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01:03:15 PM Confirmation Hearing(s): || Alaska Judicial Council
01:09:32 PM HB178
02:36:58 PM HJR10
03:01:35 PM Adjourn
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Alaska Judicial Council
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+= HB 173 RESTRICT MEDICAID PAYMENT FOR ABORTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
*+ HB 178 RECLASSIFYING CERTAIN DRUG OFFENSES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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Heard & Held
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 3, 2013                                                                                          
                           1:02 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wes Keller, Chair                                                                                                
Representative Bob Lynn, Vice Chair                                                                                             
Representative Neal Foster                                                                                                      
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux                                                                                                 
Representative Charisse Millett                                                                                                 
Representative Lance Pruitt                                                                                                     
Representative Max Gruenberg                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS PRESENT                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Judicial Council                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     David Parker - Wasilla                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 178                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to certain crimes involving controlled                                                                         
substances; and providing for an effective date."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 10                                                                                                   
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska                                                                 
creating a transportation infrastructure fund.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 173                                                                                                              
"An Act defining 'medically necessary abortion' for purposes of                                                                 
making payments under the state Medicaid program."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 178                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: RECLASSIFYING CERTAIN DRUG OFFENSES                                                                                
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S) ISAACSON                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
03/20/13       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/20/13       (H)       JUD, FIN                                                                                               
04/03/13       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 10                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CONST. AM: TRANSPORTATION FUND                                                                                     
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S) P.WILSON                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
02/15/13       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/13       (H)       TRA, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
02/26/13       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
02/26/13       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
02/26/13       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
02/27/13       (H)       TRA RPT 6DP                                                                                            
02/27/13       (H)       DP: LYNN, FEIGE, ISAACSON, GATTIS,                                                                     
                         KREISS-TOMKINS, P.WILSON                                                                               
04/03/13       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DAVID PARKER, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alaska Judicial Council (AJC)                                                                                                   
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the Alaska                                                                     
Judicial Council (AJC).                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DOUG ISAACSON                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Sponsor of HB 178.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES KOPP, Staff                                                                                                             
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  comments  regarding  HB  178  on                                                            
behalf of  Senator Dyson, sponsor  of SB 56, the  Senate companion                                                              
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
FORREST DUNBAR                                                                                                                  
Attorney at Law                                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  comments  during  discussion  of                                                            
HB 178.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
NEISJE STEINKRUGER                                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    During  discussion  of  HB  178,  provided                                                            
comments as a former Alaska Superior Court judge.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CARMEN GUTIERREZ, Co-chair                                                                                                      
Alaska Prisoner Re-entry Task Force                                                                                             
Criminal Justice Working Group                                                                                                  
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)                                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  comments  during  discussion  of                                                            
HB 178.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD ALLEN, Director                                                                                                         
Anchorage Office                                                                                                                
Office of Public Advocacy (OPA)                                                                                                 
Department of Administration (DOA)                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Provided  comments  during  discussion  of                                                            
HB 178.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
WALT MONEGAN, President & CEO                                                                                                   
Alaska Native Justice Center                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Asked that HB 178 be passed from committee.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN SMITH                                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Called   HB  178  an  excellent  bill  and                                                            
expressed hope that the committee would pass it.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD SVOBODNY, Deputy Attorney General                                                                                       
Central Office                                                                                                                  
Criminal Division                                                                                                               
Department of Law (DOL)                                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Expressed concerns with HB 178.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PEGGY WILSON                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Sponsor of HJR 10.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:02:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WES  KELLER called  the House  Judiciary Standing  Committee                                                            
