Legislature(1997 - 1998)

03/03/1998 03:08 PM House HES

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         HOUSE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL                                    
            SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE                                        
                   March 3, 1998                                               
                     3:08 p.m.                                                 
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                
Representative Con Bunde, Chairman                                             
Representative Joe Green, Vice Chairman                                        
Representative Fred Dyson                                                      
Representative J. Allen Kemplen                                                
Representative Tom Brice                                                       
Representative Brian Porter                                                    
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                 
Representative Al Vezey                                                        
OTHER HOUSE MEMBERS PRESENT                                                    
Representative Mark Hodgins                                                    
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                             
* HOUSE BILL NO. 375                                                           
"An Act relating to children in need of aid matters and                        
proceedings; relating to murder of children, criminally negligent              
homicide, kidnapping, criminal nonsupport, the crime of indecent               
exposure, and the crime of endangering the welfare of a child;                 
relating to registration of certain sex offenders; relating to                 
sentencing for certain crimes involving child victims; relating to             
the state medical examiner and reviews of child fatalities;                    
relating to teacher certification and convictions of crimes                    
involving child victims; relating to access, confidentiality, and              
release of certain information concerning the care of children,                
child abuse and neglect, and child fatalities; authorizing the                 
Department of Health and Social Services to enter into an                      
interstate compact concerning adoption and medical assistance for              
certain children with special needs; authorizing the establishment             
of a multidisciplinary child protection team to review reports of              
child abuse or neglect; relating to immunity from liability for                
certain state actions concerning matters involving child protection            
and fatality reviews and children in need of aid; relating to                  
persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect;                   
relating to foster care placement and to payment for children in               
foster and other care and the waiver of certain foster care                    
requirements; relating to the access to certain criminal justice               
information and licensure of certain child care facilities;                    
amending Rule 218, Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; amending               
Rules 1, 3, 15, 18, and 19, Alaska Child in Need of Aid Rules; and             
providing for an effective date."                                              
     - HEARD AND HELD; EXECUTIVE SESSION                                       
(* First public hearing)                                                       
PREVIOUS ACTION                                                                
BILL: HB 375                                                                   
SPONSOR(S): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                   
Jrn-Date    Jrn-Page           Action                                          
02/02/98      2200     (H)  READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                  
02/02/98      2201     (H)  HES, JUDICIARY, FINANCE                            
02/02/98      2201     (H)  INDETERMINATE FN (GOV/VARIOUS DEPTS)               
02/02/98      2201     (H)  GOVERNOR'S TRANSMITTAL LETTER                      
02/26/98               (H)  HES AT  3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                        
02/26/98               (H)  MINUTE(HES)                                        
03/03/98               (H)  HES AT  3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                        
WITNESS REGISTER                                                               
BRUCE BOTELHO, Attorney General                                                
Department of Law                                                              
P.O. Box 110300                                                                
Juneau, Alaska  99811-0300                                                     
Telephone:  (907) 465-2133                                                     
MARGARET PUGH, Commissioner                                                    
Department of Corrections                                                      
240 Main Street, Suite 700                                                     
Juneau, Alaska  99801                                                          
Telephone:  (907) 465-4652                                                     
SUSAN WIBKER, Assistant Attorney General                                       
Human Services Section, Civil Division                                         
Department of Law                                                              
1031 West 4th Avenue, Suite 200                                                
Anchorage, Alaska  99501-1994                                                  
Telephone:  (907) 269-5100                                                     
CYNTHIA COOPER, Deputy Attorney General                                        
Criminal Division                                                              
Department of Law                                                              
310 K Street, Suite 501                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska  99501-2064                                                  
RUSSELL WEBB, Deputy Commissioner                                              
Department of Health & Social Services                                         
P.O. Box 110601                                                                
Juneau, Alaska  99811-0601                                                     
Telephone:  (907) 465-3030                                                     
LYNDA ZAUGG, Director                                                          
Division of Community Corrections                                              
Department of Corrections                                                      
4500 Diplomacy Drive, Suite 207                                                
Anchorage, Alaska  99508-5918                                                  
Telephone:  (907) 269-7370                                                     
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                               
TAPE 98-18, SIDE A                                                             
Number 0005                                                                    
CHAIRMAN CON BUNDE called the House Health, Education and Social               
Services Standing Committee meeting to order at 3:08 p.m.  Members             
present at the call to order were Representatives Bunde, Green,                
Dyson, Kemplen and Brice.  Representative Porter joined the meeting            
in progress.  Representative Vezey was absent.                                 
HB 375 - CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN/FOSTER CARE                                   
Number 0027                                                                    
CHAIRMAN BUNDE announced for the record, the following individuals             
were in attendance:  Attorney General Bruce Botelho, Commissioner              
Margaret Pugh, Assistant Attorney General Susan Wibker, Deputy                 
Attorney General Cynthia Cooper, Deputy Commissioner Russell Webb,             
and Director Lynda Zaugg.                                                      
Number 0120                                                                    
CHAIRMAN BUNDE called an at-ease at 3:10 p.m.                                  
CHAIRMAN BUNDE called the meeting back to order at 3:18 p.m.  He               
announced the committee would be going into executive session for              
the purpose of discussing issues relating to child protection.                 
Number 0161                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE JOE GREEN made a motion the committee go into                   
executive session pertaining to matters to be discussed under                  
Uniform Rule 22(b)(1-3) and asked unanimous consent.  There was no             
Number 0187                                                                    
CHAIRMAN BUNDE stated, "Under Uniform Rule 22(b) a legislative body            
may call an executive session at which members of the general                  
public may be excluded for the following reasons:                              
     (1)  discussion of matters, the immediate knowledge of which              
          would adversely affect the finances of a government unit;            
     (2)  discussion of subjects that tend to prejudice the                    
          reputation and character of a person;                                
     (3)  discussion of a matter that may, by law, be required to              
          be confidential."                                                    
CHAIRMAN BUNDE commented this session will be covered by one or all            
of the above reasons.                                                          
CHAIRMAN BUNDE dismissed the committee staff at 3:22 p.m.                      
REPRESENTATIVE GREEN made a motion the committee come out of                   
executive session and resume the regular meeting.                              
Number 0261                                                                    
CHAIRMAN BUNDE adjourned the House Health, Education and Social                
Services Standing Committee at 5:10 p.m.                                       

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