Legislature(2019 - 2020)DAVIS 106

03/25/2020 01:00 PM RULES

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06:14:18 PM Start
06:14:53 PM SB241
06:55:50 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Delayed to 15 Minutes Following Session --
*+ SB 241 EXTENDING COVID 19 DISASTER EMERGENCY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 241(RLS) Out of Committee
<Companion Bill to HB 311>
+= HB 311 EXTENDING COVID 19 DISASTER EMERGENCY TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                 HOUSE RULES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                               
                         March 25, 2020                                                                                         
                           6:14 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chuck Kopp, Chair                                                                                                
Representative Jennifer Johnston, Vice Chair                                                                                    
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Lance Pruitt                                                                                                     
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS PRESENT                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                    
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 241(RLS) AM                                                                                              
"An Act extending  the March 11, 2020,  governor's declaration of                                                               
a  public health  disaster  emergency in  response  to the  novel                                                               
coronavirus disease  (COVID-19) pandemic; relating to  the COVID-                                                               
19 outbreak; relating  to a financing plan;  relating to standing                                                               
orders  of the  chief medical  officer; relating  to occupational                                                               
and   professional  licensing;   relating  to   telemedicine  and                                                               
telehealth; relating to  fingerprinting requirements; relating to                                                               
elections  in  calendar year  2020;  relating  to permanent  fund                                                               
dividend applications; relating  to automatic voter registration;                                                               
relating  to tax  filings, payments,  and penalties;  relating to                                                               
shareholder  meetings;  relating   to  the  teachers'  retirement                                                               
system  and the  Public Employees'  Retirement System  of Alaska;                                                               
providing  for   electronic  and   videoconference  notification,                                                               
verification, and acknowledgment of  documents; and providing for                                                               
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HCS CSSB 241(RLS) AM OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 241                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EXTENDING COVID 19 DISASTER EMERGENCY                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
03/22/20       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/22/20       (S)       RLS                                                                                                    
03/23/20       (S)       RLS  WAIVED  PUBLIC HEARING  NOTICE,RULE                                                               
                         23 & UR 24B                                                                                            
03/23/20       (S)       RLS RPT CS 4DP 1AM NEW TITLE                                                                           
03/23/20       (S)       DP:   COGHILL,  GIESSEL,   HOFFMAN,  VON                                                               
                         IMHOF                                                                                                  
03/23/20       (S)       AM: BEGICH                                                                                             
03/23/20       (S)       RLS AT 11:15 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                          
03/23/20       (S)       Moved CSSB 241(RLS) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/23/20       (S)       MINUTE(RLS)                                                                                            
03/25/20       (H)       RLS AT 1:00 PM DAVIS 106                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
GRACE ERVINE, Staff                                                                                                             
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   On behalf of Representative  Kopp, chair of                                                             
the  House Rules  Standing Committee,  described  the changes  to                                                               
CSSB 241(RLS)  am, identified  as Version U.A.  of the  bill, and                                                               
answered questions.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ERROL CHAMPION, Real Estate Broker; Chair                                                                                       
Legislative Issues Committee                                                                                                    
Alaska Association of Realtors                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Proposed an  amendment during the hearing on                                                             
CSSB 241(RLS) am.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
NILS ANDREASSEN, Executive Director                                                                                             
Alaska Municipal League                                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Requested  an amendment  and  answered  a                                                             
question during the hearing on CSSB 241(RLS) am.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CORI MILLS, Senior Assistant Attorney General                                                                                   
Labor and State Affairs Section                                                                                                 
Department of Law                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Answered questions  during the  hearing on                                                             
CSSB 241(RLS) am.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
GAIL FENUMIAI, Director                                                                                                         
Central Office                                                                                                                  
Division of Elections                                                                                                           
Office of the Lieutenant Governor                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Answered a  question during the  hearing on                                                             
CSSB 241(RLS) am.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:14:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CHUCK  KOPP  called the  House  Rules  Standing  Committee                                                             
meeting to  order at 6:14  p.m.  Representatives  Pruitt, Stutes,                                                               
Edgmon,  Johnston, Thompson,  Johnson, and  Kopp were  present at                                                               
the call  to order.   Also present were  Representatives Hopkins,                                                               
Spohnholz, and Josephson.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          SB 241-EXTENDING COVID 19 DISASTER EMERGENCY                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:14:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP announced  the only order of business would  be CS FOR                                                               
SENATE  BILL NO.  241(RLS) am,  "An Act  extending the  March 11,                                                               
2020,  governor's   declaration  of  a  public   health  disaster                                                               
emergency in  response to the  novel coronavirus  disease (COVID-                                                               
19) pandemic;  relating to the  COVID-19 outbreak; relating  to a                                                               
