Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

04/16/2015 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 74 MEDICAID REFORM/PFD/HSAS/ER USE/STUDIES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 74(STA) Out of Committee
+ HB 135 PUBLIC EMPLOYEE ROTH CONTRIBUTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 135 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HJR 22 STEWART-HYDER BORDER HOURS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
               HJR 22-STEWART-HYDER BORDER HOURS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:26:09 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of HJR 22.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:26:21 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  DAN  ORTIZ,  Alaska  State  Legislature,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska,  prime  sponsor,  provided  an  overview  of  HJR  22  as                                                               
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     HJR  22 is  a  resolution that  calls  on the  Canadian                                                                    
     Border Services  Agency (CBSA) to reopen  a border that                                                                    
     exists  between  Hyder,  Alaska  and  Stewart,  British                                                                    
     Columbia on a 24 hour basis.  As of April 1, the border                                                                    
     between  Stewart and  Hyder was  closed  and is  closed                                                                    
     between midnight and 8:00 a.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
He  said the  border closing  has created  issues for  Hyder's 87                                                               
residents and  Stewart's 500 residents.  He explained  that Hyder                                                               
residents do  not have emergency  access to  hospital facilities.                                                               
He  added that  economic  issues are  involved  where tourism  is                                                               
impacted and  access to the mine  on the Hyder side  is affected.                                                               
He specified that  the resolution calls on CBSA to  look at their                                                               
decision and  perhaps reopen the  border on  a 24 hour  basis, at                                                               
least  during the  border's peak-time  during the  summertime. He                                                               
disclosed that he  has met with Hyder and Stewart  residents at a                                                               
town meeting and  both communities are very  much concerned about                                                               
CBSA's decision.  He added that  U.S. Senator  Murkowski's office                                                               
and the Governor have been involved as well.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:28:53 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  STOLTZE asked  if there  has  been an  issue raised  about                                                               
changing the border hours at the Skagway crossing as well.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ORTIZ answered  that he  is unaware  of a  border                                                               
issue with Skagway.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  stated that he  will talk to  Representative Munoz                                                               
regarding the Skagway border. He  asked how the proposed daylight                                                               
savings bill is being received in Southeast Alaska.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ORTIZ answered  that  Southeast  folks are  happy                                                               
that the bill is on hold.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE asked  if the situation with  daylight savings will                                                               
cause issues with the crossing.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ replied that the issue with daylight                                                                       
savings has not played into the border crossing discussions.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:30:30 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTLZE noted that the committee is lacking a quorum and                                                                 
recessed the meeting to a call of the Chair. [The committee did                                                                 
not reconvene this day therefore, HJR 22 was held in committee.]                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HJR 22 Ver A - Initial Version.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR 22
HJR 22 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR 22
HJR 22 Fiscal Note LEG-SESS 4-8-15.PDF SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR 22
SB74 DHSS Medicaid Spending Forecast without Expansion 4-16-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB74 Fiscal Note DHSS-PAA 4-15-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB74 DHSS Position on CS(STA) - Email Commissioner's Office 4-15-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB74 DHSS Response to Questions on Section 5 of CS(STA) - Email Commissioner's Office 4-15-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 74
HB135 ver A.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB135 Supporting Document - Roth 457 FAQs.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB135 Support Document - Press Release DOA 3-12-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB135 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB135 Public Employee Roth Contributions Transmittal Letter.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB135 Fiscal Note #1 DOA-DRB 2-17-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 135
HJR22 Support Document - Letter Hyder Community Association 4-16-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
HJR 22
SB74 OMB Spreadsheet of Fiscal Notes for Version F - 4-16-15.pdf SSTA 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
SB 74