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05/10/2019 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 93 MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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Heard & Held
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                         
                          May 10, 2019                                                                                          
                           3:27 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Adam Wool, Chair                                                                                                 
Representative Andi Story                                                                                                       
Representative Zack Fields                                                                                                      
Representative Sara Hannan                                                                                                      
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Josh Revak                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 127                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the  practice of dental hygiene; establishing                                                               
an  advanced practice  permit; prohibiting  unfair discrimination                                                               
under  group  health insurance  against  a  dental hygienist  who                                                               
holds   an  advanced   practice  permit;   relating  to   medical                                                               
assistance  for dental  hygiene  services; and  providing for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 93                                                                                                               
"An  Act  relating to  temporary  courtesy  licenses for  certain                                                               
nonresident  professionals; and  relating  to  the Department  of                                                               
Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 113                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating  to employment  preferences  for  spouses  and                                                               
children  of veterans,  disabled  veterans,  former prisoners  of                                                               
war,  members  of  the  national   guard,  and  deceased  service                                                               
members."                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 103                                                                                                              
"An  Act establishing  the State  Gaming Commission;  relating to                                                               
the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board;  relating to the regulation                                                               
of  card  rooms and  card  games;  relating to  criminal  history                                                               
record  checks;  and  relating to  the  regulation  of  alcoholic                                                               
beverages."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 127                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: DENTAL HYGIENIST ADVANCED PRAC PERMIT                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) SPOHNHOLZ                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
04/09/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/09/19       (H)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
05/03/19       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
05/03/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/03/19       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
05/10/19       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  93                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                                   
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TUCK                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
03/13/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/13/19       (H)       MLV, L&C                                                                                               
04/02/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/02/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/02/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
04/04/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/04/19       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
04/09/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/09/19       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
04/16/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/16/19       (H)       Moved HB 93 Out of Committee                                                                           
04/16/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
04/17/19       (H)       MLV RPT 6DP                                                                                            
04/17/19       (H)       DP: THOMPSON, RAUSCHER, TUCK, JACKSON,                                                                 
                         TARR, LEDOUX                                                                                           
05/06/19       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
05/06/19       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
05/10/19       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 113                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY FAMILY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) JACKSON                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
03/27/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/27/19       (H)       MLV, L&C                                                                                               
04/16/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/16/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/16/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
04/18/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/18/19       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
04/23/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
04/23/19       (H)       Moved CSHB 113(MLV) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/23/19       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
04/24/19       (H)       MLV RPT CS(MLV) NT 5DP 1NR                                                                             
04/24/19       (H)       DP: KOPP, JACKSON, TARR, TUCK, LEDOUX                                                                  
04/24/19       (H)       NR: THOMPSON                                                                                           
05/06/19       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
05/06/19       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
05/10/19       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JEFF KILGORE                                                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL KILGORE                                                                                                                  
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ROYANN ROYER                                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JON ZASADA, Director/Policy Integration                                                                                         
Alaska Primary Care Association                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NIELSON                                                                                                                   
Alaska Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions during the hearing on HB                                                              
127.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BERNICE NISBETT, Staff                                                                                                          
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions during the hearing on HB                                                              
127 on behalf of Representative Spohnholz, prime sponsor.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL MASON, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 93 on behalf of                                                                            
Representative Tuck, prime sponsor.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TUCK                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  As prime sponsor, presented HB 93.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS, Director                                                                                                         