financing plan; relating to standing  orders of the chief medical                                                               
officer;  relating to  occupational  and professional  licensing;                                                               
relating   to   telemedicine    and   telehealth;   relating   to                                                               
fingerprinting  requirements; relating  to elections  in calendar                                                               
year  2020; relating  to  permanent  fund dividend  applications;                                                               
relating  to  automatic  voter   registration;  relating  to  tax                                                               
filings,  payments,   and  penalties;  relating   to  shareholder                                                               
meetings;  relating to  the teachers'  retirement system  and the                                                               
Public  Employees' Retirement  System  of  Alaska; providing  for                                                               
electronic  and videoconference  notification, verification,  and                                                               
acknowledgment  of  documents;  and providing  for  an  effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:15:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRACE  ERVINE, Staff,  Representative  Chuck  Kopp, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  directed attention  to a  document included  in the                                                               
committee packet, entitled  "Sectional Summary for CS  for SB 241                                                               
version  U.A: Extending  COVID-19 Disaster  Emergency," in  which                                                               
amendments that  were made by  the Senate were highlighted.   She                                                               
pointed out  in Section 4,  a change  was made to  include orders                                                               
establishing retail sanitation procedures  to the standing orders                                                               
of the  chief medical officer.   In Section 6, a  change was made                                                               
that allows  the director  of boards  and commissions  to prevent                                                               
increases  to licensing  fees  during  the emergency  declaration                                                               
period.  In  Section 10, a change was made  to the permanent fund                                                               
dividend (PFD)  application deadline.  Ms.  Ervine explained that                                                               
previous  versions of  the bill  disallowed  the automatic  voter                                                               
registration  process   through  the  proposed   PFD  application                                                               
extended deadline  of April 30,  2020; the provision  was removed                                                               
by a  Senate floor  amendment thus  directing that  the automatic                                                               
voter registration  would continue  through April  30, 2020.   In                                                               
Section 12, the  title [was changed from  Shareholder Meetings to                                                               
Electronic and  Videoconference Communications], and  a provision                                                               
was  added   to  allow  electronic  notarization   of  documents.                                                               
Finally,  new   Section  13  was  added,   which  read  [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section 13  Cost of Living  Adjustments under  PERS and                                                                    
     TRS                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Allows for retirees  under PERS and TRS  to continue to                                                                    
     receive their cost of  living allowance if notification                                                                    
     is given to the  Department of Administration that they                                                                    
     will be  absent longer  than 90-days.  The notification                                                                    
     would  need to  include rationale  that the  absence is                                                                    
     based on protective  measures, quarantine, or otherwise                                                                    
     related to preventing the spread of COVID-19.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:18:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP opened public testimony on CSSB 241(RLS) am.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:19:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERROL  CHAMPION, Real  Estate Broker;  Chair, Legislative  Issues                                                               
Committee, Alaska Association of  Realtors, proposed an amendment                                                               
to the bill on  page 10, following line 9, from  which he read as                                                               
follows [document not provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Insert a new subsection  to read:  "(c) Notwithstanding                                                                    
     AS 10.20.061-10.20.076,  a meeting of the  members of a                                                                    
     nonprofit   corporation  organized   under  AS   10.20,                                                                    
     including  meeting   notice  and  determination   of  a                                                                    
     quorum, may be held  by electronic communication to the                                                                    
     extent  of the  corporation's  board authorization  and                                                                    
     adopts guidelines to govern an electronic meeting."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. CHAMPION said the purpose of  the [amendment] is to avoid the                                                               
requirement for  travel for nonprofit  corporations, such  as the                                                               
Alaska Association  of Realtors, and thus  avoid congregations of                                                               
large numbers of people while  still encouraging participation by                                                               
members from across the state.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:21:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NILS  ANDREASSEN, Executive  Director,  Alaska Municipal  League,                                                               
requested  an amendment  to the  bill to  provide flexibility  to                                                               
municipal governments  so they  can focus  on their  responses to                                                               
the coronavirus.  Mr. Andreassen  said the amendment should allow                                                               
municipalities  to extend  deadlines and  requirements under  [AS                                                               
29.  Municipal  Government.  (AS  29.)],  such  as  property  tax                                                               
notices, budgets, mill  levies, administrative hearing deadlines,                                                               
and  expirations  of licensing  permits  and  registrations.   He                                                               
pointed out  at this time  local government managers  are focused                                                               
on response and compliance with state actions.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP supported the need  for municipal governments to waive                                                               
municipal deadlines.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:23:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP, after ascertaining no  one further wished to testify,                                                               
closed public testimony on CSSB 241(RLS) am.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:24:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP moved to adopt  Amendment 1, labeled 31-GS2260\U.A.16,                                                               
