Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

04/04/2018 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SB 125 EXTEND BOND AUTH FOR INTERIOR ENERGY PROJ TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 262 MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 262(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 264 SHOPPING BAG FEES & RECYCLING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 401 INSURANCE; REINSURANCE;VALUATION; CREDITS TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 230 TELECOMMUNICATIONS & INTERNET PRIVACY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 230 Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                         
                         April 4, 2018                                                                                          
                           3:18 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sam Kito, Chair                                                                                                  
Representative Adam Wool, Vice Chair                                                                                            
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Birch                                                                                                      
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Mike Chenault (alternate)                                                                                        
Representative Bryce Edgmon (alternate)                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS PRESENT                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly                                                                                                              
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 230                                                                                                              
"An Act  relating to  the collection  of customer  information by                                                               
telecommunications   and   Internet    service   providers;   and                                                               
establishing  an unfair  trade practice  under the  Alaska Unfair                                                               
Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 230 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 125(CRA)                                                                                                 
"An Act  extending the  expiration date  of the  authorization to                                                               
finance   and  issue   bonds   through   the  Alaska   Industrial                                                               
Development  and Export  Authority  for a  liquefied natural  gas                                                               
production  system and  natural  gas distribution  system for  an                                                               
Interior energy project; and providing for an effective date."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 264                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to a  fee for disposable shopping bags; relating                                                               
to the sale of reusable  shopping bags; relating to the recycling                                                               
of  disposable  shopping bags;  and  providing  for an  effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 262(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 401(L&C)                                                                                
"An   Act  relating   to  insurance;   relating  to   credit  for                                                               
reinsurance;  relating  to   insurance  standard  valuation;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 230                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: TELECOMMUNICATIONS & INTERNET PRIVACY                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) DRUMMOND                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
04/15/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/15/17       (H)       L&C, JUD                                                                                               
05/01/17       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
05/01/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/01/17       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
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)                                                                                            
04/04/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 125                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EXTEND BOND AUTH FOR INTERIOR ENERGY PROJ                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) KELLY                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/16/18       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/8/18                                                                                
01/16/18       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/16/18       (S)       CRA, FIN                                                                                               
01/25/18       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
01/25/18       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
01/25/18       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
01/30/18       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
01/30/18       (S)       Moved CSSB 125(CRA) Out of Committee                                                                   
01/30/18       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
01/31/18       (S)       CRA RPT CS  4DP 1NR  NEW TITLE                                                                         
01/31/18       (S)       DP: BISHOP, GARDNER, STEDMAN, HOFFMAN                                                                  
01/31/18       (S)       NR: MACKINNON                                                                                          
02/12/18       (S)       FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
02/12/18       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/12/18       (S)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
02/16/18       (S)       FIN RPT CS(CRA)  2DP 4NR                                                                               
02/16/18       (S)       NR:   MACKINNON,   VON   IMHOF,   OLSON,                                                               
                         MICCICHE                                                                                               
02/16/18       (S)       DP: BISHOP, STEVENS                                                                                    
02/16/18       (S)       FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
02/16/18       (S)       Moved CSSB 125(CRA) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/16/18       (S)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
02/21/18       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
02/21/18       (S)       VERSION: CSSB 125(CRA)                                                                                 
02/23/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/23/18       (H)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
03/23/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/23/18       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
04/04/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 264                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SHOPPING BAG FEES & RECYCLING                                                                                      
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) JOSEPHSON                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
01/16/18       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/8/18                                                                                
01/16/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/16/18       (H)       CRA, L&C                                                                                               
01/30/18       (H)       CRA AT 3:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
01/30/18       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
02/10/18       (H)       CRA AT 10:00 AM BARNES 124                                                                             
02/10/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/10/18       (H)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
02/13/18       (H)       CRA AT 8:00 AM BARNES 124                                                                              
02/13/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/13/18       (H)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
02/22/18       (H)       CRA AT 8:00 AM BARNES 124                                                                              
