Legislature(2021 - 2022)GRUENBERG 120

04/02/2021 08:00 AM LABOR & COMMERCE

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08:06:10 AM Start
08:07:27 AM Board of Examiners in Optometry
08:09:07 AM HB126
08:14:18 AM Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors
08:28:14 AM Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
08:29:47 AM Board of Dental Examiners
08:48:31 AM Board of Examiners in Optometry
08:49:51 AM Board of Marital & Family Therapy
09:03:38 AM Board of Professional Counselors
09:10:51 AM Board of Psychologist & Psychological Examiners
09:22:15 AM Board of Social Work Examiners
09:26:46 AM Regulatory Commission of Alaska
10:13:06 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Please Note Time & Location Change --
*+ HB 149 CHILD CARE PROVIDER COLLECTIVE BARGAINING TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- State Board of Registration for Architects,
Engineers & Land Surveyors: Jake Maxwell, Arpad
"Bruce" Magyar, & Catherine Fritz
- State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
Board: Nathan Missler
- Board of Dental Examiners: Christina Hansen,
Bradley Heaston, & Gregory Johnson
- Board of Examiners in Optometry: Pamela
Steffes & Michael Mavencamp
- Board of Marital & Family Therapy: Richard
Clampitt, Joy Collins, & Kayla Green
- Board of Professional Counselors: Dorene
Hagen, Sammie O'Neal, & Eleanor
Vinson
- Board of Psychologist & Psychological Associate
Examiners: Bernard Gatewood, Bradley McConnell,
& Sherri Scott
- Board of Social Work Examiners: Brandon
Ercanbrack & Mindy Swisher
- Regulatory Commission of Alaska: Robert
Pickett & Keith Kurber
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 126 EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 126 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                         
                         April 2, 2021                                                                                          
                           8:06 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Ivy Spohnholz, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Calvin Schrage                                                                                                   
Representative Liz Snyder                                                                                                       
Representative James Kaufman                                                                                                    
Representative Ken McCarty (via teleconference)                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Zack Fields, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative David Nelson                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Pamela Steffes - Sitka                                                                                                     
     Michael Mavencamp - Fairbanks                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 126                                                                                                              
"An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Public                                                                   
Accountancy; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 126 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Jake Maxwell - Anchorage                                                                                                   
     Arpad "Bruce" Magyar - Anchorage                                                                                           
     Catherine Fritz - Anchorage                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Nathan Missler - Anchorage                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Dental Examinders                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Christina Hansen - Fairbanks                                                                                               
     Greg Johnson - Fairbanks                                                                                                   
     Brad Heaston - Eagle River                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Richard Clampitt - Palmer                                                                                                  
     Joy Collins - Anchorage                                                                                                    
     Kayla Green - Eagle River                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Sammie O'Neil - Eagle River                                                                                                
     Eleanor Vinson - Juneau                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Psychologist & Psychological Examiners                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Bernard Gatewood - Fairbanks                                                                                               
     Dr. Sherri Scott - Anchorage                                                                                               
     Dr. Bradley McConnell - Anchorage                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Brandon Ercanbrack - Kotzebue                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Bob Pickett - Palmer                                                                                                       
     Keith Kurber - Fairbanks                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 126                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY                                                                                 
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) THOMPSON                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
03/05/21       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/05/21       (H)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
03/31/21       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/31/21       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/31/21       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/02/21       (H)       L&C AT 8:00 AM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PAMELA STEFFES, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                                 
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Spoke as an appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Examiners in Optometry.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CRISTA BURSON, President and CEO                                                                                                
Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 126.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JAKE MAXWELL, Appointee                                                                                                         
Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Spoke as an appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ARPAD "BRUCE" MAGYAR, Appointee                                                                                                 
Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Spoke as an appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CATHERINE FRITZ, Appointee                                                                                                      
Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Spoke as an appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
NATHAN MISSLER, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINA HANSEN, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Dental Examiners.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
GREG JOHNSON, Appointee                                                                                                         
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Dental Examiners.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
BRAD HEASTON, Appointee                                                                                                         
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                       
Eagle River, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Dental Examiners.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL MAVENCAMP, Appointee                                                                                                    
Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                                 
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Examiners in Optometry.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD CLAMPITT, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                               
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Marital & Family Therapy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JOY COLLINS, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Marital & Family Therapy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
KAYLA GREEN, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                               
Eagle River, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Marital & Family Therapy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SAMMIE O'NEIL, Appointee                                                                                                        
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                                
Eagle River, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Professional Counselors.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ELEANOR VINSON, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Professional Counselors.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
BERNARD GATEWOOD, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Psychologist & Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Psychologist & Psychological Associate Examiners.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. SHERRI SCOTT, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Psychologist & Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Psychologist & Psychological Associate Examiners.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. BRADLEY MCCONNELL, Appointee                                                                                                
Board of Psychologist & Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Psychologist & Psychological Associate Examiners.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
BRANDON ERCANBRACK, Appointee                                                                                                   
Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                                                  
Kotzebue, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as  an  appointee  to the  Board  of                                                            
Social Work Examiners.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BOB PICKETT, Appointee                                                                                                          
Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                                                 
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as an  appointee  to the  Regulatory                                                            
Commission of Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
KEITH KURBER, Appointee                                                                                                         
Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                                                 
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Spoke  as an  appointee  to the  Regulatory                                                            
Commission of Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
VERI DI SUVERO, Executive Director                                                                                              
