Legislature(2019 - 2020)BUTROVICH 205

03/28/2020 11:00 AM FREE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON SB241

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08:02:58 PM Start
08:03:28 PM SB241
09:29:27 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Delayed to 8:00 pm --
+ SB 241 EXTENDING COVID 19 DISASTER EMERGENCY TELECONFERENCED
Moved FCCS SB 241 Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              FREE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON SB 241                                                                             
                         March 28, 2020                                                                                         
                           8:02 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senate Members                                                                                                                  
Senator John Coghill, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
House Members                                                                                                                   
Representative Chuck Kopp, Chair                                                                                                
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 241(RLS) am H                                                                               
"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  corporations;  relating  to                                                              
 municipal government deadlines; relating  to the Alaska  regional                                                              
 economic   assistance   program;   establishing   a    conclusive                                                              
 presumption  that  COVID-19  is   an  occupational  disease   for                                                              
 firefighters, emergency  medical technicians,  paramedics,  peace                                                              
 officers,  and  health  care  providers;  relating  to  allowable                                                              
 absences  for  the  permanent  fund  dividend;  relating  to  the                                                              
 Department of  Health  and Social  Services; relating  to  retail                                                              
 sellers;  tolling   deadlines  for  action   by  the   Regulatory                                                              
 Commission  of  Alaska;  relating  to  disconnection  of  utility                                                              
 service for  nonpayment;  relating  to power  cost  equalization;                                                              
 relating  to  regulatory  assets   of  a  utility;  relating   to                                                              
 evictions; and providing for an effective date."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 FREE CONFERENCE CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 241                                                                                     
 "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;   providing  for   a                                                              
 financing  plan;  making  temporary  changes  to  state   law  in                                                              
 response  to  the  COVID-19  outbreak  in  the  following  areas:                                                              
 standing orders of  the chief medical  officer; occupational  and                                                              
 professional  licensing,  practice,   and  billing;   telehealth;                                                              
 fingerprinting requirements for health care providers;  elections                                                              
 in calendar year 2020;  permanent fund dividend applications  and                                                              
 eligibility;  state   tax  filings,   payments,  and   penalties;                                                              
 corporations;  state  and  municipal  government  deadlines;  the                                                              
 Alaska regional economic assistance program; Medicaid and  public                                                              
 assistance;  workers'  compensation;  sanitation  standards   for                                                              
 retail sellers; actions by  the Regulatory Commission of  Alaska;                                                              
 utilities   and   residential   utility   service;   power   cost                                                              
 equalization;   forbearance    of    specified    state    loans;                                                              
 foreclosures; evictions; wills; repossessions; access to  federal                                                              
 stabilization   funds;   seafood   purchase   and   distribution;                                                              
 homelessness;  administrative   hearings;   and   liability   for                                                              
 issuing,  providing,   or   manufacturing   personal   protective                                                              
 equipment; and providing for an effective date."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
      - MOVED FCCS SB 241 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
 PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 241                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EXTENDING COVID 19 DECLARATION/RELIEF                                                                              
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       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
03/25/20       (S)       VERSION: CSSB 241(RLS) AM                                                                              
03/25/20       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/25/20       (H)       RLS                                                                                                    
03/25/20       (H)       RLS AT 1:00 PM DAVIS 106                                                                               
03/25/20       (H)       Moved   HCS   CSSB   241(RLS)   Out   of                                                               
                         Committee                                                                                              
03/25/20       (H)       MINUTE(RLS)                                                                                            
03/26/20       (H)       RLS RPT HCS(RLS) NT 2DP 4NR                                                                            
03/26/20       (H)       DP: THOMPSON, KOPP                                                                                     
03/26/20       (H)       NR: JOHNSON, PRUITT, STUTES, EDGMON                                                                    
03/26/20       (H)       LIMIT AMS TO AM NO 15                                                                                  
03/26/20       (H)       LIMIT DEBATE ON AMS TO 2 MIN EACH - UC                                                                 
03/26/20       (H)       VERSION: HCS CSSB 241(RLS) AM H                                                                        
03/26/20       (H)       BILL REPRINTED                                                                                         
03/27/20       (S)       UNIFORM RULE 42(A) WAIVED UC                                                                           
03/27/20       (S)       FREE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED                                                                    
03/27/20       (S)       COGHILL, BISHOP, BEGICH                                                                                
03/27/20       (H)       FREE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED                                                                    
03/27/20       (H)       KOPP (CHAIR), SPOHNHOLZ, TALERICO                                                                      
03/28/20       (H)       SB241 AT 11:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
GRACE ERVINE, Staff                                                                                                             
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Reviewed the changes the House made to SB                                                                 
241 and where those appear in the FCCS, version G.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JULIE LUCKY, Staff                                                                                                              
 Senator von Imhof                                                                                                              
 Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                       
 Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                 
 POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented  the  sectional analysis  for  the                                                            
 Free Conference Committee Substitute for SB 241.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 8:02:58 PM                                                                                                                   
 CHAIR JOHN  COGHILL called the  Free Conference  Committee on  SB                                                            
 241 meeting to order  at 8:02 p.m. Present  at the call to  order                                                              
 were Senators  Begich, Bishop, and  Coghill; and  Representatives                                                              
 Talerico, Spohnholz, and Kopp.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
           SB 241-EXTENDING COVID-19 DISASTER EMERGENCY                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 8:03:28 PM                                                                                                                   
 CHAIR COGHILL announced the  business before the committee was  a                                                              
 Free Conference on:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
 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." and                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
 HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 241(RLS) am H                                                                              
 "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  corporations;  relating  to                                                               
municipal government  deadlines; relating to the  Alaska regional                                                               
economic   assistance   program;    establishing   a   conclusive                                                               
presumption  that   COVID-19  is  an  occupational   disease  for                                                               
firefighters,  emergency medical  technicians, paramedics,  peace                                                               
officers,  and  health  care  providers;  relating  to  allowable                                                               
absences  for  the  permanent  fund  dividend;  relating  to  the                                                               
Department  of Health  and Social  Services;  relating to  retail                                                               
sellers;  tolling   deadlines  for   action  by   the  Regulatory                                                               
Commission  of  Alaska;  relating  to  disconnection  of  utility                                                               
service  for nonpayment;  relating  to  power cost  equalization;                                                               
relating  to   regulatory  assets  of  a   utility;  relating  to                                                               
evictions; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:03:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COGHILL explained that the  Free Conference Committee on SB                                                               
241 will  operate under Uniform  Rule 42. Uniform Rule  42(a) was                                                               
waived and  the conference  committee was  granted the  powers of                                                               
free  conference.  This  gives   the  committee  the  ability  to                                                               
consider all issues  that are germane to the titles  of the bills                                                               
before the committee.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:04:06 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  stated that  Senator Coghill will  chair the                                                               
meeting because the bill originated in the Senate.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COGHILL  advised  that  powers  of  free  conference  were                                                               
granted  because new  sections  had  to be  added  to  SB 241  to                                                               
satisfy an agreement on the legislation.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:04:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COGHILL solicited a motion from Representative Kopp.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:04:52 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP moved to adopt  the free conference committee                                                               
substitute  (FCCS) for  SB 241,  work order  31-GS2260\G, as  the                                                               
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He asked Ms. Ervine to explain  the changes made in the House and                                                               
Ms. Lucky  to walk through  the sectional analysis for  version G                                                               
of SB 241.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:05:27 PM                                                                                                                    
 GRACE ERVINE,  Staff,  Representative  Chuck Kopp,  Alaska  State                                                              
 Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska,  explained  the process  she  would                                                              
 follow to review the changes made in the House.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 8:06:20 PM                                                                                                                   
 JULIE LUCKY, Staff, Senator von Imhof, Alaska State  Legislature,                                                              
 Juneau, Alaska, explained  the process she  would follow to  walk                                                              
 through the sectional analysis for SB 241, version G.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR  COGHILL listed  the  individuals  who  were  available  to                                                              
 answer questions.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 8:07:35 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LUCKY advised  that Sections 1-12 were  part of the  original                                                              
 emergency disaster  declaration.  She  paraphrased  the  prepared                                                              
 document titled, "Sectional Analysis for CCS for SB 241."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 1 Legislative Findings (page 1.notdef3). Makes                                                                       
                legislative  findings  related  to  COVID.notdef19,                                                             
                establishing the  need  to extend  the  March                                                                   
                11,    2020,    public    health     disaster                                                                   
                declaration.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 2 Extension of Public Health Emergency / Disaster                                                                     
                (pages  3.notdef4). Extends the public health                                                                   
                disaster  emergency  until  the  earlier   of                                                                   
                November 15, 2020  or the date  on which  the                                                                   
                governor declares the emergency over. If  the                                                                   
