Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/13/2017 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 17 STEVENS/INOUYE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE PROG. TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 17 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 66 ST. COUNCIL ON THE ARTS: PUBLIC CORP. TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 66 Out of Committee
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 13, 2017                                                                                         
                           8:04 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Shelley Hughes, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 17                                                                                                              
"An  Act  authorizing  the University  of  Alaska  to  establish,                                                               
through  an agreement  with  the University  of  Hawaii, the  Ted                                                               
Stevens  -  Daniel  K.  Inouye  Exchange  Program  for  political                                                               
science students at  the University of Alaska  and the University                                                               
of  Hawaii  to  commemorate  the  bipartisan  friendship  between                                                               
Senator Ted Stevens and Senator Daniel K. Inouye."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 17 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 66                                                                                                              
"An Act redesignating  the Alaska State Council on the  Arts as a                                                               
public  corporation  and   governmental  instrumentality  of  the                                                               
state;  defining  the  powers  and duties  of  the  Alaska  State                                                               
Council on  the Arts; providing exemptions  from certain statutes                                                               
for  the Alaska  State  Council on  the  Arts; making  conforming                                                               
amendments; and providing for an effective date."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 66 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 17                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: STEVENS/INOUYE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE PROG.                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) COSTELLO                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
01/13/17       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/13/17                                                                               
01/18/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/17       (S)       EDC                                                                                                    
03/10/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/10/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/10/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/13/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 66                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: ST. COUNCIL ON THE ARTS: PUBLIC CORP.                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): EDUCATION                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
02/22/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/22/17       (S)       EDC, FIN                                                                                               
03/03/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/03/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/03/17       (S)       MINUTE(EDC)                                                                                            
03/10/17       (S)       EDC WAIVED PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE, RULE                                                                 
                         23                                                                                                     
03/10/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/10/17       (S)       <Bill Hearing Canceled>                                                                                
03/13/17       (S)       EDC AT 8:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SAICHI OBA, Associate Vice President for Students                                                                               
University of Alaska                                                                                                            
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 17.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MIA COSTELLO                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 17.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
BEN BROWN, Chair                                                                                                                
Alaska State Council on the Arts                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information on SB 66.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:04:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHELLEY HUGHES called the Senate Education Standing                                                                     
Committee meeting to order at 8:04 a.m. Present at the call to                                                                  
order were Senators Giessel, Begich, Coghill, and Chair Hughes.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
         SB 17-STEVENS/INOUYE UNIVERSITY EXCHANGE PROG.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:04:44 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced that the  first order of business would be                                                               
SB 17.  She related that  it is the second  hearing on SB  17 and                                                               
she would look to the will of the committee to move the bill.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:05:16 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL asked  Mr. Oba  about a  statement he  made last                                                               
week regarding University of Alaska (UA) in-state tuition.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SAICHI OBA, Associate Vice President  for Students, University of                                                               
Alaska, answered  questions related  to SB  17. He  explained the                                                               
residency requirements  for in-state tuition at  UA. He clarified                                                               
that often students  use their time in attendance  toward the 12-                                                               
month requirement  for residency. The bigger  test now, following                                                               
a residency audit  that was a part of a  permanent fund audit, is                                                               
to use the permanent fund standards as a test for residency.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL thanked Mr. Oba for the information.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:07:54 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MIA COSTELLO,  Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB                                                               
17, noted  that UA has submitted  a letter of support  for SB 17.                                                               
She thanked the committee for hearing the bill.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:08:14 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report  SB 17, version 30-LS0245\J, from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES announced that without  objection, SB 17 passed from                                                               
the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:08:53 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          SB 66-ST. COUNCIL ON THE ARTS: PUBLIC CORP.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:10:10 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced that the  final order of business would be                                                               
SB 66. It  is the second hearing  on the bill and  she would look                                                               
to the will of the committee to move the bill.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
As sponsor,  she noted  they are  not bringing  a new  CS forward                                                               
today  due  to  its  lacking  transitional  language,  but  would                                                               
provide  the proposed  changes to  the Senate  Finance Committee.                                                               
She commented that  when considering the makeup  of other states'                                                               
arts boards,  many of which  have 9  members instead of  11, they                                                               
propose  to  change Alaska's  Board  of  Trustees  from 11  to  9                                                               
members  for   cost  savings  purposes.  The   proposed  CS  also                                                               
recommends the  council appoint  regional ambassadors  and delete                                                               
the reference to  the federal code, which is  unnecessary for the                                                               
bill or  for the council to  function. The CS would  also require                                                               
the  council to  report  how  it can  reduce  state  funds by  50                                                               
percent  over a  five-year  period and  report  it next  January.                                                               
There  was  also an  omission  of  transitional language  in  the                                                               
proposed CS related to the length of Board of Trustee service.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:13:07 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL asked why we are doing this.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BEN BROWN,  Chair, Alaska  State Council  on the  Arts, presented                                                               
information on  SB 66.  He explained  that since  Senator Giessel                                                               
was not  present for the first  hearing of the bill,  he would be                                                               
glad to  address her  question. The Alaska  State Council  on the                                                               
Arts has  decided to be a  part of the budget  solution and going                                                               
to  a quasi-private  status will  make for  a more  effective and                                                               
efficient player  in state government. The  bill restructures the                                                               
council  to still  be  eligible for  federal  matching funds  and                                                               
makes  it  easier  to  seek  out,  receive,  and  expend  private                                                               
foundation  monies. He  spoke of  their  very good  relationships                                                               
with the Rasmussen and Margaret  A. Cargill Foundations and their                                                               
intent to seek other partners out.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:14:21 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  asked  Mr.  Brown   to  respond  to  the  proposed                                                               
recommendations.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BROWN replied  that  the  council is  ok  with reducing  the                                                               
number  to  nine, rather  than  eleven  trustees. The  transition                                                               
language was problematic, but is  going to be fixed. Removing the                                                               
reference  to  federal legislation  is  not  a problem.  Creating                                                               
ambassadorships is a good idea.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He  addressed the  proposal for  the  council to  report back  on                                                               
their  five-year plan  and shared  the  council's willingness  to                                                               
look for earned income opportunities.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:16:26 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  asked whether the  council houses the  loan library                                                               
of art for public offices.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. BROWN said  yes. They are the repository and  managers of the                                                               
Alaska Contemporary  Art Bank. They  currently do not  charge for                                                               
that service, but might look at monetarizing those assets.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES brought that idea  up in a finance subcommittee. She                                                               
appreciated the  council's willingness  to look  at that  kind of                                                               
opportunity.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BROWN commented on the winner of Poetry Out Loud.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:18:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report  SB 66, version 30-LS0435\D, from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
notes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, SB  66 passed from the Senate Education                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:18:17 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:19:21 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES made announcements.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:19:37 AM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Hughes  adjourned the  Senate Education  Standing Committee                                                               
at 8:19 a.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 66 - Proposed CS Ver. O.pdf SEDC 3/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 66
SB 66 - Explanation of Changes - Ver. D to O.pdf SEDC 3/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 66
SB 17 - Supporting Document - Daniel K. Inouye Institute Article.pdf SEDC 3/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 17
SB 17 - Supporting Document - Politico Article.pdf SEDC 3/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 17
SB 17 - Supporting Document - UA President Jim Johnsen.pdf SEDC 3/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
SB 17