Legislature(2009 - 2010)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/07/2010 09:00 AM FINANCE


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+ teleconferenced
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+= SB 208 DNR STUDY ON NATURAL GAS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 208(RES) Out of Committee
+= SB 235 CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 235 Out of Committee
+= SB 301 POWER PROJECT FUND TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 301 Out of Committee
+= HB 162 SOUTHEAST STATE FOREST TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS HB 162(RES) Out of Committee
+ SB 63 TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS ON TRUSTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 172 ALASKA HEALTH CARE COMMISSION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 184 INTERNET ACCESS TO LEG COMMITTEE MTGS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       April 7, 2010                                                                                            
                         9:12 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:12:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:12 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Bert Stedman, Co-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Charlie Huggins, Vice-Chair                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Joe Thomas                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Michelle Sydeman,  Staff, Senator Wielechowski;  Esther Cha,                                                                    
Staff, Senator McGuire;  Dave Shaftel, Attorney, Consultant;                                                                    
Denise Liccioli, Staff, Senator  Olson; Ward Hurlburt, Chair                                                                    
Health  Care Commission,  Department  of  Health and  Social                                                                    
Services;  Laurie   Herman,  Director   Government  Affairs,                                                                    
Providence; Senator Hollis French.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Dave  Shaftel,  Attorney,  Consultant;  Douglas  Blattmachr,                                                                    
President  of Alaska  Trust Company;  Sonia Handforth  Kome,                                                                    
President,  Alaska  Primary   Care  Association;  Pat  Luby,                                                                    
Advocacy Director, American  Association of Retired Persons;                                                                    
Matt  Wallace, Executive  Director,  Alaska Public  Interest                                                                    
Research Group.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB  63    TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS ON TRUSTS                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          SB 63 was HEARD and  HELD in Committee for further                                                                    
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 172    ALASKA HEALTH CARE COMMISSION                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          SB  172  was  HEARD  and  HELD  in  Committee  for                                                                    
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 184    INTERNET ACCESS TO LEG COMMITTEE MTGS                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          SB  184  was  HEARD  and  HELD  in  Committee  for                                                                    
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 208    DNR STUDY ON NATURAL GAS                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          CS SB  208 was  REPORTED out  of Committee  with a                                                                    
          "do pass" recommendation and with  a new zero note                                                                    
          by  the Senate  Finance Committee  and a  new zero                                                                    
          note by the Department of Revenue.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB 235    CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          SB 235  was REPORTED out  of Committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass" recommendation and with  a new fiscal impact                                                                    
          note from  the Department  of Education  and Early                                                                    
          Development.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB 301    POWER PROJECT FUND                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          SB 301  was REPORTED out  of Committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass"  recommendation  and with  three  previously                                                                    
          published zero  notes: FN1  (DOT), FN2  (REV), FN3                                                                    
          (CED)  and  one  indeterminate  fiscal  note:  FN4                                                                    
          (CED).                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 162    SOUTHEAST STATE FOREST                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          SCS HB  162 was REPORTED  out of Committee  with a                                                                    
          "do pass"  recommendation and with  one previously                                                                    
          published  zero   note  from  the   Department  of                                                                    
          Natural Resources.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 208                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  requiring the Department of  Natural Resources                                                                    
     to   evaluate   current    incentives   and   recommend                                                                    
     additional   incentives   that   would   increase   gas                                                                    
     exploration,  development, and  production in  the Cook                                                                    
     Inlet sedimentary  basin; and requiring  the Department                                                                    
     of  Natural Resources  to evaluate  the means  by which                                                                    
     the  department may  explore  for,  purchase, and  sell                                                                    
     natural gas from newly proved  gas reserves in the Cook                                                                    
     Inlet sedimentary basin."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:13:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas commented  that  the reference  to gas  from                                                                    
Cook Inlet should  incorporate a large portion  of the state                                                                    
as the Railbelt region through  to Fairbanks also enjoys the                                                                    
benefits of less expensive gas.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman MOVED to report  CS SB 208 out of Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CS SB  208 was REPORTED  out of  Committee with a  "do pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with a  new  zero  note by  the  Senate                                                                    
Finance Committee and  a new zero note by  the Department of                                                                    
Revenue.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 235                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating  to   charter  school  approval  and                                                                    
     funding."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:15:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  discussed the fiscal note  from Department                                                                    
of Education and Early Development  (DEED) for $150 thousand                                                                    
in  general  funds  to  cover   the  cost  of  adopting  the                                                                    
