Legislature(2011 - 2012)SENATE FINANCE 532

01/31/2012 09:00 AM FINANCE


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+= SB 70 ALASKA HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 13 WAIVE PARK FEE FOR DISABLED VETERANS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 62 CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES FUND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                      January 31, 2012                                                                                          
                         9:04 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:04:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman called the Senate Finance Committee                                                                            
meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bert Stedman, Co-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Lesil McGuire, Vice-Chair                                                                                               
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Joe Thomas                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Nikole Nelson, Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services                                                                        
Corporation; Nancy Meade, General Council, Alaska Court                                                                         
System; Senator Hollis French.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Fredrick Nielsen, Dillingham; Sunny Radebaugh, Wasilla;                                                                         
Nancy Teitje, Ketchikan; Frances Degnan, Unalakleet; Peggy                                                                      
Brockman, Anchorage; Monica M. Looney, Anchorage;                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 13     WAIVE PARK FEE FOR DISABLED VETERANS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 13 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 62     CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES FUND                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          SB 62 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 70     ALASKA HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          SB 70 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:05:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  stated that SB 70 was receiving  its second                                                                   
hearing  and that Senator  French had  prepared responses  to                                                                   
questions raised at the previous meeting on the bill.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 70                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act establishing the Alaska Health Benefit                                                                             
     Exchange; and providing for an effective date."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:06:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hollis  French  introduced  SB 70  and  thanked  the                                                                   
committee  for giving thorough  attention  to such a  complex                                                                   
bill.  The  bill would  establish  an  exchange that  was  an                                                                   
outgrowth of the  Patient Protection and Affordable  Care Act                                                                   
(PPACA). The  exchange would essentially  be a  state created                                                                   
website that  contained insurance  policies; it would  direct                                                                   
uninsured  Alaskans to select  a policy  and would  help them                                                                   
make an informed  decision regarding healthcare.  The website                                                                   
would  offer private  company  insurance  policies and  would                                                                   
not be  a state entity. Each  state was authorized  to create                                                                   
its own  exchange; if  Alaska did  not show progress  towards                                                                   
creating  an  exchange  by  January   of  2013,  the  federal                                                                   
government  would   create  its   own  for  Alaska.   It  was                                                                   
federally mandated  that by 2014 each person  in America must                                                                   
be covered  by healthcare  insurance or  be able  demonstrate                                                                   
why they could  not obtain it. He stated that  the bill was a                                                                   
fundamental   step  towards  getting   everyone  covered   by                                                                   
healthcare;  it was designed  to eliminate  the "free  rider"                                                                   
problem, whereby  uninsured individuals enjoyed  free medical                                                                   
care primarily  through emergency  room visits. He  furthered                                                                   
that  the legislation  addressed  the free  rider problem  by                                                                   
attempting  to get  those people  to pay  into the  insurance                                                                   
pool.  He stated  that there  were aspects  of price  control                                                                   
and access issues  that were designed into the  federal bill,                                                                   
but  that SB  70 was  meant to  help people  make the  choice                                                                   
about  healthcare coverage.  The exchange  would also  direct                                                                   
eligible individuals  to government programs that  they might                                                                   
not  be aware  of and  would serve  an important  information                                                                   
sharing function.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:09:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  French addressed  the  questions  raised during  the                                                                   
previous  hearing   on  SB  70.  He  discussed   a  sectional                                                                   
analysis  addressing  which  provisions   of  the  bill  were                                                                   
mandated by federal  law (copy on file). He  stated the "vast                                                                   
majority"  of  the  pieces  of   the  bill  were  "basically"                                                                   
mandated by  federal law and were  required in order  to have                                                                   
an exchange. He  furthered that these provisions  were mainly                                                                   
designed  to  protect  consumers   by  insuring  that  people                                                                   
weren't "fleeced" and were able to find a suitable policy.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  French pointed  out a  few areas in  Section 2  that                                                                   
were  not  mandated   by  federal  law  but   were  necessary                                                                   
additions. He  explained that (a)(27)  on page 8 of  the bill                                                                   
was  not  mandatory,  but  was  added  because  applying  for                                                                   
federal planning  and establishment  grants was a  good idea.                                                                   
He pointed  out that (a)(28) on  page 9 of the bill  also was                                                                   
not  mandatory,  but  was  added   in  response  to  Co-Chair                                                                   
Hoffman's inquiry  about whether the state could  form pools.                                                                   
