Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/15/2016 08:00 AM FINANCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 41 SPORT FISHING SERVICES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 137 HUNT/FISH/TRAP: FEES;LICENSES;EXEMPTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 254 EXTEND BIG GAME COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOARD TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 156 SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES; FED. LAW TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      April 15, 2016                                                                                            
                         8:03 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:03:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  called  the  Senate  Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 8:03 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Peter Micciche, Vice-Chair                                                                                              
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Erin   Shine,  Staff,   Senator   Anna  MacKinnon;   Crystal                                                                    
Koeneman, Staff, Representative  Cathy Munoz; Representative                                                                    
Dave  Talerico,   Sponsor;  Representative   Louise  Stutes,                                                                    
Sponsor;   Representative  Wes   Keller,  Sponsor;   Christa                                                                    
McDonald, Staff, Senator  Mike Dunleavy; Representative Lora                                                                    
Reinbold, Co-sponsor of the Bill, Juneau.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Henry  Schildbach,  Self,  Anchorage;  Micah  Perino,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage; Samantha Savage,  Self, Fairbanks; Pamela Samash,                                                                    
Self,  Nenana;  Jessica   Gray,  Self,  Anchorage;  Caroline                                                                    
Storm, Self,  Anchorage; Elise Boyer, Self,  Homer; Mary Lou                                                                    
Kelsey,  Self,   Homer;  Lily  Spiroski,   Self,  Anchorage;                                                                    
Kristen  DeHaven,   Self,  Anchorage;  Tanner   Dunn,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Devry  Garity,  Self, Homer;  Kim  Smith,  Self,                                                                    
Homer; Robin Smith,  Self, Anchorage; Lisa Eagan-Lagerquist,                                                                    
Self, Juneau; Deena Mitchell,  Self, Anchorage; Kenni Psenak                                                                    
Linden, Self,  Palmer; Linda  File, Self,  Fairbanks; Daniel                                                                    
File, Self,  Fairbanks; Ed Gray, Self,  Sitka; Paula Terrel,                                                                    
Self, Juneau; Carol Clausson,  Self, Anchorage; Judy Andree,                                                                    
Self,  Juneau;  Alyson   Currey,  Planned  Parenthood  Votes                                                                    
Northwest and  Hawaii, Juneau; Butch Moore,  Self, Big Lake;                                                                    
Dirk White, Pharmacist, Sitka;  David Nees, Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Doug Koester,  Self, Homer;  Jessica Cler,  Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Eric  Glatt, Attorney,  American  Civil  Liberties Union  of                                                                    
Alaska,  Anchorage;  William  Deaton,  Self,  Cordova;  Mike                                                                    
Coons,  Self,  Palmer;  Arlene Ronda,  Self,  Homer;  Terrie                                                                    
Gottstein, Self,  Anchorage; Willie Lewis,  Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Pete  Hoepfner,  Cordova  School  District,  Cordova;  Alyse                                                                    
Galvin, Self,  Anchorage; Seta Kabaranian,  Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Angie  Hutchinson,  Self,  Mat-Su; Paul  D.  Kendall,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage; April  Smith, Self, North Pole;  Janet Pasternak,                                                                    
Alaska  Nurses Association,  Anchorage;  Donna Beran,  Self,                                                                    
Homer; Tim  Robinson, Self, Wasilla; Caroline  Ahrens, Self,                                                                    
Anchorage; Kate Finn, Self, Anchor Point.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 41(FIN)am                                                                                                                  
          SPORT FISHING SERVICES                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 41(FIN)am was HEARD and HELD in committee                                                                        
          for further consideration.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 137(FIN)am                                                                                                                 
         HUNT/FISH/TRAP: FEES;LICENSES;EXEMPTIONS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 137(FIN)am was HEARD and HELD in committee                                                                       
          for further consideration.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HB 254    EXTEND BIG GAME COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOARD                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          HB 254 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 156(EDC)                                                                                                                   
         SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES; FED. LAW                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 156(EDC) was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                     
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 41(FIN) am                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to sport fishing services, sport                                                                          
     fishing operators, and sport fishing guides; and                                                                           
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:05:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to  ADOPT the committee substitute                                                                    
for  CSHB   41(FIN)am,  Work  Draft   29-LS0238\S  (Bullard,                                                                    
4/14/16).                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for the purpose of discussion.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:05:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  SHINE, STAFF,  SENATOR ANNA  MACKINNON, explained  the                                                                    
committee substitute  revered back to a  previous version of                                                                    
the legislation,  which had bifurcated fresh  and salt water                                                                    
sport  fishing   licenses  in   reporting.  She   said  that                                                                    
conversations  with the  departments had  revealed that  the                                                                    
Board of  Fish had the  authority to regulate the  log books                                                                    
and  the penalties  associated with  reporting requirements.                                                                    
She said  that the  committee substitute (CS)  brought fresh                                                                    
and  saltwater sport  fishing licenses  under one  umbrella,                                                                    
removed  reporting  requirements,  and updated  the  penalty                                                                    
section for log book violations.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  WITHDREW the  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, the proposed committee substitute was adopted.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:06:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked  whether  the  bill  sponsor  had                                                                    
reviewed the cs.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:06:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRYSTAL   KOENEMAN,  STAFF,   REPRESENTATIVE  CATHY   MUNOZ,                                                                    
replied that both bill sponsors  had reviewed the revised cs                                                                    
and supported the changes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:07:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   asked  whether  either  of   the  bill                                                                    
sponsors had  concerns about the legislation  that should be                                                                    
discussed on the record.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Koeneman replied that the  bill sponsors had no concerns                                                                    
with the  current draft.  She pointed  out to  the committee                                                                    
that  there  was  an updated  sectional  analysis  in  their                                                                    
packets (copy on file).                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:07:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson wondered  whether the new cs  had been crafted                                                                    
in collaboration with fishing guides.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Shine  responded  that  she had  worked  with  a  guide                                                                    
representative on  the cs who  was available in  the gallery                                                                    
to speak to support of the legislation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 41(FIN)am was  HEARD and HELD in  committee for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 137(FIN) am                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act raising certain  fees related to sport fishing,                                                                    
     hunting, and  trapping; relating  to the fish  and game                                                                    
     fund;  providing for  the repeal  of the  sport fishing                                                                    
     surcharge  and sport  fishing  facility revenue  bonds;                                                                    
     replacing  the  permanent  sport fishing,  hunting,  or                                                                    
     trapping  identification  card  for  certain  residents                                                                    
     with  an identification  card  valid  for three  years;                                                                    
     relating to  hunting and fishing by  proxy; relating to                                                                    
     fish and  game conservation decals; raising  the age of                                                                    
     eligibility for  a sport fishing, hunting,  or trapping                                                                    
     license exemption for state  residents; raising the age                                                                    
     at  which a  state  resident is  required  to obtain  a                                                                    
     license for  sport fishing,  hunting, or  trapping; and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:08:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to  ADOPT the committee substitute                                                                    
for  CSHB  137(FIN)am,   Work  Draft  29-LS0625\T  (Bullard,                                                                    
4/14/16). There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for DISCUSSION.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:08:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  SHINE, STAFF,  SENATOR ANNA  MACKINNON, explained  the                                                                    
changes  made by  the committee  substitute.  She noted  the                                                                    
deletion in the title of  sockeye stamp language, as well as                                                                    
the  addition  of   language  establishing  certain  special                                                                    
hunting and fishing licenses and  permits for residents with                                                                    
developmental disabilities.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:09:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon clarified that  language referring to the                                                                    
sockeye salmon stamp had been removed throughout the bill.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine replied in the affirmative.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:09:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Shine spoke  to  Page2, line  16,  which reflected  the                                                                    
change in  the age  limit from  65, to  60, for  a permanent                                                                    
identification.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:10:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked   whether  the  change  reflected                                                                    
current statute.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine replied in the affirmative.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:10:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Shine stated  that the  resident  hunting and  trapping                                                                    
license  on Page4,  line 11,  had been  changed from  $60 to                                                                    
$55.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:10:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  interjected that the license  was a dual                                                                    
one and  the change  was meant to  provide an  incentive for                                                                    
purchasing the licenses together.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine agreed.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:10:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Shine addressed  said  that the  next  change could  be                                                                    
