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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 14, 2018                                                                                         
                           7:58 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                              
Senator Shelley Hughes                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 185                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to reemployment of persons who retire under the                                                                
teachers' retirement system."                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 185(EDC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 15                                                                                             
Proclaiming March 27, 2018, as Alaska Education and Sharing Day.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SCR 15 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 185                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) MICCICHE                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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BILL: SCR 15                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MARCH 27, 2018:AK EDUCATION & SHARING DAY                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) HUGHES                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TIM LAMKIN, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented SB 185 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
NORM WOOTEN, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information on Amendment 1 for SB
185.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DEENA BISHOP, Ph.D., Superintendent                                                                                             
Anchorage School District                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supported SB 185.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
LISA SKILES PARADY, Ph.D., Executive Director                                                                                   
Alaska Council of School Administrators                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information on SB 185.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
KATHY LEA, Deputy Director/Chief Pension Officer                                                                                
Division of Retirement and Benefits                                                                                             
Department of Administration (DOA)                                                                                              
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information on SB 185.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:58:32 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GARY STEVENS called the Senate Education Standing                                                                       
Committee meeting to order at 7:58 a.m. Present at the call to                                                                  
order were Senators Coghill, Hughes, and Chair Stevens. Senator                                                                 
Begich joined shortly thereafter.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
        SB 185-REEMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED TEACHERS & ADMIN                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:58:50 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS announced the consideration SB 185 and noted                                                                      
proposed Amendment 1.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:59:37 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved to adopt Amendment 1, 30-LS1414\A.1, for                                                                  
SB 185.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                      30-LS1414\A.1                                                             
                                                             Wayne                                                              
                                                           3/13/18                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                           A M E N D M E N T                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                   BY SENATOR STEVENS                                                                 
          TO:  SB 185                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 5, following "shall":                                                                                         
          Insert "(1) by resolution, adopt a policy that                                                                        
     describes  the circumstances  of a  shortage or  anticipated                                                               
     shortage of applicants, other than  retired members, who are                                                               
     qualified  for  particular  positions and  permits  rehiring                                                               
    that complies with the requirements of this section; and                                                                    
                    (2)"                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 12, following "to":                                                                                           
          Insert "(1) provide the administrator with                                                                            
                         (A)  a copy of the resolution and                                                                      
               policy adopted under (c) of this section; and                                                                    
                         (B)  for every retired member that is                                                                  
               rehired, a report identifying the member by name                                                                 
               and describing the                                                                                               
                              (i)  circumstances of the shortage                                                                
                    that necessitated the rehire; and                                                                           
                              (ii)  actions taken by the school                                                                 
                    district  to  comply   with  school  district                                                               
                    policy adopted under (c)  of this section and                                                               
                    the  requirements  of   this  section  before                                                               
                    rehiring the retired member; and                                                                            
                    (2)"                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 13:                                                                                                           
          Delete "(c) and (d)"                                                                                                  
          Insert "(c), (d), and (e)(1)"                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS objected for purposes of discussion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TIM   LAMKIN,  Staff,   Senator   Gary   Stevens,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, presented SB  185 on behalf of the  sponsor. He said                                                               
the   amendment   is   designed   to  present   some   level   of                                                               
accountability  and  transparency  to  the  program  while  still                                                               
limiting the amount  of red tape. When he studied  the program in                                                               
the past, he saw concern that  there could be potential misuse of                                                               
the program or creation of  disincentives for active recruitment.                                                               
In terms  of historical precedent,  he found language in  2005 of                                                               
