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01/30/2018 01:00 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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*+ SB 126 VISITING PHYSICIANS WITH SPORTS TEAMS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 126 Out of Committee
+ HB 208 TRUSTS; COMM PROP TRUSTS; POWERS OF APPT TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 208 Out of Committee
+= HB 102 LIMITED TEACHER CERTIFICATES; LANGUAGES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 102(EDC) Out of Committee
+ HB 114 BOILER/PRESSURE VESSEL INSPECTION REPORTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 114 Out of Committee
+ HB 121 OCC. HEALTH AND SAFETY CIVIL PENALTIES TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 121 Out of Committee
+ HB 124 BENEFIT CORPORATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 124(FIN) Out of Committee
+ HB 86 STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT/OCC. LICENSE RENEWAL TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HCR 8 KODIAK SEAFOOD & MARINE SCIENCE CENTER TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCR 8 AM Out of Committee
         HB 102-LIMITED TEACHER CERTIFICATES; LANGUAGES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:03:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO  announced the  consideration  of  HB 102.  [CSHB                                                               
102(EDC)  was before  the committee.]  She asked  the sponsor  to                                                               
refresh  members' recollections;  the companion  bill was  in the                                                               
committee last  year. She  related the  intention to  take public                                                               
testimony and look to the will of the committee.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS,  Alaska State  Legislature Juneau,                                                               
Alaska,  sponsor  of  HB  102, said  this  legislation  seeks  to                                                               
support the  growth of immersion  language education  programs in                                                               
Alaska  schools.  This  would  include   both  world  and  Native                                                               
languages and  draw on  the success  and national  recognition of                                                               
the programs  in Anchorage, Wasilla,  and Bethel.  He highlighted                                                               
that his  office received additional  support for HB 102  and the                                                               
Senate companion during the interim.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:05:16 PM                                                                                                                    
REID MAGDANZ, Staff,  Representative Kreiss-Tomkins, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska,  stated that the language  in HB 102                                                               
is the same that the committee  saw when it considered the Senate                                                               
companion bill.  He asked  the chair  how she  would like  him to                                                               
proceed.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Mr. Magdanz  to walk  through a  sectional                                                               
analysis.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:05:50 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MAGDANZ  directed attention to  the document titled  "HB 102,                                                               
Limited  Teacher Certificates  - Comparison  to Current  Law." He                                                               
highlighted the following in the single section bill:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
   • Page 1, line 4, identifies the legislation as repeal and                                                                   
     reenactment of AS 14.20.025.                                                                                               
   • Subsection (a) on page 1 gives school districts the                                                                        
     flexibility  to hire  teachers on  limited certificates  for                                                               
     language immersion programs.                                                                                               
   • Paragraph (4) on page 1, line 12, is new language. It                                                                      
     authorizes  the  department  to   issue  a  limited  teacher                                                               
     certificate to  a person qualified  under (b) to  teach "any                                                               
    subject if the language of instruction is not English".                                                                     
   • Subsection (b) on page 1, lines 13-14 through page 2, line                                                                 
     5, is  drawn from  current law. It  states that  the limited                                                               
     certificate can only be issued  to a person the school board                                                               
     specifically requests.  It also empowers the  state board of                                                               
     education  to  write  regulations ensuring  the  person  who                                                               
     holds a  limited certificate  has "instructional  skills and                                                               
     subject  matter expertise  sufficient to  assure the  public                                                               
     that the person  is competent as a teacher."  It also allows                                                               
     the state board to require  a person to undertake additional                                                               
     academic training and university classes.                                                                                  
   • Subsection (c) clarifies that limited certificates are                                                                     
     issued on a  case-by-case basis and that  the certificate is                                                               
     only valid within that school district. This provides local                                                                
     control and case-by-case flexibility.                                                                                      
   • Subsection (d) requires the board of education to give an                                                                  
     applicant the option of demonstrating competency in the                                                                    
     instructional language for which the limited certificate is                                                                
     valid.                                                                                                                     
   • Subsection (e) provides that a limited certificate is                                                                      
     initially valid for one year. Subsequent extensions are                                                                    
     guided by regulation.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on HB 102.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:10:34 PM                                                                                                                    
BRANDON  LOCKE,  Director,   World  Languages,  Anchorage  School                                                               
District  (ASD),  Anchorage, Alaska,  stated  that  HB 102  would                                                               
support filling  language emersion  positions that  are typically                                                               
very difficult to  fill. ASD has been  offering language emersion                                                               
