Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/18/2020 09:00 AM FINANCE

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09:04:33 AM Start
09:05:43 AM SB154 || HB205
09:05:58 AM Public Testimony: Juneau, Fairbanks, Unalaska, Nome, Bethel, Kotzebue, Utqiagvik, Tok, Delta Junction
10:36:03 AM SB155
10:37:10 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 205 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+= SB 154 APPROP: CAPITAL; SUPP; OTHER APPROP. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
- Juneau, Fairbanks, Unalaska, Nome, Bethel,
Kotzebue, Utqiagvik, Tok, Delta Junction:
Sign Up by 10:15 a.m.
**Please Note: All Public Testimony Will be via
Telephone Only. No In-Person Testimony.
From Juneau: 586-9085, Anchorage: 563-9085
Outside Juneau or Anchorage: 844-586-9085
Written Testimony Will be Accepted at:
finance.committee@akleg.gov
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 155 EXPLORATION & MINING RIGHTS; ANNUAL LABOR TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSSSB 155(RES) Out of Committee
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      March 18, 2020                                                                                            
                         9:04 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:04:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von  Imhof  called the  Senate  Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Natasha von Imhof, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Senator Bert Stedman, Co-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Michael Jeffery,  Self, Utquiaivik; Vikki Jo  Kennedy, Self,                                                                    
Kodiak/Juneau;   Lucy   Nelson,  Mayor,   Northwest   Arctic                                                                    
Borough,   Kotzebue;  Bill   Legere,   KTOO,  Juneau;   Nils                                                                    
Andreassen, Alaska  Municipal League, Juneau;  Jeff Seifert,                                                                    
KBRW, Utqiagvik; Virginia Walsh,  Alaska Network on Domestic                                                                    
Violence  and Sexual  Assault,  Utqiagvik; Eleanor  Saganna,                                                                    
Alaska  Network on  Domestic  Violence  and Sexual  Assault,                                                                    
Utqiagvik;  Valerie  Therrien,  City of  Fairbanks  Council,                                                                    
Fairbanks; Dave  Branding, CEO,  JAMHI Health  and Wellness,                                                                    
Juneau; Bree  Swanson, Maniilaq Association,  Kotzebue; Nate                                                                    
Bauer,  Self, Fairbanks;  Louann McVey,  Self, Juneau;  Mike                                                                    
Schultz, Self, Utqiagvik; Rob  Arnold, Self, Juneau; Addison                                                                    
Turnbough, Presbyterian Hospitality  House, Fairbanks; Lance                                                                    
Johnson,   Norton  Sound   Health  Corporation,   Nome;  Don                                                                    
Habeger,  Community Coordinator,  Juneau Reentry  Coalition,                                                                    
Juneau; William Harrington,  Self, Anchorage; Mark Springer,                                                                    
Self,  Bethel;  Carmen  Lowry, Alaska  Network  on  Domestic                                                                    
Violence  and   Sexual  Assault,  Juneau;   Phil  Daugherty,                                                                    
Executive   Director,  SEAK   Dive  Fisheries   Association,                                                                    
Ketchikan; Charles Mckee,  Self, Anchorage; Cris Eichenlaub,                                                                    
Self,  Eagle  River; Beth  Weldon,  Mayor,  City of  Juneau;                                                                    
Dennis   Robinson,  City   of  Unalaska,   Unalaska;  Jeanne                                                                    
Gerhardt-Cyrus,   Self,   Chiniak;   Joff   Carroll,   Self,                                                                    
Utqiagvik; Carolyn Loeffler, Self, Fairbanks.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
SB 154    APPROP: CAPITAL; SUPP; OTHER APPROP.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 154 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 155    EXPLORATION & MINING RIGHTS; ANNUAL LABOR                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          CSSSSB  155(RES)  was  REPORTED out  of  committee                                                                    
          with  a  "do  pass" recommendation  and  with  one                                                                    
          previously  published   fiscal  impact   note:  FN                                                                    
          1(DNR).                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 205(FIN)(Corrected) am(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                    
          APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 205(FIN) was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                     
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 154                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act   making  appropriations,   including  capital                                                                    
     appropriations,       supplemental      appropriations,                                                                    
     reappropriations,  and   other  appropriations;  making                                                                    
     appropriations to  capitalize funds; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS  FOR HOUSE  BILL NO.  205(FIN)(Corrected) am(brf  sup maj                                                                  
fld)                                                                                                                          
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs;    capitalizing   funds;    making                                                                    
     supplemental  appropriations;  and   providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:05:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC  TESTIMONY:   JUNEAU,  FAIRBANKS,   UNALASKA,  NOME,                                                                  
BETHEL, KOTZEBUE, UTQIAGVIK, TOK, DELTA JUNCTION                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:05:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  JEFFERY,  SELF,  UTQUIAIVIK  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding for  public  broadcasting. He  recognized                                                                    
the difficult  task faced by  the legislature.  He discussed                                                                    
the importance of the local  radio station and the important                                                                    
role it played  in his community. He  discussed functions of                                                                    
public  broadcasting  as  a local  resource  that  broadcast                                                                    
emergency  messages   and  local   culture.  He   noted  his                                                                    
community supported  public television.  He was  involved in                                                                    
local  issues and  supported maintaining  the social  safety                                                                    
net.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:08:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO KENNEDY,  SELF, KODIAK/JUNEAU (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  support of funding  for the Alaska  Marine Highway                                                                    
System (AMHS). She discussed federal  funding for the COVID-                                                                    
