Legislature(2019 - 2020)ADAMS 519

03/11/2020 09:00 AM FINANCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 127 DENTAL HYGIENIST ADVANCED PRAC PERMIT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 127(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 182 SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS: TESTING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSSHB 182(STA) Out of Committee
+= HB 30 WORKERS' COMP: DEATH; PERM PARTIAL IMPAIR TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 30(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 197 EXTEND SEISMIC HAZARDS SAFETY COMMISSION TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 197 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 223 NAMING VIETNAM HELI. PILOTS' MEM. BRIDGE TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 223 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      March 11, 2020                                                                                            
                         9:02 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:02:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Johnston   called  the  House   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Neal Foster, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Jennifer Johnston, Co-Chair                                                                                      
Representative Dan Ortiz, Vice-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Ben Carpenter                                                                                                    
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
Representative Bart LeBon                                                                                                       
Representative Kelly Merrick                                                                                                    
Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard                                                                                         
Representative Cathy Tilton                                                                                                     
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Erin   Shine,  Staff,   Representative  Jennifer   Johnston;                                                                    
Representative  Ivy Spohnholz,  Sponsor; Mike  Mason, Staff,                                                                    
Representative  Chris  Tuck;   Representative  Laddie  Shaw,                                                                    
Sponsor;  Josh Walton,  Staff,  Representative Laddie  Shaw;                                                                    
Vikki Jo  Kennedy, Self, Juneau; Tom  Studler, Chief Warrant                                                                    
Officer, United States Army (Retired), Fairbanks.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Sterling  Strait, Alaska  Seismic Hazard  Safety Commission,                                                                    
Anchorage; Lynn  Kyle, President, Alaska Chapter  of Vietnam                                                                    
Helicopters Pilots Association, Eagle River.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 30     WORKERS' COMP: DEATH; PERM PARTIAL IMPAIR                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 30(FIN)  was REPORTED  OUT of  committee with                                                                    
          five "do pass" recommendations,  one "do not pass"                                                                    
          recommendation,   and  five   "no  recommendation"                                                                    
          recommendations  and with  one  new fiscal  impact                                                                    
          note by  the Department of Administration  and two                                                                    
          new  fiscal  impact  notes by  the  Department  of                                                                    
          Labor and Workforce Development.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB 127    DENTAL HYGIENIST ADVANCED PRAC PERMIT                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 127(FIN)  was REPORTED OUT of  Committee with                                                                    
          seven  "do  pass"  recommendations  and  four  "no                                                                    
          recommendation" recommendations  and with  one new                                                                    
          zero fiscal  note by  the Department  of Commerce,                                                                    
          Community and  Economic Development, one  new zero                                                                    
          fiscal  note  by  the  Department  of  Health  and                                                                    
          Social Services,  and one  new fiscal  impact note                                                                    
          by the Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB 182    SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS: TESTING                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          CSSSHB  182(STA)  was  REPORTED OUT  of  Committee                                                                    
          with  a  "do  pass"  recommendation  and  one  new                                                                    
          fiscal  impact note  by the  Department of  Public                                                                    
          Safety.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HB 197    EXTEND SEISMIC HAZARDS SAFETY COMMISSION                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          HB 197  was REPORTED OUT  of Committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass"  recommendation  and   with  one  previously                                                                    
         published fiscal impact note: FN1 (DNR).                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HB 223    NAMING VIETNAM HELI. PILOTS' MEM. BRIDGE                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          HB 223  was REPORTED OUT  of Committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass" recommendation and  one previously published                                                                    
          fiscal note: FN1 (DOT).                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston reviewed the agenda for the meeting.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 127                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to the practice of dental hygiene;                                                                        
     establishing an advanced practice permit; prohibiting                                                                      
     unfair  discrimination  under  group  health  insurance                                                                    
     against  a  dental  hygienist  who  holds  an  advanced                                                                    
     practice  permit; relating  to  medical assistance  for                                                                    
     dental   hygiene  services;   and   providing  for   an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:04:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Foster   MOVED   to  ADOPT   proposed   committee                                                                    
