Legislature(2011 - 2012)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/16/2011 10:00 AM FINANCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 66 AIDEA: NEW MARKETS TAX CREDIT PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 66(L&C) Out of Committee
+ SB 42 POWER PROJECT; ALASKA ENERGY AUTHORITY TELECONFERENCED
+ HB 7 SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 7(JUD) Out of Committee
+ HB 127 OMNIBUS CRIME BILL TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 127(JUD) Out of Committee
+= HB 13 WORKERS' COMPENSATION: MEDICAL FEES TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 13 Out of Committee
+= HB 24 EXTEND REGULATORY COMM. OF ALASKA SUNSET TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 24(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 97 EXTEND INVASIVE PLANTS LAW TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 97 Out of Committee
+= HB 173 SPORT FISHING GUIDING SERVICES TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 173 Out of Committee
+ HB 214 WALTER L. KUBLEY FERRY TERMINAL TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 214 am Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      April 16, 2011                                                                                            
                        10:42 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:42:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 10:42 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                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Darwin  Peterson,  Staff,  Senate Finance  Committee;  Sarah                                                                    
Fisher-Goad,  Executive Director,  Alaska Energy  Authority;                                                                    
Frank  Mielke;  Senator  Kevin Meyer;  Representative  Cathy                                                                    
Munoz;  John  Burns,   Attorney  General;  Annie  Carpeneti,                                                                    
Assistant,  Department of  Labor and  Workforce Development;                                                                    
Conrad Jackson, Staff,  Representative Olson; Jeanne Ostnes,                                                                    
Staff,   Representative    Johnson;   Representative   Steve                                                                    
Thompson;  Jomo  Stewart,  Staff,  Representative  Thompson;                                                                    
Representative Kyle Johansen.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Rich  Wilson,   President,  Alaska   Ratepayer  Association;                                                                    
Commissioner  Masters,  Department  of Public  Safety;  Rich                                                                    
Wilson, President, Alaska Rate Payers.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 42     Power Project; Alaska Energy Authority                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          CSSB  42  was  HEARD  and HELD  in  Committee  for                                                                    
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 7      Synthetic Cannabinoids                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB  7 was  REPORTED out  of committee  with a  "do                                                                    
          pass"    recommendation   and    with   one    new                                                                    
          indeterminate fiscal  note from the  Department of                                                                    
          Corrections  and two  previously published  fiscal                                                                    
          notes: FN4 (HFIN/DPS) and FN5 (LAW).                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 13     Workers' Compensation: Medical Fees                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          HB 13  was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass"  recommendation  and   with  one  previously                                                                    
          published fiscal note: FN 2 (HFC/DOL).                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 24     RCA Sunset Extension                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SCSCSHB 24  was REPORTED  out of committee  with a                                                                    
          "do pass"  recommendation and with one  new fiscal                                                                    
          note  from the  Senate Finance  Committee for  the                                                                    
          Department  of  Commerce, Community  and  Economic                                                                    
          Development.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB 66     Tax On Gas For In State Manufacturing                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CSSB 66 was  REPORTED out of committee  with a "do                                                                    
          pass"  recommendation  and  with one  zero  fiscal                                                                    
          note: FN1 (DCCED).                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB 97     Extend Invasive Plants Law                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          HB 97  was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass"  recommendation  and   with  one  previously                                                                    
          published fiscal note: FN 1 (DNR).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB 127    Omnibus Crime Bill                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          HB 127  was REPORTED out  of committee with  a "do                                                                    
          pass" recommendation and with  one new zero fiscal                                                                    
          note  from the  Department  of Law,  one new  zero                                                                    
          fiscal  note from  the Department  of Corrections,                                                                    
          two  indeterminate   previously  published  fiscal                                                                    
          notes: FN3 (DOA) and FN6  (DOA) and two previously                                                                    
          published zero fiscal notes: FN1 (DPS) and FN5                                                                        
          (DHS).                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 173    Sport Fishing Guiding Services                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          HB 173 was REPORTED out of committee with a "do                                                                       
          pass" recommendation and with one previously                                                                          
          published fiscal note: FN2 (ADF&G).                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HB 214    Walter L. Kubley Ferry Terminal                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          HB 214 was REPORTED out of committee with a "do                                                                       
          pass" recommendation and with one previously                                                                          
          published zero fiscal note: FN1 (DOT).                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:42:11 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 66                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  creating a new  markets tax  credit assistance                                                                    