found on  Page 4,  line 15; the  resident hunting  and sport                                                                    
fishing license  had previously been  $60, and was  now $50.                                                                    
Additionally, line  17 reflected that the  resident hunting,                                                                    
trapping, and sport  fishing license was now  $75, down from                                                                    
$80. She furthered that Section  9 had been deleted from the                                                                    
bill, which spoke to non-annual  sport fishing licenses. She                                                                    
relayed that  Page 5,  line 14 had  been changed  to reflect                                                                    
that the tag  must be affixed before leaving  the kill site,                                                                    
rather than  immediately upon capture.  Line 28 of  the same                                                                    
page reflected that  the tag fee for a wolf  had been raised                                                                    
from $30  to $60. She  continued to  Page 6, line  13, which                                                                    
reflected a  conforming amendment,  lowering the  senior age                                                                    
from 65 to 60.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:12:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Shine pointed  out to  the committee  Page 6,  line 26,                                                                    
which reflected change  that the tag must be  affixed to the                                                                    
animal   before  leaving   the   kill   site,  rather   than                                                                    
immediately upon capture. She continued  to Page 7, line 12,                                                                    
which listed that the tag for  a wolf was raised from $50 to                                                                    
$100 for  non-residents. The same  page, line  27, reflected                                                                    
that the  resident king salmon  tag had been lowered  to the                                                                    
current statute  level of  $10. She turned  to Page  8, line                                                                    
three, which  reflected the  lowering of  the senior  age to                                                                    
60. The king  salmon tag for non-residents  had been reduced                                                                    
from $150  to $100, and  was in current statute.  Section 21                                                                    
from  the  previous  version,   referring  to  the  resident                                                                    
sockeye salmon tag,  had been removed from  the version. She                                                                    
continued  to  Page 9,  section  22,  and explained  that  a                                                                    
sentence which  had read, "Those programs,  and they include                                                                    
fish and wildlife viewing, fish  and wildlife education, and                                                                    
programs relating to fish and  wildlife diversity." had been                                                                    
deleted  from   the  section.   She  noted   the  conforming                                                                    
amendment of  on Page 10,  line 4, which lowered  the senior                                                                    
age to  60. She said that  Section 25, on page  10, had been                                                                    
inserted  and contained  conforming  language  from a  floor                                                                    
amendment  in  the other  body  that  had been  adopted  for                                                                    
disabilities. She  stated that  Section 30  on page  12 also                                                                    
contained the  conforming amendment  to the  floor amendment                                                                    
adopted by the house. She noted  the next change on Page 13,                                                                    
line  24, where  a repealer  date of  December 31,  2022 had                                                                    
been added.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:14:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  WITHDREW the  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, the proposed committee substitute was adopted.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:15:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine stated  that there may be  technical amendments in                                                                    
the future to ensure a clean bill.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon agreed.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 137(FIN)am was HEARD and  HELD in committee for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 254                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the termination date of the Big Game                                                                     
     Commercial Services Board; and providing for an                                                                            
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:16:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche MOVED to  ADOPT the committee substitute                                                                    
for HB  254, Work Draft 29-LS1309\W  (Bruce, 4/14/16). There                                                                    
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for DISCUSSION.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:16:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVE  TALERICO, SPONSOR,  stated that  he was                                                                    
satisfied with the  version of HB 137 that  had been adopted                                                                    
by the committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:17:15 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:17:29 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 254                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the termination date of the Big Game                                                                     
     Commercial Services Board; and providing for an                                                                            
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:17:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  SHINE, STAFF,  SENATOR ANNA  MACKINNON, discussed  the                                                                    
changes in the current bill  version. She pointed to Page 1,                                                                    
line  8, which  required  the big  game commercial  services                                                                    
board  to report  to  the legislature  by  August 31,  2016,                                                                    
detailing  how  they  would become  financially  solvent  by                                                                    
December 31, 2019.  She noted that the  sunset date remained                                                                    
2019.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  WITHDREW the  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, the proposed committee substitute was adopted.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:18:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LOUISE STUTES,  SPONSOR, testified  that she                                                                    
was  satisfied  with  the  cs   before  the  committee.  She                                                                    
reference a  support letter in  member's packets  that spoke                                                                    
to any  financial concerns held  by the committee.  (copy on                                                                    
file).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HB  254  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon announced that  amendments for any of the                                                                    
bills heard during the meeting were due by 4PM.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 156(EDC) am                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  relating to the  duties of the State  Board of                                                                    
     Education  and  Early  Development, the  Department  of                                                                    
     Education  and Early  Development,  school boards,  and                                                                    
     school districts; relating  to public school curriculum                                                                    
     and  assessments; relating  to compliance  with federal                                                                    
     education    laws;    relating   to    public    school                                                                    
     accountability;  relating  to  a  statewide  assessment                                                                    
     plan and review of  education laws and regulations; and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:20:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WES KELLER,  SPONSOR,  relayed  that he  was                                                                    
available to walk through the bill and answer questions.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:21:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon queried  the intent  of the  legislation                                                                    
and requested a sectional analysis.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:21:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller explained that  the bill would provide                                                                    
a two year break in  standardized testing, which would allow                                                                    
the State  Board of  Education to  review the  assessment of                                                                    
the  states and  Title 14,  in  light of  the Every  Student                                                                    
Shall  Succeed Act.  He note  that other  states had  passes                                                                    
similar legislation.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:23:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller outlined  the Sectional Analysis (copy                                                                    
on file):                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1.  Requires  local  school  boards  to  adopt                                                                  
     policies  allowing parents  to withdraw  their children                                                                    
     from any  activity, class, program,  or standards-based                                                                    
     assessment required  by the state  to which  the parent                                                                    
     objects.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2.  Exempts curricula and materials  for sexual                                                                  
     abuse  and  sexual  assault  awareness  and  prevention                                                                    
     training and  for dating  violence and  abuse awareness                                                                    
     and prevention  training from the definition  of 'human                                                                    
     reproduction or sexual matters."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:23:53 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:27:14 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:27:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Keller continued  to  address the  sectional                                                                    
analysis:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section  3. Requires  the Department  of Education  and                                                                  
     Early  Development   (the  department)  to   include  a                                                                    
     performance  designation for  the  state public  school                                                                    
     system in  its annual report entitled  "Alaska's Public                                                                    
     Schools: A Report Card to the Public."                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section  4.  Requires  the department  to  inform  each                                                                  
     school   district   of  the   performance   designation                                                                    
     assigned to the state public school system.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section   5.  Requires   the   process  for   assigning                                                                  
     performance  designations to  include  a comparison  of                                                                    
     the  state public  school system  to public  schools in                                                                    
     other states.  Section 5 also removes  the department's                                                                    
     obligation to  implement measures necessary  to conform                                                                    
     to federal law in  providing for the student assessment                                                                    
     system   and   process    for   assigning   performance                                                                    
     designations under AS 14.03.123.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6. Requires improvement  plans for schools with                                                                  
     low performance  designations to include  measures that                                                                    
     increase  local  control   of  education  and  parental                                                                    
     choice and  that do  not require  a direct  increase in                                                                    
