Legislature(2011 - 2012)SENATE FINANCE 532

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 100 PERS TERMINATION COSTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 159 SUSITNA STATE FOREST TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 151 FETAL ALCOHOL SPEC. DISORDER AS MITIGATOR TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SB 226 PURCHASE & LEASE OF NOME OFFICE BUILDING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 179 MISSING VULNERABLE ADULT RESPONSE PLAN TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 210 CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+ SB 221 ALCOHOLIC BEV. TAX/PREVENTION FUND TELECONFERENCED
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*+ SCR 24 COMMISSION ON 100TH ANNIV. OF LEGISLATURE TELECONFERENCED
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+= SB 192 OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION TAX RATES TELECONFERENCED
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                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       April 2, 2012                                                                                            
                         9:04 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:04:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Bert Stedman, Co-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Lesil McGuire, Vice-Chair                                                                                               
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Joe Thomas                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Joe Paskvan;  Michael Barnhill, Deputy Commissioner,                                                                    
Department  of  Administration;   Kathie  Wasserman,  Alaska                                                                    
Municipal  League,  Juneau;   Senator  Linda  Menard;  Chris                                                                    
Maisch,  Director,  Division  of Forestry,  Juneau;  Senator                                                                    
Kevin Meyer; Annie  Carpeneti, Criminal Division, Department                                                                    
of  Law  (DOL); Kate  Burkhart,  Member,  Advisory Board  on                                                                    
Alcoholism  and  Drug  Abuse, Juneau;  David  Scott,  Staff,                                                                    
Senator Donnie  Olsen; Doug Wooliver,  Deputy Administrative                                                                    
Director, Alaska Court System;  Senator Betty Davis; Celeste                                                                    
Hodge,   Staff,  Senator   Betty  Davis;   Denise  Doniello,                                                                    
Executive  Director,  Alaska  Commission on  Aging,  Juneau;                                                                    
Marie  Darlin,  American  Association  of  Retired  Persons,                                                                    
Juneau; Annie  Carpeneti, Assistant Attorney  General, Legal                                                                    
Services  Section-Juneau, Criminal  Division, Department  of                                                                    
Law;  Dr. Cathy  Baldwin-Johnson, Alaska  Children's Justice                                                                    
Task Force, Anchorage; Cathy  Lee, Deputy Director, Division                                                                    
of Retirement and Benefits                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Dorothy Leake, Self, City of  Anderson; Sallie Stuvek, Human                                                                    
Resource Manager,  Fairbanks North Star  Borough, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Doug  Griffin,   City  of   Palmer,  Palmer;   Lisa  Vaughn,                                                                    
Accountant,   North   Pole;   Jennifer   Johnston,   Member,                                                                    
Anchorage  Assembly,   Anchorage;  Owen   Graham,  Executive                                                                    
Director,   Alaska  Forest   Association,  Ketchikan;   Rick                                                                    
Rogers,  Executive Director,  Resource Development  Council,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Trish Smith,  Volunteers of  America, Anchorage;                                                                    
Deb Evensen,  Director, Fetal Alcohol  Consultation Training                                                                    
Services, Homer; Denise Michels,  Mayor, City of Nome, Nome;                                                                    
Patrick  Cunningham,   Associate  Professor,   Social  Work,                                                                    
University   of   Alaska,   Anchorage;   Heidi   Williamson,                                                                    
Associate State  Affairs Director,  Alzheimer's Association,                                                                    
Washington,  D.C.; Mike  O'Hare,  Deputy Director,  Homeland                                                                    
Security  and Emergency  Management, Department  of Military                                                                    
and Veterans Affairs, Fort Richardson                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 100    PERS Termination Costs                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          SB 100 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 159    Susitna State Forest                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 159 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 151    Fetal Alcohol Spec. Disorder as Mitigator                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          SB 151 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 226    Purchase & Lease of Nome Office Building                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          SB 226 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 179    Missing Vulnerable Adult Response Plan                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          SB 179 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 210    Crimes Against Children                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          SB 210 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 100                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating  to employer  contributions  to  the                                                                    
     Public   Employees'   Retirement  System   of   Alaska;                                                                    
     relating to  requirements that employers  who terminate                                                                    
     some  or all  participation  in  the Public  Employees'                                                                    
     Retirement System of Alaska  pay termination costs; and                                                                    
     making the changes retroactive."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:05:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR JOE PASKVAN, introduced SB 100. He referred to the                                                                      
Sponsor Statement for SB 100 (copy on file).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Senate   Bill  100   addresses  the   future  financial                                                                    
     stability   of  all   PERS   employers   -  the   State                                                                    
     municipalities, school districts  and the University of                                                                    
     Alaska  -   and  their   ability  to   efficiently  and                                                                    
     effectively  manage   the  delivery  of   programs  and                                                                    
     services.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Due  to  a  variety  of  historical  circumstances  and                                                                    
     decisions,  the  Public  Employees'  Retirement  System                                                                    
     (PERS) defined benefit system  evolved from being fully                                                                    
     funded to  being underfunded by billions  of dollars. A                                                                    
     solution  embraced  by  all   parties  to  address  the                                                                    
     unfunded  liability was  incorporated into  Senate Bill                                                                    
     125 and was  passed by the legislature in  2008. SB 125                                                                    
     set into  law that  the PERS  system is  a consolidated                                                                    
     system and  that the combined defined  benefit (DB) and                                                                    
     defined   contribution  (DC)   salary  base   would  be                                                                    
     required to pay down  the unfunded obligation, which in                                                                    
     turn  would provide  for  sustainable, predictable  and                                                                    
     affordable employer rates.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Paying off  the unfunded obligation is  predicated upon                                                                    
     a stable, reasonably  growing, system-wide salary base.                                                                    
     A  concern at  the time  SB  125 was  adopted was  that                                                                    
     employers   might  en-masse   elect  to   convert  PERS                                                                    
     salaried  positions to  contracted positions  to reduce                                                                    
     or  avoid  their PERS  cost,  thus  shrinking the  PERS                                                                    
     salary base needed to pay  off the unfunded obligation.                                                                    
     To address  this concern, it was  agreed that employers                                                                    
     would pay the  greater of 22 percent  on their combined                                                                    