02/22/18       (H)       Moved CSHB 264(CRA) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/22/18       (H)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
02/23/18       (H)       CRA RPT CS(CRA) 1DP 2DNP 3AM                                                                           
02/23/18       (H)       DP: DRUMMOND                                                                                           
02/23/18       (H)       DNP: SADDLER, TALERICO                                                                                 
02/23/18       (H)       AM: LINCOLN, KREISS-TOMKINS, PARISH                                                                    
03/09/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/09/18       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/10/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/10/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/10/18       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/04/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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                                                                              
03/31/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/31/18       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/04/18       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK FITZGERALD, Staff                                                                                                       
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Alaska Legislature                                                                                                              
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Reintroduced HB 230 on behalf of                                                                         
Representative Drummond, prime sponsor.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HARRIETT DRUMMOND                                                                                                
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 230 as prime sponsor.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PETE KELLY                                                                                                              
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented SB 125 as prime sponsor.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JOSEPH BYRNES, Staff                                                                                                            
Senator Pete Kelly                                                                                                              
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions in the hearing on SB                                                                  
125.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
GENE THERRIAULT                                                                                                                 
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in the hearing on SB 125.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JOMO STEWART                                                                                                                    
Interior Gas Utility                                                                                                            
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 125.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JON COOK, CFO                                                                                                                   
Airport Equipment Rentals                                                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 125.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH WARLICK                                                                                                               
Greater Fairbanks Chambers of Commerce                                                                                          
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 125.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JIM WILLIAMS, Chief of Staff                                                                                                    
Fairbanks Northstar Borough Mayor                                                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 125.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN ELLIS, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Sam Kito                                                                                                         
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented the CS to HB 264 on behalf of                                                                  
House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUZANNE COHEN                                                                                                                   
350 Juneau                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified support of HB 264.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
KATHIE WASSERMAN, Executive Director                                                                                            
Alaska Municipal League                                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in the hearing on HB 264.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MARY VAVIRK                                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 264.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LISBETH JACKSON                                                                                                                 
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 264.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE PUTZ                                                                                                                   
Bags for Change                                                                                                                 
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 264.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SOPHIA TIDLER, Member                                                                                                           
Anchorage Waterway Council                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 264.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MATT SEAHOLM                                                                                                                    
American Progressive Bag Alliance                                                                                               
Washington, DC                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition to HB 264.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
KAREN PERRY                                                                                                                     
Chugiak, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition to HB 264.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CAROL MONTGOMERY                                                                                                                
Matsu Zero Waste Coalition                                                                                                      
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in the hearing on HB 264.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT KAWASAKI                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Reintroduced HB 262 as prime sponsor.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLAM JODWALIS                                                                                                                 
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions in the hearing on HB                                                                  
262.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS, Deputy Director                                                                                                  
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED)                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Answered questions  in the  hearing on  HB                                                             
262.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:18:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SAM KITO  called  the House  Labor  and Commerce  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to order at  3:18 p.m. All members were present                                                               
at the call to order.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          HB 230-TELECOMMUNICATIONS & INTERNET PRIVACY                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:19:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO. 230,  "An  Act  relating  to the  collection  of                                                               
customer information  by telecommunications and  Internet service                                                               
providers; and  establishing an unfair  trade practice  under the                                                               
Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:20:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK  FITZGERALD,  Staff,   Representative  Harriet  Drummond,                                                               
Alaska  State  Legislature,  reintroduced  HB 230  on  behalf  of                                                               
Representative Drummond,  prime sponsor.   He explained  that the                                                               
proposed  bill  would  replace   a  protection  on  the  personal                                                               
property from  internet service providers  which was  repealed in                                                               
the  recent decision  by  the  Federal Communications  Commission                                                               
(FCC).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:20:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND,  Alaska State Legislature,  presented HB                                                               
230 as  prime sponsor.   She mentioned  similar legislation  in a                                                               
recent vote in the Minnesota State  Senate.  She remarked that in                                                               
March [2018],  Congress had voted to  lift a ban on  the practice                                                               
of selling  consumer data. She  noted that many  communities have                                                               
limited choice in ISPs.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:22:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  asked  about   the  rationale  behind  the                                                               
proposed bill.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND answered  that  the Alaska  constitution                                                               
has one of the most stringent privacy protections in the nation.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:24:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO announced  that public  testimony was  open from  the                                                               
previous hearing.   Upon ascertaining  that no one  was available                                                               
to testify, he closed public testimony on HB 230.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH stated  he did  not support  the bill.   He                                                               
said the  move to  remedy the  issue needed to  be on  a national                                                               
level.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL said  he thinks  the bill  is precautionary,                                                               
but he  thinks "our data  is being  bought and sold  like crazy,"                                                               
and he does not  think a box on a form to state  that he does not                                                               
want his data sold is not a big burden.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:27:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to report  HB 230 out of committee with                                                               
individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:27:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH objected.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
A roll call  vote was taken.   Representatives Stutes, Josephson,                                                               
Wool, and Kito voted in favor  of HB 230.  Representatives Birch,                                                               
Knopp, and Sullivan-Leonard voted against  it.  Therefore, HB 230                                                               
was  reported  out  of  the House  Labor  and  Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee by a vote of 4-3.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:28:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 3:28 p.m. to 3:31 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
         SB 125-EXTEND BOND AUTH FOR INTERIOR ENERGY PROJ                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:31:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PETE  KELLY, Alaska State  Legislature, presented  SB 125                                                               
as prime  sponsor.  He said  the proposed bill was  the companion                                                               
to HB 261.   He explained it would extend  the authorization date                                                               
for AIDEA bonds  for the Interior Energy Project (IEP).   He gave                                                               
some history  of the projects and  bonds.  He said  the sunset is                                                               
nearing. He  spoke to air quality  concerns in the Interior.   He                                                               
said to date the project is going  well.  He said the project has                                                               
taken  a  lot  of time  for  due  diligence.    He spoke  to  the                                                               
distribution  system  for natural  gas  in  the  area.   He  said                                                               
construction had begun on a  storage facility.  He underlined the                                                               
proposed  bill  does  not  propose   spending  more  money,  just                                                               
reauthorizes a project that the AIDEA board has already vetted.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:35:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked how much has been spent on the project.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JOSEPH BYRNES,  Staff, Senator Pete Kelly,  answered questions in                                                               
the hearing  on SB 125.   He referred to the  quarterly report on                                                               
the project.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:36:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked about  the ramifications on the project                                                               
if the funding is not provided.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KELLY suggested the project may be "demobbed."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:37:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GENE  THERRIAULT,   Alaska  Industrial  Development   and  Export                                                               
Authority  (AIDEA), testified  in  the  hearing on  SB  125.   He                                                               
pointed to a  table on page 9 of the  report showing expenditures                                                               
to date.   He underlined that  none of the bonds  have been spent                                                               
to date.   He spoke to storage issues and  an increased source of                                                               
LNG.  He  said there was a general  understanding that Fairbanks,                                                               
Alaska, has  fairly limited overall  demand for natural gas.   He                                                               
said a  lot of  time was spent  negotiating consolidation  of the                                                               
utilities.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH asked  how flexible the system  is to source                                                               
gas from multiple areas.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THERRIAULT answered  the project  had continually  evaluated                                                               
the  issue.   He said  it  took longer  to  get a  high level  of                                                               
conversions.   He spoke  to sourcing  from Cook  Inlet.   He said                                                               
supply had  been negotiated  with Hilcorp.   He spoke  to working                                                               
closely with the railroad.  He  said the railroad lends itself to                                                               
bulk shipments which  are more than the current supply.   He said                                                               
working out  logistics with the  railroad might tip the  costs in                                                               
its favor,  but currently tankers  were used.   He said  it would                                                               