substitute  for  HB  127,  Work  Draft  31-LS0836\S  (Fisher                                                                    
3/10/20).                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ERIN   SHINE,  STAFF,   REPRESENTATIVE  JENNIFER   JOHNSTON,                                                                    
reported that  the proposed CS,  version S, made  one change                                                                    
on  page 6,  line  23.  The effective  date  was changed  to                                                                    
January 1, 2021. In conversations  with the sponsor and with                                                                    
the Division of Business  and Professional Licensing the new                                                                    
effective  date  would  provide enough  time  to  promulgate                                                                    
regulations.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston WITHDREW her OBJECTION.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being NO further OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:05:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE IVY  SPOHNHOLZ, SPONSOR, explained  that bill                                                                    
created an  advanced practice  permit for  dental hygienists                                                                    
which would allow experienced  licensed dental hygienists to                                                                    
apply for  a license  to provide  preventative oral  care to                                                                    
underserved  populations.  Underserved populations  included                                                                    
people at  senior centers, healthcare  facilities, daycares,                                                                    
schools,  and for  Alaskans eligible  for Public  Assistance                                                                    
who  were   homebound  or  who   lived  in   an  underserved                                                                    
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Foster  MOVED  to  report  CSHB  127(FIN)  out  of                                                                    
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 127(FIN) was  REPORTED OUT of Committee  with seven "do                                                                    
pass"   recommendations   and   four   "no   recommendation"                                                                    
recommendations and  with one  new zero  fiscal note  by the                                                                    
Department of Commerce,  Community and Economic Development,                                                                    
one new  zero fiscal  note by the  Department of  Health and                                                                    
Social  Services, and  one  new fiscal  impact  note by  the                                                                    
Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:06:30 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:06:43 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 182                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act   relating  to   testing  of   sexual  assault                                                                    
     examination  kits;  and   providing  for  an  effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:06:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston reported no one  had any questions for the                                                                    
sponsor.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Foster  MOVED to  report  CSSSHB  182(STA) out  of                                                                    
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal note.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CSSSHB 182(STA)  was REPORTED  OUT of  Committee with  a "do                                                                    
pass" recommendation and  one new fiscal impact  note by the                                                                    
Department of Public Safety.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 30                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  relating to the exclusiveness  of liability of                                                                    
     an  employer in  the  case of  death;  relating to  the                                                                    
     payment of  workers' compensation benefits in  the case                                                                    
     of permanent partial impairment;  relating to notice of                                                                    
     workers' compensation  death benefits; relating  to the                                                                    
     payment   of  workers'   compensation  death   benefits                                                                    
     payable to  a child  of an employee  where there  is no                                                                    
     surviving spouse;  relating to the payment  of workers'                                                                    
     compensation death  benefits for an employee  without a                                                                    
     surviving  spouse  or  child;   and  providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:07:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ANDY JOSEPHSON,  SPONSOR,  relayed that  the                                                                    
bill  did  one  thing;  it  updated  20-year  old  permanent                                                                    
partial  impairment  ratings  that had  flagged  because  of                                                                    
encroaching inflation.  It positioned  the state in  a place                                                                    
where the  compensation for  a permanent  partial impairment                                                                    
was too low.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Foster  MOVED  to  report   CSHB  30(FIN)  out  of                                                                    
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Carpenter OBJECTED.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was taken on the motion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
IN FAVOR: Josephson,    Knopp,   LeBon,    Merrick,   Ortiz,                                                                    
Sullivan-Leonard, Wool, Johnston, Foster                                                                                        
OPPOSED: Tilton, Carpenter                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The MOTION PASSED (9/2).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 30(FIN)  was REPORTED  OUT of  committee with  five "do                                                                    
pass"  recommendations, one  "do  not pass"  recommendation,                                                                    
and five  "no recommendation"  recommendations and  with one                                                                    
new fiscal  impact note by the  Department of Administration                                                                    
and two new  fiscal impact notes by the  Department of Labor                                                                    
