Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

03/31/2018 01:00 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 262 MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 374 ON-BILL FINANCING OF ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 374(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 384 REGULATORY COMM OF AK; BROADBAND INTERNET TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 384 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 401 INSURANCE; REINSURANCE;VALUATION; CREDITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 401(L&C) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                         
                         March 31, 2018                                                                                         
                           1:02 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sam Kito, Chair                                                                                                  
Representative Adam Wool, Vice Chair                                                                                            
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Representative Bryce Edgmon (alternate)                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Birch                                                                                                      
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard                                                                                         
Representative Mike Chenault (alternate)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 262                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating to  temporary  courtesy  licenses for  certain                                                               
nonresident  professionals; and  relating  to  the Department  of                                                               
Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 374                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to on-bill  financing  by an  electric or  gas                                                               
distribution   utility   for   certain  energy   efficiency   and                                                               
conservation improvements."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 374(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 384                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to  the Regulatory  Commission  of Alaska  and                                                               
broadband Internet regulations."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 384 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 401                                                                                                              
"An   Act  relating   to  insurance;   relating  to   credit  for                                                               
reinsurance; insurance  standard valuation; and providing  for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 401(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 262                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                                   
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KAWASAKI                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
01/16/18       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/8/18                                                                                
01/16/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/16/18       (H)       MLV, L&C                                                                                               
02/06/18       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/06/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/06/18       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/15/18       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/15/18       (H)       Moved CSHB 262(MLV) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/15/18       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/16/18       (H)       MLV RPT CS(MLV) 4DP 1AM                                                                                
02/16/18       (H)       DP: SADDLER, PARISH, LEDOUX, TUCK                                                                      
02/16/18       (H)       AM: RAUSCHER                                                                                           
03/28/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/28/18       (H)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/31/18       (H)       L&C AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 374                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ON-BILL FINANCING OF ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) WOOL                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
02/21/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/21/18       (H)       ENE, L&C                                                                                               
03/01/18       (H)       ENE AT 10:15 AM CAPITOL 17                                                                             
03/01/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/01/18       (H)       MINUTE(ENE)                                                                                            
03/08/18       (H)       ENE AT 10:15 AM CAPITOL 17                                                                             
03/08/18       (H)       Moved CSHB 374(ENE) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/08/18       (H)       MINUTE(ENE)                                                                                            
03/09/18       (H)       ENE RPT CS(ENE) 2DP 1NR 2AM                                                                            
03/09/18       (H)       DP: CLAMAN, WOOL                                                                                       
03/09/18       (H)       NR: JOHNSON                                                                                            
03/09/18       (H)       AM: JOHNSTON, RAUSCHER                                                                                 
03/16/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/16/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/16/18       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/26/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/26/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/26/18       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/31/18       (H)       L&C AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 384                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: REGULATORY COMM OF AK; BROADBAND INTERNET                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) GUTTENBERG                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
02/21/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/21/18       (H)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
03/30/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/30/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/30/18       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/31/18       (H)       L&C AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 401                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: INSURANCE; REINSURANCE;VALUATION; CREDITS                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
03/05/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/05/18       (H)       L&C                                                                                                    
03/14/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/14/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/14/18       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/19/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/19/18       (H)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/28/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/28/18       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/31/18       (H)       L&C AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM JODWALIS, Staff                                                                                                         
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 262 on behalf of                                                                            
Representative Kawasaki, prime sponsor.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DALE VANDE HEY                                                                                                                  
Department of Defense State Liaison Office                                                                                      
San Antonio, Texas                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in the hearing on HB 262.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT DOEHL, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                               
Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs (DMVA)                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in the hearing on HB 262.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE RODRIGUEZ                                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 262.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS, Deputy Director                                                                                                  
Division of Corporations, Businesses, and Professional Licensing                                                                
(DCBPL)                                                                                                                         
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED)                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions in the hearing on HB                                                                  
262.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN ELLIS, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Sam Kito                                                                                                         
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented the changes to HB 374 on behalf                                                                
of the House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ROB EARL, Staff                                                                                                                 
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 374 on behalf of                                                                            
Representative Wool, prime sponsor.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
DUFF MITCHELL, Manager Director                                                                                                 
Juneau    Hydro   Power;    Chairman,   Juneau    Commission   on                                                               
Sustainability                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 374.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVID GUTTENBERG                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Reintroduced HB 384 as prime sponsor.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN ELLIS, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Sam Kito                                                                                                         
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented the changes to the proposed bill                                                               
on behalf of Representative Kito, prime sponsor.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LORI WING-HEIER, Director                                                                                                       
Division of Insurance                                                                                                           
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED)                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Answered questions  in the  hearing on  HB                                                             
401.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:02:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SAM KITO  called  the House  Labor  and Commerce  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:02  p.m. Representatives Edgmon,                                                               
Josephson, Wool, and Kito were present at the call to order.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
            HB 262-MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:03:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO. 262,  "An  Act  relating to  temporary  courtesy                                                               
licenses for  certain nonresident professionals; and  relating to                                                               
the   Department    of   Commerce,   Community,    and   Economic                                                               
Development."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:04:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM  JODWALIS, Staff,  Representative Scott  Kawasaki, Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  presented HB 262 on  behalf of Representative                                                               
Kawasaki, prime  sponsor.  He  paraphrased the  sponsor statement                                                               
[in  committee   packet],  which   reads  as   follows  [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     In  2011,  HB  28   was  passed  to  provide  expedited                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy  licenses to  eligible  individuals                                                                    
     transferred to  Alaska with  their active  duty service                                                                    
     member  spouse,  so  they   can  practice  their  trade                                                                    
     without   experiencing   extensive   wait   times   for                                                                    
     licensure approval. For a military spouse, expedited                                                                       
     temporary courtesy  licenses are the fastest  method of                                                                    
     obtaining   licensure  and   getting   back  to   their                                                                    
     profession.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Similar legislation  was also  passed by  several other                                                                    
     states.   However,  states   such  as   Washington  and                                                                    
     Connecticut,  also included  a  reporting mechanism  so                                                                    
     that   the  Legislature   and   Joint  Armed   Services                                                                    
     Committee  equivalent in  that  state  could track  the                                                                    
     executive  branch's  progress   of  implementation  and                                                                    
     occupational  board   communication.  HB  28   did  not                                                                    
     include a reporting requirement when it was passed.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     In  fall 2017,  legislators  voiced  concern that  full                                                                    
     implementation of  HB 28 (2011) was  not yet completed,                                                                    
     and that not all occupational  boards were aware of the                                                                    
     now  7-year-old statute.  While  questions remain,  the                                                                    
     bill  simply   seeks  to  strengthen  the   ability  of                                                                    
     military spouses to  obtain these occupational licenses                                                                    
     in an  efficient and expedited manner  as prescribed by                                                                    
     law.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     HB 262 seeks to amend  AS 08.01.063 to include that the                                                                    
     Department   of   Commerce,  Community   and   Economic                                                                    
     Development   prepare   an  annual   report   regarding                                                                    
     courtesy  licenses issued  the previous  calendar year.                                                                    
     This  simple reporting  mechanism will  help facilitate                                                                    
     communication   between    occupational   boards,   the                                                                    
     department  and the  legislators. It  will also  aid in                                                                    
     making  occupational board  staff and  legislators more                                                                    
     aware of  what opportunities are available  for helping                                                                    
     military spouses get back into the workforce.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     The  passage  of  HB 262  would  improve  communication                                                                    
     between the  boards, the department and  the legislator                                                                    
     and by  improving efficiency  and awareness  about what                                                                    