Alaska Public Interest Research Group                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Testified  during  the   hearing  on  the                                                            
governor's appointees to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:06:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  IVY  SPOHNHOLZ  called  the  House  Labor  and  Commerce                                                            
Standing    Committee   meeting    to   order    at   8:06    a.m.                                                              
Representatives  Spohnholz, Schrage,  and Snyder  were present  at                                                              
the  call  to  order.    Representative  Kaufman  arrived  as  the                                                              
meeting was  in progress,  and Representative  McCarty arrived  as                                                              
the meeting was in progress (via teleconference).                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
^Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                                
                Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
8:07:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ announced  that  the first  order of  business                                                              
would be  consideration of the  governor's appointee to  the Board                                                              
of Examiners in Optometry.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:07:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAMELA  STEFFES,  Appointee,  Board  of  Examiners  in  Optometry,                                                              
informed the committee  that she has served for five  years on the                                                              
Board of  Examiners in  Optometry.  She  noted that  the documents                                                              
in   the   committee   packet  were   submitted   for   her   2020                                                              
consideration,  and  that  her  updated  information  includes  an                                                              
updated Alaska  optometry license, valid  through 2022.   She said                                                              
that  she has  practiced  for 22  years  at the  Southeast  Alaska                                                              
Regional  Healthcare Consortium  (SEARHC) facility  in Sitka,  and                                                              
expressed  that,  as  a  hospital-based  optometrist,  she  has  a                                                              
slightly  different  perspective   from  optometrists  in  private                                                              
practice.     She  described  her   work  on  the   board  guiding                                                              
optometrists  to   safely  practice,   as  well  as   renew  their                                                              
licenses, during the COVID-19 pandemic.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
           HB 126-EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:09:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be  HOUSE BILL  NO. 126, "An  Act extending the  termination                                                              
date of  the Board  of Public  Accountancy; and  providing  for an                                                              
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:09:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ opened public testimony on HB 126.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:10:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRISTA  BURSON, President  and CEO,  Alaska  Society of  Certified                                                              
Public Accountants,  stated that  the Alaska Society  of Certified                                                              
Public  Accountants (AKCPA)  supports HB  126, characterizing  the                                                              
Board of Public  Accountancy as serving the public's  interest and                                                              
providing  regular  oversight  of  accountants  in  Alaska.    She                                                              
expressed that the  board is inclusive of all  interested parties,                                                              
and that  the AKCPA and the  board have a positive,  collaborative                                                              
relationship.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:11:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE moved to  report HB  126 out of  committee                                                              
with  individual  recommendations   and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                              
notes.  There being  no objection, HB 126 was reported  out of the                                                              
House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:11:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:11 a.m. to 8:14 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
^Board   of  Registration   for  Architects,   Engineers  &   Land                                                              
Surveyors                                                                                                                       
Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors                                                            
                                                                                                                              
8:14:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be consideration  of the governor's appointees  to the State                                                              
Board   of  Registration   for   Architects,   Engineers  &   Land                                                              
Surveyors.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:14:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAKE  MAXWELL, Appointee,  Board of  Registration for  Architects,                                                              
Engineers &  Land Surveyors, told  the committee that he  has been                                                              
appointed for the  land surveyors' seat and that he  has worked as                                                              
a land surveyor  for the past 18 years.  He  described being well-                                                              
versed in the  field and office operations of  land surveying, and                                                              
characterized  himself as  having a "solid"  understanding  of the                                                              
guidelines  and standards  applied  at federal,  state, and  local                                                              
levels.  He said  that he has served on the board  of directors of                                                              
the Alaska  Professional Design  Council, during which  he learned                                                              
about   some  of   the  issues   surrounding  other   professional                                                              
societies.   He stated  his belief that  his experience  would add                                                              
value and a helpful perspective to the board.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:15:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ARPAD  "BRUCE"  MAGYAR,  Appointee,   Board  of  Registration  for                                                              
Architects, Engineers  & Land  Surveyors , said  that as  a public                                                              
member  of the  board, he  hopes to  bring his  experience in  the                                                              
public  and private  sector.   He  described his  experience as  a                                                              
heavy equipment  operator, followed by a career  in pharmaceutical                                                              
sales,  and was  selected to  oversee  the development  of a  home                                                              
health  care business.   Upon  retirement,  he said,  he moved  to                                                              
Florida where  he spent 12  years being  active in the  local U.S.                                                              
Coast  Guard facility.    In  total, he  said,  he's  lived in  10                                                              
states  and  had  23  homes,  and  he  expressed  that  each  move                                                              
required creative  problem solving skills,  which is why  he feels                                                              
he has the unique experience needed to contribute to the board.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:18:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SCHRAGE  noted that on Mr. Magyar's  application of                                                              
interest he didn't select this particular board to serve on.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAGYAR said  that  his contribution  would  be experience  in                                                              
business,  as  well  as  in  handling   personnel,  projects,  and                                                              
budgets.   He  said that  he  was successful  in  three states  in                                                              
advocating  for  legislation advantageous  to  the  pharmaceutical                                                              
industry.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:20:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ noted  Mr. Magyar  had  applied to  be on  the                                                              
Alaska  Marine  Highway  System  workgroup,  and  if  that  wasn't                                                              
available, she  said, he requested  to be  on the Board  of Marine                                                              
Pilots, the  Alaska Boating  Safety Advisory  Council, the  Alaska                                                              
Board of Pharmacy,  the Alaska Seismic Hazards  Safety Commission,                                                              
or  the  Board  of  Fisheries.     She  reiterated  Representative                                                              
Schrage's  observation that  nowhere  did he  express interest  in                                                              
serving on the  Board of Registration for Architects,  Engineers &                                                              
Land Surveyors.   She asked  whether he  spoke with the  Office of                                                              
Board and Commissions.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAGYAR  responded  that  he applied  for  the  Alaska  Marine                                                              
Highway  System workgroup  a  year  ago, but  did  not receive  an                                                              
answer.  He  said that some months  later he received  a call from                                                              
the governor's  office to serve  on the Board of  Registration for                                                              