                Department  of  Health  and  Social  Services                                                                   
                commissioner certifies to  the governor  that                                                                   
                there is no longer an outbreak of COVID.notdef19 or                                                             
                a  credible  threat   of  an  outbreak,   the                                                                   
                governor shall issue a proclamation declaring                                                                   
                the disaster over. The certification must  be                                                                   
                based on specific information from a state or                                                                   
                federal  agency,   or  another   source   the                                                                   
                commissioner decides is reliable.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY noted that the House added the November 15, 2020 date.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 3 Disaster Financing Plan (pages 4-5). Presents                                                                      
                the financing  plan  for  the  public  health                                                                   
                disaster    emergency,    referencing     the                                                                   
                appropriations made in  several bills  passed                                                                   
                by the 31st Legislature. Allows the  governor                                                                   
                to spend up to $10 million from  the disaster                                                                   
                relief fund  in  response to  the  emergency.                                                                   
               Limits  emergency spending  to the  financing                                                                    
               plan.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 4 Chief Medical Officer Standing Orders (page                                                                       
               5-6). Allows  the  Department  of Health  and                                                                    
               Social  Services'  chief medical  officer  to                                                                    
               issue  standing orders  related  to COVID-19.                                                                    
               If    the    chief   medical    officer    is                                                                    
               incapacitated,  a  designee   may  issue  the                                                                    
               orders. Standing  orders are  effective until                                                                    
               retracted  or  through  the duration  of  the                                                                    
               emergency  declaration.   The  chief  medical                                                                    
               officer  and health  care  providers are  not                                                                    
               liable  for  civil  damages  for  issuing  or                                                                    
               acting   under  a   standing  order,   except                                                                    
               misconduct.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERVINE  advised  that  the   House  changed  Section  4.  An                                                               
amendment on the  Senate floor allowed the  Chief Medical Officer                                                               
to   establish  standing   orders   related   to  retail   seller                                                               
sanitation. The House  removed that section and inserted  it in a                                                               
subsequent section.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY continued to review the sectional analysis.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 5 Reports to Legislature (page 6). Requires the                                                                      
               governor to  report monthly  the expenditures                                                                    
               made  in  relation  to  the  COVID-19  public                                                                    
               health  emergency   and  the   actions  taken                                                                    
               related to prevention,  control and status of                                                                    
               COVID-19.  Reports  begin  May  1,  2020  and                                                                    
               culminate  with a  final  report  due to  the                                                                    
               legislature  no later  than January  15, 2021                                                                    
               or  60  days  after  the  date  the  Governor                                                                    
               determines  that the  public health  disaster                                                                    
               emergency  no  longer  exists,  whichever  is                                                                    
               earlier. Repealed on January 16, 2021.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:09:13 PM                                                                                                                    
      Sec. 6 Professional and Occupational Licensing (page                                                                      
               6.notdef7). During the public health emergency,                                                                  
               allows   the    Division   of   Corporations,                                                                    
               Business and Professional  Licensing director                                                                    
               or  a  relevant  board to  grant  a  license,                                                                    
               permit or  certificate on an  expedited basis                                                                    
               to  an individual  who holds  a corresponding                                                                    
               license in another  jurisdiction. The boards,                                                                    
                commissions and director may take  additional                                                                   
                action  as   necessary  to   protect   public                                                                   
                health,  including  temporarily  waiving   or                                                                   
                modifying continuing education  requirements;                                                                   
                regulating  the   scope   and   duration   of                                                                   
                licenses; not increasing licensing fees;  and                                                                   
                arranging  for   supervision  of   licensees.                                                                   
                Professionals who  come  to  Alaska  to  work                                                                   
                under one of these licenses must  comply with                                                                   
                CDC  travel  guidelines.  A  professional  or                                                                   
                occupational  license  expedited  under  this                                                                   
                section expires on November  15, 2020 or  the                                                                   
                date the Governor determines that the  public                                                                   
                health disaster emergency  no longer  exists,                                                                   
                whichever is earlier.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
  Sec. 7 Telemedicine and Telehealth (page 7.notdef8). During                                                                   
                the  emergency  declaration  and  limited  to                                                                   
                actions related  to  COVID.notdef19, licensing is                                                               
                waived for health care providers who  provide                                                                   
                treatment,    diagnosis,     or     prescribe                                                                   
                prescriptions    (other    than    controlled                                                                   
                substances), and who do not first  conduct an                                                                   
                in.notdefperson exam, for telemedicine    and                                                                   
                telehealth.  Providers   must  be   in   good                                                                   
                standing   in    their    jurisdiction    and                                                                   
                practicing within  their  scope  of  license.                                                                   
                The amount  charged  for telehealth  must  be                                                                   
                reasonable and customary, and may not  exceed                                                                   
                5 percent of the regular fee for  the service                                                                   
                provided.  The  Department   of  Health   and                                                                   
                Social  Services   commissioner   may   waive                                                                   
                regulations or laws that would  substantially                                                                   
                prevent provision of telehealth services.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 MS. ERVINE advised that the House expanded and clarified the                                                                   
 definition of "telehealth" to utilize the existing definition in                                                               
 AS 47.05.270(e).                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 8:10:15 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
    Sec. 8 Fingerprinting (page 8.notdef9). For professional                                                                    
                occupations related  to  public  health  that                                                                   
                require fingerprinting for licensure, directs                                                                   
                the Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and                                                                   
                Economic Development to  coordinate with  the                                                                   
               Department of Health  and Social Services and                                                                    
               the Department  of Public Safety  to expedite                                                                    
               the fingerprinting process.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
         Sec. 9 Division of Elections (page 9). For the                                                                         
               duration  of   the  COVID.notdef19 public health                                                                 
               disaster emergency  declaration, the director                                                                    
               of the Division of  Elections may conduct all                                                                    
               elections in  the same manner as  an election                                                                    
               by mail under AS 15.20.800.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERVINE  advised  that  House  Rules  extended  the  Senate's                                                               
September  1, 2020  disaster sunset  date to  November 15,  2020.                                                               
This  encompasses  the  general   election  so  the  Division  of                                                               
Elections,  in consultation  with  the Department  of Health  and                                                               
Social Services,  has expanded authority  to establish a  vote by                                                               
mail  election for  the primary,  special, and  statewide general                                                               
election.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:11:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COGHILL  offered  his understanding  that  this  is  still                                                               
permissive  to  the  lieutenant  governor  and  the  Division  of                                                               
Elections.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 10 Permanent Fund Dividend Application Deadline                                                                      
               (page 9). Extends  the application period for                                                                    
               the 2020  Permanent Fund Dividend  from March                                                                    
               31, 2020, to April 30,  2020. Automatic voter                                                                    
               registration will be  processed through April                                                                    
               30, 2020.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
        Sec. 11 Department of Revenue Taxation (page 9).                                                                        
               Extends   to  July   15,  2020,   the  filing                                                                    
               deadline for certain  tax returns, reports or                                                                    
               payments  to the  Department of Revenue.  The                                                                    
               filing dates  for oil and  gas taxes  and oil                                                                    
               and gas property taxes  will not be extended.                                                                    
               Department   of  Revenue   will  not   assess                                                                    
               penalties  or  interest  to  individuals  who                                                                    
               file under the extension.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 12 Electronic and Videoconference Meetings (page                                                                      
               9-10). Allows for meetings of shareholders to                                                                    
               be  held by  electronic communication  to the                                                                    
               extent  allowed by  the corporation's  board,                                                                    
                and allows  corporations  that  have  or  are                                                                   
                planning to distribute a proxy statement  and                                                                   
                notice of  annual  meetings  to re-notice  or                                                                   
