Legislature(2011 - 2012)SENATE FINANCE 532

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+ SB 27 FLAME RETARDANTS AND TOXIC CHEMICALS TELECONFERENCED
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                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       April 8, 2011                                                                                            
                         9:12 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:12:23 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 Lesil McGuire, Vice-Chair                                                                                               
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Joe Thomas                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Kathy Giessel; Senator  Kevin Meyer, Sponsor; Thomas                                                                    
Obermeyer,  Staff, Senator  Bettye Davis;  Gus Marx,  Grants                                                                    
Coordinator, Alaska  Association of Homes for  Children; Joy                                                                    
Lyon, Executive  Director, Association for the  Education of                                                                    
Young  Children; Nancy  C. Davis,  President, Alaska  Nurses                                                                    
Association;  Senator Bettye  Davis,  Sponsor; Senator  Bill                                                                    
Wielechowski,  Sponsor;  Carla  Hart,  Staff,  Senator  Bill                                                                    
Wielechowski;  Dr.  Lauren  Heine,  Environmental  Engineer;                                                                    
Senator  Joe   Paskvan,  Sponsor;  Don   Habeger,  Director,                                                                    
Division   of   Corporations,  Business   and   Professional                                                                    
Licensing,  Department of  Commerce, Community  and Economic                                                                    
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Pat  Luby,  Advocacy   Director,  American  Association  for                                                                    
Retired   Persons   (AARP);  Elizabeth   Ripley,   Executive                                                                    
Director,  Mat-Su  Health  Foundation;  Stephanie  Berglund,                                                                    
Chief Executive  Officer, THREAD; Dr. Sarah  Janson, Natural                                                                    
Resources   Defense  Council;   Dr.  Andre   Feliz,  Medical                                                                    
Researcher,   Doctor,   University  of   California   Davis,                                                                    
Department  of  Comparative  Pathology; Pete  Errigo,  Self,                                                                    
Bird Creek; Pattie Saunders, The Arc of Anchorage.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 5      MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ELIGIBILITY                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          SB 5 was  HEARD and HELD in  committee for further                                                                    
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 15     SEX OFFENDER/UNDERAGE ALCOHOL OFFENSE                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CSSB 15(JUD) was REPORTED out  of committee with a                                                                    
          "do   pass"   recommendation   and  with   a   new                                                                    
          indeterminate  fiscal note  by the  Senate Finance                                                                    
          Committee  for the  Department of  Corrections and                                                                    
          previously published fiscal note: FN2 (DOL).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB 27     FLAME RETARDANTS AND TOXIC CHEMICALS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 27 was HEARD and  HELD in Committee for further                                                                    
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 101    ENTITY TRANSACTIONS ACT                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          SB  101  was  HEARD  and  HELD  in  committee  for                                                                    
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 15                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to penalties for certain alcohol                                                                          
     offenses involving persons under 21 years of age                                                                           
     committed by a sex offender or child kidnapper."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:14:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KEVIN  MEYER, SPONSOR, explained  that under  SB 15,                                                                    
the  penalty  for  providing  alcohol  to  minors  would  be                                                                    
increased for sex offenders and child kidnappers.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  MOVED  to  report  CSSB  15(JUD)  out  of                                                                    
committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal  notes. There being NO  OBJECTION it was                                                                    
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSSB 15(JUD) was REPORTED out  of committee with a "do pass"                                                                    
recommendation and  with a new indeterminate  fiscal note by                                                                    
the  Senate   Finance  Committee   for  the   Department  of                                                                    
Corrections  and  previously   published  fiscal  note:  FN2                                                                    
(DOL).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 5                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating   to  eligibility  requirements  for                                                                    
     medical  assistance for  certain children  and pregnant                                                                    
     women; and providing for an effective date."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:15:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
THOMAS  OBERMEYER, STAFF,  SENATOR  BETTYE  DAVIS, read  the                                                                    
bill  title and  referred to  SB  5 as  the "Denali  KidCare                                                                    
bill." He quoted the sponsor statement:                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Senate  Bill  5  increases  and  restores  to  original                                                                    
     levels established  14 years ago the  qualifying income                                                                    
     eligibility  standard to  200  percent  of the  Federal                                                                    
     Poverty  Level (FPL)  for the  State Children's  Health                                                                    
     Insurance Program  (SCHIP) called Denali  KidCare (DKC)                                                                    
     in  Alaska. Alaska  as one  of the  nation's wealthiest                                                                    
     states  is only  one of  four states  which fund  their                                                                    
     SCHIP  program below  the 200  percent  FPL. This  bill                                                                    
     makes health insurance accessible  to an estimated 1277                                                                    
     more uninsured children and  224 pregnant women Alaska.                                                                    
     Denali  KidCare is  an enhanced  Medicaid reimbursement                                                                    
     program  receiving up  to 70  percent federal  matching                                                                    
     funds.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Obermeyer  noted that Denali KidCare  currently received                                                                    
approximately  65  percent  in federal  matching  funds.  He                                                                    
continued to read from the sponsor statement:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Denali  KidCare   serves  and  estimated   7900  Alaska                                                                    
     children and  remains one of  the least  costly medical                                                                    
     assistance programs  in the state  at about  $1,700 per                                                                    
     child with full coverage,  including dental care, which                                                                    
     is  about  20  percent  of the  cost  of  adult  senior                                                                    
     coverage.  Early  intervention  and  preventative  care                                                                    
     will  greatly  increase  Alaska children's  health  and                                                                    
     yield substantial  savings to the state  and public and                                                                    
     private  sector  hospital  emergency rooms  which  must                                                                    
     admit   indigent  and   uninsured  patients   for  non-                                                                    
     emergency  treatment. It  is estimated  per the  Kaiser                                                                    