     DB and  DC salary base,  or, 22 percent on  their total                                                                    
     payroll   for  the   period   ending  6/30/2008.   This                                                                    
     effectively  set the  minimum  contribution, or  floor,                                                                    
     that an  employer would  pay once  PERS converted  to a                                                                    
     consolidated system.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Additional  language  relating to  termination  studies                                                                    
     was  added  at  the  time  to  prevent  employers  from                                                                    
     intentionally  reducing their  fair share  contribution                                                                    
     toward   paying  off   the  unfunded   obligation.  The                                                                    
     application  of  the  termination studies  law  is  the                                                                    
     cause for concern and the introduction of SB 100.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Current  law   requires  an  employer   who  terminates                                                                    
     participation   of  a   department,  group,   or  other                                                                    
     classification  of  employees   to  pay  the  following                                                                    
     bills:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          1. the cost associated with obtaining a                                                                               
         termination study from the PERS actuary;                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          2. the actuarial cost to the employer for future                                                                      
          benefits   due   employees   whose   coverage   is                                                                    
          terminated; and                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          3. the past service cost, annually, on each                                                                           
          position terminated until the unfunded obligation                                                                     
          is paid off decades from now.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Enforcement of  the termination  studies law  is making                                                                    
     it difficult for employers to  manage their delivery of                                                                    
     services,  discriminates  against small  municipalities                                                                    
     even thought their impact is  immaterial, and is costly                                                                    
     and  nearly impossible  to  implement  in an  equitable                                                                    
     manner.  These  mandated  termination studies  fail  to                                                                    
     recognize that we do not  have a single-agent, multiple                                                                    
     employer  system  in   which  different  employers  pay                                                                    
     different   net  rates.   SB  125   provided  for   one                                                                    
     integrated   system   of   accounting;   the   unfunded                                                                    
     obligation is  to be shared  among all  employers, with                                                                    
     each paying  a single, uniform contribution  rate of 22                                                                    
     percent.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     All  agree that  the unfunded  obligation must  be paid                                                                    
     off. All agree that the  entire PERS salary base - both                                                                    
     DB  and  DC  -  is  needed  to  pay  off  the  unfunded                                                                    
     obligation,  and that  it must  be  sustained and  have                                                                    
     reasonable growth. The fear  that employers would actin                                                                    
     in a  manner jeopardizing  the payment of  the unfunded                                                                    
     obligation has  not materialized; in fact,  the system-                                                                    
     wide salary base has grown  steadily. The law providing                                                                    
     for termination  studies is not needed  and is repealed                                                                    
     through SB 100.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     SB  100  maintains  the 6/30/2008  floor  as  the  base                                                                    
     salary  amount   upon  which   PERS  payment   must  be                                                                    
     calculated  as   this  is  the  most   efficient,  cost                                                                    
     effective   and  equitable   method  of   ensuring  the                                                                    
     unfunded obligation is paid off.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:13:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman noted  the one fiscal impact  note from the                                                                    
Department of Administration (DOA).                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL   BARNHILL,  DEPUTY   COMMISSIONER,  DEPARTMENT   OF                                                                    
ADMINISTRATION,  stated that  DOA did  not take  an official                                                                    
position on SB 100. Senate Bill  125 was passed in 2008, and                                                                    
the  salary floor  provision in  that bill  was intended  to                                                                    
ensure  a certain  participation  of political  subdivisions                                                                    
and payment  of the existing unfunded  liability. By capping                                                                    
employer  rates  at 22  percent,  SB  125 ensured  that  all                                                                    
future unfunded  liabilities would be the  responsibility of                                                                    
the general  fund. The termination study  issue ensured that                                                                    
when employers  create new unfunded liabilities  as a result                                                                    
of  staffing   changes,  those  employers  bear   those  new                                                                    
unfunded  liabilities. He  expressed concern  about SB  100,                                                                    
because the  bill permitted cost-shifting when  new unfunded                                                                    
liabilities  were   created.  The  amounts  at   issue  were                                                                    
currently  relatively small,  but those  amounts could  grow                                                                    
larger in the  future. He relayed some  discussions with the                                                                    
bill  sponsor and  the Alaska  Municipal  League. He  stated                                                                    
that  DOA recognized  the concerns  of the  Alaska Municipal                                                                    
League, particularly  in the  context of  smaller employers.                                                                    
Those  small employers  often wanted  additional flexibility                                                                    
in how their staff was handled.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Barnhill  stated  that  DOA   had  offered  the  Alaska                                                                    
Municipal League  a compromise proposal. He  stated that DOA                                                                    
suggested the  adoption of a 20  percent partial termination                                                                    
rule: if  there was a  staffing change that would  trigger a                                                                    
termination under  existing law, but impacted  20 percent or                                                                    
less than  the payroll over  a specified period of  time, no                                                                    
termination  study  would be  triggered.  He  felt that  the                                                                    
partial  termination   rule  would  particularly   help  the                                                                    
smaller  municipalities.  He  remarked  that  under  the  20                                                                    
percent partial termination rule,  there was a potential for                                                                    
municipalities  to  create  new  unfunded  liabilities  that                                                                    
would  be cost-shifted  to  the state.  He  stated that  DOA                                                                    
suggested that  the 22 percent  cap be increased  to account                                                                    
for  the projected  new unfunded  liabilities that  would be                                                                    
created. This  way, the  State would  be protected  from the                                                                    
creation  of  any  new unfunded  liability  by  a  political                                                                    
subdivision that wanted to take  advantage of the 20 percent                                                                    