One  of the  concerns that  the administration  had was  that                                                                   
Alaska would  not be  a big enough  pool to work  efficiently                                                                   
in the  market; (a)(28) would  allow the exchange to  look at                                                                   
pooling  mechanisms in  order  to join  with other  northwest                                                                   
states with similar populations.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:11:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas asked  how  many people  in  Alaska were  not                                                                   
currently  covered   by  health  insurance.   Senator  Hollis                                                                   
responded   that   there   were   about   115,000   uninsured                                                                   
individuals who  would be looking  for insurance  through the                                                                   
exchange. Senator  Thomas stated  that in respect  to forming                                                                   
pools, 115,000 was  a large number if only  a percentage were                                                                   
served by insurance                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  asked  how  many  of  the  115,000  uninsured                                                                   
people  in   the  state  included   members  of   the  native                                                                   
population   and  stated   that   while   a  majority   those                                                                   
individuals  were not insured,  they were  covered by  Indian                                                                   
Health Services  (IHS). Senator French responded  that he did                                                                   
not  believe  the  figure  included   IHS  beneficiaries.  He                                                                   
observed that IHS  beneficiaries were a unique  group as they                                                                   
were  not formally  covered by  health  insurance, but  still                                                                   
had access to health care.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson referenced  the  previously mentioned  federal                                                                   
mandate  in  2014 and  queried  how  a change  in  presidency                                                                   
could affect SB  70. Senator French responded  that the House                                                                   
and Senate would  have to agree with a president's  desire to                                                                   
repeal  PPACA,  but that  the  exchange  would no  longer  be                                                                   
required  if it  was  overturned. He  furthered  that it  was                                                                   
possible that  the U.S.  Supreme Court  could "gut"  the bill                                                                   
by eliminating  the individual  mandate from the  legislation                                                                   
and  acknowledged  there  were political  forces  that  could                                                                   
undermine the legislation.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  referenced Alaska's  current lawsuit  that was                                                                   
challenging the  federal mandate and asked how  challenges to                                                                   
PPACA in court  could affect the legislation.  Senator French                                                                   
responded  that  many  states  were  fighting  court  battles                                                                   
against PPACA, but  were still moving forward  with their own                                                                   
exchanges; Florida  and Texas were good examples  of this. He                                                                   
furthered that  it was possible  to oppose PPACA  through the                                                                   
appropriate venue  and still embrace the idea  of an exchange                                                                   
to comply with the law as it exists.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:15:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  asked if  Senator French  was aware  of any                                                                   
federal   grants   that  were   still   available   regarding                                                                   
implementing  the exchanges.  Senator  French indicated  that                                                                   
that  he and  the Department  of Health  and Social  Services                                                                   
(DHSS)  had "battles"  over  the issue  the  prior year,  but                                                                   
that the state had missed out on those grants.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator  French   stated  that  DHSS  was   currently  moving                                                                   
forward  with a  plan for  an exchange  and stressed  concern                                                                   
that an issue  this large was being addressed  outside of the                                                                   
legislature.  He spoke  about importance  of the  legislature                                                                   
being  involved  in  the  formulation  of  the  exchange  and                                                                   
expressed interest  about where DHSS  stood on the  issue. He                                                                   
stated that  he had  spoken to  Commissioner Streur's  office                                                                   
the  day  before  and  was  interested  in  talking  to  them                                                                   
further in order  to gauge where they stood  with "respect to                                                                   
this idea".                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Stedman  discussed   a   fiscal   note  from   the                                                                   
Department  of Administration  for  $3.0  million in  general                                                                   
funds  for  purchasing  bandwidth,  hardware,  software,  and                                                                   
maintenance   of  the   system,  a  fiscal   note  from   the                                                                   
Department  of Commerce  Community  and Economic  Development                                                                   
(DCCED)  for $1.8247  million  in general  funds  for 12  new                                                                   
positions   for   program  management,   board   costs,   and                                                                   
supplies. The FY  13 fiscal note from DCCED  was increased by                                                                   
$  162,600  due   to  higher  personnel  service   costs.  He                                                                   
discussed  a fiscal note  from DHSS  for $182,700 in  general                                                                   
funds  and  $182,700 in  matching  federal  funds for  3  new                                                                   
part-time analyst  positions and a zero fiscal  note from the                                                                   
Division of Insurance.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:17:13 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:17:50 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  asked if the  bill sponsor had  any closing                                                                   
comments. Senator  French stated  that he would  work outside                                                                   
