Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120

02/15/2018 03:15 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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+= HB 293 BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR POLICE & TRAINING TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 293 Out of Committee
+= HB 224 REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 224(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HJR 21 FEDS RESPECT STATE REG OF MARIJUANA TELECONFERENCED
Moved SSHJR 21 Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 319 RENEW MARIJUANA LICENSE:BACKGROUND CHECKS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 319(STA) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
             HOUSE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                       February 15, 2018                                                                                        
                           3:18 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. 293                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating  to  powers  of  the  Alaska  Police  Standards                                                              
Council;  and  relating  to background  checks  for  admission  to                                                              
police training programs and certification as a police officer."                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 293 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 224                                                                                                              
"An Act relating  to reemployment of persons who  retire under the                                                              
teachers' retirement system."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 224(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 21                                                                                                   
Urging  the federal  government to  respect the  authority of  the                                                              
state  to regulate  marijuana  use, production,  and  distribution                                                              
and to  honor previous federal  guidance on marijuana  policy; and                                                              
urging  the  federal  government  to  reconsider  its  listing  of                                                              
marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SSHJR 21 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 319                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to criminal background checks for marijuana                                                                    
establishment registrations and renewals; and providing for an                                                                  
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 319(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 293                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR  POLICE & TRAINING                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/19/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/18       (H)       STA, JUD                                                                                               
01/30/18       (H)       STA AT  3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
01/30/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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02/01/18       (H)       STA AT  3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
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02/15/18       (H)       STA AT  3:15 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 224                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED  TEACHERS & ADMIN                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): JOHNSTON                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
04/10/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/10/17       (H)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
04/18/17       (H)       STA AT  3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
04/18/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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04/25/17       (H)       STA AT  3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
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02/08/18       (H)       STA AT  3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
02/08/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/08/18       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/15/18       (H)       STA AT  3:15 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 21                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: FEDS RESPECT STATE REG OF MARIJUANA                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): GUTTENBERG                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
04/16/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/16/17       (H)       JUD                                                                                                    
05/12/17       (H)       STA REPLACES JUD REFERRAL                                                                              
05/12/17       (H)       BILL REPRINTED 5/12/17                                                                                 
05/16/17       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
05/16/17       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
02/05/18       (H)       SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE INTRODUCED                                                                          
02/05/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/05/18       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
02/13/18       (H)       STA AT 3:15 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/13/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/13/18       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/15/18       (H)       STA AT 3:15 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 319                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: RENEW MARIJUANA LICENSE:BACKGROUND CHECKS                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): JOSEPHSON                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
01/31/18       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/31/18       (H)       STA, JUD                                                                                               
02/13/18       (H)       STA AT 3:15 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/13/18       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/13/18       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/15/18       (H)       STA AT 3:15 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT GRIFFITHS, Executive Director                                                                                            
Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC)                                                                                          
Department of Public Safety (DPS)                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions during the hearing on HB                                                              
293.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PETER HOEPFNER                                                                                                                  
Cordova School Board                                                                                                            
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 224.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN ARNOLD, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Nome Public Schools (NPS)                                                                                                       
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 224.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK MAYER, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Wrangell Public Schools                                                                                                         
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 224.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
LIZ REXFORD, Staff                                                                                                              
Representative Jennifer Johnston                                                                                                
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Presented the committee substitute  (CS) for                                                            
HB 224,  Version O,  on behalf of  Representative Johnston,  prime                                                              
sponsor.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER JOHNSTON                                                                                                
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Answered  questions during  the hearing  on                                                            
the committee  substitute  (CS) for  HB 224,  Version O, as  prime                                                              
sponsor.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVID GUTTENBERG                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified and answered questions  during the                                                            
hearing on HJR 21, as prime sponsor.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ANDY JOSEPHSON                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified during  the hearing on HB  319, as                                                            
