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03/21/2017 09:30 AM LABOR & COMMERCE

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09:33:16 AM Start
09:34:20 AM Confirmation Hearings
09:59:57 AM SB71
10:14:55 AM Confirmation Hearing
10:18:08 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Governor's Appointees to State Boards & TELECONFERENCED
Commissions:
State Board of Registration for Architects
Engineers & Land Surveyors
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers
Board of Dental Examiners
State Physical & Occupational Therapy Board
Board of Professional Counselors
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
+= SB 79 OPIOIDS;PRESCRIPTIONS;DATABASE;LICENSES TELECONFERENCED
Bill Postponed to 1:30 p.m. 3/21/17 Meeting
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 71 COMMERCIAL FISHING LOANS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 21, 2017                                                                                         
                           9:33 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Shelley Hughes, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                     
     Dr. Michael P. Moriarty - Seward                                                                                           
     Gail Walden - Wasilla                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers                                                                                               
     Terriann Shell - Big Lake                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATION HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
State Physical & Occupational Therapy Board                                                                                   
     Jennifer Carlton - Fairbanks                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATION HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                              
     HAROLD HENDERSON - HEARD AND Wasilla                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATION HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                     
     Renee Piszczek - Fairbanks                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATION HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
State  Board  of Registration  for  Architects  Engineers &  Land                                                             
Surveyors                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 71                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to limitations  on certain  commercial fishing                                                               
loans  made  by  the  Department   of  Commerce,  Community,  and                                                               
Economic Development."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 79                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to the  prescription of  opioids; establishing                                                               
the   Voluntary  Nonopioid   Directive  Act;   relating  to   the                                                               
controlled  substance  prescription  database;  relating  to  the                                                               
practice  of dentistry;  relating  to the  practice of  medicine;                                                               
relating to  the practice of  podiatry; relating to  the practice                                                               
of osteopathy; relating  to the practice of  nursing; relating to                                                               
the  practice   of  optometry;  relating   to  the   practice  of                                                               
veterinary  medicine;  related to  the  duties  of the  Board  of                                                               
Pharmacy; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING POSTPONED TO 1:30 PM 3/21/17 MEETING                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  71                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: COMMERCIAL FISHING LOANS                                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STEVENS                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/27/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/27/17       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
03/16/17       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/16/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/16/17       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/21/17       (S)       L&C AT 9:30 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DR. MICHAEL P. MORIARTY, Appointee                                                                                              
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                       
Seward, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Dental Examiners.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
TERRIANN SHELL, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Barbers and Hairdressers                                                                                               
Big Lake, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Barbers and Hairdressers.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER CARLTON, Appointee                                                                                                     
State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board                                                                           
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Testified   as  appointee  to  the  State                                                             
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HAROLD HENDERSON, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                                
Wasilla, Alaska,                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Professional Counselors.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
RENEE PISZCZEK, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                                 
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified  as appointee to the  Board of Real                                                             
Estate Appraisers.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TIM LAMKIN, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information related to SB 71.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRITTENY CIONI-HAYWOOD, Director                                                                                                
Division of Economic Development                                                                                                
Department  of  Commerce,   Community  and  Economic  Development                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Provided supporting testimony related  to SB
71.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JERRY MCCUNE, President                                                                                                         
United Fishermen of Alaska                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 71.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GAIL WALDEN, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                       
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Dental Examiners.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:33:16 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 9:33  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Gardner, Meyer, Hughes, and Chair Costello.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearings                                                                                                          
                     CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                   Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                  
                Board of Barbers & Hairdressers                                                                               
          State Physical & Occupational Therapy Board                                                                         
                Board of Professional Counselors                                                                              
           Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:34:20 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  announced the  first order  of business  would be                                                               
confirmation  hearings  of  governor appointees  for  boards  and                                                               
commissions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She  asked  Dr.  Michael  P.  Moriarty of  Seward  to  share  his                                                               
interest  in  serving on  the  Board  of  Dental Examiners  in  a                                                               
dentist seat.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:35:14 AM                                                                                                                    
DR. MICHAEL  P. MORIARTY, Appointee,  Board of  Dental Examiners,                                                               
Seward, Alaska, said  he has been a dentist in  Seward since 1991                                                               
and has served on a  number of professional boards both statewide                                                               
and nationally. Challenges the board  faces going forward include                                                               
the regulations  on sedation, the  opioid epidemic, and  care for                                                               
