Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

03/31/2015 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SCR 6 SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2015 TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCR 6 Out of Committee
*+ HB 160 REPEAL ART IN PUBLIC PLACES REQUIREMENT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 117 SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 117(STA) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
             HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 31, 2015                                                                                         
                           8:06 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bob Lynn, Chair                                                                                                  
Representative Wes Keller, Vice Chair                                                                                           
Representative David Talerico                                                                                                   
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Representative Max Gruenberg                                                                                                    
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins                                                                                          
Representative Liz Vazquez                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                              
Proclaiming April 2015 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SCR 6 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 160                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the art requirements for certain public                                                                     
buildings and facilities and to the funding of works of art."                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 117                                                                                                              
"An Act requiring a report on untested sexual assault                                                                           
examination kits; and providing for an effective date."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 117(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SCR 6                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2015                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) MEYER                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
03/02/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/02/15       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
03/10/15       (S)       STA AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/10/15       (S)       Moved SCR 6 Out of Committee                                                                           
03/10/15       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/11/15       (S)       STA RPT 5DP                                                                                            
03/11/15       (S)       DP:    STOLTZE,     COGHILL,    MCGUIRE,                                                               
                         WIELECHOWSKI, HUGGINS                                                                                  
03/16/15       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
03/16/15       (S)       VERSION: SCR 6                                                                                         
03/18/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/18/15       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
03/31/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 160                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: REPEAL ART IN PUBLIC PLACES REQUIREMENT                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) GATTIS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
03/23/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/23/15       (H)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
03/31/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 117                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS                                                                                    
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TARR                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
02/18/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/18/15       (H)       STA, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
03/26/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/26/15       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/26/15       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/31/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
EDNA MORELAND, Staff                                                                                                            
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented SCR 6 on behalf of Senator Meyer,                                                              
prime sponsor.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY BROWN, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during the                                                              
hearing on SCR 6.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN GATTIS                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented CSHB 160 as prime sponsor.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ENZINA MARRARI, Curator                                                                                                         
Public Arts Program                                                                                                             
Municipality of Anchorage                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the hearing                                                               
on CSHB 160.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHANNON DAUT, Executive Director                                                                                                
Alaska State Council on the Arts                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the hearing                                                               
on CSHB 160.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE COATES McGRATH                                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the hearing                                                               
on HB 160.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
KESLER WOODWARD                                                                                                                 
Vice Chair                                                                                                                      
Alaska State Council on the Arts                                                                                                
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the hearing                                                               
on CSHB 160.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUNE ROGERS, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Fairbanks Arts Association                                                                                                      
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the hearing                                                               
on CSHB 160.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY DeCHERNEY, Executive Director                                                                                             
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition during the hearing                                                               
on CSHB 160.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARRAN TARR                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented CSHB 117 as prime sponsor.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
RAY FRIEDLANDER, Staff                                                                                                          
Representative Gerran Tarr                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Discussed changes in HB 117,  Version E, on                                                             
behalf of Representative Tarr, prime sponsor.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ORIN DYM, Forensic Laboratory Manager                                                                                           
Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory                                                                                    
Department of Public Safety                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Answered questions  during the  hearing on                                                             
CSHB 117.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DEAN WILLIAMS, Special Assistant                                                                                                
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Public Safety                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions  during the hearing on HB                                                             
117.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA CLER, Manager                                                                                                           
Alaska Public Affairs                                                                                                           
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   During the  hearing on CSHB  117, testified                                                             
in support.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
NANCY PORTO                                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   During the  hearing on CSHB  117, testified                                                             
in support.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:06:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BOB LYNN called the  House State Affairs Standing Committee                                                             
meeting to  order at 8:06  a.m.  Representatives  Keller, Kreiss-                                                               
Tomkins, Stutes, Talerico,  and Lynn were present at  the call to                                                               
order.   Representatives  Gruenberg  and Vazquez  arrived as  the                                                               
meeting was in progress.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