     guarantee   and   loan   program  within   the   Alaska                                                                    
     Industrial  Development   and  Export   Authority;  and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:44:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   introduced  the  governor's   bill.  The                                                                    
legislation's intent  was to  provide economic  diversity in                                                                    
rural areas of the state.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  explained  that   the  bill  allowed  the                                                                    
ability for a  firm to receive tax credits  from the federal                                                                    
program.  The  bill  allowed  for   creation  of  an  equity                                                                    
position and  formation of capital  for use  in economically                                                                    
challenged  portions of  the state.  He  mentioned one  zero                                                                    
fiscal note  from the Department of  Commerce, Community and                                                                    
Economic Development (DCCED).                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to report  CSSB 66 out  of committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CSSB  66 was  REPORTED out  of  committee with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation and with one zero fiscal note: FN1 (DCCED).                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 42                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating  to  the  procurement  of  supplies,                                                                    
     services, professional  services, and  construction for                                                                    
     the  Alaska Energy  Authority; establishing  the Alaska                                                                    
     Railbelt  energy   fund  and  relating  to   the  fund;                                                                    
     relating  to and  repealing the  Railbelt energy  fund;                                                                    
     relating  to the  quorum  of the  board  of the  Alaska                                                                    
     Energy Authority; relating to  the powers of the Alaska                                                                    
     Energy Authority  regarding employees and  the transfer                                                                    
     of   certain  employees   of   the  Alaska   Industrial                                                                    
     Development  Export  Authority  to  the  Alaska  Energy                                                                    
     Authority;  relating   to  acquiring   or  constructing                                                                    
     certain  projects  by   the  Alaska  Energy  Authority;                                                                    
     relating to  the definition  of 'feasibility  study' in                                                                    
     the Alaska  Energy Authority Act; and  providing for an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:46:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  proposed committee substitute,  work draft                                                                    
#27-GS1822/E, Kane, 4/15/11.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman OBJECTED.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:46:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DARWIN PETERSON, STAFF,  SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE, explained                                                                    
the CS. He stated that Sections  1, 3, 12, 16, and 17, which                                                                    
would  have created  the Alaska  Railbelt Energy  Fund, were                                                                    
removed from the  previous CS. He noted that  Sections 2 and                                                                    
5 were also  removed. The sections would  have permitted the                                                                    
Alaska Energy  Authority (AEA) to  hire their  own employees                                                                    
and  advisors  in  the exempt  service.  He  continued  that                                                                    
previous Sections  14 and  15 were  also removed.  He stated                                                                    
that previous Sections 7, 8,  10, and 13 were removed. Those                                                                    
sections would  have empowered  AEA to  establish subsidiary                                                                    
corporations  to  support   the  acquisition,  construction,                                                                    
ownership, and  operation of any  power projects.  Section 2                                                                    
was  amended,  which  allows  AEA  legislative  approval  to                                                                    
acquire  a   Susitna  River  project.   A  new   section  of                                                                    
uncodified  law was  added  beginning on  Page  4, Line  21,                                                                    
Subsection (a), which provided  legislative approval for AEA                                                                    
to loan  up to $11 million  from the power project  fund for                                                                    
the  Reynolds Creek  hydro-project. Subsection  (b) provided                                                                    
legislative approval for  AEA to loan up to  $5 million from                                                                    
the  power  project  fund  for  the  Humpback  Creek  hydro-                                                                    
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  mentioned  two   fiscal  notes  from  the                                                                    
Department of Commerce,  Community and Economic Development.                                                                    
One  fiscal  note  originated  from  the  Alaska  Industrial                                                                    
Development  Export  Authority  (AIDEA)  for  $1,125,000  in                                                                    
interagency  receipts  for  eight  staff  positions  in  the                                                                    
Susitna project office. One fiscal  note originated from AEA                                                                    
for  $1,763,000   in  Capital  Improvement   Projects  (CIP)                                                                    
receipts.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:48:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
There being NO  OBJECTION, it was so ordered.  Version E was                                                                    
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SARAH   FISHER-GOAD,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,  ALASKA   ENERGY                                                                    
AUTHORITY,  discussed  the  CS.  She  mentioned  the  policy                                                                    
target to reach 50 percent  of renewable energy by 2025. She                                                                    
noted  that  in November  of  2010,  AEA declared  that  the                                                                    