programs  since  1989  and  it  is always  a  challenge  to  find                                                               
qualified,  fully certificated  teachers who  are native  or near                                                               
native speakers.  He reported that  ASC has about  3,000 students                                                               
in  K-12 immersion  programs and  will add  Yupik immersion  this                                                               
fall through a  federal grant. A French immersion  program may be                                                               
added  next. He  said the  provision in  subsection (d)  would be                                                               
particularly  helpful  to  ASD  because  applicants  whose  first                                                               
language  is  not English  generally  have  difficulty passing  a                                                               
practice test  that is administered  in English.  He acknowledged                                                               
that the school district would  be ultimately responsible for the                                                               
person and they would have  to go through the appropriate vetting                                                               
procedures in  the district. He  opined that this would  not open                                                               
the  floodgates; it  would be  used for  those unique  situations                                                               
where there is  no workaround. The worst-case scenario  is to put                                                               
a non-immersion  language speaker in the  classroom. That defeats                                                               
the purpose of the program.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:14:46 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  asked  if   background  checks  are  addressed                                                               
elsewhere in state law, because it's not in the bill                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LOCKE  replied the  bill  doesn't  eliminate the  background                                                               
check requirement.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAGDANZ  added,  "This  is  repeal  and  reenactment  of  an                                                               
existing portion  of law.  That existing  portion of  law doesn't                                                               
specifically  require  background   checks  but  the  regulations                                                               
implementing that section do."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:17:26 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:17:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting  and asked Ms. Meredith how                                                               
background checks would apply to HB 102.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:17:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SONDRA  MEREDITH,   Education  Administrator  II,   Teaching  and                                                               
Learning Support,  Department of Education and  Early Development                                                               
(DEED),  Juneau, Alaska,  clarified  that AS  14.20 contains  the                                                               
statutory  reference   that  covers  certification.   A  separate                                                               
section  speaks to  the background  requirements for  all teacher                                                               
certifications that DEED issues.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  closed public testimony  on HB 102 and  looked to                                                               
the will of the committee.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:19:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE moved  to  report HB  102  from committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  stated  that without  objection,  CSHB  102(EDC)                                                               
moves from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 126 Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
SB 126
SB 126 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
SB 126
SB 126 Testimony.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
SB 126
SB126-DCCED-CBPL-01-26-18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
SB 126
HB208 Sectional Analysis ver A 4.10.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208-LAW-CIV-01-26-2018.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
Sponsor Statement - HB - 208.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 208 Fiscal Note 01.26.18
HB102 Supporting Document-Nome Schools Resolution 1.26.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 102
HB102 Supporting Document-Koniag KANA Roundtable Resolution 1.26.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 102
HB102 Supporting Document-Dr Wilson Letter 1.26.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 102
HB102 Supporting Document-Native Village of Port Lions Resolution 1.26.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 102
HCR 8 Supporting Document-KSMSC Budget.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR 8 Supporting Document-APICDA 12.10.15.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR 8 Supporting Document AML 11.5.15.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR 8 ver A.A.PDF SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR 8 Explanation of Changes ver A.A 1.28.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR 8 Leg Research Report 1.2.16.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR 8 Sponsor Statement ver A.A 1.28.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HCR8-LEG-SESS-01-29-18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HCR 8
HB102 Fiscal Note EED-SSA-01-26-18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 102
HB102.PDF SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 102
HB114 Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 114
HB114 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 114
HB114 ver D.PDF SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 114
HB 114-DOLWD-MI-01-26-18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 114
HB121-DOLWD-OSH-1-26-18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB 121 - ver O 2.27.17.PDF SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB 121 - Sponsor Statement 3.6.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB 121 - Sectional Analysis 3.6.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB 121 - Support Document - Federal memo to state plans 02.23.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB 121 - Additional Document - Sponsor's Reply to House Judiciary Committee Questions 3.10.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB 121 - Supporting Document-OSHA Fact Sheet 3.6.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 121
HB124 Explanation of changes from ver A to ver U 1.18.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 124
HB124 Sponsor Statement 1.18.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 124
HB124 Sectional Analysis ver U 1.18.18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 124
HB124CS(FIN)-DCCED-CBPL-01-26-18.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 124
HB124 Support Documents - Letters of Support 4.11.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 124
HB124 ver. U 5.11.17.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 124
HB 86 ver A.PDF SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 - Fiscal Note EED-ACPE.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 Supporting Document - Letter of Support.PDF SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 - Background - Questions Memo HLNC.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 - Background - ACPE Loan Default Consequences.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 - Background - NY Times Student Loans.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
HB 86 Senator Costello Senate Labor and Commerce Committee Follow-up.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 86
ASMA Letter of Support SB 126.pdf SL&C 1/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
SB 126