Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120

03/21/2017 03:00 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Recessed to 5:30 pm Today --
*+ HB 94 AF AMER SOLDIERS CONT TO BUILD AK HWY DAY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= SB 46 OCT 25: AFR-AMER SOLDIERS AK HWY DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 46 Out of Committee
*+ HB 163 DPS LAW ENFORCE. SVCS: AGREEMENTS/FEES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 1 ELECTION REGISTRATION AND VOTING TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 1(STA) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
             HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 21, 2017                                                                                         
                           3:08 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Chair                                                                                   
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Vice Chair                                                                                     
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
Representative Chris Birch                                                                                                      
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Andy Josephson (alternate)                                                                                       
Representative Chuck Kopp (alternate)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 94                                                                                                               
"An Act establishing October 25  of each year as African American                                                               
Soldiers' Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 46                                                                                                              
"An Act establishing October 25  of each year as African American                                                               
Soldiers' Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 46 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 163                                                                                                              
"An  Act authorizing  the Department  of Public  Safety to  enter                                                               
into   agreements  with   nonprofit  regional   corporations  and                                                               
federal,  tribal, and  local government  agencies to  provide law                                                               
enforcement  services;  authorizing   the  Department  of  Public                                                               
Safety to collect fees for  certain law enforcement services; and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 1                                                                                                                
"An  Act   relating  to  absentee   voting,  voting,   and  voter                                                               
registration;  relating  to  early   voting  locations  at  which                                                               
persons may vote absentee ballots; and providing for an                                                                         
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 1(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 94                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: AF AMER SOLDIERS CONT TO BUILD AK HWY DAY                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TARR                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
02/01/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/01/17       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
03/14/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/14/17       (H)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/21/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 46                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: OCT 25: AFR-AMER SOLDIERS AK HWY DAY                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) WILSON                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
02/01/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/01/17       (S)       TRA, STA                                                                                               
02/14/17       (S)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/14/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/14/17       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
02/16/17       (S)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/16/17       (S)       Moved SB 46 Out of Committee                                                                           
02/16/17       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
02/17/17       (S)       TRA RPT 4DP                                                                                            
02/17/17       (S)       DP: STEDMAN, BISHOP, WILSON, EGAN                                                                      
02/28/17       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/28/17       (S)       Moved SB 46 Out of Committee                                                                           
02/28/17       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/01/17       (S)       STA RPT 3DP 1NR                                                                                        
03/01/17       (S)       NR: DUNLEAVY                                                                                           
03/01/17       (S)       DP: EGAN, GIESSEL, WILSON                                                                              
03/06/17       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
03/06/17       (S)       VERSION: SB 46                                                                                         
03/08/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/08/17       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
03/14/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/14/17       (H)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/21/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 163                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: DPS LAW ENFORCE. SVCS: AGREEMENTS/FEES                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
03/08/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/08/17       (H)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
03/16/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/16/17       (H)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/21/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 1                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: ELECTION REGISTRATION AND VOTING                                                                                   
SPONSOR(s): TUCK                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
01/18/17       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/17                                                                                
01/18/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/17       (H)       STA, JUD                                                                                               
02/23/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/23/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/23/17       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/28/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/28/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/28/17       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/07/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/07/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/07/17       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/09/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/09/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/09/17       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/14/17       (H)       STA AT 5:30 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/14/17       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
03/16/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/16/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/16/17       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/21/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented HB 94, as prime sponsor.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
GARY ZEPP, Staff                                                                                                                
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented SB 46 on behalf of Senator                                                                     
Wilson, prime sponsor.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
VERDIE BOWEN, Director                                                                                                          
Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA)                                                                                                
Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs (DMVA)                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MARK FISH                                                                                                                       
Big Lake, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition to SB 46.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CLAUDIA ROLLINS                                                                                                                 
Richmond, Virginia                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REGINALD BEVERLY                                                                                                                
Ruther Glen, Virginia                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
LEONARD LARKIN                                                                                                                  
New Orleans, Louisiana                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BERT LARKIN                                                                                                                     
New Orleans, Louisiana                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JEAN POLLARD, Chair                                                                                                             
Alaska Highway Project                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ELLIOT ROSS                                                                                                                     
Fort Greely, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CEYLON MITCHELL                                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
LIONEL MAYBIN                                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SHALA DOBSON                                                                                                                    
Alaska Highway Memorial Project                                                                                                 
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL JAMES COCKRELL, Director                                                                                                
Alaska State Troopers (AST)                                                                                                     
Department of Public Safety (DPS)                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Presented HB  163 on  behalf of  the House                                                             
Rules Standing Committee, sponsor, by request of the governor.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
LAURI WILSON, Elections Supervisor                                                                                              
Division of Elections (DOE)                                                                                                     
Office of the Lieutenant Governor                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions  during the hearing on HB                                                             
1.                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:08:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JONATHAN KREISS-TOMKINS  called  the  House State  Affairs                                                             
Standing   Committee    meeting   to    order   at    3:08   p.m.                                                               
Representatives Tuck,  Birch, Johnson, Knopp,  and Kreiss-Tomkins                                                               
were present  at the call  to order.  Representatives  LeDoux and                                                               
Wool arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        HB 94-AF AMER SOLDIERS CONT TO BUILD AK HWY DAY                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:09:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that the first  order of business                                                               
would be  HOUSE BILL NO. 94,  "An Act establishing October  25 of                                                               
each year as African American  Soldiers' Contribution to Building                                                               
the Alaska Highway Day."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:09:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GERAN TARR,  Alaska State  Legislature, presented                                                               
HB  94,  as  prime  sponsor.   She  stressed  the  importance  of                                                               
remembering  important points  in Alaska  history.   She asserted                                                               
that the  proposed legislation  would recognize  the contribution                                                               
of  the African  American soldiers  who helped  build the  Alaska                                                               
Highway,  and it  would celebrate  their service  under difficult                                                               
conditions.   She reminded the  committee that the U.S.  Army was                                                               
still  segregated at  this point  in  time, and  there was  great                                                               
disparity  between  the  two groups  of  soldiers  regarding  the                                                               
supplies they  received.  She  added that the  [African American]                                                               
soldiers contributed to connecting Alaska  to the Lower 48, which                                                               
was an important and vital link for national security.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR stated that she  began working on this effort                                                               
as  staff person  with  the Anchorage  Park  Foundation in  2012,                                                               
which was  prior to her  being elected  to the legislature.   She                                                               
relayed that at  that time, community volunteers  worked to bring                                                               
to this  "hidden history"  the attention that  it deserved.   She                                                               
related  that  the  first  effort  involved  dedicating  memorial                                                               
benches  in Cuddy  Park [in  Anchorage] to  the African  American                                                               
soldiers.  She said that  to do something more substantial before                                                               
the  "living"  history is  gone,  many  other activities  are  in                                                               
progress including:  a documentary;  a school district curriculum                                                               
for Black History  Month; and a commemorative  event to celebrate                                                               
the 75th anniversary  of the completion of the  Alaska Highway on                                                               
October  25th of  this year.    She concluded  that the  proposed                                                               
legislation   would   memorialize   that  day   and   honor   the                                                               
contribution and commitment of these soldiers.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:13:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS announced that HB 94 would be held over.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
           SB 46-OCT 25: AFR-AMER SOLDIERS AK HWY DAY                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:13:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the next order  of business                                                               
would be SENATE  BILL NO. 46, "An Act establishing  October 25 of                                                               
each year as African American  Soldiers' Contribution to Building                                                               
the Alaska Highway Day."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:13:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARY   ZEPP,   Staff,   Senator  David   Wilson,   Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, presented SB  46 on behalf of  Senator Wilson, prime                                                               
sponsor, with the use of a  PowerPoint presentation.  He began by                                                               
saying that  there is no  disrespect intended  in the use  of the                                                               
terms "blacks"  or "African  Americans" in  discussing SB  46, as                                                               
the terms are interchangeable.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP  paraphrased from his  written testimony, which  read as                                                               
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Good  afternoon   Mr.  Chairman  and  members   of  the                                                                    
                                                           th                                                                   
     committee.  Thank  you for hearing SB 46    October 25                                                                     
     - "African American  Soldiers' Contribution to Building                                                                    
     the Alaska Highway Day"                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Also  Mr. Chairman  and members  of the  committee, I'd                                                                    
     like to  encourage all Alaskans and  visitors to attend                                                                    
                                             th                                                                                 
     this   summer's   Alaska   Highway    75    Anniversary                                                                    
     celebration events taking place throughout the state.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
           th                                                                                                                   
     The 75   anniversary celebrations are a  tribute to all                                                                    
     of the troops and  civilians for their contributions to                                                                    
     building the  Alaska Highway.   All  of the  troops are                                                                    
     all deserving of recognition!   This legislation is not                                                                    
     meant to  ignore nor  disrespect any  of the  troops or                                                                    
     civilians who worked on the Alaska Highway.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     There are  so many amazing stories  related to Alaska's                                                                    