        SCR 6-SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH:APRIL 2015                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:07:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
SENATE  CONCURRENT RESOLUTION  NO. 6,  Proclaiming April  2015 as                                                               
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:07:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EDNA  MORELAND,   Staff,  Senator   Kevin  Meyer,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, explained that SCR 6  proclaims April 2015 as sexual                                                               
assault  awareness month  which is  an annual  campaign to  raise                                                               
public awareness  and educate communities and  individuals on how                                                               
to  prevent  sexual assault  violence  across  the nation.    She                                                               
described  sexual assault  violence  as a  serious public  health                                                               
problem affecting one  in five women, and one  in seventy-one men                                                               
in  their   lifetime.    However,   in  Alaska,  the   rates  are                                                               
approximately two  and one-half  times the national  average and,                                                               
she noted, statistics do not  [accurately] represent the problems                                                               
as  often victims  do  not  report the  violence  to the  police.                                                               
Sexual  assault  violence can  lead  to  long term  physical  and                                                               
mental health problems; therefore,  she pointed out that bringing                                                               
awareness  to the  crime of  sexual assault  and recognizing  the                                                               
enormity of the  problem can be properly  addressed and prevented                                                               
by lifting the veil of secrecy hiding these horrific crimes.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:09:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY  BROWN,  Executive  Director, Alaska  Network  on  Domestic                                                               
Violence and Sexual  Assault, advised that the  Alaska Network on                                                               
Domestic   Violence   and   Sexual  Assault   is   comprised   of                                                               
approximately 20  victim service  agencies throughout  the state.                                                               
Sexual assault and sexual abuse of  minors is a problem in Alaska                                                               
and, she acknowledged there are  many people performing good work                                                               
in assisting victims and survivors.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  asked Ms. Brown to  describe two to three  hurdles in                                                               
reducing sexual violence,  and where to start in  that people may                                                               
be reluctant to report the violence.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BROWN emphasized  "prevention,  prevention, prevention,"  in                                                               
that  sexual  assault  violence   prevention  education  must  be                                                               
present in every area that  male and female children and/or young                                                               
adults reside  and [the legislature]  should review  the criminal                                                               
arena for improvement.   She pointed out that in  2012 there were                                                               
804 reported cases of sexual assault  and of those 804, 8 percent                                                               
resulted  in some  type of  correction, which  sends the  message                                                               
"why should I  report."  She said she has  asked attorneys in the                                                               
legal  system,  Department  of  law  attorneys,  and  paralegals,                                                               
should they  be sexually assaulted  would they report,  and eight                                                               
out of ten said  "No, because they just don't want  to have to go                                                               
through the long process."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:12:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN interjected "where the victim gets victimized twice."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BROWN  agreed, and related that  people want to move  on even                                                               
though they want the "bad  guy" caught.  She suggested shortening                                                               
the time  a criminal  case is addressed,  and truly  investing in                                                               
prevention work for sexual violence.   She noted there has been a                                                               
slow  reduction in  teen  sexual violence  within  the past  five                                                               
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN closed  public testimony  after  ascertaining no  one                                                               
further wished to testify.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:14:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER moved  to report  SCR 6  out of  committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.   There being no  objection, SCR  6 was reported  from the                                                               
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
         HB 160-REPEAL ART IN PUBLIC PLACES REQUIREMENT                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:14:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  announced that  the next of  business would  be HOUSE                                                               
BILL  NO. 160,  "An  Act  relating to  the  art requirements  for                                                               
certain public  buildings and  facilities and  to the  funding of                                                               
works of art."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:14:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KELLER  moved   to   adopt  proposed   committee                                                               
substitute  for  HB  160, labeled  29-LS0696\H,  as  the  working                                                               
document.   There being  no objection, Version  H was  before the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:15:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN  GATTIS, Alaska State Legislature,  said that                                                               
between 2004-2013,  the Department  of Transportation  and Public                                                               
Facilities, the  Department of  Education and  Early Development,                                                               
and the Alaska Court System  spent a combined total of $9,129,581                                                               
on art programs expenditures.   She explained there are two parts                                                               
to Version  H:   enacting a five-year  moratorium on  one percent                                                               
funding for  art in public places,  July 1, 2015 -  July 1, 2020;                                                               
enacting a sunset  date on the art works in  public buildings and                                                               
facilities' statute,  as well  as the art  in public  place fund.                                                               
She  pointed out  that  the  original bill  did  not discuss  the                                                               
moratorium  but  the Arts  Council  requested  time in  which  to                                                               
become  self-sufficient as  it recognized  that the  goal of  the                                                               
bill is  to no  longer fund  one percent for  arts.   She advised                                                               
that the  compromise of the  five-year moratorium is  not funding                                                               
but allows the Art Council to sell  art work and lend art work to                                                               
become  self-sufficient.   She  acknowledged  that  she "read  it                                                               
backwards," and  said Version A  repealed all  statutes requiring                                                               
one percent funding  for art in public  buildings and facilities,                                                               
as well  as amending other  statutes referencing the  one percent                                                               
for arts.   Version H, she pointed out,  changes that requirement                                                               
for  one  percent  funding  for   art  in  public  buildings  and                                                               
facilities with  a five-year  moratorium July 1,  2015 -  July 1,                                                               
2020, it  also includes  a sunset  date on AS  35.27, the  art in                                                               
public  places fund.   She  advised that  the legislature  can no                                                               
longer afford  to offer these  nice things, that  the legislature                                                               
values  art and  artists, but  the state  will no  longer sponsor                                                               
them.  She  offered hope that the Arts Council  will become self-                                                               