partial termination rule.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:17:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  surmised that  if SB  100 were  amended to                                                                    
include a 20 percent partial  termination rule, DOA would be                                                                    
in favor  of the  bill. Mr. Barnhill  replied that  he could                                                                    
declare that  DOA would be  in favor  of the bill,  but felt                                                                    
that DOA would not oppose the bill.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas  wondered if there  would be a change  to the                                                                    
aggregation  of the  employees working  for an  employer, or                                                                    
were employees  tracked individually based on  who they work                                                                    
for, length of  service, and hours worked.  Mr. Barnhill did                                                                    
not know to what extent individual employees were tracked.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CATHY  LEE,  DEPUTY  DIRECTOR, DIVISION  OF  RETIREMENT  AND                                                                    
BENEFITS, stated  that individual employees were  tracked by                                                                    
their  service  hours,  salaries,   and  by  employer.  This                                                                    
information  was  transmitted to  the  actuary  in order  to                                                                    
evaluate the system.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KATHIE   WASSERMAN,   ALASKA   MUNICIPAL   LEAGUE,   JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified in support of SB  100. She stressed that the small                                                                    
communities  were  taking the  brunt  of  this expense.  The                                                                    
larger employers could  layoff or lose 20  employees, but if                                                                    
they kept just one employee,  the larger employers would not                                                                    
need to pay into the system  for that loss. Whereas, a small                                                                    
community  could have  one person  in that  group, and  when                                                                    
that one person is terminated,  the small community needs to                                                                    
pay into that  loss. She stressed that  the larger employers                                                                    
are impacting the  system when the employees  were laid off.                                                                    
She  agreed  that  there needed  to  be  safeguards  against                                                                    
manipulating the system.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman wondered  if the  Alaska Municipal  League                                                                    
had  an opinion  on  the 20  percent  termination rule.  Ms.                                                                    
Wasserman replied that  she had not addressed  the idea with                                                                    
the board.  She expressed concern regarding  the increase to                                                                    
20 percent, but stressed that  there had been no negotiation                                                                    
or discussion regarding the 20 percent termination rule.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:22:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOROTHY LEAKE, SELF, CITY  OF ANDERSON (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support of SB  100. She explained that Anderson had                                                                    
received a  bill from the  State Division of  Retirement and                                                                    
Benefits  for  $27,000 for  falling  below  the 2008  salary                                                                    
floor. She had  spent the last two months trying  to opt out                                                                    
of the contract, because the City  of Anderson had not had a                                                                    
full-time  employee since  2008. That  one, former  employee                                                                    
had  been  paying  into  the  Public  Employees'  Retirement                                                                    
System (PERS) in their new  job with the State. She stressed                                                                    
that the City of Anderson did  not have the money to pay for                                                                    
full-time employees, so therefore  could not pay the $27,000                                                                    
owed to the Division of Retirement and Benefits.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SALLIE STUVEK, HUMAN RESOURCE  MANAGER, FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR                                                                    
BOROUGH,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),   testified  in                                                                    
support  of SB  100. The  Fairbanks North  Star Borough  was                                                                    
concerned  with  the  current application  of  the  existing                                                                    
statute in regards  to the PERS termination  studies. In its                                                                    
current  form, the  termination  study requirement  impacted                                                                    
all PERS-participating municipalities  in a significant way.                                                                    
It "ties the hands"  of municipal governments to effectively                                                                    
and efficiently manage their provided services.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DOUG GRIFFIN,  CITY OF PALMER, PALMER  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of SB  100. He agreed with the previous                                                                    
testifiers.  He  stated  that   the  City  of  Palmer  would                                                                    
probably be considered a medium-sized  community, but it had                                                                    
faced some  recent budget adjustments. The  general fund was                                                                    
reduced by  15 percent over  the last two fiscal  years, and                                                                    
it was  difficult for  the City  of Palmer  to pay  into the                                                                    
unfunded liability.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:28:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  VAUGHN, ACCOUNTANT,  NORTH POLE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support  of SB 100. Current  practice placed an                                                                    
unfair burden on  small employers across the  state, as many                                                                    
of  the   departments  and  classifications   in  individual                                                                    
municipalities only have one or two employees.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  JOHNSTON,  MEMBER, ANCHORAGE  ASSEMBLY,  ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in  support of SB  100. She                                                                    
stated   that  Anchorage   was  recently   charged  with   a                                                                    
termination study regarding  the discontinued weatherization                                                                    
grant program.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman closed public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  queried Senator Paskvan's position  on the 20                                                                    
percent partial  termination study. Senator  Paskvan replied                                                                    
that  it was  a new  proposal,  but looked  forward to  more                                                                    
discussions regarding this idea.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  wondered if Senator Paskvan  would be opposed                                                                    
to an amendment. Senator Paskvan  stressed that the proposal                                                                    
was new, and  would like to speak with  the Alaska Municipal                                                                    
League   regarding   the   proposal's  effect   on   smaller                                                                    
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Paskvan  stressed that the problem  was an immediate                                                                    
problem that needed to be resolved in a timely manner.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB  100  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 159                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act establishing  the  Susitna  State Forest;  and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:34:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  LINDA MENARD,  introduced SB  159. She  referred to                                                                    
the Sponsor Statement (copy on file).                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     The  Committee  Substitute  for Senate  Bill  159  will                                                                    
     establish a  new Susitna State Forest  from state lands                                                                    
     presently used  for timber harvest and  exclude private                                                                    
     in-holdings from the proposed  forest. Further, this CS                                                                    
     includes  intent language  that urges  the governor  to                                                                    
     work to acquire or purchase  forest land in the Tongass                                                                    