     history yet to  be discovered and shared,  this is just                                                                    
     one of them.  We  believe the African American Soldiers                                                                    
     deserve to have their story told!                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                       th                                                                       
        • Did you know that the all African American 97                                                                         
         Engineer Regiment was responsible for building                                                                         
          the original Alaska Highway from the Alaska-Yukon                                                                     
         border all the way to Delta?  It's true!  Not                                                                          
          many people know that fact.                                                                                           
                                               th                                                                               
        • African American Soldiers from the 97Engineer                                                                         
          Regiment worked on the entire portion of the                                                                          
                                 rdth                                                                                           
          Alaska Highway.  The 93 and 95 Engineer                                                                               
          Regiments worked on various parts of the Alaska                                                                       
          Highway within the Canadian border.                                                                                   
     • It's about the historical context, during the Jim                                                                        
          Crow area (which meant states and local laws                                                                          
        enforced racial segregation up until 1965), the                                                                         
          racist environment they endured and the                                                                               
          segregation imposed upon them, they were poorly                                                                       
          supplied and equipped because of their race, the                                                                      
         US Army's own assessment at that time was that                                                                         
         the African American troops' were substandard                                                                          
          when compared to whites, and the many examples of                                                                     
          the lack of press or mainstream media coverage of                                                                     
         the African American troops' contributions to                                                                          
          building the Alaska Highway until now.                                                                                
      • The African American Soldiers were asked to risk                                                                        
         their lives for their country, yet the country                                                                         
         didn't value them as equals to other races, at                                                                         
          that time.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Army  regulations at  the  time  mandated that  African                                                                    
     Americans  [sic] soldiers  had  to  live in  segregated                                                                    
     camps, and  eat separately from  the whites.    African                                                                    
     American  troops were  not only  segregated from  white                                                                    
     troops,  they  weren't  allowed  near  any  Alaskan  or                                                                    
     Canadian   settlements  and   very  few   residents  in                                                                    
     Fairbanks  or Delta  Junction ever  realized they  were                                                                    
     there.   They were  under orders not  to talk  or visit                                                                    
     with white citizens as they entered Alaska.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:16:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP began  a PowerPoint presentation.  He  referred to Slide                                                               
                                           th                                                                                   
1,  titled "Senate  Bill 46  - 'October  25   - African  American                                                               
Soldiers' Contribution to Building the  Alaska Highway Day'".  He                                                               
said three  African American  regiments were  sent to  Alaska and                                                               
                                        rd                                                                                      
Canada to work  on the highway:   the 93   Engineer Regiment, the                                                               
thth                                                          th                                                                
95   Engineer Regiment, and the  97Engineer   Regiment.  The  97                                                                
Engineer Regiment worked exclusively on the Alaska section.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ZEPP directed  attention  to Slide  2,  titled "Why  October                                                               
  thth                                                                                                                          
25?"    He relayed that on October 25, the 97   Engineer Regiment                                                               
                                                      th                                                                        
heading  south  met  the  white  troops  from  the  18   Engineer                                                               
Regiment heading  north and completed  the road's last link.   He                                                               
said that The New York Times  reported what happened when the two                                                             
regiments  met  head-on  in  the  spruce  forests  of  the  Yukon                                                               
Territory.   The  article read  as follows  [original punctuation                                                               
provided in the PowerPoint slide]:                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Corporal  Refines Sims  Jr., an  African American  from                                                                    
     Philadelphia, who  was driving  south with  a bulldozer                                                                    
     when  he saw  trees  starting to  topple  over on  him,                                                                    
     slamming his  big vehicle into  reverse, he  backed out                                                                    
     just  as another  bulldozer, driven  by Private  Alfred                                                                    
     Jalufka   of   Kennedy,   Texas,  broke   through   the                                                                    
     underbrush.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ZEPP   stated  that  an  Engineering   News-Record  magazine                                                             
photographer,  Harold  Richardson,  captured  the  image  of  the                                                               
African American soldier and the  white soldier standing on their                                                               
respective bulldozers.  He relayed  that this meeting occurred 20                                                               
miles  east of  the  Alaska-Yukon  border at  Beaver  Creek.   He                                                               
quoted an  article in the Engineering  News-Record describing the                                                             
meeting as  "two races  working together to  build a  lifeline to                                                               
Alaska's  defenders  amidst   spectacularly  rugged  terrain  and                                                               
horrendous weather conditions."                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP referred to Slide 3  and related that the Alaska Highway                                                               
is considered one of the  biggest and most difficult construction                                                               
projects  ever completed  by the  U.S.  Corps of  Engineers.   It                                                               
stretches  1,422 miles  from Dawson  Creek, British  Columbia, to                                                               
Delta Junction, Alaska, at a  cost of $138 million dollars, which                                                               
would be $2.1 billion today.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP  said to add  perspective, on March 30,  1867, Secretary                                                               
of  State  William  Seward  reached   agreement  with  Russia  to                                                               
purchase Alaska for  $7.2 million, which would  be $112.2 million                                                               
in 2017.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:19:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[MR. ZEPP  turned to  Slide 4 of  the PowerPoint,  titled "Alaska                                                               
Highway  - 'The  Road to  Civil Rights,'"  and played  a National                                                               
Park Service video on the building of the Alaskan Highway.]                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:23:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ZEPP  expressed  his  appreciation   to  the  National  Park                                                               
Service, U.S. Department of Interior, for the video.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ZEPP  referred to  Slide  5  and  relayed that  the  African                                                               
American   Army  regiments   that   built   the  Alaska   Highway                                                               
established a reputation for excellence,  especially in the field                                                               
of bridge  building; however, their accomplishments  were ignored                                                               
by the press  and mainstream media.  He said  it took decades for                                                               
these   soldiers  to   receive  proper   recognition  for   their                                                               
achievements.  He  added that some say they were  as legendary as                                                               
the Tuskegee Airmen and the Buffalo Soldiers.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP mentioned  that the Sikanni Chief  River Bridge building                                                               
project,  shown in  the video,  was amazing  because the  African                                                               
American soldiers  worked with hand  tools -  saws and axes  - to                                                               
drive pilings  into the  riverbed, to fell  spruce trees,  and to                                                               
sawmill the  trees into  planks, boards, and  pilings.   He added                                                               
that the project was finished in record time.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:24:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
MR.ZEPP turned  to Slide  6, titled "Why  the recognition  of the                                                               
African American Soldiers?" and  said, "It's about the historical                                                               
context."   He stated  that race relations  in America  were very                                                               
different  in 1942.   Opportunities  for  African Americans  were                                                               
rare,  and   expectations  were  low.     He  said   that  racial                                                               
segregation   existed  in   housing,  medical   care,  education,                                                               
employment,  and transportation,  and social  segregation existed                                                               
regarding restaurants, drinking fountains, and bathrooms.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ZEPP related  that the  documentary, titled  Alaska at  War,                                                             
describes Alaska's  role in World  War II, including  the opening                                                               
of  oil  fields,  the  Japanese  bombing  of  Dutch  Harbor,  the                                                               
struggle   to   recapture   the  Aleutians   Islands,   and   the                                                               
construction of the highway.   He mentioned that Eugene Long, who                                                               
was enlisted in the 95th  Engineer Regiment deployed to Alaska to                                                               
assist in  building the  Alaska Highway,  said, "Not  one African                                                               
American soldier was shown in the movie."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP  relayed that  the bestselling book  on the  building of                                                               
the Alaska Highway,  titled The Trail of 1942,  has three photos,                                                             
taken  at a  distance, of  African American  Soldiers out  of 178                                                               
photos,  or  1.6  percent,  even   though  the  African  American                                                               
soldiers represented one-third of the troops.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:25:42 PM                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
MR. ZEPP referred to Slide 7, also titled "Why the                                                                              
recognition of  the African American Soldiers?"  and relayed                                                                    
the timeline for the safeguards of civil rights as follows:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     In 1865,  the 13th  Amendment to the  U.S. Constitution                                                                    
     abolished slavery and involuntary  servitude.  In 1868,                                                                    
     the  14th Amendment  to the  U.S. Constitution  granted                                                                    
     U.S. citizenship to  former slaves.  In  1870, the 15th                                                                    
     Amendment  to the  U.S.  Constitution provided  African                                                                    
     American [men] the  right to vote.  In  1875, the Civil                                                                    
     Rights  Act of  1875  was passed,  which forbid  racial                                                                    
     segregation in accommodations.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     However in  1896, the U.S. Supreme  Court sustained the                                                                    
     constitutionality   of  Louisiana's   requirement  that                                                                    
     railroad   companies  provide   "separate  but   equal"                                                                    
     accommodations for  white and  black passengers.   Over                                                                    
     the  next 25-35  years,  equality  in racial  relations                                                                    
     progress  was  lost, particularly  in  the  South.   By                                                                    
     1910,  segregation was  firmly  established across  the                                                                    
     South and most of the border region.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     In  1954, legal  segregation in  schools was  banned in                                                                    
     the U.S. after a series  of rulings in the U.S. Supreme                                                                    
     Court.    And  in  1964, all  legally  enforced  public                                                                    
     segregation was abolished by the Civil Rights Act.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The   U.S.  War   Department's  tradition   and  policy                                                                    
     mandated  the segregation  of  African American  troops                                                                    
     into separate units led by  white officers.  During the                                                                    
     construction  of the  Alaska Highway,  African American                                                                    
     troops were  ordered not to  leave camp and  not mingle                                                                    
     with  the  locals, while  the  whites  were allowed  to                                                                    
     mingle.   They were  treated unequally, and  yet defied                                                                    
     expectations  in   many  situations  with   even  fewer                                                                    
     resources.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:27:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP  reiterated, "It's  about the  historical context."   He                                                               
referred to  Slide 8,  again titled "Why  the recognition  of the                                                               
African  American  Soldiers?"    He said  that  little  press  or                                                               
mainstream media has been given  to the African American soldiers                                                               
for these  efforts.   He relayed  examples of  the lack  of press                                                               
coverage of the African American troops as follows:                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     The National Archives contains only  a few dozen photos                                                                  
     among  the   hundreds  taken  of  the   Alaska  Highway                                                                    
     construction.   African Americans were edited  out of a                                                                    
     1991  National  Geographic   feature  on  the  highway,                                                                  