prime sponsor.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEGAN HOLLAND, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Answered questions during the  hearing on HB                                                            
319 on behalf of Representative Josephson, prime sponsor.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ERICA MCCONNEL, Director                                                                                                        
Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO)                                                                                       
Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED)                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Answered questions during the  hearing on HB                                                            
319.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:18:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  JONATHAN  KREISS-TOMKINS  called the  House  State  Affairs                                                            
Standing    Committee   meeting    to   order    at   3:18    p.m.                                                              
Representatives  Tuck, Wool,  Birch, Johnson,  Knopp, and  Kreiss-                                                              
Tomkins  were  present  at  the call  to  order.    Representative                                                              
LeDoux arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
         HB 293-BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR POLICE & TRAINING                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
3:19:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the first order  of business                                                              
would be  HOUSE BILL NO.  293, "An Act  relating to powers  of the                                                              
Alaska  Police  Standards  Council;  and  relating  to  background                                                              
checks   for   admission   to   police   training   programs   and                                                              
certification as a police officer."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:20:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  asked  for  the  number  of  village  police                                                              
officers (VPOs) in Alaska.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:20:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  GRIFFITHS,  Executive Director,  Alaska  Police  Standards                                                              
Council (APSC),  Department  of Public Safety  (DPS), referred  to                                                              
his letter  dated 1/31/18, included  in the committee  packet, and                                                              
said that  there are seven VPOs  actively enrolled with  APSC, but                                                              
APSC is aware that  there are many more who are  not in compliance                                                              
with the regulations.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:21:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  stated that  he  is uncomfortable  with  HB                                                              
293.  He expressed  that he was unclear on the  status of VPOs and                                                              
what  entity  employs  them.    He  mentioned  there  being  seven                                                              
actively  enrolled  VPOs  and  138  communities  that  potentially                                                              
would  be affected.    He offered  that his  concern  is that  the                                                              
state would  be engaging in a  recruitment program that  it cannot                                                              
afford.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:22:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  moved to report HB 293 out  of committee with                                                              
individual  recommendations  and   the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                              
notes.  There being  no objection, HB 293 reported  from the House                                                              
State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
        HB 224-REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
3:23:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced  that the  next order of  business                                                              
would be HOUSE BILL  NO. 224, "An Act relating  to reemployment of                                                              
persons who retire under the teachers' retirement system."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:23:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS opened public testimony on HB 224.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:24:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETER  HOEPFNER,  Cordova  School Board,  testified  that  schools                                                              
throughout  Alaska have positions  that they  are unable  to fill,                                                              
particularly  the  hard-to-fill   teaching  positions  in  special                                                              
education and high  school mathematics and science.   He said that                                                              
this is true both  in urban and rural Alaska.   He stated that the                                                              
number of  teachers attending the  Alaska Teacher  Placement (ATP)                                                              
Job  Fair has  dropped  dramatically.   In  2014,  there were  250                                                              
candidates; in 2017,  there were only 211 candidates  with 850-900                                                              
open positions, including janitors and nurses.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HOEPFNER  relayed  that  the main  reason  teachers  come  to                                                              
Alaska is  for an "Alaskan  experience."   Salaries are  not high;                                                              
there  are  no retirement  benefits;  and  there is  a  nationwide                                                              
shortage of teachers.   He reported that the  Texas teacher salary                                                              
starts  at $56,000  for someone  with a bachelor's  degree  and no                                                              
experience.   Most  Alaska districts  cannot offer  that level  of                                                              
pay.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HOEPFNER  offered that  the  proposed  legislation  is not  a                                                              
"silver bullet"  to filling  teacher positions  but one  more tool                                                              
in the  toolbox to  put a teacher  in front  of students  in every                                                              
classroom.    He   maintained  that  the  proposed   amendments  -                                                              
requiring  districts to  try to  fill  positions with  [permanent]                                                              
teachers  and  allowing  a  contract  for  only  one  year  -  are                                                              
amenable to school  districts.  Teachers are  contracted currently                                                              
for only one year.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. HOEPFNER relayed  that HB 224 is supported  by the Association                                                              
of   Alaska  School   Boards  (AASB)   resolution  4.5,   entitled                                                              
"Addressing the  Teacher, Specialist and Administrator  Shortage,"                                                              
adopted in  1999 and resolution  4.10, entitled "Urging  the State                                                              
of  Alaska to  Reinstate the  Retire-Rehire  Program," adopted  in                                                              
2008.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. HOEPFNER added  that the revised fiscal note for  HB 224 shows                                                              
minimal [financial] impact to the state.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:27:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK asked  whether  there is  a possibility  that                                                              
more teachers  would  choose to  come to Alaska,  if salaries  and                                                              
retirement benefits improved.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HOEPFNER  responded  that   the  changes  in  the  retirement                                                              
system,  the salaries,  and flat  funding for  education over  the                                                              
years has  resulted in Alaska being  unable to compete  with other                                                              
states.   He  mentioned  that moving  to  a rural  area  can be  a                                                              