     Foundation  the  24,000  uninsured children  in  Alaska                                                                    
     with a  medical need  are five times  as likely  not to                                                                    
     have  a regular  doctor  as insured  children and  four                                                                    
     times  more likely  to use  emergency rooms  at a  much                                                                    
     higher cost.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     A   similar  bill   was   overwhelmingly  passed   with                                                                    
     bipartisan   support  by   the  legislature   in  2010.                                                                    
     Governor  Parnell  subsequently  vetoed the  bill  over                                                                    
     concern  that increased  eligibility to  Denali KidCare                                                                    
     would  require  an  increase  in  state-funded  induced                                                                    
     termination of  pregnancies. Medicaid funds  51 percent                                                                    
     of  all  births in  Alaska.  In  order to  continue  to                                                                    
     receive federal funding for  the state Medicaid program                                                                    
     of  which  Denali KidCare  is  part,  and in  order  to                                                                    
     comply with  state law, constitutional  provisions, and                                                                    
     Alaska Supreme  Court rulings,  the state  must provide                                                                    
     medical   services   for   pregnant   women   including                                                                    
     medically necessary  terminations, as well  as prenatal                                                                    
     and postpartum care.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     The  Alaska Department  of Health  and Social  Services                                                                    
     (DHSS) estimated  that no  more than  10 percent  or 22                                                                    
     more  induced terminations  would  result with  minimal                                                                    
     expense  from the  increase in  eligibility for  Denali                                                                    
     KidCare to 200 percent  FPL. Induced terminations under                                                                    
     Denali  KidCare cost  about $384,000  annually or  less                                                                    
     than 0.18 percent of one-fifth  of the 1 percent of the                                                                    
     $217 million of the DKC budget.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     While  the Governor  understandably is  concerned about                                                                    
     the  mushrooming cost  of the  state Medicaid  program,                                                                    
     Denali KidCare  which is about  18 percent of  the $1.2                                                                    
     billion  total  state  Medicaid budget  should  not  be                                                                    
     among  his  first cuts  and  expense  of Alaska's  most                                                                    
     vulnerable  children  and  pregnant  women.  Increasing                                                                    
     eligibility  for DKC  to 200  percent FPL  under Senate                                                                    
     Bill  5 is  uncomplicated, manageable,  and could  take                                                                    
     effect immediately with prompt implementation by DHSS.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:19:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman pointed to the  three fiscal notes from the                                                                    
Department of Health and Social  Services. The first note in                                                                    
the  amount  of  $221,800  ($77,600  in  general  funds  and                                                                    
$144,200 in  federal receipts) from  the Division  of Public                                                                    
Assistance  funded two  full-time  positions  to manage  the                                                                    
increased  eligibility workload.  The second  note from  the                                                                    
Division   of  Health   Care   Services,  totaled   $567,000                                                                    
($183,400  in   general  funds   and  $183,600   in  federal                                                                    
receipts)  and would  cover the  additional Medicaid  costs.                                                                    
The  third note  in the  amount of  $2,718,200 ($820,400  in                                                                    
general funds  and $1,897,800 in federal  receipts) from the                                                                    
Division of  Health Care Services funded  increased Medicaid                                                                    
costs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:21:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAT  LUBY,  ADVOCACY   DIRECTOR,  AMERICAN  ASSOCIATION  FOR                                                                    
RETIRED  PERSONS  (AARP)   (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  SB 5.  The agency believed  that every  child in                                                                    
Alaska  should  have  access   to  insurance  coverage.  The                                                                    
agency's members over the age  of 65 enjoyed the security of                                                                    
Medicare that covered prevention  and acute care; the agency                                                                    
felt  that  the  state's  children  should  enjoy  the  same                                                                    
coverage. He  stressed the  importance of  Medicare coverage                                                                    
for newborns  and their mothers.  He urged the  committee to                                                                    
pass the legislation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:22:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH   RIPLEY,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   MAT-SU   HEALTH                                                                    
FOUNDATION (via  teleconference), voiced  support for  SB 5.                                                                    
The  foundation owned  part of  the Mat-Su  Regional Medical                                                                    
Center and  used revenues  from the  local hospital  to make                                                                    
grants  to  improve  the health  of  Mat-Su  residents.  The                                                                    
foundation  worked  to  reduce  health  care  barriers  that                                                                    
included lack  of insurance. Access to  primary, dental, and                                                                    
preventative  health  services  was  important  for  overall                                                                    
health. In  2007 approximately 1,499 of  the 22,991 children                                                                    
in Mat-Su were uninsured and  650 of the children fell below                                                                    
200 percent of the Federal  Poverty Level (FPL). The overall                                                                    
rate  of uninsured  children was  6.5 percent;  however, the                                                                    
rate for  children at or  below 200  percent of the  FPL was                                                                    
20.4 percent  and had  begun to  increase between  1 percent                                                                    
and 2  percent annually due  to the decrease  in eligibility                                                                    
for Alaska KidCare. Alaska had  seen a 31 percent decline in                                                                    
the number  of children covered by  private health insurance                                                                    
in the past decade. She explained  that the cost of care was                                                                    
passed on  and raised  premiums and  out of  pocket expenses                                                                    
for  other   Alaskans  and   businesses.  She   stated  that                                                                    
uninsured children  were not as healthy  as insured children                                                                    
and were  nine times less  likely to have a  regular doctor,                                                                    
four times  more likely to  be taken to the  emergency room,                                                                    
and 25 percent  more likely to miss school. In  order to get                                                                    
a handle  on the increased  Medicaid costs in the  state, it                                                                    