     National Forest.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     With  a  state  forest  designation,  the  Division  of                                                                    
     Forestry will be able to  manage for a long-term supply                                                                    
     of timber to  local processors, and retain  the land in                                                                    
     state ownership  for multiple  uses. The  Susitna State                                                                    
     Forest would be the  fourth state forest established in                                                                    
     Alaska,  joining the  Haines State  Forest, the  Tanana                                                                    
    Valley State Forest and the Southeast State Forest.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The proposed  Susitna State Forest includes  33 parcels                                                                    
     totaling approximately  763,200 acres. The  parcels are                                                                    
     Forestry   classified  lands   located   in  14   large                                                                    
     management  blocks   listed  below.  The   Division  of                                                                    
     Forestry worked with the Division  of Mining, Land, and                                                                    
     Water  Management to  identify and  exclude lands  that                                                                    
    are priorities for the state land disposal program.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     In  the  region where  the  State  Forest is  proposed,                                                                    
     timber sales and  personal use sales for  fuel wood are                                                                    
     growing steadily.  Local mills  depend on  state timber                                                                    
     for their raw  material supply, and there  is a growing                                                                    
     interest in the use of wood  in the form of round wood,                                                                    
     chips  or   wood  pellets   for  both   commercial  and                                                                    
     residential space heating.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     The   state  is   committed  to   long-term  management                                                                    
     solutions by:                                                                                                              
     -maximizing the  sustainable supply of timber  from the                                                                    
     state timber base;                                                                                                         
     -developing  access and  encouraging a  broad range  of                                                                    
     multiple   uses  on   state   forest  lands   including                                                                    
     motorized uses;                                                                                                            
     -providing economic  opportunities to  the communities,                                                                    
     businesses and residents of the region.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Legislatively designating  a State Forest  would ensure                                                                    
     that  some land  will  remain  available for  long-term                                                                    
     forest  management and  the  region  will retain  large                                                                    
     open spaces of  public lands for the  range of benefits                                                                    
     residents of  the region currently enjoy.  It will also                                                                    
     allow for mining on state forest land.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The Susitna  State Forest would  be managed as  part of                                                                    
     the State Forest System  under AS 41.17.200-.230. Lands                                                                    
     in  the State  Forest  would continue  to  be open  for                                                                    
     multiple uses,  including wildlife habitat  and harvest                                                                    
     and recreational activities.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Menard stated  that the current version  of the bill                                                                    
provided  exclusions   for  the  private  land   within  the                                                                    
proposed boundaries  of the State  Forests. She  stated that                                                                    
there  was  work  with  the Division  of  Forestry  and  the                                                                    
Division of  Land Water and  Mining to locate  and designate                                                                    
the exclusions.  The exclusions had been  precisely examined                                                                    
for  accuracy.   The  current  version  also   added  intent                                                                    
language on  page 31 that  urged the governor to  acquire or                                                                    
purchase  land  from the  Tongass  National  Forest. From  a                                                                    
fiscal  standpoint,  the  Division  of  Forestry  would  not                                                                    
require new  positions to administer the  State Forests. She                                                                    
remarked that the fiscal note  from the Division of Forestry                                                                    
displayed no negative financial impact to the State.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman pointed  out the one zero  fiscal note from                                                                    
the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas surmised  that the  new designation  did not                                                                    
change any existing uses of  the land, but only enhanced the                                                                    
forestry   aspect.  Senator   Menard  agreed   with  Senator                                                                    
Thomas's estimation.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:40:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  wondered if  there was  input from  any local                                                                    
property areas in the proposed  area. Senator Menard replied                                                                    
that she had  not heard any opposition  from nearby property                                                                    
owners.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson wondered  if  the local  people  knew of  the                                                                    
proposal. He  specifically wondered  if property  owners who                                                                    
were currently harvesting wood for  personal use would still                                                                    
be  able to  obtain wood  in  that manner.   Senator  Menard                                                                    
replied that property owners would  still be able to harvest                                                                    
the wood, as long as the property owner had a permit.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  MAISCH,  DIRECTOR,   DIVISION  OF  FORESTRY,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
emphasized that  the state forest  lands were  managed under                                                                    
the State  Forests, Resources, and Practices  Act, which was                                                                    
primarily  designed  to  protect   fish  habitat  and  water                                                                    
quality.  A recent  forest inventory  was  completed on  the                                                                    
proposed area, as required by  statute, and that information                                                                    
was available  on the State's Division  of Forestry website.                                                                    
He  emphasized that  the designation  would  not change  any                                                                    
current activities  that were allowed in  state forests, and                                                                    
furthered that,  over time, many  of those  activities would                                                                    
be enhanced.  He stressed  that there  was a  requirement to                                                                    
develop access to the proposed  state forest, which would be                                                                    
the result of many meetings.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
OWEN GRAHAM, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, ALASKA FOREST ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), testified in support  of SB                                                                    
159.  He  felt that  the  land  could  be  used for  a  much                                                                    
improved  timber supply  for the  local  mills. He  remarked                                                                    
that  the Alaska  Forest Association  member  owned a  small                                                                    
mill that had  been idle for the recent years.  He relayed a                                                                    
similar  problem in  Southeast Alaska,  because the  federal                                                                    
government  controlled more  than 90  percent of  the timber                                                                    