sufficient.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:18:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN noted that currently  the arts receive one percent and                                                               
asked how much money would this  put back into the main stream to                                                               
be used for other purposes in a time of fiscal shortages.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS responded  it would put one  percent of the                                                               
project ...                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN restated, in approximate  dollars, how much more money                                                               
would the state have to spend for other things.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS answered, "I guess  ... if you don't have a                                                               
project then  you don't have  any money  for that one  percent of                                                               
that project."   She  noted that  the legislature  is considering                                                               
not funding capital projects, specifically  schools, at this time                                                               
and remarked from the schools' standpoint ...                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN interjected  that money not spent on  anything will go                                                               
back into the general fund to be spent on other necessary items.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS  replied that  whatever one percent  of the                                                               
project is, that is how much will be saved.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN asked  how  one  qualifies to  have  a  piece of  art                                                               
displayed.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GATTIS   responded  that   it  is   different  in                                                               
different  places, although,  at one  time within  the Matanuska-                                                               
Susitna School  District the  Wasilla Art  Group and  the Wasilla                                                               
High School Principal chose the art.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN surmised that artists  submit the art or a description                                                               
of the art and someone decides.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS offered the  examples of the particular art                                                               
program at Wasilla  High School, or art being chosen  by a school                                                               
board, and  it can be  decided in  a different manner  within the                                                               
same community.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:21:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO advised  he is torn by the  fact that the                                                               
art, within  his involvement with  the municipal  government, was                                                               
created  by  local artists  and  Alaska  residents, and  although                                                               
there will  be a savings  there is  also the benefit  of allowing                                                               
Alaskan artists  a market.   He said  he is struggling  with this                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GATTIS  referred to  his comments and  stated that                                                               
is the  reason she  compromised with the  Arts Council  to assist                                                               
them  in becoming  self-sufficient  within the  next five  years.                                                               
She put forth that  it is not her desire to  take away from local                                                               
Alaskan  artists,  but  rather to  recognize  that  within  these                                                               
budgetary  times  the  Arts  Council   believes  it  can  develop                                                               
creative ideas to become self-sufficient.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:23:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ENZINA  MARRARI, Curator,  Public Arts  Program, Municipality  of                                                               
Anchorage,  said in  the 15  years she  has lived  in Alaska  has                                                               
known several individuals who have  benefited from the public art                                                               
program as they have been  awarded opportunities for professional                                                               
growth, development, financial  sustainability, and exposure both                                                               
locally and  nationally.   Additionally, she  said, she  has seen                                                               
Anchorage  and the  state benefit  from this  program by  gaining                                                               
cultural,  social, and  economic  value.   She  pointed out  that                                                               
Alaska was a pioneer in the  national movement, such as 8th grade                                                               
art  work  in  public  buildings and  adopting  the  public  arts                                                               
statute in 1975.  She expressed  that losing this legacy would be                                                               
a  tremendous loss  for Alaska  and yet  would have  virtually no                                                               
impact on the state's operating or capital budgets.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
She  pointed out  that the  City of  Anchorage and  the State  of                                                               
Alaska aspire to offer areas people  prefer to live and visit and                                                               
a  strong public  art expression  offers  communities a  stronger                                                               
sense of  place and identity.   Therefore, she  expressed, public                                                               
art  reflects  community  and  cultural  identities  and  creates                                                               
public  investment  and  pride  in  the  city  and  state.    She                                                               
explained  that  funds  from percent  for  art  commissions  also                                                               
support fabricators, electricians,  welders, engineers, and other                                                               
skilled workers.   According  to Americans  for the  Arts, cities                                                               
with an active and dynamic  cultural scene are more attractive to                                                               
individuals and businesses.  She  said that public art stimulates                                                               
learning about art, environments,  inter-connected lives, and the                                                               
social  sphere as  a whole.    Investing helps  to diversify  the                                                               
state's  art economy  through recognition  of  the roles  artists                                                               
play as small business owners.   Lastly, she advised, HB 160 will                                                               
not  impact  the state's  overall  operating  or capital  budgets                                                               
because  percent  for art  funds  are  specifically allocated  to                                                               
construction  budgets and  would likely  be reallocated  to other                                                               
construction expenses within each individual project.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN advised  that the bill is not for  or against art, but                                                               
is a moratorium on one percent for art.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:30:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHANNON  DAUT, Executive  Director, Alaska  State Council  on the                                                               
Arts, explained that at the time  one percent for art was passed,                                                               
the  State of  Alaska was  16  years old,  and a  pioneer in  the                                                               
movement  of  integrating  public   art  into  public  buildings.                                                               
Thereby,  she   said,  creating   a  more  open   and  assessable                                                               
environment for  interaction within  public spaces.   Through the                                                               
years  an  incredible collection  of  assets  has been  developed                                                               
reflecting  the state's  cultural history  and, she  pointed out,                                                               
these  assets are  the  sole part  of  construction budgets  that                                                               
appreciates over time.   She then discussed the  role the program                                                               
plays  for  artists  in  making   a  living,  improving  Alaska's                                                               
financial  picture, quality  of life,  and outlined  the national                                                               
standards that  the Alaska State  Council on the Arts  adheres to                                                               
when presenting  a commission.   She  expressed that  the council                                                               
understands the  budget situation  and everyone feels  like "they                                                               
