Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

03/13/2020 01:00 PM JUDICIARY

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 290 ALTERNATIVE TO ARREST: MENTAL HEALTH CTR. TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 290(JUD) Out of Committee
+= HB 287 VILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER GRANTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 13, 2020                                                                                         
                           1:07 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Matt Claman, Chair                                                                                               
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux                                                                                                 
Representative Laddie Shaw                                                                                                      
Representative Sarah Vance                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 290                                                                                                              
"An  Act  establishing an  alternative  to  arrest procedure  for                                                               
persons  in  acute  episodes  of   mental  illness;  relating  to                                                               
emergency detention  for mental  health evaluation;  and relating                                                               
to licensure of crisis stabilization centers."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 290(JUD) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 287                                                                                                              
"An  Act requiring  background investigations  of village  public                                                               
safety  officer applicants  by the  Department of  Public Safety;                                                               
relating  to  the  village public  safety  officer  program;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 290                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ALTERNATIVE TO ARREST: MENTAL HEALTH CTR.                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) CLAMAN                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/24/20       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/24/20       (H)       JUD, FIN                                                                                               
03/06/20       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/06/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/06/20       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/11/20       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/11/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/11/20       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/13/20       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 287                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: VILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER GRANTS                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KOPP                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
02/24/20       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/24/20       (H)       TRB, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
02/26/20       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/26/20       (H)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/03/20       (H)       TRB AT 8:00 AM DAVIS 106                                                                               
03/03/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/03/20       (H)       MINUTE(TRB)                                                                                            
03/05/20       (H)       TRB AT 8:00 AM DAVIS 106                                                                               
03/05/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/05/20       (H)       MINUTE(TRB)                                                                                            
03/10/20       (H)       TRB AT 8:00 AM DAVIS 106                                                                               
03/10/20       (H)       Moved CSHB 287(TRB) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/10/20       (H)       MINUTE(TRB)                                                                                            
03/11/20       (H)       TRB RPT CS(TRB) 4DP 1NR                                                                                
03/11/20       (H)       DP: KOPP, LINCOLN, ORTIZ, ZULKOSKY                                                                     
03/11/20       (H)       NR: VANCE                                                                                              
03/11/20       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/11/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/11/20       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/13/20       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CARMEN LOWRY, Executive Director                                                                                                
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 290, as                                                               
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KEN TRUITT, Staff                                                                                                               
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered a PowerPoint presentation on HB
287, on behalf of Representative Chuck Kopp, prime sponsor.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW MERRILL, Captain                                                                                                         
Division of Alaska State Troopers                                                                                               
Department of Public Safety                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony on HB 287.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL NEMETH, VPSO Program Coordinator                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 287.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NEES                                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony on HB 287.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA KLOSTER, Executive Director                                                                                              
Native People's Action                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 287.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
KELSEY WALLACE, Communications Director                                                                                         
Native People's Action                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 287.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CAROL PISCOYA, Vice President                                                                                                   
Community Services Division                                                                                                     
Kawerak, Inc.                                                                                                                   
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony on HB 287.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA WHITMAN-KASSOCK, Program Administrator                                                                                   
Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)                                                                                
Bethel, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 287.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
DARELL HILDEBRAND, VPSO Coordinator                                                                                             
Tanana Chiefs Conference                                                                                                        
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 287.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO KENNEDY                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony on HB 287.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS HATCH, VPSO Coordinator                                                                                                   
Copper River Native Association                                                                                                 
Copper Center, Alaska                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT:  Offered testimony in support of HB 287.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:07:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MATT  CLAMAN called the House  Judiciary Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to order at 1:07  p.m.  Representatives Claman, Drummond,                                                               
Stutes,  LeDoux, Shaw,  and Vance  were  present at  the call  to                                                               
order.    Representative  Kopp  arrived as  the  meeting  was  in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
         HB 290-ALTERNATIVE TO ARREST: MENTAL HEALTH CTR.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:07:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO. 290,  "An  Act  establishing an  alternative  to                                                               
arrest  procedure  for  persons   in  acute  episodes  of  mental                                                               
illness;  relating  to  emergency  detention  for  mental  health                                                               
evaluation;  and relating  to licensure  of crisis  stabilization                                                               
centers."                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:07:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN stated  that there  were two  amendments to  HB 290                                                               
and, since  he was the  sponsor of  both amendments, he  would be                                                               
passing the  gavel to Representative  Stutes for the  duration of                                                               
the amendment process.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:08:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN passed the gavel to Representative Stutes.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:08:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN moved to adopt Amendment 1, labeled 31-LS1513\K.1,                                                                 
Marx, 3/13/20, which read as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, lines 9 - 12:                                                                                                      
          Delete all material and insert:                                                                                       
               "(1)  not to arrest the person; or                                                                           
               (2) to deliver the person to a crisis                                                                        
     stabilization  center  or  an  evaluation  facility  as                                                                
     provided in AS 12.25.031(b)."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, following line 12:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                    
        "* Sec. 3.  AS 18.65.530 is amended by  adding a new                                                                
     subsection to read:                                                                                                        
          "(g) A peace officer who delivers a person to a                                                                       
     crisis  stabilization  center  or  evaluation  facility                                                                    
     under  (c)  of this  section  shall  provide the  peace                                                                    
     officer's   contact    information   to    the   crisis                                                                    
     stabilization  center or  evaluation  facility and,  if                                                                    
     the peace officer is  notified under AS 12.25.031(d) of                                                                    
     a  planned release  of the  person,  the peace  officer                                                                    
     shall make  reasonable efforts to inform  the victim of                                                                    
     a crime  under (a)(1)  and (2) of  this section  of the                                                                    
     planned release."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 5, line 10:                                                                                                           
          Delete "sec. 5"                                                                                                       
          Insert "sec. 6"                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 5, line 12:                                                                                                           
          Delete "sec. 5"                                                                                                       
     Insert "sec. 6"                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:08:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  objected to the motion,  for the purpose                                                               
of discussion.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:09:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN  explained that  Amendment  1  was the  product  of                                                               
extensive  discussions  with  the   Alaska  Network  on  Domestic                                                               
Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA),  as well as law enforcement                                                               
officers.  He  stated that there was an interest  in the domestic                                                               
violence context of Section 2  of the proposed legislation, which                                                               
is what Amendment  1 would address.  He said  that they wanted to                                                               
limit  circumstances when  a person  could be  taken to  a crisis                                                               
stabilization center when  there is probable cause  to arrest the                                                               
person  in  instances  where  the  person  is  gravely  disabled,                                                               
consistent with the involuntary  commitment requirements of Title                                                               
47.  He  stated that Amendment 1 would provide  that instead of a                                                               
broader  ability  to divert,  when  there  is probable  cause  to                                                               
arrest the only circumstances when  an officer could take someone                                                               
to a crisis stabilization center,  or an evaluation facility, was                                                               
if  the  officer had  found  the  person  to  be subject  for  an                                                               
involuntary  commitment  under  Title  47,  which  is  under  the                                                               
provisions of AS 12.25.031(b).                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN stated  that the second part of  Amendment 1 relates                                                               
to what  happens when  a police  officer delivers  a person  to a                                                               
crisis  stabilization  center, when  that  person  is subject  to                                                               
involuntary  commitment, and  whereas  other  provisions make  it                                                               
optional   for  police   officers   to   provide  their   contact                                                               
information,  in  the  instance  of  domestic  violence  settings                                                               
officers would  be required to provide  their contact information                                                               
to  the evaluation  center or  crisis stabilization  center.   If                                                               
that person were  at some point released from  the center, he/she                                                               
would have to  notify the police officer, who would  then have to                                                               
make  reasonable efforts  to notify  the victim  of the  domestic                                                               
violence.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:11:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  withdrew her objection to  the motion to                                                               
adopt Amendment 1.   There being no  further objection, Amendment                                                               
1 was adopted.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:11:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  moved to adopt Amendment  2, labeled 31-LS1513\K.2,                                                               
Marx, 3/12/20, which read as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 1, following "center":                                                                                        
          Insert "or an evaluation facility"                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 9:                                                                                                            
          Delete "provider"                                                                                                     
       Insert "crisis stabilization center or evaluation                                                                        
     facility"                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:11:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  objected to the motion,  for the purpose                                                               
of discussion.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN  stated that  Amendment  2  would provide  clean-up                                                               
language to  the proposed legislation,  which was the  product of                                                               
Legislative  Legal  Services  working   through  the  process  of                                                               
Amendment 1 and  realizing that on Page 2,  subsection (b), under                                                               
"alternative  to arrest  provisions",  rather  than referring  to                                                               
just  a  "crisis stabilization  center",  it  should refer  to  a                                                               
"crisis  stabilization center  or  an evaluation  facility".   He                                                               
pointed out  that the other change  would be to change  a line on                                                               
Page 2 of  the proposed legislation from  "provided the officers                                                                