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing                                                                   
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions during the hearing on HB                                                              
93.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SHARON JACKSON                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  As prime sponsor, introduced HB 113.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ERIC CORDERO, Staff                                                                                                             
Representative Jackson                                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 113 on behalf of                                                                            
Representative Jackson, prime sponsor, and explained the                                                                        
sectional analysis.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
TERRE GALES, Director                                                                                                           
Division of Labor Standards and Safety                                                                                          
Department of Labor & Workforce Development                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions during the hearing on HB                                                              
113.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
VERDIE BOWEN, Director of Veterans Affairs                                                                                      
Office of Veterans Affairs                                                                                                      
Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions  during the hearing on HB                                                             
113.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:27:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  ADAM WOOL  called the  House Labor  and Commerce  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to order at  3:27 p.m.  Representatives Stutes,                                                               
Story, Talerico, Fields, Revak, Hannan,  and Wool were present at                                                               
the call to order.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          HB 127-DENTAL HYGIENIST ADVANCED PRAC PERMIT                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:28:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 127, "An Act  relating to the practice  of dental                                                               
hygiene;  establishing an  advanced practice  permit; prohibiting                                                               
unfair  discrimination under  group  health  insurance against  a                                                               
dental hygienist who holds an  advanced practice permit; relating                                                               
to medical assistance for dental  hygiene services; and providing                                                               
for an effective date."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:28:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL opened public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:29:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF KILGORE  stated his support for  HB 127.  He  said he worked                                                               
the  first eight  years of  his career  at a  federally qualified                                                               
health center as the "Dental  Director."  After which he switched                                                               
to the  private sector.  He  explained that in both  settings, he                                                               
saw the importance  of access to care and how  challenging it can                                                               
be -  especially for  the elderly and  disabled populations.   He                                                               
noted the  challenge of getting  them into a  traditional setting                                                               
and  opined  that  having  a  nontraditional  option,  like  home                                                               
visits, would improve both their dental and systemic health.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:31:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL KILGORE said  she has been working in  healthcare for many                                                               
decades and  over that  time, has seen  both access  problems and                                                               
successful  delivery.   She  said  that  hygienists are  uniquely                                                               
qualified to  provide preventive  and interventive  services that                                                               
would be  beneficial to vulnerable  populations, like  seniors in                                                               
nursing homes.   She commended HB 127 for trying  to utilize that                                                               
unique skillset to  take better care of all Alaskans.   She urged                                                               
members to support this bill.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:33:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROYANN ROYER, gave  a brief history of her  experience working in                                                               
private  practices,  public  health and  instructing  the  dental                                                               
program at University of Alaska  Anchorage (UAA).  Currently, she                                                               
said she works  in a collaborative agreement at  a long-term care                                                               
center, which  is why she  supports HB 127.   She said if  HB 127                                                               
passes, she would be able to continue preventative services.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:38:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON  ZASADA,  Director/Policy  Integration, Alaska  Primary  Care                                                               
Association,  voiced his  support  for HB  127.   Recruiting  and                                                               
retaining the necessary workforce  to staff comprehensive primary                                                               
care  practices  that  provide dental,  medical,  and  behavioral                                                               
health  in coordination  with care  services to  patients is  the                                                               
number  one  concern and  priority  of  the Alaska  Primary  Care                                                               
Association's leaders.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NIELSON, Alaska  Board of Dental Examiners,  said, as chair                                                               
of the  Alaska Board of  Dental Examiners,  he is here  to answer                                                               
any questions member might have.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:42:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY sought  clarification on  advanced practice                                                               
permits and asked how they are evaluated.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  NIELSON  said the  requirements  are  an active  license  in                                                               
Alaska,  4,000  hours of  documented  clinical  practice, and  no                                                               
disciplinary actions.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:43:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN asked  how many years it would  take to get                                                               
4,000 hours.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. NIELSON estimated 5-10 years.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. ROYER, in response to  Representative Hannan, said at least 5                                                               
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:44:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES  asked if the state  Dental Association and                                                               