meeting  to order  at  1:02 p.m.   Representatives  Keller,  Lynn,                                                              
Millett,  and  Gruenberg  were  present  at  the  call  to  order.                                                              
Representatives  Foster,   LeDoux,  and  Pruitt  arrived   as  the                                                              
meeting was in progress.  Senator Dyson was also in attendance.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearing(s):                                                                                                       
^Alaska Judicial Council                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
                    Alaska Judicial Council                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
1:03:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                              
consideration  of the appointment  of David  Parker to  the Alaska                                                              
Judicial Council (AJC).                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:03:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID PARKER,  Appointee, Alaska  Judicial Council (AJC),  relayed                                                              
that the  Alaska Judicial  Council (AJC) is  of great  interest to                                                              
him and  he has  been considering  seeking appointment  to  it for                                                              
quite  some  time.    He  mentioned   that  he  is  a  former  law                                                              
enforcement  officer,  is quite  familiar  with the  Alaska  Court                                                              
System (ACS), is  interested in continuing to serve  the people of                                                              
Alaska, and believes  he could bring a fair and  unbiased approach                                                              
to the selection of candidates for Alaska's judicial positions.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER reminded  members that signing the  reports regarding                                                              
appointments  to  boards  and  commissions   in  no  way  reflects                                                              
individual  members' approval  or disapproval  of the  appointees,                                                              
and  that  the  nominations  are  merely  forwarded  to  the  full                                                              
legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT  disclosed that  she knows Mr.  Parker, and                                                              
relayed that she is happy to support his appointment.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER and  REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  indicated favor  with                                                              
Mr. Parker's appointment.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:08:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN  made a motion  to advance from  committee the                                                              
nomination  of David Parker  as appointee  to the Alaska  Judicial                                                              
Council.    There   being  no  objection,  the   confirmation  was                                                              
advanced from the House Judiciary Standing Committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          HB 178 - RECLASSIFYING CERTAIN DRUG OFFENSES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[Contains brief  mention that SB  56 is the Senate  companion bill                                                              
to HB 178.]                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:09:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  announced that the  next order of business  would be                                                              
HOUSE BILL NO.  178, "An Act relating to certain  crimes involving                                                              
controlled substances; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:10:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DOUG ISAACSON, Alaska  State Legislature,  sponsor                                                              
of  HB  178, noted  that  SB  56  is the  Senate  companion  bill;                                                              
offered a quote  from written testimony pertaining  to that Senate                                                              
companion  bill,  and some  information  about the  Department  of                                                              
Corrections  (DOC) and its  growth in  certain inmate  populations                                                              
and  costs;  and  shared  his  belief   that  HB  178  -  although                                                              
characterized  by   some  as  being  soft  on   crime  -  "allows"                                                              
offenders to reform,  would reduce Alaska's recidivism  rates, and                                                              
is  compatible   with  the   Department  of  Corrections'   goals.                                                              
Characterizing  HB 178  as a  very important  bill, and  asserting                                                              
that  Alaska's  existing drug  laws  have  not been  effective  at                                                              
changing  behaviors, he  said  the bill  "is  motivated by  fiscal                                                              
responsibility,"  and offered  his  understanding  that in  states                                                              
that  have already  similarly changed  their  controlled-substance                                                              
laws, there  has been  a decrease  in certain inmate  populations.                                                              
Specifically,  HB   178  is  proposing   to  alter   the  statutes                                                              
outlining   what  constitutes   the  class   C  felony  crime   of                                                              
misconduct  involving   a  controlled  substance   in  the  fourth                                                              
degree,  and what  constitutes the  class A  misdemeanor crime  of                                                              
misconduct involving  a controlled substance in the  fifth degree,                                                              
such  that  possession  [of  less than  15  tablets,  ampules,  or                                                              
syrettes  containing  a  schedule  IA controlled  substance  or  a                                                              
schedule IIA  controlled substance,  or one or more  preparations,                                                              
compounds,  mixtures,  or substances  of  an aggregate  weight  of                                                              
less  than three  grams of  any schedule  IA controlled  substance                                                              
except  for  heroin,  or any  schedule  IIA  controlled  substance                                                              
except for lysergic  acid diethylamide (LSD),] would  be a class A                                                              
misdemeanor, rather  than a class C felony, unless  the person was                                                              
previously  convicted  [two or  more  times within  the  preceding                                                              
five  years  of  any  of the  crimes  of  misconduct  involving  a                                                              
controlled substance in the first through fifth degrees].                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ISAACSON,  in conclusion,  spoke  of  some of  the                                                              
difficulties  and   restrictions  faced  by  those   convicted  of                                                              
felony-level   crimes;   indicated   a  belief   that   first-time                                                              
offenders  shouldn't be  charged  with a  felony-level crime,  and                                                              
that  people   convicted  of   felony-level  crimes   then  become                                                              