contact  information   to  the  provider",  with   "provided  the                                                               
officers  contact information to  the crisis stabilization center                                                               
or evaluation facility".                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:12:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  withdrew her objection to  the motion to                                                               
adopt Amendment 2.   There being no  further objection, Amendment                                                               
2 was adopted.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES handed the gavel back to Chair Claman.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:12:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN stated  that Carmen  Lowry, from  ANDVSA, would  be                                                               
offering testimony regarding HB 290, as amended.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:13:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN reopened public testimony on HB 290, [as amended].                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:14:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:14 p.m. to 1:16 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:16:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARMEN  LOWRY, Executive  Director,  Alaska  Network on  Domestic                                                               
Violence  and  Sexual  Assault  (ANDVSA),  offered  testimony  in                                                               
support  of HB  290, as  amended.   She  expressed gratitude  for                                                               
Chair Clamans   leadership.   She said  ANDVSA believes  that the                                                               
intent of  the proposed legislation  is to  decriminalize actions                                                               
associated with  individuals who  experience an  acute behavioral                                                               
crisis  and  to provide  help  to  those  people, as  opposed  to                                                               
arresting them.   She expressed  that ANDVSA thinks  the proposed                                                               
legislation  supports families.    She thanked  Chair Claman  for                                                               
allowing  ANDVSA  to   work  with  him  to   ensure  that  victim                                                               
notification  was present  in the  proposed legislation,  through                                                               
the  adopted amendments.   She  said that  ANDVSA will  always be                                                               
looking at how a victim might be able to assert his/her rights.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:18:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN, after  ascertaining that there was no  one else who                                                               
wished to testify, closed public testimony on HB 290.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:19:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  remarked that she  had no idea  this was                                                               
an  issue  before she  heard  HB  290.    She said  the  proposed                                                               
legislation would respond  to a critical issue in  the state, and                                                               
she  expressed  her  hope  that  it  would  pass  as  quickly  as                                                               
possible.   She expressed her  understanding that it  would delay                                                               
things tremendously if the legislature did not pass HB 290.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:19:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VANCE said she agrees  that HB 290, as amended, is                                                               
headed   in  the   right   direction;   however,  she   expressed                                                               
reservations that the  committee has not seen  the bigger picture                                                               
of  what   needs  will   arise  in   the  future   pertaining  to                                                               
stabilization  centers and  mobile units.   She  said that  those                                                               
things would  involve a lot of  capital and employees.   She said                                                               
that  she could  see an  obvious need  but thinks  she was  being                                                               
asked  to "take  a tiny  bite  of a  very large  elephant."   She                                                               
explained that she  could foresee an issue arising  in the coming                                                               
year  in  which the  Department  of  Health and  Social  Services                                                               
(DHSS) might  express that  it received  permission to  start the                                                               
program and needs  funding for it.  She said  that she would like                                                               
to have a better idea of what  will be "needed to make room for,"                                                               
because it is  a high priority in the state.   She expressed that                                                               
she would like as much  information about the projections of what                                                               
the proposed legislation  entails, in order to  fully support the                                                               
proposed legislation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:21:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN thanked  DHSS for its extensive work  in getting the                                                               
proposed legislation  to the point it  is at.  He  thanked ANDVSA                                                               
for  its tireless  advocacy, which  he said  is reflected  in its                                                               
effectiveness.     He  also  thanked   the  attorneys   from  the                                                               
Department  of Law  and  encouraged  a yes  vote  on  HB 290,  as                                                               
amended.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:22:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  moved to report  HB 290, as amended,  out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.   There  being  no  objection, CSHB  290(JUD)  was                                                               
reported from the House Special Committee on Fisheries.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:22:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:22 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          HB 287-VILLAGE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER GRANTS                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:25:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that the  final order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 287, "An Act  requiring background investigations                                                               
of village public safety officer  applicants by the Department of                                                               
Public  Safety; relating  to the  village  public safety  officer                                                               
program;  and providing  for  an effective  date."   [Before  the                                                               
committee was CSHB 287(TRB).]                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:25:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEN  TRUITT,  Staff,  Representative  Chuck  Kopp,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, offered a PowerPoint  presentation on CSHB 287(TRB),                                                               
on  behalf  of Representative  Chuck  Kopp,  prime sponsor.    He                                                               
stated  that  the first  portion  of  the PowerPoint,  which  was                                                               
covered in the  previous hearing, was an overview  of the Village                                                               
Public Safety Officer (VPSO) Working  Group and the Working Group                                                               
report.  He  remarked that what would follow  in the presentation                                                               
was a sectional  walkthrough of the proposed  legislation, and an                                                               
explanation of  the changes  that were made  in CSHB  287(TRB) in                                                               
the prior  committee.  He  briefly noted the  previous iterations                                                               
of the bill.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT stated that the slides of the PowerPoint presentation                                                                
correspond to  the Sectional Analysis  of HB 287, and  would show                                                               
the  changes  made to  the  proposed  legislation throughout  the                                                               
process.  [Hard copy included in the committee packet.]                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:27:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT stated that Section 1,  page 1, and Section 2, page 3,                                                               
of  HB  287, show  the  changes  that  would amend  the  criminal                                                               
history  background checks,  and he  explained that  the sections                                                               
work together.  He said that  Section 1 would amend AS 12.62.400,                                                               
which is the statewide statute  that requests criminal background                                                               
checks  through a  national system.    He stated  that Section  2                                                               
would amend the Department of  Public Safetys  (DPS's) statute AS                                                               
18.65.080, and places  in that statute the  obligation to conduct                                                               
criminal background checks for the VPSO program.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:28:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  remarked that this was  important because at                                                               
one-point DPS  stopped doing the  background checks for  the VPSO                                                               
program  and didnt   give notice  to  the grantee  organizations;                                                               
therefore,  Section 1  and Section  2  would make  it clear  that                                                               
background checks are a DPS function for the VPSO program.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:28:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT,  referencing page 14 of  the PowerPoint presentation,                                                               
stated that  Section 3 would  repeal and reenact the  single VPSO                                                               
statute.  He explained that  the very first recommendation was to                                                               
update  the  VPSO  statute  and  said  that  the  chart  compares                                                               
subsection (a) of the existing  VPSO statute to the state trooper                                                               
duties from AS  18.65.080.  He pointed out that  the VPSO statute                                                               
is  ambiguous,  especially  when  compared to  how  specific  the                                                               
statutes are for the state troopers.   He said that there are six                                                               
prepositional phrases before  the first actual duty of  a VPSO is                                                               
listed, whereas  the state  troopers' duties  are very  clear and                                                               
direct.  He remarked that this  was the reason for the tightening                                                               
of this statute.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:30:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP remarked that  the statute would be tightened                                                               
up to  reflect what the duties  really are for a  modern-day VPSO                                                               
in rural Alaska.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:30:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT,  referencing page 15 of  the PowerPoint presentation,                                                               
showed  Section 3,  as it  was  introduced in  the original  bill                                                               
version,  and lists  all the  functions that  the VPSO  personnel                                                               
currently perform.   He pointed  out that the amendments  made in                                                               
CSHB 287(TRB), which  was before the committee,  made the statute                                                               
too unwieldy;  therefore, the bill  drafters decided to  create a                                                               
separate statute dealing with VPSO duties.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:32:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  asked whether  the VPSOs  were currently                                                               
providing all these  services or whether there  would be services                                                               
added to what  they currently provided, and she  remarked that if                                                               
so, it sounds like the VPSOs would need to be paid more.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:32:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  replied that there are  more duties assigned                                                               
for  the VPSOs  in the  proposed legislation,  but they  would be                                                               
identified in statute according to  what they have been doing for                                                               
a  long  time, or  in  other  words,  they have  been  performing                                                               
outside of the  scope of their designated duties for  the sake of                                                               
necessity.   He  said  that this  has led  to  problems of  grant                                                               
monies  being  authorized  to fund  the  public  safety  mission,                                                               
because it  is not clear in  statute whether the VPSOs  should be                                                               
conducting investigations  or enforcing  criminal laws,  but they                                                               
are in fact doing that, and  expected to do so by their villages,                                                               
and often  do so with  a complete  absence of other  support from                                                               
public safety.   He said that by identifying  these job functions                                                               
in  statute, it  would also  help to  elevate the  profession and                                                               
improve recruitment retention.   He remarked that  he agrees with                                                               
Representative Drummond that  the VPSOs should be paid  more.  He                                                               
said that  there is  an appropriation  from the  legislature each                                                               
year into  the budget process  which is  run as a  grant program,                                                               
and the  benefit of  the work  a VPSO does  is significant  for a                                                               
non-state employee.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND asked  whether the  proposed legislation                                                               
was formalizing in statute what the VPSOs are currently doing.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP replied that is correct.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:34:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SHAW remarked  that  he has  a concern  regarding                                                               
development and disbursement of grants  made under the section in                                                               
statute, and  that there is  an excess  of 800 hours  of training                                                               
for  a VPSO,  excluding the  firearms training,  that they  would                                                               
need  in order  to reach  certification.   He  asked whether  the                                                               
VPSOs would  be certified at  this level under the  Alaska Police                                                               
Standards Council (APSC).                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:34:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  replied that  the VPSO program  is certified                                                               
through DPS and  not APSC.  He  said that it is  under a separate                                                               
category and its regulations are not under APSC.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SHAW replied that  he understood, but his question                                                               
was  whether the  VPSOs would  be at  the level  of certification                                                               
that APSC would require of a certified police officer.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP answered generally,  yes, and stated that the                                                               
hours would  closely mirror an  academy, but the  legislature put                                                               
it entirely under DPS in the 1970s.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SHAW  asked whether the additional  training which                                                               
would  need to  take place  to certify  the VPSOs  at this  level                                                               
would come from state funds or  the grant program would follow up                                                               
on it.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  replied that  the grant  funds would  be for                                                               