the Board of Dental Examiners supports HB 127.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ   explained  that  the   Alaska  Dental                                                               
Society is the state professional  association for dentists.  She                                                               
noted that  they have  written a letter  of support  [included in                                                               
the committee packet].                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:45:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES   pointed  out  that  the   Alaska  Dental                                                               
Association made a  "wording" suggestion.  She asked  if that was                                                               
implemented in the committee substitute (CS).                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ deferred the question to her staff.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:45:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERNICE NISBETT,  Staff, Representative Ivy Spohnholz,  on behalf                                                               
of  Representative Spohnholz,  prime  sponsor, said  that the  CS                                                               
they are working  on will include the changes that  are listed in                                                               
the aforementioned letter.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL announced that HB 127 was held over.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:46:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL closed public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
            HB  93-MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:46:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL  NO.  93,  "An Act  relating  to  temporary  courtesy                                                               
licenses for  certain nonresident professionals; and  relating to                                                               
the   Department    of   Commerce,   Community,    and   Economic                                                               
Development."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:46:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:47:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL MASON, Staff, Representative Chris Tuck, introduced HB                                                                  
93 on  behalf of Representative  Tuck, prime sponsor.   He stated                                                               
that the bill builds on the social contract that people live by.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:49:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CHRIS TUCK,  Alaska State  Legislature, as  prime                                                               
sponsor, introduced HB  93.  He paraphrased parts  of the sponsor                                                               
statement [included  in the committee  packet] which read  in its                                                               
entirety as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     House  Bill  93  calls  for the  Alaska  Department  of                                                                    
     Commerce,   Community  and   Economic  Development   to                                                                    
     prepare   an  annual   report  to   allow  the   Alaska                                                                    
     Legislature to  evaluate the progress  of a  program to                                                                    
     make    temporary   courtesy    occupational   licenses                                                                    
     available  to  the  spouses   of  active  duty  service                                                                    
     members  stationed  in  Alaska.  In  2011,  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Legislature passed  House Bill 28 to  provide expedited                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy  licenses   if  a  military  spouse                                                                    
     possesses a  license from a previous  jurisdiction with                                                                    
     similar requirements  to the State of  Alaska. However,                                                                    
     the bill didn't include reporting requirements.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Making  temporary courtesy  licenses  available to  the                                                                    
     spouses of  active duty service members  allows them to                                                                    
     practice  their  chosen  trade  without  having  to  go                                                                    
     through  the time-consuming  process  of meeting  state                                                                    
     licensure    requirements   before    beginning   work.                                                                    
     Expediting  courtesy  licenses   for  military  spouses                                                                    
     allows them to  go to work quickly  after relocating to                                                                    
     Alaska,   while  they   work   toward  fulfilling   any                                                                    
     remainder state requirements for their license.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The requirement in  House Bill 93 for  an annual report                                                                    
     will  allow the  Alaska  Legislature,  the Joint  Armed                                                                    
     Services Committee,  military installations,  and local                                                                    
     communities to track the progress  of the Department of                                                                    
     Commerce, Community and  Economic Development in making                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy  licenses   available  to  military                                                                    
     spouses.  HB  93  also  calls  for  the  department  to                                                                    
     produce  and distribute  informational materials  about                                                                    
     temporary  courtesy licenses  to each  board authorized                                                                    
     to issue such licenses.  The intent of this stipulation                                                                    
     is to  improve the  board's knowledge of  the licenses,                                                                    
     the  application process,  and  the  best practices  in                                                                    
     providing  applicant  support. Additionally,  the  bill                                                                    
     calls  for  the  department   to  encourage  boards  to                                                                    
     designate a  single employee to  serve as the  point of                                                                    
     contact  for public  information and  inquiries related                                                                    
     to temporary courtesy licenses for military spouses.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     The  annual  report  called  for in  HB  93  will  also                                                                    
     highlight many  of the opportunities available  to help                                                                    
     military  spouses enter  the  workforce  in Alaska.  To                                                                    
     date,  a  low  number of  eligible  professionals  have                                                                    
     taken  advantage  of  the  temporary  courtesy  license                                                                    
     program in Alaska, and  many participants have reported                                                                    
     delays.   House    Bill   93   would    help   identify                                                                    
     inefficiencies in the program.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Legislation similar to House  Bill 93 passed the Alaska                                                                    