lifelong  wards  of  the  state;  and opined  that  HB  178  would                                                              
provide a  humane, realistic,  and practical  approach to  illegal                                                              
drug  possession,  would benefit  offenders,  and  would save  the                                                              
state millions  of dollars but  wouldn't impede law  enforcement's                                                              
ability  to  pursue  repeat  offenders  or  those  who  distribute                                                              
controlled  substances.    In  response   to  questions,  he  also                                                              
indicated  a  belief  that  people  convicted  of  the  crimes  of                                                              
misconduct  involving  a  controlled substance  are  not  violent,                                                              
that  possessing only  the  [aforementioned  proposed] amounts  of                                                              
controlled substances  means that the person is  not attempting to                                                              
distribute, that  all proposed statutory changes  should be viewed                                                              
in  terms of  addressing problems  with  the state's  correctional                                                              
system, and  that adoption  of HB 178  would assist  all offenders                                                              
of Alaska's controlled-substance laws regardless of race.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:25:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES   KOPP,   Staff,   Senator  Fred   Dyson,   Alaska   State                                                              
Legislature,  on   behalf  of  Senator   Dyson,  sponsor   of  the                                                              
aforementioned Senate  companion bill, commented on  his past work                                                              
as a former law  enforcement officer, and offered  his belief that                                                              
HB  178  would  "substantially   alleviate  the  negative  impact,                                                              
disproportionate  impact, to Alaska  Natives in [Alaska's]  prison                                                              
system,"  but would  neither  interfere with  the  ability of  law                                                              
enforcement  officers  to  arrest  drug  traffickers/distributors,                                                              
nor result  in any  controlled substances being  made legal.   He,                                                              
too,  noted  that   HB  178's  proposed  changes   address  repeat                                                              
offenders,  in that  offenders  of the  bill's  proposed crime  of                                                              
misconduct involving  a controlled substance in the  fourth degree                                                              
who've  been previously  convicted two  or more  times within  the                                                              
preceding  five   years  of  any  of  the  crimes   of  misconduct                                                              
involving  a  controlled  substance  in the  first  through  fifth                                                              
degrees, would be subject to a class C felony.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KOPP   -  offering  a   hypothetical  example   involving  an                                                              
individual in  a remote  location possessing  a small amount  of a                                                              
schedule IA  or a schedule  IIA controlled substance  for personal                                                              
use  in an  emergency  situation -  expressed  concern that  under                                                              
current law, illegal  possession of any amount,  regardless of how                                                              
small the  amount, of  either a  schedule IA controlled  substance                                                              
or a  schedule IIA  controlled substance  [except  for any  of the                                                              
cathinones  listed under  AS  11.71.150(e)(11)-(15),]  would be  a                                                              
class C felony.   He opined that the legislature  should make sure                                                              
that  Alaska's "criminal  law  'aflects'  blame-worthy conduct  to                                                              
the  degree   that  it's   classified  rather   than  relying   on                                                              
discretion within  the system  to 'pull it  down to where  what we                                                              
would hope  it would be charged'";  and relayed  his understanding                                                              
that  HB  178 is  supported  by  the Alaska  Mental  Health  Board                                                              
(AMHB)  and  the  Advisory  Board on  Alcoholism  and  Drug  Abuse                                                              
(ABADA), and by  [various individuals] involved with  the criminal                                                              
justice system.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. KOPP,  too, explained that  HB 178  is proposing to  alter the                                                              
statutes outlining  what constitutes the  class C felony  crime of                                                              
misconduct  involving   a  controlled  substance   in  the  fourth                                                              
degree,  and what  constitutes the  class A  misdemeanor crime  of                                                              
misconduct involving  a controlled substance in the  fifth degree,                                                              
such  that  possession  [of  less than  15  tablets,  ampules,  or                                                              
syrettes  containing  a  schedule  IA controlled  substance  or  a                                                              
schedule IIA  controlled substance,  or one or more  preparations,                                                              
compounds,  mixtures,  or substances  of  an aggregate  weight  of                                                              
less  than three  grams of  any schedule  IA controlled  substance                                                              
except  for  heroin,  or any  schedule  IIA  controlled  substance                                                              
except for  lysergic acid diethylamide  (LSD), would be a  class A                                                              
misdemeanor,  rather than a  class C felony].   In conclusion,  he                                                              
indicated that  HB 178 was modeled  on Wyoming law,  asserted that                                                              
that  Wyoming  law has  resulted  in  Wyoming having  crime  rates                                                              
lower than Alaska  has, and commented on some  of the difficulties                                                              
and  restrictions   faced  by  those  convicted   of  felony-level                                                              
crimes.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:31:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FORREST  DUNBAR, Attorney  at Law,  noted that  he's been  working                                                              
with  Representative   Isaacson's   office  and  Senator   Dyson's                                                              
office, and  referred to a  PowerPoint presentation  he'd prepared                                                              
illustrating  information   he'd  researched.    He   offered  his                                                              
understanding that  HB 178 would significantly reduce  the State's                                                              
costs but  would not impede  law enforcement officers'  ability to                                                              
charge distributors  with a  felony-level crime.   He  then shared                                                              
