Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

02/27/2018 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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*+ SCR 17 APRIL 2018:SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCR 17 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 204 DISABLED VET PLATES:CHIROPRACTORS CERTIFY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 204 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 192 VOTING: ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY; FEES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 207 TRANSFER DUTIES FROM DCCED TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
          SB 192-VOTING: ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY; FEES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:56:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER called the committee  back to order. He announced the                                                               
consideration of Senate Bill 192 (SB 192).                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:57:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  ANNA   MACKINNON,  Alaska  State   Legislature,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska,  sponsor  of SB  192,  said  she usually  asks  questions                                                               
regarding the need  for a bill as well as  addressing the ability                                                               
to  have less  government.  She called  attention  to Article  I,                                                               
Section 22 of the state  constitution which states, "The right of                                                               
the people to privacy is  recognized and shall not be infringed;"                                                               
she  said  SB  192  speaks  to  that  privilege,  that  right  of                                                               
Alaskans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
She explained that SB 192  was introduced to address constituency                                                               
concern regarding personal information  being exposed on internet                                                               
search engines. She shared a  personal story of a constituent who                                                               
wanted  her  personal  information  to remain  private,  but  her                                                               
information was made public when she registered to vote.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
She  noted   that  internet   search  engines   provide  personal                                                               
information to  everyone that searches, including:  name, mailing                                                               
address, social  security number,  phone number,  e-mail address,                                                               
and  credit score.  She asked  when will  the federal  government                                                               
start  to  protect people's  right  to  privacy once  again.  She                                                               
acknowledged  that  people can  actively  choose  to share  their                                                               
information but  pointed out  that search  engines are  mined for                                                               
data for private companies as well as political organizations.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:01:55 PM                                                                                                                    
She  explained that  SB 192  does two  things: allows  an opt-out                                                               
measure  and  increases  the  fee   to  access  registered  voter                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She explained that the opt-out  measure allows individuals to not                                                               
share  their  mailing  address, physical  address,  and  precinct                                                               
number.  She asserted  that  the precinct  number  should not  be                                                               
exposed because  the number in  highly populated areas  gets down                                                               
to the neighborhood  level where a stalker  could eventually find                                                               
someone.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON  disclosed that the  fee to access  the state's                                                               
voter registry is  nominally priced at $20. She  detailed that SB                                                               
192 sets the "fee barrier" at  $1,000, an average fee amount that                                                               
was  based on  a poll  conducted  by the  National Conference  of                                                               
State Legislatures  (NCSL). She  noted that  the change  does not                                                               
prohibit political  organizations or pollsters who  use the voter                                                               
data to  cross-tab and sell  to others, but the  monetary barrier                                                               
is intended to  prevent access by individuals who  want to misuse                                                               
the  information.  She added  that  the  "fee barrier"  does  not                                                               
distinguish between  a statewide and  precinct list and  does not                                                               
impose and  cannot impose copy  right laws. She pointed  out that                                                               
the registered voter data includes  a cross-check with the Alaska                                                               
Permanent  Fund Corporation  that results  in data  that is  rich                                                               
with actual physical and mailing  addresses that are consistently                                                               
updated  for individuals  to receive  their  PFD [Permanent  Fund                                                               
dividend].                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She said  now that the state  automatically registers individuals                                                               
to  vote,  their information  is  going  to become  more  readily                                                               
available to both  those that sell the addresses  to other people                                                               
as well  as general  folks who are  doing internet  search engine                                                               
searches to locate people in  specific areas. She summarized that                                                               
she has  families in her district  that are affected by  the data                                                               
access  and  noted  that  she  has  raised  the  issue  with  the                                                               
lieutenant governor's office.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER  opined that the  fee going from  $20 to $1,000  is a                                                               
big  jump.  He  asked  to  verify  that  $1,000  is  the  average                                                               
statewide fee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON specified that the average is nationwide.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:05:59 PM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY  HARTMANN,   Staff,  Senator  MacKinnon,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau,  Alaska,  clarified   that  the  NCSL  poll                                                               