are   in    this   together,"    but   this    moratorium   would                                                               
disproportionally cut the  arts and artists, and  the percent for                                                               
arts program  was designed  to contract  when the  capital budget                                                               
shrinks, "it's kind of built in, in the cake."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:35:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN asked for clarification  as to whether Ms. Daut stated                                                               
"art is part of the eco-system."                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  DAUT responded  that artists  must  be smart  in creating  a                                                               
career for  themselves as independent sole  proprietor and within                                                               
this  eco-system there  are a  variety of  different things  that                                                               
assists  artists  in  moving  forward.     She  related  that  it                                                               
includes:  professional   development,  gallery   sales,  gallery                                                               
representation,  working in  schools with  children, teaching  at                                                               
universities or in schools, and  that public art is a significant                                                               
component of that.   Finances are just one piece,  as within each                                                               
of  the projects  contractors, fabricators,  welders, are  hired,                                                               
and often artists going through  the process of public commission                                                               
are  able  to   hone  their  skills  with  a   greater  level  of                                                               
sophistication in which they approach  their businesses.  Lastly,                                                               
she said,  the public art  commission can help gain  exposure for                                                               
artists nationally and internationally.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:37:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE  COATES McGRATH,  Anchorage,  Alaska, said  she  grew up  in                                                               
Anchorage, is a graphic designer  and artist, and that her mother                                                               
Pam Coates  was very  involved in the  percent for  arts program.                                                               
She said the rich culture  and environment inspired her to become                                                               
an  artist, so  she traveled  to Los  Angeles to  attend an  arts                                                               
school for design, and returned to  Alaska a few years ago due to                                                               
the naturally rich  beauty and culturally rich  communities.  She                                                               
related that public  art provides access to everyone,  and can be                                                               
inspirational through  its stories in  a manner beyond  the reach                                                               
of common language.   It is important to  provide children access                                                               
to art even  though their parents may not be  deeply involved, as                                                               
some of the children continue  on and become artists, architects,                                                               
and designers,  which impacts  the world in  positive ways.   She                                                               
stressed  that public  art is  essential to  communities and  she                                                               
would be disappointed  to see the rich  cultural element hampered                                                               
in any manner.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:41:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KESLER WOODWARD,  Vice Chair, Alaska  State Council on  the Arts,                                                               
said he is  testifying on his own behalf and  as the president of                                                               
the  Alaska Arts  and Culture  Foundation,  not for  profit.   He                                                               
fervently urged  the committee  not to  be lulled  into believing                                                               
that the five  year moratorium will have an effect  other than to                                                               
kill  this   highly  successful   work  program,  and   that  the                                                               
moratorium will  have no  positive impact on  state budgets.   He                                                               
pointed  out that  40  years ago,  when Alaska  was  a young  and                                                               
visionary state, Alaska became the  third state in the country to                                                               
adopt the  percent for art  law and  currently more than  half of                                                               
the states have thriving programs of  this sort.  He related that                                                               
he has  a sense of what  Yogi Berra famously called  "Déjà vu all                                                               
over again,"  as over the  decades legislation has  been proposed                                                               
several times to repeal  this law.  The issue of  the cost of the                                                               
program has  been raised over  the decades and, he  remarked, the                                                               
issue  was successfully  explained  in that  repeal  of this  law                                                               
would not save  the state any money because  the statute requires                                                               
that  one   percent  of  existing  "state   capital  construction                                                               
budgets" be  used for art  in public  buildings.  He  pointed out                                                               
that  repealing  this  law  will  not lower  the  cost  of  state                                                               
buildings and will  only impoverish the "built"  environment.  He                                                               
reminded   the  committee   that  it   has  received   compelling                                                               
testimonies  from  councils  and  artists  on  these  facts,  and                                                               
reiterated  that there  is no  state funding  on top  of existing                                                               
capital construction budgets.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:45:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KELLER   referred   Mr.   Woodward   and   other                                                               
testimonies that [repeal] would have  absolutely no effect on the                                                               
operating or  capital budget.   He stressed that while  he deeply                                                               
appreciates  the value  of art  and the  enrichment of  Alaskans,                                                               
there is a portion of state  revenue being spent.  He opined that                                                               
the  blanket  statement goes  too  far  by  declaring it  has  no                                                               
effect.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOODWARD  answered that  state building  cost what  they cost                                                               
and allocations are made within  the capital construction budget,                                                               
and those figures are set.   He explained that one percent is not                                                               
added on top of that capital  construction budget in order to buy                                                               
art as that art comes out  of that budget the same as "everything                                                               
else."  It goes for the  same things the rest of the construction                                                               
budget goes for  such as, design, engineering,  and outfitting of                                                               
those buildings.   He said if  this one percent was  not spent on                                                               
art, it would  be spent on such things as  windows, flooring, and                                                               
bathrooms.  He offered that a  successful case has been made over                                                               
the years that eliminating this  program won't save any money and                                                               
that it  is a false belief  to think that the  building will cost                                                               
one percent less, as the building will cost just the same.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:47:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KELLER  commented  that  he  has  a  construction                                                               
background  and if  there is  a  one percent  requirement on  the                                                               
cost, assuming  this is  all operated  on a  bid system,  it does                                                               
have  an impact  on  the bids.   He  referred  to Mr.  Woodward's                                                               
statement that 40  other states have similar  programs, and asked                                                               
