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01/28/2016 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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+ HB 155 FEES; WAIVERS; CREDITS; DEDUCTIONS;TAXES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 12 MORTGAGE LENDING AND LOAN ORIGINATORS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SB 111 LIMIT FLAME RETARDANT ITEMS/FURNITURE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 121 SECURITY FREEZE ON MINOR'S CREDIT REPORT TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 121 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
          SB 111-LIMIT FLAME RETARDANT ITEMS/FURNITURE                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:19:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting and announced the                                                                         
consideration of SB 111. [This is the first hearing.]                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:19:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BILL WIELECHOWSKI, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau,                                                                    
Alaska, sponsor of SB 111, said he has been working on this                                                                     
issue for eight years for these reasons:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Imagine  that the  cribs that  your baby  slept in  are                                                                    
     full of toxic chemicals. They are.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Imagine if  the high chairs  your kids sat in  are full                                                                    
     of toxic chemicals. They are.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Imagine  if the  furniture  in your  home  was full  of                                                                    
     toxic chemicals. It is.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The seats,  toys, kids  clothing is  all full  of toxic                                                                    
     chemicals. A toxic cocktail that  is in our mattresses,                                                                    
     that is  in our furniture,  not measured by  ounces but                                                                    
     by  pounds   in  many  cases.  These   chemicals  cause                                                                    
     neurological      deficits,       prenatal      damage,                                                                    
     hypothyroidism,   [and]  breast   cancer.  [They   are]                                                                    
     chemicals that  bio accumulate in animals  and fish and                                                                    
     are poisoning  Alaskans, especially  those that  live a                                                                    
     subsistence  lifestyle. [They  are] chemicals  that are                                                                    
     poisoning firefighters  who fight  fires and  breath in                                                                    
     these toxic substances.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Do you  believe we should  take some sort of  action to                                                                    
     protect Alaskans from these chemicals?                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Now  imagine  if we  had  safer  alternatives that  are                                                                    
     already being widely used.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Imagine  that some  states in  the  United States  have                                                                    
     already  banned or  enacted restrictions  against these                                                                    
     toxic chemicals. They have.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Imagine  if   the  European  Union  has   banned  these                                                                    
     chemicals. They have.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Should we  continue to sit  back and do nothing?  Do we                                                                    
     not have an  obligation to our constituents  and to the                                                                    
     people of Alaska to do something? I believe we do.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The Alaska  Constitution tells  us what  our obligation                                                                    
     is.  Article VII,  Section 4  says  very clearly,  "The                                                                    
     legislature  shall   provide  for  the   promotion  and                                                                    
     protection of public welfare." That  is exactly what we                                                                    
     are  doing  with  this   bill,  protecting  the  public                                                                    
     health.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     I've  heard all  the  industry  arguments against  this                                                                    
     bill  over  the  years.  They come  from  the  chemical                                                                    
     industry and the  phony Astroturf organizations they've                                                                    
     set up over  the years to defeat bills  just like this,                                                                    
     and  bills  like this  all  over  the country.  They've                                                                    
     spent hundreds  of thousands of dollars  just in Alaska                                                                    
     and millions  of dollars  across the  country defeating                                                                    
     bills like this. Those are  some harsh statements but I                                                                    
     believe they're 100 percent warranted.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Let me  tell you  just how  far these  organizations in                                                                    
     the  chemical  industry  has gone  over  the  years  to                                                                    
     defeat bills like  this. To defeat this  bill, in fact.                                                                    
     Many members  will remember hearings on  this bill back                                                                    
     in 2010  and 2012. We  heard from a Dr.  David Heimbach                                                                    
     who testified three times in  front of the legislature.                                                                    
     He presented himself as  an eminently qualified doctor.                                                                    
     In  fact, he  was  the former  head  of the  Harborview                                                                    
     Medical Center burn unit in Seattle.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     He told  the tragic story  of a six-week old  baby girl                                                                    