the underserved in the state.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:37:04 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER  highlighted the  numerous awards and  honors Dr.                                                               
Moriarty has received.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Dr. Moriarty for being willing to serve.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Terriann Shell  of Big  Lake to  share her                                                               
interest in  serving on  the Board of  Barbers &  Hairdressers in                                                               
the public seat.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:38:35 AM                                                                                                                    
TERRIANN  SHELL, Appointee,  Board  of  Barbers and  Hairdressers                                                               
Appointee, Big  Lake, Alaska, said  she is a 20-year  resident of                                                               
Alaska.  She  received  her cosmetology  license  while  in  high                                                               
school  and used  it to  work her  way through  college. She  has                                                               
degrees  in  chemistry, nursing,  and  health  education, all  of                                                               
which fit with  this board. She recently  completed an internship                                                               
that included inspection  of some tattoo shops and  has served on                                                               
a  regulatory  board  for certification.  These  experiences  are                                                               
similar to what she would do on this board.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO noted  that she applied to serve  on several other                                                               
boards as well.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER asked  if she  is  familiar with  the bill  that                                                               
addresses the hours of training required to do hair braiding.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. SHELL  said she is somewhat  familiar with that bill  and the                                                               
one  that increases  the number  of  hours of  training for  nail                                                               
technicians.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   GARDNER  asked   what   she  thinks   about  the   hour                                                               
requirement.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. SHELL  said she didn't have  a feel for that,  but more hours                                                               
of training is always preferable.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:41:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Shell for being willing to serve.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  Jennifer Carlton of Fairbanks  to share her                                                               
interest   in  serving   on  the   State  Physical   Therapy  and                                                               
Occupational Therapy Board in the physical therapist seat.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:42:15 AM                                                                                                                    
JENNIFER   CARLTON,  Appointee,   State   Physical  Therapy   and                                                               
Occupational  Therapy Board,  Fairbanks,  Alaska, said  she is  a                                                               
lifelong Alaskan who  has been a physical therapist  for about 20                                                               
years.  She is  interested in  serving on  the board  because she                                                               
knows  there is  a  need  for it.  One  of  the most  challenging                                                               
aspects of physical  therapy in Alaska is  the licensing process.                                                               
She wants to do what she can to streamline the process.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked how long the licensing process takes.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CARLTON replied  it takes  from six  to eight  weeks if  the                                                               
application is filled out correctly the first time.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES asked  if all  the  licenses expire  at the  same                                                               
time.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. CARLTON clarified that the  renewal process is not a problem.                                                               
The problem relates  to the fact that there is  a shortage of PTs                                                               
in the state.  She said she has been trying  to hire two fulltime                                                               
PTs for  close to three years  and has to rely  on contract labor                                                               
in  the meantime.  Those therapists  can only  work in  Alaska if                                                               
they are licensed and that usually takes six to eight weeks.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:32 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Ms. Carlton for being willing to serve.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Harold  Henderson of  Wasilla to  share his                                                               
interest in serving on the  Board of Professional Counselors in a                                                               
licensed professional counselor seat.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HAROLD  HENDERSON, Appointee,  Board of  Professional Counselors,                                                               
Wasilla,  Alaska,  said  he  has  been  a  licensed  professional                                                               
counselor in  private practice  for about 15  years and  a school                                                               
counselor  for  24  years. He  is  eager  to  be  a part  of  the                                                               
licensure board because it gets him  in touch with the people who                                                               
are applying  and to  learn about  the different  backgrounds and                                                               
training of  the people entering  the field. He has  attended one                                                               
meeting so far and feels fortunate to be on the board.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked if  school  counselors  and LPCs  are  two                                                               
different career tracks and require different licenses.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. HENDERSON  explained that  they are  significantly different;                                                               
school counselors typically hold  type C certificate, whereas the                                                               
LPC holds a clinical license.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  expressed appreciation  that he is  continuing to                                                               
use both certifications.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:49:10 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked  if  he   sees  a  shortage  of  licensed                                                               
professional counselors in  Alaska and if it is  widespread or in                                                               
certain specialized areas of practice.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HENDERSON  confirmed there  is  a  shortage. He  related  an                                                               
anecdote and said, "I'm finding  a significant shortage in people                                                               
willing to  work with kids¼13  and under."  He expressed optimism                                                               
that new applicants for licenses will help lessen the shortfall.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked  if  he  has  suggestions  for  what  the                                                               
legislature can do to help solve the problem.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. HENDERSON  opined that students  need to know what  they want                                                               
and have  the ability to plan  ahead. For example, a  student who                                                               
is on the  track to become a school counselor  could also qualify                                                               
to sit for the  LPC exam if he/she is aware  of and completes the                                                               
LPC  core   classes  in  addition   to  those  for  the   type  C                                                               
certificate.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:52:00 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Mr. Henderson for being willing to serve.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Renee  Piszczek of  Fairbanks to  share her                                                               