regulations.  He   explained  that   the  fiscal   note  was                                                                    
modified.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Huggins  commented  that the  legislation  was  the                                                                    
initial step in allowing  charter schools the opportunity to                                                                    
have facilities.  He expressed pride  in his support  of the                                                                    
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to  report SB  235 out  of Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB  235 was  REPORTED  out  of Committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation and  with a new  fiscal impact note  from the                                                                    
Department of Education and Early Development.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 301                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An   Act  relating   to   the   power  project   fund;                                                                    
     authorizing the  Alaska Energy Authority to  charge and                                                                    
     collect  fees  relating  to  the  power  project  fund;                                                                    
     authorizing  the Alaska  Energy Authority  to sell  and                                                                    
     authorizing  the  Alaska   Industrial  Development  and                                                                    
     Export  Authority  to  purchase   loans  of  the  power                                                                    
     project  fund; providing  legislative approval  for the                                                                    
     sale and  purchase of loans  of the power  project fund                                                                    
     under  the memorandum  of understanding  dated February                                                                    
     17, 2010; and providing for an effective date."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:17:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman stated  that the  bill contains  four zero                                                                    
fiscal  notes,   two  from   the  Department   of  Commerce,                                                                    
Community  and Economic  Development  (DCCED)  one from  the                                                                    
Department of Revenue  (DOR) and one from  the Department of                                                                    
Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT).                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to  report SB  301 out  of Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB  301 was  REPORTED  out  of Committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with  three previously  published  zero                                                                    
notes:   FN1   (DOT),  FN2   (REV),   FN3   (CED)  and   one                                                                    
indeterminate fiscal note: FN4 (CED).                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 162                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act establishing  the Southeast  State Forest  and                                                                    
     relating to  the Southeast State Forest;  and providing                                                                    
     for an effective date."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:18:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  highlighted one zero fiscal  note from the                                                                    
Department of Natural Resources (DNR).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Huggins  applauded  the  administration  for  their                                                                    
proactive initiative.  He hoped for the  sustained sentiment                                                                    
through other areas of the state.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman MOVED to report  SCSHB 162 out of Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SCS HB  162 was REPORTED out  of Committee with a  "do pass"                                                                    
recommendation and  with one previously published  zero note                                                                    
from the Department of Natural Resources.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 63                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to transfer restrictions on trust                                                                         
     interests."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:19:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ESTHER CHA,  STAFF, SENATOR MCGUIRE, commented  on the state                                                                    
trust  laws. She  explained  that the  trust  business is  a                                                                    
multibillion dollar  sector that  often crosses  state lines                                                                    
to take  advantage of more  attractive state trust  laws. In                                                                    
1997, Alaska became the first  state to establish a law that                                                                    
allows   a  person   to  form   an  irrevocable   trust  via                                                                    
discretionary  beneficiary  of  the trust.  She  quoted  the                                                                    
document "What  is a  Trust" (copy  on file).  She continued                                                                    
that SB 63  is part of an ongoing effort  to modernize trust                                                                    
laws.  The modernization  will create  jobs  and revenue  to                                                                    
diversify  our economy  making  Alaska  attractive to  trust                                                                    
business and investment.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:24:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Huggins   asked  if  a  loophole   would  open  for                                                                    
creditors  if  the  creditor must  establish  by  clear  and                                                                    
convincing evidence no intent to defraud.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Cha  believed  that  the  practice  is  standard  among                                                                    
trustees.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DAVE  SHAFTEL,  ATTORNEY,  CONSULTANT  (via  teleconference)                                                                    
stated  that   there  is  an  exception   for  a  fraudulent                                                                    
transfer.  If an  asset is  transferred with  the intent  to                                                                    
defraud  creditors,  then  the  court  can  set  aside  that                                                                    
transfer.  The   trust  provision  addressed   contains  the                                                                    
specific exception.  The issue with  our statute is  that it                                                                    
does not  include the  need for a  creditor to  establish or                                                                    
satisfy in  order to prove  that the transfer was  made with                                                                    
the intent to defraud. The  clear and convincing standard is                                                                    
universally  used for  fraudulent  transfer. This  provision                                                                    
inserts  into the  statute what  was previously  an omission                                                                    
clarifying  the  standard that  the  creditor  must show  by                                                                    
clear  and   convincing  evidence  that  the   transfer  was                                                                    
