Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 120

02/12/2016 01:00 PM JUDICIARY

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01:04:24 PM Start
01:04:35 PM SB23
01:15:01 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 287 ATTY GEN: SERVICE ON BOARDS/COMMISSIONS TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Public & Invited Testimony --
+= SB 23 IMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING OPIOID OD DRUG TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 23(JUD) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 12, 2016                                                                                        
                           1:04 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wes Keller, Vice Chair                                                                                           
Representative Max Gruenberg                                                                                                    
Representative Neal Foster                                                                                                      
Representative Bob Lynn                                                                                                         
Representative Matt Claman                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Chair                                                                                          
Representative Charisse Millett                                                                                                 
Representative Kurt Olson (alternate)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 23(JUD)                                                                                                  
"An Act  relating to  opioid overdose  drugs  and to immunity  for                                                              
prescribing, providing, or administering opioid overdose drugs."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HCS CSSB 23(JUD) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 287                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating  to  the duties  and  powers  of  the  attorney                                                              
general;  relating   to  the  governor's  power   to  appoint  the                                                              
attorney general  to a  state board  or commission, the  governing                                                              
body  of a  public corporation,  or any  other entity  that has  a                                                              
governing  body;   requesting  that   the  governor   replace  the                                                              
attorney general  on the Alaska Permanent Fund  Corporation board;                                                              
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 23                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: IMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING OPIOID OD DRUG                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) ELLIS                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/21/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        

01/21/15 (S) HSS, JUD 03/18/15 (S) HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 03/18/15 (S) Heard & Held 03/18/15 (S) MINUTE (HSS) 03/23/15 (S) HSS AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205 03/23/15 (S) Moved SB 23 Out of Committee 03/23/15 (S) MINUTE (HSS) 03/25/15 (S) HSS RPT 3DP 2NR 03/25/15 (S) DP: STEDMAN, ELLIS, GIESSEL 03/25/15 (S) NR: KELLY, STOLTZE 04/01/15 (S) JUD AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg) 04/01/15 (S) Moved CSSB 23(JUD) Out of Committee 04/01/15 (S) MINUTE (JUD) 04/02/15 (S) JUD RPT CS 4DP NEW TITLE 04/02/15 (S) DP: MCGUIRE, COGHILL, COSTELLO, WIELECHOWSKI 04/18/15 (S) TRANSMITTED TO (H) 04/18/15 (S) VERSION: CSSB 23(JUD) 04/19/15 (H) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 04/19/15 (H) HSS, JUD