sacrifice  for someone.   He  maintained  that improving  salaries                                                              
and retirement benefits  would be one way to  increase recruitment                                                              
to Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  asked about  the practice of  "pink slipping"                                                              
teachers  year after  year; last  year  the state  budget was  not                                                              
passed until  June 22.   He  asked how  that affected the  Cordova                                                              
School District (CSD).                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. HOEPFNER  answered that the  district hires teachers  and pays                                                              
to  bring them  to the  community; giving  a teacher  a pink  slip                                                              
puts the  teacher in  a terrible  position; and  when the  teacher                                                              
does not know  if he/she will have  a job in the fall,  it takes a                                                              
toll on the individual.   He said that it is a big  issue and that                                                              
he  appreciates both  SB  131 and  HB 287  to  ensure funding  for                                                              
schools.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  asked Mr. Hoepfner whether his  district lost                                                              
teachers from the pink slip issue alone.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. HOEPFNER  replied that CSD has  not.  He said that  82 percent                                                              
of its staff are  at the top of the pay scale, but  there has been                                                              
a large  turnover of  younger teachers.   He  maintained that  the                                                              
district  tries  to  hire  with   long-term  sustainability  of  a                                                              
position in mind.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:30:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN   ARNOLD,  Superintendent,   Nome   Public  Schools   (NPS),                                                              
testified that  he is in  strong support of  HB 224; it is  a tool                                                              
that will help school  districts at a time when they  need help in                                                              
attracting  effective educators.    He offered  what  he called  a                                                              
"boots on the  ground" perspective:  The rural  districts struggle                                                              
more and  more with the fewer  applicants for teaching  positions;                                                              
the  proposed  legislation  would  help  particularly  in  filling                                                              
specialist   positions   -   special    education   teachers   and                                                              
counselors.   As  an  example, NPS  had  three  positions with  no                                                              
applicants prior to  the school year; for a district  with only 54                                                              
teachers,  that had an  enormous impact.   He  stated that  two of                                                              
the positions -  special education teacher and  junior high school                                                              
counselor - remained unfilled throughout the year.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ARNOLD  relayed   that  Nome  is  a  great   community;  many                                                              
educators stay there  after retiring; however, they  are unwilling                                                              
to  return to  the school  district to  provide services,  because                                                              
doing  so  might   compromise  their  retirement   benefits.    He                                                              
mentioned that  even having  them come back  part time  would help                                                              
the district.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ARNOLD  asserted  that the  proposed  legislation  would  not                                                              
solve  all  the problems  with  the  teacher shortage  crisis  but                                                              
would help in the rural areas.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:33:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  asked for the average age of  the NPS teacher                                                              
workforce.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. ARNOLD replied  that the average age about four  years ago was                                                              
about 50; the average  tenure of teachers was about  13 years.  He                                                              
said that  there has  been a  trend towards  lower ages  and lower                                                              
tenures.  He relayed  that NPS has more teachers  under Tier 1 and                                                              
Tier  2 of  the  Teachers'  Retirement  System (TRS);  without  an                                                              
incentive to  stay 20 or 25  years, there is an  increasing number                                                              
of  teachers who  stay for  a while  to get  experience then  take                                                              
their experience  to a Lower 48  teaching position.  He  said that                                                              
within a few short  years, the average age has  decreased to about                                                              
40.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  asked  what  the reduction  in  the  average                                                              
tenure has been?                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. ARNOLD  responded that the average  tenure in his  district is                                                              
now about  10 years.   He said that NPS  used to have  60 teachers                                                              
and now  has 54  teachers.  He  added that  teachers used  to stay                                                              
20-25 years, but  now there is more movement  and transition among                                                              
teachers.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:35:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK   MAYER,   Superintendent,    Wrangell   Public   Schools,                                                              
testified   that    he   is   president-elect   of    the   Alaska                                                              
Superintendents  Association  (ASA).   He stated  that  ASA is  in                                                              
strong  support of  HB  224; it  is a  mechanism  that would  help                                                              
school  districts at  a  time when  they  need  immediate help  to                                                              
attract quality educators.   He relayed that he is  aware that the                                                              
proposed  legislation would  not solve all  the challenges  facing                                                              
school districts,  but it can provide  some relief.  He  said that                                                              
HB 224  would allow for the  reemployment of retired  educators to                                                              
help districts  fill  vacancies; it  is a necessary  tool  to meet                                                              
school  district   personnel  needs   in  both  urban   and  rural                                                              
districts.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAYER  relayed  that  the   proposed  legislation  is  vital,                                                              
because Alaska has  a critical shortage of  educators, principals,                                                              
and  superintendents, and  is  experiencing  high turnover  rates.                                                              
He  stated that  the ASA  members  make hiring  decisions in  each                                                              
district and  deal directly  with the  challenges of a  diminished                                                              
applicant  pool.     He  said  that  the  [2018]   Joint  Position                                                              
Statements   drafted    by   the   Alaska   Council    of   School                                                              
Administrators   (ACSA),  included   in   the  committee   packet,                                                              
identified  retire rehire  as  its top  priority;  superintendents                                                              
