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02/04/2016 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 104 PERSON W/DISABILITY SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SB 141 E-CIGS: SALE TO AND POSSESSION BY MINOR TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SB 142 INSURANCE FOR ANTI-CANCER MEDICATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SB 158 REAL ESTATE BROKER LICENSURE REQS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 69 BD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS; PRACTICE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 69(L&C) Out of Committee
+= HB 12 MORTGAGE LENDING AND LOAN ORIGINATORS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 12(L&C) Out of Committee
+= SB 125 LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS OF AGDC BOARD TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 125(L&C) Out of Committee
+= SB 148 EMPLOYER REPORT OF WORKPLACE INJURY/DEATH TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 148(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                        February 4, 2016                                                                                        
                           1:29 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Cathy Giessel, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 69                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the                                                                 
practice of chiropractic."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 69(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 12(L&C)                                                                                 
"An Act relating to mortgage lending, mortgage loan originators,                                                                
and depository institutions; and providing for an effective                                                                     
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SCS CSHB 12(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 125                                                                                                             
"An Act adding legislative nonvoting members to the board of                                                                    
directors of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation."                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 125(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 148                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to reporting of workplace injuries to the                                                                      
division of labor standards and safety."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 148(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 142                                                                                                             
"An   Act  relating   to  insurance   coverage  for   anti-cancer                                                               
medications."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 104                                                                                                             
"An  Act   relating  to  financial  accounts   for  persons  with                                                               
disabilities;  relating to  financial  institutions; relating  to                                                               
property exemptions;  relating to  securities; and  providing for                                                               
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 141                                                                                                             
"An Act relating  to possession of an  electronic smoking device,                                                               
e-liquid  or  e-liquid  product, vapor  product,  or  alternative                                                               
tobacco  product  by  a  minor   and  to  selling  or  giving  an                                                               
electronic smoking  device, e-liquid  or e-liquid  product, vapor                                                               
product, or alternative tobacco product to a minor."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 158                                                                                                             
"An Act  relating to  real estate  broker licensure;  relating to                                                               
the  real  estate  commission; and  providing  for  an  effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  69                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: BD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS; PRACTICE                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STOLTZE                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
03/06/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/06/15       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
04/02/15       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
04/02/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/02/15       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  12                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MORTGAGE LENDING AND LOAN ORIGINATORS                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HUGHES                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
01/21/15       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/15                                                                                
01/21/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/21/15       (H)       L&C                                                                                                    
04/13/15       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/13/15       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/13/15       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/15/15       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/15/15       (H)       Moved  CSHB 12(L&C) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/15/15       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/16/15       (H)       L&C RPT CS(L&C) NT 3DP 3NR                                                                             
04/16/15       (H)       DP: TILTON, HUGHES, OLSON                                                                              
04/16/15       (H)       NR: LEDOUX, KITO, JOSEPHSON                                                                            
04/16/15       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
04/16/15       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 12(L&C)                                                                                  
04/16/15       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
04/16/15       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
04/17/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/17/15       (S)       L&C                                                                                                    
01/28/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
01/28/16       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
01/28/16       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 125                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS OF AGDC BOARD                                                                                  
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) COSTELLO                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
01/19/16       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/15/16                                                                               
01/19/16       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/16       (S)       L&C, RES                                                                                               
02/02/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/02/16       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/02/16       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 148                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EMPLOYER REPORT OF WORKPLACE INJURY/DEATH                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/19/16       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/16       (S)       L&C                                                                                                    
02/02/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/02/16       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/02/16       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 142                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: INSURANCE FOR ANTI-CANCER MEDICATION                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): GIESSEL                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/19/16       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/16       (S)       L&C                                                                                                    