some of  the information he'd  gathered regarding the  DOC, prison                                                              
populations  and  costs  in  Alaska  and  Wyoming,  and  what  can                                                              
sometimes occur  in court; commented  on some of  the difficulties                                                              
and  restrictions   faced  by  those  convicted   of  felony-level                                                              
crimes; indicated  a belief  that people  convicted of  the crimes                                                              
of misconduct  involving a controlled  substance are  not violent,                                                              
that altering  the  statutes as  HB 178 proposes  would result  in                                                              
savings of both  time and money for the state,  that the penalties                                                              
for a misdemeanor-level  crime are sufficiently severe  to provide                                                              
offenders with the  incentive to seek and complete  treatment, and                                                              
that  the bill  wouldn't have  a  large impact  on public  safety;                                                              
acknowledged  that  he'd  taken  certain  fiscal  projections  and                                                              
altered  them  to reflect  possible  savings  to  the state  as  a                                                              
result of  passage of  the bill;  and ventured  that HB  178 would                                                              
reduce Alaska's  recidivism rates  and [probation/parole  officer]                                                              
caseloads, particularly in Anchorage.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:45:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NEISJE STEINKRUGER,  noting that  she is  a former superior  court                                                              
judge and  prior to that  was in private  practice and  has worked                                                              
as  both  a  public  defender  and   as  an  attorney  within  the                                                              
Department of  Law (DOL),  observed that in  what she  referred to                                                              
as the state's "tough  on crime" system, it's been  the trend over                                                              
the last  25 years  to make a  lot of behavior  a felony  - either                                                              
initially  or via  amendment  - as  if misdemeanor  crimes  aren't                                                              
considered serious  crimes.  Felony cases, however,  require a lot                                                              
more  from the  criminal justice  system  than misdemeanor  cases,                                                              
and at greater cost  in terms of personnel, money,  time, and jury                                                              
pools,  particularly in  rural Alaska,  regardless  that [in  some                                                              
aspects]  felony cases  in  rural Alaska  are  often treated  more                                                              
like  misdemeanor  cases.    Nonetheless,  when  looking  at  laws                                                              
addressing a particular  behavior, one of the  questions that must                                                              
be considered  is whether that  behavior warrants a  felony charge                                                              
and its associated greater costs.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  STEINKRUGER  explained that  judges  look at  the  individual                                                              
circumstances of each  case, and what she found  in her experience                                                              
is that  people who've been  charged with possessing  a controlled                                                              
substance  often  also  have  mental health  issues,  as  well  as                                                              
issues with  employment, and  thus one of  the roles of  the court                                                              
is  to  consider  what  types of  treatment  would  be  proper  to                                                              
provide  or arrange  for in  order to  address such  issues.   She                                                              
expressed   favor   with  the   legislature's   consideration   of                                                              
[Alaska's controlled-substance  laws]; assured the  committee that                                                              
the criminal  justice system does  indeed take misdemeanor  crimes                                                              
seriously;   and   offered   her  belief   that   the   penalties,                                                              
treatments, and  costs associated with felony-level  crimes should                                                              
be reserved for the worst offenders.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:54:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARMEN GUTIERREZ,  Co-chair, Alaska Prisoner Re-entry  Task Force,                                                              
Criminal  Justice Working  Group, University  of Alaska  Anchorage                                                              
(UAA)  -  after  mentioning  that  she used  to  serve  as  deputy                                                              
commissioner for  the Department  of Corrections (DOC)  - provided                                                              
statistics  regarding the  DOC,  its populations,  its costs,  and                                                              
its  recidivism  rates,  to  illustrate   that  Alaskans  are  not                                                              
currently   receiving  good  value   for  their   criminal-justice                                                              
dollars; commented  on some of  the difficulties  and restrictions                                                              
faced  by those  convicted  of  felony-level crimes;  offered  her                                                              
understanding  that  the  court   already  has  the  discretionary                                                              
authority to  order, as a  condition of probation,  assessment and                                                              
subsequent  treatment  for those  convicted  of  misdemeanor-level                                                              
crimes;  and  indicated a  belief  that  people convicted  of  the                                                              
crimes  of misconduct  involving  a controlled  substance are  not                                                              
violent, that  not all people convicted  of a crime  of misconduct                                                              
involving a controlled  substance for the first  time are addicts,                                                              
and  that  the  state's  limited  treatment  resources  should  be                                                              
reserved for  those who have  demonstrated that they  are addicts.                                                              
In conclusion, she  characterized HB 178 as an  important piece of                                                              
legislation, and  ventured that its proposed changes  constitute a                                                              
very  sound   public-safety-minded  approach  and   would  address                                                              
Alaska's problems with recidivism in a meaningful fashion.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:09:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD  ALLEN,  Director,  Anchorage  Office,  Office  of  Public                                                              
Advocacy  (OPA),   Department  of   Administration  (DOA),   after                                                              
mentioning  that prior  to working  for the  OPA, he'd  prosecuted                                                              
hundreds  of felony  cases  as a  prosecutor  in Kenai,  indicated                                                              