     whose life  would have been saved  had flame retardants                                                                    
     been  used in  her  crib. He  shared  pictures of  burn                                                                    
     victims.  Legislators were  concerned. The  bill passed                                                                    
     the Senate but it was defeated in the House.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Several months later  it turned out that  nearly all of                                                                    
     Dr. Heimbach's testimony was a  lie. In a six-day front                                                                    
     page spread,  the Chicago Tribune dug  into the stories                                                                    
     and claims  of Dr.  Heimbach and  found the  claims and                                                                    
     patients  he had  testified  about  across the  country                                                                    
     were, in fact, non-existent.  The Alaska Dispatch News,                                                                    
     which was  then the  Anchorage Daily News,  did stories                                                                    
     on  the  fraud  Dr. Heimbach  and  these  organizations                                                                    
     committed  against  the  legislature.  This  one  dated                                                                    
     March  19,  2014,   "Washington  Physician  Accused  of                                                                    
     Deception Testified Three Times  on Alaska Bills." This                                                                    
     one,  "Seattle Burn  Doctor  Accused  of Dishonesty  in                                                                    
     Legislative Testimony Surrenders License."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     The opponents of  this bill will bring up  the same old                                                                    
     tired complaints and arguments  against this bill. That                                                                    
     the  EPA should  regulate  it. Since  when does  Alaska                                                                    
     want  to turn  over authority  to the  EPA to  regulate                                                                    
     this?  The EPA  has had  25  years to  do something  on                                                                    
     this.  They've  done  nothing.  That  the  presence  of                                                                    
     chemicals  in  furniture  in  and   of  itself  is  not                                                                    
     dangerous. Hundreds of  academic and scientific studies                                                                    
     say  otherwise.  We've  provided  you  with  copies  of                                                                    
     numerous studies; we're happy to get you more.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The  chemical  industry  will argue  that  Congress  is                                                                    
     working on some legislation  dealing with this. They've                                                                    
     had  decades  to  do this.  Nothing.  Further,  in  the                                                                    
     legislation  that is  currently being  proposed, states                                                                    
     retain   the   right   under  that   proposed   federal                                                                    
     legislation to continue  to regulate harmful substances                                                                    
     in their  own states.  Please don't  buy it  this time.                                                                    
     They have  a vested financial interest  in killing this                                                                    
     bill. These are dangerous  chemicals that have no place                                                                    
     in  our homes.  There are  safer alternatives  that are                                                                    
     just as inexpensive that are available.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked if this is  the same bill that he introduced                                                               
previously.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. WIELECHOWSKI replied it is virtually the same.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:25:24 PM                                                                                                                    
THOMAS "TJ"  PRESLEY, Staff,  Senator Bill  Wielechowski, sponsor                                                               
of SB 111,  informed the committee that he would  provide a brief                                                               
overview  of the  bill, its  history, and  the growing  amount of                                                               
literature  on  the  danger  of  polybrominated  diphenyl  ethers                                                               
(PBDEs) to human and animal  health. Finally, he would review the                                                               
substantive contents of the packet.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
He stated that SB 111 does  two things. First, the bill prohibits                                                               
the manufacture,  sale, or distribution of  upholstered furniture                                                               
and  children's  items  that  contain more  than  100  parts  per                                                               
million of certain harmful flame  retardants. Second, it requires                                                               
manufacturers  to  alert  consumers  to  the  presence  of  these                                                               
chemical  flame retardants  by labeling  the  products. The  bill                                                               
provides civil penalties for violating  this law that start small                                                               
and are  capped for  each company  in one  calendar year.  SB 111                                                               
also contains a definition section  and exemptions for people who                                                               
may sell  these products from one  person to another, such  as on                                                               
Craigslist.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRESLEY reported  that the sponsor has  requested a committee                                                               
substitute (CS),  based on  advice from  the Department  of Labor                                                               
and  Workforce   Development  (DOLWD),  to  move   the  penalties                                                               
provision  from Chapter  18 to  the Consumer  Protection Division                                                               