                notice so that it can be held  via electronic                                                                   
                communication.   It    additionally    allows                                                                   
                nonprofit      corporations       to       do                                                                   
                telecommunication meetings  and for  meetings                                                                   
                of   shareholders,    village    corporations                                                                   
                organized  under  the  Alaska  Native  Claims                                                                   
                Settlement Act,  and Native  corporations  to                                                                   
                be  held  via  electronic  communication   or                                                                   
                telecommunication      to  the   extent   the                                                                   
                corporation's  board  authorizes  and  adopts                                                                   
                guidelines  for  this  type  of  meeting,  or                                                                   
                amends the corporation's bylaws to allow  for                                                                   
                this type of meeting.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 MS. ERVINE explained that the Senate bill dealt  with shareholder                                                              
 meetings for for-profit corporations and the House  expanded that                                                              
 to  nonprofit  corporations  as   well  as  village  and   Native                                                              
 corporations.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY advised that Ms. Ervine would discuss the next few                                                                   
 sections that the House added.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 8:12:37 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. ERVINE reviewed Sections 13-22.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 13 Municipal Government Deadlines (page 10).                                                                        
                Provides that  certain deadlines  established                                                                   
                under  AS 29  that  occur  on  or  after  the                                                                   
                effective date of  SB 241  is extended  until                                                                   
                the earlier of November 15, 2020 or  the date                                                                   
                the Governor  determines  that  the  COVID.notdef19                                                             
                public health emergency no longer exists.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 14 Alaska Regional Economic Assistance Program                                                                       
                (page 11). Provides that during the  COVID.notdef19                                                             
                public     health     emergency      disaster                                                                   
                declaration,  the  Department  of   Commerce,                                                                   
                Community and Economic  Development may  make                                                                   
                grants to organizations  for distribution  as                                                                   
                financial  assistance   to  businesses   with                                                                   
                operating  expenses   and  shall   distribute                                                                   
                grants  under  this Section  among  qualified                                                                   
                organizations based on regional  populations.                                                                   
               "Organization"    is    defined   under    AS                                                                    
               44.33.896.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
    Sec.   15   Workers'    Compensation   Presumption   of                                                                     
               Compensability  (pages 11.notdef12). Provides that                                                               
               individuals    employed   as    firefighters,                                                                    
               emergency  medical  technicians,  paramedics,                                                                    
               peace  officers,  or health  care  providers,                                                                    
               who contract  COVID.notdef19, are presumed to have                                                               
               contracted  an  occupational disease  arising                                                                    
               out of and in the course of employment during                                                                    
               the   public    health   disaster   emergency                                                                    
               declaration  and  are eligible  for  workers'                                                                    
               compensation benefits.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
        Sec. 16 Allowable Absence for the Permanent Fund                                                                        
               Dividend   (page   12).  Provides   that   an                                                                    
               individual  who is  otherwise eligible  for a                                                                    
               permanent    fund     dividend    under    AS                                                                    
               43.23.005(a)(4)  and   AS  43.23.008(d),  and                                                                    
               expects  to be  absent from  the state  for a                                                                    
               continuous period  due to conduct  related to                                                                    
               avoiding   or   preventing  the   spread   of                                                                    
               COVID.notdef19, including voluntary or compulsory                                                                
               quarantine,  remains  eligible to  receive  a                                                                    
               permanent fund dividend.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY clarified that the intent is to include somebody who                                                                  
is out of the state before March 11, 2020 as long as they are                                                                   
continuously out of state past that date.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:15:00 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. ERVINE continued to review the sections of SB 241 that were                                                                 
added by the House.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 17 Department of Health and Social Services;                                                                        
               Retail Sellers (page  12.notdef13). Allows DHSS, in                                                              
               coordination with the  Department of Military                                                                    
               and    Veterans'   Affairs,    to   establish                                                                    
               sanitation procedures for retail sellers.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERVINE relayed  that DHSS  advised that  Section 17  (rather                                                               
than  Section  4)  was  a   more  appropriate  place  within  the                                                               
department's structure for these  types of sanitation procedures.                                                               
She noted that this was permissive.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 She highlighted that the House  removed language that was in  the                                                              
 Senate bill that dealt with  the cost of living allowance  (COLA)                                                              
 for retirees. The  House received  assurance that the  Department                                                              
 of  Administration  was  already  proactively  reaching  out   to                                                              
 retirees to  ensure  they did  not  lose  their COLA  because  of                                                              
 longer than allowed absence from the state due to COVID-19.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL recalled that  the Finance Committee also  received                                                              
 that assurance.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY  affirmed  that  an  amendment was  offered  in  Senate                                                              
 Finance and  then withdrawn after  there was  reassurance on  the                                                              
 record that the COLA issue was already being addressed.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
 8:16:23 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. ERVINE continued to review  the sections of SB 241 that  were                                                              
 added by the House.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 18 Tolling Deadlines for Action by the Regulatory                                                                     
                Commission  of  Alaska  (page  13).  Provides                                                                   
                that  during  the  public  health   emergency                                                                   
                disaster  declaration   for   COVID-19,   all                                                                   
                statutory  and   regulatory   deadlines   for                                                                   
                action by the RCA are tolled, and  failure by                                                                   
                the  RCA  to  act   on  a  filing  does   not                                                                   
                constitute approval or dismissal by the  RCA.                                                                   
                This section does not  apply to statutory  or                                                                   
                regulatory  deadlines  extended  by  the  RCA                                                                   
                before March 11, 2020,  for good cause  under                                                                   
                AS 42.05.175(f).                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 19 Moratorium on Disconnection of Residential                                                                       
                Utility Service (pages  13-14). Provides that                                                                   
                a   public   utility   may   not   disconnect                                                                   
                residential utility  service  for  nonpayment                                                                   
                during the  COVID-19 public health  emergency                                                                   
                disaster   declaration    and   shall    make                                                                   
                reasonable  efforts   to  reconnect   utility                                                                   
                service to  a dwelling occupied  by a  person                                                                   
                experiencing financial  hardship  related  to                                                                   
                COVID-19. A person  seeking protection  under                                                                   
                this   section   shall   provide   a   signed                                                                   
                statement  stating   they  are   experiencing                                                                   
                financial hardship due  to COVID-19 and  work                                                                   
                with the  public  utility  to  negotiate  and                                                                   
                agree to a deferred payment arrangement.  The                                                                   
                public utility  may  not impose  interest  or                                                                   
               late  fees on  a person  receiving protection                                                                    
               under this  section. The  RCA and  the Alaska                                                                    
               Energy  Authority   (AEA)  may  not   deny  a                                                                    
               utility otherwise  eligible to  receive power                                                                    
               cost equalization (PCE) payments on behalf of                                                                    
               a utility customer PCE payments for customers                                                                    
               receiving protection under this section.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:17:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  pointed out  that  this  section refers  to  the                                                               
definition of  "public utility"  in AS  42.05.990. He  noted that                                                               
"telecommunications" is included under  this definition and while                                                               
"internet  services" is  not specifically  mentioned,  it is  the                                                               
intent  that  the  moratorium on  disconnection  would  apply  to                                                               
internet services as well.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ referred to  Section 18 and related that                                                               
the RCA  has given assurance  that it  is not their  intention to                                                               
use COVID-19  to further delay  the Chugach Electric  purchase of                                                               
ML&P. Nothing  in SB 241 will  impede the progress of  that sale,                                                               
she said.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:18:08 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  LUCKY  explained  that  the  term  "financial  hardship"  is                                                               
defined first on page 14,  lines 20-26, and is repeatedly defined                                                               
in each  subsequent section that talks  about financial hardship.                                                               
The reason  for the redundancy  is that these  temporary measures                                                               
are in uncodified  law. Because there is no statute  to refer to,                                                               
the definition  must be included  in each section where  the term                                                               
appears.  The   intention  was  that  the   definition  would  be                                                               
identical  in  every  section  it  is  mentioned.  She  read  the                                                               