was important  to address chronic disease  and other drivers                                                                    
at the primary  care level; uninsured children  did not have                                                                    
access to  the necessary preventative care,  which increased                                                                    
system costs.  She provided  an example  about a  mother who                                                                    
had  taken her  asthmatic  child to  the  emergency room  12                                                                    
times one  year, but only 3  times the following year,  as a                                                                    
result   of  access   to  primary   care  and   preventative                                                                    
treatment.  She emphasized  that  increasing Denali  KidCare                                                                    
eligibility levels  to a minimum  of 200 percent of  the FPL                                                                    
would increase health care access  for children and families                                                                    
in need  and would improve public  health throughout Alaska.                                                                    
She relayed  that currently  Alaska was  one of  four states                                                                    
with the lowest eligibility levels.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:25:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE  BERGLUND, CHIEF  EXECUTIVE  OFFICER, THREAD  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of SB 5.  She stated                                                                    
that the bill would increase  access to health care for more                                                                    
women, children, and families.  The organization worked with                                                                    
over  7,500   families  annually   and  was  aware   of  the                                                                    
importance of health care  resources for healthy development                                                                    
in children. According to research,  the support of children                                                                    
during their early years was  the most critical and families                                                                    
with  access  to  care  were more  likely  to  obtain  early                                                                    
intervention to support their child.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:26:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GUS MARX,  GRANTS COORDINATOR,  ALASKA ASSOCIATION  OF HOMES                                                                    
FOR CHILDREN, spoke in support  of SB 5. The association was                                                                    
made  up  of  19  behavioral  and  mental  health  providers                                                                    
throughout the state that  served children primarily through                                                                    
Denali KidCare.  He explained that  the bill  would increase                                                                    
Denali  KidCare  service  and would  provide  children  with                                                                    
service who had not previously had access.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:27:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOY LYON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION                                                                    
OF YOUNG CHILDREN,  vocalized support for SB  5. She thought                                                                    
that the $600 annual cost  to the state represented the best                                                                    
financial deal  to help children  to become  strong citizens                                                                    
in the future. The bill was  a priority for the coalition of                                                                    
early   childhood   associations   throughout   the   state,                                                                    
including the Alaska Association  for the Education of Young                                                                    
Children,  Best Beginnings,  Alaska Head  Start Association,                                                                    
Alaska  Infant  Learning,  and   THREAD.  She  stressed  the                                                                    
importance of  providing at risk families  with a connection                                                                    
to a  medical home  and doctor.  At times  a doctor  was the                                                                    
only individual who saw a  family; therefore, their role was                                                                    
necessary  to ensure  that  a  child was  able  to grow  and                                                                    
thrive.   She   relayed    that   other   states   including                                                                    
Mississippi, Tennessee,  and Alabama had higher  support for                                                                    
young  children   in  spite   of  tougher   state  financial                                                                    
conditions.   She   urged   the  committee   to   pass   the                                                                    
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson wondered  what help  the  program offered  to                                                                    
community health aides that saw  children in rural villages.                                                                    
Ms. Lyon  replied that  she was not  very familiar  with the                                                                    
health systems in Alaska's rural communities.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:30:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY   DAVIS,   PRESIDENT,   ALASKA   NURSES   ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
testified in support  of SB 5 that would  expand health care                                                                    
coverage to more children. She  had participated in a Yukon-                                                                    
Kuskokwim training  for community  health aides  that taught                                                                    
them  how  to  perform early  preventative  screenings.  She                                                                    
believed  that  under  Denali KidCare,  health  aides  could                                                                    
perform   initial  screenings   and   make  referrals.   She                                                                    
communicated  that it  was important  to  invest in  healthy                                                                    
children and  to make it  possible for parents to  take good                                                                    
care  of their  children.  Denali  KidCare covered  pregnant                                                                    
women to  support the health  of babies and to  prevent pre-                                                                    
term  deliveries. She  had led  the  enrollment effort  when                                                                    
Denali KidCare had  first been offered in  Alaska; the state                                                                    
had led the  nation in enrollment numbers.  She believed the                                                                    
need for the program was great in Alaska.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:32:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stedman CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator McGuire spoke  in support of SB 5.  She stressed the                                                                    
importance of  providing all children with  access to health                                                                    
care.  She wondered  what communications  had occurred  with                                                                    
the governor and his staff in  order to ensure that the bill                                                                    
would not be vetoed as it had been in the past.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   BETTYE   DAVIS,    SPONSOR,   replied   that   the                                                                    
administration  had  worked  on  a solution  to  ensure  the                                                                    
governor would  not veto the  bill. She believed  that there                                                                    
were  many options  available that  did not  include cutting                                                                    
Denali KidCare. She expressed  interest in introducing other                                                                    
legislation  that  would  possibly   reduce  the  number  of                                                                    
abortions  that would  be added  to the  program. Additional                                                                    
options included adoption services  and other. She felt that                                                                    
the bill  should be  passed as written  in order  to provide                                                                    
coverage  to women  and children  who  were in  need of  the                                                                    
services.  She   was  open  to  other   suggestions  by  the                                                                    
administration that would appease the governor.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Davis discussed  that the  bill would  increase and                                                                    
