Legislature(2013 - 2014)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/15/2014 09:00 AM FINANCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 210 SCHOOLS: RESTRAINT, SECLUSION, CRISIS TRG TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 210(FIN) am Out of Committee
+= HB 32 LINES OF BUSINESS ON BUSINESS LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 32(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 199 VPSO FIREARMS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 199 Out of Committee
+= HB 239 EXTEND BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 239 Out of Committee
+= HB 240 EXTEND BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 240 Out of Committee
+= HB 241 EXTEND BOARD OF MARITAL & FAMILY THERAPY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 241 Out of Committee
+= HB 242 EXTEND PT & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BOARD TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 242 Out of Committee
+= HB 75 CONTRIBUTION FROM PFD: AUDITS; UNIVERSITY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 75(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 378 MOTOR VEHICLES: REGISTRATION, COMMERCIAL TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 378(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 293 BEAR LICENSE PLATES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                       April 15, 2014                                                                                           
                         9:10 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:10:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  called the  Senate Finance Committee  meeting                                                                   
to order at 9:10 a.m.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Kevin Meyer, Co-Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Anna Fairclough, Vice-Chair                                                                                             
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vasilios  Gialopsos, Staff,  Representative Charisse  Millet;                                                                   
Charles Guinchard,  Staff, Representative  Mia Costello;  Tim                                                                   
Clark,  Staff, Representative  Bryce  Edgmon;  Representative                                                                   
Lora  Reinbold;  Representative  Paul  Seaton;  Heather  Beg,                                                                   
Staff, Representative  Paul Seaton;  Jordan Marshall,  Staff,                                                                   
Rasmussen  Foundation,   Anchorage;  Sherrie   Klein,  Staff,                                                                   
Representative   Peggy   Wilson;  Amy   Erickson,   Director,                                                                   
Division  of Motor  Vehicles,  Department of  Administration;                                                                   
Christine  Marasigan,  Staff,  Senator Kevin  Meyer;  Rebecca                                                                   
Rooney, Staff, Representative  Peggy Wilson.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 32(FIN)                                                                                                                    
          LINES OF BUSINESS ON BUSINESS LICENSE                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 32(FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with a                                                                     
          "do pass" recommendation and with previously                                                                          
          published fiscal impact note: FN2(CED).                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 75(FIN)                                                                                                                    
         CONTRIBUTION FROM PFD: AUDITS; UNIVERSITY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          SCS  CSHB 75  (FIN) was REPORTED  out of  committee                                                                   
          with   a   "do  pass"   recommendation   and   with                                                                   
          previously  published  indeterminate  fiscal  note:                                                                   
          FN2(REV);  and previously  published fiscal  impact                                                                   
          note: FN3(UA).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 199    VPSO FIREARMS                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          HB  199 was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                   
          pass"    recommendation    and   with    previously                                                                   
          published zero fiscal note: FN2(HFIN/DPS).                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 210(FIN) am                                                                                                                
         SCHOOLS: RESTRAINT, SECLUSION, CRISIS TRG                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB  210(FIN)am  was  REPORTED  out  of  committee                                                                   
          with   a   "do  pass"   recommendation   and   with                                                                   
          previously    published    fiscal   impact    note:                                                                   
          FN1(EED).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HB 239    EXTEND BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB  239 was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                   
          pass"    recommendation    and   with    previously                                                                   
          published fiscal impact note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB 240    EXTEND BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB  240 was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                   
          pass"    recommendation    and   with    previously                                                                   
          published fiscal impact note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB 241    EXTEND BOARD OF MARITAL & FAMILY THERAPY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          HB  241 was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                   
          pass"    recommendation    and   with    previously                                                                   
          published fiscal impact note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB 242    EXTEND PT & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BOARD                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB  242 was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                   
          pass"    recommendation    and   with    previously                                                                   
          published fiscal impact note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 293(STA)                                                                                                                   
          BEAR LICENSE PLATES                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 293(STA) was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                     
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 378(TRA)                                                                                                                   
          MOTOR VEHICLES: REGISTRATION, COMMERCIAL                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          SCS  CSHB 378(FIN)  was REPORTED  out of  committee                                                                   
          with  a "do  pass" recommendation  and  with a  new                                                                   
          fiscal   impact  note   from  the  Senate   Finance                                                                   
          Committee  and  Department of  Administration;  and                                                                   
          previously    published    fiscal   impact    note:                                                                   
          FN2(DPS).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 210(FIN) am                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to crisis intervention training for                                                                       