whether they are all state sponsored programs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOODWARD clarified that he said  just over half of the states                                                               
in the  country now have  a program of  this sort, and  26 states                                                               
with a percent for arts  program mandates that a small percentage                                                               
of funding is included for state funded buildings.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:49:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  passed the gavel  to Vice Chair  Keller as he  had to                                                               
leave and  present a  bill in the  Senate State  Affairs Standing                                                               
Committee.  He advised that he  supports CSHB 160, and would like                                                               
to move it out of committee.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:50:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUNE  ROGERS,  Executive  Director, Fairbanks  Arts  Association,                                                               
expressed  concern  for  CSHB  160,  and  acknowledged  the  dire                                                               
circumstances before  the legislature  and is grateful  for their                                                               
pursuit  of budget  solutions.   However,  she  said, she  cannot                                                               
support the advancement  of this bill as the  economics of budget                                                               
decisions do  not hold up to  scrutiny.  Repealing the  act would                                                               
not  bring  new  dollars  to  the  budget,  rather  it  would  be                                                               
reallocated  to other  costs in  each individual  capital project                                                               
budget.   She pointed  out that when  investing state  dollars in                                                               
public art  or enhancements,  it is  important to  understand the                                                               
results  expected.    Artists  are a  significant  segment  of  a                                                               
community's  diversity of  economics,  she  described, and  their                                                               
work is important to the  advancement of their own small business                                                               
ventures and those of their suppliers.   She pointed out that the                                                               
appreciation of a  piece of art is something to  think about, and                                                               
questioned  which  segment  of Alaska's  economy  is  expendable.                                                               
There are areas of excess in  the budget that can and should have                                                               
been  cut  before being  compelled  to  reckon with  the  current                                                               
budget problems, she expressed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:53:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY  DeCHERNEY, Executive  Director, Juneau  Arts &  Humanities                                                               
Council, referred  to the questions  regarding whether  the state                                                               
is saving money  by eliminating the percent for  art, and advised                                                               
that  simply because  "it is  a percentage  of something  that if                                                               
there is  no ... a  percent of zero is  still zero."   She opined                                                               
that  she does  not  know whether  there is  an  analysis of  the                                                               
income actually seen from having  public art in Alaska's airports                                                               
and public  buildings, and  noted that  the Juneau  State Capitol                                                               
Building is  a source  of tourist destination  having to  do with                                                               
its history and  also the beautiful building with  pieces of art.                                                               
The business  of jobs  has come  forward and  the amount  of work                                                               
developed by local  artists and they are working hard  to use the                                                               
arts in a creative fashion to  make Juneau a center for Northwest                                                               
Coast art, she explained.   Ms. DeCherney suggested the committee                                                               
to not  only consider the  one percent  savings over a  period of                                                               
time, but  to also contemplate what  might be lost over  a period                                                               
of time by not investing art into Alaska's public.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR KELLER  closed  public  testimony after  ascertaining                                                               
that no one further wished to testify.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:55:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG offered  that  his  step-father was  an                                                               
artist and  his art work  appears in San Francisco,  and somewhat                                                               
in Alaska.   He said  he has no  financial interest in  this, but                                                               
has a spiritual  interest and agrees with those  who have weighed                                                               
in against this bill.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:57:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS offered  concerns about  the bill,                                                               
and  although he  appreciates the  intent and  motivation of  the                                                               
sponsor  given the  current climate,  opined that  this would  be                                                               
looking in  the wrong direction.   He referred  to Representative                                                               
Talerico's comments  in that with  one percent for the  art there                                                               
are very  small commissions  parceled out to  local artists.   He                                                               
said that not  only does this money stay local,  it stays "ultra-                                                               
local"  and continually  recirculates creating  a huge  amount of                                                               
activity  proportional to  the relatively  small amount  of money                                                               
being discussed.   In reviewing the economic  sense, he described                                                               
a huge return  for a small investment.  He  advised that he spoke                                                               
with someone in this building  regarding the University of Alaska                                                               
system  who  believes the  University  of  Alaska should  be  the                                                               
University  for Alaska.   He  related differences  when comparing                                                               
the  University of  Kansas to  the University  of Alaska  in that                                                               
various campuses  speak to programs such  as, arctic engineering,                                                               
GEO  physics,  and  cold  climate  housing  research.    He  then                                                               
referred  to  buildings in  Alaska,  public  schools, and  public                                                               
facilities  and said  it is  important that  the places  Alaskans                                                               
live and  work do not  look like buildings  in other states.   He                                                               
said  in  growing up  around  Alaska,  the  one percent  for  art                                                               
effectively differentiated  and presented  students with  a sense                                                               
of place and identity, and possibly patriotism for Alaska.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:00:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER  commented that some of the  testimony makes it                                                               
appear this is a vote for  or against art, which puts everyone in                                                               
a bad  spot.  He  opined that the  question is whether  the state                                                               
will subsidize  art, even though it  has been portrayed as  not a                                                               
subsidy  and  rather an  innocent  requirement  that one  percent                                                               
extra be  spent on public buildings.   He further opined  that it                                                               
translates out to subsidy.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:00:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GRUENBERG commented  that his  former brother-in-                                                               
law,  a well-known  local artist,  sculpted the  bear across  the                                                               
street, the bears at DiPac, and  will be sculpting the whale.  He                                                               
related  that everyone  in  Juneau views  those  sculptures on  a                                                               