additional  training,   and  he  pointed  out   that  most  VPSOs                                                               
currently   get   this   training,   regarding   basic   criminal                                                               
investigation, as part of the basic VPSO training.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:36:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT noted that Captain  Andrew Merrill and Michael Nemeth,                                                               
a VPSO, would  be offering testimony on HB 287,  and he explained                                                               
that they are  both subject matter experts on the  details of the                                                               
VPSO program and  could help to clear up questions  when they are                                                               
called  to  testify.   Referencing  slide  17 of  the  PowerPoint                                                               
presentation, he pointed out changes  that were made in the prior                                                               
committee.  He  said that the language was added  that "a village                                                               
public safety  officer has the  power of  a peace officer  of the                                                               
state  or municipality",  and this  language mirrors  the trooper                                                               
statute in existing and current law.   He said that both troopers                                                               
and VPSOs  are in  the definition  of "peace  officer."   He said                                                               
that language  was highlighted  to make it  clear that  VPSOs are                                                               
law  enforcement  peace  officers,  by using  the  language  "the                                                               
powers  usually and  customarily exercised  by a  peace officer",                                                               
which is language that is in the state trooper statute.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:38:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES asked  whether VPSOs  would have  the same                                                               
training as state troopers.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:38:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KOPP  replied   that   the   VPSOs  complete   a                                                               
substantially   similar  academy   unless   it  is   specifically                                                               
identified as  a truncated academy.   He  said it is  possible to                                                               
run  through  a  shorter  version,  but  that  just  defers  some                                                               
training until  later in the field.   He explained that  when the                                                               
VPSOs go  through a normal  full academy,  which most of  them do                                                               
and have  done historically, the  training is  substantially like                                                               
that of state troopers.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES asked,  referencing AS  18.65.686, whether                                                               
this would  provide for the  same authority for VPSOs  that state                                                               
troopers have.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  answered that the VPSOs  statutory authority                                                               
would be upgraded so that there  is nothing in the law that would                                                               
prevent them from  doing a duty that another trooper  would do if                                                               
one were  available to it.   He explained that this  is important                                                               
because  the VPSOs  are  called  upon routinely  in  some of  the                                                               
toughest   areas   of   the  state   to   be   primary   on-scene                                                               
investigators, and will  at times be singly in charge  of a crime                                                               
scene  for two  days before  a trooper  can get  there, in  cases                                                               
ranging from  homicide to  sexual assault.   He  said that  it is                                                               
important to identify  the function in statute, as it  is hard to                                                               
justify sending them  to training; therefore, the  statute has to                                                               
be  in place  to  show the  VPSOs' duties,  and  then it  follows                                                               
logically that training would be authorized in order to do that.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:40:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  asked, "Why  go through  all of  this; why                                                               
not just make them troopers?"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP replied  that the  state does  not have  the                                                               
money to hire  the hundreds of additional troopers  that would be                                                               
needed.  He remarked that  he is personally "for" state troopers,                                                               
but the  value of the dollar  the state receives by  working with                                                               
tribal  governments  and  local  entities  who  have  established                                                               
nonprofits  to  partner  with  the state,  and  having  no  state                                                               
benefited  employees driving  up pension  costs, is  substantial.                                                               
He explained  that the question  becomes whether the  state wants                                                               
to  spend $60  to $80  million on  it or  improve a  program that                                                               
currently   costs  approximately   $11  million   annually,  with                                                               
approximately $8.5  million going  to the  grantees and  the rest                                                               
for administration  of the VPSO program.   He said that  it is an                                                               
example of  local government providing local  solutions to public                                                               
safety issues,  and it  is easy  to underestimate  how powerfully                                                               
the communities are  committed to the VPSO program,  and it would                                                               
be the  equivalent of suggesting  that state troopers  police the                                                               
city  of  Anchorage,  rather  than its  local  police  force;  he                                                               
suggested a better  example might be a small town  in Alaska with                                                               
its own police department.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  expressed  that communities  and  community                                                               
councils  want  control  of  their own  public  safety,  and  the                                                               
grantees are  no different; they  represent communities  that see                                                               
their  VPSOs as  a local  public safety  solution, and  the state                                                               
receives a  tremendous value  out of  that in  cost savings.   He                                                               
said it  is a critical partnership,  and the state would  have to                                                               
provide housing,  infrastructure, and  support for  the troopers,                                                               
and many  of the  locations are  such tough  places to  live that                                                               
there is not a  place to put troopers.  He  pointed out that even                                                               
if the  state hired more  troopers, they  would still have  to be                                                               
flown  into the  locations  and it  would be  hard  to get  young                                                               
troopers with  families to  move to  those kinds  of places.   He                                                               
summarized  that there  are many  reasons that  the VPSO  program                                                               
needs to  be successful,  because it's the  "boots on  the ground                                                               
doing the job for Alaskans."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX remarked  that she  thinks that  Utqiagvik                                                               
wanted  a  state prosecutor,  so  the  city  is paying  for  that                                                               
prosecutor.   She asked whether  it would be possible  to install                                                               
troopers  and have  some  of the  entities  currently paying  for                                                               
VPSOs  through  grant  programs  pay for  [the  troopers].    She                                                               
expressed that  it seems  to her  that if  the VPSOs  receive the                                                               
same training, and perform the  same duties, that they might need                                                               
to be state troopers.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP answered  that he  did not  want to  confuse                                                               
short-term goals  with long-term  goals and  said that  long term                                                               
they want to raise the status  and profession of what these brave                                                               
many and  women do in  rural Alaska every day.   He said  that in                                                               
the  short term,  what Representative  LeDoux suggested  is "just                                                               
about impossible," because  it is hard to  appreciate the current                                                               
financial contribution  with the  grantees for the  VPSO program.                                                               
He said  that they are not  recipients of a free  grant and there                                                               
is  a  massive financial  commitment  through  indirect costs  to                                                               
support  the VPSO  program.    He remarked  that  the VPSOs  make                                                               
approximately  $20 hourly,  which is  not even  minimum wage  for                                                               
where  many of  them are  working in  Alaska.   He said  that the                                                               
grantees  must  pay  the  labor  costs,  come  up  with  housing,                                                               
information  technology  (IT),  human  resources  (HR),  and  the                                                               
infrastructure to support  each peace officer, and this  is at no                                                               
cost to the  state; therefore, it would be  a considerably higher                                                               
investment  to   get  the  same  resource   without  the  grantee                                                               
partnership,  as  the VPSOs  would  have  to be  state  benefited                                                               
employees who cost a lot more.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  reiterated  the  value of  what  the  state                                                               
receives  and  how  committed  the   grantees  are  to  providing                                                               
infrastructure for the VPSOs in  their communities.  He said that                                                               
the grantees  could partner with  the state for a  state trooper,                                                               
but  the difference  is that  it wouldnt   be possible  to get  a                                                               
state trooper  to live in one  of these locations.   He said that                                                               
the state troopers are intentionally  deployed out of major hubs,                                                               
because they  need to be able  to be flexible, and  the VPSOs are                                                               
in  small, rural  villages where  they  are often  also the  fire                                                               
chiefs, head  emergency trauma technicians, first  responders for                                                               
search and rescue,  and "their phone goes off all  the time; they                                                               
do it all."   He stated that there is no  other model that Alaska                                                               
has practiced  that works, and  this is a uniquely  Alaskan model                                                               
that the communities believe could prosper with proper support.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:46:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND asked when,  and whether, the legislature                                                               
authorized  the  VPSOs to  carry  firearms  and receive  firearms                                                               
training at the academy.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP answered that  it was approximately six years                                                               
ago  that  legislation  was  passed,  which  he  recollected  was                                                               
proposed by Representative  Edgmon.  He said an  unarmed VPSO was                                                               
fatally  shot when  responding to  a "gun  call."   He said  that                                                               
there was public outrage surrounding  the fact that the VPSOs are                                                               
in the  toughest spots  and violent  situations and  the grantees                                                               
are not  allowed the authority  to arm them  if they want  to put                                                               
them through the  training.  He said that  the legislation didnt                                                                
prescribe that the  VPSOs must be armed but made  sure that there                                                               
is nothing in law to prevent  it if they are properly trained and                                                               
certified.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND asked  whether the  proposed legislation                                                               
would enumerate or reinforce that legislation.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP answered that it would.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:48:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SHAW  asked Representative  Kopp to  highlight for                                                               
the  committee the  oversight and  regulatory  authority for  the                                                               
VPSOs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  answered  that  this  would  be  coming  up                                                               
shortly in the presentation on the proposed legislation.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SHAW remarked  that  it  was highlighted  earlier                                                               
that the  VPSOs  training  does not fall  under the  standards of                                                               
APSC and their training is  equivalent to the state troopers, but                                                               
the standards  are not equivalent.   He expressed that this  is a                                                               
concern that  he has and  asked Representative Kopp  to elaborate                                                               
on the topic.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  answered  that   was  the  next  issue  the                                                               
presentation would address.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:48:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN asked whether it had  been the case that even though                                                               
the  VPSOs can  now be  armed,  they must  go through  additional                                                               
training in  order to  do so,  and a very  small number  of VPSOs                                                               
have taken the  required training.  He said that  he thinks there                                                               
are only one or two armed VPSOs currently in Alaska.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  answered that  was  correct,  and very  few                                                               
VPSOs  are armed.   He  said this  is because  of the  additional                                                               
training required,  and ongoing  training on the  appropriate use                                                               
of force.   He stated  that some  grantees are willing  to invest                                                               
heavily in  the training,  but it could  be that  other grantees                                                                
might not  want to have  the liability.   He reiterated  that the                                                               
legislature did  not prescribe  the arming  of VPSOs  but ensured                                                               
that the law would not prohibit doing so.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:50:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT stated that subsection (a),  on page 3 of the proposed                                                               
legislation,  is  important because  it  has  been rewritten  and                                                               
starts to  split grant management  from DPS to the  Department of                                                               
Commerce Community and Economic  Development (DCCED).  He pointed                                                               
