lake  Facility and  the  Applied Technology  Diesel  and                                                            
     Welding  Building  both need  extensive window  and  windowsill                                                            
     repairs  and  replacements.  Other  maintenance  on  the  three                                                            
     Seward  campuses includes: replace  asbestos coated  corrugated                                                            
     exterior   panels,  paint  exteriors,  repair  mechanical   and                                                            
     electrical  code violations, repair failed ventilation  system,                                                            
     rezone   and   replace   control   valves    and  thermostats,                                                             
     repair/replace   deteriorating  parking  lot  asphalt  and  pot                                                            
     holes,  and   replace  moisture  compromised   T111  siding  on                                                            
     apartment buildings.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
GUY BELL, Assistant Commissioner,  Department of Labor and Workforce                                                            
Development, overviewed  the summary and statement of need. Projects                                                            
would  be  located   at  the  dormitories,  cafeteria   and  student                                                            
apartments of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC).                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:09:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Bunde  appreciated   that   the  project   requests   were                                                            
prioritized.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde reiterated  opinions expressed  at previous  meetings                                                            
that supplemental appropriations  are intended to address unexpected                                                            
events that occurred  after the original appropriation  was made. He                                                            
asked the reason this deferred  maintenance project was submitted as                                                            
a supplemental request.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:09:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bell replied that although  the appropriation could be made at a                                                            
later  time, the  intent is  to begin the  project  as early in  the                                                            
summer construction season  as possible. Because many of the repairs                                                            
and replacements  are energy-related,  the State would benefit  from                                                            
reduced fuel costs.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:10:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked the number of students attending AVTEC.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:10:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bell responded that 474 students attend each year.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:10:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green understood that some programs are short term.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:10:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bell confirmed  that the Center offers both long  and short-term                                                            
programs. The longest program lasts nine months.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:11:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Army Guard Facilities Projects                                                                                             
     $1,750,000 Total                                                                                                           
          $900,000 Federal Receipts                                                                                             
          $850,000 G/F Match                                                                                                    
     Reference No.: 38963                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     With  237 Alaska Army  National Guard  buildings at 96  various                                                            
     locations,  with  an average  age  of approximately  30  years,                                                            
     deferred  maintenance and  renewal and  replacement are  a high                                                            
     priority.  Alaska National  Guard preventative  maintenance  is                                                            
     performed  on  a  schedule,  yet  building  components  have  a                                                            
     limited life  requiring eventual renewal and  replacement. This                                                            
     project requests  $900,000 federal and $850,000  state funds to                                                            
     be applied to over  $13 million backlogged deferred maintenance                                                            
     projects  statewide.   Life safety  enhancement   end  results,                                                            
     ability  to  protect  our  citizens  and infrastructure,   will                                                            
     continue   to  improve   within  our   performance   management                                                            
     framework.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JUNO  CHANCE,   Administrative  Services   Manager,  Administrative                                                             
Services  Division, Department  of  Military and  Veterans  Affairs,                                                            
overviewed the summary  statement. Runways, parking lots and storage                                                            
facilities would also be addressed.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Chance directed  attention  to  a prioritized  listing  of  the                                                            
proposed projects and their  estimated costs as well as a collection                                                            
of  photographs  showing previous  improvements  and  areas  needing                                                            
maintenance [copies on file].                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:13:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson  suggested that if the  Senate Finance Committee  were                                                            
to  establish   a  policy  to  only   provide  FY  06  supplemental                                                             
appropriations  to address emergency health and safety  needs, those                                                            
projects requiring  "early intervention", and projects  that must be                                                            
completed  the summer  of 2006,  the Department  could identify  and                                                            
prioritize those proposed projects.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:14:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Chance  responded that  the item before  the members  represents                                                            
the entire  annual appropriation  request  for deferred maintenance                                                             
projects.  No request  would  be submitted  for  the  FY 07  regular                                                            
capital  budget.  The proposed  projects  could  be  prioritized  to                                                            
identify those that should  receive funding prior to the start of FY                                                            
07.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:15:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson asked  why  this funding  is  requested as  an FY  06                                                            
supplemental appropriation  rather than included in  the proposed FY                                                            
07 regular appropriation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:15:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Chance  replied that  the  Office  of the  Governor  made  this                                                            
decision.  However, the  Department  has some  immediate needs  that                                                            
require funding prior to July 1, 2006.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:16:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman  recalled a comment made at the previous  meeting in                                                            
which a departmental  representative  indicated that the  claim that                                                            
no deferred maintenance  requests would be included  in the proposed                                                            
FY 07 budget could be in error.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:16:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde,  qualifying that his statement would  not be directed                                                            
to  the  current   witness,  ascertained  the  issue   as  a  policy                                                            
difference.  His position was to examine  the needs compared  to the                                                            
Governor's proposed  supplemental budgets, which appear  to consider                                                            
the amount of funds available.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:17:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  surmised that the Office of the Governor  has chosen                                                            
this approach. The Committee must decide how to proceed.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:17:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson  asked if the projects  proposed in this item  require                                                            
matching funds to secure federal receipts.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:17:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Chance answered that State matching funds are required.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:17:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green asked  about  a time limit  to receive  the  federal                                                            
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:18:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Chance replied  that no time limit exists. This  item represents                                                            
the Department's annual request.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:18:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  announced that handouts  should be submitted  on the                                                            
day prior to the meeting.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:19:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde   agreed,  noting   the  need  to  review   materials                                                            
beforehand.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:19:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Natural Resources                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
NICO  BUS, Administrative   Services Manager  and  Acting  Director,                                                            
Division  of Support  Services,  Department  of  Natural  Resources,                                                            
testified the  Department has submitted requests for  eight deferred                                                            
maintenance projects. These  are prioritized from the $50 million in                                                            
identified needs  and the intent is to complete the  projects before                                                            
the upcoming summer tourism season.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:20:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
41405                                                                                                                           
     Plant Material Center Facility Repair                                                                                      
     $200,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41405                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Palmer (Greater Palmer)                                                                                          