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 104                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: PERSON W/DISABILITY SAVINGS ACCOUNTS                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): GIESSEL                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
04/11/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/11/15       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 141                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: E-CIGS: SALE TO AND POSSESSION BY MINOR                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): STEVENS                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/19/16       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/16       (S)       L&C, JUD                                                                                               
02/04/16       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WESTON EILER, Staff                                                                                                             
Senate Labor and Commerce Committee and                                                                                         
Senator Mia Costello                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Reviewed the changes made in: CSSB 69, SCS                                                               
CSHB 12, CSSB 125, and CSSB 148.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BILL STOLTZE                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Sponsor of SB 69.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KARI NORE, Staff                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced SB 142 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JEANNE MUNGLE, Deputy Director                                                                                                  
Division of Insurance                                                                                                           
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  that  SB  142 would  have  zero                                                             
fiscal impact  on the Division of  Insurance and would be  a good                                                               
measure from the standpoint of  eliminating surprise billings for                                                               
consumers.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ERIC HANSEN, representing himself                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. LATHA SUBRAMANIAN, MD                                                                                                       
Denali Oncology Group                                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in strong support of SB 142.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ROD GORDON, Pharmacist                                                                                                          
Great Land Infusion Pharmacy                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
THEA ZAJAC, Director                                                                                                            
Government Affairs                                                                                                              
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society                                                                                                   
California                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LINDSEY TRISCHLER, Advocate Associate                                                                                           
International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)                                                                                          
Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SHEILA STICKEL, West Coast Field Director                                                                                       
National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF)                                                                                     
Seattle, Washington                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. MARY STEWART, Oncologist                                                                                                    
Alaska Oncology & Hematology                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
EMILY NENON, Director                                                                                                           
Government Relations                                                                                                            
American Cancer Society                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 142.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JANE CONWAY, Staff                                                                                                              
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced SB 104 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SARA RACE, Director                                                                                                             
Permanent Fund Division                                                                                                         
Department of Revenue (DOR)                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Provided supporting testimony for SB 104.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN ANSELM, Director                                                                                                          
Division of Banking and Securities                                                                                              
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Stated support for SB 104.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MAGGIE WINSTON, member                                                                                                          
Alaska Governor's Council for Disability and Special Education                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 104.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
STEPHAN PATTERSON, representing himself                                                                                         
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 104.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
STUART SPIELMAN, Autism Speaks                                                                                                  
Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in strong support of SB 104.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
AMY SIMPSON                                                                                                                     
Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 104.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK REINHART, Executive Director                                                                                            
Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in strong support of SB 104.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MALLORY HAMILTON, member                                                                                                        
Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 141.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARY STEVENS                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Sponsor of SB 141.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
TIM LAMKIN, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented SB 141 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:29:58 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:29  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Giessel, Meyer, Stevens, and Chair Costello.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         SB  69-BD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS; PRACTICE                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SB 69.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:31:10 PM                                                                                                                    
SHARI   RYAN,   Alaska  Executive   Administrator,   Chiropractic                                                               
Society, Anchorage,  Alaska, offered to answer  questions related                                                               
to SB 69.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
EDWARD   J.  BARRINGTON,   D.C.,  Alaska   Chiropractic  Society,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, offered to answer questions related to SB 69.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO closed public testimony on SB 69.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:32:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL   moved  to  adopt  the   work  draft  committee                                                               
substitute (CS)  for SB 69,  labeled 29-LS0704\H, as  the working                                                               
document.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:33:08 PM                                                                                                                    
WESTON EILER,  Staff to the  Senate Labor and  Commerce Committee                                                               
