Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 120

04/11/2009 09:00 AM RULES


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09:02:54 AM Start
09:03:14 AM SJR17
09:08:01 AM Adjourn
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SJR 17 DESIGNATING 2009 AS THE YEAR OF ARMY NCO
Moved Out of Committee
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                 HOUSE RULES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                               
                         April 11, 2009                                                                                         
                           9:02 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Coghill, Chair                                                                                              
Representative Bob Herron, Vice Chair                                                                                           
Representative Mark Neuman                                                                                                      
Representative Kurt Olson                                                                                                       
Representative Berta Gardner                                                                                                    
Representative Beth Kerttula                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Charisse Millett                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOULTION NO. 17                                                                                                  
Designating 2009 as the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer                                                                     
Corps of the United States Army.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SJR 17 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 17                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: DESIGNATING 2009 AS THE YEAR OF ARMY NCO                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) HUGGINS                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
03/27/09       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/27/09       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
04/07/09       (S)       STA RPT  5DP                                                                                           
04/07/09       (S)       DP: MENARD, FRENCH, MEYER, KOOKESH,                                                                    
                         PASKVAN                                                                                                
04/07/09       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BELTZ 211                                                                               
04/07/09       (S)       Moved SJR 17 Out of Committee                                                                          
04/07/09       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
04/08/09       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
04/08/09       (S)       VERSION: SJR 17                                                                                        
04/10/09       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/10/09       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
04/10/09       (H)       RLS REPLACES STA REFERRAL (HJR 29                                                                      
                        COMPANION BILL)                                                                                         
04/11/09       (H)       RLS AT 9:00 AM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CARL GATTO                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Spoke  as  the sponsor  of  HJR  29,  the                                                             
companion legislation to SJR 17.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JOSH TEMPEL, Staff                                                                                                              
Senator Charlie Huggins                                                                                                         
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Spoke on behalf  of the sponsor of  SJR 17,                                                             
Senator Huggins.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:02:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JOHN COGHILL  called the  House  Rules Standing  Committee                                                             
meeting to order  at 9:02 a.m.   Representatives Coghill, Herron,                                                               
Olson, Neuman, Kerttula, and Gardner  were present at the call to                                                               
order.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SJR 17-DESIGNATING 2009 AS THE YEAR OF ARMY NCO                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:03:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL announced that the  only order of business would be                                                               
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION  NO. 17, Designating 2009 as  the Year of                                                               
the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the United States Army.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:04:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CARL GATTO, Alaska  State Legislature, speaking as                                                               
the  sponsor of  HJR 29,  the  companion legislation  to SJR  17,                                                               
related  that  HJR  29  and   SJR  17  are  identical  pieces  of                                                               
legislation.  He noted that he  will be carrying SJR 17 when it's                                                               
on the House floor.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:04:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GARDNER, referring  to  the language  on page  1,                                                               
line  16 through  page 2,  line 1,  asked if  officers come  into                                                               
service with some training.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:05:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSH  TEMPEL,  Staff,  Senator   Charlie  Huggins,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  explained  that  officers   go  through  two  basic                                                               
training  courses  and   then  they  enter  the   military.    He                                                               
characterized  the  officers  as  "fresh," and  noted  that  most                                                               
enlisted  military have  more experience  than  officers.   Often                                                               
platoon  sergeants  have  15-20  years of  experience  whereas  a                                                               
second lieutenant  has no practical experience  outside training,                                                               
although the  second lieutenant is  technically in charge  of the                                                               
platoon.    Therefore,   it  takes  some  time   for  the  second                                                               
lieutenant  to  adjust and  actually  become  the leader  of  the                                                               
platoon  simply  because  of  the  second  lieutenant's  lack  of                                                               
[practical] knowledge.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:06:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER, referring to  the reference to "Operation                                                               
Enduring Freedom  in Afghanistan and  the Philippines on  page 2,                                                               
asked if the [Noncommissioned Officer  Corps of the United States                                                               
Army] has been involved in the Philippines in recent years.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TEMPEL  replied  yes,   specifically  involved  in  training                                                               
exercises as there  are many terrorists and  insurgency groups in                                                               
the Philippines at this time.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:07:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON  moved to  report SJR  17 out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:07:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTO  related that  Chair  Coghill  served as  a                                                               
staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:08:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Rules Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 9:08 a.m.                                                                     

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