     House of Representatives unanimously  last year but was                                                                    
     not taken up by the Alaska State Senate.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Making  temporary   courtesy  occupational   and  other                                                                    
     licenses available  to military  spouses is  a priority                                                                    
     for the U.S. Department of Defense.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:51:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN addressed  the  regulations, pointing  out                                                               
that a  temporary license is issued  for 180 days.   She asked if                                                               
there is a fee associated with the issuance of that license.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:52:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS,  Director, Division of Corporations,  Business and                                                               
Professional  Licensing,  Department  of  Commerce,  Community  &                                                               
Economic Development, explained that there  is a specific fee for                                                               
each  program offering  a temporary  license, which  is different                                                               
than the full license.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  asked if the  fee can be used  towards the                                                               
state   cost  of   their  permanent   professional  license   and                                                               
associated  fees,  which  will  vary depending  on  the  type  of                                                               
licensure.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  said that with  43 separate programs  with separate                                                               
statutes and regulations and 22  different governing bodies among                                                               
those, it's  not consistent across  all programs.   Some programs                                                               
offer temporary licenses and others don't  offer one at all.  She                                                               
offered her  belief that an  element lacking from statute  is the                                                               
need  to "beef  up"  the military  spouse  licensing language  to                                                               
compel  various  boards to  do  more  and  take this  issue  more                                                               
seriously.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  questioned  whether that  180-day  window                                                               
affords  people  enough time  to  complete  the Alaska  licensure                                                               
process in those programs which temporary licenses exist.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  said there  is very  little data  as fewer  than 30                                                               
military  spouses have  ever  applied using  this  program.   She                                                               
opined that  the need is  greater; however, they don't  know it's                                                               
available because of a gap in perception and education.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:56:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  pointed out  that HB  93 does  three things:                                                               
produces an annual  report; calls on the  Department of Commerce,                                                               
Community  &   Economic  Development   (DCCED)  to   produce  and                                                               
distribute  informational materials;  and  asks the  professional                                                               
licensing boards to  designate a single employee to  serve as the                                                               
point of contact for public  information and inquiries related to                                                               
temporary curtesy licenses for military spouses.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:57:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FIELDS questioned whether  this bill could have an                                                               
impact on licensure for plumbers or electricians.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  answered  yes, through  the  Department  of                                                               
Labor.    He   continued  by  saying  that   Alaska  has  relaxed                                                               
requirements   for  electrical   licenses,  and   as  a   result,                                                               
Washington State no longer accepts  them.  In retaliation, Alaska                                                               
no longer  accepts Washington's  licenses, ending  the reciprocal                                                               
agreement that once existed between the two states.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FIELDS  established a scenario in  which a plumber                                                               
moves   to   Alaska   who  had   not   completed   a   registered                                                               
apprenticeship  in another  state and  wanted to  get permanently                                                               
licensed.   He pointed out  that six months  is not enough  to go                                                               
through  a registered  apprenticeship  and asked  how that  would                                                               
work in terms of timing.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WOOL pointed  out  that  HB 97  doesn't  pertain to  those                                                               
trades.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:59:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   WOOL  asked   if   Alaska   has  professional   licensing                                                               
reciprocity with other states.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS stated  that  there is  only  one firm  reciprocity                                                               
agreement  mandated by  the federal  government  for real  estate                                                               
appraisers.  She noted that  there is licensure by credential for                                                               
almost all programs,  which means someone with  a similar license                                                               
from another state  can come to Alaska and  use those credentials                                                               
to gain licensure without having to take another national exam.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WOOL questioned  whether  the  intent of  the  bill is  to                                                               
expedite licensure above and beyond  simple omission of the board                                                               
exam.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:01:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS said  current law  says department  and boards  may                                                               
issue a  temporary license  to the spouse  of an  active military                                                               
member who  essentially has the  equivalent of a  similar license                                                               
in another  state.  They  can get a  180-day license.   This bill                                                               
requires  filing  a report  and  providing  more information,  it                                                               
doesn't change  licensure in any way.   There's no impact  on the                                                               
credentials, criteria,  or reciprocity, it's just  beefing up the                                                               
administration  and   reporting  back  to  the   legislature,  so                                                               
legislators  have better  tools to  understand the  scope of  the                                                               