and Senator Mia  Costello, explained that the CS for  SB 69 makes                                                               
two substantive  changes. The first  amends the language  on page                                                               
1,  paragraph  (4)  to  clarify  that  chiropractic  interns  and                                                               
clinical   assistants  are   only   required   to  be   certified                                                               
nationally. This language removes the  need for a fiscal note and                                                               
additional certification of clinical assistants and interns.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:33:53 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:35:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. EILER said the second change  appears on page 2, line 12. The                                                               
CS  retains  the  language  in   statute  "within  the  scope  of                                                               
chiropractic practice,"  which was deleted in  the original bill.                                                               
This maintains the sideboards that  keeps school physicals within                                                               
the scope of practice of chiropractors, he said.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  removed her  objection  and  finding no  further                                                               
objection, version H was before the committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:36:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BILL STOLTZE,  Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB                                                               
69, explained  the bill seeks  to build  on a bill  Senator Ellis                                                               
sponsored   several  decades   ago  expanding   the  ability   of                                                               
chiropractors  to provide  school physicals.  He said  this is  a                                                               
concern  of  the  Athletic  Association,  particularly  in  rural                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:38:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER asked the sponsor if he agrees with the changes.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STOLTZE answered yes; the  changes were made working with                                                               
the department.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to report  the CS  for SB 69,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS0704\H,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO announced that without  objection, CSSB 69(L&C) is                                                               
reported from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:39:48 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          HB 12-MORTGAGE LENDING AND LOAN ORIGINATORS                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:41:10 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   COSTELLO    reconvened   the   meeting    and   announced                                                               
consideration of  HB 12. She  noted that the bill  was previously                                                               
heard on 1/28/2016 and public testimony is closed.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to adopt  the work draft  Senate committee                                                               
substitute (CS) for CSHB 12,  labeled 29-LS0089\N, as the working                                                               
document.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
WESTON EILER,  Staff to the  Senate Labor and  Commerce Committee                                                               
and Senator  Mia Costello, explained  that two  technical changes                                                               
appear  on page  8,  lines 2  and  4. They  change  the date  the                                                               
regulations take  effect and the  effective date of the  Act from                                                               
2016 to 2017.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  removed her  objection  and  finding no  further                                                               
objection, version N was before the committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL  moved to  report  the  CS  for House  Bill  12,                                                               
labeled    29-LS0089\N,    from   committee    with    individual                                                               
recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO announced that without  objection SCS CSHB 12(L&C)                                                               
is  reported   from  the  Senate  Labor   and  Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:43:15 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
            SB 125-LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS OF AGDC BOARD                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:44:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   COSTELLO    reconvened   the   meeting    and   announced                                                               
consideration of SB 125. Speaking  as sponsor, she explained that                                                               
the bill adds two ex  officio members appointed by the leadership                                                               
of  the  House  and  Senate to  the  Alaska  Gasline  Development                                                               
Corporation  (AGDC) Board.  She noted  that public  testimony was                                                               
closed on 2/2/2016.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL   moved  to  adopt  the   work  draft  committee                                                               
substitute (CS) for  SB 125, labeled 29-LS1250\W,  as the working                                                               
document.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO objected for discussion purposes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WESTON EILER,  Staff to the  Senate Labor and  Commerce Committee                                                               
and Senator Mia Costello, explained  that the CS extends the term                                                               
of the  appointments by the  presiding officers from one  year to                                                               
two years.  This change reflects  the comments of  members during                                                               
the previous hearing. He noted that  the fiscal note would not be                                                               
affected.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no questions  and  removed her  objection.                                                               
Finding no  further objection, she  announced that version  W was                                                               
before the committee.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  EILER clarified  that Legislative  Legal Services  counseled                                                               
that  the correct  term  to  describe the  new  board members  is                                                               
nonvoting rather than  ex officio. The latter term  is defined as                                                               
"by virtue  of office or  official position." so some  ex officio                                                               
members could vote.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL moved  to  report  CS for  SB  125, labeled  29-                                                               
LS1250\W,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  announced that  without objection,  CSSB 125(L&C)                                                               
is  reported   from  the  Senate  Labor   and  Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:47:34 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
        SB 148-EMPLOYER REPORT OF WORKPLACE INJURY/DEATH                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:49:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO   reconvened  the   meeting  and   announced  the                                                               
consideration of  SB 148.  She noted  this is the  second hearing                                                               
and public  testimony was  closed on 2/2/2016.  The intent  is to                                                               
adopt a  committee substitute,  take questions,  and look  to the                                                               
will of the committee.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL   moved  to  adopt  the   work  draft  committee                                                               