Susitna River  Project was  best suited  to meet  the policy                                                                    
target. She  explained that the legislation  allowed the AEA                                                                    
to   construct  the   project.  She   stated  that   pending                                                                    
legislation,  AEA   will  file  a   preliminary  application                                                                    
document with  the Federal Energy Regulatory  Commission. An                                                                    
additional  provision  was  the  correction of  a  Board  of                                                                    
Directors quorum from four to seven members.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  asked if  she  was  comfortable with  the                                                                    
bill's version.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Fisher-Goad  responded  that the  original  intent  was                                                                    
broader  in scope  to allow  AEA  to construct  and own  new                                                                    
projects and to  hire new employees. She  commented that the                                                                    
legislation allowed for the new hydro-project.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:52:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  asked  about the  employees  hired  for  the                                                                    
extensive hydro-project.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms.   Fisher-Goad   responded    that   the   Bradley   Lake                                                                    
Hydroelectric  project was  exhibited as  a model  endeavor.                                                                    
She expected that  the employees would be  hired specific to                                                                    
the development  of the project  and would  work short-term.                                                                    
She   stated  that   the   operation   mode  would   include                                                                    
contracting   with   the   private  sector   for   long-term                                                                    
employees.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:53:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator McGuire applauded Ms. Fisher-Goad  for her work. She                                                                    
thanked Senator  Thomas for  his leadership  championing the                                                                    
project  and the  legislation. She  expressed  pride in  Co-                                                                    
Chair Hoffman  and the governor  for their  contributions as                                                                    
well. She stated that the day was monumental for Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:55:05 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RICH  WILSON, PRESIDENT,  ALASKA RATEPAYER  ASSOCIATION (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor of the  legislation. He                                                                    
applauded the  leadership responsible for their  work on the                                                                    
legislation. He emphasized the  importance of the successful                                                                    
hydroelectric energy.  He mentioned  various members  of his                                                                    
organization.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:56:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RICH   WILSON,   PRESIDENT,    ALASKA   RATE   PAYERS   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the legislation.                                                                    
He  thanked the  committee for  their leadership.  He stated                                                                    
that the  lowest rates to  the rate payer would  be achieved                                                                    
by a well-organized and efficient entity.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
FRANK  MIELKE, testified  in favor  of  the legislation.  He                                                                    
spoke about  the power  of eminent  domain, which  he opined                                                                    
contributed greatly to the timeliness of a project.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Fisher-Goad commented  on the  testimony provided.  She                                                                    
mentioned  a  provision  stating   that  AEA  will  exercise                                                                    
eminent domain.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CSSB  42  was  HEARD  and  HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 7(JUD)                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act classifying certain substances as schedule                                                                         
     IIIA controlled substances; and providing for an                                                                           
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:59:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KEVIN  MEYER informed  the committee  that synthetic                                                                    
cannabinoids were sometimes  referred to as K2  or spice. He                                                                    
mentioned that  the substance  was legal  in many  places in                                                                    
the state. He  added that the substance  was inexpensive and                                                                    
virtually undetectable in a drug test.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:00:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY  MUNOZ added  that HB 7  would classify                                                                    
certain  synthetic  cannabinoids as  controlled  substances.                                                                    
The amended legislation made possession  of 12 grams or less                                                                    
a  misdemeanor offense  and 12  grams  or higher  a class  C                                                                    
felony.   She  explained   the  concern   that  some   users                                                                    
experience serious adverse  reactions including convulsions,                                                                    
anxiety  attacks,  elevated   heart  rate,  increased  blood                                                                    
pressure,  and  vomiting.  The  issue  was  brought  to  her                                                                    
attention  by a  parent  whose child  experienced a  serious                                                                    
adverse  reaction. She  continued  that HB  7 classified  10                                                                    
commonly  used  chemicals  as Schedule  3A  substances.  She                                                                    
pointed out three  zero fiscal notes from  the Department of                                                                    
Law (DOL),  the Department of  Public Safety (DPS),  and the                                                                    
Department of Corrections (DOC).                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman highlighted the three zero fiscal notes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:02:31 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson commented  that the  discussion of  synthetic                                                                    