supply  in  Southeast. He  stressed  that  when the  federal                                                                    
government  "took away"  the timber  supply,  85 percent  of                                                                    
timber employment was lost.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
RICK  ROGERS,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   RESOURCE  DEVELOPMENT                                                                    
COUNCIL, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), voiced  support of                                                                    
SB  159.  He  felt  that the  proposed  state  forest  would                                                                    
provide  a much  needed benefit  to the  local economy;  and                                                                    
create and sustain  much needed jobs in  the forest products                                                                    
industry. He  also voiced  support of  the amendment  to the                                                                    
bill,  which  helped  address  the  critical  timber  supply                                                                    
issues in Southeast Alaska.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas  noted  the wide  variety  of  letters  from                                                                    
various  organizations. He  wondered if  there was  a letter                                                                    
from the "National Marmot Association."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Menard urged support of SB 159.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB  159  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 151                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  relating to  mitigation  at  sentencing in  a                                                                    
     criminal case  for a  defendant found  by the  court to                                                                    
     have  been   affected  by  a  fetal   alcohol  spectrum                                                                    
     disorder."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:51:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KEVIN MEYER,  introduced SB 151. He  referred to the                                                                    
Sponsor Statement (copy on file).                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     SB 151  would include Fetal Alcohol  Spectrum Disorders                                                                    
     (FASD)  as a  mitigating  factor in  sentencing.   This                                                                    
     would  allow  some  flexibility in  sentencing  if  the                                                                    
     defendant is found by the  court to be affected by FASD                                                                    
     and   this   condition   substantially   impaired   the                                                                    
     defendant's   judgment,  behavior,   and  capacity   to                                                                    
     recognize reality or ability  to cope with the ordinary                                                                    
     demands of life.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Individuals  diagnosed with  a  fetal alcohol  spectrum                                                                    
     disorder  (FASD)   are  disproportionately  represented                                                                    
     within Alaska's  criminal justice system.   SB 151 does                                                                    
     not require  a judge to  use the mitigating  factor and                                                                    
     it   DOES  NOT   automatically  adjust   a  presumptive                                                                    
     sentence.  The defense would  have to provide clear and                                                                    
     convincing  evidence  that the  defendant's  disability                                                                    
     significantly  affected  the  defendant's  conduct  and                                                                    
     substantially   impaired    judgment,   behavior,   and                                                                    
     capacity  to recognize  reality in  order to  apply the                                                                    
     mitigating factor.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Evidence  shows  that   directing  people  with  mental                                                                    
     illness   and  other   brain  disorders   to  supported                                                                    
     services,  both  inside  and  outside  of  Corrections,                                                                    
     significantly  reduces the  high  financial and  social                                                                    
     costs associated with  re-incarceration and recidivism.                                                                    
     Felons and  repeat offenders with FASD  are more likely                                                                    
     to stop committing crimes when  they are given the same                                                                    
     supports that  benefit people  with mental  illness and                                                                    
     other  disabilities,  which   can  include  Therapeutic                                                                    
     Court,   housing   and  employment   assistance,   case                                                                    
     management, counseling and rehabilitation.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman noted the three  zero fiscal notes from the                                                                    
Department of  Corrections (DOC), DOA, and  the Alaska Court                                                                    
System. He  also pointed out  the indeterminate  fiscal note                                                                    
from the Department of Law (DOL).                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ANNIE  CARPENETI,  CRIMINAL   DIVISION,  DEPARTMENT  OF  LAW                                                                    
(DOL), testified  that the reason  the fiscal note  from DOL                                                                    
was considered  indeterminate was because in  order to apply                                                                    
the mitigating  factor, it would  allow the court  to reduce                                                                    
the sentence  to 50  percent below the  range or  reduce the                                                                    
sentence  to  zero.  She expressed  concern  for  the  bill,                                                                    
because  it was  not  easy or  inexpensive  to diagnose  the                                                                    
illness.  She stressed  that  individuals  were required  to                                                                    
prove by  clear and  convincing evidence that  they suffered                                                                    
from  the disease,  but if  the  prosecution disagreed  with                                                                    
that position, the prosecution would  be required to provide                                                                    
evidence and  testimony in the  contrary. She  stressed that                                                                    
the  sentencing  hearings in  this  area  would probably  be                                                                    
longer  and more  expensive, because  of  the testimony  and                                                                    
evidence that would need to be adduced at sentencing.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:56:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATE  BURKHART, MEMBER,  ADVISORY  BOARD  ON ALCOHOLISM  AND                                                                    
DRUG  ABUSE, JUNEAU,  testified in  support of  SB 151.  She                                                                    
noted that the cost  of intensive mitigating case management                                                                    
was  approximately $50  a day,  and incarceration  was about                                                                    
$150 a day.  He felt that this  bill was a result  of a long                                                                    
and  thoughtful  collaboration,  and would  save  the  State                                                                    
money.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
TRISH   SMITH,  VOLUNTEERS   OF   AMERICA,  ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support of  SB 151. She hoped that                                                                    
it would be very beneficial to those affected by FASD.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DEB EVENSEN,  DIRECTOR, FETAL ALCOHOL  CONSULTATION TRAINING                                                                    
SERVICES, HOMER  (via teleconference), testified  in support                                                                    
of  SB 151.  She felt  that the  bill would  save the  State                                                                    
money and help the recidivism rate.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Meyer stated that he  had received a note from Judge                                                                    
Jeffrey that expressed  support of SB 151.  He stressed that                                                                    
the  program  fit  into  the   Smart  Justice  Program,  and                                                                    
appreciated the support of the committee.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB  151  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 226                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to the  purchase by the Alaska Housing                                                                    
     Finance  Corporation of  an  office  building in  Nome;                                                                    
     approving  the issuance  of bonds  for the  purchase of                                                                    