substitute (CS) for  SB 148, labeled 29-GS2801\W,  as the working                                                               
document.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
WESTON EILER,  Staff to the  Senate Labor and  Commerce Committee                                                               
and Senator Mia  Costello, explained that the change  made in the                                                               
CS for SB 148 appears on page 2,  line 10. It adds Section 2 that                                                               
gives the  bill an immediate  effective date. This  was suggested                                                               
during the  previous hearing to  speed the implementation  of the                                                               
Act. The bill  relates to compliance with OSHA  and other federal                                                               
regulations.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO removed  her objection and version  W was before                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:51:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to report the  CS for SB 148,  version 29-                                                               
GS2801\W,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  announced that  without objection,  CSSB 148(L&C)                                                               
is  reported   from  the  Senate  Labor   and  Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:51:58 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          SB 142-INSURANCE FOR ANTI-CANCER MEDICATION                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:54:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SB 142.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
KARI   NORE,  Staff,   Senator   Cathy   Giessel,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature,  introduced  SB  142   on  behalf  of  the  sponsor,                                                               
speaking to the following sponsor statement:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     SB 142  would ensure  that both intravenous  and orally                                                                    
     administered cancer  treatments are treated  fairly and                                                                    
     are  equally available  to  consumers. Patients  should                                                                    
     not be  prohibited from receiving cancer  treatment due                                                                    
     to high  insurance costs. Currently  intravenous cancer                                                                    
     treatment  co-pays are  much  less  expensive than  the                                                                    
     oral cancer treatments, and are  not always the easiest                                                                    
     option for patients.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     This   bill   also   prevents  increasing   costs   for                                                                    
     intravenous  or injected  chemotherapy that  is covered                                                                    
     under the  policy or plan or  by reclassifying benefits                                                                    
     with  respect  to  anti-cancer medications.  This  bill                                                                    
     asks for parity, or fairness,  to the consumer, as they                                                                    
     choose the treatment option that is right for them.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     I  urge you  to  support this  bill  that will  require                                                                    
     equal insurance  coverage for  anti-cancer medications,                                                                    
        both those administered intravenously and those                                                                         
     administered orally.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:56:05 PM                                                                                                                    
JEANNE   MUNGLE,   Deputy   Director,  Division   of   Insurance,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,   Community  and  Economic  Development                                                               
(DCCED),  stated  that  SB  142  seeks  to  reduce  out-of-pocket                                                               
expenses for consumers utilizing  healthcare insurance plans that                                                               
provide  coverage for  anti-cancer medications.  Section 1  would                                                               
level the  playing field in  terms of cost. Currently,  40 states                                                               
have enacted similar legislation.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
She related that the division is  working with the sponsor to add                                                               
language that  would not prohibit  cost-sharing rates  that could                                                               
occur  between network  and  out-of-network  providers. The  bill                                                               
would have  zero fiscal impact  on the Division of  Insurance and                                                               
would  be  a good  measure  from  the standpoint  of  eliminating                                                               
surprise billings for consumers.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:57:42 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER asked if there was any opposition to the bill.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MUNGLE answered the division is not aware of any opposition.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. NORE added  that Premera Blue Cross Blue  Shield supports the                                                               
bill and she is not aware of any opposition.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked if the  administration has a position on the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. MUNGLE  offered her belief  that the general opinion  is that                                                               
it is a good bill.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  if the administration is in  support of the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. MUNGLE  replied "generally  I believe  we would  support that                                                               
measure."                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on SB 142.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:59:13 PM                                                                                                                    
ERIC HANSEN,  representing himself, Juneau, Alaska,  testified in                                                               
support  of  SB 142.  He  related  that  four  years ago  he  was                                                               
diagnosed  with multiple  myeloma,  as a  result  of exposure  to                                                               
Agent Orange.  It is incurable  but treatable. He said  this bill                                                               
seems trivial  in light of the  budget crisis, but it  can make a                                                               
life-changing difference for many patients.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
The  pill he  takes  now  costs $10,000  per  month,  and the  20                                                               
percent co-pay  is beyond his  reach. A less effective  drug that                                                               
has to  be infused  has a $30  co-pay. But not  only does  it not                                                               
work as  well, it also  has more  side effects. He  discussed the                                                               
different options for cancer treatment  and described SB 142 as a                                                               
way to  get everybody on the  same page, working for  the benefit                                                               
of  the   patient  to  make  treatments   equally  available  and                                                               
affordable. This  would take one  huge problem off the  table, he                                                               
said.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked  if he was exposed to Agent  Orange when he                                                               
was in the military.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. HANSON answered yes; he  received significant exposure in the                                                               
