Legislature(2021 - 2022)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/26/2021 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:29:58 PM Start
01:30:39 PM SB12
01:40:54 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SJR 13 IMPROVE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ SB 12 MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 12 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ SB 77 USE OF INTERNET FOR CHARITABLE GAMING TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ SB 78 HEALTH CARE SERVICES BY TELEHEALTH TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         April 26, 2021                                                                                         
                           1:29 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
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MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Joshua Revak, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 12                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to temporary  courtesy  licenses for  military                                                               
spouses; and  relating to the Department  of Commerce, Community,                                                               
and Economic Development."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 12 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13                                                                                                  
Supporting  broadband deployment  in the  state; recognizing  the                                                               
benefits   of  broadband;   urging   facilitation  of   broadband                                                               
deployment;  urging  engagement  with  stakeholders;  urging  the                                                               
United  States  Congress to  include  broadband  in 2021  federal                                                               
infrastructure legislation;  and urging the Alaska  delegation in                                                               
Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 77                                                                                                              
Supporting  broadband deployment  in the  state; recognizing  the                                                               
benefits   of  broadband;   urging   facilitation  of   broadband                                                               
deployment;  urging  engagement  with  stakeholders;  urging  the                                                               
United  States  Congress to  include  broadband  in 2021  federal                                                               
infrastructure legislation;  and urging the Alaska  delegation in                                                               
Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 78                                                                                                              
Supporting  broadband deployment  in the  state; recognizing  the                                                               
benefits   of  broadband;   urging   facilitation  of   broadband                                                               
deployment;  urging  engagement  with  stakeholders;  urging  the                                                               
United  States  Congress to  include  broadband  in 2021  federal                                                               
infrastructure legislation;  and urging the Alaska  delegation in                                                               
Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  12                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                                   
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) KAWASAKI                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
01/22/21       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/8/21                                                                                

01/22/21 (S) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS

01/22/21 (S) STA, L&C 03/04/21 (S) STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 03/04/21 (S) Heard & Held 03/04/21 (S) MINUTE(STA) 03/11/21 (S) STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 03/11/21 (S) Heard & Held 03/11/21 (S) MINUTE(STA) 04/22/21 (S) STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 04/22/21 (S) Moved SB 12 Out of Committee 04/22/21 (S) MINUTE(STA) 04/23/21 (S) STA RPT 3DP 1NR 04/23/21 (S) DP: SHOWER, KAWASAKI, COSTELLO 04/23/21 (S) NR: HOLLAND 04/26/21 (S) L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg) WITNESS REGISTER JOE HAYES, Staff Senator Scott Kawasaki Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Introduced SB 12 on behalf of the sponsor. SARA CHAMBERS, Director Division of Corporations & Businesses Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 12. ACTION NARRATIVE 1:29:58 PM CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting to order at 1:29 p.m. Present at the call to order were Senators Gray-Jackson, Revak, and Chair Costello. SB 12-MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE 1:30:39 PM CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SENATE BILL NO. 12, "An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for military spouses; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development." 1:31:17 PM JOE HAYES, Staff, Senator Scott Kawasaki, Juneau, Alaska, introduced SB 12 on behalf of the sponsor paraphrasing the following sponsor statement: In 2011, House Bill 28 was passed into law to provide expedited temporary courtesy licenses to eligible individuals transferred to Alaska with their active duty service member spouse, so they can practice their trade without experiencing extensive wait times for licensure approval while they complete state requirements. For a military spouse, expedited temporary courtesy licenses are the fastest method of obtaining licensure so they can get to work quickly after relocating to Alaska. Many states have passed similar legislation into law. However, states such as Washington and Connecticut also included a reporting mechanism so the Legislature and Joint Armed Services Committee equivalent in that state could track the executive branch's progress of implementation. HB 28 did not include a reporting requirement when it was passed. Senate Bill 12 would require the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to prepare an annual report of courtesy licenses issued the previous fiscal year. This simple reporting mechanism will help facilitate communication between occupational boards, the state agency, the U.S. Department of Defense who assists in relocating service members and families, as well as Alaska legislators with service members in their districts. The bill will also aid in making occupational board staff and legislators more aware of what opportunities are available for helping military spouses enter the Alaska the workforce. Other states have implemented a similar expedited licensing program to allow military spouses to transfer their professional credentials quickly and contribute to the local economies. While Alaska's program is a model for other states, its implementation has stalled with few eligible professionals taking advantage of the program and spouses reporting delays despite the program being in effect for eight years. Senate Bill 12 would help identify inefficiencies in the program before they cause delays in productivity and ensure the program is working as intended. Introduced in 2018 as House Bill 262, the bill passed the House unanimously and gained bipartisan support in the Senate before it failed to reach the floor for a vote. The concept of this bill is listed as a priority for the U.S. Department of Defense by the state liaison serving Alaska. The passage of SB 12 would improve communication between state and federal government agencies and active duty families. By improving efficiency and awareness about what opportunities are available, the bill will help welcome military families to Alaska. I respectfully urge your support of SB 12, a corrective bill that will help ease the transition of military families and get more licensed professionals to work in our communities near military installations. 1:34:38 PM CHAIR COSTELLO asked if he agreed with her understanding that the phrase "expedited application procedure" means that application moves to the top of the list, although it is not necessarily approved more quickly than any other application. MR. HAYES deferred to Ms. Chambers. 1:35:31 PM SARA CHAMBERS, Director, Division of Corporations & Businesses, Juneau, Alaska, confirmed that in this context the term "expediting" means that the division moves the completed applications in the front of the queue and moves them through the process as quickly as possible. She noted that the division has no control over some of the delays in the process. CHAIR COSTELLO asked if the division tracks the number and type of licenses that military spouses apply for. MS. CHAMBERS replied they are tracked anecdotally but the division's software system is not set up to run a specific report on military spouse applications and licenses. She acknowledged that the bill requires the division to run that type of report. CHAIR COSTELLO asked if the administration supports SB 12. MS. CHAMBERS replied the administration has not taken a position on SB 12 and the reporting mechanism. CHAIR COSTELLO advised that the committee received a letter of support from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Copies are in the bill packet. She asked Senator Revak if this bill would help to show Alaska's support for military families during a potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process when DoD is looking at potential military base closures. 1:39:11 PM SENATOR REVAK answered yes; this definitely is a factor when DoD goes through the process of determining which bases to retain and which to BRAC. 1:39:42 PM CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on SB 12; finding none, she closed public testimony and looked to the will of the committee. 1:40:01 PM SENATOR REVAK moved to report SB 12, work order 32-LS0143\A, from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s). CHAIR COSTELLO advised that the bill carried a zero fiscal note. She found no objection and SB 12 moved from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee. 1:40:54 PM There being no further business to come before the committee, Chair Costello adjourned the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 12 Presentation 4.26.21.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 12
SB 12 Supporting Document - DCCED.pdf HL&C 5/12/2021 3:15:00 PM
SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 12
SB 12 Supporting Document- Millitary Courtesy License Statute.pdf HL&C 5/12/2021 3:15:00 PM
SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 12
SB 12 Supporting Document- Top Spouse Professions DoD 2012.pdf HL&C 5/12/2021 3:15:00 PM
SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 12
SB 12 Written Testimony - Tammie Perreault.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 12
SB 77 Written Testimony - AK Professional Hunters.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - AK Wild Sheep Foundation.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - Gregory Johnson.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - Michele Stevens.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - Randy Zarnke.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - Rob Proffitt.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - SCI-AK 4.22.21.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77
SB 77 Written Testimony - Sandra Powers.pdf SL&C 4/26/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 77