and Workforce Development.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 197                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety                                                                        
     Commission; and providing for an effective date."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:10:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE MASON, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  CHRIS TUCK, reported that                                                                    
Alaska was  one of  the most  seismically active  regions on                                                                    
Earth. The  state had a  history of very large  and damaging                                                                    
earthquakes.  The  state had  tried  to  work diligently  to                                                                    
prepare for  future earthquakes and,  as part of  that work,                                                                    
it created  the Alaska  Seismic Hazard Safety  Commission in                                                                    
2001. House Bill 197 would  simply extend the Alaska Seismic                                                                    
Hazard  Safety Commission  through June  30, 2028.  The bill                                                                    
included  an immediate  effective date  because the  current                                                                    
authorization  expired  in  June.  A  recent  audit  of  the                                                                    
commission included a specific  recommendation to extend the                                                                    
commission  until   2028.  The  chair  of   the  commission,                                                                    
Sterling  Strait,   was  online  and  available   to  answer                                                                    
questions. He thanked the committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:11:18 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:11:55 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston OPENED public testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
STERLING  STRAIT, ALASKA  SEISMIC HAZARD  SAFETY COMMISSION,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),  thanked Representative Tuck                                                                    
for  bringing  the  bill  forward   and  the  House  Finance                                                                    
Committee for  hearing it.  He was  available to  answer any                                                                    
questions. He stated that he  was excited about the work the                                                                    
commission was  doing. There had been  good discussion about                                                                    
the Anchorage earthquake that occurred  1.5 years prior. The                                                                    
commission was  compiling some good recommendations  to move                                                                    
forward  and was  excited about  what  it could  do to  help                                                                    
improve seismic safety in the  state. He thanked members for                                                                    
their time.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:13:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Foster MOVED  to report  HB 197  out of  Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB  197 was  REPORTED  OUT  of Committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with  one previously  published  fiscal                                                                    
impact note: FN1 (DNR).                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 223                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act naming the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots' Memorial                                                                     
     Bridge."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:14:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LADDIE  SHAW, SPONSOR, reported  that Vietnam                                                                    
was called  the helicopter  war, and  during that  war there                                                                    
were  12,000  helicopters that  flew  in  combat or  support                                                                    
missions. He reported 5,000  helicopters were destroyed, and                                                                    
40,000 pilots  served. He deferred  to his staff  to provide                                                                    
an overview of the bill.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JOSH  WALTON,  STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE LADDIE  SHAW,  relayed                                                                    
that  the  bill named  bridges  1124  and 1889  the  Vietnam                                                                    
Helicopter Pilots' Memorial Bridge.  The bridges spanned the                                                                    
Matanuska River  Northbound and Southbound  at Mile  30.4 of                                                                    
the Glenn Highway.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:15:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston OPENED public testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:15:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO KENNEDY, SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke in support of HB 223.                                                                    
She  recalled a  friend she  lost  to the  Vietnam War.  She                                                                    
thought a  memorial in Alaska for  Vietnam Helicopter Pilots                                                                    
was long overdue. She thanked  the committee for hearing her                                                                    
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:17:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  STUDLER,  CHIEF  WARRANT OFFICER,  UNITED  STATES  ARMY                                                                    
(RETIRED), FAIRBANKS,  supported the bill. He  was a Vietnam                                                                    
Veteran.  He served  in Vietnam  and  flew on  hunter-killer                                                                    
teams.  He  thought it  was  ironic  the representative  had                                                                    
asked  him  to testify  on  the  bill. He  undoubtedly  flew                                                                    
Representative  Shaw,  a member  of  Seal  Team 1,  at  some                                                                    
point, as  they served in  the same  area at the  same time.                                                                    
One  of his  jobs  was to  support Seal  Team  1. The  other                                                                    
primary  mission of  his team  was with  Special Forces.  He                                                                    
flew on  a hunter-killer  team where their  job was  to find                                                                    
