Legislature(2013 - 2014)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/06/2013 09:00 AM LABOR & COMMERCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 71 AK REGIONAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 71(FIN) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 175 ELECTRONIC POSTING OF INSURANCE POLICIES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 168 TRAVEL INSURANCE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
         HB  71-AK REGIONAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:02:06 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY announced  the consideration  of  HB 71."An  Act                                                               
requiring  the Department  of Commerce,  Community, and  Economic                                                               
Development  to   file  an  annual  report   to  the  legislature                                                               
regarding  statewide and  regional economic  development projects                                                               
and   regional    development   organizations;    extending   the                                                               
termination  date  of  the Alaska  regional  economic  assistance                                                               
program;  and providing  for an  effective date."  He noted  that                                                               
this  was  the  second  hearing. [CSHB  71(FIN)  was  before  the                                                               
committee.]                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:02:45 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SHELLY  HUGHES, sponsor of  HB 71, noted  that she                                                               
presented the  bill yesterday and  asked if the  committee wanted                                                               
her to review what she stated previously.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEDMAN  suggested the sponsor  provide a  description of                                                               
the bill for the listening public.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HUGHES  explained   that  the   Alaska  Regional                                                               
Economic  Assistance (ARDOR)  program expires  June 30,  2013 and                                                               
the bill  extends it to  July 1, 2016. The  bill also adds  a new                                                               
feature that  requires the Department of  Commerce, Community and                                                               
Economic Development  (DCCED) to submit  an annual report  to the                                                               
legislature.  The  purpose  of  the  report  is  to  improve  the                                                               
accountability  of the  12 ARDOR  organizations, and  ensure that                                                               
state  funds  are  properly  used.  DCCED  will  report  on  both                                                               
statewide  and  regional  projects   as  well  as  the  financial                                                               
information  and   strategies  of  the  individual   ARDORs.  She                                                               
explained  that the  ARDORs were  developed on  the premise  that                                                               
local initiatives  with local leadership  are best  to understand                                                               
regional conditions, challenges and opportunities of the region.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEDMAN asked for a  discussion of the political boundary                                                               
between ARDORS, which are substantially  funded by the state, and                                                               
political advocacy on statewide issues.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HUGHES  explained   that   each   ARDOR  has   a                                                               
nonpartisan  board and  community  leaders  are represented.  She                                                               
wasn't aware of any problem associated with the structure.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEDMAN  asked  her  to follow  up  on  the  separation,                                                               
because one  ARDOR is interested in  addressing political matters                                                               
on  a statewide  level.  He  said he  wasn't  comfortable with  a                                                               
subsidiary  of a  state  agency being  a  political advocate.  He                                                               
added  that he  would also  have  a discussion  with the  finance                                                               
chair.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HUGHES  said  that   in  addition  to  the  added                                                               
accountability  reporting, Legislative  Budget  and Audit  (LB&A)                                                               
was  authorized to  conduct the  first  ever audit  of the  ARDOR                                                               
program. The agency would look at  that sort of thing. She agreed                                                               
that public funds should not be used for political advocacy.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:08:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY closed public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE said he had  extensive experience with the ARDOR                                                               
program and he supported the concept.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY solicited a motion.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:09:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  moved to  report  CSHB  71, 28-LS0288\C,  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
note(s).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY announced  that without  objection, CSHB  71(L&C)                                                               
moved from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB175 ver P .pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
HB175 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
HB175 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DOI-03-22-13.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
HB175 Supporting Documents-Sample Declaration Page.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
HB175 Supporting Documents-AK PGR Policy Contract.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
HB175 Supporting Documents-Letter NAMIC 3-26-2013.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
HB175 Supporting Documents-Written Testimony of Joshua M Zielaskiewicz.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 175
CSHB 168v.O.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
HB 168 v.C.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
CSHB 168 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
HB 168-Supporting Document- ASTA Letter.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
HB 168 Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
HB 168 Explaination of Changes.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
HB168 Fiscal Note-DCCED.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168
USTIA-One-pager presentation.pdf SL&C 4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM
HB 168