results showed that  the average cost for a voter  list in all 50                                                               
states is $1,825.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER said he appreciated  what Senator MacKinnon is doing.                                                               
He opined  that information is  easily obtainable and  noted that                                                               
data can be  accessed from fishing and hunting  licenses as well.                                                               
He  asked   if  Senator   MacKinnon  is   aware  of   an  address                                                               
confidentiality  program  that   keeps  an  individual's  address                                                               
confidential for domestic [violence] survivors.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON replied  that there  is a  process where  some                                                               
data  can  be   suppressed,  but  the  precinct   number  is  not                                                               
suppressed. She  said the process is  not as specific as  to what                                                               
is being  asked to be  suppressed in SB  192. She added  that the                                                               
suppression  requires a  hurdle of  a domestic  violence and  the                                                               
threshold is  not reached  if someone is  trying escape  a family                                                               
member. She detailed that to  reach the threshold a family member                                                               
must  be incarcerated,  or  a  claim must  be  filed against  the                                                               
family  member,  an aspect  that  her  constituent does  want  to                                                               
endure.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:07:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MEYER   noted  in  the  Municipality   of  Anchorage  that                                                               
providing  a person's  name regarding  property taxes  results in                                                               
the ability to access a person's  address, how much they paid for                                                               
their house and what it is appraised at.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON replied that she  would prefer to eliminate the                                                               
access that Chair  Meyer has described as well;  however, under a                                                               
federal act  that cannot be  eliminated. She noted that  a person                                                               
though would  have to know  the state a person  is in as  well as                                                               
the city to  be able to access  that data, more at  a micro level                                                               
than a macro level. She  explained that in her constituent's case                                                               
the person may  not have known her constituent was  in Alaska and                                                               
even  if they  did,  they wouldn't  have been  able  to access  a                                                               
municipal database to find my  constituent because they would not                                                               
have known which  city location her constituent was  in to access                                                               
the data Chair Meyer was speaking to.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON pointed out that  he can search for individuals on                                                               
the Division of Elections' website. He  asked if SB 192 will also                                                               
address the  Division of Elections' website  regarding a personal                                                               
search.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON answered that she  believed yes. She noted that                                                               
Director Josie  Bahnke from the  Alaska Division of  Elections is                                                               
in attendance and available to address the committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR EGAN asked how SB 192  will affect campaigns. He said the                                                               
$1,000 fee, especially in smaller  communities, will be expensive                                                               
for the individual  running for council or assembly.  He asked if                                                               
Senator  MacKinnon  thinks  that  the $1,000  fee  will  cause  a                                                               
disadvantage for somebody running for municipal election.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:10:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MACKINNON replied that she  thinks there are work-arounds                                                               
to  everything the  legislature does.  She noted  that the  major                                                               
parties allow  data to be  shared with anyone that  is associated                                                               
with them.  She opined  that a  statewide organization  could pay                                                               
$1,000 and share the data because  that data is not copy written.                                                               
She said she  is not opposed to having someone  who is registered                                                               
for election  to have a fee  that is different for  a precinct or                                                               
an area that is lower than  $1,000; however, she pointed out that                                                               
the  nationwide  average is  $1,800  for  a statewide  list.  She                                                               
emphasized that she brought the  legislation forward as a concern                                                               
from  her district  that her  constituents' information  is being                                                               
sold very  inexpensively to  everyone. She  said she  thought the                                                               
$1,000  barrier to  someone who  is not  declaring that  they are                                                               
going  to  raise  over  $1,000  may create  a  barrier  for  that                                                               
candidate and  there is  a way  around that  issue if  someone is                                                               
registered in an election to run for office.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR EGAN  stated that he  appreciated what  Senator MacKinnon                                                               
was  trying to  do; however,  he asked  if she  thought the  bill                                                               
protects domestic violence  victims and queried if  the bill also                                                               
addresses other  data sources  like tax  rolls, PFD,  or anything                                                               
from a recorder's office.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON  replied that  she  will  divert part  of  the                                                               
question  to the  Alaska  Division of  Elections  and the  Alaska                                                               
Permanent  Fund Corporation.  She said  her understanding  is the                                                               
data would  go backwards so  that both systems are  affected. She                                                               