restore original Denali KidCare  levels established 14 years                                                                    
earlier  to the  qualifying income  eligibility standard  to                                                                    
200 percent  of the FPL. The  bill had passed the  House and                                                                    
Senate the prior year, but  had been vetoed by the governor.                                                                    
She had  met with the  governor who had indicated  there was                                                                    
flexibility  on  some  items  but not  on  others;  she  had                                                                    
agreed. She believed that the  governor did not have to veto                                                                    
the  bill. She  discussed the  separation of  powers between                                                                    
the  legislative and  executive branches  of government  and                                                                    
that the  legislature needed  to act not  based on  what the                                                                    
governor  may do.  She recounted  that Governor  Parnell had                                                                    
supported the  bill the prior  session, but he  had received                                                                    
information prior  to signing  it into  law that  had caused                                                                    
him to change his mind.  She believed the program was needed                                                                    
and  efficient.  Alaska was  one  of  three states  with  an                                                                    
eligibility standard of 200 percent  or less of the FPL. She                                                                    
emphasized that  there was no  need for  the state to  be at                                                                    
such  a low  number when  it had  the finances  to fund  the                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:37:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator McGuire  reiterated her support of  the legislation.                                                                    
She  discussed that  the Alaska  Supreme  Court had  decided                                                                    
that abortion  services should be covered  if Denali KidCare                                                                    
offered services  to pregnant women. She  explained that the                                                                    
governor  was upset  about the  court's decision,  which was                                                                    
beyond  the  control  of  the  legislature.  She  encouraged                                                                    
Senator Davis  to consider talking with  the governor before                                                                    
the  end of  the current  session;  she had  heard that  the                                                                    
governor  had  been  considering  a  definition  of  medical                                                                    
necessity related to abortions  or other. She understood the                                                                    
philosophical concern, but believed  it would be unfortunate                                                                    
if the bill was vetoed again over the item.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Davis  stressed that there  was a  medical necessity                                                                    
definition that  could be utilized. She  believed there were                                                                    
other options. She discussed that  the governor's office had                                                                    
the information. She stressed  that the governor's statement                                                                    
that  he would  veto the  bill if  he received  it, was  not                                                                    
helpful.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB  5   was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee   for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 27                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating  to  flame  retardants  and  to  the                                                                    
     manufacture,   sale,  and   distribution  of   products                                                                    
     containing     flame     retardants;    relating     to                                                                    
     bioaccumulative toxic  chemicals; and providing  for an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:40:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BILL WIELECHOWSKI,  SPONSOR, explained  that SB  27                                                                    
focused on  healthy families and  safer homes.  He explained                                                                    
that  polybrominated  diphenyl  ethers  (PBDEs)  were  flame                                                                    
retardant   chemicals  found   in  televisions,   computers,                                                                    
furniture,  mattresses,  carpets, cell  phones,  microwaves,                                                                    
etc.  He stressed  that  Alaskan's were  at  risk from  PBDE                                                                    
exposure   for  three   reasons:   (1)   Alaskans  spent   a                                                                    
significant amount  of time  indoors, which  increased their                                                                    
exposure PBDE  household dust;  (2) Toxins  including PBDEs,                                                                    
were  concentrated in  cold climates  and carried  in global                                                                    
air  currents;   and  (3)  Alaskans  ate   wild  foods  that                                                                    
concentrated  PBDEs, such  as marine  mammals and  some fish                                                                    
species. He  informed the committee that  U.S. companies had                                                                    
voluntarily agreed to stop  manufacturing PBDEs beginning in                                                                    
2012;  however,  foreign companies  had  not.  He urged  the                                                                    
support  of  the  committee  and  emphasized  that  Alaskans                                                                    
needed  the legislation  to help  protect  their health  and                                                                    
homes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:41:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARLA  HART,  STAFF,  SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI,  presented  the                                                                    
highlights  of  the  bill. She  discussed  that  PBDEs  were                                                                    
pervasive, could  be released from  products in the  form of                                                                    
microscopic  dust, and  could be  easily ingested,  inhaled,                                                                    
and absorbed. The chemicals remained  in the environment for                                                                    
extended  periods of  time, built  up in  fatty tissue,  and                                                                    
became more  concentrated as they  moved up the  food chain.                                                                    
She explained  that PBDEs  were neurotoxins,  which impacted                                                                    
hormones  that regulate  how the  human body  functions. She                                                                    
relayed that  couches manufactured prior to  2004 frequently                                                                    
contained at  least one  pound of  the toxic  chemicals. The                                                                    
chemicals  could be  ingested when  a person  ate food  with                                                                    
their  fingers.  She  stressed  that  the  neurotoxins  were                                                                    
transferred  from  mother  to  child  during  pregnancy  and                                                                    
nursing and  that small  children often  put items  from the                                                                    
floor in  their mouths. Exposure to  small concentrations of                                                                    
PBDEs  at   critical  stages   of  development   could  have                                                                    
permanent  effects  on  development, and  could  potentially                                                                    
trigger cancers and other health problems decades later.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Hart remarked  that Senator  Donny Olson  had hosted  a                                                                    
session on  Fetal Alcohol  Spectrum Disorder  (FASD) earlier                                                                    
in the  session; the similarity  of the impacts of  FASD and                                                                    
PBDE exposure were notable; however,  a pregnant woman could                                                                    
protect  a   child  from  FASD  by   avoiding  alcohol.  The                                                                    