interest  in  serving  on  the Board  of  Certified  Real  Estate                                                               
Appraisers  in  the mortgage  banking  executive  seat. She  also                                                               
asked  if she  sees any  challenges that  the board  faces moving                                                               
forward.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:53:08 AM                                                                                                                    
RENEE  PISZCZEK,  Appointee,  Board of  Real  Estate  Appraisers,                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska,  said she  has lived  in Fairbanks  since 1985                                                               
and  has worked  as a  community banker  most of  that time.  She                                                               
explained that she  has been on this board for  several years and                                                               
has  been  surprised  at  her personal  growth  serving  in  this                                                               
position.  She   expressed  appreciation  for  the   support  and                                                               
training she has gotten from the  state and the others sitting on                                                               
the board.  She described the  service as a  way to give  back to                                                               
the state. Some  of the challenges the board  has been addressing                                                               
include  setting up  an appraisal  management  company (AMC)  and                                                               
changing  the  regulations to  recognize  that  a degree  is  now                                                               
required to become an appraiser.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked what an appraisal management company is.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. PISZCZEK explained  that it is an  independent entity through                                                               
which mortgage lenders order a  residential real estate valuation                                                               
when they are  considering extending a loan to  a homebuyer. It's                                                               
a way of approving the appraisal.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO noted  that Ms. Piszczek also serves  on a housing                                                               
board  in  Fairbanks  and  helps  with  training  for  first-time                                                               
homeowners for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked if the  board deals with appraisers in local                                                               
municipalities.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. PISZCZEK answered no, just private appraisers.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:58:15 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Ms. Piszczek for being willing to serve.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO stated that public  testimony would remain open on                                                               
all nominees  for boards and  commissions and the names  would be                                                               
forwarded in a single batch at a later date.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:58:37 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                SB  71-COMMERCIAL FISHING LOANS                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:59:57 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  reconvened the meeting  and announced  the second                                                               
hearing  for  SB   71.  She  asked  Mr.  Lamkin   to  provide  an                                                               
explanation  of  the  handout he  had  distributed  to  committee                                                               
members.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:00:16 AM                                                                                                                   
TIM   LAMKIN,  Staff,   Senator   Gary   Stevens,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, said the handout is  a visual that helps explain how                                                               
SB  71 will  encourage Alaskans  to enter  the fishing  industry.                                                               
Loans  [from  the Commercial  Fishing  Revolving  Loan Fund]  are                                                               
still capped at  $400,000 but it adjusts the  amounts for certain                                                               
expenditures  in  four  different  categories.  Responding  to  a                                                               
question, he confirmed that the numbers  to the left of the arrow                                                               
represent  current category  limits  and the  ones  to the  right                                                               
represent limits the bill proposes.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  stated that the  visual would be posted  to BASIS                                                               
as soon as possible.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:02:26 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  GARDNER commented  that the  visual is  helpful but  Mr.                                                               
Lamkin provided a good explanation when he introduced the bill.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  noted that  Britteny Cioni-Haywood  was available                                                               
to answer questions.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked what the interest rate is for these loans.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAMKIN  replied the  rate is set  in regulation.  He deferred                                                               
further explanation to Ms. Cioni-Haywood.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:03:25 AM                                                                                                                   
BRITTENY   CIONI-HAYWOOD,   Director,    Division   of   Economic                                                               
Development,  Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                               
Development (DCCED),  explained that the interest  rate currently                                                               
is  5.5 percent.  The rate  is  fixed to  the prime  rate plus  2                                                               
percent. There  is a 10.5 percent  cap and the floor  is no lower                                                               
than cost  of funds, which  tends to be  between 3 percent  and 4                                                               
percent.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if that is less than a bank loan.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAYWOOD replied  the structures are different.  The CFRLF has                                                               
a set interest  rate, whereas banks often base  the interest rate                                                               
on risk. The riskier the loan the higher the rate.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER commented on risk and  asked if the state is making                                                               
money on these loans.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. CIONI-HAYWOOD  said the  program is  very successful.  It has                                                               
been in existence  since 1972 and the portfolio  is very balanced                                                               
in terms of risk. The delinquency  rate is low, which also speaks                                                               
to the success of the program.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  commented on the  fund balance and again  asked if                                                               
the state is making money on the loans.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CIONI-HAYWOOD  clarified that  about  $90  million has  been                                                               
loaned and the cash balance is  about $20 million. The program is                                                               
self-sustaining and has not taken  any general fund support since                                                               
1985.  The fund  has  paid for  the cost  of  operations and  has                                                               
returned   more   to   the  general   fund   than   the   initial                                                               
capitalization.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if this program  gives a dividend back to the                                                               
state like AIDEA.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. CIONI-HAYWOOD  said no; the  money that comes back  and isn't                                                               
used  remains in  the  fund  and is  available  to grow  economic                                                               
