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02/08/2018 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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*+ SB 155 REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MNGMT. COMPANIES TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 155 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 116 EDUCATION TAX CREDITS;SUNSET;REPEALS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 116 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 126 ORGANIZED MILITIA: WORKERS COMPENSATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 126(MLV) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SJR 12 CONGRESS REVERSE FCC ON NET NEUTRALITY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SJR 12 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 105 MARITAL & FAMILY THERAPY LIC. & SERVICES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 105(L&C) Out of Committee
         SJR 12-CONGRESS REVERSE FCC ON NET NEUTRALITY                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:11:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO   reconvened  the   meeting  and   announced  the                                                               
consideration of SJR 12.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:12:06 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BILL WIELECHOWSKI, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau,                                                                    
Alaska, sponsor of SJR 12, introduced the legislation speaking                                                                  
to the following sponsor statement:                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     In December 2017,  the Federal Communication Commission                                                                    
     (FCC) adopted an order to  reverse regulations that had                                                                    
     established   a  federal   broadband   policy  of   net                                                                    
     neutrality   and  to   preempt  states   from  imposing                                                                    
     regulations on internet service providers.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Net  neutrality  protects  an individual's  ability  to                                                                    
     access  and  transmit   information  on  the  internet,                                                                    
     requiring  internet service  providers (ISPs)  to treat                                                                    
     all websites  equally, regardless  of their  content or                                                                    
     business  relationships.  Without net  neutrality  ISPs                                                                    
     can lawfully  charge customers  higher rates  to access                                                                    
     certain  websites, download  music,  and watch  videos,                                                                    
     and  the ISPs  would  be  able to  slow  down or  block                                                                    
     access to sites altogether.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The  FCCs  decision  was extremely  unpopular with  the                                                                    
     American  public   and  a   survey  conducted   by  the                                                                    
     University  of  Maryland  found   that  83  percent  of                                                                    
     Americans    opposed    repealing    net    neutrality.                                                                    
     Furthermore,  the FCCs   public commenting  process was                                                                    
     flawed. Of the more than  22 million comments that were                                                                    
     received, 2  Million were  linked to  stolen identities                                                                    
     and nearly  500,000 were  generated from  Russian email                                                                    
     address.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska's  isolation   from  the  lower  48   means  our                                                                    
     citizens  rely heavily  on the  internet to  connect to                                                                    
     one another, keep  in touch with family,  work, and for                                                                    
     educational purposes. Many  Alaskan communities already                                                                    
     struggle to obtain  stable, affordable internet access.                                                                    
     Alaskans' First  Amendment rights of free  speech, free                                                                    
     press, and free association are  also at risk without a                                                                    
     net  neutral  environment  enabling the  free  flow  of                                                                    
     thoughts, ideas, and concerns over the internet.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     The  Congressional Review  Act,  which grants  Congress                                                                    
     authority  to nullify  any regulatory  rules issued  by                                                                    
     federal agencies  with a simple  majority vote,  is the                                                                    
     best  chance  at reversing  the  FCCs  decision on  net                                                                    
     neutrality and must be  submitted within 60 legislative                                                                    
     days of finalization of the agency's action.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Upon approval,  this resolution  would urge  the United                                                                    
     States  Congress to  exercise its  authority under  the                                                                    
     Congressional  Review  Act   to  overturn  the  Federal                                                                    
     Communication Commission's  regulatory decision  to end                                                                    
     net neutrality protections.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  emphasized that  this  repeal  is a  grave                                                               
threat to free speech. Verizon  once blocked text messages from a                                                               
prochoice advocacy  group deeming  them to be  too controversial.                                                               
Religious groups  also oppose the repeal.  Pat Roberts' Christian                                                               
Coalition website  states, "If net neutrality  dies, the internet                                                               
as we know it today will cease to exist."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He said  the arguments  for repealing  net neutrality  don't have                                                               
much merit.  Some say  that ISPs won't  slow speeds,  but Comcast                                                               
cut Netflix speeds drastically until  Netflix agreed to pay more.                                                               
Some  say competition  will prevent  providers  from abusing  the                                                               
system,  but  half of  all  U.S.  households  have no  choice  of                                                               
access.  Alaska  is  in  a similar  situation  with  limited  and                                                               
expensive  options.  Some  say this  will  hurt  investment,  but                                                               
capital investment  increased after  the original  net neutrality                                                               
regulations passed. Some say there  will be transparency with the                                                               
Federal  Trade Commission  overseeing the  internet, but  all the                                                               
FTC  will look  for is  whether the  companies say  how they  are                                                               
blocking or slowing or censoring.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said  the public comment on  the reversal of                                                               