Environmental  Protection  Agency  (EPA) did  not  have  the                                                                    
authority under  current law  to impose a  ban of  the toxic                                                                    
chemicals; therefore,  individual states  had begun  to take                                                                    
action.  The bill  would not  compromise fire  safety, given                                                                    
that  changes in  product design  had reduced  the need  for                                                                    
chemical  flame   retardants.  She  relayed  that   a  safer                                                                    
chemical  alternative had  passed the  scrutiny of  the fire                                                                    
marshal for State of Washington  and other alternatives were                                                                    
under  consideration throughout  the country.  Supporters of                                                                    
the  bill  included  the  Alaska  Fire  Chiefs  Association,                                                                    
Alaska   Association   of    Professional   Fire   Fighters,                                                                    
Association   of   Village   Council  Presidents,   Arc   of                                                                    
Anchorage,  Nome   Eskimo  Community,   Alaska  Inter-Tribal                                                                    
Council, Alaska  Nurses Association, and the  Native Village                                                                    
of Savoonga.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Hart noted  that the  Division of  Environmental Health                                                                    
under  the Department  of  Environmental Conservation  (DEC)                                                                    
did  not  have  a  toxicologist despite  the  prevalence  of                                                                    
household and industrial toxins.  She discussed that the DEC                                                                    
fiscal  note  included  funding for  one  toxicologist.  The                                                                    
fiscal  notes  from the  Departments  of  Health and  Social                                                                    
Services  (DHSS)  and Public  Safety  (DPS)  were zero.  She                                                                    
detailed  that  the  annual   financial  impact  equated  to                                                                    
approximately $139,000 or $0.20 per Alaskan.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman delineated  that there  were three  fiscal                                                                    
notes for SB 27, including two  zero notes from DHSS and DPS                                                                    
and one  fiscal note  in the amount  of $139,000  in general                                                                    
funds  from  DEC  for  the  funding  of  one  new  full-time                                                                    
environmental program specialist position.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:46:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  SARAH JANSON,  NATURAL RESOURCES  DEFENSE COUNCIL  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in support  of  SB  27. She  was  a                                                                    
physician who specialized  in occupational and environmental                                                                    
medicine and was a reproductive  biologist with expertise in                                                                    
chemicals that  mimicked hormones. She explained  that flame                                                                    
retardant chemicals  such as  PBDEs were  hormone disrupting                                                                    
chemicals that  interfered with the body's  natural hormones                                                                    
including those  critical in  brain and  reproductive system                                                                    
development.  Flame   retardants  like  PBDEs   were  common                                                                    
components in  household items  and had  become incorporated                                                                    
into  human  bodies.  Humans  were  among  the  most  highly                                                                    
exposed;  exposure  came  from   multiple  places,  but  was                                                                    
particularly prevalent  in dust  that leached  from consumer                                                                    
products in households. Pregnant  and nursing mothers passed                                                                    
chemicals to developing fetuses  and infants during critical                                                                    
windows of brain and  reproductive system development. Small                                                                    
children  had been  found to  have exposure  of up  to three                                                                    
times more  than their  mothers due  to their  propensity to                                                                    
put items from the floor in their mouths.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Janson  explained that the  chemicals had been  found to                                                                    
disrupt  the  thyroid  hormone  and  sex  hormones  such  as                                                                    
estrogen and  testosterone. Health outcomes  associated with                                                                    
harm  in lab  animals included  damage to  brain development                                                                    
that   resulted  in   hyperactivity  and   memory  problems,                                                                    
reproductive  harm  such  as  low  sperm  counts  and  small                                                                    
testicles, and  cancer. She  was troubled  that many  of the                                                                    
outcomes, which had once only  been found in animal studies,                                                                    
had been found in human  populations. A recent study of U.S.                                                                    
children had  found that  those with  high PBDE  exposure in                                                                    
the  womb performed  worse on  learning, memory,  attention,                                                                    
and physical  development. The use  of PBDEs  would continue                                                                    
to add to  the negative impact on the  environment and human                                                                    
bodies.  She  relayed  that continued  exposure  put  future                                                                    
generations  at risk  for  chronic  disease and  irreparable                                                                    
harm.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked how  the dangers  of PBDEs  compared to                                                                    
other neurotoxins, such as cadmium, mercury, and other.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Janson  replied that  it was  difficult to  separate the                                                                    
contribution  of PBDEs  from  other  heavy metals,  mercury,                                                                    
lead,  cadmium, and  PCBs  [polychlorinated biphenyls]  that                                                                    
were  historically used  as flame  retardant chemicals.  The                                                                    
chemicals  could  all  cause   greater  harm  when  combined                                                                    
together.  She  did  not know  a  specific  percentage  that                                                                    
caused  conditions such  as attention  deficit hyperactivity                                                                    
disorder;  however,  she  opined  that  the  elimination  of                                                                    
exposure to  the chemicals would  have a  significant impact                                                                    
on public and reproductive health.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  queried the specific neoplasias  that existed                                                                    
as a  result of PBDEs.  Ms. Janson responded that  there was                                                                    
animal  research  data related  to  Deca  PBDEs, which  were                                                                    
listed by the  EPA as a probable human  carcinogens based on                                                                    
thyroid tumors and liver abnormalities.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked  what negative effects had  been seen in                                                                    
Europe that had caused the European Union to ban PBDEs.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Janson answered that PBDE  levels in breast milk in some                                                                    
European countries had declined  subsequent to their removal                                                                    
from consumer products.  She did not know  whether a follow-                                                                    