Architects, Engineers & Land Surveyors.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ asked  what interests  him most about  serving                                                              
on  this  board,  given  that  he  would  be  learning  about  the                                                              
industry.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAGYAR  mentioned an  individual  who  moved to  Georgia  and                                                              
discussed  perceptions of  life in  Alaska.   He talked about  the                                                              
cost of living and the importance of good-paying jobs.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  said that the Board of Nursing  had difficulty                                                              
recruiting  someone into  the  position because  the  compensation                                                              
didn't match  the level  of education that  was required,  and the                                                              
solution proposed  by the administration  was to reduce  the level                                                              
of education instead of increase compensation.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:26:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHERINE   FRITZ,   Appointee,    Board   of   Registration   for                                                              
Architects,  Engineers &  Land Surveyors,  informed the  committee                                                              
that  she is  an  architect  and has  been  appointed  to serve  a                                                              
second  term  on  the  board.   Her  career  has  been  in  public                                                              
service,  she said,  most  recently as  the  architect for  Juneau                                                              
International  Airport.   She  described  her work  involving  the                                                              
planning and  organizing aspects  of drafting the  strategic plan,                                                              
ensuring that  each meeting proceeds  in a manner  consistent with                                                              
the board's  mission, and  studying the  regulatory needs  as well                                                              
as  health, safety,  and  welfare.   She said  that  it's been  an                                                              
honor and a privilege to serve on the board.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:27:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  opened public  testimony on the  appointees to                                                              
the  Board  of  Registration  for  Architects,  Engineers  &  Land                                                              
Surveyors.   After  ascertaining that  no one  wished to  testify,                                                              
she closed public testimony.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:28:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy                                                                               
        Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
8:28:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be consideration  of the governor's appointee  for the Board                                                              
of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:28:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NATHAN   MISSLER,  Appointee,   Board   of   Physical  Therapy   &                                                              
Occupational  Therapy,  said  that  he has  been  an  Occupational                                                              
Therapist   for  five   years   with  experience   in   outpatient                                                              
orthopedics, as well  as in academics at the  University of Alaska                                                              
Anchorage.   He expressed the desire  to be on the board  in order                                                              
to  work  on  current  issues  such  as  telemedicine,  continuing                                                              
educations, and safety in Alaska's communities.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:29:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ opened  public testimony  on the appointee  to                                                              
the  Board of  Physical  Therapy &  Occupational  Therapy.   After                                                              
ascertaining  that no  one wished  to testify,  she closed  public                                                              
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:29:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                      
                   Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
8:29:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would  be  consideration  of the  governor's  appointees  for  the                                                              
Board of Dental Examiners.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:30:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINA HANSEN,  Appointee, Board of Dental  Examiners, informed                                                              
the  committee  that she  has  been  a  dental hygienist  for  six                                                              
years, and  was a dental  assistant for 20  years.  She  said that                                                              
she works in the  office of a dental hygienist  and teaches dental                                                              
assisting at  the University of  Alaska Fairbanks.  She  said that                                                              
she would  like to bring  her experience  and a "gentle  voice" to                                                              
the board.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:31:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GREG JOHNSON, Appointee,  Board of Dental Examiners,  said that he                                                              
has been  a licensed dentist in  Alaska since 1986 and  has worked                                                              
as  a pediatric  dentist for  most of  his career.   He  explained                                                              
that  he  recently   served  as  the  Chief  Medical   Officer  at                                                              
Fairbanks Memorial  Hospital Denali  Center, serving as  the Chief                                                              
Executive  Officer  during  the transition  to  Foundation  Health                                                              
Partners.   He said that he  has participated on the  Medical Care                                                              
Advisory Committee for Medicaid.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:32:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:32 a.m. to 8:37 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:37:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MCCARTY  asked the appointees their  opinion on the                                                              
advanced  practice permit  for dental  hygienists  which would  be                                                              
created under HB 111.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:38:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON  answered that  he would need  to know more  about the                                                              
proposed legislation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:38:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SCHRAGE  pointed out that Dr. Johnson  indicated on                                                              
his  application  that  he  would  not be  willing  to  provide  a                                                              
personal financial  disclosure, and he  asked Dr. Johnson  for the                                                              
reason.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON  said that he  finds it intrusive  for the  purpose of                                                              
this  board, and  pointed out  that he  hasn't been  audited.   He                                                              
said that having  "those types of questions will  oftentimes limit                                                              
commoners ... from stepping forward."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SCHRAGE  said that the concern is  not malfeasance,                                                              
but conflicts  of interest.  He  said that the forms  are generic,                                                              
asking for  businesses the  appointee has  been involved  with, as                                                              
well as  broad compensation brackets.   He expressed  concern that                                                              
Dr. Johnson was not willing to disclose.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON replied  that he wouldn't have a  problem with generic                                                              
and  minor  reporting,  and  pointed out  that  he  has  completed                                                              
conflict of interest and codes of ethics forms.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE noted  that the committee  would  find out                                                              
whether  financial  disclosures  are  required for  the  Board  of                                                              
Dental Examiners.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:41:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  stated that the disclosure is  fairly generic.                                                              
She then  read the Public  Official Financial Disclosure  statute,                                                              
AS 39.50.010(b), which read as follows:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     (b) The people of the State of Alaska declare that                                                                         
          (1)  public office  is a public  trust that  should                                                                   
     be free from the danger of conflict of interest;                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          (2)  the  public  has   a  right  to  know  of  the                                                                   
     financial  and business  interests of  persons who  seek                                                                   
     or hold public office;                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          (3)  a  compelling  state  interest  requires  that                                                                   
     candidates  for  office  and   office  holders  disclose                                                                   
     their personal and business financial interests;                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          (4)  reasonable  disclosure   requirements  do  not                                                                   