19 virus.  She discussed  funds appropriated  for a  road in                                                                    
Kake and thought the money  should be reappropriated for the                                                                    
AMHS. She quoted former Governor  Sarah Palin and called the                                                                    
proposed  Kake road  "a road  to nowhere."  She thanked  the                                                                    
committee staff for their work.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:10:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LUCY NELSON, MAYOR, NORTHWEST  ARCTIC BOROUGH, KOTZEBUE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  favor of  funding  for  Village                                                                    
Public Safety Officers (VPSO) in  rural Alaska.   She stated                                                                    
that the  borough population was at  7,700, scattered across                                                                    
38,000  square   miles,  serving   11  communities   in  the                                                                    
Northwest Arctic.  She discussed transportation in  the area                                                                    
and mentioned  that the area  was in economic  distress. She                                                                    
did  not  support  shifting  costs  to  municipalities.  She                                                                    
lamented that  rural Alaska had  massive issues  with public                                                                    
safety and  law enforcement in its  most remote communities.                                                                    
She  thought  the  state  had  a  two-tier  law  enforcement                                                                    
system.  She did  not think  Alaska State  Troopers were  an                                                                    
effective presence  in rural  Alaska, although  the troopers                                                                    
did good work.  She discussed the importance  of school bond                                                                    
debt  funding. She  informed that  her  community could  not                                                                    
implement new  taxes due to  the economic distress  faced by                                                                    
the  communities.  She  asked   the  committee  to  continue                                                                    
supporting   Community   Assistance  Programs   and   senior                                                                    
assistance.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof  reminded that it was  possible to submit                                                                    
written testimony.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:14:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL  LEGERE, KTOO,  JUNEAU (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
funding for  public broadcasting. He relayed  that the state                                                                    
had supported public broadcasting  long before the oil boom.                                                                    
He appreciated the funding in  the current operating budget.                                                                    
He  encouraged  restoration  of funding  to  FY  19  levels,                                                                    
including funding  for public television. He  thought public                                                                    
television   offered   tremendous   educational   resources,                                                                    
particularly while the state's schools were closed.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:16:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NILS  ANDREASSEN,  ALASKA   MUNICIPAL  LEAGUE,  JUNEAU  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor of funding  school bond                                                                    
debt  reimbursement. He  supported the  action taken  in the                                                                    
supplemental budget. He  supported increasing community jail                                                                    
funding,  full  funding  for  VPSOs,  a  grant  program  for                                                                    
village first responders. He supported  funding for AMHS. He                                                                    
thought the  capital budget must include  funding for school                                                                    
construction    and    major    maintenance    and    public                                                                    
infrastructure  that supports  major  maintenance needs.  He                                                                    
stated that  further communication would be  made concerning                                                                    
community response to Covid-19 needs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:18:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF  SEIFERT, KBRW,  UTQIAGVIK (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support  of  funding  for public  broadcasting.  He  was                                                                    
general  manager of  the local  radio  station. He  detailed                                                                    
that  the station  was providing  information across  a vast                                                                    
area of the  state. The station had struggled  with the loss                                                                    
of state  funding and accompanying  federal funds.  He noted                                                                    
that  public radio  helped  school  districts struggling  to                                                                    
communicate  with  students  that   did  not  have  internet                                                                    
access. He explained  that the station was  working with the                                                                    
school district to keep communities informed.                                                                                   
9:20:14 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIRGINIA  WALSH, ALASKA  NETWORK  ON  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  AND                                                                    
SEXUAL  ASSAULT, UTQIAGVIK  (via teleconference),  supported                                                                    
funding  for the  Council for  Domestic Violence  and Sexual                                                                    
Assault (CDVSA). She  discussed the work of  the council and                                                                    
the essential services provided  to communities and villages                                                                    
on the North Slope.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:21:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELEANOR  SAGANNA, ALASKA  NETWORK ON  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  AND                                                                    
SEXUAL  ASSAULT, UTQIAGVIK  (via teleconference),  supported                                                                    
full funding  for CDVSA  grants. She  expressed appreciation                                                                    
for the committees support for CDVSA programs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof announced the public  testimony schedule                                                                    
for the following day.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:22:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VALERIE THERRIEN, CITY OF  FAIRBANKS COUNCIL, FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