     despite the fact that  the magazine obtained interviews                                                                    
     of seven  men who  served building the  Alaska Highway.                                                                    
     A souvenir  booklet, the Alaska Highway,  Armed Service                                                                  
     Forces published  in 1944 includes 100  photos but only                                                                  
     one of an African American  soldier.  The official 759-                                                                    
     page  U.S. Army  history of  [the] Corp  covers African                                                                    
     American   troop  involvement   with  a   one  sentence                                                                    
     footnote.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP maintained  that the African American  soldiers not only                                                               
helped  build  the  Alaska Highway,  but  their  performance  and                                                               
efforts helped  change the course  of discrimination  in America.                                                               
He referred to  Slide 9, also titled "Why the  recognition of the                                                               
African American  Soldiers?"  He  said that the  African American                                                               
soldiers' contributions  during World War II  influenced American                                                               
leaders,  and this  point  in history  was  considered a  turning                                                               
point in  race relations in  America.   He relayed that  by 1948,                                                               
President Harry Truman  signed into law a  desegregation plan for                                                               
the armed services.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. ZEPP  mentioned that after  seeing Ms. Lael  Morgan's exhibit                                                               
in Fairbanks in 1992, Colin  Powell, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs                                                               
of Staff,  stated, "I  had no  idea black  men had  done anything                                                               
like this.   They are deserving of recognition."   Mr. Zepp added                                                               
that Douglas  Brinley, a Rice University  historian, stated, "The                                                               
Alaska Highway  was not only the  greatest feat of World  War II,                                                               
it was  a triumph over  racism."   Mr. Zepp quoted  General James                                                               
O'Connor speaking at the Alaska  Highway dedication, "Someday the                                                               
accomplishments  of  the  African American  troops,  achievements                                                               
accomplished  far from  home, will  occupy a  major place  in the                                                               
lore of the  North country."  Mr. Zepp added,  "And this happened                                                               
in Alaska."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:29:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
[MR. ZEPP  played from slide 9  of the PowerPoint a  video of Mr.                                                               
Reginald Beverly  briefly describing his experience  as a soldier                                                               
in the 95th Engineer Regiment working on the Alaska Highway.]                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:30:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ZEPP relayed  that the  U.S. Army's  official assessment  at                                                               
this  time in  history was  that African  American soldiers  were                                                               
substandard  in  performance  and  literacy;  they  were  usually                                                               
delegated to  labor projects  and not sent  to the  battle front.                                                               
He related a  few examples of how African  American soldiers were                                                               
treated, as follows:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     General  Clarence  Sturdevant,  who was  apologetic  to                                                                    
     General Simon  Bolivar Buckner, Jr.,  who was  the head                                                                    
     of the US  Army in Alaska at that time  when he stated,                                                                    
     "I have heard that you  object to having colored troops                                                                    
     in  Alaska,  and we  have  attempted  to avoid  sending                                                                    
     them;  however,  we have  been  forced  to use  colored                                                                    
     regiments and  it seems  unwise for  diplomatic reasons                                                                    
     to use them in Canada,  since the Canadians also prefer                                                                    
     whites."   To placate  Gen. Buckner  Jr, it  was agreed                                                                    
     that  black  troops  would  not  be  allowed  near  any                                                                    
     Alaskan or Canadian settlements.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     There  was  also  a  concern  about  African  Americans                                                                    
     settling after the war, and  they would interbreed with                                                                    
     Indians  and  Eskimos   and  produce  an  astonishingly                                                                    
     objectionable race of mongrels.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     A  military study  from the  Army  War College  stated,                                                                    
     "The  Negro  is   careless,  shiftless,  irresponsible,                                                                    
     secretive,  he  is  best handled  with  praise  and  by                                                                    
     ridicule.  He is unmoved  and untruthful, and his sense                                                                    
     of right-doing is relatively inferior."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     A field  inspection noted during  63 degree  below zero                                                                    
     weather indicated  that the Big Delta's  black regiment                                                                    
     was  found  to be  living  in  wretched conditions  and                                                                    
     poorly supplied.   But things  started to  change after                                                                    
     the original  construction of the  Alaska Highway.   It                                                                    
     is believed  that the achievements and  the performance                                                                    
     of  the  African  American   troops  and  white  troops                                                                    
     working  together were  considered a  turning point  in                                                                    
     America's  race  relations.     And  this  happened  in                                                                    
     Alaska.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
MR. ZEPP asked for the committee's support for SB 46.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:32:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   BIRCH  expressed   his   appreciation  for   the                                                               
presentation  and  said he  was  happy  to support  the  proposed                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:33:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS opened public testimony on SB 46.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:33:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VERDIE  BOWEN,  Director,  Office   of  Veterans  Affairs  (OVA),                                                               
Department of  Military & Veterans' Affairs  (DMVA), testified in                                                               
support of SB 46.  He said that  the first time he learned of the                                                               
African American soldiers  who built the [Alaska]  Highway was as                                                               
a  young  man  in  Cape  Pole,  Alaska.    He  relayed  that  his                                                               
construction boss  was one  of the  soldiers who  had constructed                                                               
the highway.   Mr. Bowen mentioned that he assumed  this was part                                                               
of Alaskan  history education.   He said  that later in  life, he                                                               
read an  article in which  General Colin  Powell said he  did not                                                               
realize that any African American  soldiers worked on the highway                                                               
to Alaska.  Mr. Bowen offered  that he was surprised that General                                                               
Powell was  not aware  of this, since  one-third of  the soldiers                                                               
constructing the highway were African Americans.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOWEN went on to  say that in considering the accomplishments                                                               
of  the   African  American  soldiers,   he  thought   about  the                                                               
conditions that they  lived under.  He said that  during the time                                                               
they built the road, they were  not allowed to leave, not allowed                                                               
into  the  communities,  and  not  allowed time  to  relax.    He                                                               
asserted that they  had great adversities to overcome.   They did                                                               
not  have  mechanized   equipment.    He  said   that  what  they                                                               
accomplished  with what  they had  proved to  those in  authority                                                               
that not  only were they  equal to the  soldiers who had  all the                                                               
equipment, they were much better.   He said that he can't imagine                                                               
building  a bridge  over a  river with  just hand  tools and  not                                                               
having the  ability to plane planks  or use a pile  driver to put                                                               
holding beams into the water.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BOWEN  concluded  that  naming   October  25th  after  those                                                               
soldiers,  who went  through that  adversity,  would ensure  that                                                               
youth  would be  aware of  this history.   He  offered that  this                                                               
event was a  huge factor in the execution of  the Executive Order                                                               
[Executive  Order 9981:  Desegregation  of the  Armed Forces]  of                                                               
1948.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK FISH testified in opposition to SB 46.   He relayed that his                                                               
grandfather, James  D. Fish,  worked on  the construction  of the                                                               
Alaska Highway.  He said that  the story of the Alaska Highway is                                                               
how a  divided and segregated nation,  in a time of  great stress                                                               
and  danger,   worked  together   under  extreme   conditions  to                                                               
accomplish a  great thing in a  short period of time.   He stated                                                               
that  in the  proposed  legislation, the  contributions of  other                                                               
workers including  his grandfather  are being ignored  because of                                                               
the color  of their skin.   He asserted,  "We cannot make  up for                                                               
past injustice  by creating a  future injustice."   He emphasized                                                               
that  segregation was  not right  then, and  it is  not right  to                                                               
segregate workers  now by  way of the  proposed legislation.   He                                                               
maintained   that   all    workers'   contributions   should   be                                                               
commemorated.   He  quoted from  the  PBS website  on the  Alaska                                                               
Highway  construction, which  read, "Regardless  of race  issues,                                                               
the  War   Department's  plan  required  enormous   efforts  from                                                               
everyone who  worked on the  highway.  The grueling  schedule and                                                               
extreme conditions were a tremendous challenge."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. FISH said that from  his grandfather's stories, the equipment                                                               
was not new but was second and  third rate, and some was from the                                                               
'20s.  He said that everyone  who worked on the highway shared in                                                               
the  conditions;  the mosquitos  didn't  know  the color  of  the                                                               
person whose blood they were sucking.   He relayed that there was                                                               
very little  sanitation.  He  added there  was not much  time off                                                               
for anyone  to go into town  after a 16-hour shift,  as they were                                                               
in the  middle of the Yukon  wilderness.  He maintained  that all                                                               
veterans who  worked on the  highway have a  lot for which  to be                                                               
proud.    He  said,  "Instead   of  celebrating  segregation  and                                                               
division, we should celebrate a  day without division and call it                                                               
the  Alaska Highway  Day."   He  maintained that  doing so  would                                                               
focus  on  all  who  participated and  not  prevent  anyone  from                                                               
observing their  own people's contributions.   He asked  that the                                                               
proposed legislation be amended to  read "Alaska Highway Day" and                                                               
that corresponding changes be made to the bill language.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:40:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLAUDIA  ROLLINS paraphrased  from her  written testimony,  which                                                               
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     My  name  is  Claudia  Beverly Rollins  and  I  am  the                                                                    
     daughter of  Mr. Reginald Beverly  who lives  in Ruther                                                                    
     Glen,  Virginia. My  dad  is one  of  over 4,000  black                                                                    
     soldiers who  built the Alaska  Highway in 1942.  He is                                                                    
     now  102  years old.  Throughout  my  lifetime, he  has                                                                    
     shared many of his experiences with my sisters and me.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     When  he went  to build  the Alaska  Highway, he  was a                                                                    
     rarity  because   he  was  a   black  recruit   with  a                                                                    
     university degree. He said, "I  was drafted December 5,                                                                    
     1941,  two  days before  Pearl  Harbor.  I was  a  high                                                                    
     school math teacher.  Once drafted, I only  had time to                                                                    
     report to school the next  morning, call the class roll                                                                    
     and bid  my students  and administration  goodbye. From                                                                    
     there, I traveled two miles  to Bowling Green, Virginia                                                                    
     to catch the  bus to go to Fort Meade,  Maryland. I was                                                                    
     twenty-six years old."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     My Dad, Mr. Beverly had  received a Bachelor of Science                                                                    
     Degree  from  Virginia  State University,  one  of  the                                                                    
     first fully  state-supported four-year  institutions of                                                                    
     higher learning for blacks in  America. He was assigned                                                                    
     to the 95th Regiment.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:42:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     While  serving  in  Alaska  as  a  regimental  surveyor                                                                    
     building the  Alcan Highway, Mr. Beverly  had to endure                                                                    
     the  treacherous weather  while  living in  substandard                                                                    
     conditions   such  as   living   in   tents  with   ice                                                                    
     approximately one inch thick  on the inside while white                                                                    
     soldiers lived in actual buildings.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     During  this  time,  while instructing  other  soldiers                                                                    