out that  this pertains  to AS 18.65.670,  which is  the repealed                                                               
and reenacted  VPSO statute.   He stated that subsection  (b), on                                                               
page 4  of the proposed  legislation, would be mostly  similar to                                                               
the  existing subsection  (b) of  AS 18.65.670,  but it  would be                                                               
updated to  include references to  the commissioner  of commerce,                                                               
and   would  also   include   federally   recognized  tribes   as                                                               
organizations that  can be  awarded a VPSO  grant.   He expressed                                                               
that an amendment might be offered to remove this.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:51:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  remarked that Mr.  Truitt should move  forward with                                                               
CSHB 287(TRB) and address amendments later.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT, referencing slide 18  of the PowerPoint presentation,                                                               
stated  that subsection  (c), on  page 4  of CSHB  287(TRB) would                                                               
provide a  new statutory codification  of current  DPS regulation                                                               
13  AAC 96.020,  with  changes  to reflect  that  DCCED would  be                                                               
performing financial  management of the  grants.  He  stated that                                                               
subsection   (d),  on   page  4   would  provide   the  statutory                                                               
codification of  the DPS regulation  13 AAC 96.030,  with changes                                                               
to reflect  that DCCED would  be performing  financial management                                                               
of the grants.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:52:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  remarked that this section  would be putting                                                               
the  financial  management  under  DCCED rather  than  DPS.    He                                                               
explained that  DPS is not  a grants management agency  and DCCED                                                               
is.   He  said  that  DPS partners  with  all  the nonprofits  on                                                               
managing grants, but needs to  stay in operational oversight, and                                                               
the mentorship,  training, and support  it provides  is critical.                                                               
He stated that there was found  to be a real conflict, in talking                                                               
with all 10  of the grantees in the communities,  for DPS to have                                                               
both the  "money piece and  the operational piece," and  it ended                                                               
up being a  mission collision because it was  making decisions on                                                               
funding, or not  funding, training or activities based  on a very                                                               
literal view of the law, which  was too restricted.  He said that                                                               
the proposed legislation  would change the statutes  to show what                                                               
the VPSOs  do in  carrying out  the law, so  that funding  can be                                                               
adequately directed  to support  those public  safety activities.                                                               
He pointed  out that DCCED  is prepared, and able,  to administer                                                               
the grants, which  is something that it routinely does.   He said                                                               
that subsection (e)  would provide a new  partial codification of                                                               
current DPS regulations,  which sets the overall  policy that one                                                               
VPSO   is  generally   assigned  to   one  village,   unless  the                                                               
organization requests additional VPSO  personnel.  He stated that                                                               
subsection (f)  would allow for  travelling VPSOs.   He explained                                                               
that previously, grant language made it  so that a VPSO could not                                                               
go to  another village nearby in  need of help, as  that VPSO was                                                               
hired for a  specific village, which didnt  make  sense as public                                                               
safety  needs to  be able  to respond  to nearby  locations.   He                                                               
stated that  the proposed  legislation would  make it  clear that                                                               
the grantees have the authority to provide roving support.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:54:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP,  referencing  slide 24  of  the  PowerPoint                                                               
presentation, remarked  that subsection  (g) would also  go right                                                               
in to  DCCED performing the  financial management of  the grants,                                                               
and contains  grant record  keeping and  management requirements,                                                               
consistent with recommendations 1, 2,  and 9 of the working group                                                               
report [hard copy included in the committee packet.]                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:54:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KOPP,   referencing   slide  25,   stated   that                                                               
subsection (h)  was taken  word for word  from existing  law, and                                                               
there were no changes within.   He said that subsection (i) would                                                               
allow for  funding grantee organizations  indirect rates up  to a                                                               
statewide average of 35 percent,  and said that this language has                                                               
been used as  intent language in multiple  prior operating budget                                                               
bills; therefore, this  would not be something new as  far as the                                                               
state is concerned,  as this is what the rate  is usually set at.                                                               
He pointed  out that this  was done to  implement recommendations                                                               
2,  4, and  5 from  the  working group  report.   He stated  that                                                               
subsection (j) was new and  would provide explicit instruction to                                                               
the  DCCED  commissioner on  grant  fund  disbursement; in  other                                                               
words,  funds  could be  used  for  items reasonably  related  to                                                               
public safety  and VPSO duties  as identified  under HB 287.   He                                                               
added that  grant funds  could not  be unreasonably  withheld and                                                               
disbursed in a timely manner.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP stated  that subsection  (k) and  subsection                                                               
(l) are related to new items  in subsection (h) and would provide                                                               
for  a  consultation  process with  grantees  before  making  new                                                               
regulations;  in other  words,  before any  regulations would  be                                                               
changed  in  the  program,  the   10  grantees   first  would  be                                                               
consulted.   This  would pertain  to certification  requirements,                                                               
hiring requirements, and  things that grantees  need  to know, as                                                               
they  are partners  with  the state  in  providing public  safety                                                               
services that the state would otherwise have to do.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:56:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP, referencing slide  26, stated that Section 4                                                               
gets  into new  statutes  under the  proposed legislation,  which                                                               
pertain  to the  codification  of regulations  dealing with  VPSO                                                               
qualification requirements.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:56:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP,  referencing  slide 27,  pointed  out  VPSO                                                               
background  check requirements,  and  stated  that an  individual                                                               
cannot have been convicted of  any felony crime against a person,                                                               
or any felony sex crime.   He explained that if an individual has                                                               
not been  convicted of  any felony sex  crimes, or  felony crimes                                                               
against a person,  the proposed legislation would  allow for some                                                               
latitude, as  some people may  have had a drug  possession felony                                                               
which is  no longer considered a  felony under state law.   As an                                                               
example, he  said that  an individual may  have been  caught with                                                               
some drug which would now  be considered a misdemeanor possession                                                               
offense  because  of  changes  in   the  law,  and  the  proposed                                                               
legislation would  provide that  if someone is  10 years  with no                                                               
offenses,  DPS  would  have the  opportunity  in  the  background                                                               
investigation to  make a  query of the  individual.   He remarked                                                               
that DPS  would have to get  a waiver to access  Criminal Justice                                                               
Information  Services  (CJIS).    He expressed  that  this  would                                                               
enable  communities to  identify people  who come  from difficult                                                               
communities   where  domestic   violence,  sexual   assault,  and                                                               
substance abuse is  very high, and said it is  remarkable to have                                                               
young men and  women come out of those situations  unscathed.  He                                                               
said that it would allow more  room for DPS to grant approval for                                                               
someone  to  serve  as a  VPSO  who  does  not  have any  of  the                                                               
disqualifiers under the proposed  legislation.  He explained that                                                               
the  domestic violence  section in  the proposed  legislation was                                                               
taken  word-for-word from  current regulation,  which is  that an                                                               
individual cannot  have had a  domestic violence crime  within 10                                                               
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:58:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT, referencing slide 28  of the PowerPoint presentation,                                                               
pointed out how this section  was changed in the prior committee,                                                               
with the  addition of  sex offenses  to a  prohibition.   He said                                                               
subparagraph  (C)   shows  a  carve   out  that   felonies  under                                                               
subparagraph (A), crimes against  a person, and subparagraph (B),                                                               
sex offenses,  will always be  disqualifiers.  He  highlighted an                                                               
option that  a program can apply  to DPS for a  waiver that would                                                               
allow  an individual  to access  CJIS, which  otherwise they  are                                                               
barred from due to prior convictions.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:59:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT,  referencing slide 30,  stated that the  bill sponsor                                                               
had  received a  letter from  DPS asking  for an  inclusion of  a                                                               
waiver application requirement through DPS  to access the CJIS if                                                               
an individual has a misdemeanor domestic violence crime.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:00:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  remarked that  she did not  understand the                                                               
meaning behind granting  a waiver to an individual  to access the                                                               
"criminal justice information system."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:00:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  replied that reports are  currently filed by                                                               
a  public  safety  officer,  and   he/she  must  have  background                                                               
clearance  to  access information  in  CJIS,  which includes  the                                                               
National Crime  Information Center  and the Alaska  Public Safety                                                               
Information  Network, which  are  the  law enforcement  databases                                                               
used to pull up basic person  history to fill out reports and run                                                               
warrants.  He summarized that CJIS  is the general term for those                                                               
specific databases that public safety  officers have access to in                                                               
getting  information  for  reports,  finding out  if  someone  is                                                               
wanted or not, and other sensitive public safety data.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:01:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  commented that another  way to  look at it  is that                                                               
the states   access to criminal  history data is specific  to the                                                               
state,  and  that   a  non-state  entity,  such   as  the  native                                                               
government groups running the VPSO  programs, must get permission                                                               
to access an  individuals  criminal history; therefore,  to get a                                                               
background  check the  person whose  background is  being checked                                                               
has to agree to let it be seen.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX replied that this is not what it says.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN asked  Representative Kopp whether this  was what it                                                               
is in practice, or whether he was mistaken.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:02:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP answered that Chair  Claman was "a little bit                                                               
right," but  Representative LeDoux had asked  a separate question                                                               
and  was  looking  at  the   disqualifiers,  and  none  of  these                                                               
disqualifiers would prohibit access to  the system.  He expressed                                                               
that  he thinks  Representative LeDoux  was simply  acknowledging                                                               
that DPS  would have authority to  grant a waiver.   He said that                                                               
DPS cannot  grant a  waiver if federal  partners who  control the                                                               
National Crime Information Center refuse  the waiver, and he said                                                               
this would  not be putting  DPS in the  hotseat of saying  yes or                                                               
no, but  there must  be an entity  that coordinates  with federal                                                               
database partners to advocate for  a waiver and determine whether                                                               
one can be granted or not.   He stated that DPS recently informed                                                               
him that the federal government  has added more breathing room so                                                               
that,  other  than  standard disqualifiers,  a  demonstration  of                                                               
extraordinary  circumstances [can  be  considered] when  applying                                                               
for a  waiver.  He explained  that the U.S. attorney  general has                                                               
declared a public safety crisis in  rural Alaska.  He pointed out                                                               
that some  of these communities  have identified people,  who may                                                               