performed fraudulently.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:27:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas asked  about the standards. He  asked to know                                                                    
the next most  rigid or difficult to attain  burden of proof                                                                    
required  of the  person  claiming  they were  intentionally                                                                    
defrauded.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Shaftel  responded that the standard  used in litigation                                                                    
is  a  preponderance of  the  evidence  or 51  percent.  The                                                                    
standard is  easier than clear and  convincing evidence. The                                                                    
law  requires  a  more stringent  standard  with  clear  and                                                                    
convincing evidence regarding fraudulence.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked if the  bill interferes with the sale of                                                                    
assets within the trust.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Shaftel responded no. He  stated that the trustee is the                                                                    
owner of the  assets with powers of sale  and management and                                                                    
manages the assets  for the beneficiaries of  the trust. The                                                                    
laws in  place do not  inhibit the powers unless  the person                                                                    
who  set up  the trust  wants  to ensure  that a  particular                                                                    
asset remain in the trust permanently.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:30:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Shaftel  provided testimony. He commented  that the bill                                                                    
allows the state  to bring trust laws up to  speed. He noted                                                                    
that  the mentioned  provisions have  been enacted  in other                                                                    
states  with similar  types of  trusts. He  opined that  the                                                                    
proposed  legislation  improves  the  law  in  the  area  of                                                                    
trusts.  He  stated that  most  of  his clients  are  Alaska                                                                    
residents who  use this type  of trust frequently.  He urged                                                                    
the approval of the bill.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Thomas    asked   about   the   trust    and   the                                                                    
diversification  of Alaska's  economy. He  wondered about  a                                                                    
potential  study  illustrating  the impact  on  the  state's                                                                    
economy.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Shaftel  responded that recent testimony  from trust and                                                                    
bank  officers stated  a  substantial  increase in  business                                                                    
with  large amounts  of funds  travelling through  financial                                                                    
institutions.  He  expressed  awareness  of  million  dollar                                                                    
transactions in  Alaska. He stated that  the legislation has                                                                    
helped  the  economy  with   other  states  choosing  Alaska                                                                    
because of our reputation for trust laws                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:33:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUGLAS BLATTMACHR,  PRESIDENT OF ALASKA TRUST  COMPANY (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the legislation.                                                                    
He explained that the recently  passed trust legislation has                                                                    
proven beneficial  to the state  while creating a  number of                                                                    
jobs. The  state received an  additional $3 million  in life                                                                    
insurance premium tax because of outside trusts.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman commented  that  the  legislation has  one                                                                    
zero fiscal note from the Department of Law.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB  63  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 172                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act establishing the Alaska Health Care Commission                                                                     
     in the Department of Health and Social Services; and                                                                       
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:35:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE  LICCIOLI,   STAFF,  SENATOR  OLSON,   delivered  the                                                                    
sponsor statement.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska  is currently  facing  serious healthcare  cost,                                                                    
     access  and  quality  issues. Between  1991  and  2005,                                                                    
     health  care  expenditures  in   our  state  more  than                                                                    
     tripled from  $1.6 billion to $5.3  billion. All levels                                                                    
     of   government--state,   local,   and   federal-   are                                                                    
     affected,  and  Alaska's  economy cannot  sustain  this                                                                    
     inflationary  growth.  The  purpose  of SB  172  is  to                                                                    
     establish in statute the  Alaska Health Care Commission                                                                    
     to  address the  need  for health  care  reform in  our                                                                    
     state. The  issue is  complex and  broad in  scope, and                                                                    
     cannot  be  dealt  with adequately  unless  we  have  a                                                                    
     permanent  body to  plan and  follow  through for  long                                                                    
     range comprehensive health care reform.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The  two most  recent groups  to work  on the  issue of                                                                    
     health care  reform in Alaska,  the Alaska  Health Care                                                                    
     Roundtable   (2005)   and   the  Alaska   Health   Care                                                                    
     Strategies  Planning  Council  (2007),  both  recommend                                                                    
     that  a permanent  body be  established to  address the                                                                    
     problem of  health care  reform. The  Roundtable (which                                                                    
     met for  2 years) and  the Planning Council  (which met                                                                    
     for 6 months) recognized that  the problem is too great                                                                    
     to be  effectively addressed  though a  short-term, ad-                                                                    
     hoc body.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     The Alaska Health Care  Commission would be established                                                                    
     in the  Department of Health  and Social  Services, and                                                                    