within the  Department of Law.  Chapter 18 only directs  DOLWD to                                                               
inspect schools that have evidence of asbestos.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRESLEY  reminded the  members that  in 2012,  Dr. Heinbach's                                                               
tragic  story and  pictures he  shared with  members stopped  the                                                               
bill in its  tracks. A few months later evidence  proved that his                                                               
stories  were  untrue and  Washington  State  prosecuted him  for                                                               
fraud.  As  a  result,  he   willingly  surrendered  his  medical                                                               
license.   Subsequent  investigative   reporting  established   a                                                               
connection between  Citizens for Fire Safety  that spent $230,000                                                               
to  defeat  the bill  in  2012,  Dr.  Heinbach and  the  American                                                               
Chemical  Council  that  opposes  this  bill  today.  The  former                                                               
executive director for  the now defunct Citizens  for Fire Safety                                                               
and a  former employee for  the American Chemical  Council, Grant                                                               
David Gillam,  made headlines for  breaking ranks  after learning                                                               
about payments  to Dr. Heinbach. Mr.  Gillam eventually testified                                                               
in  support of  a full  flame  retardant ban  in California  that                                                               
passed in 2014.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRESLEY stated  that Dr.  Vytenis Babrauskas  was the  first                                                               
person in  the world  to be  awarded a  Ph.D. in  fire protection                                                               
engineering.  When he  learned that  his work  was being  used to                                                               
defend  the use  of flame  retardants,  he wrote  a paper  titled                                                               
"Flame  Retardants in  Furniture Foam:  Benefits and  Risks." The                                                               
conclusion is summarized as follows:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Since  1975,  hundreds  of  millions  of  kilograms  of                                                                    
     pentaBDE and  its replacements have  been used  to meet                                                                    
     California TB117.  A fire safety  benefit has  not been                                                                    
     established.  Research  suggests   that  this  standard                                                                    
     should be reevaluated in light  of the fire science and                                                                    
     health   information   discussed    above.   Prior   to                                                                    
     implementing   new  flammability   standards,  decision                                                                    
     makers  should  evaluate   the  potential  fire  safety                                                                    
     benefit  as  well  as   the  health  and  environmental                                                                    
     impacts  of the  chemicals, materials,  or technologies                                                                    
     likely to be used. Special  scrutiny should be given to                                                                    
     small open-flame  standards that  are likely to  be met                                                                    
     by  adding organohalogen  flame retardants  to foam  or                                                                    
     plastic in consumer products.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRESLEY directed  attention to the packets  that contain more                                                               
literature on  the effects  of PBDEs on  human and  animal health                                                               
and offered to provide more  if any members desired. "But suffice                                                               
to  say, the  dangers  to  human health  include  risks of  neuro                                                               
developmental  processes  in  young   children  being  slowed  or                                                               
changed, passage of the dangerous  chemical through the umbilical                                                               
cord  from  mother  to   child,  cancer,  infertility,  attention                                                               
deficit disorders among others," he said.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He said SB 111 is the start of  a process to purge PBDEs from the                                                               
food  supply   because  studies   have  established   that  these                                                               
chemicals are  in the blood of  many fish stocks. High  levels of                                                               
these chemicals are  beginning to show in the  autopsies of birds                                                               
and  animals that  feed on  these stocks.  The entrance  of PBDEs                                                               
into the  food supply is  a great concern for  Alaskans generally                                                               
and   those  living   a  subsistence   lifestyle  and   in  rural                                                               
communities in particular.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:32:20 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  if he wanted to comment on  the short title                                                               
being broader than what is in the bill.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRESLEY  replied the sponsor's intent  is for the bill  to be                                                               
limited to  upholstered furniture and children's  items. He added                                                               
that he  could speak to the  drafter to ensure that  is reflected                                                               
in the short title.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO said  she had  two questions  about the  labeling                                                               
statement  on page  2, line  24. First,  is the  label itself  an                                                               
admission that the manufacturer is  breaking the law? Second, how                                                               
do you differentiate  between a flame retardant  that's listed in                                                               