     school personnel; and relating to restraint and                                                                            
     seclusion of students in public schools."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:12:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VASILIOS  GIALOPSOS, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE CHARISSE  MILLET,                                                                   
introduced himself.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  asked if there  were any additional  comments                                                                   
on the legislation.  Mr. Gialopsos responded that  he did not                                                                   
have  any additional  comments.  He  added that  the  sponsor                                                                   
wanted   to  thank   the   committee  for   considering   the                                                                   
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer wondered  if the sponsor wanted  the committee                                                                   
to  move the  legislation  out  of committee.  Mr.  Gialopsos                                                                   
replied in the affirmative.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  MOVED  to  REPORT  CSHB  210(FIN)am  out  of                                                                   
committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal note.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB  210(FIN)am was  REPORTED out  of committee  with a  "do                                                                   
pass"  recommendation and  with  previously published  fiscal                                                                   
impact note: FN1(EED).                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:14:17 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:14:34 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 32(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act providing  for  the  issuance of  one  business                                                                   
     license  for multiple lines  of business; and  providing                                                                   
     for reissuance  of a business  license to make  a change                                                                   
     on the license."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:15:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough remarked  that there  was an issue  of                                                                   
multiple professional  licensing, and  only having  two lines                                                                   
available  under the current  information technology  system.                                                                   
She  stressed  that the  focus  was  on legislation  was  low                                                                   
fiscal notes.  She wondered how  the department  was prepared                                                                   
to  manage the  new request  based  on the  issues that  were                                                                   
raised for businesses that had two lines of businesses.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES  GUINCHARD,   STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE   MIA  COSTELLO,                                                                   
stated   that  the   sponsor  understood   that  there   were                                                                   
approximately  53,000  active  business licenses  in  Alaska.                                                                   
The legislation  could affect  up to  750 of those  licenses.                                                                   
It  was  up   to  the  business  owner  whether   or  not  to                                                                   
consolidate under  one business license. The gap  in the data                                                                   
affected  only  those  that had  three  or  more  businesses,                                                                   
which would  be reduced  to 85. It  was the sponsor's  belief                                                                   
that because  the loophole only  applied to 85 of  the 53,000                                                                   
business licenses,  they could  be addressed in  another form                                                                   
than an expensive update to a database.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  wondered if there  were any further  comments                                                                   
on  the  gill.   Mr.  Guinchard  replied  that   the  sponsor                                                                   
apologizes for not attending the meeting.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly   MOVED  to  REPORT   CSHB  32(FIN)   out  of                                                                   
committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal note.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 32(FIN) was  REPORTED out of committee with  a "do pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and with previously  published fiscal  impact                                                                   
note: FN2(CED).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:18:00 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:19:23 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 199                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to Department of Public Safety                                                                            
     regulations allowing village public safety officers to                                                                     
     carry firearms."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:19:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIM  CLARK, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE  BRYCE EDGMON,  introduced                                                                   
himself.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson wondered  if there had  been additional  input                                                                   
of anyone  in support or  opposition to the legislation.  Mr.                                                                   
Clark replied that  he did not know of any  opposition to the                                                                   
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly MOVED  to REPORT HB 199 out  of committee with                                                                   
individual  recommendations   and  the  accompanying   fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  199  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and  with previously  published  zero  fiscal                                                                   
note: FN2(HFIN/DPS).                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:21:38 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:22:46 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 239                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the termination date of the Board of                                                                     
     Examiners in Optometry; and providing for an effective                                                                     
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:23:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LORA REINBOLD,  hoped to  move the bill  from                                                                   
committee,  which would  keep  the members  of  the Board  of                                                                   
Examiners in Optometry employed.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly MOVED  to REPORT HB 239 out  of committee with                                                                   
individual  recommendations   and  the  accompanying   fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  239  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and with previously  published fiscal  impact                                                                   
note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:24:35 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:25:54 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 240                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the termination date of the Board of                                                                     