definition:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     (1) "financial  hardship" means that a  person's liquid                                                                    
     assets  from any  source, including  payments from  the                                                                    
     state  or federal  government because  of the  COVID-19                                                                    
     public  health   disaster  emergency  or  a   state  or                                                                    
     national  disaster  declaration  related  to  COVID-19,                                                                    
     when  combined,  would  be   insufficient  to  pay  the                                                                    
     reasonable  cost of  food,  housing,  health care,  and                                                                    
     other  goods  and  services vital  to  the  health  and                                                                    
     wellness  of the  person and  the  person's spouse  and                                                                    
     dependents;  in  this  paragraph, "dependent"  has  the                                                                    
     meaning given in AS 23.20.350(g);                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY  said she was  pointing this  out to clarify  that when                                                               
people  are  trying  to  figure  out  their  level  of  financial                                                               
 hardship, they need to include in their calculations any wage                                                                  
 replacement and enhanced unemployment insurance payments they                                                                  
 have received from the federal government.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 8:20:16 PM                                                                                                                   
 SENATOR BEGICH asked her to confirm that the definition is                                                                     
 intended to be identical each time.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY answered that is the intent.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 8:20:46 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LEVINE continued to review the sections of SB 241 that the                                                                 
 House added.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 20 Regulatory Assets for Unpaid Utility Bills and                                                                     
                Extraordinary Expenses  (page  14).  Provides                                                                   
                that  a  certificated   utility  may   record                                                                   
                regulatory assets  to  be  recovered  through                                                                   
                future rates,  for uncollectable  residential                                                                   
                utility bills and extraordinary expenses that                                                                   
                result  during the  period  of  time  that  a                                                                   
                public health emergency disaster  declaration                                                                   
                for COVID-19 is in effect. A determination as                                                                   
                to whether an extraordinary expense  resulted                                                                   
                from COVID-19  and the  amortization  periods                                                                   
                for the regulatory assets are subject  to RCA                                                                   
                approval  before   recovery  through   future                                                                   
                rates.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL added that the determination would go through the                                                                
 regular RCA process.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LEVINE agreed. She advised that Section 21 is the last                                                                     
 section that the House changed.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 21 Moratorium on Evictions for Nonpayment (page                                                                      
                15). Provides a moratorium on evictions  from                                                                   
                rental   properties    and   storage    units                                                                   
                containing    personal     belongings     for                                                                   
                nonpayment of  rent from  March  11, 2020  to                                                                   
                June 30,  2020 for  a person  experiencing  a                                                                   
                financial  hardship  due   to  COVID-19.  The                                                                   
                statutory cause of action for forcible  entry                                                                   
                and detainer for nonpayment  of rent and  any                                                                   
                other statutory  cause of  action that  could                                                                   
                be used to evict or otherwise eject  a person                                                                   
                for  nonpayment  is  suspended  for   persons                                                                   
               experiencing  financial  hardship during  the                                                                    
               disaster. A  person seeking  protection under                                                                    
               this   section   shall   provide   a   signed                                                                    
               statement  to the  landlord stating  they are                                                                    
               experiencing    financial   hardship.    This                                                                    
               section  does   not  prevent   evictions  for                                                                    
               misconduct, violations of  law, or violations                                                                    
               of  contracts  outside  of inability  to  pay                                                                    
               rent,  nor can  it be  construed to  increase                                                                    
               civil liability in a court of law.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COGHILL   stipulated  that  these  moratoriums   apply  to                                                               
hardships related to COVID-19.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  emphasized that  the intent  is to  safeguard the                                                               
interests  of  those  who  are  truly  suffering  hardship  while                                                               
maintaining a fair relationship  between landlord and tenant that                                                               
is respectful of this crisis.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:23:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP pointed out that  in Senate Finance, Senator Olson                                                               
added storage units  to this provision. He added  that he learned                                                               
today that  the Courts are  not hearing evictions through  May 1,                                                               
2020.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  stressed that  bad actors who  are violating                                                               
the  law or  their  rental contract  will  receive absolutely  no                                                               
protection. This section deals purely  with inability to pay as a                                                               
direct result of COVID-19.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:24:31 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ  added that  it  is  important for  the                                                               
public to understand  that there are a lot of  sideboards on this                                                               
moratorium. The intent is to  ensure that the homeless problem is                                                               
not exacerbated during this emergency,  but the responsibility to                                                               
pay rent is  not waived. Someone who is unable  to pay their rent                                                               
as a result of COVID-19 will still accrue the liability.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:25:07 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  pointed out that there  is a significant                                                               
penalty  for  signing a  perjured  statement  to a  landlord.  He                                                               
recalled that  it is  a class  B felony, which  carries up  to 10                                                               
years in jail and a $100,000 fine.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL  noted that any  federal assistance will  be viewed                                                               
as income.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
 8:25:54 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LUCKY  pointed out  that each  section of  the conference  CS                                                              
 that  relates  to  financial  hardship  clearly  states   that  a                                                              
 statement must  be made under  penalty of  perjury; each  clearly                                                              
 states the definition of financial hardship; each  clearly states                                                              
 that the financial  hardship must be due  to the COVID-19  virus;                                                              
 and each clearly states  that a person  is not absolved of  their                                                              
 debt. The  intent is  that  people cannot  be evicted  and  items                                                              
 cannot be repossessed due to financial hardship that is  a direct                                                              
 result of COVID-19. She noted  that each section also has a  date                                                              
 certain, which is a little different than conventional  statutory                                                              
 construct. In  Section 21,  the end  date for  the moratorium  on                                                              
 evictions is June 30, 2020.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 8:27:25 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LUCKY advised  that the remainder of  the sections came  from                                                              
 the Senate bill.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 22 Income Determinations for Public Assistance                                                                       
                (pages   15-17).   Ensures   that    payments                                                                   
                including a  Permanent Fund  Dividend or  aid                                                                   
                provided by the  state or federal  government                                                                   
                to  mitigate  the  economic  effects  of  the                                                                   
                COVID-19 public health emergency shall not be                                                                   
                considered when  determining eligibility  for                                                                   
                Medicaid or public assistance.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 23 Forbearance for State Loans (pages 17-18).                                                                       
                Prohibits the state  from finding a  borrower                                                                   
                in default or seizing loan collateral  from a                                                                   
                person experiencing a financial hardship  due                                                                   
                to COVID-19 from March 11,  2020 to June  30,                                                                   
                2020. Applies to  state agencies, the  Alaska                                                                   
                Industrial Development and Export  Authority.                                                                   
                Does not apply to  the Alaska Permanent  Fund                                                                   
                Corporation, the Alaska  Mental Health  Trust                                                                   
                Authority, The  Alaska Municipal  Bond  Bank,                                                                   
                the Alaska  Retirement  Management  Board  or                                                                   
                the   Department    of   Revenue,    Treasury                                                                   
                Division. A borrower  shall provide a  signed                                                                   
                statement, sworn under perjury, to the entity                                                                   
                stating  they   are  experiencing   financial                                                                   
                hardship due  to the  COVID-19 public  health                                                                   
                disaster emergency  and would  still owe  the                                                                   
                debt.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY pointed out that paragraph  (3) on page 18, lines 9-12,                                                               
has the definition of "state." It  calls out the State of Alaska,                                                               
the Alaska  Industrial Development and Export  Authority, and the                                                               
Alaska  Commission  on  Postsecondary Education  as  lenders.  It                                                               
specifically  exempts  the  Alaska  Permanent  Fund  Corporation,                                                               
Alaska  Mental  Health  Trust Authority,  Alaska  Municipal  Bond                                                               
Bank,  Alaska  Retirement  Management Board,  and  Department  of                                                               
Revenue, Treasury Division. The idea  was to keep people who have                                                               
loans from these state agencies  from losing their good credit or                                                               
their boats or permits, but to  exempt agencies that use loans as                                                               
an investment asset.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COGHILL noted  that Alaska  Housing  does both  individual                                                               
lending and asset-based lending.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:30:40 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
         Sec. 24 Moratorium on Foreclosures (page 18).                                                                          
               Prohibits  a  lender  from foreclosing  on  a                                                                    
