Legislature(2017 - 2018)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

02/13/2018 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 108 MEDICAL CARE/LICENSING/MEDICAL BOARD TELECONFERENCED
Moved SSSB 108 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 160 BROADBAND INTERNET: NEUTRALITY/REGULATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 18 RACE CLASSICS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 18 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                      HB  18-RACE CLASSICS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:58:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO announced  the consideration  of HB  18. [SCS  HB                                                               
18(CRA) was before the committee.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:59:04 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  DAN  ORTIZ,  Alaska  State  Legislature,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, sponsor  of HB 18,  said this  bill is necessary  for the                                                               
Ketchikan Greater Chamber of Commerce  to be eligible to obtain a                                                               
race classic permit.  The category "race classic"  is so narrowly                                                               
defined in statute  it only provides for the  Mount Marathon Race                                                               
held by  the Seward  Chamber of  Commerce. The  Ketchikan Chamber                                                               
would  like to  obtain a  permit  for a  non-motorized boat  race                                                               
beginning in  Port Townsend, Washington and  ending in Ketchikan,                                                               
Alaska.  The  bill  was  amended  in  the  Senate  Community  and                                                               
Regional  Affairs Committee  expanding the  scope to  allow other                                                               
communities to permit race classics.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:01:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER asked  if he supports the CRA  amendment to broaden                                                               
the scope of the bill.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ said the Ketchikan  Chamber would rather not                                                               
have the  amendment, but the chair  of the CRA committee  did not                                                               
want  to  address  this  issue   multiple  times  when  different                                                               
communities wanted to put on a  race classic. As sponsor, he said                                                               
his  interest is  seeing the  bill  move forward,  even with  the                                                               
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER expressed  concern  that the  amendment makes  the                                                               
definition   overly   broad,    which   could   have   unforeseen                                                               
consequences.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  said she  shares that  concern. There's  a reason                                                               
that the legislature goes through an approval process.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:03:22 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  stated support  for the  original intent  of HB                                                               
18.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  asked  the  sponsor   if  he  would  support  the                                                               
committee returning to the original version of the bill.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ replied, "I'd be perfectly fine with that."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if he said  that the sponsor of the amendment                                                               
supported the bill with or without the amendment.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ  replied he  couldn't speak for  the sponsor                                                               
of the amendment.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:05:02 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:06:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting  and asked Ms. Mitchell why                                                               
classics  and games  of skill  and  chance must  come before  the                                                               
legislature   for   authorization.   She  also   asked   if   the                                                               
administration had any concerns with the Senate CRA amendment.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:07:15 PM                                                                                                                    
KATRINA MITCHELL, Gaming Group  Manager, Tax Division, Department                                                               
of  Revenue, Juneau,  Alaska, explained  that  statute defines  a                                                               
variety  of  classics.  Some  like the  Nenana  Ice  Classic  are                                                               
limited  to certain  organizations  while others  like the  Crane                                                               
Classic are open to any organization.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked how many  communities or  organization have                                                               
taken advantage of the Crane Classic authorization.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MITCHELL said  the Crane  Classic is  defined as  a game  of                                                               
chance in  which a money prize  is awarded for the  closest guess                                                               
of the  arrival time of  the first  Sandhill Crane to  a specific                                                               
location.  Any  organization  that  holds  a  gaming  permit  can                                                               
conduct  a Crane  Classic.  Other classics  such  as the  Cabbage                                                               
Classic,   the  Deepfreeze   Classic,  and   the  Goose   Classic                                                               
statutorily  limit the  authority  to conduct  the  classic to  a                                                               
certain  organization.  Any  organization  that  holds  a  gaming                                                               
permit could  choose to hold a  classic every year, if  it is not                                                               
specific to an organization.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  if  the   Greater  Ketchikan  Chamber  of                                                               
Commerce currently  holds a  gaming permit or  if the  bill gives                                                               
permission to hold that classic.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MITCHELL  said she  presumes  the  chamber already  holds  a                                                               
gaming permit to hold yearly  raffles. Should the bill pass, they                                                               
would  check  "raffle and  race  classic"  on the  annual  permit                                                               
request.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  if she would advise the  committee to limit                                                               
the  scope  of  the  proposed   race  classic.  She  thought  she                                                               
understood the  rationale for the  amendment but doing it  in the                                                               
bill may complicate matters.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.    MITCHELL   said    just   nonprofit    organizations   and                                                               
municipalities  are authorized  to apply  for and  hold a  gaming                                                               
permit,  which  limits the  field  of  participants. About  1,000                                                               
permits are  issued a year.  Expanding the field means  that more                                                               
than  one  organization  that  holds a  gaming  permit  would  be                                                               
allowed to put on a race classic if it wanted to.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE  stated support  for  adopting  version A  that                                                               
passed the House.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  polled  members  and  determined  there  was  no                                                               
objection to returning to HB 18, 30-LS0199\A.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on HB 18, version A.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:14:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHELSEA   GOUCHER,  President,   Board   of  Directors,   Greater                                                               
Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, Ketchikan,  Alaska, stated that HB                                                               
18 would  be a great help  to Ketchikan Chamber. It  is primarily                                                               
funded  through  membership and  works  with  a budget  of  under                                                               
$200,000. She  cited the important  work underway by  the chamber                                                               
including   maritime   workforce   development,   an   initiative                                                               
regarding health care  pricing transparency, resource development                                                               
in timber and  mining sectors and most recently  an initiative to                                                               
attract tech workers to Ketchikan  and Southeast generally. HB 18                                                               
would help the chamber capitalize  on the non-motorized boat race                                                               
between Port  Townsend, Washington and Ketchikan,  Alaska. It's a                                                               
race that  has already garnered national  attention for adventure                                                               
and sport enthusiasts.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  offered  his  understanding  that  the  Ketchikan                                                               
Chamber didn't care which version of HB 18 passes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  GOUCHER  clarified  that the  Ketchikan  Chamber  asked  the                                                               
sponsor to put forward the original version.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:17:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no  one  else who  wished  to comment  and                                                               
closed public testimony on HB 18.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:17:18 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:17:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:17:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER  moved to adopt  HB 18, 30-LS0199\A as  the working                                                               
document.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO found no objection and version A was adopted.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:18:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER moved to report  HB 18, 30-LS0199\A, from committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:18:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no  objection and  announced  that HB  18,                                                               
version  A, moved  from the  Senate Labor  and Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee. She noted the fiscal note would change in the next                                                                   
committee of referral, if needed.                                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 108 ver U.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SSSB 108 Sponsor Statment 1-22-18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SSSB108 Sectional Analysis 1-18-18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SB108SS-DCCED-CBPL-02-08-2018.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SB108 Power Point Presentation 2-12-18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SB108 Letter of Support ASMB 2-9-18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SB108 Letter of Support - Foundation Health Partners 2-7-18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SSSB108 Supporting Document State Med. Licensure Timeframes leg research 10-16-2015.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 108
SB160.A.PDF SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 160
SB160 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 160
SB160 Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 160
SB160-DCCED-RCA-02-09-18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 160
SB160-LAW-CIV-02-10-2018.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 160
SB 160 - AT&T Opposition.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 160
HB 18 ver D.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Summary of Changes.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18-DOR-TAX-2-9-2018-HB 18.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Letter of Support - Goucher.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Supporting Document - Ketchikan Chamber Flyer.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Letter of Support - Seward Chamber of Commerce.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB18 Ketchikan Chamber Letter of Support.pdf SL&C 2/13/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 18