and seek  out the enemy.  He flew approximately  1,500 hours                                                                    
and was  shot down  five times during  his tour  in Vietnam.                                                                    
One of  those times was  across the  border in a  country in                                                                    
which they were  not it. It took  him a week to  get out. He                                                                    
could attest  that the  pilots and  crew members  in Vietnam                                                                    
had  a  very   tough  mission.  The  Vietnam   War  was  the                                                                    
"Helicopter  War."  He  thought  the  U.S.  Army  flew  more                                                                    
missions during  Vietnam than  any other  time. He  found it                                                                    
difficult to reflect  on his time in Vietnam  because of the                                                                    
many  friends he  lost -  the people  that sacrificed  their                                                                    
lives.  Just under  5,000 pilots  and crew  died during  the                                                                    
war. He  happened to  be personal friends  with a  couple of                                                                    
Medal  of Honor  recipients,  Chief  Warrant Officer  Gerald                                                                    
(Pappy) Devine  and Chief Warrant Officer  Mike Novosel, for                                                                    
their heroism flying dust off  missions. They returned time-                                                                    
after-time  to evacuate  the wounded.  He noted  the average                                                                    
life  of a  helicopter  pilot in  Vietnam  once engaged  was                                                                    
under  5 minutes.  The Vietnam  helicopter pilots  were very                                                                    
deserving of  the bill  for their  sacrifices made  to their                                                                    
country.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Johnston  thanked   Representative  Shaw  and  Mr.                                                                    
Studler for their service. She  remarked, "We never did that                                                                    
enough for the Vietnam Vets."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:21:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LYNN KYLE, PRESIDENT, ALASKA  CHAPTER OF VIETNAM HELICOPTERS                                                                    
PILOTS ASSOCIATION, EAGLE RIVER  (via teleconference), was a                                                                    
Vietnam  Veteran and  helicopter  pilot. He  noted that  the                                                                    
Alaska  Chapter was  an all  exclusive  group of  helicopter                                                                    
pilots  and  crew  and  had  89 members,  7  of  which  were                                                                    
deceased.  According  to  the  National  Vietnam  Helicopter                                                                    
Pilots Association, there  were over 300 pilots  and crew in                                                                    
Alaska. However,  finding everyone was ore  difficult, being                                                                    
that  they were  all senior  citizens. The  Vietnam conflict                                                                    
was a helicopter  war and the sacrifices made  by the pilots                                                                    
and  crews  could not  be  understated.  They brought  in  a                                                                    
revolutionary  way  of doing  business  which  was still  in                                                                    
existence. For  instance, medical  treatment was  a standard                                                                    
presently  and  started  in Vietnam.  Air  crews  flew  over                                                                    
500,000  missions  and saved  over  900,000  patients at  an                                                                    
astonishing rate  of 82 percent  survival. It  was currently                                                                    
used  in  all  of  the country's  combat  arms,  across  the                                                                    
country, and in Alaska. Many  people gave their lives to the                                                                    
cause.  Those  that  came home,  brought  their  skills  and                                                                    
provided  significant contributions  to  Alaska in  aviation                                                                    
capability.  He indicated  that many  Veterans were  passing                                                                    
away each day.  It would be an honorable  thing for Veterans                                                                    
to  see the  memorial. Their  contribution and  sacrifice to                                                                    
the  nation  was certainly  worthy  of  their legacy  to  be                                                                    
honored and a dedication of a  landmark in their honor was a                                                                    
historic  opportunity. He  recognized  funding  could be  an                                                                    
issue,  but   so  was   their  sacrifice.   He  emphatically                                                                    
supported the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston thanked Mr. Kyle for his testimony and                                                                        
his service.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:24:05 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:24:16 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Foster MOVED to report HB 223 out of Committee                                                                         
with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal                                                                     
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB 223 was REPORTED OUT of Committee with a "do pass"                                                                           
recommendation and one previously published fiscal note:                                                                        
FN1 (DOT).                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston reviewed the agenda for the afternoon.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:25:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 a.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 30 public Testimony Red'd by 030920.pdf HFIN 3/11/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 30
HB 182 Public Testimony Rec'd by 031020.pdf HFIN 3/11/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 182
HB 127 v. S 3.10.2020.pdf HFIN 3/11/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 127
HB 127 AK Board of Dental Examiners Letter of Support 3.9.2020.pdf HFIN 3/11/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 127