     Chiropractic Examiners; and providing for an effective                                                                     
     date."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:26:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Reinbold thanked the committee.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly MOVED  to REPORT HB 240 out  of committee with                                                                   
individual  recommendations   and  the  accompanying   fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  240  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and with previously  published fiscal  impact                                                                   
note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:26:40 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:26:59 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 241                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending  the termination date of  the Board of                                                                   
     Marital  and  Family  Therapy;   and  providing  for  an                                                                   
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:27:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Reinbold  felt  that  the  legislation  would                                                                   
keep marriages and families strong in Alaska.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly MOVED  to REPORT HB 241 out  of committee with                                                                   
individual  recommendations   and  the  accompanying   fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  241  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and with previously  published fiscal  impact                                                                   
note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:28:04 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:28:36 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 242                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act extending  the termination  date  of the  State                                                                   
     Physical  Therapy and  Occupational  Therapy Board;  and                                                                   
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly MOVED  to REPORT HB 242 out  of committee with                                                                   
individual  recommendations   and  the  accompanying   fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HB  242  was REPORTED  out  of  committee  with a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and with previously  published fiscal  impact                                                                   
note: FN2(HFIN/CED).                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 75(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An   Act  amending  certain   audit  requirements   for                                                                   
     entities  receiving  contributions from  permanent  fund                                                                   
     dividends;  requiring  the three  main  campuses of  the                                                                   
     University  of Alaska  to apply  to be  included on  the                                                                   
     contribution  list  for   contributions  from  permanent                                                                   
     fund dividends;  and requiring the university  to pay an                                                                   
     application fee for each campus separately listed on                                                                       
     the contribution list for contributions from permanent                                                                     
     fund dividends."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:32:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PAUL   SEATON,  explained   that  legislation                                                                   
would allow  greater participation by small  non-profits. The                                                                   
current  audit requirement  was  more onerous  that what  was                                                                   
required  by   the  federal  government,  which   required  a                                                                   
certified public  accountant (CPA) audit that the  small non-                                                                   
profits  did  not  receive. This  bill  eases  the  financial                                                                   
burden  on these  organizations  and allows  Alaskans a  more                                                                   
complete   choice  of   organizations   by  eliminating   the                                                                   
financial audit  requirement. This does not  remove financial                                                                   
accountability.   All  Pick.Click.Give  donation   recipients                                                                   
must  be   501(c)(3)  tax-exempt  organizations,   which  are                                                                   
required  to  file  the  form  990  annually  with  the  IRS.                                                                   
Organizations  are also  required to  have an  audit if  they                                                                   
expend  $500,000 or  more in  federal  awards. Entities  that                                                                   
expend less than  $500,000 in federal funds  still must still                                                                   
make  their  records  available  for review  by  the  federal                                                                   
government.  This  bill  further   requires  each  campus  of                                                                   
University  of Alaska  to  pay the  $250  application fee  to                                                                   
participate  in  the  program,  just as  all  other  eligible                                                                   
organizations do.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  MOVED to ADOPT  the committee  substitute for                                                                   
SCS CS HB  75 (FIN), Work Draft 28-LS0323\Y  (Mischel/Martin,                                                                   
4/13/14). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Meyer    queried   the   changes   in    the   CS.                                                                   
Representative   Seaton  replied   that   there  were   three                                                                   
technical  changes. He  stated that sub-Section  A amended  a                                                                   
notice provision  on the  Permanent Fund  Dividend (PFD),  to                                                                   
say that the  7 percent coordination fee would  be deduction.                                                                   
He  announced  that sub-Section  E  removed  the  restriction                                                                   
that  the  money contributed  through  Pick.Click.Give  could                                                                   
not be used for implementing the section.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough  queried   the  page  numbers  of  the                                                                   
changes. Representative Seaton deferred to this staff.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  BEG, STAFF,  REPRESENTATIVE  PAUL SEATON,  explained                                                                   
the changes  in more detail. She  looked at page 2,  line 12,                                                                   
where "no  money" was  changed to "7  percent of  the money."                                                                   
The  second  change  was  on  page  4,  lines  5  through  8,                                                                   
deleting  the  section  that would  restrict  the  department                                                                   
from implementing the new change.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:37:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JORDAN  MARSHALL,  STAFF,  RASMUSSEN  FOUNDATION,  ANCHORAGE,                                                                   