daily basis.  He said he will not be offering amendments.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:02:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER announced HB 160 was held over.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
             HB 117-SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION KITS                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:02:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR KELLER  announced  that the  last  order of  business                                                               
would  be HOUSE  BILL  NO. 117,  "An Act  requiring  a report  on                                                               
untested sexual  assault examination  kits; and providing  for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:03:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES  moved  to adopt  the  proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)   for  HB  117,  Version   29-LS0386\E,  Martin,                                                               
3/27/15,  as the  working document.   There  being no  objection,                                                               
Version E was before the committee.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:03:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:03 a.m. to 9:04 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:04:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   GARRAN  TARR,   Alaska  State   Legislature,  in                                                               
response to  Representative Gruenberg, advised that  the previous                                                               
version was W.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:06:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RAY FRIEDLANDER, Staff, Representative  Gerran Tarr, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, advised that the changes  in Version E include: page                                                               
1, line 7,  changed date from July 1, 2015  to September 1, 2015;                                                               
page  1, line  13, changed  date  from September  to November  1,                                                               
2015; page  2, lines  10-16, the  definition of  "untested sexual                                                               
assault kit" was  expanded to include the  phrase "with evidence"                                                               
(line 11)  in order  to ascertain the  audit is  specifically for                                                               
kits with evidence, as opposed to  kits not utilized by local law                                                               
enforcement agencies and state departments.   In addition to that                                                               
change,  she   said,  the  sponsor  further   elaborated  on  the                                                               
definition to include not only  kits that have been collected and                                                               
not submitted to the lab, but  also collected kits that have been                                                               
submitted  to  the  lab  and   not  yet  processed  with  DNA  or                                                               
serological testing.   She reiterated this is to  ensure that the                                                               
audit only includes kits with  evidence, and the expansion of the                                                               
definition to encompass the crime lab.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:09:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR  KELLER  requested  the history  of  where  the  kits                                                               
originated as credit is due,  and assumed the motivation was that                                                               
the  kits would  be  a  tool readily  available  for medical  and                                                               
enforcement to ensure the rape was properly investigated.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR responded  that this idea was  brought to her                                                               
attention  by  a  national organization  working  throughout  the                                                               
country in  addressing the  backlog of untested  rape kits.   The                                                               
motivation,  she  offered,  is regarding  the  violent  criminals                                                               
still on  the streets due  to untested  kits and the  DNA results                                                               
not  entered  into  a  database associating  them  with  rape  or                                                               
another  crime.   She  expressed  surprise that  there  is not  a                                                               
uniform protocol  for the 150  law enforcement  agencies involved                                                               
in the process.  She  described the legislation as an opportunity                                                               
to  get everyone  on  the  same page,  coordinating  the work  to                                                               
ensure  a  better understanding  of  what  is happening  in  this                                                               
state,  and  allowing  the  state  to  possibly  seek  additional                                                               
resources.  She  referred to Mr. Orin Dym's  testimony during the                                                               
previous   meeting,  who   advised  that   currently  there   are                                                               
approximately 170  untested rape kits  at the crime lab  and, she                                                               
stated,  the audit  could  reveal a  process  of seeking  outside                                                               
funds in  addressing the backlog.   Representative  Tarr referred                                                               
to Ms. Brown's  earlier testimony that it can be  difficult for a                                                               
victim to participate  in the ongoing criminal  procedures due to                                                               
the length of time taken to process cases, and thereby being re-                                                                
victimized on a continual basis by reliving the traumatic event.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:13:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR KELLER  stated that  the rape  kits are  different in                                                               
every state  and are not  standardized.  Currently, the  kits are                                                               
available as  a voluntary tool and  that parts of the  kit can be                                                               
used  [for   other  incomplete  kits]   and,  he   asked  whether                                                               
Representative Tarr  had considered that formalizing  the process                                                               
may  have an  unintended consequence.    He posed  a scenario  of                                                               
medical staff  not using parts  of the  kit due to  the paperwork                                                               
imposed.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR advised that  there is a standardized process                                                               
once a  kit is  open and  medical staff  collects evidence.   She                                                               
related that there  is not a standard process as  to what happens                                                               
next in terms of whether the kit  is put on an evidence shelf and                                                               
sits  there for  a  long  period of  time  until  the case  moves                                                               
forward, or whether  the kit is always sent in  for testing.  The                                                               
audit   will  identify   best  practices   and  provide   a  more                                                               
standardized  process and,  in  the event  a  piece hindered  the                                                               
process, she opined  that the public safety  people are available                                                               
to avoid that from happening.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:15:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER  referred to the term "collected"  in the bill,                                                               
and  noted that  within  the  audit process  it  must be  decided                                                               
whether or not  "collected" means that is it  there for evidence,                                                               
or whatever.   He pointed  out that  the audit will  force things                                                               
such as  that, and noted the  term "collected" is not  defined in                                                               
the  bill and  suggested  that possibly  it  should be  included,                                                               
rather than using it as a lever for reform.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  FRIEDLANDER replied,  with regard  to the  term "collected,"                                                               
Legislative Legal  and Research Service  expanded on it  with the                                                               
phrase "with evidence."  She explained  it is a kit that has been                                                               
collected with evidence.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER  related that as he read the  definition it was                                                               
not clear,  "with evidence," although, if  the definition stopped                                                               
there  he would  understand  it.   He  said that  parts  1 and  2                                                               