     opportunities   are   available,  will   help   welcome                                                                    
     military  families   to  Alaska  and   encourage  their                                                                    
     integration  into  our  local economy.  I  respectfully                                                                    
     urge your support of HB  262, a corrective bill that is                                                                    
     in   the    interest   of    improving   communication,                                                                    
     accountability  and  helping  with  the  transition  of                                                                    
     Alaska's military families.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:06:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALE  VANDE  HEY,  Department  of  Defense  (DoD)  State  Liaison                                                               
Office, testified  in the hearing  on HB  262.  He  explained the                                                               
DoD works  with state  legislators who  work on  legislation that                                                               
impacts and  supports military  members and  their families.   He                                                               
stated  the proposed  bill was  "top  of the  list", as  military                                                               
spouses continue to need assistance.   He said it is "not a give-                                                               
away," but  merely recognizing a  license from another  state and                                                               
expediting the process for transitioning military spouses.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:08:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  DOEHL,  Deputy  Commissioner, Department  of  Military  &                                                               
Veterans' Affairs  (DMVA), testified in  the hearing on  HB 262.{                                                               
He said  military spouses  have to figure  out what  licenses and                                                               
standards are  current in  the new  state and  they end  up doing                                                               
this  on  their own  through  word-of-mouth  as the  DoD  doesn't                                                               
provide any  assistance.   He said  DMVA has  reached out  to the                                                               
active military  to offer  informal avenues,  but it  still comes                                                               
down  to  the  military  spouse  to  navigate.    He  added  that                                                               
typically they have to do this about every four years.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:10:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE RODRIGUEZ  testified in  support of  HB 262.  She shared                                                               
her experience with moving every  few years as a military spouse.                                                               
She said military spouses are  38 percent under-employed compared                                                               
to their civilian counterparts.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked about the fiscal note (FN) for HB 262.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:13:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARA  CHAMBERS,   Deputy  Director,  Division   of  Corporations,                                                               
Businesses,  and Professional  Licensing  (DCBPL), Department  of                                                               
Commerce,  Community  &  Economic Development  (DCCED),  answered                                                               
questions in  the hearing on  HB 262.   She addressed  the fiscal                                                               
note  and explained  that currently  the department  does provide                                                               
updates  on an  ad hoc  basis.   She said  $5,000 in  expenditure                                                               
authority was the request.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:14:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked whether the amount  is a one-time request and in                                                               
future years  the amount would  be incorporated into  the budgets                                                               
of individual boards.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS answered in the affirmative.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:14:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL   asked  about  producing  a   report  every                                                               
calendar year rather  than every fiscal year.    He further asked                                                               
about renewals.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS  answered that  there  are  existing practices  for                                                               
military spouses. She  said there are over 100  license types and                                                               
nearly every  type offers the process.   She added that  the ones                                                               
that  don't are  the  ones  that don't  need  it  or have  safety                                                               
requirements.    She said  there  were  only 35  military  spouse                                                               
license requests  in the previous  year.   She said she  was very                                                               
interested  in   hearing  from  the  Department   of  Military  &                                                               
Veterans' Affairs  (DMVA) and  other groups  who could  help meet                                                               
the needs.   She underlined  that currently the division  was not                                                               
hearing from them about any problems.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:18:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked whether  Ms. Chambers  understands the                                                               
need to move to reporting on the calendar year.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS answered  the department  is happy  to provide  the                                                               
information whenever it is necessary.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked about the timing of reporting.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS said the timing  gives the department plenty of time                                                               
to produce a report.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:21:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO opened public testimony on HB 262.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO held over HB 262.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
        HB 374-ON-BILL FINANCING OF ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:21:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO.  374, "An Act relating to on-bill  financing by an                                                               
electric  or   gas  distribution   utility  for   certain  energy                                                               
efficiency and conservation improvements."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:22:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL moved  to adopt  the CS  for HB  374 as  the                                                               
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO objected for discussion.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:22:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN  ELLIS,  Staff,  Representative Sam  Kito,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  the changes in  the CS.   She paraphrased                                                               
the explanation of changes [included in committee packet], which                                                                
reads as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED meter  conservation charge language  from section                                                                    
     42.05.750  to  the  meter conservation  charge  section                                                                    
     (Page 2,  lines 10-17)  and DELETED  meter conservation                                                                    