     state or federal funding for the school or district.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section  7.  Modifies   the  criteria  for  recognizing                                                                  
     schools that receive a  high performance designation to                                                                    
     require  that  the  school demonstrate  an  improvement                                                                    
     over  the  school's  performance  designation  for  the                                                                    
     previous year.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Section 8.  Removes the requirement for  the department                                                                  
     to  implement 20  U.S.C. 6301  -  7941 (Elementary  and                                                                    
     Secondary  Education Act  of 1965,  as amended)  in the                                                                    
     accountability   system  for   schools  and   districts                                                                    
     required  under  AS  14.03.   123(f).  Section  8  also                                                                    
     requires the  department to select  student assessments                                                                    
     with the input of teachers and school administrators.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:30:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked if the exemption  from federal law                                                                    
in Section 8  could result in the loss  of federal education                                                                    
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  replied that the bill  did not exempt                                                                    
the state from  federal law, but took out  language that the                                                                    
state  would implement  federal law.  He said  that the  law                                                                    
would not  be implemented  without public  policy discussion                                                                    
with  the legislature.  He stressed  that the  bill did  not                                                                    
exempt the state from federal law.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:31:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller looked at Section 10:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section  10.   Adds  a  new  section   prohibiting  the                                                                  
     department from  requiring a school district  or school                                                                    
     to  administer a  statewide standards-based  assessment                                                                    
     after July 1,  2017, and before July  1, 2019. Requires                                                                    
     the  department  to create  a  plan  for developing  or                                                                    
     selecting  statewide assessments  that are  approved by                                                                    
     school districts  for administration no later  than the                                                                    
     school year beginning in  2020. Requires the department                                                                    
     to  submit a  report to  the legislature  on or  before                                                                    
     January  1, 2018,  describing the  assessment plan  and                                                                    
     making  recommendations for  changes in  education laws                                                                    
     or  regulations  that   would  allow  school  districts                                                                    
     greater control  over education policy in  light of the                                                                    
     enactment of the Every Student  Succeeds Act, P.L. 114-                                                                    
     95.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section   11.  Amends   AS   14.08.111   to  remove   a                                                                  
     requirement   to   establish  procedures   for   crisis                                                                    
     intervention  training  under  AS  14.33.127  from  the                                                                    
     duties of regional school boards.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section  12.  Amends  AS 14.08.111,  as  amended  by  a                                                                  
     session  law,  to  remove a  requirement  to  establish                                                                    
     procedures  for crisis  intervention training  under AS                                                                    
     14.33.127 from the duties of regional school boards.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section   13.  Amends   AS   14.14.090   to  remove   a                                                                  
     requirement   to   establish  procedures   for   crisis                                                                    
     intervention  training  under  AS  14.33.127  from  the                                                                    
     duties of school boards.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section  14.  Amends  AS 14.08.111,  as  amended  by  a                                                                  
     session  law,  to  remove a  requirement  to  establish                                                                    
     procedures  for crisis  intervention training  under AS                                                                    
     14.33,127 from the duties of school boards.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section   15.  Amends   AS   14.16.020   to  remove   a                                                                  
     requirement   to   establish  procedures   for   crisis                                                                    
     intervention  training  under  AS  14.33.127  from  the                                                                    
     duties of regional school boards.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section  16.  Amends  AS 14.16.020,  as  amended  by  a                                                                  
     session  law,  to  remove a  requirement  to  establish                                                                    
     procedures  for crisis  intervention training  under AS                                                                    
     14.33.127 from the duties of regional school boards.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:33:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon requested further clarification on                                                                           
sections 11 through 16.                                                                                                         
8:33:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  responded that the sections  began on                                                                    
Page 8, line 27 of the  bill. He noted that the only changes                                                                    
to  the  sections  was  the deletion  of  the  reference  to                                                                    
require crisis training.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:34:39 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:35:11 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:35:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller continued to read from the sectional                                                                      
analysis:                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section   17.  Allows   school  districts   to  require                                                                  
     physical  examinations of  teachers, but  provides that                                                                    
     school  districts  are  not required  to  pay  for  the                                                                    
     physical examinations.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section  18. Adds  a new  section  providing that  only                                                                  
     certified teachers may teach  classes in sex education,                                                                    
     and  that curriculum  and materials  for sex  education                                                                    
     classes  must  be  approved by  the  school  board  and                                                                    
     available for parents to review.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section  19. Amends  AS 14.30.362,  added by  a session                                                                  
     law, to  provide that suicide awareness  and prevention                                                                    
     training   must   be    provided   to   each   teacher,                                                                    
     administrator,   counselor,  and   specialist  who   is                                                                    
     employed by  the district or the  department to provide                                                                    
     services to students.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section   20.   Amends   AS  36.30.850(b)   to   exempt                                                                  
     department contracts  for student assessments  from the                                                                    
     state procurement code.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section  21. Repeals  AS  14.17.520,  which relates  to                                                                  
     minimum expenditure for instruction.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 22. Repeals  AS 14.07.175, added by  sec. 10 of                                                                  
     the bill, on July 1, 2020.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 23.  Repeals sec. 4,  ch. 2, SSSLA  2015, which                                                                  
     amended AS 14.03.110(a),  relating to questionnaires or                                                                    
     surveys administered in schools.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section 24. Allows the  department to adopt regulations                                                                  
     necessary to implement the Act.                                                                                            
     The  regulations   may  not  take  effect   before  the                                                                    
     effective   date  of   the  law   implemented  by   the                                                                    
     regulations,                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Section 25.  Provides an  immediate effective  date for                                                                  
     sec. 24 of the bill.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Section 26.  Provides that sections  12, 14, and  16 of                                                                  
     the bill take effect on  the effective date of sec. 14,                                                                    
     ch. 2, SSSLA 2015.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 27. Provides that section  19 of the bill takes                                                                  
     effective date of sec. 15, ch. 2,                                                                                          
     SSSLA 2015.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section 28. Provides  that section 2 of  the bill takes                                                                  
     effect on June 30, 2017.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section  29. Provides  that the  remainder of  the bill                                                                  
     takes effect July 1, 2017.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:38:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked whether there  were guidelines  for who                                                                    
could conduct physical exams on teachers.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Keller replied  in the  negative, and  added                                                                    
that all that  bill addressed was that  local districts were                                                                    
allowed to require a physical.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  wondered whether a  health aid  could perform                                                                    
the physical exam on a teacher  if a doctor were not readily                                                                    
available.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller said that he did not know.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson spoke  to section 18. He testified  that, as a                                                                    
healthcare  professional traveling  in rural  areas, he  had                                                                    
been asked to provide sex  education to schools. He asserted                                                                    
that healthcare  professionals have  a knowledge  of anatomy                                                                    
and  sexually transmitted  diseases that  was beneficial  to                                                                    
young people. He asked whether  he would be able to continue                                                                    
the practice under the legislation.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller expected that  an amendment would soon                                                                    
be offered that  would speak to the issue.  He asserted that                                                                    
the intent  of the legislation  was to ensure  that teachers                                                                    
teaching sexual  education were certified,  and not  to harm                                                                    
the "process happening in rural Alaska."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  withdrew her  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:40:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon revealed  that there  were 2  amendments                                                                    