that  HB 178  would  likely have  an  impact on  the  OPA and  its                                                              
clients.   He,  too, commented  on  some of  the difficulties  and                                                              
restrictions  faced by  those  convicted of  felony-level  crimes,                                                              
and offered  his belief  that passage  of HB  178 would  allow the                                                              
OPA  to  use   less  experienced  and  therefore   less  expensive                                                              
attorneys,   would  save   the   State  of   Alaska   considerable                                                              
resources,  would  have  a  positive   impact  on  the  lives  and                                                              
families  of OPA clients,  would reduce  resulting litigation  and                                                              
associated  costs, but likely  wouldn't have  any negative  impact                                                              
on public safety.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:12:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WALT  MONEGAN, President  & CEO,  Alaska Native  Justice Center  -                                                              
after mentioning  that he's  a retired  law enforcement  officer -                                                              
offered his  belief that passage of  the HB 178 would  provide for                                                              
a more  measured response to  individuals arrested  for possessing                                                              
[certain  amounts of  either  a  schedule IA  or  a schedule  IIA]                                                              
controlled  substance,  but  do   so  while  still  providing  for                                                              
offender accountability;  ventured that existing law,  rather than                                                              
reducing  crime,  is  only  creating  more  criminals,  given  the                                                              
detrimental impact  being convicted of a felony can  have on one's                                                              
life and  future; and asked that  HB 178 be passed  from committee                                                              
as a better law for a better society.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:14:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN SMITH  called HB  178 an excellent  bill, and  expressed her                                                              
hope that the committee would pass it.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. KOPP, in  conclusion, characterized HB 178 as  a smart justice                                                              
solution,  one that would  positively impact  the next  generation                                                              
of Alaskans in a sustainable fashion.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER  commented on  some of the  difficulties and                                                              
restrictions faced  in rural Alaska by those  convicted of felony-                                                              
level crimes, and expressed his support for HB 178.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER mentioned  that representatives  from  the DOC,  the                                                              
Scientific Crime  Detection Laboratory  ("Crime Lab"),  the Public                                                              
Defender Agency (PDA),  and the Division of Alaska  State Troopers                                                              
were available to answer questions.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:17:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD  SVOBODNY,   Deputy  Attorney  General,   Central  Office,                                                              
Criminal  Division, Department  of Law (DOL),  explained  that the                                                              
DOL has concerns  with HB 178 - concerns expressed  by himself and                                                              
representatives  from  the  Juneau Police  Department  (JPD),  the                                                              
Anchorage  Police   Department  (APD),   and  the  Alaska   Police                                                              
Officers  Association   (APOA)  during  hearings   on  the  Senate                                                              
companion bill  - but  is amenable to  working during  the interim                                                              
to  alleviate those  concerns.   For example,  although some  have                                                              
asserted that  the bill  would result  in the statutes  addressing                                                              
the  crime of  possessing a  small amount  of a  schedule IA or  a                                                              
schedule  IIA  controlled  substance becoming  equivalent  to  the                                                              
statutes  addressing  the crime  of  driving under  the  influence                                                              
(DUI),  wherein a  third  [or subsequent]  conviction  would be  a                                                              
felony,  there  are  substantial  differences  between  those  DUI                                                              
statutes  and  what the  bill  is  proposing for  the  controlled-                                                              
substance  statutes.   First, under  the DUI  statutes, there  are                                                              
mandatory minimum  sentences for  a first, second,  third, fourth,                                                              
fifth, and  sixth offense, but the  bill isn't proposing  any such                                                              
sentencing   scheme   for   the   controlled-substance   statutes.                                                              
Second, for  a third or  subsequent offense  to be a  felony under                                                              
the  DUI statutes,  the  previous convictions  would  have had  to                                                              
occur  within the  preceding ten  years, whereas  under the  bill,                                                              
the  previous  convictions would  have  had  to occur  within  the                                                              
preceding five years;  this means that a third  or even subsequent                                                              
offense would  continue to be only  a misdemeanor if  the previous                                                              
convictions  occurred more  than  five years  prior.   Third,  and                                                              
most   importantly,  under   the   DUI  statues,   some  form   of                                                              
[assessment/treatment] is  required for even a first  offense, but                                                              
the   bill  isn't   proposing  any   such   requirement  for   the                                                              
controlled-substance statutes.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SVOBODNY surmised  that one  of the  reasons the  legislature                                                              
made possession  of  a schedule  IA or a  schedule IIA  controlled                                                              
substance  a  class  C  felony   was  because  when  a  person  is                                                              
convicted of  such - even if  he/she isn't sentenced to  serve any                                                              
period  of incarceration  because  it's  his/her  first offense  -                                                              
he/she  is  then  subject  to probation  and  thus  supervised  to                                                              
ensure compliance  with any treatment requirements.   Also, one of                                                              
the  unintended consequences  of  making the  changes proposed  by                                                              
the bill would be  the removal of any incentive  to participate in                                                              