asserted that the  bill's threshold is lower than  having to have                                                               
been a victim of domestic  violence. She asked that consideration                                                               
be given  to those that  are stalked or  bullied who do  now want                                                               
their information exposed.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She explained the proposed data-blocking process as follows:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     How  we   walk  through  this  with   the  Division  of                                                                    
     Elections is  that you could go  online electronically,                                                                    
     check  a  box,  and  your  data  would  be  blocked.  A                                                                    
     different  address  like  the  Division  of  Elections'                                                                    
     address  or  the  Alaska Permanent  Fund  Corporation's                                                                    
     address would  be exposed instead  of your  own private                                                                    
     information.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
She reiterated that  the precinct number must be  out otherwise a                                                               
person's identity  still can be  pinpointed. She  summarized that                                                               
the bill provides those experiencing  domestic violence or sexual                                                               
assault  an opportunity  to shield  their  physical address  from                                                               
others.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:13:12 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. HARTMANN provided the sectional analysis for SB 192 as                                                                      
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1: AS 15.07.060                                                                                                
     Each voter applicant must indicate  whether or not they                                                                    
     want  their residential  and  mailing  addresses to  be                                                                    
     made confidential.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2: AS 15.07.060                                                                                                
     Establishes  how an  applicant, or  a person  acting on                                                                    
     behalf of the applicant,  may indicate that they desire                                                                    
     to  keep their  address or  addresses confidential;  by                                                                    
     making  a statement  to a  registration official  or by                                                                    
     marking a box on the registration form.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3: AS 15.07.064                                                                                                
     Requires  that  the  Division   of  Elections  use  the                                                                    
     address provided on the  Permanent Fund Application, if                                                                    
     it  is   different  from  their   current  registration                                                                    
     address, but  the division must also  keep that address                                                                    
     confidential if  the voter  requested their  address to                                                                    
     be confidential.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4: AS 15.07.127                                                                                                
     Increases  the   fee  for  the   state's  master-voter-                                                                    
     registration  list and  a list  by precinct  to $1,000.                                                                    
     This section also requires that  the voter's address be                                                                    
     kept  confidential  from this  list  if  the voter  has                                                                    
     requested confidentiality.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 5: AS 15.07.195                                                                                                
     Allows a  voter to  elect to  keep the  voter's mailing                                                                    
     address confidential and  eliminates a requirement that                                                                    
     a voter  may only request that  the voter's residential                                                                    
     address be  kept confidential if  the voter  provided a                                                                    
     separate mailing address.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6: AS 15.15.400                                                                                                
     Provides that copies  of the statewide list  and a list                                                                    
     by  precinct, may  be purchased  from the  division for                                                                    
     $1000. This section also makes  such copies of the list                                                                    
     subject to the address confidentiality provisions.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  addressed section  2 that noted,  "Person acting                                                               
on  behalf;"  he asked  if  that  meant  anybody that  had  legal                                                               
authority.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. HARTMANN  replied that is what  she believed it is  and noted                                                               
that the verbiage is already in statute.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  pointed out that  section 2 is a  new subsection                                                               
and queried if the language was rewritten.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. HARTMANN answered that the  section is new but explained that                                                               
the  current  statute allows  for  someone  to be  registered  by                                                               
someone else on behalf of them.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:15:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  stated that  he  struggles  with the  bill  and                                                               
explained as follows:                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     I struggle with  this bill, I'm not a big  fan of it at                                                                    
     this point.  I appreciate  what they  are trying  to do                                                                    
     but   this  pulls   the  shade   down  for   everybody,                                                                    
     necessarily I  think that is a  little more complicated                                                                    
     than I am willing to go  down the road on. I appreciate                                                                    
     the fact  that you don't  want to necessarily  create a                                                                    
     legal action  to get yourself  off of the roll,  so I'm                                                                    