ready to be introduced to the committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:41:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment 1, 29-LS0566\T.1,                                                                    
Glover, 4/14/16 (copy on file):                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Pagel6, line l0:                                                                                                           
          Delete "AS 14.20.020"                                                                                                 
          Insert "AS 14.20"                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 16, following line 17:                                                                                                
          Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                    
     " *Sec. 19. AS 14.30.361, enacted by sec. 18 of this                                                                     
    Act, is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                                                         
          (c) The requirements under (a) of this section do                                                                     
          not apply to                                                                                                          
               (1)   sexual   abuse   and   sexual   assault                                                                    
               awareness and prevention training required                                                                       
               under AS 14.30.355; or                                                                                           
               (2) dating violence and abuse awareness and                                                                      
               prevention   training   required   under   AS                                                                    
               14.30.356."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Pagel7, line6:                                                                                                             
          Delete "Section 24"                                                                                                   
          Insert "Section 25"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Pagel7, line9:                                                                                                             
          Delete "Section 19"                                                                                                   
          Insert "Section 20"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Pagel7, line ll:                                                                                                           
          Delete "Section 2 of this Act takes"                                                                                  
          Insert "Sections 2 and 19 of this Act take"                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Pagel7, line l2:                                                                                                           
          Delete "sees. 25 - 28"                                                                                                
          Insert "sees. 26 - 29"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for the purpose of discussion.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:41:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTA  MCDONALD, STAFF,  SENATOR MIKE  DUNLEAVY, spoke  to                                                                    
Amendment 1. The  amendment would change AS  14.20.020 to AS                                                                    
14.20,  this  would extend  the  definition  of a  certified                                                                    
teacher  to include  a  certified  school counselor,  school                                                                    
nurse, or  school phycologist. The amendment  would insert a                                                                    
new subsection into AS 14.33.61,  and would clarify that the                                                                    
requirements  under the  Section  18 did  not  apply to  the                                                                    
sexual  abuse and  sexual assault  awareness and  prevention                                                                    
training,  or the  dating violence  and abuse  awareness and                                                                    
prevention   training  required   under   the  Alaska   Safe                                                                    
Children's Act.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:42:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy   interjected  that  the  intent   was  to                                                                    
separate  sexual abuse  education from  sexuality education;                                                                    
to redefine who could teach sexual education.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:42:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  wondered  whether  crisis  intervention                                                                    
would  be affected  by separating  sex education  and sexual                                                                    
violence education.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy replied that it  was not the intent to deny                                                                    
students crisis  intervention education, he  reiterated that                                                                    
the  focus  of  the  amendment was  to  view  sex  education                                                                    
through a different lens than sexual assault education.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:44:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon said  she would  submit her  concerns to                                                                    
Legislative Legal Division.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:44:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson expressed  concern that  he, as  a healthcare                                                                    
professional, would be unable to  teach youth in small rural                                                                    
communities about sex education.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Dunleavy  replied   that   the  current   language                                                                    
specified  that  only  certified teachers  could  teach  sex                                                                    
education in  schools. He felt  that Senator Olson  raised a                                                                    
good question.  He reiterated  that the  goal was  to ensure                                                                    
that  anything  and everything  that  was  happening in  the                                                                    
classroom  regarding  sex education  had  been  vetted by  a                                                                    
school board, materials had been  adopted by a school board,                                                                    
the  public  had been  notified,  and  that there  were  "no                                                                    
surprises" as to what was being taught in the classes.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:46:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  informed the committee that  people were                                                                    
waiting to testify on the bill.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:46:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  supported curriculum that  was reviewed                                                                    
by  the  school  board.  He   believed  that  the  amendment                                                                    
provided for parental  input. He said that he  was trying to                                                                    
understand  the  best  way  to limit  who  could  teach  the                                                                    
course.  He spoke  to SB  89, which  he supported,  and also                                                                    
supported the amendment.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:48:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  WITHDREW the  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:48:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MOVED to  ADOPT Amendment 2,  29-LS0566\T.2, Mischel\Glover,                                                                    
4/14/16(copy on file):                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 8, line 9, following "contrary,":                                                                                     
          Insert "and except as provided in (d) of this                                                                         
          section,"                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 8, following line 25:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                      
               "(d)  The department  shall require  a school                                                                    
               district or school  to administer a statewide                                                                    
               standards-based  assessment   after  July  1,                                                                    
               2016, and before July 1,  2018, if the United                                                                    
               States   Department  of   Education  provides                                                                    
               notice that  the United States  Department of                                                                    
               Education  intends  to   withhold  all  or  a                                                                    
               portion  of  the  state's  federal  education                                                                    
               funding  as  a  result  of  the  department's                                                                    
               compliance with (a) - (c) of this section."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Reletter the following subsection accordingly.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for the purpose of discussion.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:49:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Keller   explained  that  he  had   been  in                                                                    
telephonic discussions with the  United States Department of                                                                    
Education in  order to understand any  consequences for non-                                                                    
compliance with  federal law. He shared  that the department                                                                    
had listed  potential funds  that could  be withheld  if the                                                                    
state failed  to comply with  federal law. He said  that the                                                                    
federal  government would  assess whether  or not  the state                                                                    
was in  compliance, which would  lead to negotiations  as to                                                                    
how to handle the situation. He  said that the bill aimed to                                                                    
improve the  testing program,  which the  federal government                                                                    
supported.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:51:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy interjected  that  the federal  government                                                                    
had  never  been clear  of  potential  sanctions that  would                                                                    
apply  to  the  state  if  it   were  found  to  be  out  of                                                                    
compliance.  He spoke  to the  failure  of recent  statewide                                                                    
standardized tests, which had been  the fault of the vendor.                                                                    
He  believed that  the  amendment  would alleviate  concerns                                                                    
that the state was  rebelling against the federal government                                                                    
in terms of education.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:53:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  noted  that   there  were  30  Alaskans                                                                    
currently waiting to testify on the issue.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:53:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop  felt that the  amendment would  pressure the                                                                    
state to procure a test quickly.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:53:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  replied that the amendment  was a way                                                                    
to  ensure that  the state  did not  lose federal  funds for                                                                    
non-compliance.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   MacKinnon   Co-Chair   MacKinnon   WITHDREW   the                                                                    
OBJECTION.  There  being  NO   OBJECTION,  Amendment  2  was                                                                    
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:55:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LORA  REINBOLD,   CO-SPONSOR  OF  THE  BILL,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  testified  in  support   of  the  legislation.  She                                                                    
asserted that the Alaska Measures  of Progress (AMP) testing                                                                    
had been a debacle. She  said that the assessments had never                                                                    
proven  to  be fair,  valid  or  reliable. She  opined  that                                                                    
school   districts  had   been  held   accountable  to   the                                                                    
assessments. She  opined that the  tests were  expensive and                                                                    
wasted classroom time.  She relayed that that  the tests not                                                                    
