Legislature(2009 - 2010)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/04/2009 01:30 PM FINANCE


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01:34:20 PM Start
01:35:00 PM HB83
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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= HB 81 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 83 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
1:30 - 3:00 pm Anchorage Public Testimony
3:30 - 4:15 pm Sitka, Wrangell, Homer,
Petersburg, Dillingham, Cordova
4:15 - 5:00 pm Kenai, Valdez, Ketchikan,
Kodiak, Seward, Matsu, Glennallen, Tok
- Public Testimony limited to 2 min. each
- Please arrive 15 min. prior to end of
allotted time or Testimony will be closed
                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       March 4, 2009                                                                                            
                         1:34 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 1:34:20 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 Co-Chair Hawker called the House Finance Committee meeting                                                                     
 to order at 1:34 p.m.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Mike Hawker, Co-Chair                                                                                           
 Representative Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair                                                                                          
 Representative Bill Thomas, Jr., Vice-Chair                                                                                    
 Representative Allan Austerman                                                                                                 
 Representative Mike Kelly                                                                                                      
 Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Les Gara                                                                                                        
 Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                    
 Representative Harry Crawford                                                                                                  
 Representative Anna Fairclough                                                                                                 
 Representative Woodie Salmon                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 Judy Cordal, AWAKE  Women's Crisis Center, Anchorage; Liz                                                                      
 Posey, Vice-Chair, Health  and Human Services  Commission,                                                                     
 Anchorage; Diane Ingle, STAR/DHHS, Anchorage; Nancy Haag,                                                                      
 Executive Director, STAR, Anchorage; John R. Luhff, District                                                                   
 Court Judge, Anchorage;  Anna Sappah, Executive  Director,                                                                     
 Substance Abuse Directors, Assn., Anchorage; Rosalie Nadeau,                                                                   
 Executive Director, Akeela  Treatment Program,  Anchorage;                                                                     
 Melinda Myers, Senior Manager, Best Beginnings: Alaska Early                                                                   
 Childhood  Investment, Anchorage;  Tim   Schuerch,  Policy                                                                     
 Analyst, Alaska Native Health Board, Anchorage; Al Koch, All                                                                   
 Alaska  Tours,  Eagle  River;  Rob  Marx,  Salvation Army                                                                      
 Clitheroe Center,  Anchorage; Janet McCabe,  Partners for                                                                      
 Progress, Anchorage; Ron Peck, President ATIA,  Anchorage;                                                                     
 Lorie Morris, Alaska  Baptist Family Services,  Anchorage;                                                                     
 Joan Cullinan, Anchorage Community Mental Health Services,                                                                     
 Anchorage; Andrea Schmook, Anchorage Community Mental Health                                                                   
 Services, Anchorage; Gene M. Kowchee,  Anchorage Community                                                                     
 Mental Health Services, Anchorage; Joseph Gervais, Anchorage                                                                   
 Community  Mental  Health  Services,  Anchorage;   Theresa                                                                     
 Richard,  Anchorage  Community  Mental  Health   Services,                                                                     
Anchorage; Cathy Musser, Anchorage Community Mental Health                                                                      
Services, Anchorage; Pam Briers, Anchorage Community Mental                                                                     
Health  Services,  Anchorage; Della  Forselles,  Anchorage                                                                      
Community Mental Health Services, Anchorage; Kandi S. Hayes,                                                                    
Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Anchorage; Aaron                                                                    
Murphy,  Anchorage   Community  Mental   Health  Services,                                                                      
Anchorage; Dennis Hermann, Anchorage Community Mental Health                                                                    
Services,  Anchorage; Alvin  Griffin, Anchorage  Community                                                                      
Mental Health Services,  Anchorage; Gary Jaeger, Anchorage                                                                      
Community  Mental  Health  Services, Anchorage;  Maryellen                                                                      
Fritz, Head Start  Child Care, Anchorage; Candice Winkler,                                                                      
Children's Research  &  Referral Network, Anchorage;  Bree                                                                      
Davin, Clinical Director, Salvation Army Clitheroe Center,                                                                      
Anchorage;                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Homer, Dillingham, Cordova                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Libby Watanabe, SEARHC, Sitka; Chris  Bauman, SAFV, Sitka;                                                                      
Krissy  Smith,  Wrangell;  Angela Denton-Allen,  Wrangell;                                                                      
Cornelia Huebscher,  National Alliance  for the  Mentally,                                                                      
Sitka;  Melanie Mattson, Cordova  Family  Resource Center,                                                                      
Cordova; Julia  Person, Haven  House, Homer; Donna  Beran,                                                                      
Haven  House,  Homer;  Nina Allen,  CEO,  South  Peninsula                                                                      
Behavioral Health Services, Homer; Jennifer Ray, Petersburg                                                                     
Michael Biggers,  Petersburg; John  Yarbrough, Petersburg;                                                                      
Andrew Bergen, Petersburg; Kin Kilkenny, PSG Mental Health                                                                      
Services, Petersburg; Ginger Baim, Executive Director, SAFE,                                                                    
Dillingham; Nathan Madsen, SAFE, Dillingham; Samara Baker,                                                                      
Outreach and Education Coordinator, SAFE, Dillingham; Terry                                                                     
Hoefferle, Dillingham; Wassiliisia Bennis, SAFE, Dillingham;                                                                    
Kathy  McLinn,  DCSD,  Dillingham; Susan  Mitchell,  Board                                                                      
Member, SAFE, Dillingham; Deanna Hardin, BBAHC & CAC & SAFE,                                                                    
Dillingham;   Joan   Behrends,  Cordova   Volunteer   Fire                                                                      
Department,  Cordova;  Patti   Kallander,  Cordova  Family                                                                      
Resource Center, Cordova; Kenai, Valdez, Ketchikan, Kodiak,                                                                     