     violate  an  individual's  right  to  privacy  when  the                                                                   
     individual   seeks  or   holds  public   office  and   a                                                                   
     compelling  state  interest  in the  disclosure  exists;                                                                   
     and                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          (5)  reasonable  disclosure   requirements  do  not                                                                   
     have the  effect of chilling  the exercise of  the right                                                                   
     of a qualified person to seek or hold public office.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  noted that a  board or commission is  a public                                                              
trust,  and those  serving on  them  are asked  to make  decisions                                                              
affecting  peoples' livelihoods.   She encouraged  Dr. Johnson  to                                                              
look at the public disclosure process.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:42:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KAUFMAN  mentioned  that  AS  39.50.200  does  not                                                              
specifically  list the  Board of  Dental Examiners  and said  that                                                              
it's worth checking.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   SPOHNHOLZ   noted  that   financial   disclosures   are                                                              
something commonly done as a matter of best practice.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KAUFMAN said,  "Increasingly,  though, people  are                                                              
becoming more and  more aware and alarmed at privacy.   It's a big                                                              
issue out  in the world, with  the internet, information,  and the                                                              
flow of it, so I can respect it."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:44:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  JOHNSON stated  his agreement  with the  statutes as  written                                                              
and said  the operative word is  "reasonable."  He said,  "If it's                                                              
reasonable, I'll absolutely fill it out, no questions asked."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  thanked  Dr.  Johnson  and  noted  that  it's                                                              
"fairly generic" in nature.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:44:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   MCCARTY   expressed   agreement   with   Co-Chair                                                              
Spohnholz's statements.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:45:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRAD  HEASTON, Appointee,  Board  of Dental  Examiners,  explained                                                              
that   his   background   consists   of   information   technology                                                              
management and that  he is a Microsoft systems  certified engineer                                                              
and a  certified Health  Insurance Portability and  Accountability                                                              
Act  (HIPAA)  security professional.    He  stated that  he  would                                                              
bring  a  pragmatic approach  to  troubleshooting  and  experience                                                              
with HIPAA policies,  procedures, and security risk  assessment to                                                              
the board.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:46:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  opened public  testimony on the  appointees to                                                              
the Board of Dental  Examiners.  There being no one  who wished to                                                              
testify, she closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:47:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:47:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  informed committee members that  Sara Chambers                                                              
with   the  Department   of   Commerce,   Community,  &   Economic                                                              
Development (DCCED)  said that appointees  to the Board  of Dental                                                              
Examiners   are  not  required   to  adhere   to  the   disclosure                                                              
requirements  under  AS  39.50.010(b),  although  it  is  a  "best                                                              
practice."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                                
                Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
8:48:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be consideration  of the governor's appointees  to the Board                                                              
of Examiners in Optometry.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:48:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  MAVENCAMP, Appointee,  Board of  Examiners in  Optometry,                                                              
informed  the  committee  that  he  is  a  partner  in  a  private                                                              
optometry  practice,  where  he  has practiced  for  the  past  15                                                              
years.   He expressed  that his  nomination is  an opportunity  to                                                              
continue  the good  work done  by the  board and  to give back  to                                                              
Alaska and to his profession.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:49:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ opened  public testimony  on the appointee  to                                                              
the Board of  Examiners of Optometry.  After  ascertaining that no                                                              
one wished to testify, she closed public testimony.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                              
               Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
8:49:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be consideration  of the governor's appointees  to the Board                                                              
of Marital & Family Therapy.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:50:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD CLAMPITT,  Appointee, Board  of Marital &  Family Therapy,                                                              
said that he's retired  from the Alaska Air National  Guard and is                                                              
licensed  as a professional  counselor  as well  as a marital  and                                                              
family therapist,  serving as  the supervisor  for people  who are                                                              
seeking licensure in  Alaska.  He expressed interest  in doing his                                                              
"part," both as a citizen and a professional.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:51:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCARTY asked  Mr. Clampitt  what is important  in                                                              
encouraging the profession  of marriage and family  therapy in the                                                              
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. CLAMPITT replied  that there are not enough  providers for the                                                              
need,  especially  in  the  rural   communities.    He  said  that                                                              
learning how  to use telehealth  resources more effectively  would                                                              
be helpful.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCARTY asked  Mr.  Clampitt what  he knows  about                                                              
the relationship between providers and the Medicaid population.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. CLAMPITT  responded  that he  does not know  any provider  who                                                              
has served the Medicaid population.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCARTY  expressed curiosity  about  that lack  of                                                              
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CLAMPITT replied  that  he would  be glad  to  look into  the                                                              
issue.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:53:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOY  COLLINS,  Appointee,  Board  of  Marital  &  Family  Therapy,                                                              
informed the  board that she has  a master's degree  in psychology                                                              
with  an  emphasis  in  marriage  and family  therapy,  and  is  a                                                              
registered play therapist.   She said that she would  like to be a                                                              
voice  and advocate  for  her  colleagues, and  she  characterized                                                              
herself as a person  of strong ethics and integrity  who will look                                                              
at  issues   from  the  client's   perspective  as  well   as  the                                                              
therapist's.    She expressed  that  she  has  the ability  to  be                                                              
objective  and   impartially  weigh   evidence  before   making  a                                                              
decision.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:54:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MCCARTY  asked Ms. Collins what she  would bring to                                                              
the board as far as diversity.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. COLLINS  answered that  she works  with children through  play                                                              
therapy, along  with the  marriage and family  therapy roles.   In                                                              
response  to  Representative  McCarty,  she  explained  that  play                                                              
therapy is  a great  way for parents  to understand  children, and                                                              
for  children  to  express  themselves.    She  pointed  out  that                                                              
children don't  have developed speech communication  or cognition,                                                              
so play is  a great way for  adults to meet children  at their own                                                              
