Legislature(2013 - 2014)BUTROVICH 205

02/20/2014 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS


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+= SB 145 VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 145 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 127 VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 127 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HJR 23 GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HJR 23 Out of Committee
+ HJR 19 BASE F-35 AIRCRAFT AT EIELSON AFB TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 19(MLV) Out of Committee
        SB 145-VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON announced the consideration of SB 145.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:05:06 AM                                                                                                                    
MIKE   BARNHILL,  Deputy   Commissioner,  Alaska   Department  of                                                               
Administration,   Juneau,  Alaska,   introduced  the   Governor's                                                               
veteran update  bill. He said the  bill does a handful  of things                                                               
to update  Alaska's laws with  respect to treatment  of veterans.                                                               
He specified that the hiring  preference in the state's personnel                                                               
code  updates  the  definition   of  veteran  to  include  recent                                                               
conflicts  that  followed  the  Vietnam  War;  that  update  also                                                               
applies  to Department  of Commerce  veterans' loans  as well  as                                                               
Alaska Housing  Finance Corporation  access to  housing projects.                                                               
He added that the bill also  updates Alaska pension law to comply                                                               
with the  Heroes Earnings  Assistance Relief  Tax (HEART)  Act of                                                               
2008. He explained that the HEART  Act was enacted by Congress to                                                               
address  active employees  of employers  that participate  in the                                                               
Public  Employee Retirement  System, Teachers  Retirement System,                                                               
or Judicial Retirement System. He  specified that an employee who                                                               
is  called into  service  and killed  while performing  qualified                                                               
military  service  that their  last  day  of employment  will  be                                                               
deemed the  date of death  for purposes of pension  benefits that                                                               
the  survivors  would  receive such  as  accelerated  vesting  or                                                               
insularly life insurance  benefits. He added that  to comply with                                                               
the  HEART  Act,   the  wage  differential  is   defined  as  the                                                               
difference between the wage that  the employee receives in public                                                               
employment versus the  wage that they receive  from the military;                                                               
that  is  the differential  wage  that  will be  construed  under                                                               
federal law  as W-2 wages and  the employer will include  that as                                                               
wages paid to the employee for tax purposes.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:07:55 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI addressed  page  4,  lines 14-18  regarding                                                               
qualifications for  loans. He asked  what would be the  last date                                                               
of Operation Iraqi  Freedom and time periods that  will be listed                                                               
in 5 United States Code (USC) 2108(1).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. BARNHILL  replied that the last  date will be defined  by the                                                               
federal government. He stated that he  did not know when the date                                                               
will be.  He said the federal  statute is a statute  that defines                                                               
veteran  in much  the same  way  that Alaska's  statute does.  He                                                               
explained that  federal laws update  conflicts on a  more regular                                                               
basis and Alaska has not  updated its veteran definition statutes                                                               
since  the Vietnam  War. He  specified that  the federal  statute                                                               
include the  initial Iraqi Conflict from  1990-1992 and Operation                                                               
Iraqi Freedom will be added.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if people deployed  in Afghanistan or                                                               
other parts of the world would be covered.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. BARNHILL specified that the  bill covers all service rendered                                                               
during specific time  periods wherever in the  world that service                                                               
occurs,  examples   would  include   San  Francisco,   Iraq,  and                                                               
Afghanistan.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:09:47 AM                                                                                                                    
MCHUGH   PIERRE,  Deputy   Commissioner,  Alaska   Department  of                                                               
Military  and  Veterans  Affairs (DMVA),  Joint  Base  Elmendorf-                                                               
Richardson,  Richardson,  Alaska,  said   he  had  addressed  the                                                               
service rendered issue  with Mr. Barnhill and  noted working with                                                               
the U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs  that Operation Enduring                                                               
Freedom  (OEF), which  includes Afghanistan,  is included  in the                                                               
definition, but  not specified until  the conflict  is completely                                                               
finished. He  said OEF  is expected to  draw-down by  sometime in                                                               
2015.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if coverage  for service  rendered is                                                               
time or location based.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PIERRE replied  that coverage is dependent on  a person's job                                                               
title and  what the person  is doing. For example,  an individual                                                               
flying Unmanned Arial  Vehicle (UAV) missions in  Nevada would be                                                               
included as a  combat veteran. He added that  every veteran's DD-                                                               
214 document will have a combat identifier.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL noted  that he  has  a DD-214  document when  he                                                               
separated from the military.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  if the  committee  should  consider  putting                                                               
wording in the bill that  whenever the federal government changes                                                               
their classifications  on a new  conflict that  Alaska's statutes                                                               
would follow that.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:12:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. BARNHILL answered that was  exactly what the bill proposes to                                                               
