Legislature(2019 - 2020)BARNES 124

03/21/2019 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION

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+ HB 34 NAMING SCOTT JOHNSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 34 Out of Committee
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*+ HB 88 NAMING TROOPER GABE RICH MEMORIAL BRIDGE TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 88 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 21, 2019                                                                                         
                           2:10 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Adam Wool, Co-Chair                                                                                              
Representative Matt Claman                                                                                                      
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Andi Story                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
Representative Sara Rasmussen                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 34                                                                                                               
"An Act naming the Scott Johnson Memorial Bridge."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 34 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 88                                                                                                               
"An Act naming the Trooper Gabe Rich Memorial Bridge."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 88 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  34                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: NAMING SCOTT JOHNSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TALERICO                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
02/20/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/20/19       (H)       STA, TRA                                                                                               
02/28/19       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
02/28/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/28/19       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/07/19       (H)       STA AT 3:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/07/19       (H)       Moved HB 34 Out of Committee                                                                           
03/07/19       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/08/19       (H)       STA RPT 6DP                                                                                            
03/08/19       (H)       DP: VANCE, LEDOUX, SHAW, STORY, KREISS-                                                                
                        TOMKINS, FIELDS                                                                                         
03/21/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  88                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: NAMING TROOPER GABE RICH MEMORIAL BRIDGE                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TALERICO                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
03/08/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/08/19       (H)       TRA                                                                                                    
03/21/19       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN RONALD WALL, Commander                                                                                                  
Detachment D                                                                                                                    
Alaska State Troopers                                                                                                           
Department of Public Safety (DPS)                                                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 88.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:10:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  ADAM  WOOL  called the  House  Transportation  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   2:10  p.m.    Representatives                                                               
Rasmussen, Talerico, Story, Wool, and  Stutes were present at the                                                               
call to  order.   Representative Drummond  and Claman  arrived as                                                               
the meeting was in progress.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
           HB 34-NAMING SCOTT JOHNSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:10:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL announced that the first order of business                                                                  
would be HOUSE BILL NO. 34, "An Act naming the Scott Johnson                                                                    
Memorial Bridge."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:11:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 2:11 p.m. to 2:12 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:12:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO, as  prime sponsor, presented HB  34.  He                                                               
paraphrased  the   sponsor  statement,  which  read   as  follows                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The legislation  amends Alaska Statute 35.40  by naming                                                                    
     bridge number  506 over the  Tok River at mile  1309 of                                                                    
     the  Alaska  Highway  to be  named  the  Scott  Johnson                                                                    
     Memorial Bridge.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Scott was  a person  who led  from the  front.   He set                                                                    
     very high standards for himself.   After graduating his                                                                    
     recruit  class as  valedictorian,  he  was assigned  to                                                                    
     Fairbanks  patrol.    Scott became  involved  with  the                                                                    
     Special  Emergency  Response  Team  (S.E.R.T.)  for  19                                                                    
     years  and held  positions  of  perimeter team  leader,                                                                    
     entry team leader and acting team leader.  He was a K-                                                                     
     9 handler,  instructor and  coordinator.   In addition,                                                                    
     Scott  trained at  least 33  dual  purpose and/or  drug                                                                    
     detection  canine teams  throughout  Alaska.   He  also                                                                    
     worked  in the  Alaska Bureau  of Investigation  and at                                                                    
     the age of 36 was  promoted to sergeant.  Scott oversaw                                                                    
     patrol  shift  and  later  transferred  to  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Bureau of  Alcohol and Drug Enforcement.   Scott earned                                                                    
     at  least 43  letters  of  commendation, including  two                                                                    
     commendations for honorable service during his career.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Scott  Johnson was  an Alaska  State Trooper  killed in                                                                    
     the line  of duty on  May 1, 2014.   He had  served the                                                                    
     State of Alaska 23 years.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Let this  be a lasting memorial  to a man who  gave his                                                                    
     life in the  line of duty to the citizens  of the State                                                                    
     of Alaska.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:14:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  said she had heard  compelling testimony as                                                               
a member of  the House State Affairs Standing  Committee, when HB                                                               
34 was  heard by that committee.   She emphasized her  support of                                                               
HB 34.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL shared  that he  also heard  the moving  testimony                                                               
from many people when HB 34  was heard by the House State Affairs                                                               
Standing  Committee,  and  he  stated his  full  support  of  the                                                               
proposed legislation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:14:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN  inquired as to  the size and style  of the                                                               
bridge.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:14:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  shared that  it is on  the east  side of                                                               
Tok,  crosses  the  Tanana  River,   and  is  newly  constructed,                                                               
spanning approximately  200 feet.   He said  there would  be rest                                                               
areas on each end of the bridge.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:15:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RASMUSSEN related that  both her father-in-law and                                                               
brother-in-law  are  first  responders, and  she  emphasized  the                                                               
respect  she has  for what  they  do.   She said  she thinks  the                                                               
recognition given under HB 34  is well-deserved, and she said she                                                               