     using   his   surveying    skills   and   sophisticated                                                                    
     instruments,  Mr. Beverly  had no  stripes while  white                                                                    
     soldiers  that he  was instructing  wore strips  [sic].                                                                    
     When  a  Colonel  Thompson   saw  Sargent  Beverly  and                                                                    
     observed that he [sic] no  stripes, he said, "Give that                                                                    
     man  some  stripes!"  Mr.  Beverly  said  stripes  were                                                                    
     delivered to him on the very next morning!                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     I do  approve Senate  Bill 46. I  support this  Bill to                                                                    
     recognize   the  contributions   of  African   American                                                                    
     Soldiers  who  worked  extremely   hard  on  the  Alcan                                                                    
     Highway and completed this task  in record time! I also                                                                    
     support making  October 25th of each  year the official                                                                    
     "Alaska African  American History  Soldier Contribution                                                                    
     Day."  This day  is befitting  since this  was the  day                                                                    
     that  a Black  Soldier  and white  soldier shook  hands                                                                    
     upon completion of such a tremendous project!                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Thank you Gary Zepp and  Legislators for giving me this                                                                    
     opportunity  to  communicate  with you  in  support  of                                                                    
     Senate Bill 46.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:45:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REGINALD  BEVERLY expressed  his  appreciation  for the  proposed                                                               
legislation honoring the African  American soldiers who worked on                                                               
the Alcan Highway.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:46:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEONARD  LARKIN testified  that  he entered  military service  on                                                               
April  12, 1941,  and enlisted  for one  year.   He relayed  that                                                               
after  [the bombing  of]  Pearl Harbor,  he had  to  stay in  the                                                               
service.   He  said he  was sent  to serve  in the  93rd Engineer                                                               
Regiment in  Alaska to  work on the  ALCAN Highway,  which lasted                                                               
about  one year.    He related  that the  soldiers  did not  have                                                               
enough tools -  picks, shovels, and bulldozers; much  of the work                                                               
had  to be  done by  hand.   He  said  the weather  was cold  and                                                               
"sloppy," and there were mosquitos.   He added that the men had a                                                               
difficult time  working.  He  stated that they were  mostly black                                                               
men, and the few officers in charge of them were white men.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:48:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERT  LARKIN testified  that Leonard  Larkin is  his father.   He                                                               
said he heard  many stories over the years from  his father about                                                               
his experiences on the Alcan Highway.   He relayed that he always                                                               
tried to  research what his father  told him, but he  never found                                                               
anything written about it.  He  said, "That's what makes this all                                                               
so important;  that the  story be told  about these  soldiers who                                                               
overcame adversity, racism,  and hard work."   He reiterated that                                                               
he and his father both  support establishing a day of recognition                                                               
and the passage of SB 46.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:49:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEAN POLLARD,  Chair, Alaska Highway Project,  testified that the                                                               
intent of  the Alaska  Highway Project is  not to  change history                                                               
but to  acknowledge history.   She maintained that there  were no                                                               
white soldiers  building the highway;  there were  white officers                                                               
supervising  the black  soldiers; and  there were  civilians, not                                                               
military, who  came to Alaska to  pave the highway.   She related                                                               
that as an educator, she will  be teaching a class with two other                                                               
teachers, which  will be put  into the Alaska  Studies curriculum                                                               
so that this history will not be  forgotten.  The class will be a                                                               
required course  and shared  in other  Alaskan communities.   She                                                               
maintained that  many people have  not heard this story;  she has                                                               
talked with  many educators  who have not  heard this  story; she                                                               
herself  has a  minor in  history from  the University  of Alaska                                                               
Anchorage (UAA)  and had not heard  it.  She asserted  that it is                                                               
important to ensure  that the next generation will hear  it.  She                                                               
said  she  supports  SB  46  and mentioned  that  there  will  be                                                               
celebration events all over the state.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  thanked  Ms.  Pollard  for  her  tireless                                                               
advocacy for SB 46.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:53:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELLIOT  ROSS testified  that he  has recently  been appointed  as                                                               
Fort  Greely's  chair  in  the  efforts  to  celebrate  the  75th                                                               
anniversary of  the completion of the  Alaska-Canadian Highway as                                                               
well as the Lend-Lease Policy ["An  Act to promote the Defense of                                                               
the United States"] for Allen Army  Airfield.  He stated that the                                                               
proposed  legislation   and  related  events  are   a  tremendous                                                               
opportunity for  Alaska to recognize  significant accomplishments                                                               
of African Americans  in connecting Alaska with the  Lower 48 and                                                               
Canada.  He  relayed that he, as a young  African American living                                                               
in  Delta  Junction,  had  no   idea  of  this  history,  and  as                                                               
chairperson, has  learned so  much more  of the  contribution [of                                                               
the  African  American  soldiers].    He  said  he  is  a  strong                                                               
supporter of  SB 46 and  believes that everyone, no  matter their                                                               
demographic, will benefit from the education that will come                                                                     
because of the proposed legislation.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:56:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CEYLON MITCHELL paraphrased from his written testimony, which                                                                   
read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Hello  Mr. Zepp,  my name  is Ceylon  Mitchell. I  am a                                                                    
     retired  veteran of  the United  States  Air Force  and                                                                    
     with  my  family  we  have  lived  in  Anchorage  since                                                                    
     September  1992. I  am calling  in as  a proud  Alaskan                                                                    
     because my  Father was one  of the 4,000  Patriot [sic]                                                                    
     Black Soldiers  that helped  build the  Alaska Highway.                                                                    
     My  Father was  Tec 5  James A.  Mitchell. He  was from                                                                    
     Suffolk,  Virginia  and  arrived   and  worked  on  the                                                                    
     Canadian  sector  of  the  Highway   in  1942.  He  was                                                                    
     assigned  to  the  93rd  General  Services  Reg.  which                                                                    
     worked  from the  Canadian sector  going  North to  the                                                                    
     Regiments that  connected the Alaska Sector.  After the                                                                    
     93rd  completed their  work on  the  Highway they  were                                                                    
     assigned  to the  Aleutian Islands  to help  remove the                                                                    
     Japanese that had taken over part of the islands.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     I am  proud of  SB 46  because it is  one way  that the                                                                    
     Soldiers  may  be  honored for  their  work  that  they                                                                    
     performed  in  the War  affords  [sic].  There is  very                                                                    
     little written  in the history  books about  their work                                                                    
     in  Alaska because  the military  was segregated,  they                                                                    
     were  not allowed  in the  villages and  they were  not                                                                    
     wanted  here, but  their labor  was needed.  Because of                                                                    
     their work they are [a  part of] America (sic) History,                                                                    
     Black History  and Alaska History. The  building of the                                                                    
     Highway was  not only a  major contribution to  the war                                                                    
     affords [sic], but  also a major factor  in the defense                                                                    
     of Alaska and  its future. This is a new  day and there                                                                    
     is  enough positive  history of  Alaska to  share. Just                                                                    
     think  if it  were not  for  the Highway  we all  maybe                                                                    
     speaking Japanese  at this  time. Have  a good  day and                                                                    
     God Bless your work.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:59:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIONEL  MAYBIN testified  that he  is retired  from the  U.S. Air                                                               
Force after  having served  24 years.   He stated  that he  is an                                                               
educator and  a community leader helping  children be successful.                                                               
He  stressed the  importance  of public  awareness  of the  major                                                               
contribution  of the  African American  in helping  to build  the                                                               
Alaska Highway.   He maintained  that this  knowledge contributes                                                               
to the  pride and  respect of  being American  and being  part of                                                               
building America.   He  said that  as an  educator, if  you don't                                                               
give  African Americans  respect  for what  their ancestors  have                                                               
done - being  a major contributor to building this  country - you                                                               
lessen their self-worth.  He  maintained that when he teaches, he                                                               
gives credit where it is due through the truth being told.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAYBIN   referred  to  the  three   African  American  women                                                               
portrayed in the movie, Hidden  Figures, and the significant role                                                             
they played in  sending a man [into space],  a contribution which                                                               
was largely  unknown.  He asserted  that the more we  share these                                                               
truths and  the more we give  credit, the more people  feel self-                                                               
worth and  the better we  become as a society.   He said  that he                                                               
believes that  his ancestors deserve  respect for what  they have                                                               
contributed, just  as he  deserves respect  for having  served in                                                               
the military for 24 years.  He  stated that he supports SB 46 and                                                               
believes  October 25  will  be  a great  day  of celebration  for                                                               
Alaskans and Americans.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:03:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHALA DOBSON, Alaska Highway Memorial  Project, testified that he                                                               
wholeheartedly  supported SB  46,  which  would celebrate  always                                                               
Alaska Highway  Day on October 25.   He stated that  the proposed                                                               
legislation  would give  honored  recognition both  to the  Black                                                               
Army  Engineers  who  built  the Alaska  section  of  the  Alaska                                                               
Highway and  to the meeting  of the  black troops with  the white                                                               
troops at Contact Creek on October 25.   He said that as a member                                                               
of the Alaska Highway Project, he  believed that SB 46 would help                                                               
bring  this  important  story  of   our  Alaska  history  to  the                                                               
forefront.    He  maintained  that  the  complete  story  of  the                                                               
building of the Alaska Highway needs to be publicized.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:04:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS closed public testimony on SB 46.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH   referred  to   the  recognition   of  the                                                               
contributions  of  the  African  American  community  to  Alaska,                                                               
submitted  by  U.S. Senator  Dan  Sullivan  and included  in  the                                                               
committee packet.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSON  stated  that  she  supports  SB  46  and                                                               
believes that it  is a great story of Alaska  that deserves to be                                                               
told.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  concurred with  Representative  Johnson's                                                               
remarks  and  thanked  all  who   have  worked  on  the  proposed                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  expressed his  support for  highlighting and                                                               
recognizing the  "heroes left  behind" in  history so  that their                                                               
contributions will never be forgotten.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:06:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX moved  to report  SB 46  out of  committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.   There being no objection  SB 46 was reported  from House                                                               
State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         HB 163-DPS LAW ENFORCE. SVCS: AGREEMENTS/FEES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:08:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the next order  of business                                                               
would be HOUSE  BILL NO. 163, "An Act  authorizing the Department                                                               
of  Public  Safety  to  enter   into  agreements  with  nonprofit                                                               
regional corporations  and federal, tribal, and  local government                                                               
agencies  to provide  law enforcement  services; authorizing  the                                                               
Department  of Public  Safety  to collect  fees  for certain  law                                                               
enforcement services; and providing for an effective date."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:09:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL JAMES  COCKRELL, Director,  Alaska State  Troopers (AST),                                                               
