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