     the   office  building;   providing   notice  of,   and                                                                    
     authorizing  the  commissioner   of  administration  to                                                                    
     enter into, a lease-purchase  agreement with the Alaska                                                                    
     Housing  Finance Corporation  for the  office building;                                                                    
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:02:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  MOVED  to ADOPT  the  proposed  committee                                                                    
substitute  for SB  226, Work  Draft 27-LS1448\B  (Bannister                                                                    
3/30/12).   Co-Chair  Stedman   OBJECTED   for  purpose   of                                                                    
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson stated  that SB  226 addressed  the immediate                                                                    
need  for a  state  office  space in  Nome.  This was  first                                                                    
recognized in  2008. Due to  the current seriousness  of the                                                                    
need, the governor had proposed  $10 million to continue the                                                                    
process. However,  the momentum  had stalled because  of the                                                                    
question  of   the  location  and  square   footage  of  the                                                                    
building.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DAVID SCOTT,  STAFF, SENATOR DONNIE  OLSEN, stated  that the                                                                    
bill  directed  the  Alaska Housing  Corporation  (AHFC)  to                                                                    
finance, with bond proceeds, the  purchase of a state office                                                                    
building  in Nome.  It also  directed  DOA to  enter into  a                                                                    
lease-purchase  agreement with  AHFC for  the building.  The                                                                    
Nome  State Office  Building was  built in  1974, and  there                                                                    
were numerous engineering  reports from as far  back as 1994                                                                    
noting  corrosion  damage  to   the  southern  side  of  the                                                                    
building.  In  1997,  there  was  a  subsequent  engineering                                                                    
report, which  pointed out structural integrity  issues with                                                                    
corrosion of the steel columns.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  REMOVED  his OBJECTION.  There  being  NO                                                                    
further OBJECTION, Work Draft 27-LS1448\B was ADOPTED.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Scott  stated that  the mechanical  systems in  the Nome                                                                    
State  Office  Building  were part  of  the  original,  1974                                                                    
system.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:05:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  pointed out  one fiscal  note from  DOA in                                                                    
the amount  of $3.310  million for the  operating cost  of a                                                                    
new building;  and one  fiscal note  from the  Department of                                                                    
Revenue  (DOR)  on  behalf  of AHFC  in  the  amount  $2.927                                                                    
million   for  the   annual  rental   obligation  and   AHFC                                                                    
administrative costs.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DOUG WOOLIVER, DEPUTY  ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, ALASKA COURT                                                                    
SYSTEM, testified  in support of  SB 226 and  explained that                                                                    
the courthouse  in Nome  was old  and inadequate.  He stated                                                                    
that  the Court  System was  interested in  being part  of a                                                                    
joint  state office  building in  Nome, and  that this  bill                                                                    
would provide that opportunity.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  clarified that the  State currently  leased a                                                                    
court space  in the existing  federal building in  Nome that                                                                    
was built in the 1940s.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DENISE   MICHELS,   MAYOR,   CITY   OF   NOME,   NOME   (via                                                                    
teleconference), expressed support of SB  226. She felt that                                                                    
the   current  state   office  building   was  deteriorating                                                                    
rapidly. She stressed the need  for increased space, and the                                                                    
need  for  meeting  the   current  security  and  technology                                                                    
standards.  She stressed  that the  location desired  by the                                                                    
City of Nome  was on the north side of  Front Street, out of                                                                    
the flood zone. She declared  that the location proposal was                                                                    
"in line"  with the city's  comp plan, and was  supported by                                                                    
resolution from  the Nome Chamber of  Commerce. The proposed                                                                    
location  would continue  to provide  effective delivery  of                                                                    
services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson   pointed  out   that  the   legislation  was                                                                    
patterned  after  the  government relationship  outlined  SB                                                                    
317,  which was  the expeditious  building of  the Anchorage                                                                    
Parking Garage.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB  226  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 179                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to missing vulnerable adult prompt                                                                        
     response and notification plans."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BETTY DAVIS, introduced herself.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:10:23 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CELESTE  HODGE, STAFF,  SENATOR BETTY  DAVIS, introduced  SB                                                                    
179. She explained the SB  179 created a new statewide alert                                                                    
system to help find  vulnerable, missing adults. The system,                                                                    
which  was similar  to the  nationwide Amber  Alert program,                                                                    
would help  local law enforcement  notify the public  when a                                                                    
mentally  or  physically   impaired  Alaskan  goes  missing.                                                                    
Alaska  had the  fastest  growing senior  population in  the                                                                    
nation,  and  could  not  afford   to  ignore  the  problem.                                                                    
According  to the  Alaska Commission  on  Aging, there  were                                                                    
approximately  7,785  Alaskans  suffering  from  Alzheimer's                                                                    
disease  and  related  dementia in  2010.  That  number  was                                                                    
expected to grow to more  than 17,000 by 2030. In Fairbanks,                                                                    
a  63-year-old  woman  who was  suffering  from  Alzheimer's                                                                    
disease froze  to death after  she became  disoriented while                                                                    
driving.  She ran  out  of gas,  and  tried walking  several                                                                    
miles to seek  help. This incident, and  several others like                                                                    
it, demonstrated the  need for an alert system  to assist in                                                                    
the search for missing  vulnerable adults. When a vulnerable                                                                    
adult goes  missing, his or  her best chance of  survival is                                                                    
if  someone finds  them  within  24 to  48  hours. The  bill                                                                    
called for  the Department of Military  and Veterans Affairs                                                                    
(DMVA) to  coordinate with the  Department of  Public Safety                                                                    
(DPS)  to  create,  and  implement  a  prompt  response  and                                                                    
notification  plan that  would  use a  voluntary network  of                                                                    
statewide and local news organizations  to rapidly alert the                                                                    
public that  a vulnerable adult  was missing. The  bill also                                                                    