lead  to improvement  in class  room teaching.  She revealed                                                                    
that  Section 2  was  her  favorite part  of  the bill.  She                                                                    
offered  several  examples  of  the  stymieing  of  parental                                                                    
rights by schools across the state.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:58:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Reinbold spoke in opposition to Amendment 2.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:59:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HENRY  SCHILDBACH,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  strong opposition to  HB 156. He  relayed that                                                                    
he was a member of a  group that was trained in working with                                                                    
other teens  on topics ranging from  sexual and reproductive                                                                    
health to  healthy relationships. He  said that the  goal of                                                                    
the education  was prevention,  and highlighted  that Alaska                                                                    
had  no standardized  sexual  health  education. He  relayed                                                                    
that  less  than  one-fourth   of  Alaska's  schools  taught                                                                    
recommended HIV, STD, and pregnancy  prevention in the 2013-                                                                    
2014  school year.  He  stated that  Alaska  ranked 47th  in                                                                    
sexual health  education in the  country, while  ranking 1st                                                                    
in  cases  of chlamydia  and  teen  pregnancy. He  expressed                                                                    
disappointment     with  the portions of the bill that would                                                                    
intentionally  target Planned  Parenthood. He  asserted that                                                                    
studies  had  consistently   shown  that  comprehensive  sex                                                                    
education,  like  the  kind  offered  by  Teen  Council  and                                                                    
Planned Parenthood, was effective  in the reduction of STDs,                                                                    
delaying  the  start  of sexual  activity,  and  lower  teen                                                                    
pregnancy  rates.   He  argued  that  teachers   and  school                                                                    
districts relied on Planned Parenthood,  as well as doctors,                                                                    
nurses,  and other  community members,  who would  be banned                                                                    
from entering  schools to teach  anything related  to sexual                                                                    
education,  human  reproduction,   or  human  sexuality.  He                                                                    
furthered that  resources such as Standing  Together Against                                                                    
Rape (STAR) and Abused Women  Aid In Crisis (AWAIC) would be                                                                    
banned  from entering  schools  and  providing knowledge  to                                                                    
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:02:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICAH   PERINO,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in opposition  of the  legislation. He  felt that                                                                    
the  bill   would  eliminate  the  possibility   of  certain                                                                    
organizations  to visit  and teach  in  schools. He  relayed                                                                    
that students  needed access to organizations  that provided                                                                    
awareness for  matters related to human  sexuality and abuse                                                                    
and that could offer help,  safety, and security. He pointed                                                                    
out to the committee that  the certified teachers in schools                                                                    
had enough work with their  annual lessons and should not be                                                                    
burdened  with creating  a sexual  education curriculum.  He                                                                    
felt that requiring teachers to  teach on subjects that they                                                                    
were not  experts on  would result  in the  dissemination of                                                                    
inaccurate information, which could  lead to higher rates of                                                                    
STIs, STDs, teen pregnancy, teen abortion, and suicide.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:03:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAMANTHA  SAVAGE,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  against the  legislation.  She expressed  frustration                                                                    
that the legislature was ignoring  the will of the people of                                                                    
Alaska  by  continuing push  the  agenda  of  SB 89,  as  an                                                                    
amendment in HB 156. She  voiced concern for Section 18, and                                                                    
Amendment 1. She believed that  the amendment would restrict                                                                    
access  to  sexual education  by  making  it impossible  for                                                                    
anyone qualified in  the field to teach  classes in schools.                                                                    
She noted that high  rates of sexually transmitted diseases,                                                                    
teen  pregnancy, and  intimate partner  violence and  sexual                                                                    
assault.  She  asserted that  the  bill  would put  barriers                                                                    
between students and the education  that they needed to make                                                                    
safe  decisions.  She  believed   that  sexual  assault  and                                                                    
intimate   partner   violence    was   not   separate   from                                                                    
reproductive  health,   and  that  Planned   Parenthood  was                                                                    
particularly  targeted  by  the bill.  She  reiterated  that                                                                    
Alaska  led the  nation in  preventable reproductive  health                                                                    
issues,  and   that  students  deserved   comprehensive  and                                                                    
medically accurate sex education, from experts.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:06:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAMELA SAMASH,  SELF, NENANA (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of  the legislation.  She expressed her  concern for                                                                    
dwindling parental  rights in  the state.  She felt  that if                                                                    
the government did  not care about parental  rights then she                                                                    
should remove her daughters from public school.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:08:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA  GRAY, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in opposition to the legislation.  She shared that she was a                                                                    
registered  nurse, trained  as  an  educator. She  contended                                                                    
that trained  healthcare providers  were the  most qualified                                                                    
people  to  teach  sexual   and  reproductive  education  in                                                                    
schools.  She  said  that   all  healthcare  providers  were                                                                    
trained  as educators  and that  education  was in  integral                                                                    
part  of the  protection and  improvement of  the health  of                                                                    
patients.   She  felt   that  it   was  foolish   to  reduce                                                                    
educational  resources available  to students,  particularly                                                                    
during the  current fiscal climate, and  especially in rural                                                                    
communities. She offered several  statistics from the Center                                                                    
for  Disease  Control's  2015  Alaska  Health  Profile.  She                                                                    
charged  the committee  to oppose  the  legislation and  the                                                                    
associated amendments.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:10:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLINE  STORM,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified against  the bill. She echoed  previous opposition                                                                    
to the legislation. She warned  that failure to meet federal                                                                    
standardized testing  requirements could  jeopardize federal                                                                    
funding  for  education  in the  state.  She  stressed  that                                                                    
limiting who was  allowed to provide education  was a direct                                                                    
attack  on the  health and  safety  of young  adults in  the                                                                    
state who  did not  have the  luxury of  a loving  family to                                                                    
guide them.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:12:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELISE  BOYER,   SELF,  HOMER  (via   teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  the bill,  particularly Section  18. She  felt that                                                                    
knowledge would prepare young people  to enter into the work                                                                    
as functional adults.  She spoke to the  peer health program                                                                    
in   her  town,   which  provided   students  with   factual                                                                    
information in a safe environment.  She relayed that parents                                                                    
already  reserved the  right to  remove their  children from                                                                    
sexual education classes.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:14:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY   LOU  KELSEY,   SELF,   HOMER  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against HB  156  as amended  in  Section 18,  and                                                                    
Amendment 1.  She said that  she had taught  human sexuality                                                                    
and reproductive  health in middle school,  high school, and                                                                    
at the  local fire hall,  and was  her area of  practice and                                                                    
expertise.  She  felt that  the  information  she taught  to                                                                    
students  was lifesaving.  She  expressed  concern that  the                                                                    
Amendment  would  ban   reproductive  health  professionals,                                                                    
local   peer   educators,   and   other   community   health                                                                    
professionals  from educating  young people.  She pled  with                                                                    
the committee  not to use  the excuse of parental  rights to                                                                    
interfere with the  rights of students to  have accurate and                                                                    
complete   information.   She   asked   the   committee   to                                                                    
acknowledge the fact that most  of the state did not support                                                                    
the legislation.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:15:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILY   SPIROSKI,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified against  the legislation. She  reiterated previous                                                                    
testimony  on  the  merits  of   Teen  Council  and  Planned                                                                    
Parenthood,   and   the   importance   that   comprehensive,                                                                    
medically accurate  sexual health education be  available to                                                                    
youth in Alaska.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:17:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN  DEHAVEN,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoked against  the legislation.  She worried that  the bill                                                                    
would  restrict  professionals   such  as  doctors,  nurses,                                                                    
pharmacists, and  Planned Parenthood and other  advocacy and                                                                    
support  groups  from  helping at-risk  teens  and  minority                                                                    