cannabinoids  arose   in  the   medical  community   as  the                                                                    
chemicals were easy to obtain and often dangerous.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:03:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:03:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  MOVED to  report HB 7  out of  committee with                                                                    
individual  recommendations  and   the  accompanying  fiscal                                                                    
note(s).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB  7  was  REPORTED  out  of committee  with  a  "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation and  with one  new indeterminate  fiscal note                                                                    
from  the  Department  of  Corrections  and  two  previously                                                                    
published fiscal notes: FN4 (HFIN/DPS) and FN5 (LAW).                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 127(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act relating  to the  crimes  of stalking,  online                                                                    
     enticement  of  a  minor, unlawful  exploitation  of  a                                                                    
     minor, endangering  the welfare of a  child, sending an                                                                    
     explicit image  of a minor, harassment,  and misconduct                                                                    
     involving   confidential   information;   relating   to                                                                    
     probation;  relating  to  the  subpoena  power  of  the                                                                    
     attorney general in cases involving  use of an Internet                                                                    
     service  account; relating  to an  appearance before  a                                                                    
     judicial  officer after  arrest; relating  to penalties                                                                    
     for  operating a  vehicle without  possessing proof  of                                                                    
     motor  vehicle   liability  insurance  or   a  driver's                                                                    
     license;  relating  to   penalties  for  certain  arson                                                                    
     offenses;  amending  Rule   5(a)(1),  Alaska  Rules  of                                                                    
     Criminal  Procedure, and  Rule 43.10,  Alaska Rules  of                                                                    
     Administration; and providing for an effective date."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:04:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOHN BURNS,  ATTORNEY GENERAL  explained the  bill's purpose                                                                    
of communicating the collaborative  efforts of the governor,                                                                    
the House,  and the Senate.  He stated  the goal to  end the                                                                    
epidemic  of  sexual  assault  and  breaking  the  cycle  of                                                                    
domestic  violence  in Alaska.  He  asserted  that women  in                                                                    
Alaska were  raped two  and one half  times more  often than                                                                    
the national  average. He stated that  Alaskan children were                                                                    
sexually  abused  at  a  rate  of  six  times  the  national                                                                    
average. He maintained that the cycle of abuse must end.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Burns stated that the  responsibility of the legislature                                                                    
was  to  enact  legislation  to enhance  public  safety.  He                                                                    
continued that  HB 127 refined  legislative changes  made in                                                                    
recent  years. The  legislation expanded  the stalking  laws                                                                    
and prohibited law enforcement  from having sexual relations                                                                    
with people  in custody  and raised  the penalty  for online                                                                    
enticement of minors.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:07:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  mentioned  four fiscal  notes,  two  zero                                                                    
notes from the Department of  Health and Social Services and                                                                    
the  Department of  Law and  two indeterminate  fiscal notes                                                                    
from the Department of Administration  and the Department of                                                                    
Corrections.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:07:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANNIE   CARPENETI,  ASSISTANT,   DEPARTMENT  OF   LABOR  AND                                                                    
WORKFORCE  DEVELOPMENT,   explained  the   legislation.  She                                                                    
stated   that   the   bill   expands   the   definition   of                                                                    
nonconsensual contact  for purposes  of stalking  to include                                                                    
following a person with a  GPS device or installing a device                                                                    
on  the  victim's  computer  or  telephone.  The  bill  also                                                                    
amended crimes  of sexual  assault in  the third  and fourth                                                                    
degree to prohibit  a peace officer from  engaging in either                                                                    
sexual  penetration or  sexual  contact with  the person  in                                                                    
that   peace  officer's   custody.   The   law  applied   to                                                                    
relationships considered consensual.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
11:10:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Carpeneti continued that the  bill added to the crime of                                                                    
criminal  use of  computer, which  was a  Class C  felony by                                                                    
prohibiting a  person from installing a  keystroke logger on                                                                    
another person's  computer. The bill made  technical changes                                                                    
to the  crime of endangering the  welfare of a minor  in the                                                                    
first  degree.  The  bill  adopted  a  new  crime  including                                                                    
sending  an  explicit digital  image  of  a minor.  The  law                                                                    