and principals  to varying  degrees manage  to find themselves  in                                                              
the position  of having to  provide a near-term  hire.   He stated                                                              
that the flexibility  provided by HB 224 would  allow options that                                                              
benefit students.  He asked for support of HB 224.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:37:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS closed public testimony on HB 224.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:37:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  moved to adopt the committee  substitute (CS)                                                              
for HB  224, Version 30-LS0759\O,  Wayne, 2/13/18, as  the working                                                              
document.   There being  no objection,  Version  O was before  the                                                              
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK objected for the purpose of discussion.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:38:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ  REXFORD,  Staff,  Representative  Jennifer  Johnston,  Alaska                                                              
State  Legislature, on  behalf of  Representative Johnston,  prime                                                              
sponsor of  HB 224,  relayed that under  Version 0,  three changes                                                              
were made  to the  original version  of the proposed  legislation.                                                              
The  first change  is  that a  school  district  must advertise  a                                                              
position for  ten business days  and actively recruit to  fill the                                                              
position  with  someone  other  than  a  retired  teacher,  before                                                              
considering a retired teacher.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. REXFORD  stated that  the second change  was the  insertion of                                                              
new language  on page 2, lines 8-9,  which read:  "A  contract for                                                              
reemployment  under  (a)  of  this   section  may  not  exceed  12                                                              
consecutive months."                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. REXFORD related  that a subsection was added on  page 2, lines                                                              
13-14, which states  that the proposed legislation  does not apply                                                              
to  the rehire  of a  member who  is eligible  for restoration  of                                                              
tenure rights  under AS  14.20.165.  She  added that  AS 14.20.165                                                              
addresses the  renewal of tenure for  a member who is  retired due                                                              
to disability but has rehabilitated.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:39:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP referred to  the ten-day advertising  period                                                              
and pointed  out that the  proposed legislation stipulates  that a                                                              
person cannot  be hired  within 90 days  if 62 years  of age.   He                                                              
asked the  purpose of  the first  amendment considering  a teacher                                                              
must be retired for  90 days prior to rehire.   He stated that his                                                              
assumption  is that  the district  would have  advertised for  the                                                              
position already.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  REXFORD  answered  that  to be  considered  for  rehire,  the                                                              
member must be retired  for a certain number of days  or months as                                                              
stated in  the proposed  legislation; the  minimum length  of time                                                              
the position must be advertised is ten days.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:41:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JENNIFER   JOHNSTON,  Alaska   State  Legislature,                                                              
responded that  the change clarifies  that the position  isn't one                                                              
that  would  go  directly  to a  retired  teacher,  but  that  the                                                              
district has put due diligence into hiring available teachers.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:41:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK referred  to  the 2/13/18  memorandum  (memo)                                                              
from  Dan   Wayne,  Attorney,   Legislative  Legal   and  Research                                                              
Services,   included  in   the  committee   packet,  regarding   a                                                              
potential conflict between section 1 of Version O and statute.                                                                  
The  memo   read  in   part  as   follows  [original   punctuation                                                              
provided]:  "To  prohibit a reading of subsections  (c) and (d) of                                                              
the  bill's sec.  14.20.136  as  limitations on  the  rehire of  a                                                              
disabled  teacher  who  has  retired under  AS  14.25.130  but  is                                                              
cleared  to return  to work  under AS  14.20.165, we  added a  new                                                              
subsection, (f),  to sec. 14.20.136."   He said his  understanding                                                              
is that someone who  has been cleared to come back  to work may do                                                              
so  even though  he/she  has retired.   He  added  that he  didn't                                                              
understand what constitutes the conflict.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. REXFORD answered  that she coordinated with  Legislative Legal                                                              
and  Research  Services   and  the  Division  of   Retirement  and                                                              
Benefits (DRB)  to draft  the language.   She maintained  that the                                                              
intention  is   not  to  prohibit   those  who  are   retired  and                                                              
rehabilitated  under a different  statute  from returning  to work                                                              
but  to  allow  the  rehire  of  the  retired  teacher  under  the                                                              
retirement system.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSTON  relayed  that there  are  two  different                                                              
statutes addressing  two distinctly  different rehire  situations:                                                              
one  is for  the rehire  of  retired teachers;  the  other is  for                                                              
rehire of disabled teachers who are now [rehabilitated].                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK   offered  that  on  page  2,   lines  13-14,                                                              
subsection (f) has  been added to clarify that issue.   He relayed                                                              
that the  memo mentions  a possible  conflict,  and to solve  that                                                              
conflict, subsection  (f) has been added; therefore,  the conflict                                                              
is resolved.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSTON concurred.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  removed his objection to the  motion to adopt                                                              
Version  O  as the  working  document.    There being  no  further                                                              
objection, Version O was before the committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:45:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  stated  that  the  proposed  legislation  is                                                              
needed to  ensure Alaska has  qualified teachers in  rural Alaska.                                                              
He  added that  it  is unfortunate  that  the  legislature is  not                                                              
accomplishing  this  through  methods  known to  work,  that  have                                                              
worked  in  the   past,  and  work  for  other   states  -  viable                                                              