groups  that  needed  assistance.  She  predicted  that  the                                                                    
passage of  HB 156  would lead  to a  rise in  teen suicide,                                                                    
teen pregnancy, and STD rates.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:18:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TANNER   DUNN,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in opposition  of  the  legislation. He  believed                                                                    
that  teens  needed   the  medically  accurate  information,                                                                    
unique  teaching opportunities,  and  support networks  that                                                                    
the bill would restrict.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:19:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEVRY  GARITY,  SELF,   HOMER  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  the  legislation. She  spoke  as  a parent  of  two                                                                    
teenagers and  a pediatric nurse practitioner.  She stressed                                                                    
the importance  of continuing  the programs  offered through                                                                    
peer  educators  teaching  high  quality,  effective  sexual                                                                    
education in  schools. She felt that  promoting health among                                                                    
teens (PHAT)  had been effective.  She contended  that teens                                                                    
turning  toward  their peers  was  one  of the  most  valued                                                                    
resources for guidance. She relayed  that the peer education                                                                    
program was vital  for educating teens to  be healthy guides                                                                    
in  delivering  accurate,  high  quality  information  about                                                                    
topics that could  be life changing. She said  that teens in                                                                    
her  community that  had interfaced  with  the program  were                                                                    
knowledgeable  about health  sexual relationships,  aware of                                                                    
STIs,   and  schooled   in  the   importance  of   pregnancy                                                                    
prevention.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:21:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIM  SMITH,  SELF,  HOMER  (via  teleconference),  testified                                                                    
against  the legislation.  She offered  a brief  overview of                                                                    
her history with  the issue of sexual  health education. She                                                                    
offered that Homer had benefited  from a peer lead, rigorous                                                                    
health education program  in its schools for  over 20 years.                                                                    
She said that the education  in her community was fact bases                                                                    
and  included parental  involvement throughout  the courses.                                                                    
She  asserted that  it was  crucial  that trusted,  educated                                                                    
sources  were  available  to  help  young  people  to  learn                                                                    
healthy decision  making. She argued that  Amendment 1 would                                                                    
literally  shut down  a vital  program  that employed  young                                                                    
people.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:24:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN  SMITH, SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the  legislation. She reiterated  previous testimony                                                                    
that  supported peer  education in  the school  setting. She                                                                    
reminded  the  committee of  the  state's  grim STI,  sexual                                                                    
assault,  and sex  abuse statistics,  and  wondered why  the                                                                    
legislature  would  restrict  communities from  using  local                                                                    
resources   from    providing   information    about   human                                                                    
reproduction  and sexuality,  and health  relationships. She                                                                    
echoed previous testimony that  parents already reserved the                                                                    
option  to opt  out  of any  health  education courses.  She                                                                    
argued  that opposing  abortion should  not lead  to denying                                                                    
high  quality   sexual  education   to  young   people;  she                                                                    
furthered that Senator Dunleavy  opposed abortion, which was                                                                    
why was targeting Planned Parenthood with Amendment 1.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:27:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  EAGAN-LAGERQUIST, SELF,  JUNEAU (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  out in  opposition to  the legislation,  particularly                                                                    
Section 18.  She relayed stories  of past students  that she                                                                    
had watched struggle with issues  related to human sexuality                                                                    
and  sexual abuse.  She asserted  that  the legislation  was                                                                    
misguided, and in the current  fiscal climate it was foolish                                                                    
to  limit the  resources  available to  public schools.  She                                                                    
said that  teachers were  not prepared  to teach  courses on                                                                    
human   sexuality   and   students  were   not   comfortable                                                                    
discussing sexuality with their academic teachers.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:30:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA  MITCHELL,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in strong  opposition  to the  bill. She  worried                                                                    
that  many  children  in  the  state  did  not  have  strong                                                                    
familial support  and were in  need of  comprehensive sexual                                                                    
education.  She  was  thankful that  her  children  had  had                                                                    
access  to  comprehensive  and  accurate  sexual  education,                                                                    
which would help them to  establish health relationships and                                                                    
engage  in respectful,  consensual activities.  She believed                                                                    
that the  state's deplorable STD,  sexual abuse,  and sexual                                                                    
assault  statistics  could  be  lowered  with  comprehensive                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:33:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENNI  PSENAK  LINDEN,  SELF, PALMER  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke against  the legislation. She  believed that  the bill                                                                    
would undermine  the strides that  had been made  to improve                                                                    
education in  the state, while jeopardizing  federal dollars                                                                    
for education.  She contended that  the bill was  an attempt                                                                    
to  dismantle and  academic culture  of inclusivity  and the                                                                    
importance  of  public  education, including  sexual  health                                                                    
education.  She relayed  her  personal  experience of  being                                                                    
taught sex  education by  her gym  teacher while  in school.                                                                    
She opined  that the teacher failed  to discuss reproductive                                                                    
health. She  stated that it  was not possible to  talk about                                                                    
sexual  assault  and  domestic violence  curriculum  without                                                                    
discussing sexual  health. She  asserted that  talking about                                                                    
consent and  healthy relationships was equally  as important                                                                    
as talking about STIs and pregnancy prevention.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:36:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDA FILE, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in opposition to the legislation.  She renounced the bill as                                                                    
anti-  public education  and anti-child.  She believed  that                                                                    
the  issue  Amendment 1  attempted  to  address ignored  the                                                                    
large  public  opposition  to  SB  89.  She  felt  that  the                                                                    
legislation was poorly  constructed and ideologically based,                                                                    
and had no place in  responsible public policy. She believed                                                                    
that the  bill would fail  students and undermine  access to                                                                    
free  and appropriate  public education.  She asserted  that                                                                    
educators  had  always  sought outside  expert  speakers  to                                                                    
enhance classroom learning.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:38:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL FILE, SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
opposition  to the  legislation.  He  expressed concern  for                                                                    
Amendment  1, which  he  deemed unnecessary,  inappropriate,                                                                    
and restrictive  of educator's  rights to  academic freedom.                                                                    
He  explained  that  local   school  districts  already  had                                                                    
mechanisms in  place for  parents and  other members  of the                                                                    
public  to give  input related  to all  curricula, and  that                                                                    
health education,  and sex education  specifically, received                                                                    
the most input.  He added that parents  already reserved the                                                                    
option  to opt  out of  any curricula.  He shared  that many                                                                    
teachers were uncomfortable teaching  the subject matter and                                                                    
often brought in outside experts  to teach sex education. He                                                                    
emphasized that  teachers invited  a myriad  of professional                                                                    
experts   into  the   classroom  to   educate  about   their                                                                    
respective fields.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:40:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ED GRAY, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), spoke in support                                                                    
to the legislation. He spoke  out against Planned Parenthood                                                                    
in  schools.  He  supported  the  suspension  of  assessment                                                                    
testing and  the recognition of parental  rights inherent in                                                                    
the bill.  He championed certified teachers  teaching sexual                                                                    
education in  schools. He  expounded that  the bill  did not                                                                    
prohibit  sex   education,  but   prohibited  "pro-abortion"                                                                    
groups from indoctrinating and sexualizing children.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:43:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAULA TERREL,  SELF, JUNEAU  (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
opposition to  the bill. She  shared that she was  a retired                                                                    
teacher, and  one who would  have been  woefully unqualified                                                                    
to teach sexual education to  her students. She averred that                                                                    
the intent  of the bill  made little  sense and was  a clear                                                                    
attack on  Planned Parenthood. She  declared that  there was                                                                    
no need for  school districts or boards to  be involved, and                                                                    
that the  parental opt-out option was  already in existence.                                                                    