level.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MCCARTY  expressed that  he has "high  regards" for                                                              
play therapists and thanked Ms. Collins for her work.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:56:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAYLA GREEN,  Appointee, Board of  Marital & Family  Therapy, told                                                              
the board  about her children's  educational levels and  said that                                                              
she  has  worked in  health  care  for  two  years at  North  Star                                                              
Behavioral  Health and the  Southcentral  Foundation.  She  talked                                                              
about her activism and community service.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:58:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MCCARTY  asked Ms.  Green whether she  has thoughts                                                              
about reducing licensing costs.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  GREEN replied  that  she would  like to  see  a reduction  in                                                              
costs  for the  majority of  licensees,  and said  that she  would                                                              
like to  know how  the license cost  was decided.   She  said that                                                              
during  the  COVID-19  pandemic  the focus  has  been  on  getting                                                              
people  licensed,  as  well  as   focusing  on  online  continuing                                                              
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MCCARTY  shared the understanding that  many states                                                              
are  considering  grouping  together   all  of  the  state  boards                                                              
governing  matters of  behavioral  science.   He  asked Ms.  Green                                                              
whether she has thoughts on that.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. GREEN said that she would need to have more information.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:02:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  asked Ms.  Green  to  clarify her  answer  to                                                              
Representative McCarty's earlier question.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. GREEN responded  that she was talking about  reducing the fee,                                                              
and  expressed that  making  continuing education  more  available                                                              
would be a positive change.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  pointed out  that licensing  fees pay  for the                                                              
operation of the  board, and suggested that Ms. Green  look at the                                                              
previous  sunset  audit to  acquaint  herself with  the  finances.                                                              
She then noted Ms.  Green's mention of changes over  the past year                                                              
that she  opined should  be made  permanent,  and asked Ms.  Green                                                              
for a specific example.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. GREEN  responded that online  continuing education would  be a                                                              
good permanent change.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:03:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  opened  public testimony  on  the  governor's                                                              
appointees  to the  Board  of Marital  &  Family  Therapy.   After                                                              
ascertaining  that no  one wished  to testify,  she closed  public                                                              
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                               
                Board of Professional Counselors                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
9:03:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be consideration  of the governor's appointees  to the Board                                                              
of Professional Counselors.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:03:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAMMIE O'NEIL,  Appointee, Board of Professional  Counselors, said                                                              
that  he is  a retired  veteran  who has  worked in  the field  of                                                              
professional counseling  for 10  years, and recently  obtained his                                                              
license  and  started his  practice.    He expressed  interest  in                                                              
learning more about the process and regulations.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:05:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCARTY  asked  Mr.  O'Neill  what he,  as  a  new                                                              
licensee, sees himself as being able to contribute to the board.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. O'NEIL  replied that he  would like  to make the  process more                                                              
flexible,  and  expressed  that  there needs  to  be  mentors  and                                                              
support for those who want to be in the field.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:07:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ   asked  Mr.  O'Neill  which   Salvation  Army                                                              
program he worked at.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. O'NEILL replied that he worked at the Clitheroe Center.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:07:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE asked  Mr.  O'Neill anything  in his  past                                                              
would disqualify him for board service.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. O'NEIL answered, "No."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:08:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELEANOR  VINSON,  Appointee,  Board  of  Professional  Counselors,                                                              
informed  that committee  that she  has lived  in Valdez,  Barrow,                                                              
and  Juneau, and  expressed  that her  experience  has helped  her                                                              
understand  the  diversity and  challenges  facing  the people  in                                                              
Alaska.   She said that has  worked with the Board  of Architects,                                                              
Engineers  and  Surveyors,  Board  of Marital  &  Family  Therapy,                                                              
Board of  Social Workers,  Board of  Professional Counseling,  and                                                              
Board of Nursing.   She said that she has a  strong background for                                                              
understanding  boards.   She pointed  out that  she has served  on                                                              
the Board of  Professional Counselors for one term  and would like                                                              
to continue.   She expressed that  a continuation of  knowledge is                                                              
"badly  needed," considering  staff turnover  in combination  with                                                              
the number of new licenses being issued.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:09:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCARTY told  Ms. Vinson,  "You rock."   He  noted                                                              
that Ms. Vinson's  reputation precedes her, and  characterized her                                                              
as a professional with a wealth of information.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:10:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  opened  public testimony  on  the  governor's                                                              
appointees  to  the  Board  of  Professional  Counselors.    After                                                              
ascertaining  that no  one wished  to testify,  she closed  public                                                              
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Psychologist & Psychological Examiners                                                                                
        Board of Psychologist & Psychological Examiners                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
9:10:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be consideration  of the governor's appointees  to the Board                                                              
of Psychologist & Psychological Examiners                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:11:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERNARD   GATEWOOD,    Appointee,   Board   of    Psychologist   &                                                              
Psychological  Associate  Examiners, informed  the  board that  he                                                              
has a master's  degree in counseling, with a  bachelor's degree in                                                              
sociology,  and  that he  has  over  30  years in  public  service                                                              
experience   including   juvenile  corrections,   mental   health,                                                              
nonprofit oversight,  and local politics.  He said  that he worked                                                              
in the Division  of Juvenile Justice for 16 years,  with oversight                                                              
responsibility  in several  facilities.   He  said he  has been  a                                                              
trustee on  the Fairbanks Community  Hospital Foundation,  a board                                                              
member  on the  Alaska Community  Foundation, and  works with  the                                                              
school district.   He  spoke of  terms of  licensure and  the work                                                              
done  by  the Board  of  Psychologist  &  Psychological  Associate                                                              
Examiners.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ   thanked  Mr.  Gatewood  for   his  extensive                                                              
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:14:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.   SHERRI   SCOTT,   Appointee,   Board   of   Psychologist   &                                                              
Psychological  Associate Examiners,  said  that she  would be  the                                                              
licensed  psychological  associate  representative on  the  board,                                                              