have  something on  their record  such as  an 11-  or 12-year-old                                                               
domestic  violence offense  but  are valued  and  trusted by  the                                                               
elders  and  leaders.    He remarked  that  a  domestic  violence                                                               
offense can  include a no-contact  order, in which  an individual                                                               
is told  he/she cannot call someone  on a phone that  is a former                                                               
partner or  someone with  whom he/she  has lived  or fought.   He                                                               
stated that the proposed legislation  would provide that if those                                                               
offenses were outside of a 10-year  bracket and DPS can acquire a                                                               
waiver  to access  the system,  the individual  could, but  if it                                                               
cannot  get a  waiver than  someone else  who is  qualified would                                                               
have to make the query.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:04:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  asked  whether she  understood  correctly                                                               
that the  VPSOs need  to be  able to  access the  criminal access                                                               
system, and normally  people who have any crimes  are not allowed                                                               
to access the data system, and  this would provide that DPS could                                                               
grant a waiver allowing those individuals access to that system.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  answered that  that is correct,  except that                                                               
Representative  LeDoux  was missing  one  important  point:   DPS                                                               
currently  already gets  waivers for  people that  it needs  them                                                               
for,  because  on "the  face"  they  could  be determined  to  be                                                               
invalid, but it  will do that for its  own clerks, recordkeepers,                                                               
and people  who have  access to this  information.   He expressed                                                               
that this is  not an unusual process, and, in  other words, if an                                                               
individual has  a complete disqualifier,  DPS could not  get that                                                               
individual a waiver,  but if within a  disqualifier with time-bar                                                               
limits, it is possible for it to request a waiver.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:05:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT, referencing slide 32  of the PowerPoint presentation,                                                               
pointed out another change to  the same qualifications statute on                                                               
pages  9 and  10  and said  this  was just  an  oversight in  the                                                               
drafting process.   He explained  the language had said  three or                                                               
more misdemeanor  operating a vehicle  while under  the influence                                                               
of  alcohol, and  it was  always  meant to  be two,  so this  was                                                               
corrected.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:06:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT, referencing slide 33,  pointed out a technical change                                                               
and said  that prior  versions of  the proposed  legislation used                                                               
the  word   "use",  and   the  proper   term  under   statute  is                                                               
"possession" of a controlled substance.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TRUITT, referencing  slide  34, mentioned  AS 18.65.674,  on                                                               
pages 9 and  10 of CSHB 287(TRB), and he  said this would clarify                                                               
that DPS  would be doing  the criminal background checks  for the                                                               
VPSOs.  He  explained that in adding DCCED into  the VPSO program                                                               
during the drafting of the  proposed legislation, it was added in                                                               
some ways that  were unintentional, and it was never  meant to be                                                               
added into the background check process.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:07:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TRUITT, referencing  slide  36, remarked  that the  training                                                               
requirements,  under  AS  18.65.676,  might answer  some  of  the                                                               
questions from  the committee regarding  training.   He explained                                                               
that  this  reflects   826  hours,  650  of  which   are  in  law                                                               
enforcement, and he pointed out  the topics that would be covered                                                               
in that portion  of training.  He said that  in the prior version                                                               
of  the  proposed  legislation  there  were  very  specific  hour                                                               
requirements  for  emergency   and  trauma  technician  training,                                                               
search   and  rescue   training,  and   rural  fire   protections                                                               
specialist  training, but  those specific  hours were  removed in                                                               
Version  O and  a global  hour requirement  of training  in those                                                               
topics was inserted instead.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:08:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES, referencing  slide 37  of the  PowerPoint                                                               
presentation, asked  whether these hours would  be required prior                                                               
to  an individual  becoming a  VPSO, or  whether they  were hours                                                               
that could be acquired through on-the-job training.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:09:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  answered that these hours  would be required                                                               
to be  certified as a  VPSO.  He  remarked that this  addresses a                                                               
question  from   Representative  Shaw  pertaining   to  training,                                                               
because it  sets the minimum  standards of certification  by DPS.                                                               
He remarked  that the proposed  legislation would  recognize that                                                               
there is a 24-month period to  be certified, and since a VPSO has                                                               
much broader duties than a  state trooper, serving as fire chiefs                                                               
and  first responders,  it can  take a  while to  get all  of the                                                               
required  certifications;  therefore,  the VPSO  program  has  an                                                               
intermediate time  in which  a VPSO  can be  hired to  do several                                                               
non-law enforcement duties  that the VPSO needs to  be trained on                                                               
as  well.   He pointed  out that  the 24-month  requirement would                                                               
allow time for  all the basic training for  law enforcement, such                                                               
as  physical methods  of arrest,  use of  defensive weapons,  the                                                               
hours  required   for  criminal  procedural  law,   and  domestic                                                               
violence  and  sexual  assault  prevention  response  procedures.                                                               
Once this  time period  is over and  the training  completed, the                                                               
VPSOs are certified,  but they could be hired before  that is all                                                               
complete.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES  asked whether  VPSOs who  hadnt  completed                                                               
the training in 24 months would be kicked out of the program.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP replied  that he thinks that  the VPSOs could                                                               
get  an extension  through DPS,  but he  is not  positive how  it                                                               
works when they run against the time wall.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:11:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SHAW remarked that  Representative Kopp had stated                                                               
earlier  that  the  VPSOs  do   not  come  under  the  regulatory                                                               
authority  of APSC,  but they  are  meeting a  minimum number  of                                                               
hours for certification,  and he asked for an  explanation on the                                                               
oversight and regulatory authority  relative to the certification                                                               
of training that the VPSOs have, for the committees benefit.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:11:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT answered that certification  has always been with DPS,                                                               
specifically outside of APSC, and  the proposed legislation seeks                                                               
to  put into  statute  the certification  requirements that  have                                                               
existed  in regulation  of  DPS.   He  expressed  that he  thinks                                                               
whether the  VPSO program should,  would, or could be  under APSC                                                               
was more  of a long-term issue,  and the purpose of  the proposed                                                               
legislation  was to  help improve  the  program right  away.   He                                                               
remarked that as he understands it, APSC is also under DPS.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:12:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE VANCE  asked what  amount of  training a  VPSO has                                                               
when he/she enters the field.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:13:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP answered that it  depends on whether the VPSO                                                               
has reached full  certification status or not.   He remarked that                                                               
it is much like the field  training program for a police officer,                                                               
in which  case an officer  is "not  quite worthless but  close to                                                               
it" for the first two years on  the job.  He explained that there                                                               
is a lot of ongoing training  to allow for an officer to function                                                               
independently  without immediate  oversight.    He remarked  that                                                               
sometimes a "partner who is new  on the job is the most dangerous                                                               
person in the room."   He said that it is  not much different for                                                               
a VPSO,  and there is a  structure for what he/she  is exposed to                                                               
and allowed to do,  by what he/she is trained to  do and ready to                                                               
face.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP explained  that the  grantees put  the VPSOs                                                               
through a lot of training that  enables the VPSOs to do what that                                                               
community needs to  do immediately; it might be  that the biggest                                                               
need is to have a fire  chief operational, so that VPSO would get                                                               
his/her  firefighter  certifications   first,  and  then  medical                                                               
training followed  with law enforcement  training.  He  said that                                                               
the  VPSOs are  truly  "a jack-of-all-trades,"  but  they do  not                                                               
execute duties  until they  have had the  training.   He remarked                                                               
that as with any member of a  community, in a crisis a VPSO might                                                               
be asked  to act outside of  the scope of what  he/she might know                                                               
in order to  do what is necessary,  but as a rule  the VPSO would                                                               
stay  within the  confines of  what he/she  knows.   He expressed                                                               
that  24 months  is  very important,  because  the remoteness  of                                                               
these locations requires more time for training.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:15:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT stated that page 11,  of CSHB 287(TRB), proposes a new                                                               
statute,  AS  18.65.678,  that   would  provide  codification  of                                                               
firearms training, which  is a regulation currently  in effect in                                                               
DPS.  He  said that pages 12 and 13  of the proposed legislation,                                                               
propose  statute  AS  18.65.682, which  would  provide  statutory                                                               
codification   of   current    DPS   regulations   dealing   with                                                               
certification of VPSOs.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:16:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  remarked  that the  proposed  legislation                                                               
provides for  what the training  program includes, in  respect to                                                               
arrest, and it discusses the use  of batons, but does not address                                                               
weapons other than batons, and she asked for an explanation.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT  answered that the  firearms training  specifically is                                                               
under  a different  statute,  AS  18.65.678, on  page  11 of  the                                                               
proposed  legislation.   He said  that the  rest of  the training                                                               
could  be addressed  by Mr.  Nemeth, a  VPSO coordinator,  in the                                                               
testimony he would provide.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX asked whether  there was a specific section                                                               
in the proposed legislation that  addresses weapons training, and                                                               
in addition to that was other training.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. TRUITT confirmed that is correct.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TRUITT stated  that page  14  of CSHB  287(TRB) proposes  AS                                                               
18.65.684,  which would  deal with  the  denial, revocation,  and                                                               
lapse of VPSO certificates.  He  explained that this is a current                                                               
DPS  regulation  that  would  be   codified  under  the  proposed                                                               
legislation.   He  said  that pages  13 and  14  of the  proposed                                                               
legislation, show AS 18.65.686,  subparagraph (C), which explains                                                               
that  DPS said  that  the  listed organization  do  not have  the                                                               
authority  to   manage  search  and  rescue   efforts,  and  just                                                               
coordinate with  the state.   Referencing slide 43, he  said that                                                               
someone who is not finished training  as a VPSO could enforce the                                                               
ordinances where he/she is located,  to the extent that he/she is                                                               
certified and  has training.   He stated  that the  definition of                                                               
village would  be changed  to reflect an  increase from  2,000 to                                                               
2,500 people.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:18:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[CHAIR CLAMAN opened invited testimony on HB 287.]                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:19:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW  MERRILL,  Captain,  Division of  Alaska  State  Troopers,                                                               
Department of  Public Safety, stated that  Commissioner Price was                                                               
unable to provide testimony for the  meeting and had asked him to                                                               