required proof  that the person  acted with intent  to annoy                                                                    
or  humiliate another  person  who  distributes an  explicit                                                                    
image of a minor under the age of 15.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Carpeneti  continued  that  the  bill  also  adopted  a                                                                    
misdemeanor  offense  of misconduct  involving  confidential                                                                    
information  in the  first and  second  degrees. The  second                                                                    
degree crime  prohibits the person from  knowingly obtaining                                                                    
confidential  information about  another person  without the                                                                    
consent of that person or  the legal authority to obtain the                                                                    
information.  Confidential information  was defined  as that                                                                    
information that  is already defined as  confidential in our                                                                    
laws.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Carpeneti explained  that the  bill gave  discretion to                                                                    
the  court  in  sentencing  a person  who  is  convicted  of                                                                    
certain  sexual crimes  against children  as a  condition of                                                                    
probation  that the  person not  reside within  500 feet  of                                                                    
school grounds. The bill made  changes to the administrative                                                                    
subpoena enacted last year in SB 222.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:14:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She mentioned  corrections displayed  in the bill.  The bill                                                                    
changed the statutes to comply  with the court rules adopted                                                                    
the year prior. She noted changes  in the area of arson. The                                                                    
statute  adopted a  bail schedule  for  arson offenses.  She                                                                    
stated  that the  bill  corrected inconsistencies  regarding                                                                    
fines incurred for crimes involving arson.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:17:52 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson asked  about  a person  taking  a picture  of                                                                    
their  child sitting  on  the toilet.  He  wondered if  they                                                                    
would face an infraction.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Carpeneti replied  that no  infraction  would be  faced                                                                    
because the  state must  prove that  the parent  intended to                                                                    
distribute a photo to annoy or humiliate the child.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if  a person was  attempting to  warm a                                                                    
car with  coals from  a campfire, would  they be  liable for                                                                    
charges.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Carpeneti replied  that the  arson statute  contained a                                                                    
culpable  mental  state  requiring  proof  that  the  person                                                                    
intended to explode the vehicle.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:19:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  MASTERS,  DEPARTMENT  OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  echoed  the   testimony  of  the  Attorney                                                                    
General.   He   highlighted   the  operation   between   the                                                                    
administration,  the Senate,  and  the  House regarding  the                                                                    
evolution  of   the  legislation.  The  importance   to  law                                                                    
enforcement occurred  by raising  the classification  of the                                                                    
crime to the appropriate level  for the predatory conduct of                                                                    
offenders   who  enticed   Alaskan   children  into   sexual                                                                    
encounters  and abuse  over  the internet.    He added  that                                                                    
people who  engaged in  these patterns  of conduct  were not                                                                    
typically first-time offenders.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Masters  commented about  the GPS  tracking and                                                                    
keystroke provisions of the bill.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
11:22:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner  Masters  stated  that the  department  was  in                                                                    
complete  agreement  about  the  provision  regarding  peace                                                                    
officers. He reiterated the importance of the legislation.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:23:26 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Attorney   General   Burns   reiterated  the   concerns   of                                                                    
Commissioner Masters.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to  report HB  127 out  of committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  127 was  REPORTED  out  of committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation and  with one new  zero fiscal note  from the                                                                    
Department  of  Law,  one  new zero  fiscal  note  from  the                                                                    
Department  of  Corrections,  two  indeterminate  previously                                                                    
published  fiscal notes:  FN3 (DOA)  and FN6  (DOA) and  two                                                                    
previously published  zero fiscal  notes: FN1 (DPS)  and FN5                                                                    
(DHS).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 13                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to fees and charges for medical                                                                           
     treatment or services as they relate to workers'                                                                           
    compensation; and providing for an effective date."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:25:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CONRAD JACKSON, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE OLSON, explained that                                                                    
HB 13  would establish a  medical services fee  schedule for                                                                    
workers' compensation related services.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Stedman   highlighted   one  fiscal   note   from                                                                    