highlands of Vietnam. The first  symptoms appeared about 20 years                                                               
ago and became full blown about four years ago.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked if the  Veterans Administration has been of                                                               
assistance.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HANSON replied  yes and  they're good  when they've  finally                                                               
lined up, but it's a slow, cumbersome process.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS thanked Mr. Hansen for his service.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  thanked Mr.  Hansen for  his service  and Senator                                                               
Giessel for introducing the legislation.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:07:49 PM                                                                                                                    
DR.  LATHA SUBRAMANIAN,  MD,  Denali  Oncology Group,  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska,  testified in  strong support  of SB  142. She  explained                                                               
that  Denali  Oncology  Group  represents  all  the  medical  and                                                               
radiation  oncologists in  Alaska  and  the nurse  practitioners.                                                               
They are the Alaska chapter  for the American Society of Clinical                                                               
Oncology. Their  mission is  to advocate  for their  patients and                                                               
ensure that  any Alaskan that  has cancer will have  equal access                                                               
to the most effective therapy for his/her cancer in Alaska.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR.  SUBRAMANIAN said  she couldn't  say it  any better  than the                                                               
previous  testifier.   In  the  last  several   years  tremendous                                                               
progress  has been  made  in the  care of  cancer  and there  are                                                               
several new  drugs for many  kinds of cancer,  including multiple                                                               
myeloma.  Sometimes  the most  effective  treatment  is taken  by                                                               
mouth and there  isn't an intravenous substitute.  The problem is                                                               
that even  if a  patient has health  insurance, they  often can't                                                               
afford  the prescribed  oral drug  because their  policy includes                                                               
deductibles,  co-pays,  co-insurance   and  various  formularies.                                                               
Patients that can't afford a drug, simply don't take it.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR.  SUBRAMANIAN urged  the committee  to pass  SB 142  to ensure                                                               
equal, affordable access for cancer  patients so they can get the                                                               
best treatment available regardless of the method of delivery.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:11:43 PM                                                                                                                    
ROD GORDON, Pharmacist, Great  Land Infusion Pharmacy, Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska,  testified in  support  of  SB 142.  He  said  this is  a                                                               
specialty  pharmacy that  focuses on  infusion therapy,  but also                                                               
provides  support  for patients  who  need  oral medications.  In                                                               
addition to what has already  been said about barriers to access,                                                               
an  unforeseen consequence  of  high co-pays  is  that it  forces                                                               
patients to resort  to an out-of-state specialty  pharmacy to get                                                               
a  competitive  co-pay.  This prevents  immediate  access  and  a                                                               
personal  face-to-face  interaction  with  a  specialty  oncology                                                               
pharmacy provider.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:13:50 PM                                                                                                                    
THEA ZAJAC,  Director, Government Affairs, Leukemia  and Lymphoma                                                               
Society, California, testified in support  of SB 142. She thanked                                                               
the sponsor for introducing the  bill and stressed its importance                                                               
for people living  with blood cancers in Alaska.  She said cancer                                                               
treatment  is  changing rapidly  and  this  legislation is  about                                                               
catching  up the  insurance industry  with  the modernization  of                                                               
treatments.  She said  she has  worked on  this issue  in several                                                               
states  and has  seen the  positive  impact it  has on  patients'                                                               
lives.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:15:09 PM                                                                                                                    
LINDSEY  TRISCHLER,  Advocate  Associate,  International  Myeloma                                                               
Foundation (IMF),  Washington, D.C.,  testified in support  of SB                                                               
142.  IMF  is the  largest  and  oldest foundation  dedicated  to                                                               
improving  the quality  of life  of myeloma  patients. They  work                                                               
collaboratively with  organizations and  individuals representing                                                               
patients  in  Alaska  to  focus on  equal  access  to  treatments                                                               
regardless of  how it's administered. Treatment  decisions should                                                               
be based on  what is the most effective, not  what the patient is                                                               
able  to afford.  She  echoed Mr.  Hansen's  testimony about  the                                                               
difficulty  and complication  of  myeloma  cancer treatments  and                                                               
emphasized that it is highly  treatable given the advancements in                                                               
drug development.  The different  treatment options  have enabled                                                               
patients to live longer, but  remissions are not always permanent                                                               
so  additional  treatment  options  are essential.  Thus,  it  is                                                               
critical  that  all cancer  patients  have  equal access  to  all                                                               
treatments, not just the ones covered on an affordable rate.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:18:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SHEILA  STICKEL,  West  Coast Field  Director,  National  Patient                                                               
Advocate  Foundation (NPAF),  Seattle,  Washington, testified  in                                                               
support of SB 142. She said  SB 142 would ensure coverage for all                                                               
oral  cancer medications  that are  equal to  the traditional  IV                                                               
therapies.  Nearly 30  percent of  the new  cancer therapies  are                                                               
oral but insurance doesn't always cover  them at the same rate as                                                               
intravenous  drugs. There  are a  host of  very good  reasons for                                                               
patients to have  access to oral therapies but  those in critical                                                               
need of  oral cancer medication often  have prescription policies                                                               