represent  for DPS.   He  explained that  he would  read a  brief                                                               
statement  provided  by  Commissioner  Price, which  he  read  as                                                               
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     The mission  of the Department  of Public Safety  is to                                                                    
     ensure   public   safety    with   resources   deployed                                                                    
     throughout  the  state;  in order  to  accomplish  this                                                                    
     mission  the department  is committed  to working  with                                                                    
     law   enforcement  professionals   across  the   state,                                                                    
     communities,  lawmakers,  and stakeholders  to  provide                                                                    
     for  greater public  safety and  seek opportunities  to                                                                    
     collaborate  on  solutions  that will  increase  public                                                                    
     safety.   As announced  in May  2019, the  VPSO working                                                                    
     group   was   tasked   with   coordinating   with   all                                                                    
     stakeholders  to provide  options to  the Alaska  State                                                                    
     Legislature  to structurally  revamp the  VPSO program.                                                                    
     The DPS offers continued  partnership in addressing all                                                                    
     ways of  improving rural public safety,  not limited to                                                                    
     one singular program.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERILL remarked that he would  be as gentle and polite as                                                               
he could in  most of his comments,  and said that he  wants to be                                                               
clear that the last time he  had the opportunity to represent any                                                               
discussion on the proposed legislation,  it was fairly new and he                                                               
did not  have a lot of  information on it.   He said that  he has                                                               
found in  his five years working  with the VPSO program,  that it                                                               
is a  lot like  "dropping a  pebble into a  lake," and  there are                                                               
unintended consequences for some of  the decisions that have been                                                               
made.     He   pointed  out   that  multiple   modifications  and                                                               
adaptations  have  been  made in  partnership  with  the  grantee                                                               
representatives,   and  it   is  important   to   have  a   clear                                                               
understanding of all the changes that would be made.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL said  that he has heard a lot  of times, "This is                                                               
current regulation," but the challenge  with that is that in some                                                               
areas where  regulation is being  codified, there have  been some                                                               
changes that would  have significant impacts.   He expressed that                                                               
a concerted  effort needs to  be made  to review any  changes and                                                               
ensure they are accurate.  As  an example, he said that the prior                                                               
version  of  the  proposed legislations   section  regarding  the                                                               
waiver and revocation said "shall",  and the current version says                                                               
"may",  which  is a  significant  change  that would  change  the                                                               
meaning of  the regulation if  it were  codified in statute.   He                                                               
said that he  did not have all the changes  listed, but he wanted                                                               
to make sure that was a general statement of some of the issues.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL expressed  that there are some  concerns that DPS                                                               
has about the  proposed legislation and said that it  is happy to                                                               
continue to  work with the  bill sponsor to address  concerns and                                                               
challenges  that exist.   He  stated that  Kathryn Monfreda,  the                                                               
applications and  security specialist/director, could  speak more                                                               
clearly  to the  qualifications for  CJIS access,  and said  that                                                               
felonies propose an extreme challenge  because, while the Federal                                                               
Bureau of Investigations  (FBI)  language did change allowing for                                                               
exceptions  in  extreme  circumstances for  CJIS  access,  felony                                                               
convictions  disqualify   a  VPSO   from  having   or  possessing                                                               
firearms.   He said that  this would mean  that there could  be a                                                               
VPSO who  has a prior felony  conviction, whether it be  10 years                                                               
or older  or not, who  would be  committing a federal  offense if                                                               
he/she were  to respond  to a situation  involving a  firearm and                                                               
took possession of the firearm  or ammunition.  He expressed that                                                               
this is a  concern that needs to be addressed,  because DPS would                                                               
be  knowingly hiring  people  who would  be  put into  situations                                                               
where they  may or may not  have to take possession  of firearms,                                                               
and if  they did so  in the course  of their business,  DPS knows                                                               
that those VPSOs would be violating federal law.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:23:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN  MERRILL stated  that there  are some  felony convictions                                                               
that  might  not  be  against  a  person  but  could  require  an                                                               
individual to  be a registered  sex offender.  He  explained that                                                               
these types  of convictions can  be unrelated to  sexual assault,                                                               
but after the 10-year period  that individual would still have to                                                               
be a registered sex offender,  but under the proposed legislation                                                               
could be  allowed to  be a  VPSO.  He  said that  challenges like                                                               
this in  the proposed  legislation need to  be worked  through as                                                               
well.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL  stated that some  of the language  pertaining to                                                               
backgrounds in the proposed legislation  presents a challenge for                                                               
DPS.     He   said  that   the  proposed   legislation  discusses                                                               
backgrounds  as   being  fingerprint  based  in   CJIS,  but  DPS                                                               
currently  handles  this.   He  remarked  that  he was  not  sure                                                               
whether   this  was   just  a   misunderstanding,  but   DPS  has                                                               
consistently  conducted the  fingerprint-based background  checks                                                               
for VPSOS and  has not stopped doing so, at  least since he first                                                               
started with  the program  in 2014.   He said  that DPS  did stop                                                               
conducting  the more  in-depth  background investigations,  which                                                               
consisted  of  calling  family   members,  relatives,  and  other                                                               
individuals who could  attest to the character  of the individual                                                               
DPS  was looking  into hiring.    He explained  that DPS  stopped                                                               
doing this because the grantees were  not happy with how long the                                                               
background checks took,  and he said that they  can take anywhere                                                               
from  six  weeks to  five  or  eight  months, depending  on  what                                                               
background information  is being  requested.   As an  example, he                                                               
explained that  there was a VPSO  coming from out of  country and                                                               
extensive work was needed to  acquire records from out of country                                                               
to  confirm that  this individual  did  not have  a history  that                                                               
would disqualify  him/her, and this  investigation took a  lot of                                                               
time.  He expressed that DPS  is not certain whether the proposed                                                               
legislation  is asking  for it  to  conduct full  investigations,                                                               
which  take  more  time  than  the  grantees  like,  or  continue                                                               
conducting  the   fingerprint  criminal  history   checks,  which                                                               
typically take  two to three  weeks unless there is  a conviction                                                               
requiring a waiver request.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL stated that there  are some challenges pertaining                                                               
to increasing  the VPSOs  workloads to  be more in line  with the                                                               
state troopers.   He explained  that state troopers  are required                                                               
to perform  a psychological evaluation  and polygraph  test prior                                                               
to hire,  and the  question is  whether it is  the intent  of the                                                               
proposed legislation to  do the same testing with  VPSOs, if they                                                               
are going  to have the  same responsibilities and  authorities as                                                               
state troopers.   He said  that another topic he  highlighted was                                                               
that  current APSC  and VPSO  regulations  contain language  that                                                               
police officers, peace officers, and  VPSOs must be of good moral                                                               
character.   He pointed out  that this language has  been removed                                                               
in  the proposed  legislation and  there  are concerns  regarding                                                               
hiring  felons  with  good  moral  character,  and  how  is  this                                                               
determined.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN  MERRILL  stated that  there  are  still some  challenges                                                               
pertaining  to  domestic  violence  convictions.   He  said  that                                                               
ultimately  the department's  stance is  that it  supports moving                                                               
funding to  DCCED, with the  concerns expressed.  He  stated that                                                               
DPS continues  to support ongoing  discussion and  involvement in                                                               
the process,  and said  that frustration on  his side  comes from                                                               
the fact  that he  has been  involved with  the VPSO  program for                                                               
five years,  and this was  the first  opportunity he had  to talk                                                               
about the  proposed legislation aside from  providing information                                                               
through  the commissioner  and letters.   He  said that  he looks                                                               
forward to answering  questions and engaging in  the process, and                                                               
the goal  that he  has had  as a  state trooper  for the  last 18                                                               
years is to  improve the public safety provided  to all Alaskans,                                                               
especially in rural Alaska.  He  explained that he has spent five                                                               
years in Bethel, five years  in Nome, and traveled throughout the                                                               
state,  and his  hope is  to  make the  villages and  communities                                                               
safe.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:28:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND   asked  whether  Captain   Merrill  had                                                               
considered   the   recommendations   that  were   made   by   the                                                               
commissioner to  the bill sponsors  in the letter dated  March 4,                                                               
2020.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL  answered that he participated  with Commissioner                                                               
Price in drafting  that letter and the  recommendations that were                                                               
included in it.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND asked  whether  those  changes had  been                                                               
made to the proposed legislation.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN  MERRILL replied  that some  of the  recommendations were                                                               
addressed  in the  current  version, but  there  were still  some                                                               
concerns that DPS  has.  He said  that he did not have  a copy of                                                               
the letter in  front of him, so  he could not [quote]  it, and he                                                               
said that DPS is happy to  engage and try to improve the proposed                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:29:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN asked Captain Merrill  whether DPS was in support of                                                               
the proposed legislation and asked what position it took.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL replied that DPS  does not currently support some                                                               
of the  felony language  and other challenges  that exist  in the                                                               
proposed legislation.   He expressed  that there need to  be some                                                               
changes  made  before  DPS  could   fully  support  the  proposed                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:30:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SHAW remarked  that  it seemed  to  him that  the                                                               
proposed   legislation   was   deleting   or   diluting   several                                                               
requirements  pertaining to  good moral  character standards  for                                                               
the VPSO  program and expressed that  this is of concern  to him.                                                               
He asked  Captain Merrill whether  he could comment  on standards                                                               
required  under  APSC,  and  the  requirements  in  the  proposed                                                               
legislation for VPSOs.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL answered  that DPS has concerns  with the ability                                                               
for  felons  to become  VPSOs.    He  said  that this  becomes  a                                                               
challenge  not  only in  the  academy  and  said that  there  are                                                               
requirements  at   times  that   people  are   taught  subversive                                                               
investigative skills  that DPS does  not want the  general public                                                               
to  know.    He  pointed  out that  individuals  must  pass  CJIS                                                               
requirements just to  be present in the building  for those types                                                               
of training,  and individuals without clearance  must be escorted                                                               
into the headquarters  building.  He expressed  that the training                                                               
and  reductions  are  of  concern,  and  that  they  need  to  be                                                               