discuss, "that  have been collected  ... and have  been collected                                                               
and submitted,"  and asked whether  that language  is sufficient.                                                               
He offered  that possibly it is  enough to put it  on the record,                                                               
and wanted to be sure it was on the table.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:17:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR advised  that Dean  Williams, Department  of                                                               
Public Safety, is available to address Chair Keller's concerns.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR KELLER  restated  his question  and  asked whether  a                                                               
definition  of "collected,"  is necessary,  or whether  to define                                                               
the nexus between "what is evidence and what is collected."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:18:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ORIN DYM,  Forensic Laboratory  Manager, Alaska  Scientific Crime                                                               
Detection Laboratory, Department of  Public Safety, answered that                                                               
with regard to  the term "'collected,' once a  sexual assault kit                                                               
is  used for  the  collection  of evidence,  I  find the  meaning                                                               
clear" as  they are counting kits  once the seals are  broken and                                                               
evidence is collected.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER  surmised that once the hospital uses  a kit it                                                               
is automatically evidence as far as Mr. Dym is concerned.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  DYM  answered correct,  in  that  once  it is  collected  it                                                               
becomes evidence.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR  KELLER asked whether  that is a new  definition here.                                                               
He  noted, from  the  previous hearing,  there  are cases  within                                                               
enforcement where  a piece  may have  used out of  a kit  and the                                                               
alleged  victim decided  not  to proceed.    Therefore, there  is                                                               
collected  evidence that  hasn't been  processed properly  by the                                                               
state  and,   thereby,  perhaps   exacerbated  the   problem  the                                                               
committee is trying to fix, he suggested.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. DYM said  whether or not a case is  prosecuted doesn't change                                                               
the fact that  it is still evidence,  and whether or not  it is a                                                               
prosecutable cases  has no bearing on  the fact that it  is still                                                               
evidence collected from a crime scene.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:20:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR  KELLER  restated his  question,  and  asked  whether                                                               
currently  there  is  evidence   that  is  not  being  considered                                                               
evidence because it was not forwarded.   He pointed out that if a                                                               
piece of the kit  is used, that is evidence as far  as Mr. Dym is                                                               
concerned, which means the Department  of Public Safety must keep                                                               
the kit  and warehouse it  forever.  He  opined that that  is not                                                               
how the kits are really being used, but he could be wrong.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  DYM said  he was  trying to  understand [the  question], and                                                               
remarked  that  if  a  kit  is  utilized  to  collect  biological                                                               
material, that  kit is evidence.   In the event a  partial kit is                                                               
utilized,  he explained,  that  is still  evidence.   Within  the                                                               
process of identifying  kits that have not been  submitted to the                                                               
laboratory (kits  utilized in  the collection  of evidence)  if a                                                               
piece of the kit has been  utilized in evidence collection and is                                                               
removed from  the kit that may  be difficult to identify,  and he                                                               
does not have an answer for that question.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
VICE   CHAIR  KELLER   asked  Mr.   Dean  Williams   whether  his                                                               
understanding of evidence is correct.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:22:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEAN  WILLIAMS, Special  Assistant, Office  of the  Commissioner,                                                               
Department of Public Safety, responded  that from the perspective                                                               
of the Department  of Public Safety (DPS), the  language is clear                                                               
in terms  of what is  being counted.  He  described it as  a good                                                               
effort because  DPS does not know  to what extent there  may be a                                                               
problem but  if there  is one,  even a small  one, DPS  should be                                                               
aware and develop a plan.  He  remarked that DPS knows what it is                                                               
dealing with in terms of untested  kits, and if there is evidence                                                               
in a kit there  may be a good reason why the  kit was not tested,                                                               
but DPS should  perform a hand count  and audit.  He  said DPS is                                                               
supportive of the efforts for these reasons.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:23:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER  surmised that Mr. Williams  was discussing the                                                               
entire  bill, and  asked whether  he was  specifically discussing                                                               
the new definition in Version E,  Section 1, page 2, lines 10-16,                                                               
which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
       (d) In this section, "untested sexual examination                                                                        
        kit" means a sexual assault examination kit with                                                                        
     evidence that                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
               (1) has been collected but that has not been                                                                     
     submitted to  a laboratory operated or  approved by the                                                                    
     Department of  Public Safety  for either  a serological                                                                    
     or DNA test; or                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
               (2) has been collected and submitted to a                                                                        
     laboratory operated  or approved  by the  Department of                                                                    
     Public Safety  but that  has not  had a  serological or                                                                    
     DNA test conducted on the evidence.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WILLIAMS  answered  that  he   discussed  the  changes  with                                                               
Representative Tarr  and is comfortable  with the  definition and                                                               
that DPS has a good sense of what it means.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:24:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG referred to Section  1, page 2, lines 7-                                                               
9, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          (c) The Department of Public Safety shall deliver                                                                     
     a  copy  of  the  report prepared  under  (b)  of  this                                                                    
     section to the senate secretary  and the chief clerk of                                                                    
     the   house   of   representatives   and   notify   the                                                                    
     legislature that the report is available.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  pointed out that subsection  (c) is not                                                               
necessary in that  a few additional words  included in subsection                                                               
(b) would suffice and would eliminate verbiage.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:24:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR, in  response to  Chair Keller,  stated that                                                               
the  bill  has  two  additional committee  referrals,  the  House                                                               
Judiciary Standing Committee and the House Finance Committee.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER noted that  he and Representative Gruenberg can                                                               