that  cost thousands  of  dollars each  month.  This can  exhaust                                                               
financial resources  and force  difficult decisions.  By ensuring                                                               
there is  parity between the  types of cancer  treatments, Alaska                                                               
will take  the needed  step of ensuring  patients have  access to                                                               
the treatment that their physician prescribed.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Forty states  and the  District of  Columbia have  already passed                                                               
oral parity  laws. SB 142  would make  it easier for  patients in                                                               
Alaska to afford oral cancer medications.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:21:52 PM                                                                                                                    
DR.  MARY  STEWART,  Oncologist, Alaska  Oncology  &  Hematology,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, testified  in support of SB 142.  She said she                                                               
has practiced in  Alaska since 1985 and is amazed  at the options                                                               
for cancer  treatment that are  available today. "Oral  drugs are                                                               
simply  amazing"  but  they're  all expensive.  It's  clear  that                                                               
something  has to  be done  nationally  to affect  pharmaceutical                                                               
pricing, but "you and I can't  do anything about that," she said.                                                               
However, it is possible to  positively affect people in Alaska by                                                               
giving them access to medications.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:23:22 PM                                                                                                                    
EMILY  NENON,  Director,  Government Relations,  American  Cancer                                                               
Society, Anchorage, Alaska,  testified in support of  SB 142. She                                                               
said she works  on cancer research funding issues  at the federal                                                               
level and  at the  American Cancer Society.  She said  there have                                                               
been  tremendous strides  in the  area of  cancer treatments  and                                                               
over one-quarter  of the anti-cancer  treatments in  the research                                                               
pipeline  are  in  oral  form. This  bill  is  about  modernizing                                                               
statutes  and   getting  equitable  coverage  between   oral  and                                                               
intravenous anti-cancer medications.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:24:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COSTELLO closed public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL offered  a conceptual amendment on page  2, line 4.                                                               
Insert:  "Nothing in  this  section shall  prohibit  a plan  from                                                               
requiring different  cost sharing rates  for in network  and out-                                                               
of-network  pharmacies."  The  language was  recommended  by  the                                                               
Division of Insurance.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Renumber the subsequent subsection.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
She said she would have a committee substitute prepared.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO held SB 142 in committee awaiting the CS.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:26:36 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          SB 104-PERSON W/DISABILITY SAVINGS ACCOUNTS                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:27:20 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO   reconvened  the   meeting  and   announced  the                                                               
consideration of SB 104.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JANE  CONWAY,   Staff,  Senator   Cathy  Giessel,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, sponsor of SB 104, introduced herself.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
EMMIE  VAN  WYHE, Intern,  Senator  Cathy  Giessel, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, sponsor of SB 104, introduced herself.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR CATHY  GIESSEL, Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB                                                               
104, stated that this bill is  often referred to as the ABLE Act,                                                               
which is  an acronym for  achieving a better life  experience. It                                                               
provides  an opportunity  for individuals  with disabilities  and                                                               
their families to  create non-taxed savings accounts  to help pay                                                               
for qualified disability-related expenses.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CONWAY explained  that  this is  a  multi-section bill  that                                                               
outlines the  details of establishing and  administering the ABLE                                                               
Act.  While the  federal  regulations are  not  complete, it  has                                                               
created a  lot of excitement  and 35 state  are in some  stage of                                                               
passing  similar  legislation.  She   described  the  process  as                                                               
dynamic  and related  that  the sponsor  is  working on  another,                                                               
improved  rendition of  the bill.  She  asked the  chair how  she                                                               
would like to proceed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Sara Race  and Kevin Anselm to provide brief                                                               
comments  on  behalf  of the  administration  and  highlight  any                                                               
concerns that could be incorporated into the CS.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SARA  RACE,  Director,  Permanent Fund  Division,  Department  of                                                               
Revenue (DOR), said the division sees  the ABLE Act as similar to                                                               
the  University  of  Alaska  College  Savings  Program,  but  the                                                               
criteria   would  be   different.  The   selection  process   for                                                               
eligibility   for  the   program  would   be  made   on  specific                                                               
application types.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN  ANSELM,  Director,  Division of  Banking  and  Securities,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,   Community  and  Economic  Development                                                               
(DCCED),  stated  support  for  SB   104.  The  ABLE  Program  is                                                               
important  and appears  to be  set up  much like  a 529  plan. He                                                               
highlighted  the issue  with the  program  being administered  by                                                               
Banking and  Securities is that  they regulate the banks  and the                                                               
mutual  funds that  might be  involved in  the fund.  To avoid  a                                                               
conflict, the  division would  have to "wall  out" some  staff to                                                               
deal just  with that area. That  is reflected in the  fiscal note                                                               
so everyone  is working together  to try  to find a  better place                                                               
for the administration of the program.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:33:52 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting  and invited Maggie Winston                                                               