a therapeutic court  program, because experience  garnered through                                                              
the  Anchorage   Wellness  Felony   Drug  Court  and   the  Bethel                                                              
Therapeutic Court,  for example, shows that when  people [arrested                                                              
for  misconduct  involving  a  controlled  substance  crimes]  are                                                              
given  the  choice   of  participating  in  a   therapeutic  court                                                              
program,  they prefer  to instead  take their  chances in  regular                                                              
court.  Should the  committee choose to go ahead  with the changes                                                              
proposed  by the  bill, the  committee  may wish  to address  this                                                              
unintended  consequence,   he  suggested.     In  response   to  a                                                              
question, he  ventured that perhaps  the people are  being advised                                                              
by their  defense attorneys  to eschew  therapeutic court  because                                                              
the requirements  of such a program, generally  lasting 18 months,                                                              
can be difficult to comply with.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:28:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SVOBODNY,  with  regard  to some  of  the  DOC's  statistics,                                                              
pointed   out  that  those   illustrating   an  increase   in  the                                                              
populations  of offenders convicted  of the  class C felony  crime                                                              
of  misconduct involving  a  controlled  substance  in the  fourth                                                              
degree also  include a  lot of people  who were initially  charged                                                              
with a  class B felony  or a class  A felony controlled  substance                                                              
crime but  who then entered into  a plea agreement for  the lesser                                                              
charge.  Furthermore,  although prosecutors are  currently willing                                                              
to  reduce a  class  A felony  charge  down to  a  class C  felony                                                              
charge, for example,  they would be unwilling to reduce  a class A                                                              
felony charge  all the way down  to a class A  misdemeanor charge.                                                              
Another  unintended consequence  of  the changes  proposed by  the                                                              
bill would  be an increase  in the number  of what he  referred to                                                              
as  "bifurcated  trials"  that would  be  necessary,  because  the                                                              
courts  have  held  that  such  are  required  when  a  particular                                                              
offense  is dependent  upon  previous convictions.    Furthermore,                                                              
because the  language in  the bill  specifies that those  previous                                                              
convictions  could  be based  on  another jurisdiction's  laws  or                                                              
ordinances   with  elements   "similar"  to   those  outlined   in                                                              
AS 11.71.010  - AS 11.71.050,  the issue  of whether the  elements                                                              
really are similar must then also be litigated in each case.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SVOBODNY indicated  that there  is also  a concern  regarding                                                              
the  proposed  threshold  amount   for  LSD  -  the  schedule  IIA                                                              
controlled  substance outlined  in AS  11.71.150(b)(12) -  because                                                              
it could  be difficult  to determine  just what  amount of  LSD is                                                              
involved  in  any  given  situation   depending  on  the  delivery                                                              
mechanism used  - blotter  paper and Jell-O  shots being  a couple                                                              
of examples of  such; the bill should therefore  also include some                                                              
way  of addressing  that issue.   Furthermore,  although the  bill                                                              
stipulates  amounts for  which there  will be  a presumption  that                                                              
the  controlled   substance  in  question  is  not   intended  for                                                              
distribution,  depending on the  particular controlled  substance,                                                              
the  proposed  amounts may  not  really  be what  the  legislature                                                              
wants  to consider  as  being possessed  just  for one's  personal                                                              
use, particularly  given the very  high retail value of  even very                                                              
small amounts of  certain schedule IA and schedule  IIA controlled                                                              
substances.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:33:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SVOBODNY,  acknowledging  that the  bill's  proposed  changes                                                              
constitute a  public policy determination  for the  legislature to                                                              
make, relayed  in conclusion  that his  comments merely  highlight                                                              
possible  unintended consequences  of the  bill and  areas of  the                                                              
bill  that  could  be  improved.     In  response  to  a  question                                                              
regarding  the aforementioned  hypothetical  example proffered  by                                                              
Mr. Kopp involving  an individual in a remote  location possessing                                                              
a small  amount  of a  schedule IA  or a  schedule IIA  controlled                                                              
substance   for   personal   use  in   an   emergency   situation,                                                              
Mr. Svobodny  said  he  knows of  no  one  who's  been in  such  a                                                              
situation who's  ever been charged  with the class C  felony crime                                                              
of  misconduct involving  a  controlled  substance  in the  fourth                                                              
degree,  and  relayed  that  after  a  brief  search  of  existing                                                              
statute,   he  was  unable   to  find   anything  addressing   the                                                              
expiration dates on prescribed medications.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
[HB 178 was held over.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 2:35 p.m. to 2:36 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
            HJR 10 - CONST. AM: TRANSPORTATION FUND                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:36:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER announced  that the final order of  business would be                                                              
HOUSE  JOINT  RESOLUTION  NO.  10,  Proposing  amendments  to  the                                                              
Constitution  of the  State of  Alaska  creating a  transportation                                                              
infrastructure fund.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:37:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PEGGY WILSON, Alaska  State Legislature,  sponsor,                                                              