She pointed  out the irony  in railing  against interference                                                                    
on  the  federal  level, while  usurping  local  control  of                                                                    
education.  She  avowed  that  Planned  Parenthood  did  not                                                                    
discuss the issue of abortion  when providing sex education;                                                                    
abortion  was  not part  of  their  presentation. She  urged                                                                    
members  of  the  committee   to  combat  misinformation  by                                                                    
attending a Planned Parenthood presentation in the schools.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:46:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL CLAUSSON, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against the  legislation. She reiterated  previous testimony                                                                    
that   sexual  education   should   be   taught  by   health                                                                    
professionals in schools.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:47:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUDY  ANDREE,  SELF,   JUNEAU  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  the  legislation.  She recalled  testimony  from  a                                                                    
previous  public hearing  on  the hearing  where  a man  had                                                                    
called women, "enticers and entrappers  of men." She alleged                                                                    
that the  bill was an  anti-choice maneuver and was  a "slap                                                                    
in the face"  to women and their health, as  well as being a                                                                    
step  backwards  for  women's  rights.  She  supported  that                                                                    
abortion was a difficult issue,  but defended that the inner                                                                    
thoughts  of  a woman  who  was  faced  with the  choice  of                                                                    
whether  or not  to have  an  abortion, or  the forces  that                                                                    
resulted in the pregnancy, could  not be known. She asserted                                                                    
that because  there was no way  to know what led  a woman to                                                                    
choose abortion,  it was  not right  to ban  an organization                                                                    
that  gave  solace and  understanding  to  women in  a  non-                                                                    
judgmental way  that provided her with  options and choices.                                                                    
She  stressed  that the  conversation  should  be between  a                                                                    
women  and a  healthcare  provider. She  concluded that  all                                                                    
young men and women should be  equip with the tools to avoid                                                                    
an unwanted pregnancy.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:50:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSON  CURREY,  PLANNED   PARENTHOOD  VOTES  NORTHWEST  AND                                                                    
HAWAII,  JUNEAU  (via  teleconference),  spoke  against  the                                                                    
legislation.  She reminded  the committee  that Alaska  fell                                                                    
far behind in the area  of public health. She contended that                                                                    
the  sexual  health  education  that  students  received  in                                                                    
public schools  by traditional,  certified teachers  was not                                                                    
proving  successful. She  explained that  in the  last year,                                                                    
less than  a quarter of  Alaska's schools taught all  of the                                                                    
recommended HIV,  STD, and  pregnancy prevention  topics and                                                                    
required courses.  She relayed  that today's  youth received                                                                    
less  formal sex  education than  15 years  ago, a  standard                                                                    
that was creating more  barriers to comprehensive, medically                                                                    
accurate  information.  She  reiterated  previous  testimony                                                                    
that  public   schools  rely  on  all   community  resources                                                                    
available  to them  during the  current fiscal  climate. She                                                                    
stated  that Planned  Parenthood was  a community  resources                                                                    
that schools depended  on and opined this  fourth attempt by                                                                    
the legislature to keep Planned  Parenthood educators out of                                                                    
schools. She pointed out to  the committee that other school                                                                    
subjects were  allowed to  invite outside  instructors, with                                                                    
no  teaching certificates,  to  supplement  learning in  the                                                                    
classroom, sex  education had been  singled out  and treated                                                                    
differently  without  evidence  based reason.  She  declared                                                                    
that Amendment 1  did nothing to improve  public health, did                                                                    
not increase  access to quality  sex education, and  did not                                                                    
help  already financially  struggling school  districts. She                                                                    
concluded that  Planned Parenthood was committed  to working                                                                    
together with  community partners,  and the  legislature, to                                                                    
endure  that Alaska's  youth had  access to  the information                                                                    
and resources needed to stay healthy and safe.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:52:48 AM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair  MacKinnon  clarified that  the  cs  that had  been                                                                    
introduced  at   the  beginning  of  the   meeting  did  not                                                                    
currently  include  Amendment  1, which  the  committee  had                                                                    
adopted. Another  cs would be drafted  that incorporated the                                                                    
amendment  and  that version  would  be  brought before  the                                                                    
committee at the next bill hearing.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:53:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BUTCH  MOORE, SELF,  BIG  LAKE  (via teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the  legislation. He contended that  the legislation                                                                    
was a rewrite of SB 89. He  said that he did not support the                                                                    
intent  of the  bill on  the  issue of  parental consent  or                                                                    
assessment  testing. He  thought that  the possible  loss of                                                                    
federal funds  for education  was too much  of a  gamble. He                                                                    
thought  that   the  bill,  as  amended,   would  limit  the                                                                    
education available to youth.  He agreed that core curricula                                                                    
should  be  taught  by  certified  teachers,  but  that  not                                                                    
everyone  with  a teaching  degree  was  qualified to  teach                                                                    
sexual  education. He  said that  students would  appreciate                                                                    
being  taught  sexual  education by  a  health  professional                                                                    
rather than a school teacher.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:57:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIRK  WHITE, PHARMACIST,  SITKA (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against  the legislation.  He testified  that he  had helped                                                                    
with health classes in Sitka  public schools. He opined that                                                                    
the  legislation  would  restrict   him  from  bringing  his                                                                    
expertise into  the schools. He  relayed that he  had always                                                                    
worked  in tandem  with certified  teachers  and only  while                                                                    
teachers were  present in the  classroom. He stated  that in                                                                    
rural areas a nurse or a  pharmacist could be the best local                                                                    
resource for correct and  accurate medical information about                                                                    
medications and the human body.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Vice-Chair Micciche.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:59:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NEES,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of the legislation. He  believed that the bill would                                                                    
bring the  state in  line with  the other  33 states  in the                                                                    
nation that  required HIV/AIDS instruction  and the  24 that                                                                    
required public school sexual education.                                                                                        
Vice-Chair Micciche handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:01:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  KOESTER, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
opposition to the legislation. He  shared that he had taught                                                                    
sexual health in a rural  village near Homer within the last                                                                    
24 hours. He believed that  parent's rights was an important                                                                    
part of sex  education. He said that  he instructed students                                                                    
to look to their parents  to get information on reproductive                                                                    
health and  healthy relationships. He lamented  that not all                                                                    
students had a  healthy home environments. He  added that he                                                                    
gave  classes  for  parents  to learn  how  to  teach  their                                                                    
children in a  way that they felt comfortable  with. He said                                                                    
that  not allowing  peer  educators to  teach  in the  Kenai                                                                    
Peninsula would be devastating to the communities.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:04:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA   CLER,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified against the  legislation, specifically Amendment 1                                                                    
and Section  18. She said that  there was already a  lack of                                                                    
access to  comprehensive, medically accurate,  sexual health                                                                    
education  in the  state.  She relayed  that  Alaska had  no                                                                    
state  standards for  sexual health  education,  yet had  an                                                                    
epidemic  of sexually  transmitted  infections, the  highest                                                                    
rate  of reported  rape  in the  country,  and incidents  of                                                                    
child  sexual  assault  rape  were   6  times  the  national                                                                    
average. She  felt that  she would  have benefited  from the                                                                    
type of education provided  by Planned Parenthood concerning                                                                    
prevention, consent,  and healthy relationships.  She stated                                                                    
that at a time when  the state's education system was facing                                                                    
unprecedented budget cuts districts  should be encouraged to                                                                    
use  every  resource  available  to  educate  students,  and                                                                    
should not be limited in options for local programming.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:06:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ERIC  GLATT, ATTORNEY,  AMERICAN  CIVIL  LIBERTIES UNION  OF                                                                    
ALASKA,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),   spoke  against                                                                    
Section 18  of the legislation.  He said that Section  18 of                                                                    