do by incorporating reference to 5 USC 2108.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if there were  other situations where                                                               
the state would not want to  be bound by the federal government's                                                               
definition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PIERRE  replied that  following  the  federal code  for  the                                                               
definition of combat veteran should  be safe. He advised that the                                                               
state follow the federal code.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  remarked that he usually  is not a fan  of tying                                                               
statutes to  federal code, but  agrees with the  proposal because                                                               
Alaskan veterans will  benefit due to the  state's slower statute                                                               
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:13:47 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON opened the hearing to public testimony.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:14:00 AM                                                                                                                    
MARK SAN  SOUCI, Northwest Regional State  Liaison, Defense State                                                               
Liaison  Office,  Office of  the  Deputy  Assistant Secretary  of                                                               
Defense, Tacoma, Washington, stated  that he will address Senator                                                               
Wielechowski's proposed amendment.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:14:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CARY  BOLLING, Sales  Marketing Manager,  Alaska Housing  Finance                                                               
Corporation,  Anchorage,  Alaska,  said   he  was  available  for                                                               
questioning.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:14:40 AM                                                                                                                    
BOB PAWLOWSKI,  representing himself, Anchorage,  Alaska, pointed                                                               
out  that  he  is  a retired  National  Oceanic  and  Atmospheric                                                               
Administration  (NOAA)  commissioned   officer  and  a  federally                                                               
recognized veteran  with service  connected to injuries.  He read                                                               
the following statement:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     I appreciate your attention to  the importance that our                                                                    
     veterans  bring  to  our  nation   and  our  state  and                                                                    
     revealing  this  bill  as  an  update  to  the  Alaskan                                                                    
     veteran's  laws,  which  appears, listening  to  Deputy                                                                    
     Commissioner Barnhill,  has not been updated  since the                                                                    
     Vietnam   era.  I   ask   you   to  consider   bringing                                                                    
     consistency between  the present U.S.  code definitions                                                                    
     and the Alaska statutes  associated with Veterans Armed                                                                    
     Forces,  Military  Service,   and  Uniformed  Services.                                                                    
     Specifically I am referring to:  Title 10 USC, which is                                                                    
     the Armed  Forces' title;  Title 37  USC, which  is pay                                                                    
     and allowances;  and Title 38  USC, which  is Veteran's                                                                    
     Benefits  as they  apply to  the definitions  of active                                                                    
     duty,  military  service,  and  uniformed  services.  I                                                                    
     respect  the  difference  of  combat  veterans,  combat                                                                    
     service, and armed service  versus active duty military                                                                    
     uniformed services  as it pertains  to the  lower parts                                                                    
     of the  statute in  front of you.  I fully  support the                                                                    
     eras  and  the conflict.  I  am  just asking  that  the                                                                    
     veteran's language  be brought consistent  with federal                                                                    
     code.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PAWLOWSKI noted his work  background work as a state employee                                                               
and his inability  to claim to be a service  disabled veteran. He                                                               
called attention to the inconsistencies in statutes.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked Mr.  Pierre  to  comment on  Mr.  Pawlowski's                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:18:51 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. PIERRE  noted that  Mr. Pawlowski has  some valid  points and                                                               
his department  can take a hard  look at all of  the locations of                                                               
"veteran" separate  from what is  a combat veteran and  then what                                                               
is a  veteran in general. He  said he did  not know if SB  145 is                                                               
the  vehicle,  but added  that  he  can address  Mr.  Pawlowski's                                                               
points and provide a recommendation.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked  where SB 145 goes next. He  inquired if SB 145                                                               
had a Senate Finance Committee referral.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI revealed  that SB  145 goes  to the  Senate                                                               
Floor.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON addressed Mr. Pierre  and noted that he thinks Public                                                               
Health  Service  and  NOAA  are not  considered  to  be  military                                                               
veterans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. PIERRE replied that Chair  Dyson's assumption is not entirely                                                               
correct. He  specified that individuals  that separate  from NOAA                                                               
receive  a  DD-214  document that  provides  for  veteran  status                                                               
determination. He  said Mr.  Pawlowski is  an example  of someone                                                               
who is  a service  connected veteran who  the U.S.  Department of                                                               
Veterans Affairs  (VA) says is  a veteran, so the  question where                                                               
we have  some discrepancies  in the  state's programs  that might                                                               
not  require to  be  fixed  through statute  and  could be  fixed                                                               
through regulation that specifies  in personnel hiring to include                                                               
veterans recognized by the VA.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:20:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced that the committee will stand at ease.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:22:15 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON called the committee back to order.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:22:57 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI offered Amendment 1 to the committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON objected for the purposes of discussion.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:23:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MONICA  SOUTHWORTH,  Staff,  Senator Wielechowski,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau,  Alaska,  said  the  amendment  before  the                                                               