addressed.    He  said  that   while  he  supports  the  idea  of                                                               
increasing  the  stature  of  the  VPSOs  and  giving  them  more                                                               
responsibility  that they  have not  had in  the past,  the right                                                               
people are needed to  do that job.  He pointed  out that there is                                                               
a reason the state troopers  are required to take polygraph tests                                                               
and go  through psychological evaluations, because  they have the                                                               
authority granted to  them through the state  to take individuals                                                               
rights away;  they put  people in  handcuffs and  use force.   He                                                               
expressed that  DPS wants to ensure  that it is hiring  the right                                                               
people,  and  he said  he  understands  that  there is  a  crisis                                                               
surrounding  not  being   able  to  find  people   in  the  rural                                                               
communities  to do  that job,  but the  right people  need to  be                                                               
found  who  can  do  the   job  appropriately  and  safely  while                                                               
minimizing concern as much as possible.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SHAW  remarked   that  for   an  individual   to                                                               
investigate  felony   level  crimes,  such  as   sexual  assault,                                                               
training  is needed  specific  to  that.   He  remarked that  the                                                               
proposed  legislation would  allow  VPSOs  to investigate  felony                                                               
level crimes without that training,  well into the 24 months that                                                               
they  could  be trained  for  that.    He asked  Captain  Merrill                                                               
whether he could speak to this.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN  MERRILL answered  that  Representative  Shaw is  correct                                                               
and, as  Representative Kopp  had pointed  out earlier,  that DPS                                                               
works  with the  grantees to  clearly  define what  VPSOs can  do                                                               
prior to  going through  training.  He  expressed that  there are                                                               
challenges with this because there  are individuals who are hired                                                               
as VPSOs and  are viewed as VPSOs by their  communities, which do                                                               
not really  care if  those individuals  have received  the proper                                                               
training and  just want them to  take care of business.   He said                                                               
that there  is pressure put on  VPSOs at times to  perform duties                                                               
that are outside of their  responsibilities and training, because                                                               
of a need.   He said that there are still  concerns, and while he                                                               
is not familiar  with all the proposed training,  it would depend                                                               
on  whether the  VPSOs  would attend  the  full training  academy                                                               
where they receive the firearm training.   He stated that work is                                                               
still  being  done  with  the  academy to  figure  out  what  the                                                               
proposed legislation means at the academy for training.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:34:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VANCE asked  Captain  Merrill whether  he felt  a                                                               
need to have defined in  statute what the expectation of grantees                                                               
is to ensure  that they are not sending VPSOs  out without proper                                                               
training.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:35:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL answered yes, and  stated that as he read through                                                               
the  proposed  legislation,  he  noticed  a  lot  of  information                                                               
regarding what DPS  and DCCED would do but  little information on                                                               
what would  be expected of  the grantees.   He said he  thinks it                                                               
would  make  sense,   and  be  fair  and   appropriate,  to  have                                                               
information  that would  help  DPS  know what  to  expect of  the                                                               
grantees.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN MERRILL  explained that  he has  worked closely  with the                                                               
grantees  over  the past  five  years  and  met  with them  on  a                                                               
quarterly basis to  make multiple changes to  the grant agreement                                                               
to try and serve the  needs of each community, within regulation,                                                               
under existing  statutes.  He  said that a challenge  relating to                                                               
the proposed legislation is that there  is a lot of language that                                                               
"the department shall,  and the state will do," but  there is not                                                               
a lot  of information  on what  the grantees  would provide.   He                                                               
stated that  when he started  with the VPSO program,  VPSOs would                                                               
be hired,  given a  baton, taser, and  belt without  training and                                                               
then be put into  villages to work, and he said  that it blew his                                                               
mind  that this  was  being done.   He  explained  that this  was                                                               
changed,  but  the  express  need of  having  VPSOs  in  villages                                                               
sometimes  overrides doing  things  safely, and  there are  times                                                               
when grantees  want to hire  VPSOs who should  not be hired.   He                                                               
explained that  there are  times when  individuals who  are fully                                                               
qualified, who are not disqualified  due to convictions, but when                                                               
DPS   does  the   background  check   it  finds   information  of                                                               
significant concern.   He said  that DPS  would send a  letter to                                                               
the grantees stating that there  are no disqualifications, but it                                                               
does not recommend hiring them  based on the background check and                                                               
they would  get hired anyways.   He pointed out that  most of the                                                               
time when  DPS made those  recommendations, those VPSOs  left the                                                               
program under  less than ideal circumstances  because of behavior                                                               
or other issues.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:38:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN opened public testimony on HB 287.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:38:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL NEMETH,  VPSO Program  Coordinator, offered  testimony in                                                               
support of  HB 287.   He  stated that  he has  been a  VPSO since                                                               
Spring 2002  and has  been the VPSO  program coordinator  for the                                                               
Aleutian Pribilof Islands  Region since 2012.  He said  he has 18                                                               
years with  the program, both  in the  field and as  a supervisor                                                               
for  the  program.    He  said  that  he  believes  the  proposed                                                               
legislation   would   help  the   people   in   the  field,   the                                                               
coordinators, and the grantees operate  the VPSO program in a way                                                               
that would  provide better  public safety  services to  people in                                                               
rural Alaska.   He  expressed that  he wanted  to thank  the VPSO                                                               
legislative work group for all the  work it did in its report for                                                               
HB 287.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:39:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES asked  Mr. Nemeth what kind  of training he                                                               
has had.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. NEMETH  answered that he  had training provided by  the state                                                               
in 2004,  where he went  through eight  weeks of training  at the                                                               
VPSO academy, and he was  required to get certification to attend                                                               
the  rural  fire protection  specialist  training,  which was  96                                                               
hours of training.  He stated that  he is not sure how many hours                                                               
he  attended the  academy,  and  he would  have  to  look at  his                                                               
certificate to get the actual numbers.   He said that he has also                                                               
been  certified  as  an  emergency   trauma  technician  and  has                                                               
multiple non  DPS provided trainings  in his 18-year career.   In                                                               
response  to a  follow-up question,  he stated  that he  does not                                                               
carry a firearm.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:40:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NEES  stated that  the proposed  legislation is  very good,                                                               
and when doing the budgeting  analysis for United for Liberty, it                                                               
was found  that there was  a lot of  room for improvement  in the                                                               
VPSO program specifically.  He  said that moving grant management                                                               
from DPS  to DCCED would  allow for  DCCED to oversee  the actual                                                               
cost of the  program.  He said  that it is not a  huge program as                                                               
far as  money, but it is  very important that as  much money gets                                                               
to  the  villages  as  possible  and doesnt   get  caught  up  by                                                               
administrative costs.   He  remarked that  Version O,  Section 3,                                                               
Page 6,  of the proposed  legislation, should follow  the example                                                               
of  what the  legislature did  with charter  schools, as  charter                                                               
schools have a similar set up  in which authority is delegated to                                                               
a sub-unit, and  that sub unit has rules.   He expressed that the                                                               
number should be  changed from 35 percent to 3  to 5 percent, and                                                               
this  would  free  up  more  money to  go  towards  the  cost  of                                                               
training.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  NEES  expressed  that firearms  training  is  important,  as                                                               
Representative Shaw had  mentioned, and that the  VPSOs should be                                                               
trained in firearms  and conflict de-escalation, as  they are the                                                               
peace  officers  and  deputies  for  the state.    He  said  that                                                               
anything  that can  be  done to  improve the  lives  of VPSOs  by                                                               
transferring  more money  into their  pockets by  getting rid  of                                                               
administrative costs would  be a good thing.   He summarized that                                                               
he thinks the proposed legislation has  a lot of merit to it, has                                                               
a lot  of bugs  that need  to be ironed  out of  it, but  that he                                                               
thinks  moving it  from  DPS to  DCCED puts  the  money into  the                                                               
villages and is used for  public safety and not administration of                                                               
the program.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:44:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA  KLOSTER,  Executive  Director,  Native  People's  Action,                                                               
offered testimony in  support of HB 287.  She  stated that she is                                                               
a  tribal  citizen  of  Tlingit and  Haida,  is  originally  from                                                               
Wrangell and  Juneau, currently  lives in  Anchorage, and  is the                                                               
mother of  two children who  are two  of her biggest  reasons for                                                               
being an  advocate for  increased public safety  in Alaska.   She                                                               
thanked  Representative Kopp,  Ken Truitt,  and the  VPSO working                                                               
group for making the proposed legislation a priority.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER  stated that  Native Peoples   Action is  a statewide                                                               
Alaska  native nonprofit  that  gives voice  to  its peoples  and                                                               
traditional ways  of life  by taking  a stand,  working together,                                                               
and  mobilized action.   She  said that  this is  done to  ensure                                                               
Alaska natives  are heard in  all levels  of policy making.   She                                                               
stated   that  Native   Peoples    Action   advocates  for   safe                                                               
communities, equal access to education,  health and wellness, and                                                               
traditional ways  of life.   She expressed that public  safety is                                                               
the right  of every Alaskan, and  everyone has the right  to feel                                                               
safe in  his/her community,  no matter where  they live,  be that                                                               
urban or rural.  She explained  that safe communities have been a                                                               
top priority  at Native  Peoples  Action, and  it reaches  out to                                                               
individuals  in communities  across  the  state through  surveys,                                                               
emails, and  phone conversations, and  she said public  safety is                                                               
in  the top  three concerns  that Alaskans  are expressing.   She                                                               
said that numerous  people have expressed that only  one in three                                                               
villages has  a VPSO, and  the decrease  in VPSOs over  the years                                                               
has been observed.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER expressed  that Native  Peoples  Action  appreciates                                                               
the proposed legislation,  because it would take care  of some of                                                               
the  issues that  have  been  brought forward,  one  of which  is                                                               
moving  funding   to  DCCED,  which   she  said  she   thinks  is                                                               
appropriate  for   managing  funds.     She  said   the  proposed                                                               
legislation would  remove barriers in statute  that have hindered                                                               
the  VPSO program  and would  still  allow for  local control  on                                                               
government  to  government  relationships.   She  expressed  that                                                               
tribes  and communities  have a  good feel  for what  goes on  in                                                               
those  communities, and  she thinks  this is  a good  partnership                                                               
that  should continue  throughout  Alaska.   She summarized  that                                                               
Native  Peoples   Action  appreciates  the  work  being  done  to                                                               