Seward, Matsu,  Glennallen, Tok;  Rebecca Shields,  Kodiak                                                                      
Women's Resource and Crisis Shelter, Kodiak; Monte Hawver,                                                                      
Brother  Francis  Shelter, Kodiak;  Karla  Bouray,  Kodiak                                                                      
Women's Resource  & Crisis  Shelter, Kodiak; Pat  Branson,                                                                      
Senior Citizens of Kodiak; Janet Buckingham, Kodiak Island                                                                      
Convention & Visitors Center; Pam Foreman, ATIA, Kodiak                                                                         
Cindy  Harrison, KANA,  Kodiak;  Robert Polley,  Attorney,                                                                      
Kodiak; Aaron Martin, Nugen's Ranch, Mat-Su; Shelly Edwards,                                                                    
Nugen's  Ranch, Mat-Su;  Jeremy Pike,  AARS, Mat-Su;  Kris                                                                      
Abshire,  Alaskans for  Palmer  Hay  Flats, Mat-Su;  James                                                                      
Garhart,  Mat-Su; Melony  Adams,  Mat-Su; Annsia  Shannece                                                                      
Motton, Women  in Safe  Homes, Ketchikan;  Shalaya Knight,                                                                      
Women in Safe Homes, Ketchikan; Carrie Beeman, Imagination                                                                      
Library, Tok; Kimberly Roth,  Imagination Library & Public                                                                      
Libraries, Tok; Cheri Smith, Lee Shore Center, Kenai; Jerry                                                                     
Dixon, Peregrine Expeditions, Seward; Jerry Dixon, Seward.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
GENERAL SUBJECT(S):                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 HOUSE BILL NO. 81                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making appropriations for  the operating and                                                                      
     loan program expenses of state government, for certain                                                                     
     programs, and to capitalize funds; making supplemental                                                                     
     appropriations; and  making appropriations under art.                                                                      
     IX,  sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of  Alaska;                                                                     
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Public Testimony                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 HOUSE BILL NO. 83                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making appropriations for  the operating and                                                                      
     capital    expenses   of   the   state's    integrated                                                                     
     comprehensive mental health program; and providing for                                                                     
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Public Testimony                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The  following  overview was  taken  in  log  note  format.                                                                     
Handouts will be  on file with the House  Finance Committee                                                                     
through  the 26th  Legislative Session,  contact  465-6814.                                                                     
After the 26th  Legislative Session they will be  available                                                                     
through the Legislative Library at 465-3808.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
 1:35:00 PM                                                                                                                   
 TIME        SPEAKER        DISCUSSION                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                            ANCHORAGE                                                                                      
 1:36:13 PM JUDY CORDAL,    Shared statistics about the Center,                                                               
             AWAKE WOMEN'S  highlighting the  need for  funding the                                                             
             CRISIS CENTER, increase of $1.2 million.  She spoke in                                                             
             ANCHORAGE      support of full funding for the Council                                                             
                            on   Domestic   Violence   and   Sexual                                                             
                            Assault.                                                                                          
             CO-CHAIR       Spoke of alternative funding sources.                                                             
             HAWKER                                                                                                             
             CO-CHAIR       Inquired about capital needs.                                                                     
             STOLTZE                                                                                                            
             MS. CORDAL     Stated the goal to maintain status quo.                                                           
 1:41:01 PM VICE-CHAIR      Questioned the causes of domestic                                                                 
             THOMAS         violence.                                                                                         
             MS. CORDAL     Detailed various causes of domestic                                                                 
                            violence.                                                                                         
 1:42:26 PM LIZ POSEY,      Spoke in support of funding for obesity                                                           
             VICE-CHAIR,    programs.       She    shared   Alaskan                                                             
             HEALTH AND     statistics regarding obesity problems                                                               
             HUMAN SERVICES and  expenses.  She  discussed programs                                                             
             COMMISSION,    currently in place in Anchorage.                                                                  
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
1:46:30 PM  DIANE INGLE,    Spoke in  support of full  funding for                                                            
            STAR/DHHS,      the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
            ANCHORAGE       Sexual Assault.  She related successes                                                              
                            of the programs she is involved with.                                                               
                                                                                                                              
1:48:50 PM NANCY HAAG,      Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
            EXECUTIVE       the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
            DIRECTOR,       Sexual Assault.                                                                                     
            STAR,                                                                                                             
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
1:50:41 PM  JOHN R. LUHFF,  Urged full  funding for  mental health                                                            
            DISTRICT COURT  services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            JUDGE,          submitted by the Governor.  He shared                                                               
            ANCHORAGE       experiences related to substance abuse                                                              
                            issues he  witnessed as  a judge.   He                                                              
                            emphasized  the  positive  results  of                                                              
                            fully funding the grants.                                                                         
1:53:21 PM  ANNA SAPPAH,    Urged full  funding for  mental health                                                            