continue to be examined.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:44:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  asked what  is  going  to be  the  storage                                                               
capacity in the tanks that were being used.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THERRIAULT  answered  the  tank  being  constructed  is  5.2                                                               
million gallons.   The existing tank is about  300,000 to 350,000                                                               
gallons.  He said the tank  will be redeployed out to North Pole,                                                               
Alaska.  He said the two tank farms would link together.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  referred to the  report and asked why  the authorized                                                               
funding is not available for the component of the project.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THERRIAULT   answered  the   remaining  capital   funds  are                                                               
committed to Pentex  assets for the local utility.   He added the                                                               
storage  tank  being  constructed  is  using  Sustainable  Energy                                                               
Transmission and Supply Development Fund (SETS) money.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked for an  explanation of the ultimate ownership of                                                               
the project.   He shared his concern that the  state of Alaska is                                                               
paying to capitalize a purchase of a utility.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. THERRIAULT  gave some history  of the funding.   He described                                                               
the AIDEA revolving  loan fund.  He said AIDEA  would oversee the                                                               
SETS loans.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:50:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  suggested Mr.  Therriault was  saying that  the money                                                               
being used  for the utility  will be paid back.   He said  he was                                                               
trying to understand  what capital the state is  putting into the                                                               
project and what the benefit to the state is.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. THERRIAULT  said when AIDEA  stepped in,  it did not  use IEP                                                               
funds, but  revolving load funds.   It was agreed there  would be                                                               
temporary  ownership while  an agreement  was  negotiated with  a                                                               
local entity.   He said the original purchase price  came with an                                                               
interest rate of 5.06 percent while  the funds were deployed.  He                                                               
said at the end of May  the original purchase price plus interest                                                               
would be repaid and the revolving  loan fund would be made whole.                                                               
He explained  that as those  funds come  back, they will  be made                                                               
available for AIDEA to relend under the terms of the SETS fund.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked how much state  General Fund (GF) money is going                                                               
into this utility.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. THERRIAULT  answered that at closing  the deal at the  end of                                                               
May, the  full $57.5  million of  GF will  have been  expended to                                                               
consolidate the utilities under local control.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked whether the state  was purchasing a utility or a                                                               
part of the utility.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. THERRIAULT  answered the funds  were provided to  the project                                                               
to consolidate the project under local control.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO suggested  the money  is being  given to  the utility                                                               
directly from AIDEA.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. THERRIAULT answered in the affirmative.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:53:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOMO STEWART,  Interior Gas Utility,  testified in support  of SB                                                               
125.  He  stated the plan calls  for the use of  over $40 million                                                               
of the  $57 million  for bonding  authority.   He added  that the                                                               
remaining amount  of the funds  in the  SETs fund would  be quite                                                               
small.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:55:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO opened public testimony on SB 125.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:55:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON COOK,  CFO, Airport Equipment  Rentals, testified  in support                                                               
of  SB  125.   He  stated  he was  affiliated  with  a number  of                                                               
entities  in  Fairbanks, Alaska,  which  own  the largest  retail                                                               
properties in the  area.  He said the lack  of an uninterruptable                                                               
supply of  gas has meant they  could not bring new  box stores to                                                               
town, as  all major box  stores use  natural gas for  heating and                                                               
cooling. He said having the  supply will mean major retailers can                                                               
come to town and keep the costs low in the cities and villages.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:56:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH  WARLICK,  Greater   Fairbanks  Chambers  of  Commerce,                                                               
testified in support of SB 125.   She said the extension of AIDEA                                                               
bonding  would  be  an  essential  financing  component  for  the                                                               
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:57:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM  WILLIAMS,  Chief  of Staff,  Fairbanks  North  Star  Borough                                                               
Mayor, Testified in support of SB  125.  He said the Interior Gas                                                               
Utility (IGU) project  is a priority for  consistency in pricing.                                                               
He said  it is believed natural  gas is a solution  to the area's                                                               
air quality problem.   He said there was an  expectation that the                                                               
price of  diesel fuel could go  up another .43 per  gallon due to                                                               
new regulations.  He urged support of the proposed bill.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:59:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO held over SB 125.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
              HB 264-SHOPPING BAG FEES & RECYCLING                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
4:00:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 264,  "An Act  relating to  a fee  for disposable                                                               
shopping bags;  relating to the  sale of reusable  shopping bags;                                                               
relating  to  the  recycling of  disposable  shopping  bags;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:00:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved to adopt the  CS to HB 264 as a working                                                               