     charge   language   unnecessarily   repeated   in   the                                                                    
     definition of meter conservation  charge (Page 5, lines                                                                    
     6-7).  Change  requested   by  bill  drafter-  cosmetic                                                                    
     change only.                                                                                                               
     Page  2,  line  27 DELETED  "AS  42.05.261,"  (mistaken                                                                    
     cross reference)                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page  3, lines  25-28 DELETED  most of  Sect. 42.05.754                                                                    
     Rental Property.                                                                                                           
     With deletion, only landlords  that are responsible for                                                                    
     the  entire  utility bill  can  enter  into an  on-bill                                                                    
     financing  agreement for  rental property;  and tenants                                                                    
     cannot enter into on-bill financing agreements at all.                                                                     
     This led to the following conforming DELETIONS:                                                                            
        • "a customer or landlord of' on Page 1, line 8;                                                                        
        • "or landlord" Page 2, line 19;                                                                                        
        • "a tenant or subsequent tenant of the residence                                                                       
          or building under AS 42.05.754." Page 2, line 21;                                                                     
        • "a purchaser's obligation to notify a tenant                                                                          
          under AS 42.05.754 if the purchase leases the                                                                         
          property." Page 3, line 16; and                                                                                       
        • "or landlord of a utility customer" Page 4, line                                                                      
          27.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page  2,   lines  8-9   INSERTED  language   making  it                                                                    
     explicitly clear that the utility  can choose what type                                                                    
     of improvements  the utility will finance  under an on-                                                                    
     bill program. This was the bill's intent all along.                                                                        
     DELETED  "an  electric   or  gas  distribution"  before                                                                    
     "utility"  nine  places  in  the  bill  (including  the                                                                    
     title).  The  change  would allow  a  district  heating                                                                    
     utility to utilize on-bill financing.                                                                                      
     Page  4,   line  31  REWORDED  definition   of  "energy                                                                    
     conservation system".                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Version  N:  the new  fuel  switched  to must  be  more                                                                    
     efficient and not increase direct                                                                                          
     greenhouse gas emissions.                                                                                                  
        Version E: the new fuel still must not increase                                                                         
     greenhouse gas emissions, and must                                                                                         
     either be more efficient OR cheaper.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:25:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE     JOSEPHSON    asked     about    weatherization                                                               
considerations in the CS.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ELLIS  answered that  weatherization considerations  were not                                                               
included in the CS.  She deferred to Mr. Earl.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:26:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROB  EARL,   Staff,  Representative   Adam  Wool,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  HB 374 on behalf  of Representative Wool,                                                               
prime sponsor.   He answered  that he agreed  that weatherization                                                               
is not included.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO added that one change to  the bill is to make sure the                                                               
utility provider can approve the measures that can be financed.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  said  that   the  original  intent  was  to                                                               
facilitate the conversion to more efficient fuel sources.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  asked about  the concerns  expressed by                                                               
Alaska Electric Light and Power (AELP).                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ELLIS   said  the  new  definition   mostly  resolves  those                                                               
concerns.  She added AELP had been involved in the change.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:29:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO removed his objection to adopting the CS to HB 374.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:29:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that public  testimony on HB 374  was still                                                               
open from the previous hearing.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:29:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DUFF MITCHELL,  Manager Director,  Juneau Hydro  Power; Chairman,                                                               
Juneau Commission  on Sustainability, testified in  support of HB                                                               
374.  He described some of  the innovative heating systems in the                                                               
state.   He stated he  supports Version  E of the  proposed bill.                                                               
He said  the new  language is  "utility agnostic".    He  said he                                                               
believes the bill supports the state's energy policies.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:33:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO closed public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  moved  to  report  CS for  HB  374  out  of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal notes.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:34:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:34 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        HB 384-REGULATORY COMM OF AK; BROADBAND INTERNET                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:35:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO.   384,  "An  Act  relating   to  the  Regulatory                                                               
Commission of Alaska and broadband Internet regulations."                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:36:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DAVID   GUTTENBERG,  Alaska   State  Legislature,                                                               
reintroduced  HB 384  as prime  sponsor.   He answered  questions                                                               
from  the previous  meeting.   He indicated  he could  offer more                                                               
information  of  what  other states  have  done  about  broadband                                                               
development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:37:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that public  testimony was still  open from                                                               