the bill and one that is not harmful?                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:34:10 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  PRESLEY clarified  that  the  bill does  not  ban PBDEs;  it                                                               
limits their  use in upholstered  furniture and  children's items                                                               
to  less than  100 parts  per million.  Responding to  the second                                                               
question,   he  said   evidence  shows   that  there   are  safer                                                               
alternatives for  flame retardants  that are  not related  to the                                                               
chemical compound addressed  in the bill. He added  that a number                                                               
of  large  Fortune  500  companies  including  Ashley  Furniture,                                                               
Walmart, Macys, Pier I Imports, and  Ikea have pledged not to buy                                                               
office furniture  with these flame  retardants and have  begun to                                                               
produce  flame retardant  fabrics that  do not  have the  harmful                                                               
chemicals listed in  the bill. He provided  information about the                                                               
chemicals they  are using,  which are  widely available  in other                                                               
states.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked if that is  why the effective date  is July                                                               
2017.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRESLEY explained  that  the delayed  effective  date is  an                                                               
attempt to  give industry  time to understand  the bill  and take                                                               
action accordingly.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  how the bill will  affect Alaska businesses                                                               
that may have affected inventory.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRESLEY said  he did  not have  that information,  but would                                                               
work to find out.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked where  the list of  chemicals in  Section 1                                                               
came from.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRESLEY  replied it  was  compiled  in consultation  with  a                                                               
number  of scientific  groups like  Alaska  Community Actions  on                                                               
Toxics.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  asked if  limiting  the  use of  these  chemicals                                                               
through federal law had been pursued.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PRESLEY replied  the inaction  by  the EPA  and the  federal                                                               
government  over the  past 25  years is  what prompted  states to                                                               
take action. He  added that the U.S. Senate  currently is working                                                               
on the Toxic  Substances Act, which allows states to  apply for a                                                               
waiver  to  enact more  restrictive  standards  than the  federal                                                               
minimum. The proposed  Act also allows a state to  take action on                                                               
a chemical while it is under study by the EPA.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER asked  if  there have  been  lawsuits against  the                                                               
manufacturers of PBDEs.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRESLEY offered to follow up with an answer.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER asked  if Washington  State has  passed a  similar                                                               
law.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. PRESLEY  replied a  bill was introduced  this session  but he                                                               
didn't know if it had passed.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:39:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on SB 111.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:39:43 PM                                                                                                                    
MAUREEN SWANSON,  Director, Healthy Children's  Project, Learning                                                               
Disabilities   Association    of   America    (LDA),   Pittsburg,                                                               
Pennsylvania,  testified  in  support  of  SB  111  reading  from                                                               
prepared testimony.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     LDA  is  the  oldest  and  largest  national  volunteer                                                                    
     organization  advocating for  children and  adults with                                                                    
     learning  disabilities. We  have  chapters and  members                                                                    
     throughout  the country,  including in  Alaska. We  are                                                                    
     witnessing an alarming  increase in neuro developmental                                                                    
     disorders that cannot be fully  explained by changes in                                                                    
     awareness  or diagnosis.  One in  six  children in  the                                                                    
     United States  has a reported  developmental disability                                                                    
     including   autism,  attention   deficit  hyperactivity                                                                    
     disorder and other learning and developmental delays.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The  National  Academy  of  Sciences  has  stated  that                                                                    
     environmental  factors,  including  exposure  to  toxic                                                                    
     chemicals, in  combination with genetics  contribute to                                                                    
     at  least   one-quarter  of  all   neuro  developmental                                                                    
     disabilities  in   the  United  States.   During  fetal                                                                    
     development   and   early   childhood  the   brain   is                                                                    
     especially  at  risk  from  toxic  chemicals,  even  at                                                                    