up  study on  health impacts  had been  conducted; the  body                                                                    
took a long time to  metabolize the chemicals; therefore, it                                                                    
would take considerable time before  health impacts could be                                                                    
measured as a result of the removal of PBDEs from products.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:53:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. ANDRE  FELIZ, MEDICAL RESEARCHER, DOCTOR,  UNIVERSITY OF                                                                    
CALIFORNIA  DAVIS,  DEPARTMENT   OF  COMPARATIVE  PATHOLOGY,                                                                    
CALIFORNIA  CITIZENS FOR  FIRE SAFETY  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against   SB  27.  His   expertise  was   in  air                                                                    
particulate  pollution and  he  explained  that science  had                                                                    
been  unable  to directly  link  health  problems to  PBDEs.                                                                    
There  had been  no  reported literature  about any  adverse                                                                    
health impacts in humans resulting  from exposure to Deca or                                                                    
other polybrominated  fire retardants. His  research focused                                                                    
on  air particulate  matter and  how humans  received toxins                                                                    
from dust and inhaled chemicals.  He had found that the dust                                                                    
constituted a  higher environmental danger than  some of the                                                                    
toxic chemicals  that people believed  were in the  dust. He                                                                    
stressed  that  the danger  of  fire  was greater  than  the                                                                    
danger of  PBDE exposure. He emphasized  that 3,500 children                                                                    
had  died as  a result  of  fire in  the prior  year and  90                                                                    
percent  of  the  cases  were   at  home.  He  stressed  the                                                                    
importance of  fire retardants in  the prevention  of fires.                                                                    
He  had worked  with  burn victims  and  relayed that  scars                                                                    
could  last  a lifetime.  He  believed  that before  banning                                                                    
PBDEs  that  it was  important  to  consider their  roll  in                                                                    
saving lives.  He addressed the  danger of  replacing PBDEs,                                                                    
which  had  been  studied  for over  30  years,  with  newer                                                                    
alternatives that had only been studied for a few years.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:57:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETE   ERRIGO,  SELF,   BIRD  CREEK   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against  SB 27.  He  expressed  concern that  the                                                                    
removal   of  fire   retardants  would   expose  people   to                                                                    
unnecessary  risk.  He  believed there  was  legislation  in                                                                    
place  that   would  phase  in   new  fire   retardants  and                                                                    
recommended allowing time for the bill to take effect.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:58:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATTIE SAUNDERS, THE ARC  OF ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support of  SB  27.  She discussed  that  the                                                                    
organization    served     Alaskans    with    developmental                                                                    
disabilities and  mental health issues. She  emphasized that                                                                    
preventing a  single occurrence of  developmental disability                                                                    
would save between $1 million  and $3 million over a child's                                                                    
lifetime according  to national  experts and  the Governor's                                                                    
Council on  Special Education and  Disabilities. One  out of                                                                    
six families  was impacted  by developmental  disability and                                                                    
the  savings represented  by  preventable disabilities  were                                                                    
"staggering." She  highlighted that  the bill would  work to                                                                    
remove PBDEs from the environment  and would help to protect                                                                    
brain  development  in children.  The  bill  would create  a                                                                    
registry  of   safe  fire  retardants  that   would  protect                                                                    
children,  families,  and  firefighters. She  detailed  that                                                                    
monetary savings provided by the  bill would be substantial;                                                                    
the  prevention  of  10 disabilities  per  year  would  save                                                                    
between  $10  million and  $30  million  over the  next  ten                                                                    
years. She  was perplexed  by testimony that  stated concern                                                                    
about burn  victims but downplayed the  impacts of chemicals                                                                    
that could  cause disabilities in  children, which  could be                                                                    
replaced  by  equally   effective  safer  alternatives.  She                                                                    
queried the relationship between  the testifier and chemical                                                                    
manufacturers  or industry  representatives. She  reiterated                                                                    
that  $139,000  per year  was  a  small  amount to  pay  and                                                                    
wondered whether  committee members  could face  the parents                                                                    
of babies  born with  preventable diseases. She  opined that                                                                    
critics of the  bill were unwilling to take  modest steps to                                                                    
protect children and other.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:02:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.  LAUREN HEINE,  ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER,  was present  to                                                                    
discuss alternatives  to PBDEs.  She worked  with businesses                                                                    
such  as  Hewlett-Packard,  Apple,  and  Walmart  that  were                                                                    
interested in  developing products that were  beneficial for                                                                    
human health  and the  environment. She  pointed out  that a                                                                    
fire retardant  must meet  required fire  safety performance                                                                    
to be  considered an  alternative; therefore,  banning PBDEs                                                                    
would not  restrict fire safety. She  stressed that although                                                                    
fire  safety had  saved  lives there  was  no evidence  that                                                                    
PDBEs had  done so.  United States manufacturers  had agreed                                                                    
to  phase  out  PBDEs;  however, the  chemicals  were  still                                                                    
imported  into the  country in  products.  She informed  the                                                                    
committee  that Walmart  had recently  banned products  that                                                                    
contained  the  chemicals.  Mattress manufacturers  did  not                                                                    
need  PBDEs  and used  a  flame  retardant barrier  instead.                                                                    
Plastic manufacturers such as  DSM, Apple, Seagate, Hewlett-                                                                    
Packard,  and  other  did  not   use  any  brominated  flame                                                                    
retardants. She  thought it was  odd that related  bans were                                                                    
normally seen  negatively. She believed  the state  would be                                                                    
sending an important signal that:  (1) People needed to know                                                                    
the contents in products that  they were making and selling;                                                                    