to testify.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:34:24 PM                                                                                                                    
MAGGIE  WINSTON, Alaska  Governor's  Council  for Disability  and                                                               
Special Education, said  she represents people that  the ABLE Act                                                               
would help.  People like her who  are on [SSI] benefits  can save                                                               
less  than $2,000  which keeps  them on  the poverty  cycle. This                                                               
savings account would  allow her to save  significantly more than                                                               
that to  purchase things specifically related  to her disability.                                                               
This would help to stop the poverty cycle, she said.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  if the savings could only be  used only for                                                               
certain types of things.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. WINSTON answered yes; related to disability.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:36:40 PM                                                                                                                    
STEPHAN   PATTERSON,   representing  himself,   Palmer,   Alaska,                                                               
testified in  support of SB  104. He related that  his nine-year-                                                               
old son is autistic and has  dyspraxia and one day will be alone.                                                               
He said  the ABLE  savings account  will allow  him to  set aside                                                               
funds  for  his  son  so  he  doesn't  have  to  rely  on  public                                                               
assistance later in life.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:38:35 PM                                                                                                                    
STUART  SPIELMAN, Autism  Speaks, Washington,  D.C. testified  in                                                               
strong support of SB 104. Autism  Speaks has been working on this                                                               
for a  decade at the  federal level. The legislation  was enacted                                                               
in  2014  and   since  then,  states  across   the  country  have                                                               
authorized  programs  for  the   reason  that  the  last  witness                                                               
articulated. He  related that he  is the parent of  a 21-year-old                                                               
with autism  who wants  his child to  be self-sufficient  and not                                                               
have  to  rely  on  the  kindness of  strangers.  People  in  the                                                               
disability community believe that the  ABLE program is a positive                                                               
step in that direction.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:40:21 PM                                                                                                                    
AMY  SIMPSON,  Governor's  Council on  Disabilities  and  Special                                                               
Education (GCDSE), testified in support  of SB 104. She said this                                                               
is a group of 24 individuals  from across the state who serve the                                                               
interests  of  individuals  with   disabilities  in  many  venues                                                               
statewide. They support the bill wholly.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK  REINHART,  Executive  Director,  Governor's  Council  on                                                               
Disabilities and  Special Education, testified in  strong support                                                               
of SB  104. He said this  bill is an opportunity  for people with                                                               
disabilities to get  out of poverty. He described it  as the next                                                               
step after  the Employment First legislation  that passed several                                                               
years  ago.  It's   an  opportunity  for  people   to  keep  some                                                               
healthcare  benefits through  Medicaid and  other programs.  They                                                               
don't have a  reason not to try employment if  they can put money                                                               
away for  expenses related to  their disability. In the  long run                                                               
they  hopefully wouldn't  be  as  dependent on  government-funded                                                               
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  thanked him  for  being  a stable  advocate  for                                                               
years. The work is incredibly valuable to Alaskans.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS said  this is a great idea and  the record should                                                               
reflect the  amount that  parents and  grandparents can  put into                                                               
the account and what happens to  the money when the person passes                                                               
on.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:45:13 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  REINHART answered  that the  annual contribution  is $14,000                                                               
with  a cap  of $300,000.  When the  account totals  $100,000 the                                                               
person would  lose their SSI  benefit. When a person  passes with                                                               
money in  their account, the  state could recover  expenses after                                                               
memorial and funeral  expenses are paid. He offered  to follow up                                                               
with more detail.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:46:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER asked if the contributions are tax deductible.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. REINHART answered yes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  described it as  a good  program that needs  to be                                                               
implemented without major costs.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COSTELLO   said  she  understands  that   the  committee                                                               
substitute will move  the administration of the  program from the                                                               
Department of Revenue. She asked Senator Giessel to comment.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  said it's searching  for a home.  The Department                                                               
of  Commerce, Community  and  Economic  Development doesn't  feel                                                               
that's the  appropriate place  and neither  does the  Division of                                                               
Banking  and   Securities.  She's  currently  talking   with  the                                                               
Department of Revenue.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:48:33 PM                                                                                                                    
MALLORY HAMILTON, member, Governor's  Council on Disabilities and                                                               
Special  Education, Juneau,  Alaska, said  she is  speaking as  a                                                               
parent of  a child  who experiences  Down's syndrome  and autism,                                                               
but first  wanted to respond  to earlier questions. She  said the                                                               
$14,000  annual  limit  is  based  on  the  allowable  gift  tax.                                                               
Interest earned  is non-taxable the  same as the  college savings                                                               
plan.  Upon the  death  of  the individual,  the  account can  be                                                               
transferred  to   a  qualified  family  member.   Otherwise,  the                                                               