     Election District: Greater Palmer                                                                                          
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     The  Plant Material  Center has  maintenance  issues that  have                                                            
     plagued  the  facility for  a  number of  years.  To bring  the                                                            
     facilities  up to present standards will require  sums of money                                                            
     beyond the normal  abilities of the PMC operating budget. There                                                            
     are safety  issues that were part of an OSHA  inspection of the                                                            
     PMC.  Other  maintenance  is  necessary  to prevent  damage  to                                                            
     delicate and expensive  equipment and inventories. The roof and                                                            
     furnace repairs are critical items.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus told of the roof damage that is causing leakage and furnace                                                             
maintenance needs. The intent is to acquire funding to take                                                                     
advantage of the summer construction season.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:21:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde asked if the proposed projects would be presented in                                                              
the order of priority.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:21:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus answered they would.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     State Parks Deferred Maintenance                                                                                           
     $360,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 38878                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     State  Parks  has  identified  over  $42  million  in  deferred                                                            
     maintenance  needs. This project will promote  the department's                                                            
     mission  of providing  outdoor  recreational  opportunities  by                                                            
     funding deferred  maintenance repairs to park  units to protect                                                            
     visitor  health and safety by  providing safe, clean,  and well                                                            
     maintained  units.  Projects  will  upgrade  or  replace  basic                                                            
     facilities   at  parks  including  outhouses,  drinking   water                                                            
     systems,  trails, fee stations,  and camping to keep  them from                                                            
     becoming an urgent health and safety hazard.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus noted that the supporting documentation for this request                                                                
lists each proposed project.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:22:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Forestry  Buildings  Repairs to  Correct Fire  and Life  Safety                                                            
     Deficiencies Phase 3                                                                                                       
     $100,000 General Fund                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 38879                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This project protects  State assets by correcting high priority                                                            
     Building  Fire and Life Safety  deficiencies identified  in the                                                            
     2002-03 Forestry  Building Conditions Survey,  and replaces the                                                            
     dilapidated  office trailer  in Soldotna.  The project  ensures                                                            
     cost-effective   management   of   state  structures   with   a                                                            
     replacement value exceeding $14 million.                                                                                   
     Electrical  problems  such as  properly grounding  and  bonding                                                            
     electrical  circuits  will be  corrected.  Seismic bracing  for                                                            
     buildings  and components will  be installed to keep  potential                                                            
     earthquake  damage  to a minimum.  The dilapidated  trailer  in                                                            
     Soldotna, used by  Forest Technicians will be replaced in order                                                            
     for  staff  to  meet  our  mission  to  develop,  enhance,  and                                                            
     conserve natural resources.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus informed that the request is for the third year of this                                                                 
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:23:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Johnson  Lake State Recreation  Site Campground Rehabilitation                                                             
     $290,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41421                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Soldotna                                                                                                         
     Election District: Kenai/Soldotna                                                                                          
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Johnson  Lake State  Recreation  Area's campground  is  located                                                            
     within  a  332  acre  recreation  area  near mile  111  of  the                                                            
     Sterling  Highway  and near Kasilof,  on  the Kenai  Peninsula.                                                            
     This campground is  heavily used by families and others engaged                                                            
     in sport  fishing on the nearby  Kasilof River or clam  digging                                                            
     at Clam  Gulch, several miles  away. The oldest section  of the                                                            
     campground was constructed  in the 1960's, with the most recent                                                            
     major  rehabilitation done  in the early  1980's. It is  a much                                                            
     loved  site in  dire need of  rehabilitation  to make it  safe,                                                            
     usable  for  park visitors  using  the  large motor  homes  and                                                            
     trailers  of today,  and accessible  to  persons with  physical                                                            
     disabilities.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus stated the funding would be utilized primarily to replace                                                               
toilets and picnic tables and resurfacing the access road.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:23:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Quartz Lake (and Lost  Lake) State Recreation Area Improvements                                                            
     $203,600 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41422                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Delta Junction (Richardson/Glenn Highways)                                                                       
     Election District: Richardson/Glenn Highways                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     Quartz Lake State  Recreation Area is a 600 acre park ten miles                                                            
     north of Delta Junction  which attracts large crowds due to the                                                            
     variety  of recreational  opportunities.  At Quartz Lake  there                                                            
     are 16 campsites  in the loop and 87 parking  and camping sites                                                            
     in  the parking  lot.  Facilities  include two  boat  launches,                                                            
     handicap   accessible  fishing   dock,  picnic  sites,   picnic                                                            
     shelter,  swimming  area,  beach volleyball  court,  water  and                                                            
     toilets.  The  project  would  refurbish   the  campgrounds  by                                                            
     upgrading  roads,  parking  areas,  boat  launches,   volunteer                                                            
     housing,  and the ranger station as well as improving  drainage                                                            
     to eliminate erosion.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus noted this request is similar to the previous request.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:23:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park Rehabilitation                                                                        
     $288,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41423                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Kodiak                                                                                                           
     Election District: Kodiak                                                                                                  
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     Phased-New Project                                                                                                         
     Perched on  a forested headland on northeastern  Kodiak Island,                                                            
     visitors  can explore  the remains of  an artillery fort  which                                                            
     commemorates the history  of World War II in Alaska. There is a                                                            
     campground,  picnic  area,  freshwater  lake,  and spectacular                                                             
     ocean  views.  Located   3.5  miles  from  Kodiak,  this  State                                                            
     Historic  Park is a  remnant of a  WWII military installation.                                                             
     Kodiak State Parks  Headquarters and Visitor Center are located                                                            
     here along with 13  campsites in the loop and 23 parking sites.                                                            
     The  project   would  refurbish  the  campsites,   upgrade  the                                                            
     campground  roads,  parking  areas,  boat  launches,  volunteer                                                            
     housing,  and the ranger station as well as replace  kiosks and                                                            
     improve drainage to eliminate further erosion.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus listed toilets, drinking water and electrical projects, as                                                              
being addressed with this funding.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:24:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     South Eagle Fork Eagle River Trailhead Improvements                                                                        
     $316,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41496                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Eagle River (Chugach State Park)                                                                                 
     Election District: Chugach State Park                                                                                      
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     One-Time Project                                                                                                           
     South  Fork Trailhead:  The existing  trailhead is unpaved  and                                                            
     can accommodate ten  autos at most. Trailhead counts have shown                                                            
     as many  as 43 cares parked in  and near the trailhead  on busy                                                            