Department of Public Safety (DPS),  presented HB 163 on behalf of                                                               
the House  Rules Standing Committee,  sponsor, by request  of the                                                               
governor.    He stated  that  through  the  years, AST  has  been                                                               
impacted by the  boom and bust of the economy  and has looked for                                                               
ways to provide  professional services to underserved  areas.  He                                                               
said that recently the communities  of Nikiski and Big Lake asked                                                               
if they could  "contract out" with AST.  He  mentioned that AST's                                                               
"battle" with the Municipality of  Anchorage is what prompted AST                                                               
to  take   "ownership"  of  areas  inside   the  Municipality  of                                                               
Anchorage and Girdwood.  He  relayed that DPS offered a potential                                                               
contract to  the community of  Girdwood.  He asserted  that since                                                               
payments under  such a  contract would  be made  to the  State of                                                               
Alaska  and not  AST, such  an arrangement  would not  help AST's                                                               
budget or accomplish  what was needed - keeping  troopers "on the                                                               
road" or providing services to  Girdwood.  Girdwood chose another                                                               
option,   which  was   contracting  with   the  Whittier   Police                                                               
Department.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL provided  a summary and a  sectional analysis of                                                               
HB 163, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Summary:  This bill  allows  the  Department of  Public                                                                    
     Safety   to  enter   into  agreements   with  nonprofit                                                                    
     regional  corporations   and  government   agencies  to                                                                    
     provide  law   enforcement  services  and   to  collect                                                                    
     reasonable  fees  for   the  law  enforcement  services                                                                    
     provides. It provides  the Department receipt authority                                                                    
     for  the funds  collected and  limits applicability  to                                                                    
     entities  that do  not have  a police  force of  public                                                                    
     safety coverage as of the effective date of the Act.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1:  Amends  37.05.146  (c)  by  adding  a  new                                                                    
     subsection: (90)  fees collected  by the  Department of                                                                    
     Public  Safety for  law enforcement  services under  AS                                                                    
     44.41.020 (g)                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section  2:  Amends  AS  44.41.020   by  adding  a  new                                                                    
     subsection  (g); this  additional subsection  gives the                                                                    
     Department the authority to  enter into agreements with                                                                    
     nonprofit  regional corporations,  or federal,  tribal,                                                                    
     or local governments and to  collect reasonable fees to                                                                    
     cover the costs of providing services;                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3:  Amends the uncodified  law by adding  a new                                                                    
     section that  limits the applicability of  AS 44.41.020                                                                    
     (g)  to  nonprofit  regional corporations  or  federal,                                                                    
     tribal, and local government agencies  that do not have                                                                    
     an organized  police force or contracted  public safety                                                                    
     coverage as of the effective date of the Act.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4:  Provides for  an effective  day of  July 1,                                                                    
     2017.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:13:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  asked  why the  proposed  legislation  is                                                               
limited to areas without an  organized police force or contracted                                                               
public safety  agreements as  of the effective  date of  the Act.                                                               
She  suggested  that after  the  effective  date  of the  Act,  a                                                               
community might  be in the same  situation as was Girdwood.   She                                                               
mentioned as an  example the unincorporated area  of Chiniak near                                                               
Kodiak.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  responded that in  the situation of  Kodiak and                                                               
Chiniak,  the proposed  legislation would  allow DPS  to contract                                                               
with a government entity or  the Kodiak Island Borough to provide                                                               
police services  to Chiniak to  augment the services that  DPS is                                                               
currently providing to Kodiak.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  relayed  that  Girdwood is  part  of  the                                                               
Municipality of Anchorage.   She said that if a  community was in                                                               
a  situation  exactly  like  the   Girdwood  situation,  and  the                                                               
situation  occurred after  the effective  date of  the act,  then                                                               
there  would be  an organized  police force  for that  community.                                                               
She asked why  the proposed legislation is not  written such that                                                               
the  Department  of  Public  Safety (DPS)  could  enter  into  an                                                               
agreement with such a community.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  replied that Girdwood  has contracted  with the                                                               
Whittier  Police  Department  instead  of  the  Anchorage  Police                                                               
Department.   He stated that the  fear is that those  cities with                                                               
bigger  police departments,  such  as Bethel  or Kotzebue,  would                                                               
decide to  no longer  have police departments,  and the  State of                                                               
Alaska then  would be responsible  [for public safety].   He said                                                               
DPS does  not want  to take  on that responsibility  or to  be in                                                               
competition with  established local police departments.   He said                                                               
the  people   of  Girdwood  have   chosen  the   Whittier  Police                                                               
Department  and he  does  not  know if  DPS  could contract  with                                                               
Girdwood under the proposed legislation.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX referred to  the North Slope Borough (NSB),                                                               
which includes  the City of Barrow  and the outlying areas.   She                                                               
said that if  the NSB Police Department does not  wish to provide                                                               
services to  the outlying areas,  then she does not  see anything                                                               
wrong with Barrow paying for AST to provide services.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:17:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL responded that the intent  of HB 163 is to allow                                                               
areas with  limited police protection  to pay for AST  to augment                                                               
the  coverage it  already  provides to  the area.    He gave  the                                                               
example of Soldotna  and Nikiski:  AST has a  substantial post in                                                               
Soldotna, but  there are still  not enough troopers to  cover the                                                               
area.   Nikiski  wanted to  contract [with  DPS] for  troopers to                                                               
augment  what is  being provided  by the  post in  Soldotna.   He                                                               
suggested  that in  the Yukon-Kuskokwim  Delta, several  villages                                                               
might  wish to  contract for  extra trooper  coverage to  augment                                                               
what  the  Bethel  troopers  are  providing  to  the  area.    He                                                               
reiterated that  AST does not  want to compete with  the boroughs                                                               
or municipalities for providing police services.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX mentioned  that  in the  Hillside area  of                                                               
Anchorage, the coverage  is relatively sparse.   She offered that                                                               
if Hillside,  through a non-profit  corporation, decided  that it                                                               
wanted to contract  for more trooper service, why  not allow that                                                               
option?                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL answered  that  he thought  that  DPS would  be                                                               
flexible in adopting that type of  approach as long as it had the                                                               
flexibility to  say "no."  He  stated that DPS's fear  is that it                                                               
would be forced  to enter into a contractual  arrangement with an                                                               
area.   He asserted that  the intent of the  proposed legislation                                                               
is to  help the  smaller communities that  have very  limited law                                                               
enforcement  resources.   He  added  that  he believes  the  more                                                               
flexibility DPS has, the better off it  is.  He said that this is                                                               
an experiment -  something which hasn't been done in  Alaska.  He                                                               
offered  that  the  Royal Canadian  Mounted  Police  ("Mounties")                                                               
provide police for Whitehorse and several of the territories.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  offered  that  the  proposed  legislation                                                               
would  not  give  DPS  the   flexibility  it  wants,  because  it                                                               
precludes  contracts  with  any  entity  in  which  there  is  an                                                               
organized police force.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  replied that  DPS would be  open to  looking at                                                               
changing  the language  in the  proposed  legislation to  address                                                               
Representative LeDoux's concern.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:20:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH   asked  what   the  mission  was   of  DPS                                                               
geographically and  objectively with  respect to the  services it                                                               
delivers.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL  responded  that  AST  has  enforcement  powers                                                               
throughout  the state  including  municipalities.   It has  posts                                                               
from  Prince  of  Wales  Island  to the  most  northern  post  of                                                               
Kotzebue.   He  said that  DPS has  statewide authority  over all                                                               
"search and  rescues" in  the state, which  average over  500 per                                                               
year.    It  provides  special   investigative  services  to  the                                                               
Anchorage   Police  Department   (APD)   and   all  the   smaller                                                               
departments.   It is the  only statewide drug  enforcement agency                                                               
in the  state.  He added  that the wildlife troopers  enforce all                                                               
the fish and game  laws in the state.  He  offered that its scope                                                               
and mission are endless considering its responsibilities.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH gave as an  example the Fairbanks North Star                                                               
Borough  (FNSB),  which  includes  about 100,000  people  in  the                                                               
borough, 30,000 in  Fairbanks, and a few thousand  in North Pole.                                                               
He asked  if DPS provides  law enforcement outside  the corporate                                                               
city limits of North Pole and Fairbanks but within the borough.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL replied, "Correct."   He added that AST provides                                                               
services for more residents than  do the Fairbanks and North Pole                                                               
police  departments.   He  mentioned  that the  Matanuska-Susitna                                                               
("Mat-Su")  Valley has  two police  departments,  but AST  serves                                                               
over  85,000  residents  of  the Mat-Su  Valley  with  34  patrol                                                               
troopers.   He said that in  the Kenai Peninsula, there  are city                                                               
police  departments in  Homer, Kenai,  Soldotna, and  Seward, but                                                               
these departments  have minimal "footprints" on  the entire Kenai                                                               
Peninsula.  He  asserted that AST covers much  more territory and                                                               
residents than the city [police departments] combined.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH  stated that  Girdwood  is  outside of  the                                                               
construct of the  APD, "so it basically is no  different than the                                                               
greater  FNSB."   He  said  his  expectation  is that  AST  would                                                               
provide services  to those areas  in the greater  Municipality of                                                               
Anchorage that are outside the police service area.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL responded that it  has been the state's position                                                               
that  all the  areas  within the  Municipality  of Anchorage  are                                                               
under the APD, not AST.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:24:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH  asked if AST  still has  officers stationed                                                               
in Fort Yukon or Holy Cross.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  answered no.   He said  that officers  have not                                                               
been stationed  in Holy Cross for  the last 20 years  and in Fort                                                               
Yukon, not since 1987.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH  stated  that the  committee  learned  that                                                               
there  are  76  funded  Village   Public  Safety  Officer  (VPSO)                                                               
positions and  52 filled.   He said  that they also  learned that                                                               
the money  not spent on the  unfilled positions does not  go back                                                               
to the state,  but is kept by  the contractors.  He  asked if AST                                                               
has an opportunity to compete for those contracted positions.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL said  that  AST depends  greatly  on the  VPSOs                                                               
across the state.  He mentioned  that they struggle with the same                                                               
challenges as  does AST  - recruitment and  retention.   He added                                                               
that their turnover rate is  about thirty-three percent annually.                                                               
He stated  that they live  in very  difficult areas of  the state                                                               
regarding   lack  of   infrastructure,   housing,  offices,   and                                                               
plumbing.    He added  that  sometimes  they must  perform  court                                                               
arraignments over the  telephone, because there is  a prisoner in                                                               
the other  holding cell.   He asserted  that VPSOs are  the "eyes                                                               
and ears" of AST  when the troopers go to the  villages.  He said                                                               