               personal  residence   owned  by   a  borrower                                                                    
               experiencing   financial   hardship  due   to                                                                    
               COVID-19 from  March  11,  2020 to  June  30,                                                                    
               2020.  A  borrower  shall  provide  a  signed                                                                    
               statement,  sworn   under  perjury,   to  the                                                                    
               entity   stating    they   are   experiencing                                                                    
               financial hardship due to the COVID-19 public                                                                    
               health  disaster  emergency and  would  still                                                                    
               owe  the debt.  Does not  apply to  vacant or                                                                    
               abandoned property.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY  highlighted that the  moratorium does not  relieve the                                                               
borrower of  the obligation to  pay their debt. She  also pointed                                                               
out that  this section does  not apply  to real property  that is                                                               
vacant or  abandoned and that  the language  on page 19,  line 10                                                               
clarifies  that  this  applies   only  to  natural  persons,  not                                                               
businesses or corporations.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 25 Witnessing of Will Signing by Videoconference                                                                      
               (page  19). Allows  a  person  to have  their                                                                    
               will  signing  witnessed  by  videoconference                                                                    
               during the disaster declaration if the person                                                                    
               is  at high  risk for  severe illness  due to                                                                    
               COVID or, is under  advice from a health care                                                                    
               provider or government  agency to avoid being                                                                    
               in the  presence of  others. Within  60 days,                                                                    
               the  witnesses must  sign a  statement, which                                                                    
                will be attached to the will, attesting  that                                                                   
                it is the document they witnessed  the person                                                                   
                sign on the videoconference.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 MS.  LUCKY said  she  believes  that  this  language  quells  the                                                              
 concerns expressed in both bodies.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 SENATOR BEGICH extended thanks  to Suzanne Cunningham who  helped                                                              
 to ensure this is  a "good Department  of Law piece of  language"                                                              
 that can satisfy all parties.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL  mentioned the  effort  that Representative  Claman                                                              
 put into this section.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 8:33:15 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 26 Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices (page 20).                                                                     
                During the  COVID-19 public health  disaster,                                                                   
                prohibits charging  more  than 10%  over  the                                                                   
                price charged for "normal course of business"                                                                   
                before   the    emergency    was    declared.                                                                   
                Exceptions when the price paid by  the person                                                                   
                for the item is increased by more than 10%.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY noted  that the definition  of "supply" includes  food,                                                              
 medicine, medical equipment,  fuel, sanitation products,  hygiene                                                              
 products,  essential  household  supplies,  and  other  essential                                                              
 goods.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL noted that  there would be a subsequent  discussion                                                              
 on fuel.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 27 Moratorium on Repossession of Motor Vehicles                                                                      
                (pages  20-21).  Prohibits   a  lender   from                                                                   
                repossessing a motor  vehicle from March  11,                                                                   
                2020 to  June  30,  2020.  A  borrower  shall                                                                   
                provide  a  signed  statement,  sworn   under                                                                   
                perjury,  to  the  entity  stating  they  are                                                                   
                experiencing financial  hardship due  to  the                                                                   
                COVID-19 public health disaster emergency and                                                                   
                would still  owe the debt.  Applies to  motor                                                                   
                vehicles,   aircraft,   and   watercraft   as                                                                   
                defined in current statute.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
    Sec.   28    State   Access   to    Federal   Education                                                                     
               Stabilization Funds  (page 21).  Requires the                                                                    
               Governor  to apply  for  and make  reasonable                                                                    
               efforts  to provide  necessary assurances  to                                                                    
               receive   the   maximum   funding   available                                                                    
               through the  Education Stabilization  Fund as                                                                    
               outlined in the  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and                                                                    
               Economic Security Act (CARES).                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY advised  that the available federal  money is estimated                                                               
to be up to  $8.7 million but a fiscal note for  this will not be                                                               
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 29 Purchase of Seafood for Distribution (pages                                                                       
               20-21).   Encourages   the    Department   of                                                                    
               Commerce, Community, and Economic Development                                                                    
               to  issue a  Request for  Proposals (RFP)  to                                                                    
               purchase  Alaska seafood  to provide  to food                                                                    
               banks and soup kitchens.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:36:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP   credited  Senator  Wilson  for   offering  this                                                               
amendment  in  Senate  Finance and  described  the  provision  as                                                               
another arrow  in the  quiver to solidify  food security  for the                                                               
people of Alaska.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:37:08 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 30 Financial Assistance to Address Homelessness                                                                      
          (page  21).  Allows  the  Alaska  Housing  Finance                                                                    
          Corporation  (AHFC)  to provide  additional  funds                                                                    
          using existing programs  to prevent homelessness -                                                                    
          $5 million is provided for this purpose.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY said this provision  would add homelessness that is the                                                               
result of  the COVID-19 public  health disaster emergency  to the                                                               
existing AHFC  programs that keep people  from becoming homeless.                                                               
The fiscal  note adds  $5 million,  subject to  appropriation, to                                                               
the AHFC grant program to meet the higher demand.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
        Sec. 31 Tolling of the Office of Administrative                                                                         
     Hearings Deadlines (page 22).                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY  explained the intent  is to ensure that  OAH deadlines                                                               
that are  missed due  to the COVID-19  emergency disaster  do not                                                               
result in  an automatic denial  or approval. This  provision will                                                               
 remain in  place for the  duration of  the emergency  declaration                                                              
 and 30 days thereafter. She noted  that this does not apply to  a                                                              
 statutory or  regulatory  deadline  occurring before  [March  11,                                                              
 2020], or  after the  public health  disaster  emergency ends;  a                                                              
 deadline under AS 44.64.060 relating to a matter referred  by the                                                              
 Department of  Revenue or  the Department  of  Health and  Social                                                              
 Services; or a deadline for  acting on a summary suspension of  a                                                              
 facility  or   occupational  license.   She  advised   that   the                                                              
 sideboards were  added  to  make everyone  comfortable  with  the                                                              
 types of hearings that would be tolled.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL said, for example, the sanction would  continue for                                                              
 a health care official who had been sanctioned.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY  said  yes; not  having  certain license  and  facility                                                              
 suspensions was seen as a possible safety risk. She  also pointed                                                              
 out that subsection (d)  on page 23,  lines 17-19 says OAH  shall                                                              
 continue to  make reasonable  efforts to  take  action and  issue                                                              
 decisions as soon as possible. This language allays  the concerns                                                              
 expressed  in  Senate  Finance   about  automatic  approvals   or                                                              
 denials.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR  COGHILL  recalled  that   the  Office  of   Administrative                                                              
 Hearings reviewed the language  and suggested adding "or a  final                                                              
 decision maker" to paragraph (3)  on page 23, lines 4-5,  because                                                              
 the actual decision  maker may be in  a bureaucratic office,  not                                                              
 OAH.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY confirmed  that the Office  of Administrative  Hearings                                                              
 vetted and approved the language in Section 31.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 8:42:05 PM                                                                                                                   
 REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ referred to Section 14 that  talks about                                                              
 the Alaska Regional  Economic Assistance  Program and the  grants                                                              
 that  the   Department  of  Commerce,   Community  and   Economic                                                              
 Development may make  to organizations. She  recalled that in  an                                                              
 earlier version  of the  bill, the  definition of  "organization"                                                              
 included nonprofit  organizations.  She  asked if  anybody  could                                                              
 help with that definition because she understood that  the intent                                                              
 wasn't necessarily  that  the money  would  only go  to  regional                                                              
 economic development  organizations.  Rather,  it could  also  be                                                              
 distributed  to  nonprofit  organizations  that  are  working  to                                                              
 prevent hardships.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LEVINE  stated that  Section 14  of HCS  CSSB  241(RLS) am  H                                                              
 gives the definition  of "organization" as  the meaning given  in                                                              
 AS 44.33.896.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:43:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP  highlighted that  $358 billion in  Small Business                                                               
Administration  funds are  going to  be available  in Alaska  and                                                               
nonprofits could qualify for those loans.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ questioned  whether  the definition  of                                                               
"organization"  needed   to  be   supplemented.  "I   think  it's                                                               
important  that we  get this  piece right  because we're  talking                                                               
about a lot  of money funneling through and we  want to make sure                                                               
it gets to where it needs to go," she said.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:44:45 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. ERVINE  advised that the  House floor amendment has  the same                                                               