would support the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:16:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES  echoed  the  statements   made  by  her  fellow                                                               
legislators and shared that she  has the utmost respect for first                                                               
responders.  She emphasized she is in full support of HB 34.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:16:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL  opened   public  testimony  on  HB   34.    After                                                               
ascertaining  that there  was no  one who  wished to  testify, he                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:17:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  opined that  HB 34  is a  wonderful idea                                                               
and fitting  memorial to  [the late Trooper  Johnson].   She said                                                               
she had  driven across the  bridge, as would anyone  driving back                                                               
from Juneau to other parts of  the state, and she speculated that                                                               
it is substantially longer than 200  feet.  She said she would be                                                               
pleased to drive past the bridge once it has been named.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:18:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES moved  to report  HB  34 out  of committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.   There being no objection,  HB 34 was reported  out of the                                                               
House Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:18:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 2:18 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        HB  88-NAMING TROOPER GABE RICH MEMORIAL BRIDGE                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:20:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL announced that the final order of business would                                                                  
be HOUSE BILL NO. 88, "An Act naming the Trooper Gabe Rich                                                                      
Memorial Bridge."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:20:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO, as prime sponsor, presented HB 88.  He                                                                 
paraphrased the sponsor statement, which read as follows                                                                        
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     The legislation  amends Alaska Statute 35.40  by naming                                                                    
     bridge  number 392  over the  Chatanika  River at  mile                                                                    
     38.8  of the  Steese Highway  to be  named the  Trooper                                                                    
     Gabe Rich Memorial Bridge.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     On May  1, 2014,  Gabriel "Gabe"  Lenox Rich,  gave his                                                                    
     life while answering  the call of duty  in Tanana. Gabe                                                                    
     attended Lathrop  High School,  graduating in  2006. He                                                                    
     attended  Montana State  University and  the University                                                                    
     of Alaska Anchorage before  pursuing his lifelong dream                                                                    
     of  entering  the  ranks   of  law  enforcement.  After                                                                    
     graduating from  the Fairbanks Police Academy  in 2007,                                                                    
     he went  to work for  the North Pole  Police department                                                                    
     until being  accepted by the  Alaska State  Troopers in                                                                    
     2011.  Of  all of  his  achievements,  the greatest  of                                                                    
     these soon followed when he became a father.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Integrity  was  the  foundation  of  his  career  as  a                                                                    
     trooper,  and love  was his  foundation at  home. As  a                                                                    
     father and spouse,  you couldn't have asked  for a more                                                                    
     dedicated and  compassionate man.  In his  career, Gabe                                                                    
     was  dependable,  kind and  had  an  innate ability  to                                                                    
     bring  comfort in  difficult situations.  He loved  his                                                                    
     work and those he worked with.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
      Gabe Rich was an Alaska State Trooper killed in the                                                                       
      line of duty on May 1, 2014. He had served the State                                                                      
     of Alaska over 7 years.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
      Let this be a lasting memorial to a man who gave his                                                                      
     life in the line of duty to the citizens of the State                                                                      
     of Alaska.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:22:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  shared her appreciation for  the showing of                                                               
public support  for the honor  that would be bestowed  through HB                                                               
88.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:22:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL  expressed  his gratitude  to  have  the  proposed                                                               
legislation before  the House Transportation  Standing Committee.                                                               
He characterized it as both sad and good.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:23:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL opened public testimony on HB 88.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:23:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAPTAIN  RONALD  WALL,  Commander,  Detachment  D,  Alaska  State                                                               
Troopers,  Department of  Public  Safety (DPS),  stated that  the                                                               
late Trooper  Rich had  had a great  impact on  the organization.                                                               
He said Trooper  Rich worked on the control unit  and rural unit,                                                               
and he  had planned  to transfer to  Southeast, Alaska.   Captain                                                               
Wall  called   the  quality   of  work   done  by   Trooper  Rich                                                               
outstanding, and he said he  brought joy and happiness into every                                                               
contact.  He  characterized Trooper Rich as someone  who had been                                                               
"a joy  to be around"  and "a  terrific employee."   Captain Wall                                                               
stated that the proposed bridge would honor him.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:25:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  noted that  the widows of  the slain  troopers had                                                               
worked with  the legislature in  the past year to  increase death                                                               
benefits for the families of slain troopers.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:25:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL closed public testimony on HB 88.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:25:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES moved  to report  HB  88 out  of committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.   There being no objection,  HB 88 was reported  out of the                                                               
House Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:27:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Transportation Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 2:28                                                                 
p.m.                                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB34 ver A 2.28.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 34
HB34 Sponsor Statement 2.28.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 34
HB34 Fiscal Note DOT-NRHA 2.28.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 34
HB34 Supporting Document-Scott Johnson Memorial Scholarship Biography 2.28.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 34
HB34 Supporting Document - Petition of Support 3.6.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 34
HB 34 Supporting Document - Petition of Support No. 2 3.7.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 34
HB0088A 03.08.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 88
HB088 Sponsor Statement.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 88
HB088 Fiscal Note DOT-NRHA 03.15.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 88
HB088 Supporting Document - Bridge_392 Map.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 88
HB088 Supporting Document - Photo of Trooper Rich.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 88
HB088 Supporting Document - Petition of Support 3.21.19.pdf HTRA 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
HB 88