document.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:01:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN  ELLIS,  Staff,  Representative Sam  Kito,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  the CS to HB  264 on behalf of  the House                                                               
Labor  and  Commerce Standing  Committee.    She paraphrased  the                                                               
summary of  changes [included in  committee packet],  which reads                                                               
as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     1.  Title:  from   "An  Act  relating  to   a  fee  for                                                                    
     disposable  shopping  bags;  relating to  the  sale  of                                                                    
     reusable shopping  bags; relating  to the  recycling of                                                                    
     disposable   shopping  bags;   and  providing   for  an                                                                    
     effective  date."  to  "An Act  prohibiting  disposable                                                                    
     plastic shopping bags; relating  to a minimum price for                                                                    
     paper and other shopping bags;  relating to the sale of                                                                    
     reusable shopping bags; and  providing for an effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
     2. Removes  the fee for  single-use bags and  creates a                                                                    
     ban for single-use (disposable) plastic bags.                                                                              
     3.  Establishes a  minimum 10-cent  fee  for all  other                                                                    
     bags (plastic, reusable). The  retail seller keeps 100%                                                                    
     of this fee. Its purpose  is to prevent a loophole that                                                                    
     would allow  store to give  away thick plastic  bags in                                                                    
     lieu of single-use plastic bags.                                                                                           
     4. Removes  the exemption for communities  of less than                                                                    
     5,500 persons.                                                                                                             
     5.  Removes the  18-pound  weight capacity  requirement                                                                    
     for reusable bags.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:02:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  asked  whether   the  proposed  bill  would                                                               
require restaurants to charge for  plastic bags used for take-out                                                               
orders and "doggy bags".                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ELLIS  answered  that  was  not  addressed  in  the  current                                                               
proposed legislation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:04:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUZANNE COHEN, 350  Juneau, testified in support of HB  264.  She                                                               
said the  only way to change  behavior is to establish  a fee for                                                               
plastic bags.   She said Denmark  had seen a drop  in usage after                                                               
establishing a ban.   She listed countries and  cities which have                                                               
established fees or bans on  plastic bags.  She addressed impacts                                                               
on wildlife.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  asked whether  members  of  350 Juneau  are                                                               
small business  owners. He  asked about  being charged  extra for                                                               
the bags.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. COHEN answered that she and  her husband own a small business                                                               
and described their  efforts to reduce usage by  reusing the bags                                                               
their stock comes in.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  asked  whether the  group  had  approached                                                               
local authorities about the restriction.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. COHEN  answered the  organization was a  recent entity.   She                                                               
said there had been a push which had failed previously.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO brought up Styrofoam  packages and asked whether those                                                               
were being addressed by the organization.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. COHEN said  the parent organization is very  much sticking to                                                               
climate issues.   She said  she did  not think it  was addressing                                                               
Styrofoam.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:11:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHIE  WASSERMAN, Executive  Director,  Alaska Municipal  League                                                               
(AML), testified  in the hearing  HB 264.   She said the  AML has                                                               
discussed  the issue  at length  and it  was felt  [banning bags]                                                               
should be a  municipal issue.  She  underlined municipalities can                                                               
work  directly  with  local  businesses.    She  shared  personal                                                               
experience with ordering paper bags  which had to be shipped from                                                               
out  of state,  adding to  the  carbon impact,  whereas only  one                                                               
truckload was  needed for the same  number of plastic bags.   She                                                               
said AML  is not  opposed to  the concept but  feels it  can deal                                                               
with plastic bags on a local level.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON   listed  some  communities   that  are                                                               
actively looking  at the issue.   He asked Ms.  Wasserman whether                                                               
she  has seen  so many  significant communities  move in  a short                                                               
period of time over an issue.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. WASSERMAN  said she  has seen  municipalities respond  to any                                                               
number of things.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SULLIVAN-LEONARD  commented  that  Representative                                                               
Josephson had proved the point  that municipalities can deal with                                                               
the issue locally.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:16:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY VAVIRK  testified in support  of HB 264.   She spoke  to the                                                               
unsightly effects of plastic bags in the environment.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:17:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISBETH JACKSON  testified in support  of HB  264.  She  spoke to                                                               
the unsightly effects  of plastic bags and to  the health issues.                                                               
She  said  it is  a  state  issue.    She mentioned  the  tourist                                                               
industry and [the importance of] keeping the area beautiful.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked whether Ms.  Jackson uses bags  in her                                                               
business.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  JACKSON answered  that  she  doesn't use  bags  for her  B&B                                                               