of the committee  with Commissioner Streur to  discuss DHSS's                                                                   
efforts to start an exchange.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:18:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB  70   was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee   for  further                                                                   
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 13                                                                                                            
     "An Act providing for the waiver of certain fees and                                                                       
     charges in state parks for disabled veterans."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:18:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator French  introduced SB 13  and voiced that  Alaska was                                                                   
one of the most  veteran rich and veteran friendly  states in                                                                   
the  nation. He  related that  because of  Alaskans' love  of                                                                   
the outdoors, it  was natural to extend many  of the benefits                                                                   
granted  to  disabled   veterans  to  areas  that   had  been                                                                   
overlooked.  In  the past  the  state  had granted  free  and                                                                   
discounted  access  to  park facilities;  the  bill  extended                                                                   
those benefits  to boat  ramps, RV  facilities, day  parking,                                                                   
and provided  at least a 50  percent discount for  public use                                                                   
cabins.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   asked  if  there  was  a   percentage  of                                                                   
disability  that   triggered  the  benefit   status.  Senator                                                                   
French  replied that  50 percent  was the  standard that  the                                                                   
veteran's  administration   had  established.  Once   it  was                                                                   
determined that  the disability was service related  and more                                                                   
than  50  percent,  the  veteran   would  be  given  disabled                                                                   
status. He furthered  that state agencies were  accustomed to                                                                   
working  with  this  definition   in  order  to  ensure  that                                                                   
benefits went to deserving individuals.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  discussed an  updated fiscal note  from the                                                                   
Department   of  Natural  Resources   requesting  a   $10,000                                                                   
general   fund  appropriation   for  program   administration                                                                   
costs.  He  stated   that  $206,000  was  currently   in  the                                                                   
governor's  FY 13  budget request  and that  approval of  the                                                                   
request  and this  fiscal note  would  cover the  anticipated                                                                   
loss in revenue resulting from SB 13.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:22:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  queried  if  federal  parks  had  waivers  or                                                                   
something  similar  for  disabled  veterans.  Senator  French                                                                   
responded  that he  believed that  the  national park  system                                                                   
admitted disabled veterans free of charge.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  inquired  how   the  bill  would  affect  the                                                                   
maintenance  budgets of  the parks  that  were covered  under                                                                   
the legislation.  Senator French replied that  the prior year                                                                   
about 1,600  park passes  were issued  to disabled  veterans;                                                                   
it was  a small  number and  had a negligible  effect  on the                                                                   
overall  budget.  He  acknowledged that  the  park's  budgets                                                                   
were under strain  and stated that letting  more demographics                                                                   
in for free would leave less money for maintenance.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:24:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB  13   was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee   for  further                                                                   
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 62                                                                                                            
     "An Act allowing appropriations to the civil legal                                                                         
     services fund from court filing fees."                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:24:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  McGuire stated  that although  the constitution  did                                                                   
not provide a  dedicated fund [for the Alaska  Legal Services                                                                   
Corporation],  the civil legal  services fund  was set  up to                                                                   
allow  for appropriations  and deposits  by the  legislature.                                                                   
SB 62  added language  to existing  statute that would  allow                                                                   
the legislature  to appropriate  up to  25 percent  of filing                                                                   
fees  paid to  the Alaska  Court System  during the  previous                                                                   
fiscal year into the civil legal  services fund. Alaska Legal                                                                   
Services Corporation (ALSC) was  a nonprofit association that                                                                   
helped seniors, children, and  any Alaskan that was below 125                                                                   
percent  of  the   Alaska  poverty  ceiling.   She  drew  the                                                                   
committee's  attention to  a letter  in the  packet from  the                                                                   
Alaska  Commission  on Aging  and  stated that  seniors  were                                                                   
especially susceptible to fraud  and identity theft, and that                                                                   
they  needed  help  from  the   ALSC  with  guardianship  and                                                                   
conservatorship  issues. Due  to  lack of  funding, ALSC  was                                                                   
only able  to help 1  out of every  5 people who  called them                                                                   
for  assistance.   She  mentioned   the  governor's   "choose                                                                   
respect" campaign regarding domestic  violence and referenced                                                                   
a letter  in the packet from  the Alaska Network  on Domestic                                                                   
Violence &  Sexual Assault (ANDVSA).  The letter  from ANDVSA                                                                   
showed that  women who choose  to leave an abusive  situation                                                                   