Department  of  Labor  and  Workforce  Development  for  $75                                                                    
thousand in interagency receipts.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman MOVED  to report  HB 13  out of  committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  13  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with  one previously  published  fiscal                                                                    
note: FN 2 (HFC/DOL).                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 24(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the termination date of the                                                                              
     Regulatory Commission of Alaska; and providing for an                                                                      
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:26:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  proposed committee substitute,  work draft                                                                    
#27-LSO173/E,   Kirsch/Kane,   4/15/11.   Co-Chair   Stedman                                                                    
OBJECTED.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman stated that the  CS altered the sunset date                                                                    
to June 30, 2013.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman WITHDREW  his  OBJECTION.  There being  NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:27:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Jackson  explained that HB  24 extended the  sunset date                                                                    
of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman noted  that  Senator  McGuire requested  a                                                                    
response  regarding the  conversion  between the  Regulatory                                                                    
Commission of Alaska and Anchor Point Energy.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  McGuire  stated that  she  was  satisfied with  the                                                                    
response that she received.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  pointed out  one Senate  Finance Committee                                                                    
fiscal  note reflecting  the cost  of $8,932,100  in program                                                                    
receipts for a two year extension.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman MOVED  to report SCSHB 24  out of committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SCSCSHB 24  was REPORTED out  of committee with a  "do pass"                                                                    
recommendation and with one new  fiscal note from the Senate                                                                    
Finance Committee for the  Department of Commerce, Community                                                                    
and Economic Development.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 97                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  extending  a provision  relating  to  noxious                                                                    
     weeds,   invasive   plants,   and   agricultural   pest                                                                    
     management  and education;  providing for  an effective                                                                    
     date by  repealing the  effective date  of sec.  2, ch.                                                                    
     102, SLA 2008; and providing for an effective date."                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:28:59 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JEANNE  OSTNES,  STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE  JOHNSON,  explained                                                                    
that HB 97 eliminated the sunset  date for a position in the                                                                    
Department  of Natural  Resources (DNR).  She explained  the                                                                    
position's importance.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman mentioned  one  fiscal note  from DNR  for                                                                    
$101,100 in  general funds to continue  funding the invasive                                                                    
weeds and agriculture pest coordinator.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman MOVED  to report  HB 97  out of  committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  97  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with  one previously  published  fiscal                                                                    
note: FN 1 (DNR).                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 173                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act amending the termination date of the licensing                                                                     
     of sport fishing operators and sport fishing guides;                                                                       
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:31:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE  THOMPSON introduced  the bill  and his                                                                    
staff.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JOMO STEWART, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON, described the                                                                    
bill.  He  explained  that  HB   173  provided  a  one  year                                                                    
extension to an existing  program. The sport fisheries guide                                                                    
and  operators licensing  and logbook  program. The  program                                                                    
provided benefits  to both the  state and the  industry. The                                                                    
program  provides  valuable  economic   data  on  the  sport                                                                    
fishing industry  and critical harvest data  to the resource                                                                    
managers. The program provides  the industry recognition and                                                                    
professionalism. The  program was  in operation  since 2005.                                                                    
He noted that  the Department of Fish and  Game supported HB                                                                    
173.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  pointed  out  one fiscal  note  from  the                                                                    
Department of  Fish and Game  for $400 thousand  to continue                                                                    
the program.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to  report HB  173 out  of committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  173 was  REPORTED  out  of committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with  one previously  published  fiscal                                                                    
note: FN2 (ADF&G).                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:33:35 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:35:01 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 214 am                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act naming the Ketchikan ferry terminal the Walter                                                                     
     L. Kubley Ketchikan Ferry Terminal."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:35:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KYLE  JOHANSEN, explained the bill.  He noted                                                                    