the  local  governing body,  which  would  be the  school  board,                                                               
adopting  a  policy  to  help  identify  circumstances  in  which                                                               
retirees would be hired. Superintendents  would hire retirees and                                                               
then  report the  hire to  school boards.  Then the  school board                                                               
would  pass  a  resolution,  "Whereas we've  had  such  and  such                                                               
vacancy, we've presented evidence  of actual recruitment efforts,                                                               
the  vacancy  remains open,  we  have  John Doe,  retiree  that's                                                               
available and interested,  therefore be it resolved  we hire this                                                               
person for these terms, for  this position, this duration, and so                                                               
forth." Copies of  the resolution would be sent to  the Office of                                                               
Retirement to  be kept on  file. No  report was required  but the                                                               
resolutions would  be available for  three years for  viewing and                                                               
auditing. This amendment is an  effort to allow some transparency                                                               
and accountability for the program.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:02:16 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  said the  committee's concern  all along  has been                                                               
about adding unnecessary work to  the districts or commissioner's                                                               
office.  He asked  Mr. Lamkin  to  explain what  this entails  in                                                               
terms of extra effort for them.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:02:30 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN said because of  past precedent, districts may already                                                               
have a policy on  the books or archived. It should  not to be too                                                               
onerous to  draft this type  of policy to identify  and delineate                                                               
the circumstance under  which they have these  shortages and then                                                               
they simply keep on file who they hire under the program.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS   said  then   a  copy  would   be  sent   to  the                                                               
commissioner's  office  and  there   would  be  no  other  report                                                               
required.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAMKIN said the report would  be sent to the administrator of                                                               
the TRS [Teacher  Retirement System] program, in  the Division of                                                               
Retirement and Benefits in the Department of Administration.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:03:50 AM                                                                                                                    
NORM  WOOTEN, Executive  Director, Association  of Alaska  School                                                               
Boards  (AASB),  testified  on  Amendment 1.  He  said  since  he                                                               
previously testified in support of SB  185, he would speak to the                                                               
amendment. Fifty  of the  53 districts in  Alaska use  the AASB's                                                               
model  policy. AASB  will  work  with their  attorney  to have  a                                                               
policy to  provide to the  50 school districts that  subscribe to                                                               
their services. It's not particularly  onerous because it is part                                                               
of their end-of-session  protocol to develop policy  to match new                                                               
legislation. They are not opposed to the amendment.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:05:14 AM                                                                                                                    
DEENA BISHOP,  Ph.D., Superintendent, Anchorage  School District,                                                               
supported SB  185. She said  the Anchorage School  District (ASD)                                                               
appreciates the  flexibility in a time  of constrained resources.                                                               
Now is the time for  innovative ways to support school districts.                                                               
She  read   in  previous  testimony  that   one  school  district                                                               
anticipated  hiring  five  retirees   under  this  program.  That                                                               
doesn't seem like  too much work, but ASD is  hiring every month.                                                               
ASD  has over  3,000 teachers.  They have  teachers who  leave at                                                               
midyear  because of  military.  When they  put  something at  the                                                               
board level, it takes two readings.  So, they are looking at over                                                               
a month for  some of these provisions to move  forward. She asked                                                               
if the reports are necessary  only for Alaska retired teachers or                                                               
retired teachers  from anywhere.  The provision allowing  them to                                                               
be flexible  to get the best  teachers they can in  classrooms is                                                               
wonderful,  but  placing  another   report  in  hands  of  school                                                               
districts that  are reducing  their staffs  yearly due  to budget                                                               
constraints is difficult.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR. BISHOP  asked why the school  board would need to  go through                                                               
this official  process. The ASD  sends reports to  the Department                                                               
of  Education and  Early Development  (DEED) quite  often. Adding                                                               
the administrative process and then  the political process at the                                                               
board level  and then  turning it  over to  two divisions  at the                                                               
state level  seems to be too  much work for the  desired outcome.                                                               
She asked if there is another  way to get the desired information                                                               
without a resolution at the board level.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:08:39 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS said  it  is  meant to  be  a  simple process  and                                                               
reports are only for Alaska retired teachers.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:08:58 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN said to clarify the  amendment, the local board sets a                                                               
policy consistent  with this  program. Superintendents  then have                                                               