often did  not have  the resources  to seek legal  assistance                                                                   
and they  came to  ALSC for  help with  things like  custody,                                                                   
temporary  housing,  or lease  issues;  the current  lack  of                                                                   
funding  forced ALSC  to turn  away many  of those  families.                                                                   
She  stressed that  children were  present in  80 percent  of                                                                   
the  households that  had  come to  ALSC  for assistance  and                                                                   
stated that  the legislation and  ALSC's cause  was important                                                                   
to her.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:27:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator McGuire  stated that currently,  ALSC had  offices in                                                                   
Anchorage,  Bethel,  Dillingham,  Fairbanks,  Juneau,  Kenai,                                                                   
Ketchikan,  Kotzebue, Nome,  and Palmer;  there were  only 20                                                                   
attorneys  servicing those locations.  Appropriations  to the                                                                   
ALSC from the legislature  were at an all-time high  in FY 84                                                                   
at  $1.2 million,  but  funding had  since  dwindled to  just                                                                   
over $350,000.  She  spoke of  her efforts  over 12 years  in                                                                   
the legislature  to get  consistent funding  back into  ALSC.                                                                   
She  stated  that ALSC  also  assisted  the court  system  by                                                                   
streamlining  the process  and  saving costs.  When  Alaskans                                                                   
come in  to court without legal-council  they end up  being a                                                                   
drain on  the legal  system. The bill  added to the  existing                                                                   
Title   37   language   and  would   give   the   legislature                                                                   
discretionary power  to appropriate  any funds it  so desired                                                                   
from the general  fund to the civil legal services  fund, but                                                                   
it also  allowed for  an amount  from the  general fund  that                                                                   
was up  to 25 percent  of the filing  fees received  from the                                                                   
Alaska Court System  to be deposited into the  fund. In 2011,                                                                   
the court  fees totaled $2.6669  million; 25 percent  of that                                                                   
figure would  be $666,725. She  stated that an  appropriation                                                                   
under the  operating budget would  be required, but  that the                                                                   
consistent funding would "build the office back up again".                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  queried how many  more lawyers  the additional                                                                   
funding  would  provide.  Senator McGuire  stated  that  ALSC                                                                   
wanted more  lawyers, but that  they had not yet  allocated a                                                                   
specific  amount for  that purpose.  She  deferred to  Nikole                                                                   
Nelson for further explanation.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:30:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  discussed  a  zero fiscal  note  from  the                                                                   
Department of Law,  a zero fiscal note from  the Alaska Court                                                                   
System,   and  an   indeterminate   fiscal   note  from   the                                                                   
Department of Administration, Office of Public Advocacy.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
NIKOLE  NELSON,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  ALASKA  LEGAL  SERVICES                                                                   
CORPORATION,  responding to  an earlier  question by  Senator                                                                   
Olson,  stated that  ALSC anticipated  that  the filing  fees                                                                   
would  represent  about  a 20  percent  budget  increase  and                                                                   
would enable  them to  serve an  additional 500 families.  In                                                                   
response  to an  earlier  question,  she stated  that  ALSC's                                                                   
attorneys  cost about  $77,000  per year  and indicated  that                                                                   
this  was about  nine  attorneys. ALSC  was  a nonprofit  law                                                                   
firm that had been  doing business in Alaska for  the last 40                                                                   
years and had made  a big difference in the lives  of the low                                                                   
income  community. In  the last  year  ALSC had  been on  the                                                                   
forefront  of the  fight against  domestic  violence and  had                                                                   
served  over  550 victims;  78  percent  of these  cases  had                                                                   
children in the  household. ALSC was the largest  provider of                                                                   
civil legal  services to victims  of domestic  violence. Over                                                                   
the  last year  ALSC had  helped 600  seniors with  financial                                                                   
and  physical   abuse  issues,  wills,  probates,   Power  of                                                                   
Attorney issues, and  other end of life aging  issues. In the                                                                   
prior year  ALSC had also  assisted 300 disabled  individuals                                                                   
gain  access  to  healthcare  coverage  and  social  security                                                                   
benefits, and  prevented homelessness for over  350 families.                                                                   
She related ALSC's  dedication to providing service  to rural                                                                   
Alaska  and stated  that  over 40  percent  of their  clients                                                                   
were in  rural Alaskan communities.  Over the past  year ALSC                                                                   
had  provided direct  representation to  over 2500  families,                                                                   
served   "countless"   individuals  through   their   website                                                                   
materials,  and  had  nearly 2000  individuals  attend  their                                                                   
clinics. She  indicated that  ALSC staff  was paid  way below                                                                   
the market  rate. She stated  that a staff attorney  starting                                                                   
for  their firm  in Anchorage  would make  about $38,000  per                                                                   
year,  while  a  first  year  attorney  general  or  district                                                                   