called for  both departments to establish  standards on what                                                                    
triggered  an  alert,  and  when   a  vulnerable  adult  was                                                                    
officially  considered   missing.  This   legislation  would                                                                    
ensure  the search  for  Alaska's  most vulnerable  citizens                                                                    
happen promptly.  Currently, there were 28  states that have                                                                    
implemented  or will  implement  a  "silver alert"  program,                                                                    
which was an increase of 10 states since the last report.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  noted the two  zero fiscal notes  from DPS                                                                    
and DMVA.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DENISE  DONIELLO, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, ALASKA  COMMISSION ON                                                                    
AGING, JUNEAU, testified  in support of SB  179. She focused                                                                    
her   statement  on   the   benefits   of  older   Alaskans,                                                                    
particularly  those  with  Alzheimer's disease  and  related                                                                    
dementia. Wandering  was a  significant personal  and safety                                                                    
problem for  older Alaskans with dementia.  According to the                                                                    
Alzheimer's Association, approximately  60 percent of people                                                                    
with dementia may wander at  some point during the course of                                                                    
their disease. Nearly one-half of  those who wander, if they                                                                    
are not  found within  24 hours,  can suffer  great personal                                                                    
injury.  For an  older  person, who  lives  in an  urbanized                                                                    
area, with heavy motorized  traffic conditions, getting lost                                                                    
can have significant life and death consequences.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:15:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARIE  DARLIN,  AMERICAN  ASSOCIATION  OF  RETIRED  PERSONS,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support  of  SB  179.  She  agreed  with                                                                    
previous  testimony. With  more  people  living longer,  the                                                                    
proposed alert system would prove  helpful in many ways. She                                                                    
felt it was reasonable public policy.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK  CUNNINGHAM,   ASSOCIATE  PROFESSOR,   SOCIAL  WORK,                                                                    
UNIVERSITY  OF   ALASKA,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of SB  179. He felt that  the proposed                                                                    
system  would  add  to  the growing  list  of  services  for                                                                    
vulnerable adults and their families.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI   WILLIAMSON,   ASSOCIATE  STATE   AFFAIRS   DIRECTOR,                                                                    
ALZHEIMER'S     ASSOCIATION,    WASHINGTON,     D.C.    (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support of SB 179.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MIKE   O'HARE,  DEPUTY   DIRECTOR,  HOMELAND   SECURITY  AND                                                                    
EMERGENCY  MANAGEMENT, DEPARTMENT  OF MILITARY  AND VETERANS                                                                    
AFFAIRS, FORT RICHARDSON  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support  of SB  179. She  stressed that  the first  24 hours                                                                    
that a  vulnerable adult goes  missing was  highly critical.                                                                    
She stressed  that it  was not  the disease  that threatened                                                                    
the   individuals   in  the   first   24   hours,  but   the                                                                    
environmental  factors  and  dangers within  the  community.                                                                    
Most  people who  wander were  found within  a 1.5  miles of                                                                    
their home, so  she recognized the need  for a comprehensive                                                                    
support system.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SB  179  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 210                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An   Act   relating   to  crimes   against   children;                                                                    
     establishing a new aggravating  factor at sentencing in                                                                    
     certain crimes  against children; relating  to criminal                                                                    
     nonsupport;  adding  to  the  list  of  crimes  against                                                                    
     children that bar the Department  of Public Safety from                                                                    
     issuing to  a person a  license to drive a  school bus;                                                                    
     adding an  exception to a  provision that  requires the                                                                    
     Department  of  Health  and  Social  Services  to  make                                                                    
     timely,  reasonable efforts  to provide  family support                                                                    
     services to  prevent out-of-home placement of  a child;                                                                    
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:20:39 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  McGuire  introduced SB  210.  She  referred to  the                                                                    
Sponsor Statement (copy on file).                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     On February  8, 2012 the Children's  Justice Task Force                                                                    
     (CJA)       a      federally-mandated,       state-wide                                                                    
     multidisciplinary  group  presented their  findings  to                                                                    
     the  Joint Senate  Judiciary and  HESS Committees  with                                                                    
     their  system recommendations  for improvement  through                                                                    
     criminal  legislation.  I  became  aware  through  this                                                                    
     presentation,    research,    and    other    important                                                                    
     conversations that we have  shortcomings in the current                                                                    
     criminal  laws regarding  the  prosecution  of harm  to                                                                    
     children.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Those  that   suffer  from  these  short   comings  are                                                                    
     Alaska's children  and the  numbers are  staggering. In                                                                    
     2008,   approximately  12,400   children  were   likely                                                                    
     victims  of  at  least one  incident  of  maltreatment,                                                                    
     which  breaks  down to  34  children  per day.  In  the                                                                    
     instance  of  a child  death,  1  out  of every  5  was                                                                    
     related to maltreatment.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     SB  210  works with  the  recommendations  from CJA  to                                                                    
     create tougher penalties on  crimes committed against a                                                                    
     child.   The  bill   will  create   increased  criminal                                                                    
     liability  for assaults  to children  by modifying  the                                                                    
     current  definition of  "serious  physical injury"  and                                                                    
     increases   penalties  when   a  parent   intentionally                                                                    
     withholds adequate food or liquids.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Together,  the   Legislature  can  assist   our  future                                                                    
     generations by  providing them  with laws  that protect                                                                    
     their  rights and  create safer  communities for  their                                                                    
     growth and development.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman noted  three  fiscal notes  from DOA;  one                                                                    
zero fiscal  note from the  Division of Motor  Vehicles; two                                                                    
indeterminate  fiscal  notes  from   the  Office  of  Public                                                                    
Advocacy and  Public Defenders Agency; one  zero fiscal note                                                                    
from  DPS; and  three indeterminate  fiscal notes  from DOL,                                                                    
DOC, and the Alaska Court System.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ANNIE CARPENETI, ASSISTANT  ATTORNEY GENERAL, LEGAL SERVICES                                                                    
