Legislature(2011 - 2012)SENATE FINANCE 532
04/14/2012 09:00 AM FINANCE
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CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 279(FIN) "An Act extending the termination dates of the Board of Nursing, the Board of Dental Examiners, the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers, the Big Game Commercial Services Board, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission; and providing for an effective date." 10:05:27 AM Co-Chair Hoffman MOVED to ADOPT the proposed committee substitute for SB 279, Work Draft 27-LS0944\E (Martin, 4/10/12) as a working document. 10:05:35 AM Co-Chair Stedman OBJECTED for the purpose of discussion. Mr. Peterson explained the changes in the new committee substitute, version E. He stated on page 2, Section 5, language had been inserted that specified that a person who was convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude may not serve on a board or commission of the state, unless the conviction had been overturned on appeal or otherwise set aside. Section 9 of the bill specified that Section 5 only applied to appointments on or after the effective date of the legislation. He explained that the definition of a felony involving moral turpitude was referenced in Section 5 as the Alaska Statute 15.80.010. He pointed out that the committee members' packets contained the statute and that it listed the specific felonies involving moral turpitude. He offered that crimes involving moral turpitude were crimes that were immoral or wrong by nature, such as murder, manslaughter, assault, sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping, and the distribution or possession of child pornography. He related that if a person was convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, they might be ineligible for certain state licenses. He further explained that in Alaska, morticians, hearing aid dealers, pharmacists, real estate appraisers, and even pawn shop employees would be prohibited from obtaining a state license or gaining employment if they had been convicted of such a crime. He concluded that Alaska should not allow someone who was convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude to serve on a state board or commission. 10:07:54 AM Co-Chair Stedman WITHDREW his OBJECTION. There being NO FURTHER OBJECTION, Work Draft 27-LS0944\E was ADOPTED. REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HAWKER, explained that he was currently serving as Chairman of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and that HB 279 was the annual board and commission reauthorization legislation. He added that the bill extended the dates of the following state boards and commissions: the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers to June 30, 2019, the Board of Dental Examiners to June 30, 2019, the Big Game Commercial Services Board to June 30, 2016, the Board of Nursing to June 30, 2019, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to June 30, 2015, and the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission June 30, 2014. He shared that all of the legislation's extended boards and commissions had undergone the audits that were required by the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee and had been found meritorious of continuing to exist. He added that he had no opinion on the substance of the changes offered in the new committee substitute, but pointed out that the Alaska Legislature had a long-standing precedent of not including policy calls in reauthorization bills in an attempt to "keep them clean." He recalled that the prior year, "similar language" had resulted in "the bill" being vetoed by the governor. He stated that governor's letter of veto was provided to Co-Chair Stedman and offered that the letter raised a number of questions. He requested that the committee consider that the new committee substitute should be vetted through the judiciary committees prior to being included in legislation at this stage in the process. Co-Chair Stedman discussed a fiscal impact note from the Department of Public Safety in the amount $1,538,200 for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, a fiscal impact note from the Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $10,000 for the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, a fiscal impact note from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in the amount of $160,200 for the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers, a fiscal impact note from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in the amount of $461,600 for the Big Game Commercial Service Board, a fiscal impact note from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in the amount of $200,900 for the Board of Dental Examiners, and a fiscal impact note from the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in the amount of $1,070,800 for the Board of Nursing. He concluded that "all of these" were currently funded in the FY 13 operating budget. 10:11:04 AM CSHB 279(FIN) was HEARD and HELD in committee for further consideration.