            EXECUTIVE       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            DIRECTOR,       submitted by the Governor.  She spoke                                                               
            SUBSTANCE       of future expenses as a result of not                                                               
            ABUSE           fully funding treatment programs.  She                                                              
            DIRECTORS,      shared her personal story. She also                                                                 
            ASSN.,          urged support for behavioral health                                                                 
            ANCHORAGE       services grants.                                                                                  
1:56:31 PM ROSALIE          Spoke of the consequences of not                                                                  
            NADEAU,         funding interventions.  She advocated                                                               
            EXECUTIVE       for funding for substance abuse grants                                                              
            DIRECTOR,       and treatment programs.  She shared                                                                 
            AKEELA          statistics of successful treatment                                                                  
            TREATMENT       programs.                                                                                         
            PROGRAM,                                                                                                            
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
1:59:52 PM  MELINDA MYERS,  Spoke in favor of increases in funding                                                            
            SENIOR          for Head Start, Denali Kid Care,                                                                    
            MANAGER, BEST   Intervention     Activities,      Best                                                              
            BEGINNINGS:     Beginnings, and other child advocacy                                                                
            ALASKA EARLY    centers.   She requested  increases in                                                              
            CHILDHOOD       funding   for   Best  Beginnings   and                                                              
            INVESTMENT,     detailed    the    positive   outcomes                                                              
           ANCHORAGE       generated by such funding.                                                                         
2:03:34 PM  TIM SCHUERCH,   Voiced appreciation for increased VPSO                                                            
            POLICY          funding.  He urged support for                                                                      
            ANALYST,        behavioral health services grants.  He                                                              
            ALASKA NATIVE   requested funding for an Alaska Health                                                              
            HEALTH BOARD,   Information Exchange and spoke  of the                                                              
            ANCHORAGE       advantages of such a program.  He                                                                   
                            thanked the Committee for fully funding                                                             
                            PCE.   He urged  continued support for                                                              
                            energy   programs.      He   requested                                                              
                            investing Medicaid  savings in  Tribal                                                              
                            Health programs such as Bring the Kids                                                              
                            Home and others.                                                                                  
 2:08:49 PM  AL KOCH, ALL   Asked   for   continued   support   for                                                           
             ALASKA TOURS,  destination marketing.  He spoke of the                                                             
             EAGLE RIVER    benefits of funding this industry                                                                   
                            model.                                                                                            
 2:10:54 PM ROB MARX,       Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
             SALVATION ARMY services and  substance abuse grants as                                                             
             CLITHEROE      submitted by the Governor.  He spoke of                                                             
             CENTER,        efforts to maximize every dollar spent.                                                             
             ANCHORAGE      He spoke of his clients' needs and ways                                                             
                            to save money in the future by                                                                      
                            providing treatment programs.                                                                     
 2:13:32 PM  JANET MCCABE,  Spoke in  support of funding for Alaska                                                           
             PARTNERS FOR   Therapeutic   Courts,   ASAP.       She                                                             
             PROGRESS,      described how money could be saved by                                                               
             ANCHORAGE      supporting this program.                                                                          
 2:15:02 PM RON PECK,       Urged support of tourism programs at                                                              
             PRESIDENT      the $9 million level.  He spoke of the                                                              
             ATIA,          requirements   of   HB   147   (tourism                                                             
             ANCHORAGE      legislation passed in 2008).                                                                      
 2:16:44 PM  LORIE MORRIS,  Expressed support for continued funding                                                           
             ALASKA BAPTIST for  child advocacy centers.  She urged                                                             
             FAMILY         support for behavioral health services                                                              
             SERVICES,      grants.  She urged full funding for                                                                 
             ANCHORAGE      mental health services and substance                                                                
                            abuse grants as submitted by the                                                                    
                            Governor.                                                                                         
 2:18:53 PM  JOAN CULLINAN, Urged  full funding  for mental  health                                                           
             ANCHORAGE      services.                                                                                         
             COMMUNITY                                                                                                          
             MENTAL HEALTH                                                                                                      
             SERVICES,                                                                                                          
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
 2:20:26 PM ANDREA          Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
             SCHMOOK,       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
             ANCHORAGE      submitted by the Governor.  She shared                                                              
             COMMUNITY      her personal story.  She related how                                                                
             MENTAL HEALTH  services   could  be   maintained  with                                                             
             SERVICES,      adequate funding.                                                                                 
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
 2:23:11 PM GENE M.         Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
             KOWCHEE,       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
             ANCHORAGE      submitted by the Governor.  He shared                                                               