that  the  VPSOs  certainly  suffer  when  there  are  that  many                                                               
vacancies, especially  in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta,  where there                                                               
are  11 vacancies  out 15  or  18 positions.   He  said that  the                                                               
proposed legislation  is not designed to  create competition with                                                               
the  VPSO program.   He  added that  the hope  is that  AST would                                                               
augment  the VPSO  program.   Studies show  that communities  are                                                               
safer with  either a  VPSO in the  village or both  a VPSO  and a                                                               
state trooper in the village.   He cited Emmonak, Hooper Bay, and                                                               
Togiak as  communities with  both VPSOs and  troopers.   He added                                                               
that the  villages in  Western Alaska  are struggling  with crime                                                               
and sexual assaults.  He said  that his focus has been to provide                                                               
more  troopers  to Western  Alaska,  but  in accomplishing  that,                                                               
troopers were taken out of the urban areas.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:28:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  mentioned that  Title  29  [of the  Alaska                                                               
Statutes]  controls  the powers  granted  to  the boroughs.    He                                                               
stated that as  a second-class borough, Nikiski did  not create a                                                               
law enforcement  service area or  adopt police powers.   He asked                                                               
if Nikiski  would have had  to vote  to create a  law enforcement                                                               
service area for DPS to contract with the city.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP offered  that  a non-profit  [organization]                                                               
has no  authority outside of what  it owns, so he  didn't see how                                                               
it  could  contract  for law  enforcement  services  without  the                                                               
people voting for  "that power."  He asked if  the residents of a                                                               
rural  community with  a  non-profit  regional corporation  would                                                               
have  to vote  on the  service  area before  contracting out  for                                                               
police services and if that would  be an issue with the governing                                                               
body of the community.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL, in  answer to the first  question, replied that                                                               
his  understanding is  that in  the  '90s, Nikiski  voted to  tax                                                               
themselves for police services and then  voted again in 2013.  He                                                               
added  that Nikiski  was in  close contact  with DPS  during that                                                               
time.    He  said  that  the  answer  to  Representative  Knopp's                                                               
question was  yes, Nikiski would  have to vote to  tax themselves                                                               
and  the Kenai  Peninsula Borough  (KPB) would  pay the  troopers                                                               
[through a contract with DPS]  to provide services to augment the                                                               
services  out  of Soldotna.    He  said  that his  greatest  fear                                                               
regarding HB  163 is a scenario  in which Nikiski asked  for five                                                               
state troopers under  a contract costing possibly  $1 million and                                                               
the next administration  or legislature would cut  the AST budget                                                               
by $1 million or by five  positions.  He asserted that the intent                                                               
of the proposed  legislation is for AST to  improve services, not                                                               
break even or even earn money.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL,  in answer  to the  second question,  said that                                                               
the non-profit regional corporations own  swaths of land in rural                                                               
Alaska  and,  except for  Northwest  Arctic  Borough (NAB),  they                                                               
manage the  VPSO programs.  He  said they could apply  for grants                                                               
to hire troopers to provide services to the villages.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:32:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP commented  that the VPSO program  has been a                                                               
large source of controversy in the  budget process this year.  He                                                               
said  that  in compensating  the  regional  corporations for  the                                                               
VPSOs, two concerns  have come forward:  the money  was not being                                                               
used for  its intended  purpose, and  the VPSOs  do not  have the                                                               
same training as the police officers  who attend the academy.  He                                                               
asked if there  is a possibility that someday  DPS would contract                                                               
with the  regional corporations and  provide them with  VPSOs who                                                               
are  employees of  DPS,  and  VPSOs would  be  provided the  same                                                               
training and authority as is provided to state troopers.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL  answered  that  he   felt  that  some  of  the                                                               
testimony  related  to VPSOs  during  a  House Finance  Committee                                                               
meeting  had been  disrespectful of  the VPSO  program.   He said                                                               
that not one  dollar of the funds spent on  the VPSO program goes                                                               
to anything but  salaries, benefits, and support  of the program.                                                               
He said that DPS interacts  with nine entities, eight non-profits                                                               
and NAB, in areas that are  like "third world."  He asserted that                                                               
DPS  provides for  some  very basic  provisions,  such as  phone,                                                               
water,  electricity, building  a  jail cell,  and a  side-by-side                                                               
[vehicle]  for safe  arrests.    He stated,  "There  are so  many                                                               
things that  they are  lacking, and  when we  do have  some extra                                                               
money,  there's  nothing  out  there  that  doesn't  go  to  that                                                               
program."   He added  that the  money stays  in rural  Alaska and                                                               
does not go  to Anchorage or any  other place.  He  said that DPS                                                               
has a  record for  every item  purchased with  the funds,  and he                                                               
oversees the purchases.   He offered that the  testimony he heard                                                               
[in  the previously  mentioned House  Finance Committee  meeting]                                                               
was disheartening,  and perhaps he  needs to  do a better  job of                                                               
providing information about the VPSO program.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL  responded   to  Representative  Knopp's  other                                                               
comment  by saying  that DPS  is working  with the  regional non-                                                               
profits,  or contractors,  to explore  the idea  of making  VPSOs                                                               
state employees  under AST.   He  said he  believes the  idea has                                                               
merit and  cited the difficulty  [currently] of  interacting with                                                               
eight  different  agencies  with  their own  bureaucracies.    He                                                               
stated  that  there are  many  positives  to making  VPSOs  state                                                               
employees.  He offered that doing  so would not cost DPS any more                                                               
money, since it pays indirect money  to the contractors.  He said                                                               
he believes that doing so would  be a step in the right direction                                                               
and would  help them be  better aligned with the  state troopers.                                                               
He  asserted that  AST has  oversight only  over the  contractor-                                                               
operated VPSO programs  and is often held  responsible for things                                                               
over which  it has  no control.   He said that  if DPS  owned the                                                               
program  completely,  then it  could  be  held responsible.    He                                                               
mentioned  that  interacting  directly   with  the  tribes  would                                                               
generate more trust and ownership in the program.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:38:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL asked  if the  legislation  was proposed  to                                                               
address the "Girdwood situation" or a "rural situation" or both.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL replied that the  Girdwood situation "brought it                                                               
to  the  forefront."    He  said  the  proposed  legislation  was                                                               
intended for  areas outside  of AST's normal  focus of  patrol to                                                               
augment what is  already being done in the areas.   He said there                                                               
is the  potential for  [contracted agreements  with DPS  under HB                                                               
163] to be  utilized in rural Alaska.   He said that  he does not                                                               
know if  HB 163 will result  in contracts.  He  commented that he                                                               
believes there  is interest in  contracting with DPS, and  HB 163                                                               
would allow  the flexibility to  enter into contracts  to improve                                                               
services.   He said that  he has a  fear that only  the wealthier                                                               
communities would be able to  afford such contracts, and DPS does                                                               
not  want to  get into  a situation  where it  is providing  more                                                               
services  to the  wealthier  areas.   He stated  that  he is  not                                                               
opposed  to offering  this opportunity  to rural  areas, but  DPS                                                               
does not  want to compete  with cities such as  Bethel, Kotzebue,                                                               
or Nome.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:41:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL asked  if using  troopers  for the  contract                                                               
work proposed  under HB 163  would create a shortage  of troopers                                                               
within AST.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL  said that  the  intent  is  not to  take  from                                                               
trooper  positions  but to  bring  on  additional troopers  under                                                               
contracts.   He recommended  that a contract  be approved  for no                                                               
less than five  years.  He added that if  the contract ended, AST                                                               
always has enough  trooper vacancies to hire the  trooper or have                                                               
him/her  work under  another  contract.   He  said  AST also  has                                                               
explored  using   retired  state  troopers  or   law  enforcement                                                               
officers  hired into  non-permanent ("non-perm")  positions.   He                                                               
said  that AST  is looking  at  different options,  and he  can't                                                               
answer  that question  definitively at  this time  until more  is                                                               
known  regarding what  will be  needed.   He reiterated  that the                                                               
goal is to provide more state troopers in Alaska.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL said  that  in the  Girdwood situation,  the                                                               
town was going to lose a trooper due to lack of funding.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  clarified that  there were five  state troopers                                                               
assigned to Girdwood,  and the Kenai Peninsula lost  six or seven                                                               
trooper  positions at  that  time.   He  said  that  he made  the                                                               
decision to  close the  Girdwood station  and move  the positions                                                               
back to the Kenai Peninsula,  because having two troopers for the                                                               
entire Kenai Peninsula on the "grave" shift was unacceptable.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  concluded that there was  not enough funding                                                               
for troopers  to be permanently  stationed in Girdwood,  and they                                                               
were redistributed.   He  offered that  when troopers  are pulled                                                               
out  of a  community,  some  communities may  be  able to  afford                                                               
contracting for  troopers and some  may not.   He asked  if rural                                                               
communities could share a contract for a trooper.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL  responded  that  he  believes  that  potential                                                               
exists, especially in the Yukon-Kuskokwim  Delta, or in the areas                                                               
surrounding Kotzebue  or Nome.   He mentioned that,  for example,                                                               
three villages  in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta  could contract with                                                               
a  trooper  to  extend  the   coverage  provided  by  the  Bethel                                                               
troopers.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:46:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON stated that  she appreciates the intent of                                                               
HB 163 to fill  a need for troopers.  She gave  as an example the                                                               
Matanuska-Susitna  Borough, which  does not  have police  powers,                                                               
and asked who would oversee the contracted trooper.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  said that in  the Mat-Su Borough,  the troopers                                                               
serve over 85,000 people.  He  said that if Big Lake decides that                                                               
it needs  more coverage than  it currently gets from  Mat-Su West                                                               
and  contracts with  four troopers,  then AST  would oversee  the                                                               
troopers, and  possibly a community  board would  coordinate with                                                               
the  AST detachment  commander to  ensure the  troopers meet  the                                                               
goals of  the contract.   He added  that the primary  patrol area                                                               
would  be Big  Lake; however,  AST  would allow  that trooper  to                                                               
respond  out  of  the  Big   Lake  area  if  backup  were  needed                                                               
elsewhere.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSON asked  if  the  contracting agency  would                                                               
have  to  be a  governmental  agency  or  an entity  with  police                                                               
powers.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL  COCKRELL  answered  that  as  HB  163  is  written,  the                                                               
contracting  agency would  have to  be a  government agency.   He                                                               
said  that in  the Mat-Su  Borough scenario,  DPS would  contract                                                               
with Mat-Su Borough and the  borough would collect taxes from Big                                                               
Lake to  cover the cost.   He said that  in the case  of Houston,                                                               
which currently  does not  have a  police department,  either the                                                               
City of Houston  or the Mat-Su Borough could  contract with [DPS]                                                               