the  previous  meeting.    Upon  ascertaining  that  no  one  was                                                               
available to testify, he closed public testimony on HB 384.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:38:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to report  HB 384 out of committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  the  accompanying fiscal  notes.                                                               
There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:38:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:38 p.m. to 1:38 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        HB 401-INSURANCE; REINSURANCE;VALUATION; CREDITS                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:38:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that the  final order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 401, "An  Act relating to insurance;  relating to                                                               
credit  for   reinsurance;  insurance  standard   valuation;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:40:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL moved  to  adopt  the CS  for  HB  401 as  a                                                               
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO objected for discussion.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:40:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN  ELLIS,  Staff,  Representative Sam  Kito,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  presented  the  changes  to the  proposed  bill  on                                                               
behalf of  Representative Kito, prime  sponsor. She  stated there                                                               
were a number  of drafting issues that were being  resolved.  The                                                               
summary  of  changes  [included in  committee  packet],  with  an                                                               
additional table of drafting changes, read as follows:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     The CS for HB 401  makes drafting changes in accordance                                                                    
     with  the  legislative  drafting manual.  The  original                                                                    
     legislation  was  drafted  to repeal  and  reenact  the                                                                    
     credit for reinsurance model  act. The CS interlineates                                                                    
     revisions  to   model  law  in  existing   statute.  No                                                                    
     substantive changes are made in the revision.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:42:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO  commented  that  the bill  was  being  examined  for                                                               
drafting changes to conform to  legislative drafting manuals.  He                                                               
stated he would like to continue  to move the bill forward as the                                                               
changes were being implemented.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:43:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON asked about other committee referrals.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO  said  the  bill   would  be  going  to  House  Rules                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  asked whether  the intent was  to bring                                                               
the changes to the House floor.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO answered  the changes  would  be worked  on while  it                                                               
moved on through to the other body.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:44:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO  removed  his  objection.   There  being  no  further                                                               
objection, Version D was adopted as the working document.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:44:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORI WING-HEIER,  Director, Division of Insurance,  Department of                                                               
Commerce,  Community  &  Economic Development  (DCCED),  answered                                                               
questions in the hearing on HB  401. She clarified that the bill,                                                               
in  its entirety,  is based  on  NAIC model  law.   She said  the                                                               
repeal  and   reenact  approach   was  not  in   accordance  with                                                               
legislative drafting  manuals.   She said that  all parts  of the                                                               
model law are  in the CS and  have been noted in the  CS, but the                                                               
overall intent has not changed in the CS.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:45:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that public  testimony was still  open from                                                               
the previous meeting.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  asked  about  the issues  with  repeal  and                                                               
reenact motions.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO explained  that the  changes were  ensuring that  the                                                               
proposed  CS conforms  to Legislative  Drafting  manuals and  the                                                               
 repeal  and replace"  of a  section of  statute was  still being                                                               
worked on.  He indicated there was also a time issue.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON asked for  an explanation of the urgency                                                               
of the adoption of the changes.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. WING-HEIER answered that first part  of the bill   credit for                                                               
reinsurance    was for all  states seeking accreditation  and had                                                               
an effective  date in  2019. The  second part of  the bill  has a                                                               
2020 effective date.  She stated the 2019 date was most urgent.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:48:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO closed public testimony on HB 401.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:49:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to report HB 401 out of committee with                                                                
individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                   
There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:49:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at                                                                  
1:49 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB262 Supporting Document- Military Spouse Licensure State Report - Alaska.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- DoD Officials Assesment Article.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- Expedited Application for Mil. Spouses.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- EAFB Regional Growth Plan.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB 262 Supporting Document- A,N,A Secs Memo.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 ver D.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
CSHB262(MLV) ver J.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Explanation of Changes.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Fiscal Note DCCED CBPL 3.23.18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Support Letters 3.26.18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- Board of Barbers Llc Instructions.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- DC Doehl MLV Letter.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- DoD Licensure Implementation Eval. 2.2.17.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- Military Licensure Update CBPL 2-1-18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB401 Ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB374 Ver E.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 374
HB401 Summary of Changes ver A to ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB401 Sectional Analysis ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB374 Explanation of Changes from vers N to vers E.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 374