     weekends.  A series of phone and e-mail complaints  from nearby                                                            
     residents  have indicated  that neighbors  are concerned  about                                                            
     the following issues:                                                                                                      
     1) Uncontrolled parking  on the roadway may prevent easy egress                                                            
     by  construction   vehicles,   fire  trucks,  ambulances,   and                                                            
     residents.                                                                                                                 
     2)  Driveways may  be blocked  or used as  turnarounds by  park                                                            
     visitors, causing erosion and potholes.                                                                                    
     3) Roadside  parking takes place on a steeply  banked roadside.                                                            
     4)  Winter roadside  parking  is limited  by  snowbanks, and  a                                                            
     consequent narrowing of the open roadway.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus characterized this need as an access issue.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:25:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     House of Wickersham Building Restoration Phase 1                                                                           
     $200,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41497                                                                                                       
     Category: Natural Resources                                                                                                
     Location: Juneau Areawide                                                                                                  
     Election District: Juneau Areawide                                                                                         
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2008                                                                           
     Phased-New Project                                                                                                         
     The   House  of  Wickersham   project   consists  of   building                                                            
     restoration  which will allow  this significant state  historic                                                            
     park to be,  once again, open to public. The  requested general                                                            
     funds  will provide required  match for  a FY 03 National  Park                                                            
     Service  "Save  America's  Treasures"  grant earmarked  to  the                                                            
     Wickersham House by  Congress. The first and second floors will                                                            
     exhibit  the Wickersham  collection and  be used by the  public                                                            
     for  meetings and  receptions.  Site development  will  improve                                                            
     storm  water  drainage  and  accessibility.  The  project  will                                                            
     develop and converse a historic park property.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus told of the electrical  and plumbing repairs. The foundation                                                            
must be  replaced. The  federal grant  is contingent  upon an  equal                                                            
amount of  matching funds.  Upon completion,  the facility  would be                                                            
open for  self-guided  tours and  the on-going  expense of  staffing                                                            
would be eliminated.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:26:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked if fees would be collected.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:26:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bus affirmed  that admission fees  would be assessed  to pay the                                                            
utilities and maintenance costs.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:26:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  asked which of the  Department's requests  were "time                                                            
sensitive".  He also asked if additional  funding requests  would be                                                            
included in the Governor's proposed FY 07 capital budget.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:26:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Bus responded  that  the regular  FY  07 capital  budget  would                                                            
include no other deferred maintenance funding requests.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:26:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Public Safety                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Facilities Deferred Maintenance                                                                                            
     $800,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41788                                                                                                       
     Category: Public Protection                                                                                                
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 12/31/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     This funding  is for facilities  maintenance for Department  of                                                            
     Public   Safety  occupied  state-owned   buildings   throughout                                                            
     Alaska.  Without adequate  funding to  store evidence,  protect                                                            
     department-owned  equipment,  and provide  employees with  good                                                            
     working conditions,  the department cannot meet  its mission or                                                            
     accomplish stated results.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAN  SPENCER,   Director,  Division   of  Administrative   Services,                                                            
Department of  Public Safety, testified he would provide  an updated                                                            
prioritized  list of deferred maintenance  projects. He deferred  to                                                            
the Office  of the Governor to speak  to the inclusion of  this item                                                            
as  a FY  06 supplemental  request  rather than  the  regular FY  07                                                            
capital budget  request. If  this entire  request were granted,  the                                                            
Department  would submit  no future  requests for  FY 07 because  it                                                            
would be unable  to undertake additional projects  during that time.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:29:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green announced  she had directed  the Department  to only                                                            
address deferred maintenance project requests.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Airport Deferred Maintenance                                                                                               
     $750,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 30633                                                                                                       
     Category: Transportation                                                                                                   
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 09/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     To repair the backlog  of maintenance items that cannot be done                                                            
     through the operating  budget funding levels. Typical items are                                                            
     pavement  repairs, lighting repairs, fencing  repairs, and bird                                                            
     and   animal  controls.   This  project   contributes   to  the                                                            
     Department's  Mission  by  reducing  injuries,  fatalities  and                                                            
     property  damage and  by improving the  mobility of people  and                                                            
     goods.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
NANCY  SLAGLE,  Director,   Division  of  Administrative   Services,                                                            
Department of  Transportation and Public Facilities,  explained this                                                            
funding would  mostly be  utilized for brush  cutting, some  surface                                                            
repairs,  and  seaplane   gate  replacements.  The  Department   has                                                            
identified approximately  $12 million in deferred  maintenance needs                                                            
for rural airports. She listed proposed projects and locations.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:32:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  asked if the Department was aware  of the situation                                                            
at the Napakiak  Airport, which was  eroding between 25 and  70 feet                                                            
each year and would be  lost to the Kuskokwim River in approximately                                                            
five years if  no action were taken. He asked the  Department's plan                                                            
to address this.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:32:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK   RICHARDS,   State  Maintenance   Engineer,   Transportation                                                             
Management and  Security, Office of the Commissioner,  Department of                                                            
Transportation  and Public Facilities  testified that erosion  along                                                            
the Kuskokwim  River  is a problem.  When the  Department learns  of                                                            
situations, it takes action to mitigate the damage.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:33:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman asked  how the  Department becomes  aware of  these                                                            
occurrences.   He  requested   that   the  Napakiak   situation   be                                                            
investigated.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:34:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Richards  responded that he would  review the matter  and report                                                            
on a plan of action.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:34:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde  asked  if  the  proposed  projects  were  listed  in                                                            
priority order.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:34:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle affirmed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:34:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde asked which items were time sensitive.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:35:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle replied that  the State's liability for items that do not                                                            
function  properly  to  protect  the  safety  of  travelers  is  the                                                            
concern.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:35:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Highway Deferred Maintenance                                                                                               
     $3,000,000 General Funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 30631                                                                                                       
     Category: Transportation                                                                                                   
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 09/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     The  current  backlog  of deferred  maintenance  is  over  $200                                                            