problem.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:01:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  confirmed that, adding that  it improves the                                                               
state's licensing  boards and processes  and ensures  that Alaska                                                               
has  the  best  practices  in place  to  provide  applicants  the                                                               
support they need.  It  focuses on getting temporary licenses and                                                               
allowing  people who  are licensed  in another  state to  work in                                                               
their fields of trade.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REVAK thanked  Representative  Tuck  and said  he                                                               
appreciates the intent of the  current bill.  He recalled hearing                                                               
about these licensing  issues for a decade, and as  military is a                                                               
big  part of  Alaska's  economy the  more this  state  can do  to                                                               
benefit their spouses the better.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:04:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL asked about reciprocity program for medical doctors.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS said  there is an interstate  licensure compact that                                                               
Representative Seaton introduced several years  ago.  There are a                                                               
handful of  national compacts, which are  private agreements that                                                               
a state makes with a  private organization that goes into statute                                                               
and  allows  interstate  licensure.     She  noted  that  nurses,                                                               
doctors, and a few others have those.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL  asked if a  nurse from  another state in  the compact                                                               
would get automatic licensure in Alaska.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  explained that with a  national compact recognition                                                               
an  individual can  move into  another state  and start  working.                                                               
She pointed out that they are  all different, as they are private                                                               
organizations with their own language, fees and trappings.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:06:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL said HB 93 was held over.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          HB 113-MILITARY FAMILY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:06:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL  announced that the  final order of business  would be                                                               
CS  FOR HOUSE  BILL NO.  113(MLV),  "An Act  relating to  private                                                               
sector  and  state  employment  preferences  for  active  service                                                               
members, veterans,  and spouses and dependent  children of active                                                               
service members and veterans;  relating to employment preferences                                                               
for surviving  spouses of deceased service  members and veterans;                                                               
and relating to employment preferences  for disabled veterans and                                                               
former prisoners of war."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
TS                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SHARON  JACKSON,  Alaska  State  Legislature,  as                                                               
prime sponsor,  introduced HB 113.   She paraphrased  the sponsor                                                               
statement [included in  the committee packet], which  read in its                                                               
entirety as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The  purpose of  House Bill  113 is  to extend  current                                                                    
     hiring  preferences to  military spouses  and dependent                                                                    
     children  in  the  State  of  Alaska  and  the  private                                                                    
     sector.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Military families fall into two categories: Blue Star                                                                      
     or Gold Star Families. Blue Star families are military                                                                     
     spouses and  dependents of  active service  members and                                                                    
     veterans. Gold  Star families are spouses  and children                                                                    
     of a deceased service members  who died while in active                                                                    
     duty.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     A recent  report from the  Department of  Defense found                                                                    
     that a  quarter of  military spouses are  unemployed or                                                                    
     underemployed. There are several  efforts being done in                                                                    
     all  50 states,  but Alaska  is one  of the  few states                                                                    
     that do  not extend employment preferences  to military                                                                    
     spouses.  There are  roughly  151,881 military  spouses                                                                    
     and  dependents  in  Alaska  according  to  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Department of Military & Veteran Affairs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     This  is  a small  but  significant  way to  honor  our                                                                    
     service  members and  their  families,  who often  fall                                                                    
     between  the cracks  while also  making a  sacrifice to                                                                    
     serve their country.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:10:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIC  CORDERO,   Staff,  Representative  Jackson,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  presented the  changes made  to CSHB  113 (MLV)  on                                                               
behalf  of  Representative  Jackson,   prime  sponsor.    It  was                                                               
clarified  that active  duty service  members, as  well as  their                                                               
spouses   and   dependents   qualify  for   hiring   preferences.                                                               
Stepchildren  were also  added to  the definition  of dependents.                                                               
The CS added definitions to the  State Personnel Act in section 3                                                               
for  consistency   and  removed   redundant  language   in  other                                                               
sections.   He continued  by explaining  that another  change was                                                               
adding the words "disabled veteran"  to section 4 for consistency                                                               
with  federal definitions.   The  CS also  clarified that  HB 113                                                               
should  not be  interpreted to  amend the  terms of  a collective                                                               
bargaining agreement.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:11:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. CORDERO turned attention to  the sectional analysis [included                                                               