retirement plans.   He maintained,  "That's how you lock  them in;                                                              
that's how you keep  them there; that's how they  are able to have                                                              
lifelong  careers  with our  districts."    He expressed  that  he                                                              
worries that  Alaska's teacher  personnel will become  "top-heavy"                                                              
again, due  to hiring back retirees  and not taking the  effort to                                                              
invest  in  new  people coming  into  the  industry  for  lifelong                                                              
careers.   He  offered that  this is  a "band  aid" approach,  but                                                              
possibly  necessary because  of the state's  fiscal situation  and                                                              
lack of retirement benefits.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK relayed  that the state  relies on  teachers'                                                              
passion to teach  more than on offering greater  compensation.  He                                                              
expressed that  it is alarming  that in  Texas, one can  start out                                                              
with  only  a  bachelor's  degree  and  no  experience  and  begin                                                              
teaching  with  a salary  of  $56,000.   In  Alaska,  one needs  a                                                              
master's  degree to  teach.   He  maintained  that  Alaska is  not                                                              
honoring  that teacher,  who  has  worked so  hard  to obtain  the                                                              
degree  and is  sometimes put  into difficult  working and  living                                                              
conditions in  rural Alaska.   Alaska is  not getting a  return on                                                              
its investment when  after a few years of gaining  experience, the                                                              
teacher decides  to move out of  state to raise a  family, because                                                              
there  are  no defined  retirement  benefits  or  social  security                                                              
benefits upon retiring.  He said, "That's really unfortunate."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:47:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KNOPP  said  that he  agrees;  it  is a  band  aid                                                              
approach,  but a  good  one; it  fills the  gap  temporarily.   He                                                              
mentioned   previous  testimony   [2/8/18   House  State   Affairs                                                              
Standing Committee  meeting] pointing  out that  the ATP  Job Fair                                                              
has not  drawn the number  of teacher candidates  as in  the past.                                                              
He  stated that  the proposed  legislation is  a "good  fix."   He                                                              
offered that there  are numerous reasons why teachers  don't stay;                                                              
benefit packet and  pay may be part of the retention  problem.  He                                                              
said  that of  the salary  studies  that he  has reviewed,  Alaska                                                              
does not compare  poorly with the  rest of the country;  it is not                                                              
in the  bottom 50th percentile,  but closer  to the top  - 10-20th                                                              
percentile.    He  conceded  that the  conditions  in  Alaska  are                                                              
substantially  different  [than in  the Lower  48].   He  recalled                                                              
that  there  used  to  be  a  loan  forgiveness  program,  and  he                                                              
expressed  his   belief  that  the  school  districts   and  state                                                              
agencies  will eventually  address  recruitment  and retention  in                                                              
one form or another.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:49:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  said  that   he  agrees  that  the  proposed                                                              
legislation  offers a temporary  fix.   He added that  fortunately                                                              
we have many good  teachers who are retiring that  Alaska may want                                                              
to keep awhile longer.   He stated that he learned  about a friend                                                              
of his in  Fairbanks, who had  been teaching in the  public school                                                              
for quite  some time, moving  to Las Vegas  to teach,  because the                                                              
job offer was  too good to turn  down.  He offered that  salary is                                                              
important and benefits  are important.  He stated  that Alaska may                                                              
not rank at the  bottom of all the states in pay  but ranks at the                                                              
top  for cost  of  living  (COL).   He  said,  "We have  to  start                                                              
recognizing that."   He  added that University  of Alaska  (UA) is                                                              
working  hard  to   graduate  more  teachers  and   place  quality                                                              
teachers  in all  parts  of Alaska.    He maintained  that  Alaska                                                              
needs  to examine  its entire  educational  system -  kindergarten                                                              
(K) through 12  and through the university; value  it; and support                                                              
it to keep it working.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:50:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KREISS-TOMKINS   stated  that   he  agrees  with   comments                                                              
expressed.   He mentioned that  the president  of the UA  Board of                                                              
Regents has made  this issue a priority, which might  help "get to                                                              
the root of the problem."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:51:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  moved to report CS for HB  224, Version 30-                                                              
LS0759\O,  Wayne,  2/13/18,  out   of  committee  with  individual                                                              
recommendations  and the accompanying  fiscal notes.   There being                                                              
no  objection, CDHB  224(STA) was  reported from  the House  State                                                              
Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           HJR 21-FEDS RESPECT STATE REG OF MARIJUANA                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
3:51:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced  that the  next order of  business                                                              
would be  SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE  FOR HOUSE  JOINT RESOLUTION  NO. 21,                                                              
Urging  the federal  government to  respect the  authority of  the                                                              
state  to regulate  marijuana  use, production,  and  distribution                                                              
and to  honor previous federal  guidance on marijuana  policy; and                                                              
urging  the  federal  government  to  reconsider  its  listing  of                                                              
marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:52:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DAVID  GUTTENBERG,  Alaska State  Legislature,  as                                                              
prime sponsor  of HJR 21, testified  that the original  version of                                                              
the proposed  resolution  simply asked the  U.S. attorney  general                                                              
to honor the  commitments of the Cole [Memorandum  (Memo)] written                                                              
under  the  previous  administration   [by  U.S.  Deputy  Attorney                                                              
General  James  M.  Cole,  U.S. Department  of  Justice  (DOJ)  on                                                              
8/29/13],  which  Alaska's  statutes  and policies  support.    He                                                              