     would  consist of  a ten  member body  including public                                                                    
     officials  and private  citizens. Representatives  from                                                                    
     both the  executive and  legislative branches  of state                                                                    
     government   are   included,   as  well   as   citizens                                                                    
     representing  the private  business sector,  the health                                                                    
     care community, and consumers. Three  members are to be                                                                    
     ex  officio appointees  from  the  legislature and  the                                                                    
     governor's  office.  The  composition  and  small  size                                                                    
     would  enable  efficient  and  effective  teamwork  and                                                                    
     decision-making,   while   bringing    a   balance   of                                                                    
     viewpoints and perspectives.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     The  commission would  provide its  recommendations and                                                                    
     support the development of a  statewide plan to address                                                                    
     the quality, accessibility,  and availability of health                                                                    
     care for all  citizens of the State. A  plan for reform                                                                    
     will be based  on education, sustainability, management                                                                    
     efficiency,  health care  effectiveness, private-public                                                                    
     partnerships,  research,  personal  responsibility  and                                                                    
     individual choice.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska's  need for  healthcare reform  is pressing  and                                                                    
     must be  dealt with thoroughly and  efficiently, with a                                                                    
     long range  view toward meaningful and  lasting change.                                                                    
     The  Alaska  Health  Care   Commission  would  play  an                                                                    
     important  role in  this process,  and it  is essential                                                                    
     that  we make  it permanent  as well  as future  issues                                                                    
     with   Alaska's  healthcare   systems  can   be  better                                                                    
     anticipated, understood, and addressed.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:40:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman asked  why a  permanent board  is proposed                                                                    
when   the   administration   performs   similar   work   by                                                                    
administrative order.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Liccioli   responded  that  the   administrative  order                                                                    
establishing the healthcare commission was temporary.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas  asked if the  university was  considered for                                                                    
board  representation as  they employ  many on  the involved                                                                    
work force.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Liccioli  responded that  the university  was considered                                                                    
along  with  many  other groups  who  would  bring  valuable                                                                    
expertise to the commission. She  understood that the desire                                                                    
was  to keep  the commission  small while  including a  wide                                                                    
range of views and perspective.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:42:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WARD HURLBURT,  CHAIR HEALTH CARE COMMISSION,  DEPARTMENT OF                                                                    
HEALTH AND  SOCIAL SERVICES, stated that  the administration                                                                    
supports the legislation. He commented  that the state lacks                                                                    
affordable health care  services. Nationally, analysts state                                                                    
that  we  spend 18  percent  of  gross domestic  product  on                                                                    
health  care   services.  Alaska  spends   approximately  $6                                                                    
billion  a year  on  health care  services.  Every state  is                                                                    
overwhelmed  by   the  increasing  cost  of   Medicare.  The                                                                    
individuals  on  the  current health  care  commission  have                                                                    
united as a  small working group with  every member invested                                                                    
and  engaged. He  commented on  challenges presented  by the                                                                    
national health  care reform commission.  He cited  the need                                                                    
for  specific  Alaskan analysis  as  health  care reform  is                                                                    
addressed.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:48:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Egan  asked  if the  commission  will  perform  the                                                                    
contracting   for  the   projected  funding.   Mr.  Hurlburt                                                                    
responded that  the funding is available  through the fiscal                                                                    
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:49:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE  HERMAN,  DIRECTOR   GOVERNMENT  AFFAIRS,  PROVIDENCE                                                                    
HEALTH  AND SERVICES  testified in  support of  SB 172.  She                                                                    
echoed the comments of Senator Olson's staff.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:50:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SONIA  HANDFORTH   KOME,  PRESIDENT,  ALASKA   PRIMARY  CARE                                                                    
ASSOCIATION  (via  teleconference)  stated that  the  Alaska                                                                    
Primary Care  Association strongly  supports the SB  172 for                                                                    
the establishment of the  health commission. She appreciated                                                                    
the  inclusion of  a primary  care physician  seat; however,                                                                    
the association  feels that a  primary care safety  net seat                                                                    
and more specifically a community  health center seat on the                                                                    
commission is important. She  advocated for community health                                                                    
centers, which  belong to a statewide  and nationwide system                                                                    
and provide  primary and preventative medical  care and case                                                                    
management  along with  dental  and  behavioral health  care                                                                    