spoke in  support of  the legislation.  He offered  to answer                                                                   
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer asked  to hear  the  prepared testimony.  Mr.                                                                   
Marshall  announced  that the  Pick.Click.Give  program  gave                                                                   
Alaskans  a safe,  secure, and  simple way  to make  optional                                                                   
gifts  from to  Alaska non-profits.  The program  was in  its                                                                   
sixth  year and  had seen  over $10  million in  designations                                                                   
made by  Alaskans. He  stated that  $2.77 million was  raised                                                                   
in   2014.  There   were  many   opportunities  for   statute                                                                   
enhancements  to  ensure that  the  program can  continue  to                                                                   
thrive.   The  committee   substitute   would  make   already                                                                   
discussed  important enhancements.  He pointed  out that  the                                                                   
sustainability   filing  fee   portion   was  presented   for                                                                   
consideration  after  having  reached  out  to  participating                                                                   
non-profits.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Fairclough  wondered if  there was an  analysis of                                                                   
the non-profits  that were  shown in  the advertisement,  and                                                                   
whether  those organizations  saw a higher  level of  giving.                                                                   
Mr. Marshall responded  that there was a concerted  effort to                                                                   
highlight  certain types  of service  offerings, for  example                                                                   
aid and  comfort for the homeless.  He stated that  there was                                                                   
a small  uptick in support  for those types of  organizations                                                                   
after  they  were  featured in  the  marketing  campaign.  He                                                                   
stressed that  no specific organization was  ever highlighted                                                                   
in the full statewide outreach marketing program.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough wanted  to ensure  that the  marketing                                                                   
of the  program was  driven by issues.  She wondered  how the                                                                   
priorities  would be  shaped in  the  outreach. Mr.  Marshall                                                                   
responded  that  so  far,  the   state  had  no  interest  or                                                                   
influence over which  items were highlighted.  He agreed that                                                                   
there should be a rotation of the focus areas.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough   understood  that  there   were  some                                                                   
efforts  in ensuring that  all issues  were highlighted.  Mr.                                                                   
Marshall  agreed. He stressed  that the  program website  had                                                                   
an   enhanced    outreach    mechanism,   so    participating                                                                   
organizations  could  upload  the  most  current  information                                                                   
about their organization.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:45:55 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:46:38 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:47:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  noted the  Senate Concurrent Resolution  that                                                                   
will follow the bill.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly MOVED  to REPORT  SCS  CSHB 75  (FIN) out  of                                                                   
committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SCS CSHB  75 (FIN) was REPORTED  out of committee with  a "do                                                                   
pass"   recommendation   and    with   previously   published                                                                   
indeterminate   fiscal   note:   FN2(REV);   and   previously                                                                   
published fiscal impact note: FN3(UA).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:47:46 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:51:31 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 293(STA)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  relating to motor vehicle  registration plates;                                                                   
     relating    to   special    registration   plates    for                                                                   
     firefighters  and emergency  medical service  providers;                                                                   
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:52:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHERRIE KLEIN, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  PEGGY WILSON, explained                                                                   
the legislation.  She stated  that HB 293  would allow  for a                                                                   
second  license plate  to be  chosen as  the state's  primary                                                                   
plate. Currently the primary license  plate is a plain yellow                                                                   
background. This bill would allow  residents to have a choice                                                                   
between  the  plain  yellow  and  a plate  that  has  a  bear                                                                   
insignia -  very similar  to one of  our most popular  plates                                                                   
back in 1976.  According to a recent national  poll, Alaska's                                                                   
primary  license plate  is  rated  number 48  out  of the  50                                                                   
states  and   2  territories.   Our  state  deserves   better                                                                   
recognition! Bears are indelibly  linked to Alaska. This bill                                                                   
will also allow all firefighters  and EMT's whether volunteer                                                                   
or paid  to have the choice  to purchase a  specialty license                                                                   
plate  that  previously   was  only  for  active   or  former                                                                   
firefighters or EMTs.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer wondered  where Alaska's  yellow plates  were                                                                   
rated in attractiveness.  Ms. Klein replied that  they ranked                                                                   
48 out of 50.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop   wondered  if   there  was  any   discussion                                                                   
regarding  a totem  pole  license  plate. Ms.  Klein  replied                                                                   
that she was unaware of any discussion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  wondered if there  was an amendment.  Senator                                                                   
Bishop replied that he may offer an amendment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Fairclough  queried the number of types  of plates                                                                   
that were issued in the state.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
