Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

02/26/2015 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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09:02:07 AM Start
09:02:21 AM HJR13
09:22:46 AM Confirmation Hearing: Commissioner, Department of Administration
09:55:43 AM "continuing Discussion of the Implementation of Ballot Measure No. 2(13psum)-an Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale, and Use of Marijuana
10:36:01 AM SB9
10:39:41 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Governor's Appointments - Confirmation Hearing: TELECONFERENCED
Sheldon Fisher, Department of Administration
-- Public Testimony --
"Continuing Discussion of the Implementation of
Ballot Measure No. 2 (13PSUM)"
Kevin Anselm, Director, Division of Banking &
Securities, DCCED
Lori Wing-Heier, Director, Division of Insurance
Moved SCS CSHJR 13(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 02/24/15>
Heard & Held
+ Bills/Topics Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
              HJR 13-RETAIN ARMY FORCES IN ALASKA                                                                           
9:03:10 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that HJR 13 was before the committee.                                                                   
9:03:39 AM                                                                                                                    
ELIJAH  VERHAGEN,  Staff,  Representative Lora  Reinbold,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  provided an  overview of  HJR 13.  He related                                                               
that  HJR  13  supports  maintaining  and  strengthening  current                                                               
Alaska Army  personnel levels at  Fort Wainwright and  Joint Base                                                               
Elmendorf-Richardson  (JBER). The  downsizing  of military  bases                                                               
across  the U.S.  is mandatory  under the  Budget Control  Act of                                                               
2011.  The  Department of  Army  is  looking at  thirty  military                                                               
installations and has four more  to downsize. Both Wainwright and                                                               
JBER are on the list to be considered.                                                                                          
Under  the Budget  Control Act,  the  Army was  required to  have                                                               
listening  sessions,  which  occurred  Monday  in  Anchorage  and                                                               
Tuesday in  Fairbanks. The bases  could lose up to  15,000 people                                                               
at each site.  The resolution urges the Department  of Defense to                                                               
not  downsize, and,  if possible,  strengthen  the bases  because                                                               
Alaska is strategically located.                                                                                                
9:05:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE surmised that the  military cutbacks are an attempt                                                               
to eliminate  sequestration. He spoke  in support  of controlling                                                               
the federal budget and in support of the military.                                                                              
MR. VERHAGEN did not know if the sponsor shared those concerns.                                                                 
CHAIR STOLTZE asked if she is a fiscal conservative.                                                                            
MR. VERHAGEN answered yes.                                                                                                      
CHAIR STOLTZE reiterated his concern.                                                                                           
9:07:28 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  VERHAGEN maintained  that  the shutdown  should  not be  for                                                               
Alaska's bases.                                                                                                                 
SENATOR MCGUIRE joined the committee meeting.                                                                                   
9:08:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MICHAEL O'HARE,  Deputy Director, Division of  Homeland Security,                                                               
Department  of  Military  and   Veterans  Affairs,  testified  in                                                               
support  of HJR  13.  He  spoke of  the  great  responses in  the                                                               
listening sessions.                                                                                                             
CHAIR STOLTZE asked Mr. O'Hare to comment on sequestration.                                                                     
MR. O'HARE said he has no comment on the topic.                                                                                 
SENATOR MCGUIRE  related that she attended  the Anchorage meeting                                                               
and noted  a slide  presentation there.  She discussed  a process                                                               
for  submitting  letters  of support  that  included  information                                                               
about military families, location, training, and more.                                                                          
9:11:08 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. O'HARE  agreed. The slide  summarized what Alaska can  do and                                                               
what  it   has  done  with  world-class   military  training  and                                                               
community support for the military.                                                                                             
SENATOR  HUGGINS noted  that there  normally is  a transition  of                                                               
duties to  the Alaska  Army National Guard  when a  base shutdown                                                               
9:12:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. O'HARE offered to provide that information to the committee.                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS implied  that  when active  component units  are                                                               
reduced, mission-creep into the Reserves increases.                                                                             
CHAIR STOLTZE  noted his  appreciation for  all of  the community                                                               
support regarding the military.                                                                                                 
9:14:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL offered Amendment 1:                                                                                            
     Page l, lines 2-3:                                                                                                         
     Delete "take structural realignment actions with                                                                           
     regard to"                                                                                                                 
     Insert "reduce personnel at"                                                                                               
     Page l, lines 6 - 7:                                                                                                       
     Delete "a structural realignment of"                                                                                       
     Insert "structural reductions to"                                                                                          
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     Delete "structural realignment actions not be taken                                                                        
     with regard to both"                                                                                                       
     Insert "no personnel reductions be made for"                                                                               
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     Delete "take structural realignment actions with                                                                           
     regard to both"                                                                                                            
     Insert "reduce personnel at"                                                                                               
CHAIR STOLTZE objected for discussion.                                                                                          
SENATOR COGHILL  explained Amendment 1 takes  the "structural re-                                                               
alignment action" wording out and  replaces it with "reduction in                                                               
9:15:22 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE  removed his  objection.  There  being no  further                                                               
objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                             
CHAIR STOLTZE opened public testimony.                                                                                          
SENATOR COGHILL commented that the  amendment is "official speak"                                                               
to back up  what the public has been saying.  He pointed out that                                                               
all  the   bases  around  America  have   patriotism;  Alaska  is                                                               
fortunate to also have strategic  location and community support.                                                               
He  agreed   there  is  pressure   in  Alaska  to   undo  federal                                                               
sequestration.  He stressed  that  it  is time  to  stand up  for                                                               
national defense.                                                                                                               
9:17:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE  considered  Alaskans  the  most  patriotic,  pro-                                                               
military state of all.                                                                                                          
SENATOR MCGUIRE  noted the presence  of Senator  Wielechowski and                                                               
Senator  Sullivan in  attendance  at the  Anchorage meeting.  She                                                               
said there were  many quotes from General Mitchell  who said, "He                                                               
who holds Alaska will hold the  world." She drew attention to the                                                               
importance of the Arctic.                                                                                                       
9:19:16 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGGINS stated  that  it is  important  to consider  the                                                               
history  of how  the  military  is perceived  by  the public,  as                                                               
compared to today.                                                                                                              
9:20:36 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE closed public testimony.                                                                                          
9:21:01 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGGINS  moved to  report  CSHJR  13, as  amended,  from                                                               
committee  with   individual  recommendations.  There   being  no                                                               
objection, SCS CSHJR 13(STA).                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB9 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 9
SB9 Repealed Language.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 9
SB9 Fiscal Note OOG-DOE 2-23-15.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 9
SB9 Elections Income from Political Ads.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 9
Resume - Commissioner of Administration - Sheldon Fisher.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR13 Support Document - Email CER Chamber of Commerce 2-24-15.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR 13
HJR13 Draft Amendment 1 - Coghill.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR 13
DCCED Marijuana Discussion Banking and Securities Perspectives - SSTA 2-26-15.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
DOA Commissioner Responses to 2-12 SSTA Overview Questions - 2-26-15.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
ASAA Letter on Marijuana Access Concerns - 2-23-15.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
Cole Memo 2-14-14.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
Treasury FinCEN Memo 2-14-14.pdf SSTA 2/26/2015 9:00:00 AM