for troopers  using Houston's  funds.   He added  that HB  163 is                                                               
designed for towns such as Houston or Willow.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:51:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON  referred to two problems  brought forward                                                               
in  a  House floor  discussion  regarding  VPSOs:     not  enough                                                               
trained VPSOs or  people willing to take the  VPSO positions; and                                                               
[because  positions  were  unfilled]   the  money  going  to  the                                                               
villages  for VPSOs  could not  be used  for that  purpose.   She                                                               
asked if that money could be used to fund a trooper position.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL said that AST could  not use VPSO grant money to                                                               
fund an Alaska State Trooper.   He speculated that AST would have                                                               
to  get the  Office of  Management  & Budget  (OMB) and  possibly                                                               
legislative  approval to  use the  money in  that way,  as it  is                                                               
strictly for  the VPSO program.   He  mentioned that there  are a                                                               
few trooper positions  that are funded through  the VPSO program,                                                               
but he said  he didn't believe he  could use the money  to hire a                                                               
trooper  for  a  village.    He said  that  recruitment  for  law                                                               
enforcement officers across the county  is difficult, and some of                                                               
the large police departments in the  Lower 48 are having the same                                                               
issues as Alaska.   He reiterated that VPSO programs  have a huge                                                               
turnover rate at thirty-three percent,  and the most VPSOs Alaska                                                               
has  ever  had  was  101  VPSOs  under  Governor  Sean  Parnell's                                                               
administration.   Governor  Parnell added  15 VPSO  positions per                                                               
year and one state trooper position  to support the 15 VPSOs.  He                                                               
said that reductions  in the budget brought  the long-term number                                                               
down to 70-80; the current number is in the 50s.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL COCKRELL  stated that originally  a VPSO was  a community                                                               
officer hired  from within  the village to  be a  first responder                                                               
but not take  much action.  He asserted that  currently much more                                                               
is required of VPSOs; they  are essentially police officers; they                                                               
attend the trooper  academy and have the same  training as Alaska                                                               
State Troopers; they  are now probation officers;  and more VPSOs                                                               
are  hired from  out-of-state and  are not  prepared for  village                                                               
life.  He  added that through the "rover" program,  the VPSOs are                                                               
kept more in the  urban areas and are flown out  to villages.  He                                                               
said there  is not much willingness  for troopers to live  in the                                                               
villages, and  living in the urban  area gives them a  break from                                                               
the village.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS announced that HB 163 is held over.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
             HB 1-ELECTION REGISTRATION AND VOTING                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:56:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that the final  order of business                                                               
would be HOUSE  BILL NO. 1, "An Act relating  to absentee voting,                                                               
voting,  and   voter  registration;  relating  to   early  voting                                                               
locations  at  which  persons  may  vote  absentee  ballots;  and                                                               
providing  for  an  effective  date."    [Before  the  committee,                                                               
adopted as  a work draft  on 3/16/17, was the  proposed committee                                                               
substitute (CS) for HB 1,  Version 30-LS0070\O, Bullard, 3/14/17,                                                               
referred to as "Version O."]                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:57:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK stated  that  the  proposed legislation  was                                                               
designed  to accomplish  the  following:   provide  for same  day                                                               
voter registration;  to allow for  electronic signature  on voter                                                               
registration documents;  ensure that  early voting  locations are                                                               
the  same and  available for  every  election up  until the  next                                                               
redistricting; create  an option  for permanent  absentee voting,                                                               
which is  voting by  mail; and  change terminology  for "absentee                                                               
in-person voting stations"  to "early voting stations".   He said                                                               
that  parts of  AS 15  needed to  be updated  to ensure  that the                                                               
voting  practices that  are currently  occurring are  in statute.                                                               
He  relayed that  currently  a person  may  early vote  in-person                                                               
absentee within [15]  days of an election, and  on his/her ballot                                                               
is a voter  registration form allowing him/her to  vote early and                                                               
change his/her voter registration  simultaneously.  He added that                                                               
Version O would  "extend that all the way down  to same-day voter                                                               
registration."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  paraphrased from  the sectional  analysis of                                                               
the committee  substitute (CS)  for HB 1,  which read  as follows                                                               
[original punctuation  provided with  bolded type  indicating new                                                               
sections]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1: Removes language from AS 15.05.010 that                                                                         
     requires a qualified voter to register under AS 15.07                                                                      
     before an election.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2: Permits a person registering or                                                                                 
     reregistering as a voter to apply using an electronic                                                                      
     signature.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3: instructing the director of the division to                                                                   
     determine the form of electronic signature to be used                                                                      
     when registering to vote.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4: Allows a qualified voter registering on the                                                                     
     day of, or within 30 days of an election, to vote a                                                                        
     questioned ballot at that election.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK stated  that there are only  six locations at                                                               
which a person can early vote  and have it count as early voting.                                                               
He added that  there are 101 locations in the  State of Alaska at                                                               
which  a person  can vote  in-person absentee  early within  [15]                                                               
days of the election.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  continued to  paraphrase from  the sectional                                                               
analysis, which  read as  follows [original  punctuation provided                                                               
with bolded type indicating new sections]:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
     Section 5: Amends AS 15.07.070(h) the procedure for                                                                      
     registration is amended to clarify the use of a                                                                            
     special needs ballot and clarifies that on the voter's                                                                     
     certificate on the ballot that registration includes a                                                                     
     voters choice to declare a political party, non-                                                                           
     partisan or undeclared.                                                                                                    
     NOTE: This is a practice the division of elections                                                                         
     already carries out, this is just updating the                                                                             
     statutes to reflect their current practice.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6: stating that section 15.07.070 includes                                                                       
     special needs ballot which is defined under 15.20.072.                                                                     
     Special needs voting: A qualified voter with a                                                                             
     disability who, because of that disability, is unable                                                                      
     to go to a polling place to vote may vote a special                                                                        
     needs ballot.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section  7:   If  a   persons  voter   registration  is                                                                  
     cancelled  under  15.07.130   voter  registration  list                                                                    
     maintenance,  and they  re-register they  shall vote  a                                                                    
     questioned ballot.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section  8:  conforming  language for  same  day  voter                                                                  
     registration.  This  amends  AS 15.07.090(c)     voting                                                                    
     after change of name,  reregistration   to add language                                                                    
     that states if a person  moved from a new precinct they                                                                    
     vote an questioned ballot.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 9: cleans up language  about a voter who is not                                                                    
     found  on  the voter  registrar  to  vote a  questioned                                                                    
     ballot.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section  10: definition  expansion  to include  special                                                                  
     needs ballot.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section 11: Conforms AS 15.07.130(e) to changes made                                                                       
     in section 18 of the bill.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:02:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 12: Clarifies privileges of poll watchers in a                                                                   
     general election or special election related to ballot                                                                     
     propositions.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section 13: adds a new section to AS 15.10.170                                                                           
     appointment and privileges of poll watchers to clarify                                                                     
     poll watchers may be designated by prescient party                                                                         
     chair, organized group, or candidate. This is the                                                                          
     language that was removed in section 12 and made a new                                                                     
     subsection. NOTE: this practice is currently being                                                                         
     done by the division of elections.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                              
     Section 14 - 17: relate to questioned ballot procedure                                                                   
     and adding a declaration that the voter must sign that                                                                     
     the information provided is accurate.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 18: Renames absentee voting stations "early                                                                        
     voting stations." Provides that a location designated                                                                      
     as an early voting station will remain an early voting                                                                     
     station for subsequent elections unless the location                                                                       
     is no longer available for use or the director of the                                                                      
     division of elections determines that the location is                                                                      
     no longer appropriate. Requires the director to make a                                                                     
     determination that a location is no longer appropriate                                                                     
     for use as an early voting station available to the                                                                        
     public in writing.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 19-22: Conforms AS 15.20.050 to changes made                                                                       
     in Section 18 related to early voting stations.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Section 23: allowing voter registration updates                                                                          
     through electronic absentee ballot and fax.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:05:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 24: Requires an absentee ballot application to                                                                     
     include an option for a voter to choose to receive                                                                         
     absentee ballots by mail for future regularly                                                                              
     scheduled state elections. Provides conditions under                                                                       
     which the director may require a voter to reapply to                                                                       
     receive absentee ballots by mail.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
       Section 25: conforming changes for same day voter                                                                        
     registration.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section 26: definition of electronic signature                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
        Section 27: conforming to section 18 of the bill                                                                        
     related to early voting stations.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section 28: conforming to same day voter registration.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section 29: conforming to same day voter registration.                                                                     
     Note: AS 29.26.050(a)(3): voter qualifications, is                                                                         
     registered to vote in state elections at a resident                                                                        
     address within a municipality at least 30 days before                                                                      
     the municipal election at which the person seeks to                                                                        
     vote.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 30: Provides authority to the director of the                                                                      
     division of elections in uncodified law to adopt or                                                                        
     amend regulations as necessary to implement the                                                                            
     changes made by the Act.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section 31: Provides an effective date for the bill's                                                                      
     provisions.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:08:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the committee  would recess                                                               
until 5:30 p.m.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  asked for an  explanation of  the difference                                                               
between the process  for counting an absentee ballot  and that of                                                               
counting   a  questioned   ballot,   when  a   change  in   voter                                                               
registration is made at the same time.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:38:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURI WILSON, Elections Supervisor,  Division of Elections (DOE),                                                               
Office  of the  Lieutenant  Governor,  explained that  questioned                                                               
ballots are voted at the  precinct only on Election Day; absentee                                                               