     million.  The  program  will address  some  of the  needs  that                                                            
     cannot  be funded  in the  operating budget  maintenance  funds                                                            
     (M&O--Maintenance  & Operations). Typical items are surface and                                                            
     embankment  repairs,   drainage  culverts  and  ditch  repairs,                                                            
     guardrail  repairs,  marking and  sign repairs,  and  brushing.                                                            
     This  project  contributes   to  the Department's   Mission  by                                                            
     reducing  injuries,  fatalities  and  property  damage  and  by                                                            
     improving the mobility of people and goods.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Slagle   informed  that  the   prioritized  list  of   deferred                                                            
maintenance items is approximately  $74 million. Projects undergoing                                                            
during this fiscal year  include road repairs at Tokotna, the Steese                                                            
Highway,  Nome, Juneau  and Skagway.  The requested  funds would  be                                                            
utilized for projects  at Soldotna, Taslina, Hatcher  Pass, Tok, and                                                            
the Thane Road in Juneau.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:37:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Facilities Deferred Maintenance and Critical Repairs                                                                       
     $2,000,000 General Funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 30632                                                                                                       
     Category: Transportation                                                                                                   
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 09/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     To address the most  critical deferred maintenance needs at the                                                            
     Department   of  Transportation  maintained  facilities.   This                                                            
     project  contributes to  the Department's  Mission by  reducing                                                            
     injuries,  fatalities and property damage and  by improving the                                                            
     mobility of people and goods.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle  reported the Department  is responsible for maintaining                                                             
approximately  640 buildings. Deferred  maintenance needs  have been                                                            
prioritized,  with the  replacement  of some  maintenance  stations,                                                            
replacing siding  and the boiler at the Nome State  office building,                                                            
replacement of  the roof and insulation at the Soldotna  maintenance                                                            
system listed as highest priorities.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:39:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  understood that funds would not be  requested for FY                                                            
07 for deferred maintenance projects.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:40:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle  replied  that no request  would be  submitted for  these                                                            
deferred maintenance items.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:40:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Wilken   noted  that  the  Department  of  Administration                                                             
requested   approximately  $9  million   for  deferred  maintenance                                                             
projects  to the  facilities  it oversees  while  the Department  of                                                            
Transportation and Public  Facilities requested $2 million. He asked                                                            
the calculated  total roof sizes of the facilities  overseen by each                                                            
department  for comparison  purposes  and  to possibly  justify  the                                                            
higher funding requested by the Department of Administration.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:41:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle would provide  this information, noting the Department of                                                            
Transportation  and  Public Facilities  is  responsible  for over  4                                                            
million square feet of building space.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:41:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Wilken  offered assistance  in securing additional  funding                                                            
if requested.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:41:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle responded that  the Department has identified $24 million                                                            
of high priority deferred maintenance needs.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:42:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green   requested  additional   explanation  on   specific                                                            
proposed projects.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:42:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle stated that she would provide this.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:42:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Harbor Deferred Maintenance                                                                                                
     $500,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 7090                                                                                                        
     Category: Transportation                                                                                                   
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 09/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     To  address backlogged  deferred  maintenance  for state-owned                                                             
     harbors.  This project contributes to the Department's  Mission                                                            
     by  reducing injuries,  fatalities and  property damage  and by                                                            
     improving the mobility of people and goods.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle stated that  a regular maintenance component has not been                                                            
included  in  the   operating  budget.  Ownership   of  the  harbors                                                            
identified  for these repairs  are unlikely  to be transferred  to a                                                            
local  government because  no such  governments exist  in the  areas                                                            
where the facilities are  located. The top priority is the harbor at                                                            
Papus  Landing near  Petersburg. This  facility  was constructed  in                                                            
1961  and  supporting  logs  are  waterlogged.  The  logs  would  be                                                            
replaced  and  the  facility  would be  made  accessible  under  the                                                            
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:44:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson noticed the  condition of harbors transferred to local                                                            
governments has deteriorated.  He asked if the Department planned to                                                            
assist the  local governments  to repair  and maintain the  harbors,                                                            
given their importance to the communities.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:44:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle  was not  aware of a  plan of the  Departments,  although                                                            
"potential" legislation was under consideration.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:45:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman informed  that such legislation was pending. Efforts                                                            
were underway  with the Department to address the  issue of "sinking                                                            
funds"  established by  larger  governments. Problems  with  smaller                                                            
governments were different.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:45:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson asked the  appropriation of  revenues generated  from                                                            
marine fuel taxes levied in some locations.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:46:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle replied  that the revenues were deposited  to the general                                                            
fund.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:46:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman furthered  his comments,  emphasizing  the need  to                                                            
reach a consensus  with the Murkowski  Administration about  funding                                                            
sources  appropriate   for  use  to  repair  and  maintain   harbors                                                            
transferred from State  to local ownership. This issue has yet to be                                                            
resolved.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:47:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Marine Highways: Vessel Deferred Maintenance                                                                        
     $1,250,000 General Funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 42001                                                                                                       
     Category: Transportation                                                                                                   
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 09/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     To repair the backlog  of vessel maintenance items that can not                                                            
     be  done through  the  operating  and overhaul  budget  funding                                                            
     levels.  Vessels have  been added, new  safety related  systems                                                            
     have  been installed,  and  costs  in general  have  increased.                                                            
     Typical  items that  need attention  are  replacement of  fire,                                                            
     bilge and sprinkling  pump systems on our seven oldest vessels.                                                            
     This  project  contributes   to  the Department's   Mission  by                                                            
     reducing  injuries,  fatalities  and  property  damage  and  by                                                            
     improving the mobility of people and goods.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle stated  this is a new item. She listed  specific projects                                                            
that would  be undertaken  with this funding  as replacement  of the                                                            
fire control system on  the M/V LeConte, replacement of the car deck                                                            
fire  sprinkling  system   piping  on  the  M/V  Tustemena  and  M/V                                                            
Malaspina, refurbishment  or replacement of the ventilation fans and                                                            
motors on the  car deck and through  out the vessel passenger  areas                                                            