definition  of   "organization"  as  the  meaning   given  in  AS                                                               
44.33.896.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL  observed that it  is the Alaska  Regional Economic                                                               
Assistance  Program, but  the Department  of Commerce,  Community                                                               
and  Economic Development  (DCCED) will  make and  distribute the                                                               
grants to organizations.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ added  that those grants will  go to the                                                               
regional economic development organizations.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL  said there  will be  accountability. He  asked Ms.                                                               
Lucky  to continue  and  give  a high  level  explanation of  the                                                               
transitions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY continued the sectional analysis.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 32 Authority for regulations for sections 22                                                                        
               (Public Assistance Hold Harmless) and 23                                                                         
               (Forbearance for State Loans).                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  LUCKY explained  that the  transition regulations  allow the                                                               
commissioner of  health and social services  to adopt regulations                                                               
to implement the hold harmless  provisions in Section 22; and the                                                               
commissioner of administration to  adopt regulations to implement                                                               
the forbearance of state loans in Section 23.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
      Sec. 33 Repeals the sections related to the disaster                                                                      
               declaration (except  reporting requirements),                                                                    
               income  determination for  public assistance,                                                                    
               forbearance  of  state loans,  and  financial                                                                    
               assistance   to   address   homelessness   on                                                                    
               November 15,  2020 or the  date on  which the                                                                    
                governor   declares   the   emergency   over,                                                                   
                whichever is earlier.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:47:37 PM                                                                                                                    
     Sec. 34 Repeals the reporting requirements on January                                                                      
                16, 2021.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 35 Repeals the sections related to moratoriums on                                                                     
                evictions, foreclosures and repossession of                                                                     
                vehicles on June 30, 2020.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 36 Repeals the sections related to witnessing                                                                       
                wills   by    videoconference,   unfair    or                                                                   
                deceptive trade  practices, state  access  to                                                                   
                stabilization funds, purchase of seafood  for                                                                   
                distribution,  and  tolling   of  Office   of                                                                   
                Administrative Hearings  deadlines  on  March                                                                   
                11, 2021.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY clarified that if there is a date in the  section, that                                                              
 is the  date  the provision  will  no  longer be  effective.  The                                                              
 repeal removes the  words from statute. If  there are dates  that                                                              
 conflict, it is the date in  the section of law that the  program                                                              
 ends.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 37 Repeals the temporary regulations on March 11,                                                                     
                2021.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
       Sec. 38 & 39 Retroactivity sections and immediate                                                                        
                effective date.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY  said Section  38 amends  uncodified law  to allow  for                                                              
 retroactivity. If the  bill doesn't pass on  time, this would  be                                                              
 retroactive to April 10,  2020 for certain sections, and  through                                                              
 March 11, 2020 for certain sections.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 8:50:42 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS.  LUCKY  advised  that  Senate  Finance  intended   to  insert                                                              
 unemployment  insurance   or  wage  recovery   in  the   economic                                                              
 mitigation package, but  found that putting  it in statute  might                                                              
 jeopardize funding from the  federal government, and the  federal                                                              
 benefit was better  anyway. She said  her understanding was  that                                                              
 $600  per week  would  be  provided  for  those  on  unemployment                                                              
 insurance as well  as those  in the  gig economy who  do not  pay                                                              
 into unemployment.  She deferred to  Senator Bishop  to add  more                                                              
 detail.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:52:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  noted that  she had  misstated the  extension for                                                               
will signing in  Section 25. He pointed out that  the language on                                                               
page 19, line 16, of the  bill says witnessing of will signing by                                                               
videoconference  will   be  extended  for  10   days  beyond  the                                                               
emergency extension outlined in Section  2. "This is the language                                                               
we all agreed to," he said.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH  then  referenced   the  earlier  question  about                                                               
whether   nonprofits   are   included  in   the   definition   of                                                               
"organization" in Section 14 on page  11, line 19. He pointed out                                                               
that for that section, the  definition has the same meaning given                                                               
in  AS   44.33.896(f)(2).  [The  definition   includes  nonprofit                                                               
organizations.]                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ thanked him  for putting that on record.                                                               
She  said  that's  important  because  nonprofits  are  important                                                               
resources  that provide  an  efficient means  to  get money  into                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL asked Ms. Lucky to review the fiscal notes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:55:06 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. LUCKY advised that there are  roughly 22 fiscal notes and she                                                               
would review them in groups of  those that have money, those that                                                               
are  indeterminant,  and  those  that are  zero  and  require  no                                                               
regulations.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. LUCKY  stated that Fiscal Notes  27 and 24 are  the only ones                                                               
that have money.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note  27.  Department: Department  of  Revenue;                                                                  
     Appropriation:  Alaska   Housing  Finance  Corporation;                                                                    
     Allocation: AHFC Operations;  OMB Component: 3048. This                                                                    
     is  a new  fiscal  note  for version  G.  There are  no                                                                    
     operation   costs    but   it   has    a   supplemental                                                                    
     appropriation   of    $5   million   for    grants   to                                                                    
     homelessness.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note  24.  Department: Department  of  Revenue;                                                                  
     Appropriation:   Taxation  and   Treasure;  Allocation:                                                                    
     Permanent Fund  Dividend Division; OMB  Component: 981.                                                                    
     There  is  an  estimated   supplemental  cost  of  $7.2                                                                    
     thousand  for   database  programing   associated  with                                                                    
     extending the filing season until April 30, 2020.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:57:14 PM                                                                                                                    
 MS. LUCKY advised that the next fiscal note is zero but it has                                                                 
 indeterminant costs associated to adopt emergency regulations.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  23. Department:  Office  of the  Governor;                                                                 
      Appropriation: Elections;  Allocation:  Elections;  OMB                                                                   
      Component: 21.  This  is a  zero  fiscal note  but  the                                                                   
      agency will  need  to  adopt emergency  regulations  to                                                                   
      implement vote by mail at a statewide level.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 8:57:46 PM                                                                                                                   
 MS. LUCKY said the next two fiscal notes are indeterminant. They                                                               
 will have a fiscal impact, but it is not clear what the impact                                                                 
 will be.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note 5. Department:  Department of Military  and                                                                 
      Veterans'   Affairs;   Appropriation:   Military    and                                                                   
      Veterans'   Affairs;   Allocation:   Office   of    the                                                                   
      Commissioner;  OMB   Component:   414.   This   is   an                                                                   
      indeterminant appropriation request.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal   Note   [17].    Department:   Department    of                                                                 
      Administration;   Appropriation:    Risk    Management;                                                                   
      Allocation: Risk Management; OMB Component: [71].  This                                                                   
      is an indeterminant appropriation request.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 MS. LUCKY advised that the next two Fiscal Notes have an                                                                       
 indeterminant change in revenue. The appropriation requests are                                                                
 zero but revenues will be less.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  28. Department:  Department  of Labor  and                                                                 
      Workforce    Development;    Appropriation:    Workers'                                                                   
      Compensation; Allocation:  Workers'  Compensation;  OMB                                                                   
      Component: 344. This is a new fiscal note due  to House                                                                   
      floor  Amendment  5  that  amends  uncodified   law  to                                                                   
      establish the  presumption  of  certain  categories  of                                                                   
      emergency response employees  and providers related  to                                                                   
      COVID-19. This  is  the presumption  of  compensability                                                                   
      [that was discussed in Section 15].                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  29.  Department: Department  of  Commerce,                                                                 
      Community  and  Economic  Development;   Appropriation:                                                                   
      Alaska Industrial  Development  and  Export  Authority;                                                                   
      Allocation: Alaska  Industrial Development  and  Export                                                                   
      Authority;   OMB   Component:   1234.   There   is   an                                                                   
      indeterminant change in revenue for AIDEA receipts  due                                                                   
      to the prohibition for the state as a lender to  find a                                                                   
      borrower in default, ask a court or arbitrator  to find                                                                   
     a borrower in  default, or seize or  seize or otherwise                                                                    
     obtain  collateral  from  a  borrower.  The  department                                                                    
     cannot predict the  fiscal impact SB 241  would have on                                                                    
     revolving loan  fund balances, but  if AIDEA  is unable                                                                    
     to  foreclose  on  debts,  losses  in  excess  of  $100                                                                    
     million could result.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:01:04 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. LUCKY advised that the rest of the fiscal notes are zero.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note 1.  Department:  Office  of the  Governor;                                                                  
     Appropriation:   Executive    Operations;   Allocation:                                                                    