             COMMUNITY      his personal story.                                                                               
             MENTAL HEALTH                                                                                                      
             SERVICES,                                                                                                          
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
 2:24:19 PM JOSEPH          Urged full funding of $1.7 million for                                                            
             GERVAIS,       mental health services and $1.7 million                                                             
             ANCHORAGE      for substance abuse grants as submitted                                                             
             COMMUNITY      by the Governor.  He shared his                                                                     
             MENTAL HEALTH  personal story.                                                                                   
             SERVICES,                                                                                                          
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
2:26:55 PM THERESA          Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
            RICHARD,        services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            ANCHORAGE       submitted by the Governor.  She shared                                                              
            COMMUNITY       her personal story.                                                                               
            MENTAL HEALTH                                                                                                       
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:28:59 PM  CATHY MUSSER,   Urged full  funding for  mental health                                                            
            ANCHORAGE       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            COMMUNITY       submitted by the Governor.  She shared                                                              
            MENTAL HEALTH   her personal story.                                                                               
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:31:10 PM PAM BRIERS,      Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
            ANCHORAGE       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            COMMUNITY       submitted by the Governor.  She shared                                                              
            MENTAL HEALTH   her personal story.                                                                               
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:33:09 PM DELLA            Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
            FORSELLES,      services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            ANCHORAGE       submitted by the Governor.  She shared                                                              
            COMMUNITY       her personal story.                                                                               
            MENTAL HEALTH                                                                                                       
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:34:06 PM KANDI S.         Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
            HAYES,          services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            ANCHORAGE       submitted by the Governor.  She shared                                                              
            COMMUNITY       her personal story.                                                                                 
            MENTAL HEALTH                                                                                                     
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:36:12 PM  AARON MURPHY,   Urged full  funding for  mental health                                                            
            ANCHORAGE       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            COMMUNITY       submitted by the Governor.  He shared                                                               
            MENTAL HEALTH   his personal story.                                                                               
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:37:17 PM DENNIS           Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
            HERMANN,        services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            ANCHORAGE       submitted by the Governor.  He shared                                                               
            COMMUNITY       his personal story.  He voiced                                                                      
            MENTAL HEALTH   appreciation for  what  mental  health                                                              
          SERVICES,       funding has done for people.                                                                        
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:38:59 PM  ALVIN GRIFFIN,  Urged full  funding for  mental health                                                            
            ANCHORAGE       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            COMMUNITY       submitted by the Governor.  He shared                                                               
            MENTAL HEALTH   his personal story.                                                                               
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            ANCHORAGE                                                                                                           
2:40:52 PM  GARY JAEGER,    Urged full  funding for  mental health                                                            
             ANCHORAGE      services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
             COMMUNITY      submitted by the Governor.  He shared                                                               
             MENTAL HEALTH  his personal story.                                                                               
             SERVICES,                                                                                                          
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
 2:42:39 PM CO-CHAIR        Thanked all of the speakers from the                                                              
             HAWKER         Anchorage   Community   Mental   Health                                                             
                            Services program.                                                                                 
 2:43:16 PM MARYELLEN       Expressed support for continued funding                                                           
             FRITZ, HEAD    for child advocacy centers.  She spoke                                                              
             START CHILD    as a grandparent of a positive                                                                      
             CARE,          experience with the Head Start Program.                                                           
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
 2:45:47 PM CANDICE         Expressed support for continued funding                                                           
             WINKLER,       for child advocacy centers.  She shared                                                             
             CHILDREN'S     stories of parents' experiences with                                                                
             RESEARCH &     child care assistance.  She spoke in                                                                
             REFERRAL       favor   of    supporting   child   care                                                             
             NETWORK,       assistance    and    coordination    of                                                             
             ANCHORAGE      programs.  She suggested investing in a                                                             
                            quality rate of assistance program.                                                               
 2:49:40 PM BREE DAVIN,     Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
             CLINICAL       services and substance abuse grants as                                                              
            DIRECTOR,      submitted by the Governor.                                                                         
             SALVATION ARMY                                                                                                     
             CLITHEROE                                                                                                          
             CENTER,                                                                                                            