on the M/V Tustemena and M/V Matanuska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:48:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson asked if asbestos issues must be addressed.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:48:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle was unsure.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:48:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      Alaska Marine Highways: Facilities Deferred Maintenance                                                                   
     $1,250,000 General Funds                                                                                                   
     Reference No.: 42002                                                                                                       
     Category: Transportation                                                                                                   
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 09/30/2007                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     To  repair the backlog  of shore facilities  maintenance  items                                                            
     that can not be done  through the operating and overhaul budget                                                            
     funding  levels.  The  18 state-owned  shore  facilities,  from                                                            
     Homer  to  Ketchikan,   consist  of  the  terminal   buildings,                                                            
     transfer  bridges,  hydraulic  ramps, mooring  structures,  and                                                            
     staging  areas.  Typical   items  are  sand  blast  and  recoat                                                            
     catwalks, gangways,  bridges and pontoons at various terminals.                                                            
     This  project  contributes   to  the Department's   Mission  by                                                            
     reducing  injuries,  fatalities  and  property  damage  and  by                                                            
     improving the mobility of people and goods.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle stated that the original FY 06 capital appropriation for                                                             
this item was insufficient to address all the needs.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:49:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green noted a substantial increment appropriated in the                                                                
regular FY 06 capital budget and asked if this request was intended                                                             
to supplement the funding already received.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:50:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Slagle clarified the initial appropriation was directed to new                                                              
or expanded facilities. The deferred maintenance needs included in                                                              
this supplemental request are not included.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:50:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
University of Alaska                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Required Renewal and Renovation for Program Delivery                                                                       
     $10,000,000 General Funds                                                                                                  
     Reference No.: 41500                                                                                                       
     Category: University                                                                                                       
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     Phased-New Project                                                                                                         
     This request  will provide the  necessary funding to  renew and                                                            
     renovate  the  facilities  needed to  deliver  programs at  the                                                            
     University's  main and community campuses. These  projects will                                                            
     support  the university in its  goal to increase the  number of                                                            
     graduates in Alaska high demand degree programs.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PAT PITNEY, Director of Budget Development and Institutional                                                                    
Planning,  University  of Alaska,  testified  to the  importance  of                                                            
putting the  request included in this  bill in perspective  with the                                                            
Board of Regent's  request because  it represents only a  portion of                                                            
the total.  She noted information  distributed  to members  [copy on                                                            
file.]                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:51:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney made a statement as follows.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The Board of Regents  clearly stated their highest priority for                                                            
     capital  funding  for  this year  to  be  maintaining  existing                                                            
     facilities. That request  that the Board of Regents made to the                                                            
     Governor  totaled $98  million. That's  $98 million of  a total                                                            
     deferred  maintenance  renewal  and  replacement  need of  $440                                                            
     million at the University.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney  directed  attention   to  a  page  in  the distributed                                                             
information titled, "University  of Alaska - Facilities Fact Sheet".                                                            
The University  has 379 facilities,  of which almost 60 percent  are                                                            
more  than  30  years  old.  The  gross  square   footage  of  these                                                            
facilities  is almost 6 million and  the value of the facilities  is                                                            
$1.4  billion.  The   annual  renewal  and  replacement   for  these                                                            
facilities  is approximately $45 million  a year. However,  over the                                                            
past seven years an average  of $7 million has been appropriated. As                                                            
a result an  accumulated backlog in  deferred maintenance  needs has                                                            
occurred.  Of  the  identified  deferred  maintenance   needs,  $400                                                            
million  is necessary  to  address this  backlog.  This realization                                                             
prompted   the  Board  of   Regent's  decision   to  give   deferred                                                            
maintenance the highest priority.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney stated  that  the total  Board  of Regents'  request  is                                                            
included in  SB 231, the Governor's  FY 07 proposed capital  budget.                                                            
She  referenced  the  page titled,  "University   of Alaska,  FY  07                                                            
Capital Budget  Request Introduction", which lists  $8.6 million for                                                            
"Addressing Critical  Building Deficiencies", $8.6  million for code                                                            
compliance  at the main campuses,  $2.2 million for code  compliance                                                            
at  community  campuses,  and  funding   for  required  renewal  and                                                            
renovation for program  delivery as some of the funding requests. In                                                            
addition,  the proposed  FY 06  supplemental  capital appropriation                                                             
legislation  requests $10.2  million  for the  required renewal  and                                                            
program delivery.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney  highlighted the proposed  remodel of the Dental  Clinic,                                                            
which is outdated.  The Clinic has an almost 100 percent  graduation                                                            
and employment rate.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney also  spoke to the proposed UAA Community  Campus Science                                                            
Lab Renewal,  a project  that is  vital for those  students  to meet                                                            
core requirements.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney described  other proposed projects, noting  that although                                                            
they don't qualify  as "leaky pipe" priorities, their  importance is                                                            
of no lesser significance.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:57:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  noted the intent that the University  would determine                                                            
which projects  it undertakes  after funding  was appropriated.  The                                                            
projects should be determined beforehand.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:58:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney  stated she  would provide information  indicating  which                                                            
projects  would be addressed,  although the  intent is to  undertake                                                            
all the proposed projects.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:58:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde asked why  some requests  are included  in the  FY 06                                                            
supplemental  appropriation  legislation  and  others in  the FY  07                                                            
regular capital appropriation legislation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney responded that this was the Governor's decision.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:59:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman asked when the requests were last submitted.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:59:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney replied  that  the projects  specified  in this  request                                                            
represent a  small portion of the  total needs. The detailed  budget                                                            
proposal released  by the Board of Regents, commonly  referred to as                                                            
the Red Book, contains the complete list.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:00:54 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  asked whether  each rural  campus would agree  that                                                            
they had been contacted to determine all their needs.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:01:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney  affirmed   and  outlined  the  process   in  which  the                                                            
chancellor  of  each   campus  submits  requests,   which  are  then                                                            
prioritized to identify the highest needs.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:02:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  commented  to the few rural  campuses addressed  in                                                            
this proposal.  He questioned whether  they were "out of  sight, out                                                            
of mind".                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:02:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson asked  the status  of aviation  programs and  whether                                                            
they were included in this funding request.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:02:27 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney replied that they were not.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:02:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked if  the ERA Aviation facility was still owned by                                                            