in  the  committee  packet]  and  read  the  following  [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1. AS 18.80.200(c)                                                                                               
     This section does not prohibit  a private employer from                                                                    
     having  hiring  preferences  for persons  described  in                                                                    
     Section 2 of this bill.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2. AS 23.88.010                                                                                                  
     This section  repeals and reenacts the  current statute                                                                    
     by  adding  definitions  removed  from  Section  1  for                                                                    
     clarity.  This  section  does not  prohibit  a  private                                                                    
     employer  from  having  hiring preferences  to  active-                                                                    
     military,  veterans  and  families. This  section  adds                                                                    
     language to  include spouses and dependent  children of                                                                    
     deceased service members to the list.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:12:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FIELDS sought  clarification  on  the meaning  of                                                               
"preference."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JACKSON  explained  that some  businesses  use  a                                                               
point  system  for  hiring  and this  bill  gives  preference  to                                                               
veterans during that process with the addition of 5-10 points.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. CORDERO added  that the State of Alaska  uses different tools                                                               
to make hiring  decisions.  When there is a  numerical tool being                                                               
used,   veterans  and   members  of   the  national   guard  will                                                               
automatically  get   10  points   once  they  pass   the  minimum                                                               
requirements to qualify  for that position.  If  a numerical tool                                                               
is not  being used, the  benefit is that they  will automatically                                                               
be selected for an interview.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:15:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. CORDERO  continued with the  sectional analysis and  read the                                                               
following:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3. AS 39.25.150(19)                                                                                              
     This  section   amends  the  State  Personnel   Act  to                                                                    
     reference  definitions  as  stated  in  Section  4  for                                                                    
     consistency.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4. AS 39.25.159(a)                                                                                               
     This  section  amends  the  employment  preference  for                                                                    
     veterans  or  former prisoners  of  war  by adding  new                                                                    
     language to include families  of an active-duty service                                                                    
     member,  veteran,  or  former  prisoner  of  war.  This                                                                    
     section  clarifies the  type  of  preference given  the                                                                    
     hiring process  and whether  the applicant  is disabled                                                                    
     or not. Subsection (B) is removed for consistency                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section 5. AS 39.25.159(d)                                                                                               
     This  section clarifies  that a  person may  receive an                                                                    
     employment preference under only  one of the categories                                                                    
     described in  sections 3  and 4. A  person may  use the                                                                    
     preference  without  limitation when  being  considered                                                                    
     for a position for which  persons who are not currently                                                                    
     state   employees   are   being  considered.   If   the                                                                    
     recruitment  for   a  position  is  limited   to  state                                                                    
     employees, preference under (a)  or (c) of this section                                                                    
     may  not  be counted.  This  section  adds language  to                                                                    
     include spouses  or dependent children  for consistency                                                                    
     with other sections.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6 AS 39.25.159 (e)                                                                                               
     This section clarifies that this  bill does not involve                                                                    
     interpreting  amendments  of  a  collective  bargaining                                                                    
     agreement and  makes a reference  to subsection  (a) of                                                                    
     Section 4.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 7 AS 39.25.159(f)                                                                                                
     This section defines a dependent child.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 8 AS 39.25.159(c)                                                                                                
     This section  removes language  that has  been included                                                                    
     in Section 4 of this bill.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:17:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN sought clarification  on the preference for                                                               
a surviving  spouse.  She  asked when  that benefit is  given and                                                               
how long it lasts.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. CORDERO offered his understanding  that currently there is no                                                               
limit to how long that benefit lasts.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:20:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRE GALES,  Director, Division  of Labor Standards  and Safety,                                                               
Department  of  Labor  & Workforce  Development,  asked  for  the                                                               
question to be repeated.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  repeated  her previous  question,  asking                                                               
when  preference for  a surviving  spouse is  given and  how long                                                               
they receive it for.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. GALES said it appears to be permanent.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:22:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REVAK   questioned  whether  the   Department  of                                                               
Military & Veterans'  Affairs (DMVA) has a position  on this bill                                                               
and asked about the unemployment rate in the veteran community.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:22:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VERDIE BOWEN,  Director of Veterans  Affairs, Office  of Veterans                                                               