Marx, 3/25/20, which read:                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, lines 9 - 10:                                                                                                      
          Delete     "providing    for     electronic    and                                                                  
    videoconference    notification,   verification,    and                                                                   
     acknowledgment of documents;"                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, lines 2 - 3:                                                                                                      
          Delete     "ELECTRONIC     AND     VIDEOCONFERENCE                                                                    
     COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORIZED."                                                                                                
          Insert "MEETINGS OF SHAREHOLDERS; NOTICE OF                                                                           
     SHAREHOLDER MEETINGS."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, lines 10 - 23:                                                                                                    
          Delete all material.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERVINE  explained Amendment  1  would  remove the  provision                                                               
related  to electronic  notarization of  documents [Section  12].                                                               
The  Department   of  Law  expressed  concerns   that  electronic                                                               
notarization  of   documents  would  fail  to   provide  adequate                                                               
consumer protection  or prevent fraud.   In addition,  should the                                                               
committee  seek   to  provide  for  electronic   notarization  of                                                               
documents, she advised HB 124,  currently awaiting transmittal to                                                               
the governor, addressed this issue.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT asked  why  the  provision for  electronic                                                               
notarization was included in the bill.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVINE said the electronic  notarization portion was added by                                                               
the Senate.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:26:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORI MILLS,  Senior Assistant Attorney  General, Labor  and State                                                               
Affairs Section, Department of Law  (DOL), explained the original                                                               
bill  did not  include a  provision for  electronic notarization.                                                               
After  review  of the  amendment  that  added the  provision  for                                                               
electronic  notarization,  DOL  determined  the  provision  could                                                               
allow fraud  and potential litigation related  to verification of                                                               
documents  and identification  of signatories.   However,  [House                                                               
Bill 124,  passed in the  Thirty-first Alaska  State Legislature]                                                               
included   many   security    measures   to   ensure   electronic                                                               
notarization  and  acknowledgements are  executed  appropriately.                                                               
She  restated  that deletion  of  the  provision addresses  DOL's                                                               
concerns about videoconferencing notarizations.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:28:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  removed her  objection.  There  being no                                                               
further objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:28:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  moved to  adopt  Amendment  2, labeled  31-                                                               
GS2260\U.A.6, Fisher/Marx, 3/25/20, which read:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, lines 8 - 9:                                                                                                       
          Delete "relating to the teachers' retirement                                                                        
     system and the Public Employees' Retirement System of                                                                    
     Alaska;"                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, line 24, through page 11, line 16:                                                                                
          Delete all material.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 11, line 17:                                                                                                          
          Delete "6 - 13"                                                                                                       
     Insert "6 - 12"                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERVINE  explained  Amendment  2  removes  the  provision  to                                                               
provide  retirees of  the Teachers'  Retirement System  (TRS) and                                                               
the  Public Employees'  Retirement System  (PERS) the  ability to                                                               
extend  their  allowable absence  and  still  receive a  cost  of                                                               
living allowance  (COLA).  She  said the [Division  of Retirement                                                               
and   Benefits  (DRB)],   Department  of   Administration  (DOA),                                                               
currently works with retirees'  individual circumstances, and she                                                               
directed  attention  to a  document,  included  in the  committee                                                               
packet  and   provided  by  DOA,   which  further   explains  the                                                               
department's  position  in detail.    As  indicated by  DOA,  the                                                               
provision would create confusion and  would not assist DRB in its                                                               
tasks.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:29:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  removed her  objection.  There  being no                                                               
further objection, Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:30:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP  moved to adopt Amendment  3, labeled 31-GS2260\U.A.7,                                                               
Fisher/Marx, 3/25/20, which read:                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Page 5, lines 7 - 8:                                                                                                       
          Delete "The chief medical officer may issue                                                                           
     standing orders establishing sanitation procedures for                                                                     
     retail sellers."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 5, line 30:                                                                                                           
          Delete "(1)"                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 5, line 31:                                                                                                           
          Delete ";"                                                                                                            
          Insert "."                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, lines 1 - 5:                                                                                                       
          Delete all material.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVINE  explained that  Amendment 3  removes a  provision [in                                                               
Section 4].  The Department  of Health and Social Services (DHSS)                                                               
has  provided clarification  that  it  currently holds  statutory                                                               