business. She said she does use plastic bags for garbage.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked  whether she lives in  a community that                                                               
bans bags.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. JACKSON said she lives near Palmer, Alaska.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked about charges for bags.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. JACKSON  answered there  was never a  fee instituted  for the                                                               
bag ban in the city of Wasilla, Alaska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:21:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE PUTZ, Bags  for Change, testified in support  of HB 264.                                                               
She said the Sitka, Alaska, assembly  was working on a bag ban or                                                               
fee.   She said the effort  was to move people  to reusable bags,                                                               
not paper.  She  said a fee on paper bags  would help the plastic                                                               
bag ban  "in court."   She  spoke to the  toxins in  plastics and                                                               
health  issues.   She mentioned  a boat  incident due  to plastic                                                               
bags in the  ocean.  She spoke to local  businesses' reactions to                                                               
a bag fee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON  asked  how  someone's  litigation  has                                                               
benefited by a ban on plastic bags.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. PUTZ answered  there was a court case in  California in which                                                               
the plastic  companies tried to sue,  but because they had  a fee                                                               
on paper bags as well, the fee on the paper bags protected them                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:25:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SOPHIA TIDLER,  Member, Anchorage Waterway Council,  testified in                                                               
support HB 264.  She  said the council organizes waterway cleanup                                                               
and the  amount of  plastics collected is  unsettling.   She said                                                               
many  communities support  the ban  or  fee.   She said  consumer                                                               
behavior change is why she supports  the proposed bill.  She drew                                                               
parallels with  the fight for  equal rights  and the work  of Dr.                                                               
Martin Luther King, Jr.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:29:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATT  SEAHOLM, American  Progressive Bag  Alliance, testified  in                                                               
opposition to HB 264.   He paraphrased from his written testimony                                                               
[included in committee packet],  which reads as follows [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     On  behalf of  the  American  Progressive Bag  Alliance                                                                    
     (APBA), an  organization that represents  our country's                                                                    
     plastic retail  bag manufacturers and  recyclers, thank                                                                    
     you  for the  opportunity to  submit this  testimony to                                                                    
     share our collective concerns with  HB 264, which would                                                                    
     impose a regressive 20-cent  fee on disposable shopping                                                                    
     bags or as  is being reported in the  media, be amended                                                                    
     to ban all plastic retail bags.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     We  respect and  applaud Representatives  Josephson and                                                                    
     Drummond and others  for taking the goals  of waste and                                                                    
     litter   reduction  seriously.   We   share  a   common                                                                    
     commitment    to    environmental    stewardship    and                                                                    
     sustainability. Both  are critical to ensuring  that we                                                                    
     are protecting Alaska's natural beauty and are solid                                                                       
     business principles.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     As   a  waste   reduction   measureand    not  just   a                                                                    
     fundraising billHB 264 is flawed. Bag bans and taxes                                                                       
     may lead to  fewer plastic retail bags  being used, but                                                                    
     similar  policies  have   never  delivered  significant                                                                    
     reductions in  overall waste  or litter.  Policies that                                                                    
     ban   plastic  bags   push   consumers   to  use   less                                                                    
     sustainable alternatives  by comparison, and  bag taxes                                                                    
     often impose  a regressive,  inequitable burden  on the                                                                    
     most income-sensitive residents.  That's a serious cost                                                                    
     to  consider  for  Alaska's hard-working  families  and                                                                    
     fixed  income seniors  who may  incur  higher costs  to                                                                    
     their grocery bills or be forced to buy more expensive                                                                     
     alternatives to highly reusable plastic retail bags.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Beyond the economic impact  for individual families and                                                                    
     shoppers, HB  264 would require  Alaska businessesmany                                                                     
     of whom  are APBA  members' customersto   track, report                                                                    
     and remit shopping bag tax  revenue to the state. These                                                                    
     additional    reporting,   training    and   compliance                                                                    
     obligations will  increase the  cost of  doing business                                                                    
     in Alaska.  Those higher  costs may  not be  covered by                                                                    
     the  25-percent  allowance  this  bill  designates  for                                                                    
     retailers  and could  end up  being passed  down as  an                                                                    
     additional  consumer  burden,  on top  of  the  initial                                                                    
     regressive transaction fee and ban.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     The  proposed  environmental   benefits  would  neither                                                                    
     relieve the burden on Alaska's fixed income families                                                                       
     and   seniors  nor   deliver  meaningful   outcomes  on                                                                    
     sustainability   efforts.    Environmental   Protection                                                                    
     Agency figures  show plastic retail bags  comprise just                                                                    
     0.5  percent of  national waste,  and national  studies                                                                    
     find the  same bags  account for less  than one  to two                                                                    