AMY   ERICKSON,  DIRECTOR,   DIVISION   OF  MOTOR   VEHICLES,                                                                   
DEPARTMENT   OF  ADMINISTRATION,   shared  that  there   were                                                                   
approximately 30 different license plate styles.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Fairclough asked  if  there was  a standard  base                                                                   
plate.  Ms. Erickson  replied  that  the standard  plate  was                                                                   
gold  with a  blue flag.  She furthered  that it  may not  be                                                                   
attractive for consumers,  but law enforcement  felt that the                                                                   
plate had excellent visibility.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  felt  that  the lights  on  cars  were  very                                                                   
visible.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy  wondered if the mosquito license  plate was                                                                   
considered.  Ms. Erickson  replied  that she  was unaware  of                                                                   
any conversations.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 298(STA)  was HEARD  and HELD  in committee for  further                                                                   
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 378(TRA)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An   Act  relating  to   motor  vehicle   registration;                                                                   
     relating to  drivers' licenses; relating  to instruction                                                                   
     permits;  relating  to  commercial  motor  vehicles  and                                                                   
     commercial   motor  carriers;   and  providing   for  an                                                                   
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:58:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  MOVED to  ADOPT  SCS  CS SB  378(FIN),  Work                                                                   
Draft  28-LS1541\Y  (Strasbaugh,  4/13/14).  There  being  NO                                                                   
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE  MARASIGAN,  STAFF,  SENATOR  KEVIN  MEYER,  stated                                                                   
that the only  change in the bill  was the addition  of a new                                                                   
section  on page 4.  Following  Section 3 the  new Section  4                                                                   
added  to   AS  28.10.411  by   allowing  the  waiver   of  a                                                                   
registration fee for Alaska National Guard members.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  surmised that  the idea  for the change  came                                                                   
from  a bill  that  was heard  previously  in committee.  Ms.                                                                   
Marasigan agreed,  and stated that  SB 141 basically  did the                                                                   
same thing as the current legislation.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  wondered if the  registration fee was  at 100                                                                   
percent  or  50  percent.  Ms.  Marasigan  replied  that  the                                                                   
legislation allowed for one registration fee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:00:44 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:02:22 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer  wondered  if  the change  would  affect  the                                                                   
fiscal  note. Ms.  Marasigan  replied that  there  was a  new                                                                   
fiscal note  that showed a  loss of revenue by  approximately                                                                   
$100,000 per year.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA   ROONEY,   STAFF,   REPRESENTATIVE   PEGGY   WILSON,                                                                   
announced that  the sponsor was  in support of the  change to                                                                   
the legislation.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Erickson  felt confused by  the fiscal note,  because the                                                                   
fiscal note  that the division  had submitted for SB  141 was                                                                   
$200,000 each year,  because there were 4,000  National Guard                                                                   
members  that would  qualify at  $100  free registration  for                                                                   
each two years.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:04:39 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:05:51 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:05:59 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Marasigan announced  that  the fiscal  note showed  that                                                                   
there were  4,000 National Guard  Members, estimated  at $100                                                                   
apiece, with  $200,000 each year.  She furthered that  it was                                                                   
postulated  that   each  member  would  not   register  their                                                                   
vehicle; therefore the number was reduced to $100,000.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer asked  if the  fiscal noted  was prepared  by                                                                   
the Senate  Finance Committee.  Ms. Marasigan replied  in the                                                                   
affirmative.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer wondered  if DOA agreed with  the numbers. Ms.                                                                   
Erickson could not  argue with the explanation  of the fiscal                                                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  surmised that  DOA could  be asking  for more                                                                   
money   the  following   year,   if  there   were   incorrect                                                                   
estimates. Ms. Erickson agreed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly MOVED  to  REPORT SCS  CSHB  378(FIN) out  of                                                                   
committee   with    individual   recommendations    and   the                                                                   
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SCS CSHB  378(FIN) was REPORTED  out of committee with  a "do                                                                   
pass" recommendation  and with a new fiscal  impact note from                                                                   
the   Senate  Finance   Committee  and   the  Department   of                                                                   
Administration;  and   previously  published   fiscal  impact                                                                   
note: FN2(DPS).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:08:29 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:09:56 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:10:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 293 - Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 293
HB 293 - List of specialty plates 5 yrs.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 293
HB 293 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 293
HB 293 - Statutes affected by bill.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 293
HB 293 - Sample Photo.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 293
HB 293 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 293
HB75 Concurrent Resolution Title Change for version Y.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 75
HB75 SFN CS for HB 75 version Y.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 75
HB378 SCS for CS for HB378(FIN) work draft version Y.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 378
HB378 DOA-DMV-04-15-14.pdf SFIN 4/15/2014 9:00:00 AM
HB 378