provide  and  support   more  VPSOs,  and  she   hopes  that  the                                                               
legislature will support HB 287.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:47:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELSEY WALLACE, Communications  Director, Native People's Action,                                                               
offered testimony in  support of HB 287.  She  stated that she is                                                               
originally  from  Bethel  Alaska,  she is  Yupik,  and  lives  in                                                               
Anchorage.  She said that she  is offering testimony as a mom and                                                               
concerned  family member  and  friend.   She  commended the  VPSO                                                               
working group  for its recommendations  and said that  she thinks                                                               
this would  be a  great first  step in  ensuring a  better public                                                               
safety system for  Alaska.  She stated  that Alaskas  communities                                                               
deserve  first   responders  no  matter  where   they  live,  and                                                               
currently her  family members and  friends do not have  anyone to                                                               
turn to  when something happens in  their communities; oftentimes                                                               
they must rely on other community members for help.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. WALLACE shared  a story of her friend, Apayu   Moore, who had                                                               
her home broken into this past  year in Aleknagik.  She explained                                                               
that  Ms. Moore  was home  alone  when she  was woken  up to  her                                                               
window shattering  as someone  was breaking  into her  home, and,                                                               
when  she looked  out the  window, she  saw a  man climbing  up a                                                               
ladder.   Ms. Wallace said that  even after Ms. Moore  shouted to                                                               
the man that she had a gun, he  kept trying to get into her home,                                                               
at which point  Ms. Moore fired the gun into  the ground in hopes                                                               
of  scaring  the man  off  and  buying  some  time to  call  911;                                                               
however, when  she called 911  Ms. Moore  was told that  a police                                                               
officer could not  be sent, and when she called  the troopers the                                                               
dispatch was sent  to Kenai and the on-call trooper  could not be                                                               
reached.  Ms. Wallace said that  by the time the trooper was able                                                               
to  get to  Aleknagik,  Ms.  Moore had  gotten  her neighbors  to                                                               
respond, who  helped her board up  the broken window and  let her                                                               
stay at  their house for safety.   She expressed that  her friend                                                               
is an incredible  single mother, a recognized artist,  and a true                                                               
example of  a person  dedicated to living  and thriving  in rural                                                               
Alaska.   She said that  luckily Ms.  Moore's kids were  not home                                                               
with  her at  the time  of the  attack, but  the trauma  from the                                                               
experience still affects her and her kids to this day.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. WALLACE commented  that Ms. Moore was able to  stop a rape or                                                               
any physical contact that the man  could have inflicted on her by                                                               
defending herself  and relying  on neighbors,  but this  often is                                                               
not the  case for a lot  of other people living  in rural Alaska.                                                               
She  summarized  that  the  updates proposed  under  HB  287  are                                                               
needed, and it is literally a matter of life and safety.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:50:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL  PISCOYA,  Vice  President,  Community  Services  Division,                                                               
Kawerak, Inc., offered testimony on HB  287.  She stated that one                                                               
of the  programs  she manages is  the VPSO program.   She thanked                                                               
the working  group for  the time  spent working  hard on  HB 287.                                                               
She said  that Kawerak, Inc.  supports HB  287, but it  does have                                                               
concerns   regarding  the   felony   section   of  the   proposed                                                               
legislation,  and  she  suggested  that  perhaps  it  needs  more                                                               
research.   She said that  Kawerak, Inc.  is proud to  have seven                                                               
VPSOs  currently, even  though there  are still  eight vacancies;                                                               
however,  the seven  VPSOs are  all from  the villages  that they                                                               
serve.  She said that  Kawerak, Inc. is constantly recruiting and                                                               
encourage  local people  to  apply for  VPSO  positions in  their                                                               
communities,  because  they  know   their  communities  and  have                                                               
housing, as  they already  live there.   She  stated that  in the                                                               
past, when  the Kawerak,  Inc. VPSO  program has  requested funds                                                               
for  additional  items,  in  most cases  it  has  received  them,                                                               
although some  other entities have  not received them.   She said                                                               
that Kawerak,  Inc. supports providing flexibility  in requesting                                                               
additional items that are not included in the budget.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:52:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES asked  whether Ms.  Piscoya could  briefly                                                               
explain  the   concerns  regarding   felonies  in   the  proposed                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. PISCOYA answered that the  concerns were essentially the same                                                               
as stated earlier by Captain Merrill.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:53:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA  WHITMAN-KASSOCK,  Program Administrator,  Association  of                                                               
Village Council  Presidents (AVCP), offered testimony  in support                                                               
of  HB 287.   She  stated that  she has  oversight over  the VPSO                                                               
program, which  is in  AVCPs  community  services division.   She                                                               
said that its VPSO director is  Alvin Jimmie.  She explained that                                                               
AVCP is a  tribal consortium with 56  federally recognized tribes                                                               
as members, it is in Southwest  Alaska with 48 villages along the                                                               
Kuskokwim and  Yukon Rivers and the  Bering Sea coast.   She said                                                               
that  AVCPs  service  area  is  the same  size  as  the State  of                                                               
Washington.   She  pointed out  that there  is a  well-documented                                                               
public  safety crisis  in rural  Alaska.   She  said that  AVCPs                                                                
tribes have prioritized public safety  as the number one priority                                                               
for AVCP.   She expressed that public safety is  the right of all                                                               
Alaskans, rural  and urban.   She explained  that there  are many                                                               
components to  rural public safety,  and the VPSO program  is one                                                               
component, which works  well when the program is  supported.  She                                                               
said that tribes  in her region want VPSOs because  they know how                                                               
effective it is to have a VPSO in the community.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. WHITMAN-KASSOCK stated that the  VPSO tribal caucus, which is                                                               
made up  of the 10 contractors  that oversee the VPSO  grant, has                                                               
been  working together  to strengthen  the VPSO  program and  has                                                               
created a strategic plan it envisions  for the program.  She said                                                               
that AVCP would like to  thank the VPSO legislative working group                                                               
for  listening to  its recommendations  and taking  to heart  the                                                               
needs of  residents in rural Alaska.   She expressed that  HB 287                                                               
reflects many  of the  concepts AVCP  supports to  strengthen the                                                               
VPSO  program  and  deliver  the   public  safety  services  that                                                               
Alaskas  communities  deserve.  She  said that HB 287  supports a                                                               
collaborative  working  relationship  between  AVCP,  the  people                                                               
operating  the program  within  the villages,  and  the State  of                                                               
Alaska.   She  said  that tribes  and  tribal organizations  have                                                               
decades of  experience operating  successful social  services, as                                                               
well as  health programs, and  are experts at  providing services                                                               
in remote,  rural, and  hard to reach  communities.   She thanked                                                               
the  House   Special  Committee  on  Tribal   Affairs,  the  VPSO                                                               
legislative  working  group,  and  the tribal  caucus  for  their                                                               
support of rural Alaskans.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:55:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DARELL  HILDEBRAND, VPSO  Coordinator, Tanana  Chiefs Conference,                                                               
offered testimony  in support  of HB  287.   He said  that Tanana                                                               
Chiefs conference  supports HB 287,  especially with  the changes                                                               
made  through  amendments.    He  thanked  the  VPSO  legislative                                                               
working group  for working so hard  with the caucus and  the VPSO                                                               
grantees to make these much-needed  changes for rural Alaska.  He                                                               
explained that he  has been in law enforcement for  21 years, and                                                               
in all that time he has never  seen changes such as these for the                                                               
VPSO program   He said that  he thinks they are  positive changes                                                               
that need  to happen  for the  villages to  continue on  with the                                                               
VPSO program, so that they are  not in the same position 20 years                                                               
from now.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:57:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI  JO KENNEDY  offered testimony  on HB  287.   She expressed                                                               
that  she  was upset  about  a  lot of  things  going  on at  the                                                               
legislature, and expressed it was  appropriate that it was Friday                                                               
the 13th.   She  said that  she was in  Washington D.C.  when two                                                               
VPSOs were shot and killed in Hoonah,  and it was a tragedy.  She                                                               
expressed that  the people tell  a different story than  what the                                                               
troopers had in  their reports.  She said that  VPSOs are needed,                                                               
and  they must  be locals,  or the  program will  not work.   She                                                               
expressed  frustration at  the Capitol  building being  closed to                                                               
the public  while the legislature  was "also passing laws."   She                                                               
mentioned the  Permanent Fund Dividend  (PFD), and said  that she                                                               
"will see some people out  of this building in handcuffs, because                                                               
stealing the peoples   money is against the law."   She said that                                                               
she knew  she was off target,  but said that she  wanted to voice                                                               
her  opinion before  she had  to leave  the building,  as it  was                                                               
being closed to the public at 5 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:59:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS HATCH,  VPSO Coordinator, Copper River  Native Association,                                                               
offered  testimony in  support of  HB 287.   He  stated that  the                                                               
Copper River  Native Association  strongly supports  the proposed                                                               
legislation,  although, it  has  concerns like  those of  Kawerak                                                               
regarding standards.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:59:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN, after  ascertaining that there was no  one else who                                                               
wished to testify, closed public testimony on HB 287.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:00:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that CSHB  287(TRB) would be held over for                                                               
further review.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:00:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Judiciary Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.                                                                 

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HB 290 Work Draft Committee Substitute v. K 3.10.2020.pdf HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Summary of Changes v. S to v. K 3.11.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 ver. S 2.24.2020.PDF HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Sponsor Statement v. S 3.6.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Sectional Analysis v. S 3.6.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Supporting Document - Mat-Su Health Foundation Letter 3.5.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Supporting Document - Crisis Now Alaska Consultation Report 12.13.2019.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Additional Document - DHSS Mental Health Continuum of Care (Individuals 18 Years and Older) 3.6.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Additional Document - DHSS Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care (Individuals 12 Years and Older) 3.6.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Additional Document - DHSS Mental Health Continuum of Care (At-Risk Children & Adolescents Ages 0-21) 3.6.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Fiscal Note DHSS-HFLC 2.28.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Fiscal Note DHSS-MS 2.28.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Fiscal Note DPS-AST 2.28.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 Fiscal Note LAW-CRIM 2.28.2020.pdf HJUD 3/6/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 290 v. K Amendments #1-2 HJUD 3.13.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290
HB 287 v. O 3.11.2020.PDF HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Sponsor Statement v. K 3.3.2020.pdf HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HTRB 3/3/2020 8:00:00 AM
HTRB 3/5/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 287
HB 287 Sectional Analysis v. O 3.11.2020.pdf HJUD 3/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 PowerPoint Presentation HJUD (Updated) 3.13.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Additional Document - DPS Recommendations and Considerations 3.4.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Additional Document - VPSO Co-Chairs Response to DPS Recommendations and Considerations 3.12.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Fiscal Note DPS-ALET 3.2.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Fiscal Note DCCED-DCRA 3.6.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Fiscal Note DPS-CJISP 3.2.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 287 Fiscal Note DPS-VPSO 3.1.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/16/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/18/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 287
HB 290 v. K Amendments #1-2 HJUD Final Votes 3.13.2020.pdf HJUD 3/13/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 290