     extremely  low  exposure  levels.  Scientific  evidence                                                                    
     clearly  demonstrates that  babies  and young  children                                                                    
     are  regularly exposed  to halogenated  flame retardant                                                                    
     chemicals including  the flame  retardants named  in SB                                                                    
     111. These  exposures pose an elevated  risk of serious                                                                    
     and  lasting  problems   with  learning  and  behavior,                                                                    
     including ADHD and autism.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     These flame retardants cross the  placenta to the fetus                                                                    
     and are detected in umbilical  cord blood and in breast                                                                    
     mild. Because of  their size and weight,  rapid rate of                                                                    
     growth  and  development,   metabolism  and  behaviors,                                                                    
     babies  and children  are likely  to experience  higher                                                                    
     chronic exposures to flame retardants than adults.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     These chemicals  migrate from furniture  and children's                                                                    
     products  into  dust and  then  are  ingested by  young                                                                    
     children. A 2011  study of baby products  found that 80                                                                    
     percent of  the items tested contained  flame retardant                                                                    
     chemicals  while  a  2014  study  of  40  daycares  and                                                                    
     preschools found toxic flame  retardants in 100 percent                                                                    
     of  dust  samples  at the  facilities.  What  do  these                                                                    
     constant exposures  to toxic flame  retardant chemicals                                                                    
     mean to the fetus and  young children? In the last five                                                                    
     years,  three public  studies of  hundreds of  pregnant                                                                    
     women and children have  resulted in strikingly similar                                                                    
     findings. Children  more highly  exposed to  PBDE flame                                                                    
     retardants prenatally, have  lower IQ scores, cognitive                                                                    
     delays, and  attention problems.  The decrements  in IQ                                                                    
     persist throughout the children's school years.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The  flame  retardant chemicals  named  in  SB 111  are                                                                    
     structurally  similar to  thyroid  hormones, which  are                                                                    
     essential  for  healthy  brain  development.  In  2015,                                                                    
     scientists  with the  Endocrine Society  concluded that                                                                    
     PBDE exposures  interfere with thyroid.  Recent studies                                                                    
     of  flame  retardants  that have  replaced  PBDEs  show                                                                    
     these chemicals  can also disrupt thyroid  hormones and                                                                    
     pose serious risks to brain development.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     In plain English,  the chemicals named in  SB 11 change                                                                    
     babies brains.  I'd like  to highlight  briefly several                                                                    
     specific   examples.   The   chlorinated   tris   flame                                                                    
     retardant chemicals  are notorious. In the  late 1970s,                                                                    
     TDCPP was  one of several tris  flame retardants banned                                                                    
     from use  in children's pajamas because  of grave risks                                                                    
     to  children's health.  Instead  of halting  production                                                                    
     and  use of  TDCPP,  manufacturers  instead added  this                                                                    
     toxic  chemical to  other  children's  products and  to                                                                    
     furniture.  A recent  study found  that  TDCPP was  the                                                                    
     most   commonly  detected   flame  retardant   in  baby                                                                    
     products   containing  polyurethane   foam.  In   2011,                                                                    
     scientists  found  that TDCPP  as  well  as other  tris                                                                    
     flame  retardants  may  affect brain  development  with                                                                    
     similar or even greater  potency than chemicals already                                                                    
     known to be  neurotoxic. Fire Master 550  is the second                                                                    
     most commonly detected  flame retardant in polyurethane                                                                    
     foam.  It's   used  in  furniture  and   baby  products                                                                    
     including  nursing pillows  and changing  pads. Two  of                                                                    
     Fire  Master 550's  main components,  TBD and  TBPH are                                                                    
     brominated  compounds that  migrate from  products into                                                                    
     dust. In  2012, research implicated Fire  Master 550 as                                                                    
     an endocrine  disrupting chemical with  adverse effects                                                                    
     at  levels much  lower than  the no  observable adverse                                                                    
     effect level  reported by  the manufacturer.  The study                                                                    
     suggests   that  Fire   Master  550   disrupts  thyroid                                                                    