Affairs,  Department of  Military &  Veterans' Affairs,  said the                                                               
DMVA  is  in full  support  of  this bill.    He  added that  the                                                               
unemployment rate for veterans in this  state is the same as non-                                                               
veterans.   He noted that  the unemployment rate for  active duty                                                               
military spouses is  generally much higher than  spouses of those                                                               
that do not serve.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:23:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FIELDS  asked if  the  nature  of preference  for                                                               
state  employment is  typically put  into place  with statute  or                                                               
regulation.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JACKSON said currently, it is in statute.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CORDERO noted  that it  is put  into place  with statute  in                                                               
other states as well.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:26:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  pointed out that  when she was  checking on                                                               
military preference  and points for  a Senate bill,  the division                                                               
of personnel  said they do  not currently use  preference points.                                                               
She asked if  that is true and questioned whether  this bill adds                                                               
a point system.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   JACKSON   said   the  federal   government   has                                                               
preference points and  the intent of this bill is  to implement a                                                               
point system for the state of Alaska.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL sought  clarification on the conditions  under which a                                                               
dependent  or spouse  qualifies for  benefits.   He asked  if the                                                               
benefits only become available when the veteran is deceased.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. CORDERO  answered yes, if  he or  she died while  in service.                                                               
According to  the bill, he  said, if  the spouse is  disabled the                                                               
percentage would be  higher.  He added if the  tool being used is                                                               
numerical  versus  nonnumerical,   the  nonnumerical  benefit  is                                                               
getting an interview.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.   CORDERO,   responding   to  a   follow-up   question   from                                                               
representative   Wool,  explained   that  according   to  current                                                               
statute,  the  hiring  benefit  for  nonnumerical  tools  is  the                                                               
assurance  of an  interview if  the veteran  applicant meets  the                                                               
minimum qualifications.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL surmised  that hiring preferences are  required by the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CORDERO said  correct, adding  that  hiring preferences  are                                                               
optional to the private sector.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:29:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. GALES acknowledged  that the top qualified  applicant will be                                                               
selected for  an interview; however,  a veteran will  be selected                                                               
for   an  interview   as   long  as   they   reach  the   minimum                                                               
qualifications.  He noted that  if a spouse remarries after their                                                               
partner  dies  in  service,  he  or she  will  cease  to  receive                                                               
preference from the federal government.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL asked if the process is the same for dependents.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. GALES  said yes, adding that  once an adult is  married, they                                                               
lose those benefits.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WOOL  questioned whether  there  was  an age  cut-off  for                                                               
dependents as well.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:30:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JACKSON answered 23 years old.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:32:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY mentioned that  her research on veterans has                                                               
shown that not having employment is  one of the biggest hurdles a                                                               
family can face.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:33:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WOOL announced HB 113 was held over.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:34:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at                                                                  
4:34 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 127.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DHHS.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DCCED.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Fiscal DHHS2.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Alaska Dental HPSA.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup State by State.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support ADHA.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Jeff Kilgore.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Letters May 1.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Letters.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127.Backup Support Melissa Davis.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 127
HB 93.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Bill Version A.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Fiscal DCCED.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup REACH Portability Examination.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Military Spouse Occupations.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Professional Liscensing for Military Spouses.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup DOD Memorandum.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Chamber of Commerce Letter.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Evaluation of Liscensure Implementation.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup How Alaska is Meeting Guideline for Licensure.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Military Spouse Flyer.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 93.Backup Military Spouse Liscence Statute.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 93
HB 113.Sponsor.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Summary of Changes to Version S.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Bill Version S.PDF HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Sectional.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Fiscal Note DOL.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Fiscal Note MLV.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Atlantic Article.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup DOD Memorandum.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Blue Star Family Survey.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Military Spouse Challenges.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Military Spouse Employment Plight.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup Office of US Military Spouses.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup People Analytics Survey.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Backup State Hiring Preference.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 113.Military Family Lifestyle.pdf HL&C 5/10/2019 3:15:00 PM
HB 113