SECTION-JUNEAU,  CRIMINAL   DIVISION,  DEPARTMENT   OF  LAW,                                                                    
stated that  the additional paragraph  to the  definition of                                                                    
"serious physical  injury", which had been  in statute since                                                                    
1978, was in addition to the other provisions.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:26:09 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DR.  CATHY BALDWIN-JOHNSON,  ALASKA CHILDREN'S  JUSTICE TASK                                                                    
FORCE,  ANCHORAGE,  testified  in  support of  SB  210.  She                                                                    
stated that  the Children's Justice  Task Force  was charged                                                                    
with evaluating  how the state  system responds  to concerns                                                                    
about child  abuse, and made recommendations  to improve the                                                                    
system.  She  remarked  that   the  current  serious  injury                                                                    
physical injury  definition for felony  prosecution required                                                                    
"risk of  death" or "serious and  protracted disfigurement";                                                                    
"multiple  episodes"  or  "need  for  medical  diagnoses  or                                                                    
treatment."  She  felt  that   many  children's  cases  fell                                                                    
through  the cracks  under  that  definition, because  often                                                                    
serious harms  to children were not  prosecuted as felonies.                                                                    
She stressed  that children have an  incredible capacity for                                                                    
high  trauma  and healing.  Those  children  may require  an                                                                    
extensive   trauma  evaluation,   but  not   actual  medical                                                                    
treatment,  because an  infant or  toddler cannot  verbalize                                                                    
the  abuse. She  added  that  there should  be  more than  a                                                                    
misdemeanor  charge  for  those  that  intentionally  starve                                                                    
children.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   wondered  what   the  age   issues  were                                                                    
regarding sexual abuse. Ms. Carpeneti  replied that the bill                                                                    
addressed physical  abuse. She  furthered that  sexual abuse                                                                    
of a minor  was adequately dealt with in  another chapter of                                                                    
the statute.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  McGuire  invited   amendments  from  the  committee                                                                    
members.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB  210  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  discussed   the  afternoon's  agenda.  He                                                                    
remarked that  a committee substitute was  currently getting                                                                    
drafted from SB 192.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:31:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:31 AM.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 159 Alaska Forest Association.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 All_Blocks_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Alaska Trappers Association.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Alexander_Creek_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 East_Petersville_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 East_Skwentna_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Expanded Bullets on SSF area plans public process.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Houston_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Kashwitna_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Mat-Su Borough.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Red_Shirt_Lake_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 RESOLUTION 12-05 ( Susitna State Forest).pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Resource Development Council.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Ruffed Grouse Soc.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Safari Club.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 South Skwentna_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Susitna State Forest Briefing Paper.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Susitna State Forest Briefing Side by Side 1-19-12.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Sustina_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Talkeetna_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 West_Skwentna_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 WIller-Kash_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
SB 159 Yentna_A.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 159
CSSB 151 Explanation of Changes SHSS SJUD.docx SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
CSSB 151 Sponsor Statement version U.docx SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
SB 151 Letter of Support Disability Law Center.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
SB 151 Letter of Support FASD Partnership.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
SB 151 Support AK FASD Partnership Rationale.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
SB 151-Letter of Support-AMHB-ABADA.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
SB 151-Letter of Support-Trust.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 151
Sb 221 03-16-12 Ltr of Support.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 11 7 11 Alcohol Drug Abuse GF Funding LegLog 870-1.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 - HB 78 Loan Repayment 2012 letter of support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 78
SB 221
SB 221 AAPA letter to support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Alaska Federation of Natives Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Alaska Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Anchorage Assembly Resolution 2011-347.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Catholic Social Services Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Copy of FY11 Alcohol Drug Abuse Treatment GF SA Rev Expend as of 10 31 11.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Economic Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Alaska - McDowell 2005 Report.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 FY12 Substance Abuse Authorized Components (2).pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 ISER 2009 Report - The Cost of Crime.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 letter of support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Log 1099 DHSS Response Regarding Alcohol Fund Projections (3).pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Log 1102 Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment and Prevention Fund Grantees Final Response (2).pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 MSHF Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Nine Star Enterprises Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Partners for Progress Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221 Substace Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Cost Offset of Tx.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 221-Letter of Support-ABADA.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 221
SB 226 - Letter of Interest Nome State Office Building.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage - Agreement to Develop between Muni of ANC & ACCT.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage - Agreement to License between AHFC and Muni of ANC.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage - enrolled bill (SB 317).PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 317
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage - fiscal note.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage - HFIN minutes 5_3_06.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage - SFIN minutes 4_28_06.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Atwood Parking Garage bill history.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - City of Nome letter - 3_7_12.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - City of Nome letter - 3_12_12.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - condition of existing state bldg.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - NOME Delivery Plan Diagram 3-7-12.pptx SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Nome SOB Proposal 2012 Final.doc SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - Sectional.docx SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 226 - v.B.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226
SB 179 Background Information.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB 179 Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB 179 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB179 Letter of Support--signed scan 2-23-12.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB 179 Background Information.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB 179 Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB 179 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
SB179 Letter of Support--signed scan 2-23-12.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 179
Letter of Support_Board Resolution on SB 210 (3).pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 210
Sponsor Statement SB 210.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 210
SCR24_2ndOrganicAct_1912.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SCR 24
SCR24_Alaskas_1stHouseRepresentatives_1913.jpg SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SCR 24
SCR24_Alaskas_1stSenate_1913.jpg SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SCR 24
SCR24_HomeRule_forAK.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SCR 24
SCR24_SessionLaws_Summary_1913.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SCR 24
SCR24_Sponsor_Statement_29March12.pdf SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SCR 24
SB 226 - DOA's RFI.PDF SFIN 4/2/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 226