stated  that the  current  attorney general  has  "backed off"  on                                                              
that  commitment.    The  sponsor  substitute  (SS)  for  HJR  21,                                                              
[labeled  Version  30-LS0820\D  and  referred to  as  Version  D],                                                              
would request  that the  federal government  support the  previous                                                              
policy and  not undermine the wishes  of the people of  Alaska and                                                              
the work that has  been done in Alaska.  He referred  to copies of                                                              
letters  from 13  U.S.  senators and  many  [state] governors  and                                                              
attorney generals,  included in  the committee packet,  expressing                                                              
concern  on this  issue.   He  mentioned  that  there are  several                                                              
related issues  and one  is states' rights;  the people  of Alaska                                                              
have  voted; and  the  [Alaska Supreme  Court]  decision of  1975,                                                              
Ravin v. State,  has been in place for many years.   He maintained                                                            
that it is  appropriate for Alaska  to stand up for the  wishes of                                                              
its residents.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:54:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   WOOL  asked  if   the  current  version   of  the                                                              
resolution,  instead of  asking  the federal  government to  honor                                                              
the Cole  Memo, urges  it to reconsider  its listing  of marijuana                                                              
as a schedule I controlled substance.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GUTTENBERG  explained  that  the  language  urging                                                              
reconsideration  of  the  listing  of marijuana  was  added  under                                                              
Version  D; however,  the basic  premise of the  remainder  of the                                                              
resolution is  to honor the tenants  of the Cole Memo,  which read                                                              
in part as follows:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
   • Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
   • Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from                                                                         
     going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
   • Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states                                                                          
     where it is legal under state law in some form to                                                                          
     other states;                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
   • Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from                                                                        
     being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking                                                                       
     of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   GUTTENBERG  referred   to  a  newspaper   article                                                              
reporting that  someone's business  license had been  revoked; the                                                              
Cole Memo  states that if  a state honors  and enforces  the named                                                              
tenants, then the  federal government will not  interfere with the                                                              
state's  policies.    He  relayed   that  the  [Alaska]  Marijuana                                                              
Control  Board  explained that  the  reason  it took  this  action                                                              
against  the business  owner was  because of  these tenants.   The                                                              
public  was surveyed  about the  changes they  wanted to see,  and                                                              
they  requested that  the listing  of  marijuana as  a schedule  I                                                              
controlled substance  be changed.  He maintained  that the listing                                                              
has hindered  research on marijuana;  it was a political  decision                                                              
that  was   wrong;  and  it   has  resulted  in   many  unintended                                                              
consequences over the years.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:56:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   LEDOUX  asked   whether  the  section   regarding                                                              
marijuana  as  a schedule  I  controlled  substance is  new  under                                                              
Version D.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG replied yes.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  asked to know what else  is different under                                                              
Version D.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG  answered that it refers  to the letters                                                              
from  the  governors,  Alaska U.S.  Senator  Lisa  Murkowski,  and                                                              
Alaska U.S. Representative  Don Young; and it supports  the intent                                                              
of the original version of the resolution.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  clarified  that the  mention of the  letters                                                              
is included in the  paragraphs on page 2, line 21  to page 3, line                                                              
21.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GUTTENBERG confirmed that  the paragraphs  on page                                                              
2,  lines  1-15,   reflect  language  from  the   Cole  Memo;  the                                                              
paragraph  on page  2, lines 16-20,  contains  a comment from  the                                                              
American  Medical Association  (AMA), which  is neutral  regarding                                                              
the issue but  does support research; and the  paragraphs included                                                              
on page 2, lines  21-31 references Alaska's attorney  general.  He                                                              
explained  that  there  are  two   issues  for  Alaska's  attorney                                                              
general:   one is  the Cole  Memo and  the other  is banking.   He                                                              
maintained  that a business  owner not  being able  to use  a bank                                                              
enhances all  the crime and  diversion of money  activities listed                                                              
in the Cole Memo.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  asked how marijuana not being  a schedule I                                                              
controlled  substance would  affect the priorities  of DOJ  listed                                                              
in the Cole Memo and the ability to enforce them.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:59:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG  responded that the  proposed resolution                                                              
asks the federal  government to reconsider marijuana's  listing as                                                              
a  schedule  I controlled  substance.    He stated  that  Alaska's                                                              
statutes  and regulations  conform to  the Cole  Memo.  He  opined                                                              
that if marijuana  is removed from  the list, there would  be more                                                              
research,  banking for the  marijuana industry  would be  enabled,                                                              
and other states  would consider [legalization of  marijuana].  He                                                              
relayed   that  Alaska   is  unique   in   its  issues   regarding                                                              
transportation   of  marijuana,   which  involves   boat  or   air                                                              
transport  or transporting  through  Canada.   He maintained  that                                                              
relisting  marijuana  would allow  "a  more rational  dialogue  to                                                              
happen about  what marijuana  is and its  effect" and  would allow                                                              
for  research.   He relayed  that  under the  schedule I  listing,                                                              