the University.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:02:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney  affirmed the University  has ownership of the  facility.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:02:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Court System                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Court Security Projects                                                                                                    
     $750,00 General Funds                                                                                                      
     Reference No.: 41588                                                                                                       
     Category: Law and Justice                                                                                                  
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2010                                                                           
     On-Going Project                                                                                                           
     Address the most critical needs for security system                                                                        
     replacement.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DOUG   WOOLIVER,    Administrative    Attorney,   Office    of   the                                                            
Administrative Director,  Alaska Court System, told of the immediate                                                            
needs  of the Anchorage  courthouses.  Several  systems have  failed                                                            
completely.  One  system was  repaired  but is  at risk  of  failing                                                            
again.  The  original   equipment  is  no  longer  manufactured   or                                                            
serviced. These  needs must be addressed  within the next  couple of                                                            
weeks.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:04:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Building Equipment and Systems Replacement to Extend Life of                                                               
     Facilities                                                                                                                 
     $400,000 General Funds                                                                                                     
     Reference No.: 41589                                                                                                       
     Category: Law and Justice                                                                                                  
     Location: Statewide                                                                                                        
     Election District: Statewide                                                                                               
     Estimated Project Dates: 03/15/2006 - 06/30/2011                                                                           
     Phased-New Project                                                                                                         
     Replace major components in court buildings where replacement                                                              
     of components cannot be covered with annual maintenance funds.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wooliver informed that  the fire system at the Palmer courthouse                                                            
no  longer  complies  with safety  codes.  Pipes  at  the  Anchorage                                                            
courthouse  are  exploding.  An offsite  storage  facility  requires                                                            
heating systems maintenance.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wooliver  emphasized  that each request  represents the  highest                                                            
priority critical needs.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:05:26 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde  asked  if  the  identified  needs  include  the  new                                                            
building located in Anchorage.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:05:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wooliver affirmed, noting the facility is ten years old.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:05:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  ascertained that the State often purchases  equipment                                                            
and products  that fail before their  anticipated lifespan  and that                                                            
the manufacturers  are not held responsible  for providing  warranty                                                            
coverage. He asked if this applies to these identified projects.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wooliver thought such  action was pursued but would research the                                                            
matter.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 10:06:24 AM                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:08:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 218(JUD)                                                                                            
     "An  Act relating to  sex offenders;  relating to reporting  of                                                            
     sex  offenders  and  child  kidnappers;  relating  to  periodic                                                            
     polygraph examinations  for sex offenders released on probation                                                            
     or parole;  relating to  sexual abuse  of a minor; relating  to                                                            
     sentencing  for  sex  offenders  and  habitual  criminals;  and                                                            
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This was  the second  hearing for  this bill in  the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde,  sponsor of  the bill, relayed  a media report  of an                                                            
Internet sting  operation in the state  of California in  which over                                                            
60 perpetrators  were arrested  after attempting  to meet in  person                                                            
someone  who they  thought  to be  a 13 year-old  boy  or girl.  The                                                            
majority of  those arrested were found  to be repeat sexual  assault                                                            
offenders. Advances in  technology have facilitated the perpetration                                                            
of these crimes  and the timing of  this legislation is critical  to                                                            
address the situation.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde  utilized the  California  example  as  proof of  the                                                            
willingness   of  sexual  assault   offenders  to  re-offend.   This                                                            
challenges  the  argument that  the  offenders  are "misunderstood"                                                             
individuals who must be given special consideration.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde moved for  adoption of  CS SB 218,  24-LS1307\P  as a                                                            
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected for an explanation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:11:36 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde cited  language  on page 3,  lines 3  through 6  that                                                            
would  allow  for attorney  client  privilege  as  a defense  if  an                                                            
attorney  had  knowledge  that  his  or her  client  has  failed  to                                                            
register as a sex offender.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:12:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  noted language inserted  on page 7, line 30  and page                                                            
8,  lines 10  and  11 would  provide  that  all sex  offenders  must                                                            
register.  He told about  a constituent  investigating the  registry                                                            
and discovering  that over 200 registered  sex offenders  resided in                                                            
the same area as the constituent.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:13:28 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  then directed attention to language  inserted to page                                                            
10  lines 14  and  15 that  would  extend  the  provision  requiring                                                            
polygraph examinations  of sex offenders  on probation or  parole to                                                            
include "offenses committed  before, on, or after the effective date                                                            
of this Act."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:13:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  withdrew  her  objection  to the  adoption  of  the                                                            
committee substitute.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Without further objection,  CS SB 218, 24-LS1307\P, was ADOPTED as a                                                            
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:14:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  HELGOE,  Lieutenant,  Alaska State  Troopers,  Department  of                                                            
Public Safety, testified  via teleconference from an offnet location                                                            
that he was available to respond to questions.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:15:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GALEN PAINE,  Defense Attorney,  testified  via teleconference  from                                                            
Sitka, to urge  the Committee to not rely on anecdotal  evidence but                                                            
rather to consider the  effect of increased penalties and understand                                                            
the  core of  the issue,  which  is the  crimes of  sexual  offense.                                                            
Efforts  on  preventing   these  crimes  should  be  increased   and                                                            
punishment alone should not be relied upon to address the issue.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Paine pointed  to historical data,  noting that ten to  15 years                                                            
ago, sentences  for  these offenses  were considerably  lighter  and                                                            
have been increasing  steadily since. However, the  number of sexual                                                            
assault  offenses   has  increased   as  well.  She  suggested   the                                                            
legislature allow time  for the latest sentencing increases to be in                                                            
effect before making additional statutory changes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Paine informed  that the number  of incarcerated Alaska  Natives                                                            
would also increase.  More people in total would be  incarcerated at                                                            
a significant  expense  to the  State.  Some of  those funds  should                                                            
instead  be utilized  for  prevention  and alcohol  abuse  treatment                                                            
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Paine examined  the  people  this legislation  is  intended  to                                                            
address:  sexual  predators. However,  other  people  are guilty  of                                                            
sexual offenses and this bill would "rush them to jail".                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Paine told  of a 19-year-old high  school freshman student  in a                                                            
small village near Bethel  who had dated a 15-year-old girl with the                                                            