authority to perform certain  sanitation functions; further, DHSS                                                               
expressed  concerns the  provision  may expand  the  role of  the                                                               
chief medical officer in an unforeseen manner.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:31:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  removed her  objection.  There  being no                                                               
further objection, Amendment 3 was adopted.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT  suggested  a   change  in  the  order  of                                                               
proposed amendments.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON  moved to  adopt [Amendment 4,  labeled 31-                                                               
GS2260\U.A.13, Marx,  3/25/20, identified on the  audio recording                                                               
as Amendment 7] which read:                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 11:                                                                                                           
          Delete "September 1"                                                                                                  
          Insert "November 15"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "September 1"                                                                                                  
          Insert "November 15"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "November 1, 2020"                                                                                             
          Insert "January 15, 2021"                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "September 1"                                                                                                  
          Insert "November 15"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "September 1"                                                                                                  
          Insert "November 15"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "November 2, 2020"                                                                                             
          Insert "January 16, 2021"                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON  said the purpose  of Amendment [4]  was to                                                               
extend the  public health disaster declaration  from September 1,                                                               
2020, to November  15, 2020, as well as to  the dates for reports                                                               
and findings in the licensing section  of the bill.  He cautioned                                                               
that due  to possible quarantine,  the legislature may  be unable                                                               
to return  to the State  Capitol prior  to September 1  to extend                                                               
the declaration,  and thus  the provisions in  the bill  would be                                                               
lost.   Representative Edgmon explained the  amendment would give                                                               
the legislature additional  time from September 1  to November 15                                                               
to reconvene, or convene in  a special session, to address issues                                                               
related to the coronavirus.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  directed attention  to the bill  on page                                                               
9, lines 7-11, which read:                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     ELECTIONS:   LIEUTENANT  GOVERNOR. (a)  Notwithstanding                                                                    
     any provision in AS 15.15  or AS 15.20 to the contrary,                                                                    
     the  lieutenant governor  may, after  consultation with                                                                    
     the commissioner of health  and social services, direct                                                                    
     that  a primary  or  statewide special  election to  be                                                                    
     held in the state in calendar  year 2020 be held in the                                                                    
     same manner as an election by mail under AS 15.20.800.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON  asked whether the extension  of the date                                                               
would grant the  Division of Elections, Office  of the Lieutenant                                                               
Governor, the authority  to direct a general election  to be held                                                               
by mail.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:36:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KOPP pointed  out the  bill speaks  to only  a primary  or                                                               
statewide special election.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVINE acknowledged  a previous version of  the bill included                                                               
general elections and was amended to apply to primary elections.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON restated her question.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:37:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAIL FENUMIAI,  director, Central  Office, Division  of Elections                                                               
("division"),  Office  of  the  Lieutenant  Governor,  opined  as                                                               
currently  written  the  bill  would   not  include  the  general                                                               
election because  the extension  period for  the bill  is through                                                               
September 1, [2020].  She deferred to DOL.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    KOPP   clarified    Representative   Johnston's                                                               
question:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     It's not  just about  the extension of  the declaration                                                                    
     of   emergency  from   September   first  to   November                                                                    
     fifteenth, specifically,  because language in  the bill                                                                    
     now only speaks to  vote-by-mail in primary and special                                                                    
     elections.    If  the  date  is  extended  to  November                                                                    
     fifteenth,  could it  be  interpreted  that this  would                                                                    
     include general election also?                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. MILLS  confirmed that the  version of the bill  introduced by                                                               
the governor  included primary or  general election;  she pointed                                                               
out that statewide special elections  can already be done by mail                                                               
at the  discretion of the  division and the  lieutenant governor.                                                               
In a  subsequent version of the  bill, the date for  the disaster                                                               
declaration  was  changed to  September  1,  [2020], and  general                                                               
election was removed and replaced  by statewide special election;                                                               
in  the current  version,  if Amendment  [4,  labeled U.A.13]  is                                                               
adopted to extend  the date, the division would  hold the general                                                               
election  in  person  as  per   its  normal  procedure,  and  the                                                               
lieutenant  governor would  not have  the discretion  to allow  a                                                               
general election to be held by mail.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EDGMON   urged  the  committee  to   support  the                                                               