     percent of litter.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     When   compared  side-by-side   to  its   alternatives,                                                                    
     plastic  retail  bags   are  the  most  environmentally                                                                    
     friendly choice. In relating  the life cycle impacts of                                                                    
     plastic to  the alternatives    paper and cloth  bags                                                                      
     University of Oregon professor David Tyler observed:                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          "There are really good  things about plastic bags                                                                     
          they produce  less greenhouse  gas, they  use less                                                                    
          water and  they use  far fewer  chemicals compared                                                                    
          to  paper or  cotton. The  carbon footprint   that                                                                    
          is, the amount of  greenhouse gas that is produced                                                                    
          during  the life  cycle of  a plastic  bagis  less                                                                    
          than that of a paper bag  or a cotton tote bag. If                                                                    
          the  most   important  environmental   impact  you                                                                    
          wanted to  alleviate was global warming,  then you                                                                    
          would go with plastic."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Across  the country,  several  states  and cities  have                                                                    
     decided against implementing taxes  and bans on plastic                                                                    
     grocery bags  because of the  burden on the  public and                                                                    
     lack  of   environmental  benefits.  When   Denver,  CO                                                                    
     explored, and  ultimately rejected, a bag  ordinance in                                                                    
     2013,  the city's  Office of  Sustainability concluded,                                                                    
     "Single-use  bags of  all types  constitute well  under                                                                    
     one percent of all  waste delivered to landfills? There                                                                    
     are no substantiated claims that  a bag fee will result                                                                    
     in  entirely eliminating  even  this  tiny fraction  of                                                                    
     waste  sent to  landfills?  Concluding that  a bag  fee                                                                    
     will  make  a  substantial   dent  in  waste  going  to                                                                    
     landfills is  misguided." Likewise, voters  in Durango,                                                                    
     CO overturned a  10-cent bag fee in 2013,  and in 2014,                                                                    
     the Fort Collins, CO City  Council repealed their local                                                                    
     fee.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     In Austin, TX, and Thurston County, WA, respectively, bag                                                                  
     laws actually led to more landfill waste from reusable bags                                                                
     and doubled the use of paper bags that use more resources.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. SEACOLM  spoke to  studies in  Denmark comparing  plastic and                                                               
cotton bags, which  found that cotton bags have to  be used 7,100                                                               
times to offset the impact of all environmental indicators.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  asked about  the bags described  in the                                                               
Denmark study.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:34:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SEAHOLM  said the  plastic  used  in Europe  is  low-density                                                               
polyethylene and that is what was studied.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON asked  whether  the bags  were light  4                                                               
milligram bags.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. SEAHOLM answered a variety of bag thicknesses are used.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON spoke to the  effects of plastic bags in                                                               
caribou and reindeer stomachs.  He asked what the solution is.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SEAHOLM answered  there  are other  alternatives.   He  said                                                               
recycling is  a big part of  it.  He spoke  to reuse.  He  said a                                                               
Quebec study  found that  77.7 percent  of bags  are reused.   He                                                               
said some  of that  is for  garbage or pet  waste.   He indicated                                                               
that the plastic bags in rivers  and streams makes up less than 1                                                               
percent.   He said some  communities found  that bans lead  to an                                                               
increase in litter and waste.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:38:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH  asked  about  technologies  that  can  aid                                                               
degrading of plastics.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SEAHOLM  answered there  not  a  biodegradable option.    He                                                               
stated that  paper takes as long  to break down as  a plastic bag                                                               
would.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:39:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN PERRY  testified in  opposition to HB  264.   She expressed                                                               
her strong opposition to HB 264.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:40:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL MONTGOMERY,  Matsu Zero Waste  Coalition, testified  in the                                                               
hearing on  HB 264.   She  gave an  update on  her organization's                                                               
activity since  her previous  testimony.   She said  plastic bags                                                               
are harmful in  part due to their light weight  which causes them                                                               
to "fly all over."  She encouraged statewide action.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO closed public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO held over HB 264.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
            HB 262-MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:44:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that the  final 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."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:44:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SCOTT   KAWASAKI,  Alaska   State   Legislature,                                                               
reintroduced  HB  262 as  prime  sponsor.    He gave  numbers  of                                                               
military and  veteran populations in the  state.   He  stated the                                                               
University of  Alaska, the Fairbanks School  District, the State,                                                               
and small  businesses offer  discounts and aid  to military.   He                                                               
said military spouse licensing would  align with those efforts to                                                               