and that  she has 30 years  of continuous behavior  health service                                                              
in  Alaska.    She  said  that  she  has  advanced  education  and                                                              
specialized training,  along with knowledge and experience  in the                                                              
field, mostly as  a clinical supervisor.  She  described providing                                                              
services  as a  licensed independent  practitioner  and said  that                                                              
she is familiar  with both urban and rural issues  in Alaska.  She                                                              
noted  that she has  a Master  of Science  in Clinical  Psychology                                                              
and a  Master of  Arts in  Global Leadership,  and a Doctorate  in                                                              
Intercultural   Studies    with   an   emphasis    in   Leadership                                                              
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:16:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  asked Dr.  Scott  whether she  completed  her                                                              
doctorate.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. SCOTT replied that she did.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:16:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BRADLEY  MCCONNELL,   Appointee,  Board  of   Psychologist  &                                                              
Psychological  Associate Examiners,  informed  the committee  that                                                              
he is  a board-certified  clinical psychologist,  with a  master's                                                              
and doctorate in  Clinical Psychology, and a  post-doctoral degree                                                              
in  Clinical Psychopharmacology.    He said  that  he's worked  in                                                              
mental  health,   at  the  Veteran's  Administration,   university                                                              
counseling, and  Department of Corrections.   He  currently serves                                                              
as   the  staff   psychologist   at   the  Copper   River   Native                                                              
Association.     He  expressed  the  belief  that   mental  health                                                              
services  are  something  urgently  needed  in  Alaska,  and  that                                                              
Alaska  has been  a  national leader  in  providing mental  health                                                              
services  during   the  COVID-19  pandemic  through   the  program                                                              
allowing   out-of-state   psychologist  to   temporarily   provide                                                              
services  under the  emergency  courtesy license.    He said  that                                                              
Alaska  has 48  active emergency  courtesy  licenses, two  regular                                                              
courtesy  licenses, and  315 active  licensees.   He said  that he                                                              
would  like  to  serve  on  the   board  to  support  "home-grown"                                                              
psychologists  in Alaska,  as many  psychologists  who trained  in                                                              
Alaska don't return after their internship.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:18:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCARTY expressed  agreement with  efforts to  get                                                              
more  psychological   professionals  in   Alaska  and   asked  Dr.                                                              
McConnell if he had any ideas for incentives.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR. MCCONNELL responded  that he thinks there could  be expansions                                                              
of  incentives like  loan repayment  and  a revision  of State  of                                                              
Alaska salaries,  considering the  cost of  living.  He  expressed                                                              
that the Board  of Psychologists & Psychological  Examiners should                                                              
do more to support  the specific needs of psychologists  as mental                                                              
health practitioners.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:21:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ   pointed  out   the  number  of   people  who                                                              
commented  during  testimony on  the  possibility  of merging  the                                                              
boards that deal with mental health.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:22:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  opened  public testimony  on  the  governor's                                                              
appointees   to  the   Board  of   Psychologist  &   Psychological                                                              
Associate Examiners.   After  ascertaining that  no one  wished to                                                              
testify, she closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
^Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                                                 
                 Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
9:22:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  announced that  the  next order  of  business                                                              
would be  consideration of the  governor's appointee to  the Board                                                              
of Social Work Examiners.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:22:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRANDON  ERCANBRACK, Appointee,  Board of  Social Work  Examiners,                                                              
said that  he is a  licensed clinical social  worker who  has been                                                              
practicing for  almost 10 years, but  has had some form  of social                                                              
work  license  since 2008.    He  talked  about his  time  already                                                              
served  on the  board, saying  that  he sees  both challenges  and                                                              
opportunities  for improvement.   He  pointed out  the way  social                                                              
workers  in Alaska  have operated  during  the COVID-19  pandemic,                                                              
dealing  with people's  emotional  needs.   He  said  he wants  to                                                              
continue  serving on the  board to  figure out  "how to  do things                                                              
smarter, not  harder," and  expressed the  need for more  licensed                                                              
social work professionals.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:24:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE  noted that  Mr.  Ercanbrack  is an  Eagle                                                              
Scout.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:25:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  asked Mr. Ercanbrack whether he  is working at                                                              
Maniilaq Health Center.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ERCANBRACK replied  that he  is, as  the clinical  supervisor                                                              
for the counseling and recovery center.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  asked Mr. Ercanbrack  how long he has  been in                                                              
Kotzebue.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ERCANBRACK said  that he  went to  Kotzebue in  2017 for  one                                                              
year,  moved  to  Seward,  and has  most  recently  been  back  in                                                              
Kotzebue  for a  year and  a half.    He expressed  being able  to                                                              
share the perspective  of social workers who work off  of the road                                                              
system and with the tribal health organizations.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:26:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  opened  public testimony  on  the  governor's                                                              
appointee  to  the   Board  of  Social  Work  Examiners.     After                                                              
ascertaining  that no  one wished  to testify,  she closed  public                                                              
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                                                
                Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
9:26:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ announced  that  the final  order of  business                                                              
would  be  consideration  of  the  governor's  appointees  to  the                                                              
Regulatory Commission of Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:26:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB PICKETT, Appointee,  Regulatory Commission of  Alaska, said he                                                              
is  the current  chair  of  the  Regulatory Commission  of  Alaska                                                              
(RCA),  and that  he  has  been a  commissioner  since  2008.   He                                                              
described his background  in Alaska, noting that he  has worked as                                                              
a  surveyor in  Southeast  Alaska, Valdez,  and  the Copper  River                                                              
Valley.  He  said that prior to  his service on the  commission he                                                              
spent  21  years  managing  statewide   programs  for  the  Alaska                                                              
Housing Finance Corporation.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:28:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE  asked  Mr.  Pickett  his  thoughts  about                                                              
prerequisites  and   technical  knowledge  needed   for  effective                                                              
service on the RCA.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR.   PICKETT   answered  that   different   commissioners   bring                                                              
different strengths,  and working with  technical issues is  a big                                                              
part  of the work.   He  said the  commissioners  must be able  to                                                              