committee  deals with  Medicaid  waivers and  the  wait list  for                                                               
military families.  She explained that  the issue arose out  of a                                                               
survey  that   was  done  by   a  national   organization  called                                                               
Specialized  Training of  Military Parents  (STOMP,) which  works                                                               
with  military families  that have  special  needs children.  She                                                               
said  often   times  the  Tricare   Echo  Program,  which   is  a                                                               
supplemental insurance  program to  Tricare Standard  and Tricare                                                               
Prime, does  not always  fulfill all of  the families'  needs and                                                               
requires families  to apply  for a  Medicaid waiver.  She related                                                               
that many comments from the  STOMP survey revolved around respite                                                               
care  not being  enough  and the  only option  for  a family  was                                                               
Medicaid.  She  set forth  situations  where  families apply  for                                                               
Medicaid waivers  and are then  stationed outside of  Alaska. She                                                               
revealed  that  Alaska's average  Medicaid  waiver  wait list  is                                                               
approximately four years  for home and community  based care. She                                                               
said families  are removed  from the waiver  wait list  when they                                                               
leave the state.  She set forth that the  amendment proposes that                                                               
families remain  on the state's  waiting list and  maintain their                                                               
priority as  long as they  intend to  return to Alaska  within 18                                                               
months  of  separation.  She specified  that  services  will  not                                                               
follow families  out of  the state. She  said the  amendment will                                                               
benefit  families  at  Eielson  Air Force  Base  and  Joint  Base                                                               
Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER),  but only if families  return to the                                                               
state. She revealed  that Mr. San Souci is  available for comment                                                               
and noted that allowing service  members to retain their Medicaid                                                               
waiver  priority  is listed  as  a  top  ten  issue for  the  DOD                                                               
Legislative Liaison Office.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:25:34 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  mentioned  that  Amendment 1  has  a  zero                                                               
fiscal  note, does  not  cost anything  to  do, and  specifically                                                               
preserves  a  service  member's  place  on  a  waiting  list.  He                                                               
specified  that service  members will  not lose  their wait  list                                                               
position  as long  as they  intend to  come back  and permanently                                                               
reside in Alaska.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. SAN  SOUCI detailed  that preserving the  place on  a waiting                                                               
list consistently becomes a key  issue for special needs families                                                               
that  move out  of  state and  are required  to  start over  from                                                               
square one. He  specified that in some states the  wait is two to                                                               
eight  years with  service families  that move  to another  state                                                               
having  to start  over. He  explained  that the  thought for  the                                                               
easiest solution is  to just have the legal residence  of a state                                                               
apply  during  active duty  and  stay  in  the queue  for  future                                                               
military coverage.  He specified that  the request is  not asking                                                               
for  a new  entitlement or  to bump  anyone else  off a  list. He                                                               
noted  that   family  dependency  will  be   reevaluated  due  to                                                               
potential medical change. He noted  service wait list legislation                                                               
has passed in other states with zero fiscal notes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked Mr. Barnhill  for the Administration's position                                                               
on Amendment 1.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BARNHILL   replied  that  the   question  pertains   to  the                                                               
Department of Health and Social Services and DOD priorities.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:28:30 AM                                                                                                                    
JON SHERWOOD, Deputy Director, Division  of Senior & Disabilities                                                               
Services  (DSDS),   Alaska  Department   of  Health   and  Social                                                               
Services, Juneau,  Alaska, said  DSDS oversees the  Medicaid Home                                                               
and Community  Care Waivers (MHCCW).  He explained  that Medicaid                                                               
waivers  are alternatives  to institutional  care that  must meet                                                               
institutional care  standards for  qualification. He  said Alaska                                                               
currently  operates  four  Medicaid waivers.  He  explained  that                                                               
unlike the rest  of the Medicaid program which could  be called a                                                               
pure  entitlement, states  are  allowed to  limit  the number  of                                                               
people  who are  served on  their waivers.  Three of  the state's                                                               
four waivers  do not operate  with waiting lists and  provide for                                                               
immediate eligibility.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHERWOOD  said the  MHCCW  wait  list is  approximately  600                                                               
people at any  given time. He explained that people  on the MHCCW                                                               
wait list  are ranked according to  need-score with approximately                                                               
20 people  per month moved  off of the  wait list. He  noted that                                                               
people who  return to the state  with a high need-score  would be                                                               
ranked high on the registry  list. He asserted that the amendment                                                               
will not have a substantial impact on the wait list.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked if there is a downside to Amendment 1.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHERWOOD replied  that Amendment  1  would minimally  impact                                                               