     hormones and harms the developing brain.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     In  conclusion, the  toxic  flame  retardants that  are                                                                    
     named  in  the Toxic  Free  Children  Act migrate  from                                                                    
     furniture  and children's  products into  dust and  are                                                                    
     ingested by  young children.  They cross  the placenta,                                                                    
     build up in  the body, and in breast  milk. These flame                                                                    
     retardants are structurally similar  to PCB and also to                                                                    
     thyroid   hormones.   These  chemicals   put   Alaska's                                                                    
     children at  greater risk  of learning  and development                                                                    
     disorders  including  ADHD  and  autism.  The  Learning                                                                    
     Disabilities  Association  of  America urges  that  the                                                                    
     Senate pass  the Toxic Free  Children's Act  to protect                                                                    
     children's  minds and  bodies  from  these toxic  flame                                                                    
     retardants.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:45:47 PM                                                                                                                    
JENNIFER GIBBONS,  Senior Director  of State  Government Affairs,                                                               
Toy Industry Association  Inc., stated that while  TIA shares the                                                               
sponsor's desire to  ensure the safety of children,  they do have                                                               
concerns with  the bill as  drafted. TIA's preference is  to have                                                               
regulation at the federal level  because unique state regulations                                                               
are challenging  for manufacturers that sell  in multiple states.                                                               
She  said  the  network  of existing  federal  regulations  could                                                               
address  these  issues.  In fact,  the  Consumer  Product  Safety                                                               
Commission  is   evaluating  the  use  of   flame  retardants  in                                                               
children's products and whether new restrictions are warranted.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
She  stated that  toy manufacturers  typically do  not add  flame                                                               
retardants to toys, but their  internal components and electronic                                                               
circuit  boards may  contain trace  amounts of  flame retardants.                                                               
While  these components  would be  inaccessible to  a child,  she                                                               
said they are critical to the safety of the product.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:48:32 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID LEVINE,  Co-founder and CEO, American  Sustainable Business                                                               
Council (ASBC), Washington, D.C. testified  in support of SB 111.                                                               
This  is   a  growing  network  of   business  organizations  and                                                               
companies that work to grow  businesses, create new jobs, provide                                                               
benefits  to  communities,  and protect  their  health.  He  also                                                               
represents  companies  that  are  committed  to  advancing  safer                                                               
chemicals  in products.  He said  we believe  it is  important to                                                               
pass the  Toxic Free Children's  Act because  scientific research                                                               
continues  to  find  connections   between  toxic  chemicals  and                                                               
childhood  diseases.  This  is eroding  consumer  confidence  and                                                               
motivating  companies to  identify  safer  alternatives to  these                                                               
toxic chemicals. He continued:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     We  believe  it  is  time   to  take  action  on  these                                                                    
     products,"  he said.  ASBC  commissioned  a study  that                                                                    
     found  that  safer chemicals  are  proving  to be  more                                                                    
     important  to  growing  the  economy  than  traditional                                                                    
     chemicals.  Polling  shows  that 73  percent  of  small                                                                    
     business  owners  overwhelmingly   support  reform  and                                                                    
     strengthening chemical legislation. Now  is the time to                                                                    
     have a predictable, consistent  set of regulations that                                                                    
     will enable  business to innovate and  drive growth and                                                                    
     job creation. "As business leaders  we're saying we can                                                                    
     work together  with public  and private  sector, create                                                                    
     the economy  of tomorrow  today...in which  all parents                                                                    
     can  rest assured  that the  only choice  is a  healthy                                                                    
     one.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:52:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CURTIS  THAYER,  President  and  CEO,  Alaska  State  Chamber  of                                                               
Commerce,  Anchorage, Alaska,  stated opposition  to SB  111, but                                                               
support for  protecting public health and  the environment. Given                                                               
the  interdependence   of  commerce   in  the   U.S.,  regulatory                                                               
certainty  across the  states is  necessary, he  said. While  the                                                               