remarking   on  existing   and  anticipated   losses  of   federal                                                              
transportation funding  and on Alaska's backlog  of transportation                                                              
projects and  associated deferred maintenance  projects, explained                                                              
that [if  passed by  the legislature,] HJR  10 would  place before                                                              
the voters a  proposed amendment to the Alaska  State Constitution                                                              
establishing a  dedicated fund -  in the form of  a transportation                                                              
infrastructure  fund  - that  could  then  be  used to  fund  such                                                              
projects.   Alaska  must reduce  its dependence  on federal  funds                                                              
for its transportation  projects, particularly given  that federal                                                              
funds overall  are diminishing.   [Legislative  passage and  voter                                                              
approval  of] HJR 10  would provide  a means  of meeting  Alaska's                                                              
ever-growing transportation  needs.   Research of those  needs has                                                              
been   conducted,   and   members'   packets   contain   resulting                                                              
information, she noted.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  proffered that  in order to  adequately                                                              
meet  Alaska's  transportation   funding  needs,  in  addition  to                                                              
establishing a  dedicated transportation infrastructure  fund - as                                                              
HJR 10 would do  if passed by the legislature and  approved by the                                                              
voters -  the State  must also maintain  existing funding  levels,                                                              
and  provide  100  percent  of  the  funding  for  more  projects,                                                              
thereby reducing overall  costs.  She assured members  that HJR 10                                                              
is  not  intended  to  diminish   Alaska's  partnership  with  the                                                              
federal government.   Instead, the  intention is to provide  for a                                                              
dedicated  revenue  stream  that  would  allow  more  of  Alaska's                                                              
transportation  projects  to be  completed  in a  more-timely  and                                                              
less-expensive fashion.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON offered her understanding  that HJR 10's                                                              
proposed  transportation  infrastructure  fund  would  first  have                                                              
$2 billion  appropriated to  it [via  other pending  legislation],                                                              
and could then  receive yearly legislative  appropriations derived                                                              
from transportation-related  taxes and fees; the  amount then held                                                              
in  the  proposed fund  could  also  increase  as returns  on  any                                                              
investments compound.   She noted that members'  packets contain a                                                              
spreadsheet  produced by Legislative  Finance Division  estimating                                                              
the  yearly balance  and  the yearly  amount  that  would then  be                                                              
available  for appropriation.    Offering  her understanding  that                                                              
former   Governor   Hickel   was   in   favor   of   a   dedicated                                                              
transportation  infrastructure   fund,  Representative  P.  Wilson                                                              
opined,  "Alaska needs  to  take  action now;  the  future of  the                                                              
economic  and social wellbeing  of Alaskan  citizens is  critical,                                                              
and  ...  critically   dependent  on  a   reliable  transportation                                                              
system."  The  changes proposed by  HJR 10 are needed  in order to                                                              
create and  maintain a modern,  reliable transportation  system in                                                              
Alaska, in turn  attracting additional economic investment  in the                                                              
state and thereby also increasing the state's general fund (GF).                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:45:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON, noting that  past iterations of  HJR 10                                                              
have  been  heard  by  the  committee,   mentioned  that  members'                                                              
packets  include  letters  of  support,  as  well  as  a  list  of                                                              
supporters, and  that other pending legislation would  address how                                                              
the proposed transportation  infrastructure fund would  be managed                                                              
and  how and  to whom  the funds  could  then be  distributed   In                                                              
conclusion, she  asked that HJR 10  - placing before the  voters a                                                              
proposed amendment  to the Alaska State Constitution  establishing                                                              
a dedicated  transportation  infrastructure fund  - be moved  from                                                              
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FOSTER remarked  that  Alaska's  airports and  the                                                              
Alaska Marine Highway  System (AMHS) are also part  of the state's                                                              
transportation system.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON, in response  to questions,  opined that                                                              
regardless  of   what's  occurring  with  the   economy,  Alaska's                                                              
transportation  infrastructure  must  be  maintained, and  thus  a                                                              
dedicated transportation infrastructure fund is needed.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG  expressed  concern  with  altering  the                                                              
Alaska  State Constitution  in order  to provide  for a  dedicated                                                              
fund,  particularly  given that  providing  for such  via  statute                                                              
instead would ensure  that the legislature itself  could then make                                                              
any necessary future  changes.  Also, providing  for one dedicated                                                              
fund  pertaining  to spending  in  the Alaska  State  Constitution                                                              
could  lead to  other  such  funds being  proposed  as  well.   He                                                              
relayed that  he didn't think  HJR 10's proposal  was appropriate,                                                              
and he would therefore be voting against it.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON, in response to questions  and comments,                                                              
offered  her understanding  that under  the proposed  legislation,                                                              