in-person ballots can be voted 15  days before the election.  She                                                               
added  that  there are  other  types  of  absentee ballots  -  by                                                               
facsimile ("fax"),  by mail, and  online.  She stated  that these                                                               
ballots go  through the review process.   She said that  once the                                                               
voter has  cast one of these  ballots, DOE staff logs  the ballot                                                               
and completes an  initial review of the  voter's record comparing                                                               
the information  on the outside  of the ballot envelope  with the                                                               
information in  the database.   They then  assign a count  code -                                                               
full count, partial  count, or reject.  She said  that the review                                                               
report  and the  ballot  envelope together  go  through a  second                                                               
review,  which is  performed by  one of  two independent  boards:                                                               
the  "questioned"  board  for  the  questioned  ballots  and  the                                                               
"absentee" board for the absentee ballots.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  asked  for  confirmation  that  questioned                                                               
ballots are voted on Election  Day and absentee ballots are voted                                                               
15 days before the election.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON answered, "That is correct."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP  asked for  the length  of the  early voting                                                               
period.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON responded that the early  voting period is the 15 days                                                               
before the election.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP asked  if absentee and early  voting are the                                                               
same.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON replied that absentee  voting and early voting are two                                                               
separate processes.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:41:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP  asked for  the proof  of residency  that is                                                               
required to demonstrate  that the person registering  to vote has                                                               
lived in the district for 30 days.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON  answered that for  the presidential  election, Alaska                                                               
currently has  same day registration.   She stated that  when the                                                               
voter  applies for  registration,  DOE verifies  all the  voter's                                                               
identifiers using  the Division of Motor  Vehicles (DMV) database                                                               
and the  Social Security Administration  (SSA) database,  both of                                                               
which are accessed through DMV.   She said that currently DOE can                                                               
look up a voter's registration  date in its database to determine                                                               
if the voter has been registered for  30 days.  She said that for                                                               
someone newly  registered, under Version  O he/she would  need to                                                               
submit  a signed  declaration attesting  that he/she  has been  a                                                               
resident of the district for 30  days prior to the election.  The                                                               
identifiers for  that person then  would be verified  through the                                                               
DMV and SSA databases.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP said  that his concern is  the potential for                                                               
voter fraud,  not on the national  level but on the  local level.                                                               
He mentioned that  he is considering introducing  an amendment to                                                               
Version O that would require  a person registering within 30 days                                                               
of  an  election to  provide  DOE  with  some  proof of  being  a                                                               
resident  of  the district.    The  types  of  proof would  be  a                                                               
paycheck  stub,  a current  Alaska  driver's  license, a  utility                                                               
bill, or a bank statement with a current address.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:45:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON  said that some other  states do require that  type of                                                               
proof.   She added that  since Alaska  does not require  that, an                                                               
amendment  would be  needed for  statute  changes and  subsequent                                                               
changes in DOE processes.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:45:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  referred to  Ms. Wilson's statement  that an                                                               
in-person  absentee ballot  is  considered  differently [by  DOE]                                                               
than  early voting.    He asked  if she  was  referring to  early                                                               
voting in the six locations at  which a person can actually early                                                               
vote or  to someone  voting an  in-person absentee  ballot before                                                               
the election.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON responded  that at the six early  voting stations, DOE                                                               
offers  what is  referred to  as "early  voting" and  also offers                                                               
absentee in-person voting.   She explained that  early voting, as                                                               
it  is currently  done, requires  those stations  to have  "live"                                                               
access  to the  DOE voter  registration database  to confirm  the                                                               
eligibility of the voter at the  time he/she is voting.  Election                                                               
workers  check  to ensure  there  are  no  changes in  the  voter                                                               
record,  verify  the voter's  identification  (ID),  and issue  a                                                               
voter  certificate.   The  certificate is  signed  by the  voter;                                                               
he/she is  issued a ballot; and  the ballot goes "live"  into the                                                               
ballot box with no review.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON went on  to say that if a voter  wishing to early vote                                                               
has had  a change in  his/her record,  he/she would have  to fill                                                               
out the  [questioned ballot] envelope  at the  absentee in-person                                                               
table to change  his/her registration, and his/her  vote would be                                                               
subject to the review process.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked for confirmation  that at the 181 early                                                               
vote  locations without  live access  verification, voters  would                                                               
vote an in-person absentee ballot.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON answered, "That is correct."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  also asked  for confirmation  that currently                                                               
someone  could  vote  in-person  absentee   at  one  of  the  181                                                               
locations and change or update  his/her voter registration on the                                                               
ballot envelope.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON replied, "That is correct."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  asked  if  DOE   can  verify  a  change  in                                                               
residency  before the  ballot  is  counted or  if  DOE takes  the                                                               
signed affidavit.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WILSON   responded  that  DOE   takes  the   voter's  signed                                                               
confirmation attesting to living at the resident address stated.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked  for confirmation that there  is no way                                                               
of verifying residence prior to the ballot being counted.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. WILSON answered  that unless the voter's  address matches the                                                               
address in the  DMV database, without any  additional proof, that                                                               
is correct.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:50:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  mentioned that [concurrent]  verification is                                                               
not currently  possible for those  voting same day  or in-person,                                                               
if he/she  makes registration  changes.   He suggested  that same                                                               
day voting  should be offered  to someone voting a  special needs                                                               
ballot, voting  by fax,  or voting at  the 181  stations allowing                                                               
in-person  absentee   early  voting  within  [15]   days  of  the                                                               
election.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:50:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP mentioned  that often  DMV records  are not                                                               
current when a person moves frequently.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:51:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP  moved adopt  Conceptual Amendment  1, which                                                               
read:                                                                                                                           
     Page 3,  line 6,  following "election", add,"  a person                                                                    
     registering  to vote  within 30  days  of the  election                                                                    
     must  show   proof  of   Alaskan  residency   prior  to                                                                    
     registering  and  sign  an  affidavit  that  they  have                                                                    
     resided in the  district for the last 30  days prior to                                                                    
     the election and shall exhibit  to an election official                                                                    
     on  form   of  verification,   including  one   of  the                                                                    
     following;                                                                                                                 
          (1) prior voter registration with last four year                                                                      
          (2) pay stub proving Alaskan Employment                                                                               
          (3) current Alaska Driver's License                                                                                   
          (4) utility bill receipts with current address                                                                        
          (5) bank statements with current address                                                                              
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK objected  for the purpose of  discussion.  He                                                               
said his  only concern regarding  the proposed amendment  is that                                                               
it is  clear that  the verification process  is not  necessary to                                                               
change party affiliation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP responded, "That is my intent."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  asked if [CSHB  1, Version O]  would allow                                                               
someone to  change his/her  party affiliation on  the day  of the                                                               
election.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  answered yes.    He  said it  is  currently                                                               
allowed  with  a  questioned ballot  and  an  in-person  absentee                                                               
ballot.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX offered  that in  a primary  election, one                                                               
can't change one's party registration  on the day of the election                                                               
and  have it  count.   She added  that it  must be  done 30  days                                                               
prior.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:53:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WILSON said  that  Representative LeDoux  is  correct.   She                                                               
responded  that  currently  a voter  can  make  any  registration                                                               
changes  on a  questioned ballot  form or  an absentee  in-person                                                               
[ballot]  envelope; however,  for the  primary election,  a party                                                               
affiliation change is not effective  on the day of election under                                                               
current statute.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  asked  if   under  either  Version  O  or                                                               
Conceptual Amendment 1  to Version O, someone  could change one's                                                               
party affiliation on  the day of the election and  have it count,                                                               
to vote in that election.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WILSON  expressed  her  understanding  that  the  intent  of                                                               
Version  O is  to allow  for same  day registration,  which would                                                               
include a change in party affiliation  the same day and allow the                                                               
vote to be counted.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:55:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP stated  that Conceptual  Amendment 1  would                                                               
have no  effect on that  situation.  [Conceptual Amendment  1 was                                                               
treated as adopted.]                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:56:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 5:56 p.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:56:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  moved  to  report  CSHB  1,  Version  30-                                                               
LS0070\O,  Bullard, 3/14/17  out of  committee, as  amended, with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  the  accompanying fiscal  notes.                                                               
There being no objection, CSHB 1(STA) was reported from the                                                                     
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:57:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
State Affairs Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 5:58                                                                  
p.m.                                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB46 - Letter of Support - McClures 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 ver A 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB46 - Letter of support - Mr. Reginald Beverly 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB46 - LOS - Lael Morgan 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB46 - October 25th – African American Soldiers - 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB46 letter of support - AK Veterans Foundation 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 Fiscal Note DMVA 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 List of Testifiers - House State Affairs Committee 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 Sectional Analysis ver A 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 Senator Sullivan's Support 3.8.17.jpeg HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 Sponsor Statement ver A 3.8.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
Alaska Highway Day SB46.msg HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
letter of support and SB 46 supplemental material (1).msg HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
letter of support and SB 46 supplemental material.msg HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
HB163 Speaker Edgmon Contracts for Troopers Services Transmittal Letter 03.07.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 163
HB 163 Sectional Analysis 3.9.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 163
HB163 ver A 3.9.17.PDF HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 163
HB0163 Fiscal Note ADM 3.9.17.PDF HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 163
HB0163 Fiscal Note DPS 3.9.17.PDF HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 163
HB001 Draft Proposed Amendment D.1 3.7.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB094 Sponsor Statement 3.21.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 94
HB094 ver 30-LS0275-A 3.21.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 94
HB094 Supporting Document 3.21.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 94
HB094 Fiscal Note 3.21.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 94
SB 46 - LOS - Katrina Gill Beverly - 3.20.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 - LOS - Ceylon Mitchell - 3.20.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
SB 46 Letter of Support Paula Perry 3.21.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46
HB163 Letter of Support 3.18.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
HB 163
SB046 Letter of Support,Thanks 3.22.17.pdf HSTA 3/21/2017 3:00:00 PM
SB 46