Medicaid payback provision applies.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
She said  her daughter is 19  and can never be  without benefits.                                                               
If she were to  qualify for a job it would be  low paying, but if                                                               
she  reached  the  $2,000  SSI  threshold,  she  would  lose  her                                                               
benefits. If this bill were  to pass, her paychecks and permanent                                                               
fund dividend could be deposited  directly into the ABLE account,                                                               
but  withdrawals could  only be  used for  things that  allow the                                                               
person to  live as  typical a lifestyle  as possible.  This would                                                               
include  purchases  for  things  like glasses,  or  a  wheelchair                                                               
accessible  van  or  relief  caretakers. "As  a  parent,  it's  a                                                               
really, really important thing," she said.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COSTELLO closed public testimony  on SB 104, and held the                                                               
bill in committee awaiting a committee substitute.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
         SB 141-E-CIGS: SALE TO AND POSSESSION BY MINOR                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:53:11 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SB 141.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARY STEVENS,  Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB                                                               
141,  explained  that  this  bill  attempts  to  keep  electronic                                                               
cigarettes (e-cigarettes)  out of  the hands  of children.  It is                                                               
not a tax bill or an  attempt to control e-cigarettes for adults.                                                               
This  isn't  being addressed  on  the  federal level  so  several                                                               
states have taken  action on their own. He  recited the following                                                               
from Mitch  Zeller the director  of the FDA's Center  for Tobacco                                                               
Products to emphasize the importance of this issue:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     What I can  definitely say is that  nicotine is harmful                                                                    
     to the developing teenage brain.  No teenager, no young                                                                    
     person  should   be  using  any  tobacco   or  nicotine                                                                    
     containing   products.  E-cigarettes   are  among   the                                                                    
     products that  should be kept  firmly out of  the hands                                                                    
     and mouths of adolescents.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:54:41 PM                                                                                                                    
TIM   LAMKIN,  Staff,   Senator   Gary   Stevens,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature Juneau,  Alaska, presented  SB 141  on behalf  of the                                                               
sponsor. He displayed a brief  slide show to illustrate the types                                                               
and uses  of e-cigarettes  and clarified that  the bill  is about                                                               
protecting youth.  Smoking e-cigarettes  or vaping is  the latest                                                               
fad  among youths  and  an entire  subculture  exists around  the                                                               
activity.  He related  that  e-cigarette use  began  in 1963  but                                                               
didn't take  root because tobacco  smoking was  more fashionable.                                                               
But  as  tobacco  consumption  has  declined,  e-cigarettes  have                                                               
resurfaced as the vice of  the future. The modern e-cigarette was                                                               
introduced in  the U.S. in  about 2007,  and there are  now about                                                               
500  related products  in the  U.S. market  alone. Varieties  are                                                               
expected to grow with demand.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LAMKIN  said there  is  a  lot  of  support for  keeping  e-                                                               
cigarettes out of  the hands of youth, but it's  already in their                                                               
hands.  They are  arguably the  target audience.  He warned  that                                                               
proponents of  e-cigarettes will say they're  better than regular                                                               
tobacco.  While that  may or  may not  be true,  it doesn't  mean                                                               
they're  good for  you.  Another  argument is  that  they aid  in                                                               
smoking cessation.  That, too, may or  may not be true,  but that                                                               
more likely applies to older  smokers. Some proponents also argue                                                               
that it's about  personal freedoms, but teenagers  don't have all                                                               
the personal freedoms as adults.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 141 is about long-term health and healthy lifestyles.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO held SB 141 in committee for further                                                                             
consideration and public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:59:42 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Costello adjourned the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                                 
Committee meeting at 2:59 p.m.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
CS Draft SB 69 Ver. H.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 69
CS HB 12 (L&C) ver. N.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 12
CS SB 125 ver. W.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 125
CS SB 148 ver. W.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 148
SB 142.PDF SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Fiscal Note.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Francesca Oral Anti-Cancer Therapies.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Letter of Support LLS.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Letter of Support Melanoma Fundation.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Letter of Support Myeloma Foundation.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Oral Chemo Therapy National Map.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - Oral Therapy Cost Study Summary Journal of Health Economics.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 142 - State Fiscal Impact Studies Summary.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 142
SB 141.PDF SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - E-cigs NCSL Legisbrief.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - E-Cigarettes Poison the Airways.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - DH&SS E-cigs Bulletin.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - AK Dispatch E-Cigs.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 141 - Fiscal Note.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 141
SB 158.PDF SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 158
Senate Bill 158 - Alaska Real Estate Commission Letter.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 158 - Fiscal Note.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 158
SB 158 - Comparative Education Experience Other States.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 158
Senate Bill 158 - Alaska Real Estate Commission Letter 2.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Fiscal Note DCCED.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Fiscal Note DOR.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - ABLE Act Background Info.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Gov Cncl Disabilities Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 104 - Gov Cncl on Disabilities Powerpoint Reference.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 104
SB 158 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/4/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 158