work on the  bill within the House  Judiciary Standing Committee,                                                               
should he choose to move the bill.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG suggested considering an amendment.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER opened public testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:25:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA CLER, Manager, Alaska  Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood                                                               
Votes Northwest, said  she is a lifelong resident  of Alaska, and                                                               
currently lives  in Anchorage.   She stated she is  testifying in                                                               
support of  CSHB 117, on  behalf of the sexual  assault survivors                                                               
in Alaska awaiting closure and  justice.  There are approximately                                                               
400,000-500,000 untested  sexual assault examination  kits within                                                               
the United  States, which  not only  means that  sexual predators                                                               
can evade  justice and  re-offend, but  also leaves  thousands of                                                               
sexual  assault  survivors without  closure.    In a  state  with                                                               
tragically high  sexual assault rape  numbers it is  crucial that                                                               
all  rape kits  are  collected, submitted,  and  tested within  a                                                               
timely manner.  She highlighted  that CSHB 117 begins the process                                                               
of addressing  the backlog  because the state  needs to  know the                                                               
number  of kits  sitting on  shelves waiting  for analysis.   She                                                               
pointed out that  this bill gives law enforcement  and the public                                                               
the information necessary  to tackle the amount  of untested rape                                                               
kits in  Alaska.  The cities  and states addressing the  issue of                                                               
their backlog  of untested kits  have noted significant  gains in                                                               
that  the  analysis  has identified  perpetrators  and  they  are                                                               
making gains in  prosecuting these individuals.   Alaska needs to                                                               
follow their lead, she emphasized.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:27:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY PORTO stated that this  Easter marks a two-year time period                                                               
from the moment she experienced  a sexual assault.  Although, she                                                               
went  to   a  hospital  and   fully  consented  to  a   rape  kit                                                               
examination, the  kit has not  been processed and she  is waiting                                                               
on  the  biological  DNA  evidence  portion of  her  exam.    She                                                               
expressed that the  event was traumatic as she  was asleep before                                                               
it happened,  and was intoxicated  with a narcotic in  her system                                                               
that she  did not knowingly  ingest.   She stressed she  does not                                                               
know exactly what  happened other than she woke  terrified to the                                                               
feeling of  being touched.   She  called the  police, and  at the                                                               
hospital was  informed of a drug  in her system that  she did not                                                               
take.  On  top of that, she explained, the  man was and continues                                                               
to be  her sister's boyfriend and  that she was living  with them                                                               
at  the  time.   She  expressed  that  this event  destroyed  her                                                               
family,  she  experiences  extreme difficulty  with  her  college                                                               
education,  and she  was forced  into a  position of  having more                                                               
responsibility  than she  could handle  alone at  the time.   She                                                               
related  that she  knows many  other women  who have  experienced                                                               
assault, and  in addition to the  assault, she is haunted  by the                                                               
reasons  she has  to believe  that he  may have  committed crimes                                                               
with others  in his past.   Please  support CSHB 117,  because it                                                               
can truly be  a step in the right direction  and give many others                                                               
closure, she expressed.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR KELLER  closed  public  testimony after  ascertaining                                                               
that no one further wished to testify.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:30:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG  moved to  report CSHB 117,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS0386\E,  Martin,  3/27/15,  out of  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and  the accompanying fiscal notes.   There being                                                               
no objection,  CSHB 117(STA)  was reported  from the  House State                                                               
Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR KELLER returned the gavel to Chair Lynn.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:30:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:30 a.m. to 9:33 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:33:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  remarked that due to  the importance of this  bill he                                                               
suggested the committee craft a  letter to the Legislative Budget                                                               
and Audit  Committee regarding  earlier expressed  concerns [that                                                               
fall  under  the purview  of  the  Legislative Budget  and  Audit                                                               
Committee].                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  VAZQUEZ   stated  that  she   and  Representative                                                               
Gruenberg [no longer in the room]  support the efforts to be made                                                               
regarding HB  117, as amended,  which is  the audit of  the crime                                                               
lab.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  stated he is glad  the bill passed out  of committee,                                                               
but more must be done.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:35:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
State Affairs  Standing Committee  meeting was adjourned  at 9:35                                                               
a.m.                                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
01 SCR 6 Sexual Assault Awareness v.W.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
02 SCR 6 Sponsor Statement CORRECTED.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
03 SCR 6 Fiscal Note (S)STA.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
04 SCR 6 DVSA_Dashboard_2014.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
05 SCR 6 CDVSA Annua lReport2014.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
SCR 6
01 HB160 ver A.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
02 HB160 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
03 HB160 Updated Sectional Analysis Version A.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
04 HB160 Alaska Statutes AS 35.27 Art Works in Public Buildings and Facilities.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
05 HB160 Alaska Statutes AS 44.27.050 and AS 44.27.060.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
06 HB160 Alaska Statutes AS 44.27.052. Powers of council.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
07 HB160 Background Information on Art in Public Places Fund.PDF HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
08 HB160 Legislative Research Repor 14-134m.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
09 HB160 Legislative Research Report 14-124m.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
10 HB160-DOA-DGS-03-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
11 HB160-DOT-CO-3-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
12 HB160-EED-ASCA-3-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
18aUPDATED HB117CS(STA)-LAW-CRIM-03-27-15.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
23 CSHB117 v.E.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
24 HB117 Supporting Documents-Email Dean Williams 03-24-2015.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
25 HB117 Supporting Documents-Email Orin Dym 03-24-2015.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 117
01a HB 160 Legislation Work Draft Version H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
02a HB 160 Sponsor Statement Work Draft v.H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
2b HB 160 Explanation of Changes Work Draft v.H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160
3a HB 160 Sectional Analysis Work Draft v.H.pdf HSTA 3/31/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 160