sort out  questions of  engineering, finance,  or regulatory  law,                                                              
giving the appropriate weight to the evidence.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE  asked  how  important it  is  that  every                                                              
member has the ability to comprehend technical information.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. PICKETT  said, "It  is important.   If they  don't have  it at                                                              
the  time they  begin with  the  commission, trust  me, they  will                                                              
learn it."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:30:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  asked Mr.  Pickett  to update  the  committee                                                              
about the progress of the Railbelt Reliability Council.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PICKETT  replied that  there are  currently three  rule-making                                                              
dockets  open.    He  explained  that  in  2014,  the  legislature                                                              
directed  RCA  to  look  at  the   state  railbelt  grid  and  the                                                              
interconnected electric  utilities.  He  noted that Alaska  has no                                                              
mandatory  reliability standards.    He said  that the  commission                                                              
made its  recommendations on  July 1,  2015, and underpinning  all                                                              
of  its recommendations  was  the  realization  that it  would  be                                                              
better  if the  utilities could  come  to a  consensus instead  of                                                              
there being a "top  down" imposition from RCA or  legislature.  He                                                              
said  the  commission  is  nearing  the  end  of  the  rule-making                                                              
portion and will continue working.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR   SPOHNHOLZ  expressed   optimism   about  the   Railbelt                                                              
Reliability Council.   She then pointed out that  RCA is described                                                              
in statute  as having members  who are  in good standing  with the                                                              
Alaska  Bar Association,  or  who have  either  achieved a  degree                                                              
from an  accredited college or  university in finance,  economics,                                                              
accounting,  business  administration, or  public  administration,                                                              
or who  have equivalent  experience  in those  fields.  She  asked                                                              
Mr.  Pickett  his opinion  on  the  importance of  those  specific                                                              
requirements when considering appointees to the commission.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PICKETT  responded  that  the   education  or  experience  is                                                              
important,   but  that  the   capacity  to   learn,  as   well  as                                                              
communication skills  and the ability  to work cooperatively  with                                                              
other commissioners, tends to be overlooked.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:35:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  noted that the staff  at RCA tends  to be very                                                              
technical,   including   administrative    logistics,   engineers,                                                              
financial  analysts,   telecom  communications   specialists,  and                                                              
other technical  positions.  She  asked Mr. Pickett  how important                                                              
he believes it is to have concrete experience in these areas.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. PICKETT said  that having experience can shorten  the learning                                                              
curve,  but no  matter  what someone's  background  is, it's  like                                                              
"learning how to  drink out of a firehose."  He  stated his belief                                                              
that the analogy exists for anyone serving on the commission.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  noted that the commission is  very complex and                                                              
pointed  out that,  unlike  the  positions on  some  of the  other                                                              
boards, service on  the commission is a full time  job.  She asked                                                              
Mr. Pickett to discuss the scope of RCA.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PICKETT  explained  that  to the  public,  the  most  obvious                                                              
issues are the  electric utilities and the rate  regulation of the                                                              
regulated  utilities.     He  said   that  there  are   about  120                                                              
certificated electric  utilities in  Alaska, and RCA  regulates 33                                                              
of them,  remaining engaged with  the rest through the  power cost                                                              
equalization  program to  help  them stay  in  compliance so  they                                                              
remain  eligible  for  the  program.     He  said  that  RCA  also                                                              
regulates  water and  sewer utilities,  the Trans-Alaska  Pipeline                                                              
concurrently with  the Federal  Energy Regulatory Commission,  and                                                              
the  intrastate  pipelines  in   Cook  Inlet.    He  talked  about                                                              
evaluating  gas  supply agreements,  the  Cook Inlet  natural  gas                                                              
storage  facility, and  RCA's  limited regulatory  authority  over                                                              
the  telecommunications industry.    He said  he's heard  concerns                                                              
about broadband access  regulation and opined that  RCA may engage                                                              
with that in the future.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:40:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEITH  KURBER, Appointee,  Regulatory Commission  of Alaska,  said                                                              
that he  has almost 30  years of service  in the U.S.  Army, split                                                              
between  active  duty,  the  National  Guard,  and  the  Reserves,                                                              
including  three  wartime  mobilizations.     He  said  that  he's                                                              
pastored  several churches  and  worked in  public  safety at  the                                                              
Fairbanks  International Airport  as  a police  and fire  officer.                                                              
His  formal education  was  heavily weighted  toward  engineering,                                                              
science,  and   math,  he   said,  and  he   has  a   Master's  in                                                              
Organizational Leadership  and a Ph.D. in Ministry.   He said that                                                              
he  wants to  serve  on  RCA so  he  can  use his  combination  of                                                              
training  and life  experience to  serve his  state, and that  his                                                              
experience making  critical decisions under severe  pressure would                                                              
be beneficial.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:43:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SCHRAGE asked Mr.  Kurber if  he would  be willing                                                              
to share a detailed breakdown of his educational transcripts.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. KURBER answered that he would.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   SCHRAGE   asked   Mr.  Kurber   to   submit   his                                                              
transcripts.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. KURBER  noted that he had  previously sent his  transcripts to                                                              
Senators Revak  and Kiehl,  and that he  would be happy  to supply                                                              
that information to the committee.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:45:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ asked  if  he would  be  comfortable with  the                                                              
committee sharing it with other legislators.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. KURBER replied yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:46:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KAUFMAN   commented  on  Mr.  Kurber's   range  of                                                              
military experience  and pointed  out that everything  involved in                                                              
an  integrated  military  operation,  such  as  logistics,  supply                                                              
chain management,  and procurement,  may not be fully  understood.                                                              
He  asked  Mr.   Kurber  to  discuss  how   multi-disciplined  the                                                              
operations were.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KURBER,  in response,  offered  an  example  from 2009.    He                                                              
explained that  the military  was directed  to "surge"  forces out                                                              
of cycle  deployment to  bolster the efforts  in Afghanistan.   As                                                              
deputy commander,  Mr. Kurber  was deployed to  Kabul with  a team                                                              
tasked with securing  additional funding to increase  the military                                                              
presence  in  the country,  as  well  as  working with  the  local                                                              
population in  procuring acreage,  potable water, and  engineering                                                              