that  the bond  was used  to name  the ferry  terminal after                                                                    
Walter L  Kubley. The location  was in Ketchikan.  He wished                                                                    
to name the ferry terminal after Mr. Kubley.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman mentioned  one zero  fiscal note  from the                                                                    
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
11:37:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  MOVED to  report HB  214 out  of committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note(s). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  214 was  REPORTED  out  of committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation  and  with   one  previously  published  zero                                                                    
fiscal note: FN1 (DOT).                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:38:31 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RECESSED                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 5:42 PM.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 42 - CSSB 42(RES) FERC RCA Oversight 3-22-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
HB13 Supporting Documents - Letter NFIB 1-31-2011.pdf HL&C 2/11/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB13 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 2/11/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB13 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 2/11/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB13 Supporting Documents 2010 NCCI AK Med.pdf HL&C 2/11/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
SB 42 - CSSB 42(RES) Sectional Analysis - By Subject March 22, 2011.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
SB 42 - CSSB 42(RES) RCA regulation 3-22-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
SB 42 - CSSB 42(RES) Sectional Analysis - Sequential March 22, 2011.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
SB 42 Governor Transmittal Letter 1-14-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
SB 42 Summary of Fiscal Notes.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
HB 7 CS HB 7 (JUD) Sponsor Statement.2.10.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
HB 7 Memo re changes in Senate CS.3.29.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
HB 7.Article - DEA lists K2 as schedule I. 3.1.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
HB 7.DEA info on Synthetic Cannabinoids.3.1.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
HB 7.Leg Research Report.Other states penalities.2.8.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
HB 7.Memo regarding changes to CS.2.11.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
HB 7.Support Letters & Testimony.2.28.11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 7
CS for HB 127 (JUD) Original Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 127
HB 127 - APOA- CSHB 127 JUD.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 127
SCS CSHB 127 (JUD) Sectional.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 127
SCS CSHB 127(JUD) Evolution.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 127
HB13 Supporting Documents OR Rate Study Comparison.pdf HL&C 2/11/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB13 Supporting Documents - Letter PSPA 2-8-2011.pdf HL&C 2/11/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB24 Sponsor Statement ver A.pdf HL&C 3/16/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB24 Supporting Documents - Email Mike O'Meara 3-15-2011.pdf HL&C 3/16/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB24 Supporting Documents - Fax AARP 3-14-2011.pdf HL&C 3/16/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB24 Supporting Documents - Leg Audit #08-20067-11 Summary.pdf HL&C 3/16/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB24 Supporting Documents - Leg Audit #08-20067-11.pdf HL&C 3/16/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB24 Supporting Documents - Letter GCI 3-15-2011.pdf HL&C 3/16/2011 3:15:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB 13 Misty Steed Testimony.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB13 Supporting Documets - MSRC Nov 2009 Report pages 11-12.pdf SFIN 4/15/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3.7.11 HB 97 Extend Invasive Plants Law.PDF HRES 3/7/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
HB24 Supporting Documents - Email Mike O'Meara 3-15-2011.pdf SFIN 4/14/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB 24 - Letter from Kate Giard.PDF SFIN 4/14/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HRES 3.7.11 HB97 Perception of an Invasive Species.PDF HRES 3/7/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
HRES 3.7.11 HB97 Report on AK Invasive Plant Project.pdf HRES 3/7/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
02 HB 097 Sponsor Statement.pdf HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
04 HB 097 Invasive Weeds and Agriculture Pest Coordinator Accomplishments.pdf HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
06 HB 097 LOS AK Comte for Noxious and Inv Plants Mgment.PDF HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
06 HB097 Report on the Alaska Weed Project.pdf HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
06 HB 097 LOS AK Sealife Center.pdf HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
06 HB097 Testify Zaumzeil.pdf HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
06 HB097_Perception_of_an_Invasive_Species.PDF HFIN 3/22/2011 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
HB 97 - 02 HB097 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/15/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
HB 97 - 06 HB097 LOS AK Sealife Center.pdf SFIN 4/15/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 97
HB 173 - Sponsor Statement.doc HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
HRES 3/30/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 173 - Econ Impact Sportfishing - Summary - ADFG - 2007.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 173 - Sportfish Program - 2006-2008 Review - ADFG 2009.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
HRES 3/30/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 173 - Program Creation - HB 452 - Enrolled 2004.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 452
HB 173 - Program Extension - SB 294 - Enrolled 2010.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
SB 294
HB 173 - LICENSING REAUTH BRIEF - SB 294 - March 2010.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
HRES 3/30/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
SB 294
HB 173 - Licensing Reauthorization Sport Fish Briefing - ADF&G - 2011.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
HRES 3/30/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 173 - UFA Ltr - Support.pdf HFSH 3/8/2011 5:00:00 PM
HRES 3/30/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 173 - KRSA Sportfishing Overview Slide 19am - Feb 15 Meeting - Transition Team Topics - Sportfishing Guide Service Board.pdf HRES 3/25/2011 1:00:00 PM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
HB 173 - Saltwater Logsheet and Vessel Registartion - 2011.pdf SFIN 4/15/2011 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 173
SB 42 CSSB 42 version E..pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
HB - 7 SCS(JUD)-DOC-OC-05-15-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24 SFIN FN for DCCED #2 pdf.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB 24 SFIN FN for DCCED #2.xls SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24
HB 127 SCSCS(JUD)-LAW-CRIM-04-14-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 127
HB127 SCS(JUD)-DOC-OC-04-15-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 127
SB42-CCED-AEA-04-15-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
SB42-CCED-AIDEA-04-15-11.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
SB 42
HB 24 SCS CS HB24 version. E.pdf SFIN 4/16/2011 10:00:00 AM
HB 24