support military families.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO asked whether there  are laws prohibiting someone from                                                               
using  a  non-Alaska license  if  they  are  in  the state  on  a                                                               
temporary basis.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAWASAKI answered  there are different regulations                                                               
for  different  states  so sometimes  there  are  differences  in                                                               
occupational  licenses between  states.   He said  there is  work                                                               
towards a compact so that licenses between states.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:48:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH  shared his concerns  regarding occupational                                                               
licensing.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:49:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLAM   JODWALIS,   Representative    Scott   Kawasaki,   Alaska                                                               
Legislature, answered  questions in  the hearing on  HB 262.   He                                                               
said there  was already  a law  passed in 2011    House  Bill 28-                                                               
regarding courtesy  licenses and HB  262 wouldn't touch  or alter                                                               
that.  He said  the proposed  bill  would set  forth a  reporting                                                               
mechanism for  the department to  issue a report  for statistical                                                               
data on occupational licenses issued to military spouses.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:50:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH  asked  about  the  breadth  of  scope  and                                                               
latitude for military spouse licensing.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:51:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARA   CHAMBERS,  Deputy   Director,   Department  of   Commerce,                                                               
Community &  Economic Development (DCCED), answered  questions in                                                               
the hearing on  HB 262.  She said currently  military spouses can                                                               
obtain  a 180-day  temporary license  which can  be extended  for                                                               
another  180  days  to  give  them  time  to  comply  with  state                                                               
licensure requirements.  She said  the department was  looking at                                                               
licensure by credential or endorsement.   She said this works for                                                               
professionals who take  a national examination.   She stated that                                                               
for those  who do not have  to take an examination,  or for those                                                               
which  require  Alaska-specific  knowledge,  the  department  has                                                               
worked to  produce a report  providing data.   She said  the bill                                                               
would  codify  that  report.     She  indicated  it  is  a  small                                                               
percentage of the overall licenses issued.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL spoke to the  number of military spouses that                                                               
utilize the program.   He asked whether some may  simply be using                                                               
the normal channels for licensure.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS  answered  it's  possible  some  are  using  normal                                                               
channels.   She said  there is a  military licensure  webpage for                                                               
the information which is linked to all state licensure webpages.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL asked whether  the department has a "military                                                               
spouse" box to click on its website.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS answered it does not.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:01:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SULLIVAN-LEONARD  mentioned  she  has  worked  in                                                               
various hospitals.   She said military members who  came for jobs                                                               
often  got priority.   She  asked about  the need  to create  new                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS shared  her understanding  that  supporters of  the                                                               
bill would  like to have a  more codified reporting system.   She                                                               
said  the  information  could  be   provided  on  the  department                                                               
website.    She said  the  department  is  happy to  produce  the                                                               
information when asked.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SULLIVAN-LEONARD  asked whether  it could  be done                                                               
without the legislation.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  answered the department  does what  the legislation                                                               
is requiring already, with the  exception of the mandate that the                                                               
information be delivered to the legislature on a certain date.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  pointed to subsection  g which  he said seems  to ask                                                               
the  department  to  provide   informational  materials  for  the                                                               
purpose  of improving  the board's  knowledge of  licensees.   He                                                               
asked whether that is part of the fiscal note (FN).                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:03:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  said the element that  produced a change to  the FN                                                               
was the  change from producing a  report at the fiscal  year (FY)                                                               
rather  than the  calendar  year.   She said  that  prior to  the                                                               
amendment to the bill, there was a zero FN.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:04:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 5:04 p.m. to 5:05 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:05:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO closed public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:05:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL moved Amendment 1.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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MR. JODWALIS indicated  the bill sponsor had no  objection to the                                                               
proposed amendment6.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:06:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO removed his objection to Amendment 1. There being no                                                                 
other objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:06:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON moved to report HB 262 out of committee                                                                
as amended with individual recommendations and the accompanying                                                                 
fiscal notes.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:07:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at                                                                  
5:07 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB262 Amendment J.1.pdf HL&C 4/4/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 262
HB264 Supporting Document - Soldotna Resolution.pdf HL&C 4/4/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 264
HB264 Opposition Letters 3.10.18.pdf HL&C 4/4/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 264
SB125 Supporting Document-Letter from DEC Div. of Air Quality (Mar. 21, 2018).pdf HL&C 4/4/2018 3:15:00 PM
SB 125