marijuana research is very limited, including medical research.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  asked why  research  couldn't  be done  in                                                              
Alaska.    She stated  that  she  was very  comfortable  with  the                                                              
federal  government   not  interfering  with   Alaska's  marijuana                                                              
industry and  not overreaching.   She mentioned that she  has lost                                                              
that level of comfort.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GUTTENBERG  asked, "Who  would  do the  research?"                                                              
He  answered  that  question  by saying  that  the  University  of                                                              
Alaska  (UA)  can't  do the  research,  because  it  gets  federal                                                              
funds.   He maintained that  there is not  a laboratory  in Alaska                                                              
that  could  do   the  research,  because  it   would  require  an                                                              
expansive  facility.    He  relayed   that  with  marijuana  as  a                                                              
schedule I  controlled substance, no  one in the industry  can use                                                              
the banking system.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:03:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  expressed her understanding  that there are                                                              
bills in  Congress to  allow banking and  possibly research.   She                                                              
stated  that  banking and  research  appear  to  be the  two  main                                                              
issues;  she  is not  aware  of  other ramifications  of  removing                                                              
marijuana  from  schedule  I.   She  opined  that  the  resolution                                                              
asking  the federal  government  to "leave  us  alone" has  become                                                              
overly broad.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GUTTENBERG  replied that  federal  bills are  just                                                              
like state  bills in that  they need a  signature to be  enacted -                                                              
the  U.S.  President's  signature  for  a  federal  bill  and  the                                                              
governor's  signature   for  a  state   bill.    He   stated  that                                                              
classifying  marijuana with heroin  and cocaine  has been  part of                                                              
the problem  for  70 years.   He maintained  that  doing so  was a                                                              
political  decision  and not  a  medical or  scientific  decision;                                                              
there is no basis  for it to be listed with  schedule I controlled                                                              
substances.    The  legislature  cannot  take  marijuana  off  the                                                              
schedule I  list; it must be  a congressional action.   He offered                                                              
that he is  not sure the U.S.  Food and Drug  Administration (FDA)                                                              
or  another  federal  agency could  do  it;  it  must be  done  by                                                              
Congress or the  U.S. President.  He asserted  that the resolution                                                              
only asks that the federal government reconsider the listing.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:05:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    WOOL    pointed    out    that    cocaine    and                                                              
methamphetamines  are  schedule   II  substances;  therefore,  are                                                              
determined  by the federal  government to  be less dangerous  than                                                              
marijuana.  He  opined that the controlled substance  listings are                                                              
"out of step  with today's world," and marijuana  being a schedule                                                              
I  controlled  substance has  been  a  topic of  conversation  for                                                              
decades.   He  expressed  that he  doesn't  know  what will  enact                                                              
change;  probably   not  a  resolution,   but  it  would   make  a                                                              
statement.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:07:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL moved  to report  the SSHJR  21, Version  30-                                                              
LS0820\D,  out of  committee with  individual recommendations  and                                                              
the  accompanying zero  fiscal note.   There  being no  objection,                                                              
SSHJR  21 was  reported  from  the  House State  Affairs  Standing                                                              
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        HB 319-RENEW MARIJUANA LICENSE:BACKGROUND CHECKS                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
4:07:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KREISS-TOMKINS  announced that  the final order  of business                                                              
would  be  HOUSE  BILL  NO. 319,  "An  Act  relating  to  criminal                                                              
background  checks for marijuana  establishment registrations  and                                                              
renewals; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:08:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ANDY  JOSEPHSON,   Alaska  State  Legislature,  as                                                              
prime sponsor of  HB 319, stated that the proposed  legislation is                                                              
well  founded  because  submitting  fingerprints  every  year  for                                                              
background  checks  is  unnecessary;   the  Department  of  Public                                                              
Safety (DPS) would  become aware through the Alaska  Public Safety                                                              
Information  Network (APSIN)  or  another means  of  the need  for                                                              
further  scrutiny   regarding  a  marijuana  establishment.     He                                                              
relayed  that HB  319  would  require fingerprinting  every  three                                                              
years;  and  there  is a  forthcoming  amendment  to  expand  that                                                              
period, which he supports.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:08:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  moved  to  adopt Amendment  1,  labeled  30-                                                              
LS1334\A.1, Martin, 2/15/18, which read:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 14:                                                                                                           
          Delete "three"                                                                                                    
          Insert "six"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK objected for the purpose of discussion.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:09:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   WOOL  explained   that   the  statute   currently                                                              
requires  it to  occur annually;  HB  319 would  require it  every                                                              
three  years;  and   the  proposed  amendment  would   change  the                                                              
requirement  for fingerprinting  to every  six years.   He  stated                                                              
that  the only  other license  requiring recurring  fingerprinting                                                              
is massage  therapy at  three years, which  has been  discussed in                                                              
House Labor and  Commerce Standing Committee and  will most likely                                                              
be changed, because  it constitutes a burden on the  industry.  He                                                              
relayed that  someone holding  a liquor  license is  fingerprinted                                                              
for a background  check as a new owner; it is  required when there                                                              
is a change of  ownership; however, it is only  performed once for                                                              