the bill  would be  constitutionally problematic  because it                                                                    
would empower  school administrators to regulate  the speech                                                                    
of Alaska's students  in violation of both  the Alaska State                                                                    
Constitution and  the Constitution of the  United States. He                                                                    
said that the  intent of Section 18 was  school control over                                                                    
what material  student could and  could not share  with each                                                                    
other  in  school  when  the  materials  related  to  sexual                                                                    
education,  which  was  an  unconstitutional  regulation  of                                                                    
speech. He believed that litigation,  which would be of cost                                                                    
to  the  state,   could  be  avoided  by   not  passing  the                                                                    
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:08:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy  felt that  there were  many misconceptions                                                                    
and  fallacies reflected  within  the  public testimony.  He                                                                    
argued  that the  Division of  Legislative Legal  had vetted                                                                    
the section and had  found no constitutional infractions. He                                                                    
contended that the state was  within its rights to legislate                                                                    
certificate requirements  and qualifications for  those that                                                                    
taught in the state.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:08:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM  DEATON, SELF,  CORDOVA (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support of  the  legislation. He  expressed support  for                                                                    
parental rights.  He opined  the connection  between Planned                                                                    
Parenthood and legally accessible  abortion. He claimed that                                                                    
Planned  Parenthood performed  902  abortions,  per day,  in                                                                    
2009.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:10:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  COONS, SELF,  PALMER  (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
support  of  the  legislation.   He  believed  that  Planned                                                                    
Parenthood  teaching  sexual  health curriculum  in  schools                                                                    
would  lead   to  the   "liberalization"  of   students  and                                                                    
teachers. He warned that  Planned Parenthood taught students                                                                    
to  be tolerant  of "abhorrent"  sexual practices,  such as,                                                                    
bestiality, homosexuality, and cross-dressing.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:12:39 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ARLENE  RONDA,  SELF,   HOMER  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the  proposed Section 18.  She said  that experience                                                                    
had shown  her that  parents were granted  significant input                                                                    
into  school  curriculum.  She  stressed  that  parents  had                                                                    
always  maintained  an  opt-out option  for  any  curriculum                                                                    
offered in  Alaska's schools. She expressed  concern for the                                                                    
restrictive  nature  of  Section  18.  She  echoed  previous                                                                    
testimony in opposition to the legislation.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:14:33 AM                                                                                                                   
TERRIE  GOTTSTEIN,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke against  the current version  of the  legislation. She                                                                    
reiterated  previous testimony  in opposition  of the  bill.                                                                    
She  felt  that  restricting access  to  medically  accurate                                                                    
sexual health  information, in light of  Alaska's staggering                                                                    
STI  statistics,  was  irresponsible.  She  categorized  the                                                                    
amendment  by  Senator  Dunleavy as  playing  politics  with                                                                    
children's education. She believed  that bill of this nature                                                                    
were  meant  to  be  a diversion  from  the  state's  fiscal                                                                    
crisis.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Zoey  Story,  Self,  Homer (via  teleconference),  testified                                                                    
that  she had  taught  sexual health  education and  healthy                                                                    
relationship classes as a peer  educator in high school. She                                                                    
spoke out against the legislation.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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WILLIE  LEWIS, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against Amendment 1 and Section  18. He opined the influence                                                                    
of the Tea Party in Alaska.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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PETE  HOEPFNER,   CORDOVA  SCHOOL  DISTRICT,   CORDOVA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke against  the bill.  He stressed  the                                                                    
need for community partners in educating students.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:23:39 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ALYSE  GALVIN, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  opposition to  the legislation.  She  said her  children                                                                    
were  currently  learning  sex   education  from  a  Planned                                                                    
Parenthood  educator.  She  believed  that  better  educated                                                                    
students  made  informed  decisions. She  urged  those  that                                                                    
supported  the  legislation  to spend  some  time  in  their                                                                    
children's schools.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:26:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SETA  KABARANIAN,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in opposition  to the  bill. She  said that  many                                                                    
cultures  present  in the  state  did  not feel  comfortable                                                                    
discussing sexual matters in the  home, which was why sexual                                                                    
education in schools was necessary.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:27:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANGIE   HUTCHINSON,  SELF,   MAT-SU  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of the  legislation. She spoke in favor                                                                    
of parents rights.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:30:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAUL  D.  KENDALL,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  support and  opposition  of  the legislation.  He                                                                    
believed that  a "Women's Agency" should  be established and                                                                    
that  males  and  females   should  have  segregated  sexual                                                                    
education  classes.  He expressed  a  fear  of the  "tearing                                                                    
apart  of the  patriarchal  rule." He  asserted that  "young                                                                    
males  and  females"  were  being  "gender  neutralized"  by                                                                    
school districts.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:34:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
APRIL SMITH,  SELF, NORTH  POLE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of the  legislation, but encouraged the committee                                                                    
to remove Section 18. She  thought that removing the section                                                                    
would  allow  for  the  bill  to  pass.  She  advocated  for                                                                    
parental rights.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:35:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JANET PASTERNAK,  ALASKA NURSES ASSOCIATION,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  against  the  legislation.  She                                                                    
asserted that  children who did not  receive adequate sexual                                                                    
education  in  school grew  up  to  be ignorant  adults  who                                                                    
relied  on the  state  to manage  their  sexual health.  She                                                                    
argued that  limiting access to  information would  cost the                                                                    
state money.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:38:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DONNA  BERAN,   SELF,  HOMER  (via   teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the  legislation. She reiterated  previous testimony                                                                    
in  apposition  to  the  bill.  She  believed  in  providing                                                                    
education  to  children  from  a  young  age  would  benefit                                                                    
because perpetrators  were often  victims of  sexual assault                                                                    
as young children.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:41:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TIM ROBINSON, SELF,  WASILLA (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
against the bill, and provided  a sarcastic testimony themed                                                                    
on government overreach.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:42:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CAROLINE  AHRENS,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against  the  current  legislation,  specifically                                                                    
Section  18.  She  opined that  funding  for  education  was                                                                    
limited.  She  contended  that  parental  rights  should  be                                                                    
satisfied with  the availability to opt-out  of classes. She                                                                    
spoke of  the merits  of having Planned  Parenthood teaching                                                                    
in schools.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:46:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KATE   FINN,  SELF,   ANCHOR  POINT   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against  Section  18   of  the  legislation.  She                                                                    
reiterated previous  testimony that parents already  had the                                                                    
opt-out option.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 156(FIN)am was HEARD and  HELD in committee for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:49:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:49 a.m.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 156 Public Testimony Schrader.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Please oppose Powers.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 41 SCSCS HB 41 (FIN) ver S.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 41
HB 137 SCSCS HB 137 (FIN) ver T.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 254 SCSHB 254 (FIN) ver W.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 254
HB 41 Sectional Analysis (SFIN).pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 41
HB 156 Amendment 1 Dunleavy.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Amendment 2 Dunleavy.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Saxton-Opatz.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter LaFrance.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Public Testimony Deaton.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Amendment 2 Dunleavy.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Sectional Analysis Version T.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Amendment 1 Dunleavy.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Vasquez.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Gregory.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Schwartz.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Public Testimony Bonner.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Groves.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Schallert.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Hodson.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 SCSCS HB 156 (FIN) ver R.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 156 Opposition Letter Juneau Youth Services.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 156
HB 137 Support version T KRSA.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 41 Public Testimony Johnson.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 41
HB 41 KRPGA Ltr to Senator MacKinnon.pdf SFIN 4/15/2016 8:00:00 AM
HB 41