Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120

02/19/2018 01:30 PM JUDICIARY

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01:34:13 PM Start
01:34:44 PM Confirmation Hearing
01:40:18 PM HB307
01:46:18 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+ Confirmation Hearing: Select Committee on TELECONFERENCED
Legislative Ethics
+ HB 307 MILITARY JUSTICE & MILITIA CIVIL RELIEF TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 19, 2018                                                                                        
                           1:34 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Matt Claman, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins                                                                                          
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux                                                                                                 
Representative David Eastman                                                                                                    
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative Lora Reinbold                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Zach Fansler, Vice Chair                                                                                         
Representative Charisse Millett (alternate)                                                                                     
Representative Louise Stutes (alternate)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Dennis "Skip" Cook - Fairbanks                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 307                                                                                                              
"An Act  requiring a  person who  commits certain  offenses under                                                               
the code  of military justice  to register  as a sex  offender or                                                               
child  kidnapper; relating  to  the  Servicemembers Civil  Relief                                                               
Act;  relating to  contracts made  by a  member of  the organized                                                               
militia;  relating to  nonjudicial punishment  of members  of the                                                               
organized militia; relating to  offenses subject to court-martial                                                               
proceedings; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 307                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY JUSTICE & MILITIA CIVIL RELIEF                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TUCK                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
01/24/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/24/18       (H)       MLV, JUD                                                                                               
01/30/18       (H)       MLV AT 1:30 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
01/30/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
01/30/18       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/06/18       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/06/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/06/18       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/13/18       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/13/18       (H)       Moved CSHB 307(MLV) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/13/18       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/14/18       (H)       MLV RPT CS(MLV) NT 2DP 1NR 2AM                                                                         
02/14/18       (H)       DP: PARISH, TUCK                                                                                       
02/14/18       (H)       NR: SADDLER                                                                                            
02/14/18       (H)       AM: RAUSCHER, LEDOUX                                                                                   
02/19/18       (H)       JUD AT 1:30 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS "SKIP" COOK, Appointee                                                                                                   
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   As appointee  to the  Select Committee  on                                                             
Legislative  Ethics, discussed  his  qualifications and  answered                                                               
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA KLOSTER                                                                                                                  
Staff to Rep. Tuck                                                                                                              
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  During the  hearing of HB 307, presented the                                                             
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALE VANDHEY                                                                                                                    
Regional State Liaison                                                                                                          
Department of Defense State Liaison Office                                                                                      
Washington DC                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:   During the  hearing of  HB 307,  testified                                                             
regarding Section 6 of the legislation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MATT  CLAMAN called the House  Judiciary Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to  order at 1:34 p.m.  Representatives Claman, Reinbold,                                                               
Kopp, Kreiss-Tomkins,  LeDoux, Eastman  were present at  the call                                                               
to order.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                                           
                      CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:34:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
the confirmation hearing for the  Select Committee on Legislative                                                               
Ethics.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:35:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS "SKIP"  COOK, Appointee,  advised that  he is  a life-long                                                               
Alaskan,  raised  in  Fairbanks,  and has  lived  in  Juneau  and                                                               
Fairbanks.  He said that he  has served on and enjoyed working on                                                               
the  Select  Committee  on Legislative  Ethics  committee  for  a                                                               
number  of years,  the committee  renders a  good service  to the                                                               
State of Alaska as the oversight  of the legislature.  There is a                                                               
benefit in  mixing members  with longevity  and the  several good                                                               
new  members, because  this  service can  be  challenging as  the                                                               
statute is  known to be fairly  complex with complex issues.   He                                                               
remarked  that he  enjoys  working through  the  issues with  the                                                               
other members  on the committee  and he would  appreciate serving                                                               
another two years on the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:36:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  thanked Mr. Cook for  his willingness to                                                               
serve because  she has heard  good things about his  service, and                                                               
she looks forward to meeting him in the future.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:37:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN noted that  Mr. Cook "completed your vigil                                                               
in  2003,"  and  congratulated  him,  and  thanked  him  for  his                                                               
continued service on the committee.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. COOK advised  that he is still active with  the Boy Scouts of                                                               