     Executive Office; OMB Component: 6.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note   6.  Department:  Department   of  Public                                                                  
     Safety;  Appropriation: Statewide  Support; Allocation:                                                                    
     Criminal  Justice  Information   Systems  Program;  OMB                                                                    
     Component: 3200.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note  11.  Department: Department  of  Revenue;                                                                  
     Appropriation: Taxation  and Treasury;  Allocation: Tax                                                                    
     Division; OMB Component: 2476.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note 18.  Department:  Department of  Commerce,                                                                  
     Community  and   Economic  Development;  Appropriation:                                                                    
     Community and  Regional Affairs;  Allocation: Community                                                                    
     and Regional Affairs; OMB Component: 2879.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note 20.  Department:  Department of  Commerce,                                                                  
     Community  and   Economic  Development;  Appropriation:                                                                    
     Insurance     Operations;     Allocation:     Insurance                                                                    
     Operations; OMB Component: 354.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note 21.  Department:  Department of  Commerce,                                                                  
     Community  and   Economic  Development;  Appropriation:                                                                    
     Alaska  Energy  Authority;  Allocation:  Alaska  Energy                                                                    
     Authority  Power  Cost   Equalization;  OMB  Component:                                                                    
     2602.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note 22.  Department:  Department of  Commerce,                                                                  
     Community  and   Economic  Development;  Appropriation:                                                                    
     Regulatory    Commission    of   Alaska;    Allocation:                                                                    
     Regulatory Commission of Alaska; OMB Component: 2417.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Fiscal  Note 23.  Department: Office  of the  Governor;                                                                  
     Appropriation:  Elections;  Allocation: Elections;  OMB                                                                    
     Component: 21.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  25. Department: Department  of Health  and                                                                 
      Social   Services;   Appropriation:   Public    Health;                                                                   
      Allocation: Emergency Programs; OMB Component: 2877.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  26.  Department: Department  of  Commerce,                                                                 
      Community  and  Economic  Development;   Appropriation:                                                                   
      Investments; Allocation:  Investments;  OMB  Component:                                                                   
      383.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  30. Department: Department  of Health  and                                                                 
      Social  Services;  Appropriation:  Public   Assistance;                                                                   
      Allocation:  Public  Assistance  Field  Services;   OMB                                                                   
      Component: 236.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  31.  Department: Department  of  Commerce,                                                                 
      Community  and  Economic  Development;   Appropriation:                                                                   
      Corporations,  Business  and  Professional   Licensing;                                                                   
      Allocation:  Corporations,  Business  and  Professional                                                                   
      Licensing; OMB Component: 2360.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal   Note    32.    Department:    Department    of                                                                 
      Administration;       Appropriation:        Centralized                                                                   
      Administrative   Services;   Allocation:   Office    of                                                                   
      Administrative Hearings; OMB Component: 2771.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  33.  Department: Department  of  Commerce,                                                                 
      Community  and  Economic  Development;   Appropriation:                                                                   
      Banking  and   Securities;  Allocation:   Banking   and                                                                   
      Securities; OMB Component: 2808.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  34.  Department: Department  of  Education                                                                 
      and   Early    Development;    Appropriation:    Alaska                                                                   
      Commission  on  Postsecondary  Education;   Allocation:                                                                   
      Program Administration  &  Operations;  OMB  Component:                                                                   
      2738.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal  Note   35.  Department:   Department  of   Law;                                                                 
      Appropriation:   Civil   Division   Except    Contracts                                                                   
      Relating  to   Interpretation   of  Janus   v   AFSCME;                                                                   
      Allocation:  Deputy  Attorney  General's  Office;   OMB                                                                   
      Component: 2205.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
      Fiscal Note  36. Department: Department  of Health  and                                                                 
      Social  Services;  Appropriation:  Medicaid   Services;                                                                   
      Allocation: Medicaid Services; OMB Component: 3234.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:07:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COGHILL removed  his objection  and the  FCCS for  SB 241,                                                               
work order 31-GS2260\G, was adopted.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:07:59 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP moved  Amendment 31-GS2260\E.1, identified as                                                               
Conceptual Amendment 1.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                 31-GS2260\E.1                                                                  
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                     CONCEPTUAL AMENDMENT 1                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    OFFERED IN CONFERENCE                BY REPRESENTATIVE KOPP                                                                 
          TO:  FCCS SB 241, Draft Version "E"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 20, line 9, following "supplies":                                                                                     
          Insert "or, for a person in the business of                                                                           
       selling fuel, caused by normal fluctuations in the                                                                       
     market for fuel based on supply and demand"                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL objected for an explanation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  said the amendment is  conceptual because it                                                               
was drafted  to version E.  The change in  version G would  be on                                                               
page 20,  line 19. He  explained that the  sale of fuel  would be                                                               
exempted  from  the  list  of   supplies  subject  to  unfair  or                                                               
deceptive trade  practices. Fuel  acts more  like a  commodity in                                                               
the market  and this recognizes  that normal  market fluctuations                                                               
may fall  outside the parameters  in this provision.  He reported                                                               
that he  reviewed this exemption  with the member  who originally                                                               
offered  the   unfair  trade  practices  amendment   and  he  was                                                               
supportive.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:10:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH  said he  supports the  amendment with  the caveat                                                               
that this is  not the time for sellers to  take advantage of this                                                               
crisis to  hurt consumers. He  committed to  keep a close  eye on                                                               
price fluctuations and to seek redress if needed.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL  agreed that fuel  is a  commodity that  fluctuates                                                              
 widely. He  noted  that when  legislators  arrived in  Juneau  in                                                              
 January, the price  of a  barrel of oil  was $60 to  $65 and  now                                                              
 it's $20 to $25.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ  said she  supported the  amendment  but                                                              
 she also would  be watching to see  that Alaskans are  protected.                                                              
 She noted that when the price of fuel drops on  the international                                                              
 market, Alaskans  often do  not see  a commensurate  drop at  the                                                              
 fuel pump.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 9:12:28 PM                                                                                                                   
 CHAIR  COGHILL  removed  his   objection.  Finding  no   further,                                                              
 objection he announced that Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 9:12:42 PM                                                                                                                   
 REPRESENTATIVE   SPOHNHOLZ    moved   Amendment    31-GS2260\E.2,                                                              
 identified as Conceptual Amendment 2.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                 31-GS2260\E.2                                                                  
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                     CONCEPTUAL AMENDMENT 2                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN CONFERENCE                                                                                                      
           TO:  FCCS SB 241, Draft Version "E"                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
      Page 23, following line 10:                                                                                               
           Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                   
         "* Sec. 32. The uncodified law of the State of                                                                     
      Alaska is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                                        
           LIABILITY: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. (a) In                                                                     
      addition to the immunity available under  AS 09.65.091,                                                                   
      during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  public                                                                   
      health disaster emergency declared  by the governor  on                                                                   
      March 11, 2020, as  extended by sec. 2  of this Act,  a                                                                   
     health  care  provider   or  manufacturer  of  personal                                                                    
     protective equipment  is not  liable for  civil damages                                                                    
     resulting  from   an  act   or  omission   in  issuing,                                                                    
     providing,   or   manufacturing   personal   protective                                                                    
     equipment in the  event of injury or death  to the user                                                                    
     of the  personal protective  equipment if  the personal                                                                    
     protective   equipment   was   issued,   provided,   or                                                                    
     manufactured in  good faith to respond  to the COVID-19                                                                    
     public health disaster emergency.                                                                                          
          (b)  Nothing in this section precludes liability                                                                      
     for  civil damages  as a  result  of gross  negligence,                                                                    
     recklessness, or intentional misconduct.                                                                                   
          (c)  A health care provider or manufacturer of                                                                        
     personal  protective equipment  that issues,  provides,                                                                    
     or  manufactures   personal  protective   equipment  to                                                                    
     respond   to  the   COVID-19  public   health  disaster                                                                    
     emergency declared  by the governor on  March 11, 2020,                                                                    
     as extended  by sec.  2 of this  Act, shall  notify the                                                                    
     user  of the  personal  protective  equipment that  the                                                                    
     equipment  may not  meet established  federal standards                                                                    
     and requirements.                                                                                                          
          (d)  In this section, "health care provider" has                                                                      
     the meaning given in AS 18.15.395 and a nursing home."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 23, line 19:                                                                                                          
          Delete "Sections 1 - 4 and 6 - 20"                                                                                    
          Insert "Sections 1 - 4, 6 - 20, and 32"                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Page 23, line 27:                                                                                                          
          Delete "sec. 32"                                                                                                      
           Insert "sec. 33"                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      Page 24, line 1:                                                                                                          