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP  directed attention to the  bill on page 6,  lines [17                                                               
and 18], which read [in part]:                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     The  governor shall  submit a  final  report not  later                                                                    
     than November  1, 2020, or  60 days after the  date the                                                                    
     governor determines under sec. 2 of this Act                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KOPP  noted  the  amendment would  also  affect  when  the                                                               
aforementioned report  from the governor's  office is due  to the                                                               
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EDGMON  advised  the amendment  moves  the  final                                                               
report from November 1, 2020, to January 15, 2021.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:42:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON removed her objection.  There being no                                                                  
further objection, Amendment [4] was adopted.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:42:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP moved to adopt [Amendment 5, labeled 31-                                                                    
GH2260\U.A.10, Bruce/Marx, 3/25/20, identified on the audio                                                                     
recording as Amendment 4] which read:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 10, following "documents;":                                                                                 
          Insert    "relating   to    municipal   government                                                                  
     deadlines;"                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 11, following line 16:                                                                                                
          Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                    
         "* Sec. 14. The uncodified law of the State of                                                                     
     Alaska is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                                         
          MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT DEADLINES. Notwithstanding                                                                       
     any  provision in  AS 29 to  the  contrary, a  deadline                                                                    
     established  under AS 29  that occurs  on or  after the                                                                    
     effective  date  of  this Act  is  extended  until  the                                                                    
     earlier of                                                                                                                 
               (1)  September 1, 2020; or                                                                                       
               (2)  the date the governor determines, under                                                                     
      sec. 2 of this Act, that the public health disaster                                                                       
     emergency no longer exists."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 11, line 17:                                                                                                          
          Delete "6 - 13"                                                                                                       
          Insert "6 - 14"                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVINE explained the intent of the amendment was to allow                                                                   
municipalities to extend deadlines that fall under [AS 29.].                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:43:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT  questioned   whether  the  [September  1,                                                               
2020,]  date reflected  in  the amendment  should  be changed  to                                                               
[November 15, 2020,]  in order to conform to the  changes made by                                                               
the adoption of [Amendment 4, labeled 31-GS2260\U.A.13].                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  asked  Mr. Andreassen  whether  the  Alaska                                                               
Municipal League  would support  extending the [AS  29.] deadline                                                               
waivers to November 15, 2020.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. ANDREASSEN  said extending the  deadline would be  helpful to                                                               
local governments'  preparation, response, and  recovery efforts,                                                               
and an extension  into November would make a lot  of sense from a                                                               
municipal perspective.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:45:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT  moved to  adopt Conceptual Amendment  1 to                                                               
Amendment [5], that would delete  September 1, [2020,] and insert                                                               
November 15, [2020].                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP objected for discussion purposes.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT added that the  change brought about by the                                                               
conceptual  amendment would  be  to  the bill  on  page  11.   In                                                               
response  to  Representative  Edgmon, he  clarified  the  changes                                                               
would be made by a new section added to the bill.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOPP removed his objection.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
[The committee treated  Conceptual Amendment 1 to  Amendment 5 as                                                               
adopted.]                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   JOHNSON  returned   attention  to   the  adopted                                                               
Amendment [4].                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:47:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON  asked when the next  legislature would be                                                               
seated  and if  the dates  in  the proposed  bill and  amendments                                                               
would affect the next legislative session.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVINE  said the  next legislature  would convene  on 1/19/21                                                               
thus, at this point, none  of the provisions adopted in Amendment                                                               
[4]  would interfere;  in fact,  the reporting  requirements were                                                               
originally  drafted to  60 days  after  the disaster  declaration                                                               
sunset and the language in the amendment was drafted to conform.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EDGMON further  explained  the  report [from  the                                                               
governor]  would be  presented to  the legislature  1/15/21, four                                                               
days before the new legislature convenes.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:49:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON  removed his objection to  Amendment [5].                                                               
There being no further objection,  Amendment [5], as amended, was                                                               
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:50:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP moved  to adopt  [Amendment  6, labeled  31-                                                               
GS2260\U.A.9,  Bannister/Marx, 3/25/20  and  referred  to in  the                                                               
audio recording as Amendment 5] which read:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, following line 9:                                                                                                 
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