net neutrality was  flawed. Of the 21 million  comments that were                                                               
received,  up to  2  million were  linked  to stolen  identities,                                                               
nearly  500,000   were  likely   generated  from   Russian  email                                                               
addresses, 94  percent were submitted multiple  times, 57 percent                                                               
came from duplicate or temporary  addresses, and 75,000 identical                                                               
or  similar comments  were  posted  at the  same  second on  nine                                                               
occasions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI said  the Congressional  Review Act  grants                                                               
Congress  the authority  to  overturn this  order  with a  simple                                                               
majority vote. Just one more vote is needed in the U.S. Senate.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:17:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  the  source of  the  list  of  technology                                                               
organizations on  page 3, lines 6-9,  that oppose the end  of net                                                               
neutrality protections.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI deferred to his staff.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:18:34 PM                                                                                                                    
NATE  GRAHAM,  Staff,  Senator Bill  Wielechowski,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,  said it  came from  an article  in                                                               
Business Insider. A copy is in the supporting documents.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE   commented  that   the  case  is   strong  and                                                               
convincing without some of the  references such as the University                                                               
of  Maryland poll.  The issue  is about  whether you  believe the                                                               
internet is  a utility and  his personal belief  is that it  is a                                                               
utility.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:20:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS said it seems  that Alaska would be more impacted                                                               
than other states.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  agreed; his understanding is  that a higher                                                               
percentage   of  Alaskans   use   the  internet   for  work   and                                                               
entertainment  than other  states, particularly  in rural  areas.                                                               
It's  used  for social  media,  access  to  news, for  work,  and                                                               
telemedicine.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS commented that  telemedicine   great future could                                                               
be damaged by rolling back net neutrality.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  observed that Alaska is  different because there                                                               
is just  one provider in  many areas. She  noted that one  of her                                                               
staff found  his name  on three  comments regarding  closing down                                                               
net neutrality  even though he  hadn't submitted any  comment. He                                                               
agreed with two of the comments and disagreed with one.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO said  it's fitting that the only  committee with a                                                               
Facebook page should move this legislation along.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:22:16 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MEYER  moved  to  report  SJR  12  from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:22:27 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO found  no one who wished to comment  on SJR 12 and                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:22:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MEYER  restated  the  motion   to  report  SJR  12  from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:23:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced that without objection, SJR 12 moves                                                                   
from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 155 Version A.PDF SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 155 Sponsor Statement (1).pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 155 Legal Sectional Summary.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 155 Enacted State AMC Laws.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 155 AMC Framework - Lexology Article.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 155 AMC Registry Fees - Lexology Article.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 116 ver U.PDF SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB 116 Sponsor Statement .pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB 116 Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB 116 Summary of Changes .pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB116 - Supporting Document - Education Tax Credit - Sumitomo Metal Mining Polo LLC .docx.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB 116 - Supporting Document - CY2017 Education Tax Credit Report.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB116 - Supporting Document - Education Tax Credit - Council of Alaska Producers.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB 116 - Supporting Document - Kawerak Inc.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SB155-DCCED-CBPL-02-02-18.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 116 FN.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
HB126 version J.PDF SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
HB126 Sponsor Statement 2.28.17.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
HB126 Memo of Changes L&C 2.28.17.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
HB126 Supporting Document-Letter Adjutant General Hummel 2.28.17.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
HB126CS(MLV)-DOLWD-WC-02-02-18.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
HB126CS(MLV)-DOA-DRM-02-02-18.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
HB126-MVA-COM-1-22-18.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 126
SJR 12 power point .pptx SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 VER SJR012A.PDF SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Sectional analysis.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 1 FCC decision to end net neutrality.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 1.1 Preemption of state regulation.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 2 Congressional review act.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 3 paid prioritization.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 4 FCC net neutrality Regulation.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 5 repeal will Hurt Small Businesses.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 6 Net Neutrality Survey.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 7 Fraud Comments.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 8 Gov. Walker letter.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 9 Tech Companies opposition.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 10 Diverse Group opposition.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 11 FCC fraud comments.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 12 FCC violations.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 13 ISP fact sheet reply.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
SJR 12 Supporting Doc 14 Letters of support.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
02.01.18 ABA Support for SB155 letter to Senator Costello.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
SB 116 Education Tax Credit 2.8.18.pptx SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 116
SJR12-LEG-SESS-02-07-18.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SJR 12
01.30.18 SB 155 - REVAA Letter of Support.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
02.08.18 SB 155 - Alaska Chamber letter of Support.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155
01.29.18 SB 155 Wells Fargo Letter of Support.pdf SL&C 2/8/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 155