MHCCW.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:31:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DYSON noted  that the  Permanent  Dividend Fund  addresses                                                               
state residency. He  asked if residency verification  would be an                                                               
issue for DSDS.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD  answered that  he did  not think  so. He  said DSDS                                                               
would  probably give  people the  benefit  of the  doubt if  they                                                               
provided a reasonable  case. He noted that  candidates still have                                                               
to go  through a  thorough application  process to  be determined                                                               
for Medicaid qualification.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL surmised  that  the speed  of the  qualification                                                               
process is slow. He noted his  support for those who want to come                                                               
back to  Alaska. He asked if  Amendment 1 would "tip  the scales"                                                               
in favor of a military family.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD explained that DSDS  draws people based on a numeric                                                               
score and people  with similar scores would be drawn  at the same                                                               
time.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL set  forth that MHCCW is  generally services that                                                               
are the  last best  hope for  families to  help them  survive. He                                                               
asserted that the  state provides some pretty  good services even                                                               
though  the  MHCCW  wait  list   is  long.  He  noted  that  many                                                               
communities are  stepping up. He  asked if Amendment 1  would act                                                               
as a draw or a convenience for military families.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:35:06 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  SHERWOOD  answered that  he  did  not  know. He  noted  that                                                               
multiple  support  services  are available  to  Alaska  residents                                                               
beyond MHCCW.  He noted his concern  that people do not  know how                                                               
the MHCCW  wait list works.  He specified  that the wait  list is                                                               
not time based and people do  not start back at the beginning. He                                                               
noted that  a quarter  of the  people on the  wait list  have the                                                               
lowest possible  score in  terms of ranking  and do  not identify                                                               
for immediate  needs. He  added that  lower ranked  families have                                                               
access to other services.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:37:01 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL expressed  his concern  for individuals  who are                                                               
waiting for the most intensive services.  He said he did not want                                                               
individuals to  think that people  are going  to be moved  in and                                                               
individuals with intensive  needs are going to be  bumped off. He                                                               
specified that the  wait list is based on need.  He said with all                                                               
due respect to  the military, the intent should  be to assimilate                                                               
military  families  and  help  them  everywhere  the  state  can;                                                               
however, there  are individuals with  needs that must  be treated                                                               
as fairly and equitably as possible.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON addressed  Mr. Pierre and asked to  clarify that DMVA                                                               
does not have a position on Amendment 1.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PIERRE  replied that  DMVA  has  done  a tremendous  job  to                                                               
identify all  of the top  ten priorities as  Senator Wielechowski                                                               
has  pointed out.  He asserted  that SB  145 deals  with specific                                                               
cleanup language  and Amendment 1  is not  in line with  what the                                                               
bill  is trying  to accomplish.  He stated  that Amendment  1 has                                                               
good merit and stands on its own, but does align with SB 145.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  Senator Wielechowski  if  Amendment  1  fits                                                               
within the title of SB 145.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:39:18 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI replied that he  thinks Amendment 1 does fit                                                               
within  the bill's  title and  noted its  intent was  proposed as                                                               
sort of  a military omnibus bill.  He noted being careful  not to                                                               
include the intent  from Amendment 1 in a number  of his military                                                               
bills  that have  fiscal notes.  He  stated his  belief that  the                                                               
intent in  SB 145 was to  make Alaska more attractive  for active                                                               
duty  and  veterans to  honor  their  services with  Amendment  1                                                               
addressing the same intent. He  reiterated that Amendment 1 holds                                                               
a spot  as long as  the service  family returns within  17 months                                                               
and avoids an added three years of waiting.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  if   Senator  Wielechowski  had  Legislative                                                               
Legal's analysis on whether Amendment 1 fits under SB 145.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI answered yes and explained as follows:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     It's not a  bill that came from the  House, there's not                                                                    
     a title change  and it fits within the  title. You have                                                                    
     to insert a  provision and that's what we do  on page 1                                                                    
     of  the amendment  to slightly  change the  title, it's                                                                    
     within  the  subject,  so there  is  no  constitutional                                                                    
     issue.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL pointed out that  the Key Coalition of Alaska was                                                               
recently at the Capitol. She  said she had meetings with multiple                                                               
parents talking  about the  wait list and  how heart  breaking it                                                               
was  for them  to persevere  through  the wait  list until  their                                                               
opportunity came  up. She remarked  that while the  amendment may                                                               
have  merit for  the  military folks  and  may not  substantially                                                               
change who moves  up on the wait list, she  shared a concern that                                                               
her desperately  waiting constituents  may perceive  being pushed                                                               
