Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/13/2017 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 148 SECOND CLASS BOROUGH SERVICE AREAS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS HB 148(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 78 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 78 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 87 CONFLICT OF INTEREST: BD FISHERIES/GAME TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
*+ SB 106 MUNI TAX EXEMPTION: ECON DEVEL PROPERTY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  HB 78-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:01:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER called the committee  back to order and announced the                                                               
consideration of HB 78.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:02:49 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE DEAN  WESTLAKE, Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska,  sponsor  of HB  78,  announced  that his  staff  member,                                                               
Elizabeth  Rexford,  will  provide  the  committee  with  a  bill                                                               
overview.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:03:22 PM                                                                                                                    
ELIZABETH REXFORD,  Staff, Representative Westlake,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau,   Alaska,  explained   that  quite   a  few                                                               
municipalities and  school districts  have established  their own                                                               
Indigenous  Peoples Day  and the  thought  was for  the state  to                                                               
adopt  the  designation  as  well  to  instill  a  positive  move                                                               
forward.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. REXFORD  detailed that  HB 78  would establish  a recognition                                                               
day on the second Monday of  October, which is also Columbus Day.                                                               
She disclosed  that the only  negative feedback received  was the                                                               
recognition  of  was indigenous  people  on  a holiday  that  was                                                               
perceived  as negative.  She opined  that recognizing  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day on  Columbus Day would invoke a  positive response of                                                               
inclusivity, educate Alaskans, and  provide a reason for everyone                                                               
to celebrate indigenous peoples' positive history.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:06:19 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE  emphasized that native  communities have                                                               
always  been  inclusive.  He  asserted   that  there  is  nothing                                                               
exclusive  about celebrating  both  Columbus  Day and  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day on  the second Monday in October. He  said the intent                                                               
is to move forward as the  governor has been doing every year and                                                               
to  make  permanent  the  recognition of  how  rich  and  vibrant                                                               
Alaskans are together as the great melting pot in America.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL   stated  that  he   appreciated  Representative                                                               
Westlake's approach. He remarked that  some of the bill's support                                                               
letters have  caused him some  concern regarding  the replacement                                                               
of  Columbus Day  due to  its  negative perception  by some,  but                                                               
positive  by  others, including  himself.  He  asserted that  the                                                               
Legislature is the  place where different focuses in  life get to                                                               
work  together,  but the  letters  of  support quite  often  were                                                               
divisive. He said the bill  addresses culturally sensitive issues                                                               
where  sometimes  the  cultures  clash.  He  reiterated  that  he                                                               
appreciated the sponsor's approach with the idea to celebrate.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. REXFORD  noted that  letters of  support from  previous years                                                               
did  have somewhat  of a  negative undertone,  but asserted  that                                                               
after reaching out  to different organizations that  they all had                                                               
a positive view of the day.  She asserted that her explanation of                                                               
inclusivity changed the  tone a little bit and  letters have been                                                               
positive.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:08:43 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL asserted that what  Ms. Rexford has done is allow                                                               
the conversation to  take on a new look in  a celebration of both                                                               
rather than become a culture clash.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  REXFORD  shared  with  the   committee  her  native  studies                                                               
background in addressing  rhetoric and negative events;  HB 78 is                                                               
a very positive movement forward in that area.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   MEYER  asked   if  other   states  have   passed  similar                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE answered that  several states have passed                                                               
legislation that  recognizes and includes indigenous  peoples. He                                                               
noted that half of the nation's tribes are in Alaska.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:10:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER opened public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:11:10 PM                                                                                                                    
ALBERT   NINGEULOOK,  representing   self,  Shishmaref,   Alaska,                                                               
testified  in  support of  HB  78.  He  explained that  the  bill                                                               
positively recognizes the original  inhabitants as well as people                                                               
who have  settled in the  state from other cultures.  He asserted                                                               
that the  bill is  a very  positive step  in recognizing  all the                                                               
people and cultures that have settled in the United States.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:13:52 PM                                                                                                                    
MARILYN RUSSELL, representing  self, Fairbanks, Alaska, testified                                                               
in support  of HB 78.  She said so  many wrongs have  occurred in                                                               
the state that  need to be righted and to  let the legislation be                                                               
one of  them. She referenced  Elizabeth Peratrovich  and demanded                                                               
that  changes  be  made  to  recognize  indigenous  peoples.  She                                                               
remarked  that indigenous  people and  their culture  make Alaska                                                               
culturally  rich  and  diversified.  She asked  that  the  second                                                               
Monday in October be renamed "Indigenous Peoples Day."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:15:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  remarked that  the  previous  testimony was  an                                                               
explanation  of  why  the  approach   must  clearly  explain  the                                                               
difference between  joining and  replacing. He said  "joining" is                                                               
great, but  "replacing" not so  great. He opined that  his remark                                                               
is the  kind of question that  will have to be  continually dealt                                                               
with. He said,  "I'm not going to object because  what it does is                                                               
it begs the  question and then we  just got to give  an answer to                                                               
it."                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER  detailed that HB 78  has a zero-fiscal note  and was                                                               
assigned next  to the  Senate Rules  Committee. He  entertained a                                                               
motion for HB 78.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:16:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report  HB 78, version: 30-LS0368\A from                                                               
committee   with  attached   zero-fiscal   note  and   individual                                                               
recommendations.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:16:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MEYER  announced  that  being  no  objection,  the  motion                                                               
carried.                                                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 106 Version J.PDF SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Version A.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Sectional.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Comparison with Existing Statute.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 MatSu Borough Support.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
HB0148A.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148-Sponsor Statement.PDF SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148-Letter of Support-AML.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148-Highway corridor service area map.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB148 Support Letter to Rep. Chenault 03.03.17.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
DRAFT SCS HB 148 STA Version U.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB078 Fiscal Note CRA 1.31.17.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letter 1.31.2016 - Doyon.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Sponsor Statement 2.3.17.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letter 2.17.2016 - AFN.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.25.17 - R.Worl.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.26.17 - Burkowitz.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 ver A 1.31.17.PDF SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78