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04/13/2016 01:30 PM JUDICIARY

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 187 MOTOR VEHICLE ARSON ON PRIVATE PROPERTY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 187 Out of Committee
+ HB 308 CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSTALLATION LIABILITY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SB 212 FORFEITURE:NO CIVIL IN REM; ONLY CRIMINAL TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 27 DHSS DUTIES;CINA; FOSTER CARE; ADOPTION TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSSSHB 27(HSS) Out of Committee
+ HB 126 CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE; APPEALS TELECONFERENCED
<Pending Referral>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 8 POWERS OF ATTORNEY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 8(JUD) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
         SB 187-MOTOR VEHICLE ARSON ON PRIVATE PROPERTY                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:43:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MCGUIRE announced the consideration of SB 187.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:44:06 PM                                                                                                                    
JESSE   KIEHL,  Staff,   Senator   Dennis   Egan,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, informed the committee  that SB 187                                                               
closes  an  interesting  oddity  in  Alaska's  arson  law.  Under                                                               
existing law, if  a person intentionally lights a  fire and there                                                               
is a  serious risk  of injury  to someone, that  is arson  in the                                                               
first degree, a  class A felony. If a  person intentionally burns                                                               
a  building  that isn't  theirs,  that  is  arson in  the  second                                                               
degree, a  class B  felony. If someone  burns a  vehicle, whether                                                               
they own it or  not, on city or state land, that  is arson in the                                                               
third degree, a class  C felony. But it is not  arson if a person                                                               
burns the  boss's car in the  company parking lot or  an ex's car                                                               
in her driveway. That is criminal mischief in the third degree.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB  187 fixes  that oddity  by extending  the crime  of arson  to                                                               
include burning another  person's car, regardless of  where it is                                                               
parked. It will be arson in the third degree, a class C felony.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:46:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MCGUIRE  commented that  burning is  an early  indicator of                                                               
deviant, antisocial behavior; it  demonstrates a wanton disregard                                                               
for life and property.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. KIEHL related  that the current arson statute  was created in                                                               
2008 and aimed  at a particular situation that had  gotten out of                                                               
control. The sponsor of that bill supports this legislation.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE asked if the mental intent is intentionally.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. KIEHL said  intentionally burning is the  status quo language                                                               
throughout the existing  arson statutes and there  have been many                                                               
successful prosecutions with that language.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE commented on the Sockeye Fire.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. KIEHL  said the follow-on  risks to intentionally  starting a                                                               
fire  are significant  and, as  a former  volunteer fireman,  the                                                               
sponsor  is  particularly  concerned  about  the  risk  to  first                                                               
responders in a vehicle fire.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL stated support for the bill.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:50:53 PM                                                                                                                    
DAN JAGER Fire Marshall, Capital  City Fire and Rescue, and board                                                               
member,  Alaska Association  of  Fire  Arson Investigators,  said                                                               
this  group  has  been  pushing  to make  changes  in  the  arson                                                               
statute. SB 187 adds clarification  for fire investigators across                                                               
the  state  and  ensures  that people  who  are  responsible  for                                                               
burning vehicles will be properly charged.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:51:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MCGUIRE  found  no  further   comment  and  closed  public                                                               
testimony  on   SB  187.  Finding  no   amendments  or  committee                                                               
discussion, she solicited a motion.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:51:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved to  report  SB  187 from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached zero fiscal note.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  MCGUIRE  announced  that  without  objection,  SB  187  is                                                               
reported from the Senate Judiciary Standing Committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB187 Sponsor Statement.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 187
SB187 Support AnchoragePoliceDepartment.PDF SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 187
SB187 Support Balega Fire Investigators.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 187
SB187 Support Fire Chiefs.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 187
SB187A.PDF SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 187
SB 187 FiscalNote.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 187
4.8.16 HB 27 Summary of Changes Version GA to Version S.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 27
HB 27 4.13.16 Fiscal Note.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 27
HB 27 George Brown Letter of Support.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 27
SB212 Fiscal Note-DOA-OPA-04-12-2016.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 Fiscal Note-DOA-PDA-04-12-16.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 Fiscal Note-DPS-COMM-04-11-16.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 Fiscal Note-LAW-ASD-04-12-16.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 Sponsor Statement.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 ver A.PDF SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 Supporting Documents - Take the Money and Run Slate Article.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
SB212 Supporting Documents - The Forfeiture Racket Article Reason.com.pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 212
HB 308 Kenai General Hosp..pdf SJUD 4/13/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 308