Community Assistance Program.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:23:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE BRANDING,  CEO, JAMHI HEALTH AND  WELLNESS, JUNEAU (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  funding  behavioral                                                                    
health services. He was treasurer  for the Alaska Behavioral                                                                    
Health  Association. He  discussed  the work  of the  Juneau                                                                    
Alliance  for Mental  Health, Inc.  (JAMHI), which  provided                                                                    
services  to  help  people  to live  their  best  lives.  He                                                                    
supported   increased  funding   for  substance   abuse  and                                                                    
behavioral health treatment.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:26:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BREE   SWANSON,   MANIILAQ    ASSOCIATION,   KOTZEBUE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
substance abuse  treatment disorders in the  capital budget.                                                                    
She  shared that  her region  had a  high rate  of substance                                                                    
abuse.  She stated  that mental  health and  substance abuse                                                                    
issue  were  the number  one  priority  for her  region  and                                                                    
lamented  that  currently  there  were  no  substance  abuse                                                                    
facilities  in her  region. She  expressed appreciation  for                                                                    
the work of the committee.                                                                                                      
9:28:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NATE BAUER,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),  pled for                                                                    
continued and increased funding  for public radio and public                                                                    
media.  He spoke  of decreased  funding and  considered that                                                                    
public radio  and public media  was more important  now than                                                                    
ever.  He noted  that the  Fairbanks public  radio had  been                                                                    
working  tirelessly  to  communicate regarding  the  current                                                                    
public  health  emergency.  He believed  that  local  public                                                                    
radio was  the ideal  source of accurate  news over  the air                                                                    
and online.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:29:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LOUANN MCVEY,  SELF, JUNEAU (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
increased funding  for AMHS, which  she likened to  the road                                                                    
system in other  areas of the state.  She urged preservation                                                                    
of funding  for Alaska  Pioneer Homes, senior  services, and                                                                    
VPSOs. She was a retired  teacher. She supported funding for                                                                    
public   broadcasting.  She   supported   funding  for   the                                                                    
University.  She supported  funding for  K-12 education  and                                                                    
Pre-K  education. She  urged  reinstatement  of funding  for                                                                    
school bond  debt reimbursement. She supported  a fair share                                                                    
tax on  oil companies and  the implementation of  a personal                                                                    
income tax.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:31:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  SCHULTZ, SELF,  UTQIAGVIK (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of funding  for public  radio. He  remarked that                                                                    
public radio  was the only source  of reliable communication                                                                    
in his  area. He thought  public radio workers  were already                                                                    
underpaid and  over worked  and were  an essential  piece to                                                                    
life on the North Slope.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:33:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROB  ARNOLD, SELF,  JUNEAU  (via teleconference),  supported                                                                    
funding for the AMHS. He  thought the ferry system needed to                                                                    
be stabilized.  He thanked  the committee  for its  work. He                                                                    
thought  the  ferry  was  a   resource  for  the  state.  He                                                                    
considered the  public health crisis and  the eventuality of                                                                    
losing  air  transport to  areas  of  Alaska. He  emphasized                                                                    
needing to keep the AMHS  crew ready. He thought the capital                                                                    
budget funding was needed to fund the repair of vessels.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:34:54 AM                                                                                                                    
ADDISON    TURNBOUGH,   PRESBYTERIAN    HOSPITALITY   HOUSE,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
continued funding for substance  abuse and behavioral health                                                                    
treatment. His facility worked  with adolescents. He thanked                                                                    
the members of the committee for their leadership.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:36:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LANCE JOHNSON,  NORTON SOUND  HEALTH CORPORATION,  NOME (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support  for funding for essential                                                                    
behavioral  health services.  He thanked  the committee  for                                                                    
their work.  He spoke to  how investment in  substance abuse                                                                    
treatment  facilities in  outlying  communities relaxed  the                                                                    
demand  on the  few  facilities currently  operating in  the                                                                    
state.  He said  that  the  more care  that  could be  given                                                                    
locally,  the  less  it  cost  the  state  in  ER  care  and                                                                    
detention services. He  stressed the need for  people to get                                                                    
the right  care, in the right  place, at the right  time. He                                                                    
felt that a full continuum  of care was necessary to address                                                                    
the multitude  of needs  patients may have  and to  this end                                                                    
Norton Sound  had worked  on the  development of  a wellness                                                                    
center that  was currently shovel  ready. He  reiterated his                                                                    