each owner.  He  conceded that the marijuana industry  is new, and                                                              
people are  nervous about its  legality and criminal  involvement.                                                              
He expressed  his belief that  people who are entering  legitimate                                                              
businesses,   following   all   the   regulation   and   licensure                                                              
requirements,  and  investing  hundreds of  thousands  of  dollars                                                              
would  not want  to  jeopardize that  investment  by committing  a                                                              
crime;  therefore,  every six  years  should  be sufficient.    He                                                              
offered  that background  checks  can be  done  within the  state;                                                              
however, to  determine if a  federal crime  or a crime  in another                                                              
state  has  been  committed, a  Federal  Bureau  of  Investigation                                                              
(FBI)  check with  fingerprints  would be  necessary.   He  opined                                                              
that  a   fingerprint  background   check   every  six  years   is                                                              
sufficient.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KNOPP  asked  whether   every  employee   in  the                                                              
marijuana industry  must have a certification like  the Techniques                                                              
of Alcohol  Management (TAM) card  in the alcohol industry  and if                                                              
so, the  renewal frequency.   He  also asked  whether the  workers                                                              
are required  to submit  fingerprints for  a background  check and                                                              
the frequency for fingerprinting.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:12:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEGAN  HOLLAND,  Staff,  Representative   Andy  Josephson,  Alaska                                                              
State Legislature,  on behalf  of Representative Josephson,  prime                                                              
sponsor  of  HB  319,  responded  that  the  proposed  legislation                                                              
addresses   a   registration  for   a   marijuana   establishment,                                                              
therefore, is not related to a worker certification card.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:13:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERICA  MCCONNEL,  Director,  Alcohol &  Marijuana  Control  Office                                                              
(AMCO), Department  of Commerce, Community &  Economic Development                                                              
(DCCED), stated that  all employees in the marijuana  industry are                                                              
required to  obtain a Marijuana  Handler Permit which  lasts three                                                              
years;  currently  no  background  checks  are  required  for  the                                                              
employees.   She said  that the  Alcoholic Beverage Control  (ABC)                                                              
Board  has recently  adopted a  regulation change  that will  soon                                                              
require  a State  of Alaska  background check  for employees,  but                                                              
not a full national criminal background check.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  removed his objection to the  motion to adopt                                                              
Amendment  1.    There  being no  further  objection,  it  was  so                                                              
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:14:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  stated that she supports the  amendment and                                                              
HB 319.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  agreed.  He stated that  hopefully with these                                                              
beginning  industries,  people will  respect  them  and not  treat                                                              
them like "they have one foot in the criminal world."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP added his support.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK also added his support.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:15:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX  moved to report HB 319, as  amended, out of                                                              
committee  with individual  recommendations  and the  accompanying                                                              
zero fiscal  note.   There being no  objection, CSHB  319(STA) was                                                              
reported from the House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:16:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
State Affairs Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 4:16                                                                  
p.m.                                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB293 Sponsor Statement- Introductory Letter Representative Kreiss-Tomkins 01.26.2018.pdf HSTA 1/30/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 Sectional Analysis version A 1.19.2018.pdf HSTA 1/30/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 ver A 01.19.18.PDF HSTA 1/30/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 Fiscal Note-DPS-APSC-01-19-18.pdf HSTA 1/30/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 Fiscal Note DOC.pdf HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 Supporting Document- Transmittal Letter Speaker Edgmon - Background Checks 01.17.18.pdf HSTA 1/30/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 Supporting Document Alaska Municipal League 01.31.18.PDF HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB293 HSA Additional Document Questions Representative Kreiss-Tomkins 01.31.18.pdf HSTA 2/1/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 293
HB224 Sponsor Statement 2.7.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Sectional Analysis Ver O 2.14.18.pdf HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 ver O 2.13.18.pdf HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Fiscal Note 2.02.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Summary of Changes ver O 2.14.18.pdf HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document - List of School Districts Providing Letters of Support 2.07.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document- Letters of Support 2.07.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document- Vacant Position Listings 2.07.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document-Cost of Teacher Turnover 2.07.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document JPS State Issues 2018 2.07.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document - Resolution Submitted by AASB 2.08.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
SB 2
HB224 Supporting Document- Letter from North Slope Borough School District 2.08.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document Letter from Craig City School District 2.08.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Supporting Document Letter from Anchorage School District 2.08.18.pdf HSTA 2/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HB224 Additional Document- Legal Memo 2.13.18.pdf HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 224
HJR21-Sponsor Statement 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21 ver D 2.05.18.PDF HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21 Fiscal Note-LEG-SESS-02-09-18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21 Supporting Documents - Letters of Support 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21- Additional Document- Sessions Memo 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21- Additional Document- Walker Letter to Sessions 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21- Additional Document-Governor's Letter to Attorney General 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21 Additional Documents - FinCen on Marijuana Regulation Department of Treasury 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HJR21 Additional Documents - Murkowski and Warren Letter to Sessions 2.01.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HJR 21
HB319 Sponsor Statement 2.6.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319
HB319 Ver. A 2.6.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319
HB319 Fiscal Note DCCED 2.9.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319
HB319 Fiscal Note DPS 2.9.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319
HB319 Supporting Document - AMIA Letter of Support 2.9.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319
HB319 Supporting Document - Marijuana Control Board Minutes 2.8.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319
HB319 Supporting Document - NCSL Report 2.8.18.pdf HSTA 2/13/2018 3:15:00 PM
HSTA 2/15/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 319