     sympathetic to  that and I'm  not too sure how  to deal                                                                    
     with it.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     This issue  just came to  me yesterday morning  for the                                                                    
     first time,  I looked  at it and  my first  reaction is                                                                    
     "no;" but, I appreciate it  and wanted to listen to the                                                                    
     sponsor's input  on why a  family might feel a  need to                                                                    
     be safe  from that  but I  also see  that what  you are                                                                    
     saying  is anybody  who  does  it so  then  you have  a                                                                    
     public safety part but you  also have those who want to                                                                    
     be more  nefarious can also  pull that shade  down, and                                                                    
     then you have  the problem Senator Egan  brought up and                                                                    
     that  is  we  have   created  a  democracy  problem  in                                                                    
     contacting people,  sometimes we weary people  to death                                                                    
     and  I  get  that  so I  think  people  would  check-it                                                                    
     because  of  that.  Sometimes   the  privacy  issue  as                                                                    
     brought  up is  just  so pervasive  that  where do  you                                                                    
     start? I  think what she is  trying to do as  a sponsor                                                                    
     is trying  to put her foot  down in one place  and say,                                                                    
     "At least here is what the state can control."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     So, I'm  probably more  inclined to  go to  a different                                                                    
     kind of  application which would  allow confidentiality                                                                    
     for whatever  cause and have  to state what  that cause                                                                    
     is, it could be anything from  a legal action to a fear                                                                    
     action, that's  where I would  probably go.  I struggle                                                                    
     less  with the  fee, it  is true  that some  places are                                                                    
     $5,000 for a  statewide list but there  are millions of                                                                    
     people, so you really can't  say an average because the                                                                    
     average  takes  a  population  plus  a  cost,  so  that                                                                    
     average doesn't really work out  that good. The jump to                                                                    
     Alaskans,   I  tend   to   agree,   it's  usually   the                                                                    
     professional people who  are going to want  that fee as                                                                    
     long  as we  allow  local races  to  have a  reasonable                                                                    
     access. So, I don't know  where that number would be, I                                                                    
     think  she started  high but  I'm  probably willing  to                                                                    
     talk about it because it  is true that people are using                                                                    
     those lists  very frequently  in a  very loose  way, so                                                                    
     I'm open to  that discussion. As somebody  who's had to                                                                    
     campaign,  I know  how  valuable it  is  to know  where                                                                    
     people live  and to  go contact them,  but I  also know                                                                    
     when somebody puts  a no trespassing you  just don't go                                                                    
     up  their  driveway and  I  think  that's what  she  is                                                                    
     trying to  say, no  trespassing here  for me  because I                                                                    
     feel vulnerable for whatever reason.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     I don't know  that I agree with the  approach just yet,                                                                    
     but I'm working on  it. Certainly the statisticians and                                                                    
     I've got  one in my  office who very clearly  used some                                                                    
     of these things, he's very good  at it and has given me                                                                    
     good  reason to  question this,  but as  I said  to the                                                                    
     sponsor in  my office,  "Okay, if  this isn't  the best                                                                    
     way what is  a good way to help somebody  feel safer in                                                                    
     a  world  where  the  information is  you  can  get  it                                                                    
     anywhere,"  and  this  doesn't  solve  the  problem  of                                                                    
     somebody that  wants to feel  safe in my view.  I don't                                                                    
     mind  the  dollar  amount  because  generally  speaking                                                                    
     these  are highly  manipulated databases  basically for                                                                    
     all of  the political reasons,  we all know  about, but                                                                    
     at the  end of the day  they are people, they  are just                                                                    
     individual people  and some  of them  don't want  to be                                                                    
     bothered for  whatever reason. I  just don't  know that                                                                    
     this  is the  best  way  to get  there,  so I'm  hoping                                                                    
     you're not going to move  it out right away because I'm                                                                    
     still  warming up  to  the idea.  I'm  trying to  think                                                                    
     what's the  best solution.  I'm trying  to think  of an                                                                    
     amendment that I might put into  it and I'm really at a                                                                    
     loss  at this  point.  So,  I just  wanted  to let  the                                                                    
     sponsor know I  appreciate the effort but  I'm not with                                                                    