          "(c)  Notwithstanding AS 10.20.061 - 10.20.076, a                                                                     
     meeting  of  the  members of  a  nonprofit  corporation                                                                    
     organized under AS 10.20,  including meeting notice and                                                                    
     determination of  a quorum, may  be held  by electronic                                                                    
     communication  to the  extent  the corporation's  board                                                                    
     authorizes   and  adopts   guidelines   to  govern   an                                                                    
     electronic meeting."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subsections accordingly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, line 20:                                                                                                          
          Delete "(c) and (d)"                                                                                                  
          Insert "(d) and (e)"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERVINE explained  [CSSB 241(RLS)  am] currently  allows for-                                                               
profit   corporations   to    provide   electronic   notice   and                                                               
participation;  the  amendment  would expand  that  provision  to                                                               
nonprofit  corporations  operating  under   [AS  10.20:    Alaska                                                               
Nonprofit Corporation Act].                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EDGMON pointed  out the  provision for  both for-                                                               
profit and nonprofit corporations would  be limited to the period                                                               
of the disaster declaration.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVINE confirmed the provision  would exist solely within the                                                               
confines of the disaster declaration.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:51:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON  removed his  objection.  There  being no                                                               
further objection, Amendment [6] was adopted.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:51:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT  moved to  adopt [Amendment 7,  labeled 31-                                                               
GS2260\U.A.14,  Bannister,  3/25/20,   identified  on  the  audio                                                               
recording as Amendment 6], which read:                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, following line 9:                                                                                                 
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
          "(c)  Notwithstanding AS 10.20.061 - 10.20.076, a                                                                     
     meeting,  including  the  notice  of  the  meeting  and                                                                    
     determination  of  a  quorum,   of  the  members  of  a                                                                    
     corporation  subject to  AS 10.20, including  a village                                                                    
     corporation  organized under  43  U.S.C.  1601 et  seq.                                                                    
     (Alaska  Native Claims  Settlement  Act)  and a  Native                                                                    
     corporation  formed  under  AS 10.06, may  be  held  by                                                                    
     electronic    communication   to    the   extent    the                                                                    
     corporation's  board authorizes  and adopts  guidelines                                                                    
     to govern an electronic meeting."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subsections accordingly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 10, line 20:                                                                                                          
          Delete "(c) and (d)"                                                                                                  
          Insert "(d) and (e)"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PRUITT explained that  governance of Alaska Native                                                               
corporations falls under statutes  separate from those that apply                                                               
to for-profit and nonprofit corporations;  Amendment 7 would also                                                               
allow  Alaska Native  corporations  to decide  whether to  [adopt                                                               
guidelines  to govern  electronic  meetings]  during the  present                                                               
crisis.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON pointed out  [the adopted Amendment 6 and                                                               
the proposed Amendment 7] would make  changes to the bill on page                                                               
10,  following line  9.    He surmised  the  amendments would  be                                                               
drafted to conform with the bill.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERVIN  confirmed that if  the bill was moved  from committee,                                                               
then  with  permission,  Legislative Legal  Services  would  make                                                               
conforming changes to the bill.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:53:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 6:53 p.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON  removed his  objection.  There  being no                                                               
further objection, Amendment [7] was adopted.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KOPP noted  additional  amendments to  the  bill would  be                                                               
addressed on the House floor.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:54:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  THOMPSON moved  to  report CSSB  241(RLS) am,  as                                                               
amended,  out of  committee with  individual recommendations  and                                                               
the accompanying  fiscal notes.   There  being no  objection, HCS                                                               
CSSB  241(RLS)  was  reported  from   the  House  Rules  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KOPP stated  that Legislative  Legal  Services is  granted                                                               
authority  to  make  conforming  and  technical  changes  to  the                                                               
language in the bill.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:55:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Rules Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 6:56 p.m.                                                                     

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 311 DCCED Follow Up re ANCSA 3.25.20.pdf HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 311
SB 241 Fiscal Note 10 DOR Taxation and Treasury.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Fiscal Note 11 DOR Taxation and Treasury.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Fiscal Note 12 DHSS Medicaid Services.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Fiscal Note 13 DHSS Emergency Programs.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Fiscal Note 14 GOV Elections.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
Sb 241 Fiscal Note 15 DCCED CBPL.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Fiscal Note 16 GOV Elections.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Version U.A as amended on the Senate Floor.PDF HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Letter MEA Information on COVID Response 3.25.20.pdf HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
HB 311 DOR Follow Up re Questions 3.25.20.pdf HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
HB 311
SB 241 Letter Dept of Admin related to COLA provision 3.25.20.pdf HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Version U.A Sectional Analysis 3.25.20.pdf HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241
SB 241 Amendment Packet HRULS.pdf HRLS 3/25/2020 1:00:00 PM
SB 241