full knowledge  of both  sets of  parents. The  man, whom Ms.  Paine                                                            
represented,   was  of  limited  intelligence   and  the   girl  was                                                            
intellectually  more mature than he.  The relationship was  reported                                                            
to authorities, the man  was convicted and he faced a ten to 15-year                                                            
jail sentence.  The  sentence was  never meted out  because the  man                                                            
committed  suicide before  the sentencing hearing  was held.  He had                                                            
not known  he was doing anything  wrong. Out  of shame that  he felt                                                            
for  himself  and  thought  he  had  inflicted  on  his  family  and                                                            
girlfriend, he ended his life.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:20:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson  indicated he  likely had less  experience in  dealing                                                            
with sexual  abuse situations,  although he  had more than  he would                                                            
prefer.  He agreed that  all child  molesters are  not the same  and                                                            
understood  the witness to assert  that all offenders should  not be                                                            
considered in  a "blanket way". He asked if the witness  had data to                                                            
suggest that a  certain subset of child molesters  are not likely to                                                            
re-offend.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:21:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Paine  did not  know  of any  particular  study.  Although  she                                                            
cautioned against  anecdotal evidence, her experience  has been that                                                            
most  high school  students  who  are convicted  because  of  sexual                                                            
conduct with a girl they  are dating who is three years younger than                                                            
they,  are likely  to never  re-offend.  In addition  some  alcohol-                                                            
related offenses are not likely to be repeated.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:22:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson  clarified   that  because  no  evidence   exists  to                                                            
demonstrate  whether some offenders  would be less likely  to commit                                                            
sexual assault again, this bill should not be adopted into law.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:23:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Paine  corrected that  she  herself  did  not have  this  data.                                                            
However, the  Department of Law has  access to evidence showing  the                                                            
probabilities.  She also understood  that a letter was submitted  to                                                            
the Committee  from another source that detailed studies  related to                                                            
recidivism rates of sex offenders.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:23:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
STACY WALKER, Attorney,  testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                            
and gave her varied background  in the legal profession. She opposed                                                            
the provision  in the bill  that would  establish mandatory  minimum                                                            
sentences for  first time offenders. She emphasized  her concern did                                                            
not pertain to  the sexual predators Senator Bunde  referred to, but                                                            
rather  to the  need for  judicial officers  to  have discretion  in                                                            
cases with differing circumstances.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Walker  described  an  instance   in  which  she  was  sexually                                                            
assaulted by a taxi driver  and told about situations when she was a                                                            
teenager with  dates who made sexual advances. Although  she did not                                                            
give  consent  in any  of  these incidences,   they were  not  "life                                                            
defining"  situations  either.  However,  she  learned  to  be  more                                                            
cautious in future encounters.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Walker recalled  that  as a  public  defender,  most cases  she                                                            
handled involved parties  who knew each other and "things got out of                                                            
hand."  She  expressed  concern  with  imposing  mandatory   minimum                                                            
sentences in cases  in which the man misunderstood  the situation or                                                            
the woman did not clarify her lack of consent.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Walker spoke about  her service in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge                                                            
Advocate General  (JAG). Many cases  of alleged sexual assault  with                                                            
insufficient evidence  and significant probable cause  were taken to                                                            
trial as  a result  of media attention  and public  outcry.  In most                                                            
instances the jury performed  as it should and passed fair judgment;                                                            
however sometimes the jury did not.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Walker  stressed that the judges  should decide the appropriate                                                             
sentences.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:29:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green announced  the closure of  public testimony  on this                                                            
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:29:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  contended that when  a person is arrested  for sexual                                                            
assault it is usually after  a long period of this behavior, as many                                                            
cases go  unreported. Society  has responsibility  to set  standards                                                            
and one  way to change  behavior  is with long  prison sentences.  A                                                            
person would  know to make the status  of a relationship  very clear                                                            
because of the consequences  of misinterpretation. Alcohol treatment                                                            
programs  and  sex   offender  treatment  programs   in  Alaska  are                                                            
ineffective. Personal responsibility must be taken.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde  stated that  juries  usually  do well  in  rendering                                                            
verdicts, although he admitted  that in some cases they do not. Gray                                                            
areas would exist. However,  the number of cases in which the guilty                                                            
party was convicted would justify the risk of such mistakes.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:32:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman contended  that opposition  to  long sentences  for                                                            
second and third offences  would be a difficult position to justify.                                                            
However,  more  judicial  discretion  should  be allowed  for  cases                                                            
involving  first   offences  of  lesser  charges.   The  results  of                                                            
increased sentences  mandated by other recently enacted  legislation                                                            
should be  monitored before  additional increases  are made.  He was                                                            
"uncomfortable  with this direction" and suggested  that the impacts                                                            
should be considered.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:34:28 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  asked  if Senator  Stedman  intended  to  offer  an                                                            
amendment to address this concern.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:34:32 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stedman indicated  he would  not object  to reporting  this                                                            
bill from Committee,  although he  would give it no recommendation.                                                             
He supported  changing the minimum  sentencing for a Class  C felony                                                            
of  sexual  assault.   He  was  not  concerned  with   the  proposed                                                            
sentencing requirements  for the greater offenses.  Judges should be                                                            
given flexibility  to address  some of the  issues related  to these                                                            
charges.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:35:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman   pointed  out  that   as  a  co-sponsor   of  this                                                            
legislation,  he  deemed sexual  assault  to  be a  serious  matter.                                                            
However, he agreed  with Senator Stedman's argument  that discretion                                                            
should provided in situations involving first time offenders.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:35:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson did  not share the  prime sponsor's  contention  that                                                            
treatment programs for  sexual offenders are ineffective. He told of                                                            
residents  at  the  Highland  Mountain  correctional   facility  who                                                            
participated  in a treatment  program and  had success. The  program                                                            
was dismantled, wrongly in his opinion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson was told  that one  type of  sexual assault  offender                                                            
that likely  could be  rehabilitated  was one who  molested his  own                                                            
children.  This crime  is  "particularly  heinous."  Other types  of                                                            
offenders  would be  more likely  to re-offend  and  not respond  to                                                            
treatment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson expressed  his intent to vote for passage of this bill                                                            
from Committee and to prepare  an amendment to be offered before the                                                            
full Senate to address first time offenses.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:37:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green  cited data she had  regarding the treatment  program                                                            
formerly offered  at the Highland facility concluded  that only five                                                            
percent of participants completed the entire program.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 10:38:05 AM                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:38:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Amendment #1:  This amendment deletes  "three" and inserts  "one" to                                                            