bill is  well-intended, it needlessly threatens  the availability                                                               
of goods and  the viability of business. He pointed  out that the                                                               
EPA currently  is assessing several flame  retardants included in                                                               
the  bill. "At  a minimum,  Alaska  should be  informed of  those                                                               
scientific assessments before they pass [this] bill."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:53:57 PM                                                                                                                    
TIM  SHESTEK,  American  Chemistry Council  (ACC),  testified  in                                                               
opposition to SB 111. He stated  that ACC supports the attempt to                                                               
develop  a  uniform  regulatory system.  The  EPA  is  conducting                                                               
assessments of  all the flame  retardants included in SB  111, as                                                               
well  as others,  and  he  would encourage  the  committee to  be                                                               
informed  by  that  information before  moving  to  restrict  any                                                               
chemical  compound under  this legislation.  He pointed  out that                                                               
this debate is not about  whether there are organizations that do                                                               
or  do  not  support  safe   chemicals.  "Our  companies  have  a                                                               
responsibility to produce safe  products. We certainly understand                                                               
that and we're  a part of the effort to  ensure that the products                                                               
we make and  their intended use are safe for  consumers." He said                                                               
ACC is  providing as much information  as possible to the  EPA to                                                               
help  with  their  assessments.   He  noted  that  ACC  submitted                                                               
detailed testimony  that touches  on some  of the  science issues                                                               
identified in the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  held SB  111 in  committee with  public testimony                                                               
open.                                                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 12 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12- Fiscal Note DCCED-DBS.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Flow Chart and Explanation.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents - SAFE Act.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Allie Hewitt.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Curtis Green.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Doug McCann.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Jim Kelly.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Justin Goodman.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Kris Yoder.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Kristie Babcock.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Nancy Field.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Rueben Willis.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Randy Rhodes.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Shannon Fortune.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter State Farm Agents.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter State Farm Corporation.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Todd Jackson.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Troy Sayer.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 12 - Supporting Documents-Letter Tyler Randolph.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
HB 155 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Version Changes H-N.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Fiscal Note DOR.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Support Document Indirect Expenditure Report - Cigarette Tax Stamp Discount.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Support Document Indirect Expenditure Report - Commercial Passenger Vessel Gambling Tax Deduction.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Support Document Indirect Expenditure Report - Exploration Incentive Credit.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Support Document Indirect Expenditure Report - Motor Fuel Tax Timely Filing Discount.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Support Document Indirect Expenditure Report - Small Loan Company Exemption.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
HB 155 - Support Document Indirect Expenditure Report - Tobacco Product Tax Timely Filing Deduction.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 155
SB 111 - Sponsor statement.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Fiscal Note DEC.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Fiscal Note DPS.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - AFN Resolution.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - AK Professional Fire Fighters Assoc.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Alaska Nurses Association Letter.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Arc of Anchorage Letter.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - ASBC Letter.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Breast Cancer Fund Letter.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 -Tony Stefani and Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation 1-27-16.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - American Chemistry Council Opposition Letter.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Motorcycle Industry Council Letter.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Federal Statutes Regulating Chemicals.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
State Chamber SB111.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Journal Article - Prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers and child attention.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Journal Article - Flame Retardants in Furniture Foam Benefits and Risks.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - San Francisco Chronicle - Chemical industry hoodwinked California Legislature.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - European Food Safety Authority Brominated Flame Retardants.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Are PBDE's Making Bald Eagles Go Extinct.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Article - Flame Retardants Are They Extinguishing Brain Development.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - CDC Statement on PBDEs.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Chicago Tribune - Fear fans flames for chemical makers.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Chicago Tribune Article - Distorting Science.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - EndoWeb - Hypothyroidism Linked to Flame Retardants.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 111
SB 111 - Misc. Support E-mails.pdf SL&C 1/28/2016 1:30:00 PM
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