the aforementioned  initial  $2 billion would  never be  available                                                              
for  appropriation;  pointed out  that  all of  Alaska's  citizens                                                              
would benefit  from the state  having and appropriating  from such                                                              
a  fund;   confirmed   that  appropriations   from  the   proposed                                                              
dedicated    transportation   infrastructure    fund   would    be                                                              
discretionary  rather  than  mandatory;   and  again  remarked  on                                                              
existing  and   anticipated  losses   of  federal   transportation                                                              
funding, upon which the state currently relies heavily.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT expressed her support for HJR 10.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:58:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MILLETT  made  a  motion  to  adopt  Amendment  1,                                                              
labeled 28-LS0133\U.1, Martin, 3/29/13, which read:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "studded"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "studded"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER objected.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON,  in response to  a question,  explained                                                              
that adoption  of Amendment  1 would  ensure  that all tire  taxes                                                              
are included.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:59:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  removed his objection,  observed that there  were no                                                              
further objections, and announced that Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KELLER  offered his  understanding  of what ballot  question                                                              
the voters  would be addressing  should HJR  10 be adopted  by the                                                              
legislature:   "to not only  take money  out of a savings  account                                                              
and  to build  the  fund, but  whether  or not  they  want to  tax                                                              
themselves and use those taxes in a dedicated fashion."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  P. WILSON  clarified,  "Actually,  there won't  be                                                              
any increased taxes to the voters."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KELLER countered,  "We're asking  the people  of Alaska  if                                                              
they want to direct  that money, in their taxes -  and it is taxes                                                              
... even  if it's in savings  because it's the people  of Alaska's                                                              
money;  so that  is the  question  that we  are proposing  putting                                                              
before the people of Alaska."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
[HJR 10, as amended, was held over.]                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:01:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being  no further business  before the committee,  the House                                                              
Judiciary Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 3:01 p.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 178 Sponsor Statement.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Sectional Analysis.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 ver. A.PDF HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Public Safety-Troopers.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Public Safety-Laboratory.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Public Defender Agency.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Office of Public Advocacy.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Dept. of Law.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Dept. of Corrections.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Fiscal Note-Court System.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Support Document-Forrest Dunbar Biography.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-Wyoming Drug Law Comparison to Alaska.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-SB 56 Law Office of Sidney Billingslea Letter of Support.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
SB 56
HB 178 Supporting Document-SB 56 Carmen Gutierrez Letter of Support.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
SB 56
HB 178 Supporting Document-Response to Questions from SB 56 March 18th Hearing.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
SB 56
HB 178 Supporting Document-Reclassifying Drug Possession as Misdemeanor.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-Newsminer Editorial on Recidivism.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-New York Times Editiorial.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-Fiscal Impact of Reclassifying Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance IV.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-Factors Driving AK Prison Population Growth.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Letter of Support-ACLU.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Letter of Opposition-AK Peace Officers Association.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HJR10 Sponsor Statement.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 ver. U.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Fiscal Note-Office of the Governor.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR10 Supporting Document-Dedicated Transporation Fund Article.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Supporting Document-NCSL-AASHTO Study Exec. Summary.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Supporting Document-AK Transportion Finance Study Exec. Summary.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Supporting Document-NCSL-AASHTO Alaska profile.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Supporting Document-AK Transportation Inffastructure Fund 2-25-13 Payout Spreadsheet.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Supporting Document-List of Supporters.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Support Document-AML 2013 Priorities.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-Sam Brice.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-Operating Engineers.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-Kiewit.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-Jack Grieco.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-Coalaska.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-Calista Corporation.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-AK Municipal League.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-AK Federation of Natives.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-AK Associated General Contractors.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-AFL-CIO.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support Coalaska (2).pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support- Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HB 178 Supporting Document-Reclassifying Nonviolent, Small Quanity Possession.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HJR 10 Proposed Amendment U.1.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HJR 10 Letter of Support-AK Chamber of Commerce.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJR 10
HB 173 Proposed Amendment N.5.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 173
HB 173 Proposed Amendment N.4.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 173
HB 173 Amendment Backup-Statutory Definition of Sexual Assault.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 173
HB 173 Amendment Backup-Statutory Definition of Incest.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 173
HB 173 Amendment Backup-Leg. Legal Memo.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 173
HB 178 Supporting Document-Response to April 3 Dept. of Law Concerns.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Supporting Document-Pew Center-The Long Reach of American Corrections.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
HB 178 Letter of Support-AK Mental Health Board.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178
SB 56 Letter of Support-ACLU.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/8/2013 1:00:00 PM
SB 56
HB 178 Supporting Document-Mike Moore Letter.pdf HJUD 4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM
HB 178