attorney  made about  $68,000 per  year. She  said that  ALSC                                                                   
had  a  strong  base  of  volunteer  attorneys,  a  volunteer                                                                   
board,  as well  as widespread  community  support and  local                                                                   
financial  contributions  which  helped ALSC  "stretch  their                                                                   
dollars".                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:34:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Nelson  stated  that the "bad  news" was  that the  prior                                                                   
year  ALSC had  turned  away hundreds  of  families who  were                                                                   
seeking  help  regarding  issues  like  abuse,  losing  their                                                                   
homes,  and healthcare  access;  the cases  were turned  away                                                                   
not  because they  lacked  merit, but  because  ALSC did  not                                                                   
have  the staff  and  resources to  help.  She reported  that                                                                   
ALSC  was a  very effective  organization and  that they  had                                                                   
been successful  in 96  percent of the  cases where  they had                                                                   
represented  victims of  domestic violence.  She related  how                                                                   
heartbreaking it  was to turn people away from  services when                                                                   
it was  known that ALSC was  so effective and  that attorneys                                                                   
could  be hired  well below  the market  rate. ALSC's  client                                                                   
base had  been growing  each year  and funding  had not  kept                                                                   
pace.  There were  an  estimated  88,000 Alaskans  living  in                                                                   
poverty  and an  Alaska Supreme  Court  task force  estimated                                                                   
that  of the  88,000 impoverished  Alaskans,  33,000 of  them                                                                   
would  encounter a  civil legal  need  in a  given year.  She                                                                   
stated that  the "indicators  were grim"  and urged  the need                                                                   
to bridge  the gap  between those  who had  access to  ALSC's                                                                   
services and  those who were able  to get them.  She believed                                                                   
that  SB 62 would  go a  "long way"  to bridging  the gap  by                                                                   
allowing the legislature  to appropriate up to  25 percent of                                                                   
the Alaska Court System's filing fees to ALSC.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
NANCY   MEADE,   GENERAL  COUNCIL,   ALASKA   COURT   SYSTEM,                                                                   
introduced herself for the record.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  queried  if  the  filing  fees  that  were                                                                   
collected  were general  funds.  Ms. Meade  responded in  the                                                                   
affirmative  and that  the filing  fees  were deposited  into                                                                   
the general  fund. Co-Chair Stedman  clarified that  the fees                                                                   
were already  general funds  and were  being used as  general                                                                   
funds. Ms. Meade stated that he was correct.                                                                                    
9:37:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FREDRICK NIELSEN,  DILLINGHAM (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                   
support  of SB  62 and  related  a personal  story about  how                                                                   
ALSC helped him save his house and property.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUNNY  RADEBAUGH,  WASILLA  (via  teleconference),  expressed                                                                   
support  of SB 62  and spoke  about how  ALSC had helped  her                                                                   
deal with a permanent disability and other issues.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:40:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY   TEITJE,  KETCHIKAN   (via   teleconference),   voiced                                                                   
support of SB  62 and spoke about the services  ALSC provided                                                                   
for seniors.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:44:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANCES  DEGNAN, UNALAKLEET  (via  teleconference),  stressed                                                                   
her  support  of  SB  62  and  observed  the  need  for  more                                                                   
lawyers. She  related how necessary  ALSC's services  were to                                                                   
the remote communities of Alaska.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY  BROCKMAN, ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  expressed                                                                   
support of  SB 62 and  told a personal  story about  how ALSC                                                                   
had helped her resolve two legal issues.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:49:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MONICA M  LOONEY, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  testified                                                                   
in  support of  SB 62.  She related  a  personal story  about                                                                   
being abused  by her  husband and how  ALSC had assisted  her                                                                   
with  a divorce,  child  custody,  and a  long-term  violence                                                                   
protective order.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:51:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB  62   was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee   for  further                                                                   
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
9:53:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 9:53 AM.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 70 - ADN Article.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 70 - Letters Of Support.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 70 - Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 70 - Houston Chronicle Article.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 70 - NCSL Article.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 70 - Sectional.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 70 Sen. French Response to Questions 040111.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 70
SB 13 - CS Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 13
SB 13 - Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 13
SB 13 - Support Documents-State Park Fees.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 13
SB 13 -CS Sectional.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 13
SB 13 Support Documents-State Parks ADA Facilities.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 13
SB 62 abada letter of support.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 62
SB 62 ACoA Support.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 62
SB 62 ANDVSA letter of support.PDF SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 62
SB 62 Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 62
SB 62 sponsor statement.pdf SFIN 1/31/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 62