development through additional loans.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:06:46 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  how  this loan  program  differs from  the                                                               
Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank (CFAB).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CIONI-HAYWOOD  described them  as  "two  sides of  the  same                                                               
coin." Both programs were established  at about the same time and                                                               
were for  the purpose of  financing limited entry  permits. CFRLF                                                               
tends to do smaller loans to less affluent borrowers.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked if this program competes with CFAB.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CIONI-HAYWOOD replied there  is probably a little competition                                                               
because  both entities  lien on  limited entry  permits, but  the                                                               
clientele is different. Borrowers tend  to work themselves out of                                                               
this  program and  into CFAB  or private  lending as  they become                                                               
more affluent.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  summarized that  CFAB borrowers tend  to qualify                                                               
conventionally,  whereas  the people  who  receive  a CFRLF  loan                                                               
might not qualify for a conventional  loan and tend to have fewer                                                               
assets.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CIONI-HAYWOOD agreed  with the  summary and  added that  the                                                               
average age of borrowers for the  CFRLF loans is younger than the                                                               
average age of permit holders. "We  do see this as a program that                                                               
helps combat, to a certain extent, the graying of the fleet."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:09:15 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on SB 71.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:09:45 AM                                                                                                                   
JERRY  MCCUNE, President,  United  Fishermen  of Alaska,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska,  stated that  this  program, which  was  created to  help                                                               
residents, has  put a lot of  young people in the  fishery. It is                                                               
particularly  helpful for  someone who  is buying  a vessel.  The                                                               
bill  proposes to  raise  the limit  that can  be  loaned on  the                                                               
purchase or construction  of a vessel from  $100,000 to $200,000.                                                               
A new gillnetter costs up to  $400,000 so that modest raise would                                                               
certainly  help   get  some  safe   boats  into  the   fleet.  He                                                               
highlighted  that  the loan  gives  preference  to residents;  it                                                               
helps  people  out  in  the  four  categories  described  in  the                                                               
handout.  [Mr.   Lamkin  described  the  categories   during  the                                                               
introduction on 3/16/17.]                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked if  these  loans  are available  to  non-                                                               
residents.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCCUNE said no, the program was created for residents.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked what happens when  a resident gets a loan and                                                               
then moves to Seattle.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCCUNE replied the person would  still have the loan, but the                                                               
state  would not  be as  accommodating if  the person  had a  bad                                                               
season [and had difficulty meeting their loan obligation.]                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  expressed frustration that the  same thing happens                                                               
on  the  North  Slope.  Companies   hire  locally  and  then  the                                                               
employees move out of state and continue to work here.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:13:27 AM                                                                                                                   
MS. CIONI-HAYWOOD  stated that a  very small percentage  of CFRLF                                                               
loans are held by people who have  moved out of state. There is a                                                               
residency requirement to qualify for  a loan initially, but there                                                               
isn't much  that can  be done if  the person  subsequently leaves                                                               
Alaska. That person would not qualify  for another loan or a loan                                                               
modification.  "We're much  more  cooperative  with our  resident                                                               
fleet."                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:14:25 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  COSTELLO closed  public testimony  on SB  71 and  held the                                                               
bill in committee for further review.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:14:35 AM                                                                                                                   
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearing                                                                                                           
                      CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                   Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:14:55 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR   COSTELLO  reconvened   the   meeting   and  returned   to                                                               
consideration of  governor appointees to boards  and commissions.                                                               
She  asked  Gail Walden  of  Wasilla  to  share her  interest  in                                                               
serving on the Board of Dental Examiners in the hygienist seat.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:15:22 AM                                                                                                                   
GAIL  WALDEN,  Appointee,  Board of  Dental  Examiners*  Wasilla,                                                               
Alaska,  said  this  will  be  her  second  term  should  she  be                                                               
confirmed. She  stated that she  is a clinical hygienist  who has                                                               
been working in  the field since 2003 and has  worked in the same                                                               
practice  in Wasilla  since  2005.  She is  active  in the  state                                                               
hygiene  association  and  is a  clinical  grading  examiner  for                                                               
licensees. She  said she  is an active  participant on  the board                                                               
and most recently has been working on regulations.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked what regulations the board is working on.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. WALDEN explained that the board  has spent the last 3-4 years                                                               
working   on   regulations   governing   sedation   and   general                                                               
anesthesia.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:17:34 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Ms. Walden for being willing to serve.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
She stated  that she would forward  the names of all  nominees to                                                               
boards  and commissions  in one  batch  at a  later date.  Public                                                               
testimony would stay open throughout the process.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:18:08 AM                                                                                                                   
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Costello  adjourned the Senate Labor  and Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 10:18 a.m.                                                                                                 

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