             ANCHORAGE                                                                                                          
 2:52:10 PM AT-EASE.                                                                                                          
 3:34:47 PM RECONVENED                                                                                                        
 3:34:58 PM                 SITKA                                                                                             
 3:35:41 PM LIBBY           Urged full funding for HB81. This would                                                           
             WATANABE,      benefit diabetes education and aide in                                                              
             SEARHC, SITKA  public health and wellness. Her request                                                             
                            emphasizes      nutrition     education                                                             
                            programs. She  urged the creation of  a                                                             
                            nutrition degree program in  the state.                                                             
                            Spoke   in  support  of   the  Regent's                                                             
                            request   for  full  funding  for   the                                                             
                            University   of   Alaska   specifically                                                             
                            nutrition programs.                                                                               
 3:39:26 PM  CHRIS BAUMAN,  Spoke  in support  of full funding  for                                                           
             SAFV, SITKA    the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
                            Sexual     Assault.    She    requested                                                             
                            additional  resources  for  victims  of                                                             
                            domestic violence.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
 3:41:20 PM                                                                                                                   
                            WRANGELL                                                                                        
 3:41:31 PM KRISSY SMITH,   Requested      increasing     childcare                                                           
             WRANGELL       reimbursement rates. She urged support                                                              
                            for   the   voluntary  pre-kindergarten                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
3:44:09 PM  ANGELA DENTON-Urged    additional funding  for  co-pay                                                            
            ALLEN,          support for childcare. She requested a                                                              
            WRANGELL        re-adjustment in Denali Kid Care                                                                    
                            qualification standards.                                                                          
3:45:39 PM CORNELIA         Urged support for behavioral health                                                               
            HUEBSCHER,      services   grants.  She   specifically                                                              
            NATIONAL        pointed out the needs of veteran and                                                                
            ALLIANCE FOR    active  military  Alaskans  and  their                                                              
            THE MENTALLY    families.                                                                                         
            SITKA                                                                                                               
3:48:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                            CORDOVA                                                                                         
3:49:01 PM MELANIE          Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
            MATTSON,        the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
            CORDOVA FAMILY  Sexual  Assault.  She  felt  that  the                                                              
            RESOURCE        recession will increase the need for                                                                
            CENTER,         services.                                                                                           
            CORDOVA                                                                                                           
3:51:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                            HOMER                                                                                           
3:51:26 PM  JULIA PERSON,   Spoke in  support of full  funding for                                                            
            HAVEN HOUSE,    the Council  on Domestic  Violence and                                                              
            HOMER           Sexual Assault. She expressed support                                                               
                            with the use  of access permanent fund                                                              
                            felony funds  to  replace  the general                                                              
                            fund support for the Council on Sexual                                                              
                            Assault and Domestic Violence.                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
3:53:27 PM CO-CHAIR         Felt that she was oversimplifying.                                                                
            STOLTZE         Expressed that troopers and VPSO had to                                                             
                            share the funding. He  stated that the                                                              
                            priority   was   to   fund   uniformed                                                              
                            officers. He maintained  that it  is a                                                              
                            work in progress.                                                                                 
3:54:45 PM CO-CHAIR         Maintained that it is a work in                                                                   
            HAWKER          progress.                                                                                         
3:54:50 PM  DONNA BERAN,    Spoke in  support of full  funding for                                                            
            HAVEN HOUSE,    the Council  on Domestic  Violence and                                                              
            HOMER           Sexual Assault. She stressed that it                                                                
                            would be beneficial for Alaska to take                                                              
                            the lead  in  identifying the  root of                                                              
                            social ills throughout the state to try                                                             
                            and  solve problems.  She  pointed out                                                              
                            that  substance  abuse   and  economic                                                              
                            stress add to social ills.                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
3:57:53 PM NINA ALLEN,      Urged support for behavioral health                                                               
            CEO, SOUTH      services grants. She maintained that                                                                
            PENINSULA       she was not asking for an expansion of                                                              
            BEHAVIORAL      services simply more funding for                                                                    
           HEALTH          services already in place.                                                                         
            SERVICES                                                                                                            