support  for  funding  in  the  capital  budget  that  would                                                                    
increase  the number  of substance  abuse facilities  in the                                                                    
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:38:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von  Imhof  noted  that as  there  were  no  other                                                                    
testifiers signed  up the committee  would take  a 15-minute                                                                    
break.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:39:04 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:56:50 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DON   HABEGER,   COMMUNITY   COORDINATOR,   JUNEAU   REENTRY                                                                    
COALITION,   JUNEAU  (via   teleconference),  testified   in                                                                    
support of funding for reentry  programs, which would reduce                                                                    
the  likelihood  of  recidivism.  He  said  that  increasing                                                                    
public safety  and reducing recidivism at  the statewide and                                                                    
local levels  had been a focus  for many years and  had seen                                                                    
significant success,  but there was  still much work  to do.                                                                    
He highlighted  funding requests for  a reentry unit  in the                                                                    
Department  of Corrections,  an  increase  in personnel  for                                                                    
therapeutic   courts,  and   funding  for   substance  abuse                                                                    
treatment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:58:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM  HARRINGTON, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),                                                                    
lamented  the lack  of  attendance at  the  meeting. He  was                                                                    
concerned about a low Permanent Fund Dividend.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:59:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK SPRINGER, SELF,  BETHEL (via teleconference), supported                                                                    
funding  for public  broadcasting. He  was a  member of  the                                                                    
Bethel  City Council.  He thought  it was  crucial that  the                                                                    
public  had  access  to  free,  accessible  information.  He                                                                    
shared that  he worked with  an agency that  delivered meals                                                                    
to  elders everyday  and needed  a way  to communicate  with                                                                    
them in emergencies.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:00:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von Imhof  relayed that  all signed  up testifiers                                                                    
had spoken.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:01:12 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:16:19 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CARMEN  LOWRY,  ALASKA  NETWORK  ON  DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE  AND                                                                    
SEXUAL  ASSAULT,  JUNEAU   (via  teleconference),  supported                                                                    
funding for  victims and survivors of  domestic violence and                                                                    
sexual  assault. She  noted that  the  national network  had                                                                    
issued   a  one-day   snapshot  that   reflected  that   the                                                                    
organization had  provided services  to 602 victims,  400 of                                                                    
which were  for emergency shelter. She  stated that shelters                                                                    
were  under  dire  circumstances yet  continued  to  provide                                                                    
services thanks  in part to  the continued support  from the                                                                    
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:18:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PHIL  DAUGHERTY,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, SEAK  DIVE  FISHERIES                                                                    
ASSOCIATION,  KETCHIKAN   (via  teleconference),   spoke  in                                                                    
support of  Alaska fisheries. He spoke  about the Department                                                                    
of  Environmental Conservation  budget. He  shared that  the                                                                    
divers his association represented  harvested wild stock sea                                                                    
cucumbers, geoduck clams, and red  sea urchins. He said that                                                                    
the combined value of the  fisheries was between $10 and $12                                                                    
million  per  year   and  was  one  of   the  late-fall  and                                                                    
wintertime  fisheries  in  the   state.  He  referenced  the                                                                    
governor's   proposal  to   increase   fees  for   paralytic                                                                    
shellfish poisoning and water  quality testing would put the                                                                    
geoduck  fishery out  of business.  He detailed  the various                                                                    
ways that  the industry was responsible  and accountable for                                                                    
industry testing. He  urged the committee and  the Senate to                                                                    
adopt the House  numbers for DEC and not impose  new fees on                                                                    
dive  fisheries in  Southeast Alaska.  He noted  that Alaska                                                                    
was the only state that charged for testing.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:21:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES   MCKEE,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
referenced a  fish tax bill.  He had sent  written testimony                                                                    
that discussed  the court system  and how it  extorted money                                                                    
                                                           th                                                                   
from  individual trust  accounts. He  noted  some April  25                                                                     
public testimony he send regarding a fish tax bill.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:24:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CRIS  EICHENLAUB, SELF,  EAGLE  RIVER (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  favor of  developing  resources.  He did  not                                                                    
support  a  large  budget.  He   said  that  Pioneer  Homes,                                                                    
Education, and AMHS should be  reformed. He thought that the                                                                    
binding caucus  had facilitated bloated budgets.  He thought                                                                    