     her on this particular approach yet.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:20:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MEYER noted  that  the committee  will  go through  public                                                               
testimony that may provide additional input to Senator Coghill.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL remarked  that he hoped people do  not think that                                                               
the committee is  insensitive to people who "feel  that fear." He                                                               
queried  how to  get it  done but  appreciated Senator  MacKinnon                                                               
stepping up to try and figure out a way.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON asked  to  speak to  the  "nefarious" part  in                                                               
Senator Coghill's previous statement as follows:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Public safety and the State  of Alaska would still have                                                                    
     access to  all of that  data; this  is as you  say, "no                                                                    
     trespassing," that  a private  person is putting  up in                                                                    
     their yard, and  we are allowing this data  to be sold.                                                                    
     We are allowing it  to become profitable information at                                                                    
     the expense of  folks who are asking not  to have their                                                                    
     data sold.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  opined that  in  a  democratic world  you  must                                                               
enlist people to  participate and that is one of  the issues that                                                               
must be  dealt with  as to  how to keep  people safe  while still                                                               
allowing  the  democratic  process  to work,  an  issue  that  he                                                               
struggles  with. He  said on  the other  hand he  referenced data                                                               
Senator  MacKinnon provided  that showed  ways other  states have                                                               
"imperfectly"  dealt  with  the  issue that  the  legislature  is                                                               
trying  to address,  mostly dealing  with sexual  assault, sexual                                                               
violence  and  things like  that  where  a restraining  order  is                                                               
required. He noted  that Senator MacKinnon said there  is a lower                                                               
threshold, something that becomes  problematic for him. He opined                                                               
that  he  questioned  the  ability  to jut  checkoff  a  box  for                                                               
whatever reason if someone wanted to disappear.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:22:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER opened public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:23:00 PM                                                                                                                    
JOSIE  BAHNKE, Director,  Alaska Division  of Elections,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, testified that  the division does not oppose  SB 192. She                                                               
said  the  division  feels that  the  legislation  is  relatively                                                               
straight forward to implement since  the division currently has a                                                               
way  to mark  a voter's  information as  confidential. She  noted                                                               
that  the  change  in  the  bill would  have  no  impact  on  the                                                               
financial cost  associated with the  division's conduct  of state                                                               
and federal elections nor would  any additional staff be required                                                               
to implement the proposed law.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON asked  Ms. Bahnke to address what  would happen to                                                               
the  ability to  search names  on the  division's website  if the                                                               
bill passed.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BAHNKE  replied  that  the only  search  on  the  division's                                                               
website  requires a  person to  enter  personal identifiers  that                                                               
includes: voter ID,  name, last-four digits of  a social security                                                               
number;  if  someone knows  that  information,  they could  do  a                                                               
search on themselves or someone else.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:25:43 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WILSON stated  that  he has  questions  for the  sponsor                                                               
regarding the  impact on voter registration,  voting processes at                                                               
political  party conventions,  or the  possibility of  inhibiting                                                               
folks from being able to participate in the voting process.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  asked if  someone  acting  on another  person's                                                               
behalf  when voting  would normally  be "power  of attorney."  He                                                               
said the  statute is  AS 15.07.070(b) and  Ms. Bahnke  can answer                                                               
the question  later. He inquired  what the division will  do with                                                               
the money from the proposed $1,000 fee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. BAHNKE answered that currently  the Division of Elections has                                                               
no vehicle  to get the funding  directed to the division,  so all                                                               
receipts would go through the general fund.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  asked if the  division has talked  about raising                                                               
the value of the sale of lists.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. BAHNKE answered that the division has not.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  asked if  she had thought  about what  the value                                                               
might be as a tool for  the division's benefit to help manage the                                                               
voting  list. He  said the  fee is  steep but  conceded that  the                                                               
proposed fee is not totally unreasonable.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER inquired  how many times the division  sells the list                                                               
per year.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:29:07 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  BAHNKE replied  that the  division  sells approximately  50-                                                               
statewide lists per year.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER  asked if  there is a  requirement when  someone buys                                                               