3:59:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                           PETERSBURG                                                                                       
3:59:57 PM  JENNIFER RAY,    Requested that the  committee support                                                            
             PETERSBURG     HB83. She spoke of the need to fund                                                                 
                            mental  health programs throughout  the                                                             
                            state.                                                                                            
 4:01:07 PM MICHAEL         Spoke in support of HB83. He urged the                                                            
             BIGGERS,       return of 1.7 million to the cause.                                                               
             PETERSBURG                                                                                                         
 4:03:02 PM JOHN            Spoke in support of HB83. He relayed a                                                            
             YARBROUGH,     personal story of mental illness and                                                                
             PETERSBURG     elaborated on the personal benefit from                                                             
                            services  he   has  received  from  the                                                             
                            state.                                                                                            
 4:04:04 PM  ANDREW BERGEN, Urged  support  for  behavioral  health                                                           
             PETERSBURG     services grants. He relayed a personal                                                              
                            story and  his positive experience with                                                             
                            Petersburg mental health facilities.                                                              
 4:05:56 PM  KIN KILKENNY,  Urged  support  for  behavioral  health                                                           
             PSG MENTAL     services grants. She expressed that any                                                             
             HEALTH         loss of funding would negatively effect                                                             
             SERVICES,      the amount of help provided to the                                                                  
             PETERSBURG     community                                                                                         
 4:07:17 PM                                                                                                                   
                           DILLINGHAM                                                                                       
 4:07:32 PM  GINGER BAIM,   Spoke  in support  of full funding  for                                                           
             EXECUTIVE      the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
             DIRECTOR,      Sexual Assault. She expressed that                                                                  
             SAFE,          programs in her community have suffered                                                             
             PETERSBURG     cutbacks. She maintained that her                                                                   
                            program  desperately  needs  a  funding                                                             
                            increase to maintain services.                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
 4:10:48 PM REPRESENTATIVE Thanked Ms. Baim for her service.                                                                  
             FOSTER                                                                                                             
 4:11:22 PM  NATHAN MADSEN, Spoke  in support  of full funding  for                                                           
             SAFE,          the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
             PETERSBURG     Sexual Assault.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
 4:12:21 PM  SAMARA BAKER,  Spoke  in support  of full funding  for                                                           
             OUTREACH AND   the  Council on  Domestic Violence  and                                                             
             EDUCATION      Sexual Assault. She informed that                                                                   
             COORDINATOR,   without increased  funding her position                                                             
             SAFE,          will be cut.                                                                                        
             PETERSBURG                                                                                                       
 4:13:28 PM TERRY           Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
             HOEFFERLE,     the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
             PETERSBURG     Sexual Assault. He thought that all                                                                 
                            members  of  Alaskan  Communities  have                                                             
                            been   touched  by   domestic  violence                                                             
                            issues. He  spoke in support of funding                                                             
                            for youth homes and programs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
 4:16:05 PM WASSILIISIA     Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
             BENNIS, SAFE,  the  Council on  Domestic Violence  and                                                             
             PETERSBURG     Sexual    Assault.   She   specifically                                                           
                            mentioned the  necessity  for programs                                                              
                            among  Native   Alaskans.  She   urged                                                              
                            support of victim services programs in                                                              
                          Bristol Bay.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
4:18:58 PM  KATHY MCLINN,   Urged  support  for  behavioral health                                                            
            DCSD,           services grants. Spoke in support of                                                                
            PETERSBURG      full funding for the Council on                                                                     
                            Domestic Violence and  Sexual Assault.                                                              
                            She stressed that the services provided                                                             
                            by SAFE are essential to her community.                                                             
                                                                                                                              
4:21:11 PM SUSAN            Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
            MITCHELL,       the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
            BOARD MEMBER,   Sexual  Assault.  Urged   support  for                                                              
            SAFE,           behavioral health services grants. She                                                              
            PETERSBURG      expressed the importance of SAFE in                                                                 
                            education  parents  on  effective  non                                                              
                            violent parenting.                                                                                
4:23:43 PM CO-CHAIR         Wondered what the causes of domestic                                                              
            HAWKER          violence   are   in   Ms.   Mitchell's                                                              
                           community.                                                                                         
4:24:30 PM  SUSAN MITCHELL  Mentioned lack of non-violent parenting                                                           
                            education and  substance abuse  add to                                                              
                            the rise of domestic violence.                                                                    