the freedom to hire retirees. They  come back to the board to say                                                               
they  have hired  these  people for  these  positions under  this                                                               
program. A  copy of the resolution  is sent to the  Department of                                                               
Administration, Division  of Retirement and Benefits,  to be kept                                                               
on file.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:10:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES said Superintendent  Bishop thinks that with their                                                               
monthly  hiring they  will  be going  to the  school  board on  a                                                               
monthly  basis. They  are talking  about setting  the policy  one                                                               
time  and then  the  superintendent reporting  the new  contracts                                                               
with rehired  retirees. She  asked is  that is  to happen  once a                                                               
year or every time they set up a contract.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:10:34 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN said it is not intended  to be limiting in any way. It                                                               
would  be  according  to  the  circumstances  of  the  respective                                                               
district, whether they have a need  from one month to the next or                                                               
once a year. It wouldn't limit them to do it any particular way.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:10:57 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked if  the  Anchorage  School District  could                                                               
report once a year to the school board.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:11:14 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN  said they  are not talking  about hiring  hundreds of                                                               
retirees every year. [Juneau] Superintendent  Mark Miller said it                                                               
would be four  to six teachers over the course  of a school year.                                                               
Typically that  is from the  April to August timeframe,  but that                                                               
varies district to district.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES said  she still needed a  clarification. She asked                                                               
if a  school board  does four  or five retiree  hires in  a year,                                                               
must they go to the school  board within a certain number of days                                                               
for each hire or can they do it cumulatively at one time.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:12:10 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  LAMKIN  said  that  would  be up  to  the  school  district.                                                               
Theoretically or  ideally, it would  be as they come  through the                                                               
system.  The  amendment is  silent  on  whether  it can  be  done                                                               
annually,  but the  spirt of  the  amendment is  that they  would                                                               
report as they go.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:12:58 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH said  Mr. Wooten  would create  a policy  to make                                                               
this  a  rote  process  that   might  address  the  situation  of                                                               
Anchorage and  other large school  districts by having  a process                                                               
of a single  resolution. He asked Mr. Lamkin if  he is saying the                                                               
amendment is silent on the method.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAMKIN said yes.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said perhaps Mr.  Wooten could clarify what he was                                                               
talking about in terms of policy,  but that he thought Mr. Wooten                                                               
could address  this in  the model policy  they would  develop and                                                               
make  it a  rote  process. He  asked Mr.  Lamkin  if that  seemed                                                               
correct.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:14:02 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN said that is a fair clarification.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS said  that is  the intention.  He added  that this                                                               
does not  include out-of-state retired teachers  hired in Alaska.                                                               
It is about teachers retired in the Alaska system.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:14:34 AM                                                                                                                    
DR. BISHOP said the ASD  board does approve their hires regularly                                                               
as they move  through the year, but the reporting  system to DEED                                                               
is  not done  monthly. Understanding  that a  separate resolution                                                               
wouldn't need to be done .  . . Superintendent Miller [of Juneau]                                                               
said  he might  hire five  people this  way with  his population.                                                               
Anchorage  has ten  times the  population. Doing  this throughout                                                               
the year for  many different people with only  two board meetings                                                               
a month and  requiring a first and second reading  tended to look                                                               
difficult to  do, but understanding  that the provision  could be                                                               
designed  for efficiencies,  how  the district  already works  in                                                               
that sort of reporting does make a lot of sense.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:15:56 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  asked how many in-state  retired teacher Anchorage                                                               
hires.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:16:05 AM                                                                                                                    
DR. BISHOP said they have quite a  few 49s [hired at less than 50                                                               
percent of  the normal work week],  specifically for hard-to-fill                                                               
positions. They primarily hire special  ed teachers at 49 to fill                                                               
gaps. They  would prefer to  hire long-term,  full-time employees                                                               
until  they can  get those  positions  filled. She  will get  the                                                               
number to  him. Anchorage is not  looking at this to  replace the                                                               
hiring  of new  employees.  It  would simply  be  to hire  highly                                                               
qualified  teachers with  a  track record  of  success in  Alaska                                                               
until they  find that  teacher, hopefully from  one of  their own                                                               