subparagraph (A) of AS  12.55.125(i)(4) amended in Section 4 on page                                                            
5, line 27. The amended language reads as follows.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                     (A) if the offense is a first felony                                                                       
          conviction, one to 12 [ONE TO TWO] years;                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     New Text Underlined [DELETED TEXT BRACKETED]                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman  offered a motion  to adopt the amendment  to reduce                                                            
the mandatory  minimum sentence  for first  time offenses of  sexual                                                            
assault in the third degree,  incest, indecent exposure in the first                                                            
degree, possession of child  pornography, or attempt, conspiracy, or                                                            
solicitation to  commit sexual assault in the second  degree, sexual                                                            
abuse of a  minor in the second degree,  unlawful exploitation  of a                                                            
minor, or distribution of child pornography.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:38:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:39:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde  remarked  that  as  an  individual,  he  should  pay                                                            
attention to his  actions and the consequences of  those actions. If                                                            
he were to  violate the law, he would  know he was required  to "pay                                                            
the price".                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bunde acknowledged  the challenge  in establishing  minimum                                                            
sentencing. The  length of the sentences is a judgment  call for the                                                            
legislature  to  make. Regardless  of  the  length of  the  mandated                                                            
sentences,  the danger  would exist  that some  offenders should  be                                                            
incarcerated longer than  provided and that other offenders would be                                                            
incarcerated who  should not be. Given the risks,  he chose to error                                                            
on the side of being more restrictive.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:41:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PORTIA  PARKER,  Deputy  Commissioner,  Department  of Corrections,                                                             
testified that the Department  has no position on the amendment. She                                                            
noted that more sexual  assaults are being reported than in previous                                                            
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:45:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN PARKS, Deputy Attorney  General, Criminal Division, Department                                                            
of Law, testified that  the amendment requires a policy call for the                                                            
legislature. The  Department has supported a wider  sentencing range                                                            
of minimum sentencing  to account for different circumstances.  This                                                            
could result in  disparate sentencing because judges  have differing                                                            
opinions  on right and  wrong. She suggested  extending the  maximum                                                            
sentence,  currently in statute  as two years  and not changing  the                                                            
current minimum sentence of one year.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:46:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman pointed  out that the sentencing ranges for the more                                                            
serious offenses  would be  greater than for  the lesser crimes  and                                                            
therefore  this  amendment  would not  be  in contradiction  to  the                                                            
intent  of the bill.  He spoke  to Senator  Bunde's comment,  noting                                                            
that potential  offenders  would still  risk the  possibility  of 12                                                            
years in prison.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:48:31 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Bunde  suggested   prosecutorial   discretion   would   be                                                            
available.  In many instances, prosecutors  might chose to  not file                                                            
charges. He would not object  to the adoption of the amendment if it                                                            
would provide assurances and acceptance of the entire bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:49:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson stated  he would support  a minimum  sentence  of two                                                            
years, but could not support a one-year minimum.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dyson  agreed  with  Co-Chair  Green's  assessment  of  the                                                            
treatment  program at the  Highland facility.  However, the  success                                                            
rate for those participants  who completed the program was good. The                                                            
program was rigorous and many dropped out before completion.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:49:54 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Green  withdrew  her  objection  to the  adoption  of  the                                                            
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:50:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dyson objected.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:50:11 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
A roll call was taken on the motion.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Senator  Stedman, Senator Bunde, Senator  Hoffman, Senator                                                            
Olson, Co-Chair Wilken and Co-Chair Green                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
OPPOSED: Senator Dyson                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The motion PASSED (6-1)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The amendment was ADOPTED.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:50:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde offered a  motion to report CS SB 218, 24-LS1307\P, as                                                            
amended from Committee  with individual recommendations  and new and                                                            
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There was  no objection  and CS  SB 218 (FIN)  MOVED from  Committee                                                            
with  zero fiscal  note #1  from the  Department  of Public  Safety,                                                            
indeterminate  fiscal   note  #4  from  the  Department  of  Law,  a                                                            
indeterminate  fiscal  note  dated  1/26/06 from  the  Alaska  Court                                                            
System,  an  indeterminate   fiscal  note  dated  1/28/06  from  the                                                            
Department of Administration,  a zero fiscal note dated 1/26/06 from                                                            
the  Department of  Corrections,  Institutional  Facilities  Results                                                            
Delivery  Unit (RDU),  a zero  fiscal note  dated  1/30/06 from  the                                                            
Department  of Corrections,  Probation  and Parole  RDU, and a  zero                                                            
fiscal  note  dated 2/01/06  from  the  Department  of Corrections,                                                             
Administrative Services and Support RDU.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE 10:50:59 AM                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:51:34 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 243(FIN)                                                                                             
     "An Act relating to the financial plan for the intertie                                                                    
     between the Swan Lake and Tyee Lake hydroelectric projects;                                                                
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
This  was the first  hearing  for this  bill in  the Senate  Finance                                                            
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green announced  that testimony would be taken on this bill                                                            
at  this  time  to  accommodate  a  witness'  travel  arrangements.                                                             
However, full  consideration of the legislation would  be given at a                                                            
future hearing.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:51:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAVE CARLSON,  Chief Executive Officer, Four Dam Pool  Power Agency,                                                            
testified  that the  Agency  supports  this legislation  that  would                                                            
extend the $5 million "intertie  credit" for the construction of the                                                            
Swan and Tyee lakes intertie in Southeast Alaska.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:52:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bunde  asked the number of "groups that are  supporting this                                                            
and that are in the power business."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:53:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Carlson  replied  that the  Four Dam  Pool includes  the  Kodiak                                                            
Electric  Association, Copper  Valley Electric  Association  and the                                                            
cities  of Wrangell,  Petersburg and  Ketchikan.  The Alaska  Energy                                                            
Association  (AEA) supports  this legislation.  He  had heard  of no                                                            
opposition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:53:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RON  MILLER,   Executive   Director,  Alaska   Energy  Association,                                                             
testified via teleconference  from Anchorage in support of the bill.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:54:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green asked if  the AEA was aware of any opposition to this                                                            
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:54:11 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Miller was not.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:54:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN  BJORKQUIST,  Senior  Assistant Attorney  General,  Labor  and                                                            
State Affairs Section,  Civil Division, Department of Law, testified                                                            
via teleconference  from Anchorage  that he was available  to answer                                                            
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:54:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SARA FISHER GOAD, Alaska Energy Association, testified via                                                                      
teleconference from Anchorage that she was also available to answer                                                             
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Green ordered the bill HELD in Committee.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Lyda Green adjourned the meeting at 10:55:14 AM                                                                      

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