aside by someone else.  She set forth that she will  be a no vote                                                               
on Amendment 1.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:42:25 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  replied that he certainly  respects Senator                                                               
Giessel's opinion.  He pointed  out that  the people  affected by                                                               
his amendment are Alaska residents  who are being required by the                                                               
government to go out of state.  He asserted that his intent is to                                                               
specify  the important  distinction. He  pointed out  legislation                                                               
from last year  that allows the Permanent Dividend  Fund to grant                                                               
exemptions when an  Alaska resident is forced to be  out of state                                                               
by the government. He asserted that  the intent of Amendment 1 is                                                               
similar to what is done with the Permanent Dividend Fund.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  asked to address DSDS  and noted that it  is his                                                               
understanding  that it  is  based on  need and  not  on time.  He                                                               
stated that at this point it is  not a matter of holding a place.                                                               
He asked if a  family that returns to the state  would have to go                                                               
through  the reapplication  process  and would  Amendment 1  help                                                               
them receive their waiver more quickly.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHERWOOD replied  that  Amendment 1  will  do nothing  about                                                               
accelerating Medicaid eligibility and  will not materially affect                                                               
an individual's  score. He reiterated that  individuals will have                                                               
to  reapply when  they return  to the  state. He  noted that  the                                                               
reapplication registry process  may be sped up.  He revealed that                                                               
the registry process takes approximately 30 days.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:45:27 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL verified  that individuals  would have  to apply                                                               
for the Medicaid waiver because that  is a state run program with                                                               
federal partnership.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD answered correct. He  explained that waiver services                                                               
are not portable and  do not follow a family if  they move out of                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL commented that Amendment  1 may assist a military                                                               
family to quickly reestablish waiver  eligibility. He said he did                                                               
not see  any great  material benefit from  Amendment 1  and noted                                                               
that eligibility  is qualification-based rather  than time-based.                                                               
He asserted that  verbiage in the amendment that a  place is held                                                               
does  not  help. He  inquired  if  Amendment 1's  timelines  adds                                                               
complexity   for  individuals   who  do   not  fall   within  its                                                               
parameters.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD answered that DSDS would  have to add some degree of                                                               
verification if  timelines are involved. He  added that Amendment                                                               
1  would  not  give  an  individual  a  particular  qualification                                                               
advantage.  He   said  people  who   did  not  meet   a  timeline                                                               
restriction  would  proceed  through  the  registry  process  and                                                               
essentially compete with others on  the wait list based on score.                                                               
He stated  that Amendment 1  would not have a  detrimental impact                                                               
on people who did not meet its timelines.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:48:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON  announced that  he will  maintain his  objection and                                                               
asked  for a  roll  call vote.  Senators  Wielechowski and  Dyson                                                               
voted  yea; Senators  Giessel and  Coghill  voted nay;  therefore                                                               
Amendment 1 fails.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:48:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced the committee would stand at ease.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:48:35 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON called the committee back to order.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON announced  that Amendment  1 fails  and asked  for a                                                               
motion.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:48:51 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report  SB 145, labeled 28-GS2585\A from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:49:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced  that without objection, SB  145 passes out                                                               
of the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 145 - Hearing Request.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB 145 - VeteransBill_Sectional.docx SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB0145A.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DCCED-DED-01-17-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOA-DOP-01-20-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOA-DRB-01-20-14 (2).pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOA-DRB-01-20-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOR-AHFC-1-21-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-Supporting Document-Buck Consultants.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-Supporting Document-DOA Talking Points.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145 Amendment - Wielechowski.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB 127 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - DMV Revenue Sources.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Duane Bannock Email.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Ver A.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB127-DOA-DMV-02-07-2014.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Alaska Tags and Titles Revenue and Transactions by Fiscal year.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Sectional Analysis Ver U.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Ver U.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Talking Points in Response to First Hearing Questions.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Express Title Tag Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - AK Statute 28 10 431(e) Re Municipal Tax Collection.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
HJR23-Legislation - Version 28-LS1038C.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR23-Fiscal Note-LAA php.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Letter of Support-Volanti.docx SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Letter of Support-Mayor Dan Sullivan.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Letter of Support-ASHSC.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR19 Legislation 28LS1051C.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Legislation 28LS1051N.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 CS Changes Amendments (3).pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Supporting Carlisle.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR 19 Supporting Luke AFB.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19