the  binding caucus  should be  outlawed. He  thought SB  26                                                                    
should be  repealed. He  did not think  that any  more money                                                                    
should be spent on Pioneer Homes and Education.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:26:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BETH  WELDON, MAYOR,  CITY OF  JUNEAU (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of  education  funding including  the                                                                    
one-time  $30 million.  She supported  funding for  deferred                                                                    
maintenance. She appreciated the  work of the committee. She                                                                    
appreciated  funding  in  the supplemental  budget  for  the                                                                    
COVID-19  response.  She  discussed the  impact  of  reduced                                                                    
cruise ship business  in Southeast Alaska due  to the public                                                                    
health  situation.  She  asked  the  committee  to  consider                                                                    
reimbursing school bond debt.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:28:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS   ROBINSON,   CITY   OF   UNALASKA,   UNALASKA   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  echoed   the  comments  of   the  previous                                                                    
testifier. He  supported reinstatement  of school  bond debt                                                                    
reimbursement   funding.  He   supported  reinstatement   of                                                                    
funding  for the  AMHS. He  supported funding  for community                                                                    
and  regional   jails.  He  thanked   the  Senate   for  the                                                                    
supplemental  budget. He  did  not support  a  full PFD  and                                                                    
believed  that the  state should  consider diversifying  its                                                                    
revenue stream.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:30:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JEANNE GERHARDT-CYRUS,  SELF, CHINIAK  (via teleconference),                                                                    
supported funding for  therapeutic courts, reentry services,                                                                    
and substance  use disorder treatment.  She stated  that the                                                                    
need for services  in the state are huge.  She discussed the                                                                    
three-pronged  approach   of  therapeutic   courts,  reentry                                                                    
services,   and  substance   use  disorder   treatment.  She                                                                    
believed  that   this  work   could  benefit   Alaskans  for                                                                    
generations to come.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:32:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOFF   CARROLL,   SELF,  UTQIAGVIK   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support  of funding for public radio.  He was a                                                                    
member of the board of  directors for his local public radio                                                                    
station. He discussed the importance  of public radio in the                                                                    
region.  His area  had just  experienced a  serious blizzard                                                                    
and  the   public  radio  had  broadcast   important  safety                                                                    
information to  the public.  He expressed  that the  loss of                                                                    
state  funding  and  accompanying  federal  funds  would  be                                                                    
devastating to the  station. He said that  without the state                                                                    
and  federal funding  the station  relied on  solely private                                                                    
donations.  He said  that the  station has  made significant                                                                    
cuts in order to continue to broadcast.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:34:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN  LOEFFLER,  SELF,  FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support for education  funding. She supported early                                                                    
childhood education up to  University education. She thought                                                                    
education  was  the  lifeline to  the  states   future.  She                                                                    
expressed  her desire  to use  the 5.25  percent POMV  draw,                                                                    
established in SB  26, to fund state services.   She thought                                                                    
it was irresponsible to pay a  fully funded PFD check at the                                                                    
expense of critical state services.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SB  154  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 205(FIN)(Corrected)  am(brf sup maj fld)  was HEARD and                                                                    
HELD in committee for further consideration.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:35:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 155                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act relating  to  exploration  and mining  rights;                                                                    
     relating to  annual labor requirements with  respect to                                                                    
     mining   claims  and   related   leases;  relating   to                                                                    
     statements  of  annual  labor;  defining  'labor';  and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:36:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   von  Imhof   relayed  that   the  committee   had                                                                    
considered  the   bill  on  March  13,   2020,  took  public                                                                    
testimony, and reviewed the fiscal notes.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  MOVED  to report  CSSSSB  155(RES)  out  of                                                                    
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal note.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSSSSB 155(RES)  was REPORTED  out of  committee with  a "do                                                                    
pass"  recommendation  and  with  one  previously  published                                                                    
fiscal impact note: FN 1(DNR).                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:37:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:37 a.m.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 205 - SB 154 Public Testimony Packet 1.pdf SFIN 3/18/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 205
SB 154
HB 205 - SB 154 Public Testimony Packet 3.pdf SFIN 3/18/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 205
SB 154
HB 205 - SB 154 Public Testimony Packet 2.pdf SFIN 3/18/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 205
SB 154
HB 205 - SB 154 Public Testimony Packet 4.pdf SFIN 3/18/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 205
SB 154
HB 205 Public Tesimony Knight.pdf SFIN 3/18/2020 9:00:00 AM