America.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:37:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN closed invited testimony on Mr. Cook.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:38:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS  said   that  with  the  committee                                                               
having  reviewed  the  qualifications   of  the  Chief  Justice's                                                               
appointee,  the  House  Judiciary Standing  Committee  recommends                                                               
that the following name, Dennis  "Skip" Cook, be forwarded to the                                                               
joint session of  the House of Representatives and  Senate.  This                                                               
action does not reflect the intent  of any members to vote for or                                                               
against Mr. Cook during any  further sessions for the purposes of                                                               
appointment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:38:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:38 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
         HB 307-MILITARY JUSTICE & MILITIA CIVIL RELIEF                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:40:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that the  final order of business would be                                                               
CS FOR  HOUSE BILL NO. 307(MLV),  "An Act requiring a  person who                                                               
commits certain  offenses under the  code of military  justice to                                                               
register as  a sex offender  or child kidnapper; relating  to the                                                               
Servicemembers Civil  Relief Act;  relating to contracts  made by                                                               
servicemembers; relating to nonjudicial  punishment of members of                                                               
the  organized militia;  relating to  offenses subject  to court-                                                               
martial proceedings; and providing for an effective date."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:40:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA  KLOSTER, Staff  to Rep.  Tuck, Alaska  State Legislature,                                                               
explained  that the  [previous  update to  the  Code of  Military                                                               
Justice was  enacted via  House Bill 126,  passed in  the Twenty-                                                               
Ninth  Alaska  State Legislature]  and  this  legislation is  the                                                               
second iteration  updating those  statutes.  The  Federal Uniform                                                               
Code of  Military Justice  (UCMJ) was  recently updated  and this                                                               
bill reflects  its changes.   This legislation, she  pointed out,                                                               
updates  crimes  recognized  by the  Federal  UCMJ,  as  follows:                                                               
establishes  a procedure  for the  service member  who commits  a                                                               
sexual offense to register as  a sex offender; a child kidnapper;                                                               
updates  offenses  subject  to  court  martial  proceedings;  and                                                               
updates consumer protections for service members.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:41:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  remarked   that  the  sponsor's  office                                                               
worked  with   the  House  Special  Committee   on  Military  and                                                               
Veterans'  Affairs   to  resolve   the  issues  put   before  the                                                               
committee, and she is comfortable with the bill at this point.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN surmised  that amendments were offered  in the House                                                               
Special  Committee  on  Military  and  Veterans'  addressing  the                                                               
raised concerns.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD answered in the affirmative.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:42:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX said that "we did  a good job" in the House                                                               
Special  Committee  on  Military and  Veterans'  Affairs,  except                                                               
there may  be a few  outstanding issues.   She offered  hope that                                                               
this  bill would  not move  out  of committee  today because  she                                                               
would like the opportunity to continue working on the bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  advised that he did  not plan to move  the bill out                                                               
of committee  today, noting  that during  the first  revisions to                                                               
the  Uniform Code  of Military  Justice via  House Bill  126, the                                                               
House  Judiciary Standing  Committee spent  many hours  reviewing                                                               
the legislation.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN opened public testimony on HB 307.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:44:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALE  VANDHEY,  Regional  State Liaison,  Department  of  Defense                                                               
State  Liaison Office,  advised  that the  Department of  Defense                                                               
State Liaison Office  is interested in Section 6.   This section,                                                               
he said,  has to do  with consumer protection for  those military                                                               
members called  for deployments  so that  their contracts  can be                                                               
suspended when  they are deployed.   This is an effort  by all of                                                               
the states to work together  to help protect military members and                                                               
their families,  this is one  of the Department of  Defense State                                                               
Liaison Office's ten  (indisc.) for 2018 and  it would appreciate                                                               
the legislature's support on HB 307.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:45:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN,  after  ascertaining  no one  wished  to  testify,                                                               
closed public testimony on HB 307.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
[HB 307 was held over.]                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:46:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Judiciary Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:46 p.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics Appointment-Dennis Cook Resume 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics Appointment-Dennis Cook Letter of Nomination Chief Justice Stowers 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB307 ver D 2.19.18.PDF HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HJUD 2/21/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Sponsor Statement 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HJUD 2/21/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Memo of Changes ver D 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Sectional Analysis ver D 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HJUD 2/21/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Additional Document-SCRA Enhancement 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Opposing Document-NFIB Letter 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Fiscal Note MVA-COM 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HJUD 2/21/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 307
HB307 Fiscal Note DPS-SWITS 2.19.18.pdf HJUD 2/19/2018 1:30:00 PM
HJUD 2/21/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 307