necessities  to  build  operational structures  "from  the  ground                                                              
up."                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KAUFMAN pointed  out  that those  in the  military                                                              
readily    understand    the    multidisciplinary    aspects    of                                                              
mobilization, supply chain management, and project management.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:51:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  discussed utilities monopolies  and the desire                                                              
to  reduce  the  "Balkanization"  of utilities.    She  asked  Mr.                                                              
Kurber  about the  elements of  the  Railbelt Reliability  Council                                                              
important to  controlling spending,  and what kind  of regulations                                                              
he believes  should be  in place to  ensure that utilities  "don't                                                              
go on further spending sprees."                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KURBER noted  the  many conversations  between  2014 and  the                                                              
creation  of  the  Railbelt Reliability  Council,  and  said  that                                                              
there was  work on the railbelt  during that time, which  he noted                                                              
is  continuing.    He  said  that  the  stakeholders  in  Alaska's                                                              
utilities are  not waiting  for findings to  be returned,  so it's                                                              
incumbent on  RCA to get their  findings done and ready  for legal                                                              
review.   He said  that getting  an application  process in  place                                                              
should  be   a  good  first   step  towards  solving   the  issues                                                              
identified by Mr. Pickett.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  asked about  his  thoughts  on the  issue  of                                                              
economic dispatch for utilities on the railbelt.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. KURBER  responded that there  is always an effort  to purchase                                                              
the most energy  available at a reasonable price,  so the economic                                                              
dispatch  leads to  the ability  to provide a  ratepayer with  the                                                              
lowest-priced  energy available.   He said  he believes  that with                                                              
the legislative  remedy,  coupled with the  regulations which  are                                                              
being  worked on  by RCA,  the average  ratepayer  should get  the                                                              
best rate possible.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:58:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  said that  a notable part  of the  creation of                                                              
the  Railbelt  Reliability  Council  was that  it  didn't  include                                                              
economic  dispatch, and  that economic  dispatch  is not  commonly                                                              
happening in  Alaska.  She asked  Mr. Kurber how he  would advance                                                              
the cause of improving economic dispatch in the state.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.   KURBER   responded   that   RCA  will   focus   on   meeting                                                              
implementation  demands, especially  with  respect to  integrative                                                              
resource planning  along with the development,  certification, and                                                              
regulation  of the electric  reliability  organization (ERO).   He                                                              
discussed targeting  the security  of critical infrastructure  and                                                              
the electricity  grid, as  well as  ensuring the cooperatives  are                                                              
providing  service that is  safe, consistent,  continuous,  and of                                                              
the lowest possible cost.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ said  that in  testimony on  Senate Bill  123,                                                              
during  the Thirty-First  Alaska State  Legislature, the  Electric                                                              
Reliability Council  of Texas (ERCOT)  was touted as "a  model for                                                              
the state  of Alaska."   She  asked Mr.  Kurber in  which ways  he                                                              
sees  ERCOT being  a model  for  Alaska, and  what lessons  Alaska                                                              
could learn from the electrical crisis in Texas.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KURBER  recalled hearing  "we're  unique  up here"  upon  his                                                              
arrival in Alaska,  and spoke of the "island" mentality.   He said                                                              
that what any  electricity reliability organization  needs to take                                                              
into account is  "the peculiarity of what might  be your 'disaster                                                              
day,' what could  be the worst thing"  to happen.  In  the case of                                                              
some states, he  said, it could be the "500-year  flood."  He said                                                              
that because of  Alaska's extremes in weather  and geology, Alaska                                                              
is  already ready  in terms  of  disaster preparedness.   He  said                                                              
that even  though ERCOT  has been  touted as  a model for  Alaska,                                                              
any  reliability  organization  development  will be  "Alaskan  in                                                              
flavor,"  deriving the  best  practices from  other  organizations                                                              
around the country.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:05:34 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  noted that during  the disaster in  Texas, the                                                              
governor blamed  the shutdown on  renewable energy, which  he said                                                              
couldn't  "handle  the  cold  weather."    She  asked  Mr.  Kurber                                                              
whether he  believes renewable energy  is an unsafe  investment in                                                              
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  KURBER said  he  is getting  a  "crash course"  in  renewable                                                              
energy and that he doesn't feel qualified to answer.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  said that in  Southeast Alaska, 99  percent of                                                              
the  energy  comes from  hydro  renewable  projects, and  in  many                                                              
parts of  rural Alaska there  are renewable energy  projects, such                                                              
as wind  turbines in  Kotzebue.   She pointed  out the  long track                                                              
record  of renewable  energy  working  "very effectively"  in  the                                                              
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:09:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ  opened  public testimony  on  the  governor's                                                              
appointees to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:09:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
VERI  DI  SUVERO,  Executive  Director,   Alaska  Public  Interest                                                              
Research  Group, said  that the  Alaska  Public Interest  Research                                                              
Group   (AKPIRG)   is  a   nonpartisan,   nonprofit   organization                                                              
advocating on  behalf of consumers  and the public interest.   She                                                              
said that  AKPIRG advocates  for a variety  of issues  before RCA,                                                              
and that  she currently  holds the  consumer advocacy  position on                                                              
the Railbelt  Reliability Council's implementation  committee, but                                                              
that  she is  testifying as  the  representative of  AKPIRG.   She                                                              
said  that RCA  is  the highest  authority  of  power in  electric                                                              
distribution  for  Alaska  and  that  their  considerations  carry                                                              
extra  weight.   She  pointed out  that it  is  critical that  RCA                                                              
commissioners  have   the  technical  skills  to   fully  consider                                                              
matters  within  the  purview  of  the  commission,  and  that  to                                                              
approve of  an appointee who clearly  does not meet  the technical                                                              
qualifications  under  statute is  a  disservice  to Alaskans  who                                                              
would  bear   the  ultimate   burden  in   the  form   of  lasting                                                              
regulations  and energy costs.   She  encouraged the committee  to                                                              
abide by those statutory conditions when considering Mr.                                                                        
Kurber's appointment.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:12:26 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ, after ascertaining that no one else wished                                                                  
to testify, closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:13:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Labor and Commerce Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at                                                                  
10:13 a.m.                                                                                                                      

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