universities, who can serve Alaska's children.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:17:30 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   STEVENS  said   he   would   appreciate  any   additional                                                               
information she could provide.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
DR.  BISHOP  said  she  will   provide  the  49  numbers  to  the                                                               
committee, as well as the subjects and certifications they hold.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:17:57 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  asked Mr.  Wooten  whether  he would  take  into                                                               
account   the   questions   Superintendent  Bishop   asked   when                                                               
developing the model policy.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN  said the AASB  attorney works with  legislative legal                                                               
and the attorney general's office  to develop a policy that meets                                                               
the intent and spirit of the  law. Their attorney always works to                                                               
give school districts the greatest latitude under the law.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH said the goal  of the Association of Alaska School                                                               
Boards is  not to make  it onerous  for school districts,  but to                                                               
ensure flexibility.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:19:20 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. WOOTEN said that is correct.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:19:26 AM                                                                                                                    
LISA SKILES PARADY, Ph.D., Executive  Director, Alaska Council of                                                               
School Administrators,  testified on  SB 185.  She said  they are                                                               
always reticent  to ever support additional  paperwork for school                                                               
districts.  As she  understands  this, they  would  do one  model                                                               
policy  for the  hiring  season to  cover  any potential  retired                                                               
employees  and then  they can  do one  report at  the end  of the                                                               
year. The responsibility of school  districts would be one policy                                                               
saying these  are the  circumstances under  which they  will hire                                                               
retired  individuals and  then one  report to  the Department  of                                                               
Administration.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:21:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH said he doesn't  think that's accurate. It's not a                                                               
report.  Resolutions are  just sent  to be  kept on  file at  the                                                               
Department of Administration.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  said the intention  is not  a report. It  would be                                                               
simpler than that.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:21:48 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  LAMKIN  said,  again,  the   spirit  of  the  resolution  is                                                               
accountability  and transparency.  They  want  a local  governing                                                               
board  awareness when  people are  hired under  this program  and                                                               
that it  be reported to  the Department of Administration  in the                                                               
form of a resolution, whereas we  needed to fill this vacancy and                                                               
therefore we have  filled it, under the board  policy. Whether on                                                               
a case by case  basis or annual basis is flexible,  as long as it                                                               
is reported in the form of a resolution.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:22:34 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES  said   line  12  of  the   amendment  about  the                                                               
resolution does  require a  report. What she  is hearing  is that                                                               
the policy  is on file.  They report once  a year or  monthly all                                                               
the retired  members hired.  She asked  if her  understanding was                                                               
correct.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:23:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN said yes.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:23:29 AM                                                                                                                    
DR. PARADY  asked for  clarification with  line 18,  which states                                                               
"requirements  of  this  section   before  rehiring  the  retired                                                               
member."  The steps  are the  board passes  the model  policy and                                                               
then hires retired  individuals. She wants to make  sure they are                                                               
not required to have a report  in place before hiring the retired                                                               
member. The  hiring would  not be  delayed by  needing to  file a                                                               
report with the Department of Administration.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:24:57 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN  said when line  18 of  the amendment refers  to "this                                                               
section,"  it refers  to Section  1  of the  entire bill.  Before                                                               
school districts  rehire a retiree,  it must be legal  under this                                                               
program.  It does  not mean  being  able to  hire under  district                                                               
policy.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:25:45 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:31:58 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS  removed  his  objection   to  the  amendment  and                                                               
entertained a motion to amend the amendment.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH moved  to amend the amendment to  strike the words                                                               
"before rehiring the retired member" on line 18.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:32:22 AM                                                                                                                    
There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:32:29 AM                                                                                                                    
There being no  objection to adopt the amendment  as amended, the                                                               
motion carried.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:32:39 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES said  the Mat-Su School District  brought up three                                                               
items. One  concerns sick  leave. When  a member  retires, unused                                                               
sick leave can be cashed out  or rolled into the TRS program. The                                                               
bill  talks about  the districts  contributing 12.56  to the  TRS                                                               
system. She  asked if  that contribution  is the  only obligation                                                               