and  (2) Manufacturers  needed  to  make safer  alternatives                                                                    
that were  consistent with what  people valued.  She pointed                                                                    
out that DOW  Chemical had just offered an  alternative to a                                                                    
brominated  flame retardant  that  had  health benefits  and                                                                    
would  be  used with  EPA  partnerships.  She stressed  that                                                                    
bills like SB  27 sent important signals  through the supply                                                                    
chain and  drove innovation for  new products  and processes                                                                    
in the  U.S. She  thought there was  an opportunity  to move                                                                    
towards safer and healthier products.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:07:36 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked how the cost  increase due to the use of                                                                    
alternative  flame retardant  chemicals  would impact  young                                                                    
parents and other consumers.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Wielechowski responded  that both  fire safety  and                                                                    
health  safety could  be accomplished.  He  did not  believe                                                                    
there was any  evidence that the ban on PBDEs  in Europe and                                                                    
up  to  13 other  states  had  caused  an increase  in  fire                                                                    
related  burns.   He  represented  lower  income   areas  in                                                                    
Anchorage and  he was sympathetic  to their needs.  Bans had                                                                    
caused companies  to become more  innovative and  to provide                                                                    
safer  alternatives.  He did  not  believe  a cost  increase                                                                    
would  result from  a  ban on  the  chemicals because  safer                                                                    
options were available  and were currently used  in 12 other                                                                    
states  and throughout  Europe. The  ban on  PBDEs by  large                                                                    
companies such  as Walmart, Apple, and  Hewlett-Packard, was                                                                    
significant  and   would  help   to  keep  costs   down.  He                                                                    
emphasized  that Alaska  was  particularly  affected by  the                                                                    
risks posed  by the chemicals; studies  showed large amounts                                                                    
of PBDEs in  the breast milk of Yup'ik mothers  due to their                                                                    
subsistence lifestyle.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB  27  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 101                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  adopting the  Alaska Entity  Transactions Act;                                                                    
     relating to  changing the  form of  entities, including                                                                    
     corporations,    partnerships,     limited    liability                                                                    
     companies,  business trusts,  and other  organizations;                                                                    
     amending Rule 79, Alaska Rules  of Civil Procedure, and                                                                    
     Rules  602(b)(2), 602(c),  and 605.5,  Alaska Rules  of                                                                    
     Appellate  Procedure; and  providing  for an  effective                                                                    
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:11:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  JOE PASKVAN,  SPONSOR, provided  a synopsis  of the                                                                    
legislation.  He discussed  that  during the  past 20  years                                                                    
many  new  types  of business  entities,  including  limited                                                                    
liability companies and  limited liability partnerships, had                                                                    
been   recognized  under   state  law.   Consequently,  many                                                                    
businesses  used   various  types   of  entities   in  their                                                                    
organizational structures.  He detailed that  the relaxation                                                                    
of  federal tax  rules that  governed entity  classification                                                                    
had led  to an increase  in the volume of  restructuring and                                                                    
acquisition  transactions  throughout   the  various  entity                                                                    
forms. The companies were  required to initiate transactions                                                                    
out-of-state  and  multiple  indirect  steps  were  required                                                                    
because of the lack of  clear statutory structure in Alaska.                                                                    
The legislation conformed to  the Uniform Law Commissioners'                                                                    
Model  Entity  Transaction  Act (META)  and  would  help  to                                                                    
facilitate  transactions  between  more  than  one  form  of                                                                    
business entity, improve the  existing business climate, and                                                                    
help  reduce unnecessary  administrative  and legal  burdens                                                                    
that  were   currently  imposed.  The  bill   would  provide                                                                    
businesses  in  Alaska with  the  opportunity  to engage  in                                                                    
cross-entity  transactions  in-state.  The  legislation  was                                                                    
initially introduced  during the  prior session; due  to the                                                                    
complexity  of   the  bill  the  Departments   of  Commerce,                                                                    
Community  and Economic  Development (DCCED)  and Law  (DOL)                                                                    
had worked to fine tune it during the interim.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Paskvan  discussed   the   contents  of   members'                                                                    
committee packets and pointed out  the zero fiscal note from                                                                    
DCCED. The  packet included  a memo  drafted by  an attorney                                                                    
that  advocated  for  the  update  of  the  Alaska  business                                                                    
statutes  and   depicted  the  necessary  steps   an  Alaska                                                                    
corporation had  to take to  merge with a  limited liability                                                                    
company:  (1) A  business was  required  to form  an out  of                                                                    
state  or  "foreign"  limited  liability  company;  (2)  The                                                                    
business's Alaska limited liability  company was required to                                                                    
merge with the foreign company;  (3) The surviving entity of                                                                    
the  merger   was  converted  into  a   foreign  corporation                                                                    
pursuant to the  provisions of the other state;  and (4) The                                                                    
corporation   would  then   be  merged   with  the   Alaskan                                                                    
corporation.  The  intent  was   to  establish  a  business-                                                                    
friendly  statutory  structure  that would  allow  a  single                                                                    
transaction to  take place.  He quoted  from a  META summary                                                                    
that had been prepared by  the Uniform Law Commission, which                                                                    
provided  "non-partisan,  well-conceived, and  well  drafted                                                                    
legislation that  brings clarity  and stability  to critical                                                                    
areas  of state  statutory  law." He  communicated that  the                                                                    
bill  had  been vetted  by  the  commission, which  provided                                                                    
services  that most  states could  not  otherwise afford  or                                                                    