4:26:13 PM CO-CHAIR         Asked if increased public safety                                                                  
            HAWKER          efforts or more health service workers                                                              
                            would be  more  beneficial to  solving                                                              
                            domestic violence problems.                                                                       
4:27:11 PM  SUSAN MITCHELL  Replied that a  combination of both is                                                            
                            needed.                                                                                           
4:28:01 PM  DEANNA HARDIN,  Urged  support  for  behavioral health                                                            
            BBAHC & CAC &   services grants.  Spoke in  support of                                                              
            SAFE,           full funding for the Council on                                                                     
            PETERSBURG      Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.                                                               
                            She felt  that  each person  helped by                                                              
                            SAFE has gone back  to provide help to                                                              
                            their respective communities.                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
4:30:39 PM CO-CHAIR         Asked if the state could invest $100 in                                                           
            HAWKER          law enforcement, prevention, or shelter                                                             
                            how would she divide up the funds.                                                                
4:32:04 PM  DEANNA HARDIN   Replied that she would divide the money                                                           
                           up equally.                                                                                        
4:32:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                            CORDOVA                                                                                         
4:32:50 PM  JOAN BEHRENDS,   Spoke in encouragement of funding for                                                            
            CORDOVA         EMS programs. Spoke in support of HB83                                                              
            VOLUNTEER FIRE  and  particularly   funding  for   the                                                              
            DEPARTMENT,     Emergency Medical Services Grant.                                                                 
            CORDOVA                                                                                                             
4:36:35 PM PATTI            Urged full funding for mental health                                                              
            KALLANDER,      services and substance abuse grants as                                                            
             CORDOVA FAMILY submitted   by    the   Governor.   She                                                             
             RESOURCE       testified in support of funding for                                                                 
             CENTER,        alcohol treatment and healthy family                                                                
             CORDOVA        programs.                                                                                         
 4:39:00 PM                                                                                                                   
                            KODIAK                                                                                          
 4:40:41 PM REBECCA         Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
             SHIELDS,       the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
             KODIAK WOMEN'S Sexual Assault. She spoke in support of                                                             
             RESOURCE AND   the governor's increment and emphasized                                                             
             CRISIS         that CDVSA services save lives and                                                                  
             SHELTER,       money.                                                                                              
             KODIAK                                                                                                           
 4:44:06 PM  MONTE HAWVER,  Urged  support  for  behavioral  health                                                           
             BROTHER        services grants, where the governor's                                                               
             FRANCIS        increment was reduced by 43 percent.                                                              
             SHELTER,                                                                                                           
             KODIAK                                                                                                             
 4:46:31 PM  KARLA BOURAY,  Spoke  in support  of full funding  for                                                           
             KODIAK WOMEN'S the  Council on  Domestic Violence  and                                                             
             RESOURCE &     Sexual Assault. She listed the services                                                             
             CRISIS         that her program provides and stressed                                                              
             SHELTER,       that all funding for the shelter is                                                                 
             KODIAK         necessary.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
 4:48:58 PM  PAT BRANSON,   Spoke  in support of  continued funding                                                           
             SENIOR         for home and community based services                                                               
             CITIZENS OF    pertaining to senior citizens.                                                                    
             KODIAK, KODIAK                                                                                                     
 4:50:36 PM JANET           Spoke in support of funding for tourism                                                           
             BUCKINGHAM,    marketing. She asked for a reinvestment                                                             
             KODIAK ISLAND  of $9 million in ATIA.                                                                            
             CONVENTION &                                                                                                       
             VISITORS                                                                                                           
             CENTER, KODIAK                                                                                                     
 4:52:39 PM  PAM FOREMAN,   Spoke  in support for funding ATIA  the                                                           
             ATIA, KODIAK   full $9 million request.                                                                          
 4:54:01 PM CINDY           Spoke in support in all budget programs                                                           
             HARRISON,      that    benefit   Alaska's    children.                                                             
             KANA, KODIAK   Expressed support for continued funding                                                             
                            for   child   advocacy   centers.   She                                                             
                            expressed that  she is anxious to  work                                                             
                            with   other   child  advocacy   groups                                                             
                            throughout the  state. She  shared that                                                             
                            all  members of the community of Kodiak                                                             
                            work in a coordinated effort to protect                                                             
                            families and children.                                                                            
 4:57:28 PM  ROBERT POLLEY, Expressed support for continued funding                                                           