the list.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. BAHNKE explained  that the division collects the  name of the                                                               
organization  the individual  is  representing  and address.  She                                                               
noted that the division mails a DVD with the information.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER surmised  that if the fee is paid  the state does not                                                               
know who is  receiving the information or what they  are going to                                                               
do with the information.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. BAHNKE answered yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  noted  that approximately  27  percent  of  the                                                               
state's  population moves  per year.  He asked  how the  division                                                               
manages  its files  and  if  the bill  is  going  to affect  file                                                               
accuracy.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BAHNKE answered  that in  statute  the division  has a  very                                                               
detailed process to annually  conduct list maintenance, something                                                               
the  division recently  completed. She  explained that  to ensure                                                               
the  voter  roll  accuracy,  the  division is  a  member  of  the                                                               
Electronic Registration Information Center  (ERIC), a group of 23                                                               
states  where   the  division   does  cross-state   and  in-state                                                               
duplicate  death  records where  reports  are  run on  a  regular                                                               
basis.  She added  that the  division gets  the most  current PFD                                                               
automatic-voter-registration   information    from   the   Alaska                                                               
Permanent Fund Corporation as well.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  conceded that once  in awhile his  confidence in                                                               
government is low  and the Division of Elections  has not escaped                                                               
his scrutiny. He  said the division's voter-file  management is a                                                               
process they must go through;  however, he pointed out that there                                                               
have  been  times   when  the  division's  accuracy   had  to  be                                                               
investigated. He opined that the  bill would make checking on the                                                               
division's accuracy very hard to  do. He summarized that division                                                               
accountability is another factor that must be considered.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:32:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MEYER asked  if  requesting  confidentiality during  voter                                                               
registration was currently possible.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BAHNKE answered  that  the  division has  both  a paper  and                                                               
online voter registration application  process that allows voters                                                               
to request that their residence  address remain confidential if a                                                               
separate mailing address is provided.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:34:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CARMEN  LOWRY, Executive  Director,  Alaska  Network on  Domestic                                                               
Violence  and  Sexual  Assault,   Juneau,  Alaska,  testified  in                                                               
support of SB 192.  She said SB 192 will go  along way to protect                                                               
victims of  domestic violence, sexual  assault and  stalking. She                                                               
asserted  that abusers  go to  great  lengths to  find out  where                                                               
people  live, and  the bill  provides confidentiality  and safety                                                               
for victims. She  added that the bill will  also encourage people                                                               
to  vote  by  allowing  a  person  to  control  access  to  their                                                               
residential and mailing addresses.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:36:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   MACKINNON  noted   that  she   has  communicated   with                                                               
individuals  affected by  stalking who  are not  comfortable with                                                               
calling in, e-mailing  or texting, the very people  that the bill                                                               
intends to protect. She set  forth that setting a lower threshold                                                               
protects all people. She summarized as follows:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     I  understand that  we want  to make  sure that  we can                                                                    
     reach out and talk to  people as elected officials, but                                                                    
     if people don't  want to talk to us, they  have a right                                                                    
     to put up a no-trespass sign.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:37:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER held SB 192 in committee.                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SCR 17 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SCR 17 Version A.PDF SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SCR 17 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SCR 17 Support Materials News Article 11.20.2016.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SB 204 Version A.PDF SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 204
SB 204 Fiscal Note DMV.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 204
SB 192 Version A.PDF SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 192
SB 192 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 192
SB 192 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 192
SB 207 Version A.PDF SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 207
SB 207 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 207
SB 207 - Supporting Materials - Chart of Proposed Component Relocation.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 207
SB 207 - Additional Materials - 2.26.18 DCCED Letter to Senator Costello re SB 207.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 207
SB 207 - Additional Materials - Leg. Legal Memo re HB 63 (related legislation).pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
HB 63
SB 207
SB 204 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 204
SB 204 Support.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 204
SB 192 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 192
SCR 17 Support CDVSA 2015 Victimization Survey.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SCR 17 Support Materials 2018 Theme.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SCR 17 Support Materials CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17
SB 192 Legislative Research Voter Information Privacy.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SB 192
SCR 17 Support Ltr Women.pdf SSTA 2/27/2018 3:30:00 PM
SCR 17