prevention  and case  management.  Community health  centers                                                                    
have been shown to reduce  Medicaid costs. She opined that a                                                                    
designated  community  health  center seat,  in  statute  is                                                                    
therefore necessary.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:52:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAT  LUBY,   ADVOCACY  DIRECTOR,  AMERICAN   ASSOCIATION  OF                                                                    
RETIRED  PERSONS (via  teleconference) testified  in support                                                                    
of the legislation.  He stated that SB 172  would extend the                                                                    
life of the  Alaska Health Care Commission.  With the recent                                                                    
national  action on  health care,  every state  must have  a                                                                    
group of experts  who can determine how to  make the federal                                                                    
legislation  work. He  advocated  for  extending the  sunset                                                                    
date.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   mentioned  one  fiscal  note   from  the                                                                    
Department of  Health and Social Services  for $500 thousand                                                                    
in  general funds  to cover  the cost  of operations  in the                                                                    
commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB  172  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 184                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to public access to legislative                                                                           
     committee meetings during regular legislative sessions                                                                     
     by Internet broadcast."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:54:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HOLLIS FRENCH  stated that  the legislation  allows                                                                    
for webcams in every committee  room in the capitol allowing                                                                    
access  to  committee  processes   by  any  citizen  with  a                                                                    
computer. He commented  that that the lack  of today's gavel                                                                    
to  gavel broadcast  with seven  key  pieces of  legislation                                                                    
heard by the  committee provides the perfect  example of the                                                                    
need  for  the mentioned  webcams.  He  understood that  the                                                                    
Legislative  Affairs  Agency  (LAA)  supports  the  idea  of                                                                    
committee webcams and have  pursued an independent procedure                                                                    
for  installation. He  suggested  placing  the procedure  in                                                                    
statute allowing for  continuity despite potential personnel                                                                    
changes within the LAA.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  acknowledged the fiscal note  from LAA for                                                                    
$88  thousand  in general  funds.  He  stated that  LAA  has                                                                    
sufficient funds to absorb the cost.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:57:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATT  WALLACE, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  ALASKA PUBLIC  INTEREST                                                                    
RESEARCH GROUP (via teleconference)  testified in support of                                                                    
the  legislation. He  stated that  the research  group cares                                                                    
deeply about the idea of open and transparent government.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator French noted support  from Arliss Sturgulewski, Bill                                                                    
Legere, the  general manager of KTOO  Broadcasting, the City                                                                    
of Juneau, and the Alaska Committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SB  184  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 9:59 AM.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Summary of Changes CSSB63.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB 63 Supporting Documents.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 63
CSSB 63 P Sectional.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 63
CSSB63JUDSponsorStmt.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB172 Sponsor Statement.PDF SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB172 Sectional.PDF SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
HB172 DOR GeFONSI.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 172
get_documents[1].asp_session=26&docid=4380 SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
get_documents[1].asp_session=26&docid=4379 SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
get_documents[1].asp_session=26&docid=6130 SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB 172 LOS AK Commission on Aging.PDF SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB 172 Commonwealth North Report.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB 172 ISER Health Care Payer Report 2006.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
get_documents[1].asp_session=26&docid=4370 SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB 172 Ak Health Care Strategies Planning Council Final Report.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB 172 LOS AARP.PDF SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172
SB 184 Witness List.PDF SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 184
SB 184 Sponsor Statement.PDF SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 184
SB 184 KTOO letter.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 184
SB 208 Sponsor Statement.doc SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 208
Cook Inlet Supply and Demand.pub SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 208
Cook Inlet Forecast Chart (exerpt).pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 208
SB 235 - Sponsor Statement[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Sectional Analysis[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - PowerPoint[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - National Ranking[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - National Charter Alliance CSP Fact Sheet[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Mat-Su Support Resolution[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Letters of Support[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Kern - Fed Dept Ed - Letter[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - DED Charter Grant Program[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Comeau Article[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Alaska Charter Law Fact Sheet[1].pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 235
Sectional Analysis for HB 411 and SB 301.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 411
SB 301
SB 301 Hearing Request Sen. Hoffman and Sen. Stedman.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 301
2-17-2010_MOU_AIDEA_AEA.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 301
RDC Support of HB 162.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB 162 Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB 162 Letters of support.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB 162 DNR Briefing.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB162SSE State Forest Briefing 1-24-10.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB162 SSE State Forest Map Packet 2-27-09.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB162 SAF State Chapter Support Letter.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
HB162 AFA Support Letter 2010.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 162
SB 172 Amendmetn 1 P.1.pdf SFIN 4/7/2010 9:00:00 AM
SB 172