01/26/16 (H) HSS AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106

01/26/16 (H) Heard & Held

01/26/16 (H) MINUTE (HSS) 02/04/16 (H) HSS AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106 02/04/16 (H) Moved HCS CSSB 23(HSS) Out of Committee 02/04/16 (H) MINUTE (HSS) 02/05/16 (H) HSS RPT HCS (HSS) NT 7DP 02/05/16 (H) DP: VAZQUEZ, STUTES, TARR, TALERICO, FOSTER, WOOL, SEATON 02/08/16 (H) JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120 02/08/16 (H) Heard & Held 02/08/16 (H) MINUTE (JUD) 02/12/16 (H) JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120 WITNESS REGISTER No witnesses to record ACTION NARRATIVE 1:04:24 PM VICE CHAIR WES KELLER called the House Judiciary Standing Committee meeting to order at 1:04 p.m. Representatives Gruenberg, Lynn, Foster, and Keller were present at the call to order. Representative Claman arrived as the meeting was in progress. SB 23-IMMUNITY FOR PROVIDING OPIOID OD DRUG 1:04:35 PM VICE CHAIR KELLER announced that the only order of business would be (S)CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 23(JUD), "An Act relating to opioid overdose drugs and to immunity for prescribing, providing, or administering opioid overdose drugs." VICE CHAIR KELLER advised that the bill is before the committee for comments, discussion, and amendments. 1:05:32 PM REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG moved to adopt proposed Amendment 1. Page 1, line 2: Delete the first occurrence of "and" Page 1, line 3, following "drugs": Insert "; and providing for an effective date" Page 5, following line 24: Insert a new bill section to read: "* Sec. 7. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c)." VICE CHAIR KELLER asked Senator Johnny Ellis whether he was aware of the amendments and whether he objected. [SENATOR ELLIS nodded his agreement with the amendments.] VICE CHAIR KELLER stated that there being no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG noted it is an effective date clause. 1:06:17 PM REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG moved to adopt proposed Amendment 2. Page 4, line 19, following "physician,": Insert "osteopath, dentist," Page 5, line 14, following "physician,": Insert "osteopath, dentist," REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER objected for purposes of discussion. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG advised that the amendment adds osteopaths and dentists to the definition of health care provider in that they also have the legal ability to prescribe generally. He noted that optometrists and podiatrists were not included because they are limited to prescribe only in their particular areas of training and expertise in the human body. VICE CHAIR KELLER stated that the sponsor did not object to the amendment. [The committee treated the objection as removed.] VICE CHAIR KELLER said there being no objection, Amendment 2 was adopted. 1:07:38 PM REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG moved to adopt proposed Amendment 3. Page 4, line 8: Delete "if the person" Insert "." Page 4, lines 9 - 15: Delete all material. REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER objected for purposes of discussion. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG advised that the amendment deletes the language on page 4, lines 8 and 9-15, in that the current language could severely undercut the immunity desired in the bill. 1:08:44 PM REPRESENTATIVE LYNN asked that his name be added to the [bill] as co-sponsor. VICE CHAIR KELLER stated that Representative Lynn added his name [as co-sponsor to SB 23]. VICE CHAIR KELLER said, for clarification, this allows a person who happens to be in the vicinity [of an overdose] and has access to the drug, to administer the "essentially an anti- venom" drug without liability. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG stated "that is correct." VICE CHAIR KELLER stated that the sponsor did not object to the amendment. REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER removed his objection. VICE CHAIR KELLER advised there being no objection, Amendment 3 was adopted. 1:09:41 PM REPRESENTATIVE KELLER said that there being no further amendments, the bill is before the committee as amended, and he asked for comments or discussion. 1:09:50 PM REPRESENTATIVE LYNN emphasized that this is a very good bill and he will vote yes. Although, he remarked the bill may hold a somewhat enabling component because if a drug addict knows that the antidote is right there, they may be tempted to take more of the opiate than they had previously planned. He then expressed that the good of this bill far outweighs his concern and said he is now a co-sponsor to the bill. 1:10:50 PM REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG indicated his desire to associate himself with Representative Lynn's comments and also added his name as co-sponsor to the bill. REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN agreed this is a very good bill and it will save lives. One of things legislators can do, is make it possible to sometimes save lives and make a difference in every community in Alaska and, he stated, this bill is doing a good thing. He remarked he is pleased to support the bill and will sign on as a co-sponsor to the bill. 1:11:31 PM REPRESENTATIVE LYNN added that "pro-life" has many definitions and he considers this a pro-life bill. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG thanked Senator Ellis, Sarah, Deneen, Nicoli, Kalyssa, Megan, and everyone for working together to produce a really good bill REPRESENTATIVE KELLER expressed that, to him, this bill is frustrating because it is a reaction to a real problem, and that heroin overdoses affect every level of the economic structure of every community. He stressed, "This is very strictly for the record, a bill that deals with treatment of overdose of opioids, it is not a bill that does anything with the treatment of addiction problems that we have. And this is ... there's a close connection there, and there's a nexus that is kind of confusing, and that is that methadone is an opioid and that is used in the treatment of some of the addiction problems." He acknowledged that the sponsor wisely kept the issues separate in order to get this lifesaving bill through. Therefore, he emphasized, it is also a good bill. 1:13:30 PM REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER moved to report House CS for CS for Senate Bill 23(HSS), labeled 29-LS0058\N, as amended, out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG objected for discussion. REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG commented that after hearing the positive comments from the members, he suggested it is possible to make a motion to pass the bill out with a "Do Pass" recommendation and, of course, sign the bill individually. He remarked that this rarely happens but it may be a bill that merits a "Do Pass" by the committee. VICE CHAIR KELLER advised that the motion is on the floor and everyone has the option of checking "Do Pass" or "No Recommendation." REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG removed his objection. REPRESENTATIVE KELLER stated that there being no objection, House CS for CS for Senate Bill 23(JUD) passed out of the House Judiciary Standing Committee. 1:15:01 PM ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the committee, the House Judiciary Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 287 - Fiscal Note - LAW-CIVIL-02-04-16.pdf HJUD 2/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 - Fiscal Note - LAW-CRIM-02-04-16.pdf HJUD 2/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
SB 23 - Amendment 1.pdf HJUD 2/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 23
SB 23 - Amendment 2.pdf HJUD 2/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 23
SB 23 - Amendment 3.pdf HJUD 2/12/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 23