duplicate. Member packets also  contained the 2011 suggested                                                                    
state  legislation  by  the  Council  of  State  Governments                                                                    
(CSG);  the  council  "alerts state  elected  and  appointed                                                                    
officials  to  emerging   social,  economic,  and  political                                                                    
trends; offers innovative state  policy responses to rapidly                                                                    
changing  conditions;  and   advocates  multi-state  problem                                                                    
solving  to  maximize   resource  and  competitiveness."  He                                                                    
quoted from a letter from  the President and Chief Executive                                                                    
Officer  of  Doyon:  "As  Doyon  has  grown,  its  corporate                                                                    
structure  has  grown  more complex.  The  passage  of  this                                                                    
legislation will  help to  make some  unnecessary complexity                                                                    
out of transactions  and will avoid the  need to incorporate                                                                    
in  other jurisdictions  where laws  are better  defined for                                                                    
complex  transactions." He  summarized that  the bill  would                                                                    
help bring Alaska into mainstream statutory business law.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman referred to the zero fiscal note by DCCED.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:18:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DON  HABEGER, DIRECTOR,  DIVISION OF  CORPORATIONS, BUSINESS                                                                    
AND   PROFESSIONAL   LICENSING,  DEPARTMENT   OF   COMMERCE,                                                                    
COMMUNITY  AND   ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT,  relayed   that  the                                                                    
division had  spent a significant  amount of  time comparing                                                                    
the bill from  the prior session with  existing statute. The                                                                    
division and DOL  and had worked through  their concerns and                                                                    
were  comfortable with  the  current  legislation. He  added                                                                    
that the  division would be  able to absorb  the legislation                                                                    
with no additional costs.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Stedman   asked   whether  DCCED   supported   the                                                                    
legislation.  Mr. Habeger  replied that  the department  was                                                                    
comfortable with the bill.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  queried whether there  was opposition  to the                                                                    
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Paskvan was  not  aware of  any  opposition to  the                                                                    
legislation. He noted that a  significant amount of work had                                                                    
gone into the bill to make it acceptable to all parties.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:21:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  McGuire  wondered  whether  there  were  any  small                                                                    
entities   that  would   be  negatively   impacted  by   the                                                                    
legislation.   She  recalled   that  the   Senate  Judiciary                                                                    
Committee had  focused on the requirement  that transactions                                                                    
had to be approved by  all interest holders to prevent items                                                                    
such as hostile takeovers.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Paskvan  detailed   that  no   creditors,  secured                                                                    
interests, or consumers would be  harmed. The bill worked to                                                                    
protect  the interest  of all  parties  through a  business-                                                                    
friendly, single transaction.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB  101  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:23:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:23 AM.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 5 - Docs-Theda Pittman Support 3-24-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 - Docs -Letter -Matsu Health Foundation.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 DKC memo DHSS 3-28-11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs - Juneau Youth Svcs 3-8-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs - Ltr AK Acad.Pediatrics.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs- ADN- ER No Cure-all 7-23-2010.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs -ADN-KidCare funded 664 med nec abortions in 09 6-18-2010.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs -Georgetown U. AK options preg. women 11-4-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs -Kaiser Com.Medicaid.Uninsured Jan.2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs -Kaiser state health facts.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs- Ltr Support ANDVSA 2-4-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs-2011 federal poverty guidelines.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs-Kaiser Focus.Health.Reform 11-2010.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs-Leg.Legl.Memo Med.Nec. 3-29-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Docs-March of Dimes 3-9-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Sectional Summary 27-LS0057B.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 27 (HSS) Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 APHA_ Policy Statement 2004.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Document - 2010 supporting letters.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Document - ADN Compass Piece Von Hippel 2-20-11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Document - Alaska Inter-Tribal Council.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Document - Alaska Nurses Association resolution 10-17-10.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Document - Marc Esslinger 2-19-11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Document - Peter Brigham 2-18-11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Documents - AK Professional Fire Fighters 3-3-2011[1].pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Documents - AVCP letter 2-18-11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Documents - International Association of Professional Fire Fighters 3-1-2010.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Documents - Q&A.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Documents - The Arc of Anchorage.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 Supporting Documents -AK Fire Chiefs Assoc letter 3-4-11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 96 - Letter of Support City of Klawock.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 96 - Letter of Support City of Nenana.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 96 - Letter of Support Nenana Native Council.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 96 - Letter of Support Nenana School District.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 96 - Letter of Support Yakutat City and Borough.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 96 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 96-Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 96
SB 27 040411 Support Letters .pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 5 - Support Letter Kane 040511.txt SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 Sponsor Statement Rev 1-23-2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 5
SB 5 ADN Parnell cites abortion in veto 6-4-2010.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 5
SB 5 Compton Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 5
SB 5 CMS CHIRPA Letter 5-11-2009.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 5
SB 5 Background of SCHIP.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 5
SB 5 Docs - Repercussions of Unmet Health Care.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 5
SB 15 Sponsor Statement version M.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 15
SB 15 Support Letter APOA AACP WPA.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 15
SB 15 Support Letter APOA AACP WPA.pdf SFIN 4/6/2011 9:00:00 AM
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SB 15
SB 101_Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 101
SB 101_Back-Up_CSG Suggested State Legislation.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 101
SB 101_Back-Up_Memo RE Update of Alaska Biz Statutes.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 101
SB 101_Back-Up_ULC Summary.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 101
SB 101_Sectional Summary REVISED March 30 2011.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 101
SB 15 Support Ltr ABADA AMHB.pdf SFIN 4/6/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 15
CSSB 15 Spronsor Statement version E.pdf SFIN 4/6/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 15
SB 15 - NEW 040711 SB 15 DOC New SFIN Fiscal Note.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 15
SB 27 - Oceana_Support_Letter_4.7.11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27
SB 27 - NOAA PBDE Study 04 07 11.pdf SFIN 4/8/2011 9:00:00 AM
SB 27