             ATTORNEY,      for    child   advocacy   centers.   He                                                             
             KODIAK         expressed the need to have an advocacy                                                              
                            center in Kodiak.                                                                                 
 5:00:54 PM                                                                                                                   
                            MAT-SU                                                                                          
 5:01:29 PM  AARON MARTIN,  Testified  in  support of  funding  for                                                           
           NUGEN'S RANCH, alcohol treatment programs.                                                                         
            MAT-SU                                                                                                              
5:02:25 PM SHELLY           Testified in support of funding for                                                               
            EDWARDS,        alcohol treatment programs. She spoke                                                               
            NUGEN'S RANCH,  of the ills of  substance abuse in the                                                              
            MAT-SU          state and felt that program funding                                                                 
                            would be beneficial to Alaska.                                                                    
5:04:11 PM  JEREMY PIKE,    Testified in  support  of  funding for                                                            
            AARS, MAT-SU    alcohol  treatment programs.  He  felt                                                              
                            that rehabilitation programs help to                                                                
                            reduce eventual economic strain to the                                                              
                            state.                                                                                            
5:05:56 PM  KRIS ABSHIRE,   Urged  funding  for   Fish  and  Game.                                                            
            ALASKANS FOR    Requested that  the committee  read e-                                                              
            PALMER HAY      mails she sent to each member.                                                                    
            FLATS, MAT-SU                                                                                                       
5:07:51 PM  JAMES GARHART,  Requested  cutting  funding   to  send                                                            
            MAT-SU          legislators to the Energy Summit. He                                                                
                            suggested reducing the expansion of                                                                 
                            government. He requested a forward                                                                  
                            funded budget.                                                                                    
5:11:52 PM CO-CHAIR         Replied that Mr. Garhart's statements                                                             
            HAWKER          have merit.                                                                                       
5:12:44 PM  MELONY ADAMS,   Spoke in  support  of  infant learning                                                            
            MAT-SU          services.                                                                                         
5:14:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                            KETCHIKAN                                                                                       
5:14:55 PM ANNSIA           Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
            SHANNECE        the Council on Domestic Violence and                                                                
            MOTTON, WOMEN   Sexual Assault.                                                                                     
            IN SAFE HOMES,                                                                                                    
            KETCHIKAN                                                                                                           
5:16:05 PM SHALAYA          Spoke in support of full funding for                                                              
            KNIGHT, WOMEN   the Council  on Domestic  Violence and                                                              
            IN SAFE HOMES, Sexual Assault.                                                                                    
            KETCHIKAN                                                                                                           
5:17:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                            TOK                                                                                             
5:18:08 PM  CARRIE BEEMAN,  She   spoke   for  support   for   the                                                            
            IMAGINATION     distribution of books to children ages                                                              
            LIBRARY, TOK    0-5 years.                                                                                        
5:19:59 PM CO-CHAIR                                                                                                           
            HAWKER                                                                                                              
5:20:16 PM  KIMBERLY ROTH,  Spoke  in   support  of   funding  for                                                            
            IMAGINATION     libraries.  She   specified   on   the                                                              
            LIBRARY &       importance of reading to children age                                                               
            PUBLIC          0-5 years.                                                                                        
            LIBRARIES, TOK                                                                                                      
5:23:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                            KENAI                                                                                           
5:23:23 PM  CHERI SMITH,    Urged  support  for  behavioral health                                                            
            LEE SHORE       services grants. The increment was                                                                  
            CENTER, KENAI   reduced by  43  percent. She  spoke in                                                              
                            support of full funding for the Council                                                             
                            on   Domestic   Violence  and   Sexual                                                            
                            Assault.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
 5:26:46 PM                                                                                                                   
                            SEWARD                                                                                          
 5:26:59 PM JERRY DIXON,    Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                              
             PEREGRINE      education programs. He was particularly                                                             
             EXPEDITIONS,   interested in  salaries for teachers to                                                             
             SEWARD         keep    teachers    in    Alaska    and                                                             
                            specifically in rural areas.                                                                      
 5:31:02 PM CO-CHAIR        Spoke of efforts already made to keep                                                             
             HAWKER         teachers in the state.                                                                            
 5:31:35 PM JERRY DIXON,    Felt that small schools in the state                                                              
             SEWARD         are not sufficiently funded.                                                                      
 5:32:36 PM                 The meeting was adjourned at 5:33 PM.                                                             
             ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                      
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