for  the rehired  retiree or  will they  have to  roll over  sick                                                               
leave.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:34:11 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  said his  understanding is  that sick  leave would                                                               
not be accrued by a retired rehired teacher.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:34:19 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES  said  the  second   issue  is  about  the  12.56                                                               
contribution to TRS for those hired  at more than 49 percent. She                                                               
wants to  make it clear  that districts do  not have to  make the                                                               
12.56 contribution for teachers hired at 49 percent or less.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:35:23 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS said  he would  also want  to clarify  that tenure                                                               
does not continue to accrue.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  said whether rehired retired  teachers would have                                                               
tenure  is the  third issue.  The  concern is  that new  teachers                                                               
would not  be bumped  out of  a school they  want to  be in  if a                                                               
rehired  retiree has  tenure and  has first  dibs on  a position.                                                               
Mat-Su recommends that rehired retirees not have that ability.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:36:54 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LAMKIN  said 14.21.065 terminates tenure  when teachers leave                                                               
the system. Kathy Lea can address the other questions.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:37:35 AM                                                                                                                    
KATHY  LEA, Deputy  Director/Chief Pension  Officer, Division  of                                                               
Retirement  and  Benefits,  Department of  Administration  (DOA),                                                               
answered  questions  on SB  185.  She  said that  regarding  sick                                                               
leave,  since  the  member  is  not  contributing  to  their  own                                                               
increased  benefits during  the  rehired period,  any sick  leave                                                               
accrued cannot  be claimed to increase  their retirement benefit.                                                               
There  would be  no effect  on  benefits if  the school  district                                                               
allowed or  did not  allow unused  sick leave  to accrue.  The 49                                                               
question goes back  to what is a part-time  and full-time teacher                                                               
in TRS. Membership in TRS depends  on work of at least 50 percent                                                               
of the  regularly scheduled work  week. A 49 percent  contract is                                                               
below the requirement and these  people are not eligible for TRS,                                                               
so no employer contribution would be required.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:39:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  asked if the  issue of  tenure was outside  of her                                                               
responsibility.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:39:15 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. LEA said yes.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:39:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES  said that  clarification  needs  to get  on  the                                                               
record. She  asked if a  district could  choose to not  give sick                                                               
leave to  a rehired retiree  and just give vacation  and personal                                                               
days or are they bound to offer sick days.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:40:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. LEA said she cannot respond.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:40:14 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE said this bill  does not affect negotiations. If                                                               
districts choose to negotiate sick  leave into the contract, they                                                               
will.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:40:37 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS closed public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:41:34 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS  entertained  a  motion  to move  SB  185  out  of                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL   moved  SB  185  as   amended  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and indeterminate fiscal note.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:41:51 AM                                                                                                                    
There being  no objection,  CSSB 185(EDC)  moved from  the Senate                                                               
Education Standing Committee.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:42:00 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
        SCR 15-MARCH 27, 2018:AK EDUCATION & SHARING DAY                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:43:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS announced the consideration of SCR 15.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES said  she would  appreciate the  committee moving                                                               
the bill  forward since  March 27 is  Education and  Sharing Day.                                                               
She hoped  communities, schools, places of  worship, and families                                                               
will be having  discussions as a result of the  resolution and it                                                               
might help young people be engaged and responsible citizens.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:44:34 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS   asked  if  there  were   any  additional  public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:44:54 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS  closed public testimony.  He noted the bill  has a                                                               
zero fiscal note.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:45:06 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEVENS  entertained  a  motion  to move  SCR  15  out  of                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:45:10 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved SCR  15  Version  U from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and zero fiscal note.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:45:18 AM                                                                                                                    
There being no objection, SCR  15 moved from the Senate Education                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:45:27 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:45:31 AM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Stevens  adjourned the Senate Education  Standing Committee                                                               
at 8:45 a.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SCR 15 Fiscal Note - LAA.pdf SEDC 3/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
SCR 15
SB185_RetireTeacherRehire_Support Letter_SitkaSD.pdf SEDC 3/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
SB 185
SB185_RetireTeacherRehire_Support Letter__NWArcticSD.pdf SEDC 3/14/2018 8:00:00 AM
SB 185