          Delete "22 - 31"                                                                                                      
          Insert "22 - 32"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
 CHAIR COGHILL objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ  explained that  Conceptual Amendment  2                                                              
 ensures  civil  liability  protection  for  personal   protective                                                              
 equipment  (PPE)  that  is   manufactured  in  good  faith.   The                                                              
 purchaser or user  of the  equipment would be  informed that  the                                                              
 PPE was not necessarily in compliance with federal  guidelines so                                                              
 they could make  an informed  decision about how  and whether  to                                                              
 use  the  equipment.  However,  this  does  not   preclude  civil                                                              
 liability  for   gross   negligence,  neglect,   or   intentional                                                              
 misconduct. She  said the amendment  first came  through the  UAA                                                              
 Center  for   Economic  Development,   the  Business   Enterprise                                                              
 Institute, and the  Alaska Manufacturing Enterprise  Partnership.                                                              
 Health care  providers  were also  consulted  and would  like  it                                                              
 advanced so Alaskans can  step up and  help ensure there is  more                                                              
 PPE on the market.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 SENATOR  BEGICH  referenced  the   language  in  subsection   (b)                                                              
 regarding civil liability for gross negligence, recklessness,  or                                                              
 intentional  misconduct  and  asked   if  her  intent  was   that                                                              
 defective masks would be a civil liability issue.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 9:15:42 PM                                                                                                                   
 REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  related  that in  the public  safety  arena,                                                              
 officers  and  firefighters  are  specifically  warned  that  the                                                              
 personal protective equipment they  are issued may be  defective.                                                              
 Everyone is instructed to visually inspect each piece and  use it                                                              
 just once. It is recognized  in the industry that any  protective                                                              
 covering is not guaranteed to be without defect.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 SENATOR BISHOP, speaking as a former safety instructor  for about                                                              
 20 years, made two points. First is that it typically  takes more                                                              
 than 24 months for the National Institute of  Occupational Safety                                                              
 and Health  to  certify a  new  piece of  respiratory  protective                                                              
 equipment and this  crisis is now. Second,  people that use  this                                                              
 type of equipment  are trained to  fit test and  use PPE so  they                                                              
 know if a piece is defective.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 SENATOR BEGICH expressed satisfaction with the answers.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL  stated that  this is an  attempt to  have Alaskans                                                               
help Alaskans but purchasers and users should be alert.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:17:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COGHILL   removed  his   objection.  Finding   no  further                                                               
objection, he announced that Conceptual Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:17:56 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP move  Amendment 31-GS2260\E.4  identified as                                                               
Conceptual Amendment 3.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                 31-GS2260\E.4                                                                  
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                     CONCEPTUAL AMENDMENT 3                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    OFFERED IN CONFERENCE                                                                                                       
          TO:  FCCS SB 241, Draft Version "E"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page 18, following line 2:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new paragraph to read:                                                                                       
               "(A)  Alaska Housing Finance Corporation,                                                                        
          when the corporation is providing a loan that is                                                                      
          not a single family residential mortgage loan or                                                                      
          public housing assistance;"                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subparagraphs accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP directed attention  to Section 23 [subsection                                                               
(d)(3) on page 18 of version  G] relating to forbearance of state                                                               
loans. He  said this adds  Alaska Housing Finance  Corporation to                                                               
the  exceptions   under  the  definition  of   "state"  when  the                                                               
corporation  is  making   a  loan  that  is   not  single  family                                                               
residential or public housing assistance.  He deferred to Senator                                                               
Begich to provide further explanation.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:20:12 PM                                                                                                                    
 SENATOR  BEGICH  explained  that  the  current  bill  lists  five                                                              
 corporations or agencies  that are  excepted from forbearance  of                                                              
 state loans  and the amendment  adds the  Alaska Housing  Finance                                                              
 Corporation to the list of  exceptions, but it does not apply  to                                                              
 single   family   residential   mortgages   or   public   housing                                                              
 assistance. Those two programs  would be subject to  forbearance.                                                              
 The concern  was  that there  could  be an  inadvertent  hardship                                                              
 placed on residential mortgages or public housing.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 REPRESENTATIVE KOPP thanked him for the clarification.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 9:21:49 PM                                                                                                                   
 REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ  pointed  out  that  the  amendment  was                                                              
 crafted this  way to  allow  AHFC the  needed flexibility  to  do                                                              
 investment work to effectively achieve its public  mission. Those                                                              
 two loan programs were specifically carved out.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 9:22:32 PM                                                                                                                   
 CHAIR  COGHILL  removed   his  objection.   Finding  no   further                                                              
 objection, he announced that Conceptual Amendment 3  was adopted.                                                              
 Finding no further amendments, he solicited a motion.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 9:22:58 PM                                                                                                                   
 REPRESENTATIVE KOPP  moved the free  conference committee  report                                                              
 for SB  241 from  committee and  recommended that  the House  and                                                              
 Senate adopt the free conference committee substitute  (FCCS) for                                                              
 SB 241, work order 31-GS2260\G as amended, with  the accompanying                                                              
 fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 9:23:21 PM                                                                                                                   
 CHAIR COGHILL stated that the  motion before the committee is  to                                                              
 send a report to the respective bodies recommending  the approval                                                              
 of the free conference committee substitute for SB 241.  He asked                                                              
 if there was objection.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
 9:23:30 PM                                                                                                                   
 REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO objected to  comment on his anxiety  that                                                              
 the bill has  a lot  of moving parts.  He articulated  particular                                                              
 concern over  the moratoriums  on  residential utility  services,                                                              
 evictions,  and foreclosures  because  someone  will  be  on  the                                                              
 receiving  end of  these  moratoriums  at  some  point.  He  said                                                              
 legislators have heard  extensively from  landlords and that  has                                                              
 been well  covered, but  utilities are  providers  and there  are                                                              
 costs  associated with  generating  power.  It's  the  same  with                                                              
 foreclosures because  someone is  holding the  note.  He said  he                                                              
 hates to use the term  "keeping my fingers crossed" but he  hopes                                                              
 the committee is  doing the right  things in  this bill and  that                                                              
the legislature  is doing the right  things to deal with  and get                                                               
beyond  this pandemic.  He emphasized  that  all legislators  are                                                               
working to protect Alaska residents.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO repeated the  warning that trying to game                                                               
the system  to take  advantage of  any of  the provisions  in the                                                               
bill is  nothing to play  with. He reminded those  listening that                                                               
making  a  false  statement  to  take  advantage  of  the  relief                                                               
measures in  the bill would be  perjury. It is a  class B felony,                                                               
which carries  much more serious  ramifications than  many people                                                               
may realize, he said.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO removed his objection.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:26:21 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ  highlighted the  measure in  Section 20                                                               
that  the  House  added  to provide  for  power  companies  whose                                                               
ratepayers are unable  to pay their utility bills.  She cited the                                                               
work done with the Alaska Power  Association and the RCA to allow                                                               
power companies  to book uncollectable residential  utility bills                                                               
as regulatory assets  and then to recoup the  costs. In addition,                                                               
these companies  can collect power  cost equalization  money even                                                               
if their ratepayers  individually wouldn't be able  to pay, which                                                               
will be  particularly important for  rural energy  providers. She                                                               
concluded her comments:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     So we  worked really  hard to  craft a  compromise that                                                                    
     would  help address  those concerns.  I  wanted to  put                                                                    
     that on  the record for  people who might  be watching.                                                                    
     To know  that we  worked very hard  to try  to mitigate                                                                    
     some of the challenges  associated with pushing through                                                                    
     a very broad-ranging measure in short order.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COGHILL  thanked the  governor, the  House, and  the Senate                                                               
for their work in trying to help Alaskans.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:28:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP expressed  appreciation for  the untold  hours of                                                               
behind the scenes work that went into crafting the bill.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:28:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COGHILL requested a roll call on the motion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was  taken. Representatives Talerico, Spohnholz,                                                               
and  Kopp; and  Senators  Begich, Bishop,  and  Coghill voted  in                                                               
favor  of the  motion. Therefore,  the free  conference committee                                                               
report   for   SB   241  was   adopted   unanimously   with   the                                                               
 recommendation that the House and Senate each adopt FCCS SB 241.                                                               
 The vote was 3:0 by House members and 3:0 by Senate members.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 9:29:27 PM                                                                                                                   
 There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                  
 Chair Coghill adjourned the meeting of the Free Conference                                                                     
 Committee on SB 241 at 9:29 p.m.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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