Legislature(2005 - 2006)BUTROVICH 205

02/09/2006 08:30 AM JUDICIARY


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 209 UNDERAGE MILITARY ON LICENSED PREMISES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 209(JUD) Out of Committee
*+ SB 240 DRUG OFFENSES: NEIGHBORS AS CRIME VICTIMS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
+ HB 107 HUNTING/FISHING INTERFERENCE TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
= SB 237 ADDITIONAL JUDGES FOR THIRD DISTRICT
Moved CSSB 237(JUD) Out of Committee
= SB 10 PARENTAL LIABILITY FOR CHILD'S DAMAGE
Heard & Held
         SB 209-UNDERAGE MILITARY ON LICENSED PREMISES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:55:57 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR RALPH SEEKINS announced a  committee substitute (CS) for SB
209 to be up for consideration.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR CHARLIE  HUGGINS, sponsor,  introduced the bill.  He said                                                               
it would  allow veterans organizations to  enhance camaraderie in                                                               
the military  by allowing persons under  the age of 21  to attend                                                               
meetings or functions in a military club that sells alcohol.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSH  SAMPLE, staff  to Senator  Huggins  said SB  209 amends  AS                                                               
04.11.110(g) by authorizing  access of persons below  21 years of                                                               
age to a club's  licensed premises without specific authorization                                                               
by  the  Alcoholic Beverage  Control  board  (ABC) under  certain                                                               
circumstances.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:58:55 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GUESS asked Mr. Sample  whether there was a definition of                                                               
"patriotic organization" in statute.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. SAMPLE  said it was understood  that "patriotic organization"                                                               
and "veterans organization"  was one and the same.  He said there                                                               
was no  definition in statutes  but that there was  no confusion,                                                               
according to the legislative legal department.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS added  there were  six  or seven  groups in  the                                                               
state that have establishments where the bill would apply.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   GUESS   expressed   concern   that   since   "patriotic                                                               
organization"  was not  defined  in the  statutes, an  unintended                                                               
establishment could become creative  and qualify. She advised the                                                               
sponsor to define patriotic organization.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS agreed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS  moved to adopt  the CS for  SB 209, version  \Y as                                                               
the working document before the  committee. Hearing no objection,                                                               
the motion carried.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH  opined the  director of the  ABC board  should be                                                               
able to comment on the definition.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:02:50 AM                                                                                                                   
JAMES VAN  HORN, staff to  Representative Jim Elkins,  said there                                                               
is a mirror bill in the House  and the same question came up. The                                                               
definition of  "patriotic organization" is the  same as "veterans                                                               
organization" as defined in ABC regulation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS added  the intent  of  the bill  was to  connect                                                               
young people to an environment  with older veterans who could act                                                               
as mentors and provide support and advice.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GUESS  asked  Mr.  Sample  whether  there  should  be  a                                                               
reference to  the definition of "patriotic  organizations" in the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SAMPLE  assured  the  committee  that  the  drafter  in  the                                                               
legislative legal department said that was not necessary.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS  clarified that  a clear  definition makes  the law                                                               
unchallengeable.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:08:30 AM                                                                                                                   
CLAYTON  LOVE, Commander,  Disabled American  Veterans Department                                                               
of Alaska  testified in support  of SB  209. He said  club owners                                                               
understand  the intent  of the  bill  and would  not risk  losing                                                               
their license by serving underage individuals.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:11:06 AM                                                                                                                   
JOHN WILKINS,  Director of  Services, Disabled  American Veterans                                                               
Department  of  Alaska  testified  in   support  of  SB  209.  He                                                               
suggested   that  young   men  and   women  need   mentoring  and                                                               
camaraderie  and  that would  be  supplied  by allowing  them  to                                                               
congregate in the patriotic clubs.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:15:50 AM                                                                                                                   
HOWARD CULBERT, Commander,  Disabled American Veterans Department                                                               
of Alaska testified in support of SB 209.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:21:02 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR SEEKINS closed public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS moved CSSB 209(JUD)  from committee with individual                                                               
recommendations and attached fiscal  notes. Hearing no objection,                                                               
the motion carried.                                                                                                             

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