Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/13/1996 09:40 AM HES

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    SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE                     
                         March 13, 1996                                        
                           9:40 a.m.                                           
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Lyda Green, Chairman                                                  
 Senator Mike Miller                                                           
 Senator Johnny Ellis                                                          
 Senator Judy Salo                                                             
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 Senator Loren Leman, Vice-Chairman                                            
                                                                               
 COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                            
                                                                               
 -- CONFIRMATION HEARINGS:                                                     
                                                                               
 State Medical Board - Keith Brownsberger, M.D.; Beverly Fletcher;             
 Donald Hudson, D.O.; Sara Isto, M.D.; Suzanne Lombardi; and Donald            
 Olson, M.D.                                                                   
                                                                               
 Professional Teaching Practices Commission - Peggy Conner Jones;              
 Bruce Johnson; Marsha Van Abel; and Jacquie Whitmore                          
                                                                               
 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 25                                           
 Relating to supporting home schooling and establishing Alaska Home            
 Education Week.                                                               
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 SCR 25 - No previous action to record.                                        
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Senator Mike Miller                                                           
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, Alaska 99801-1182                                                     
 POSITION STATEMENT:  Prime sponsor of SCR 25.                                 
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
 TAPE 96-19, SIDE A                                                            
                        Confirmations                                        
                                                                               
 Number 001                                                                    
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN GREEN called the Senate Health, Education and Social                 
 Services (HESS) Committee to order at 9:40 a.m.    She asked if               
 anyone had any objections to the following State Medical Board                
 nominees:  Keith Brownsberger, M.D.; Beverly Fletcher; Donald                 
 Hudson, D.O.; Sarah Isto, M.D.; Suzanne Lombardi; and Donald Olson,           
 M.D.  There were no objections.                                               
                                                                               
 Number 035                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR MILLER     moved that those names be passed out of committee          
 with individual recommendations to the full body.  Hearing no                 
 objections, it was so ordered.                                                
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN GREEN listed the following names of the Professional                 
 Teaching Practices Commission nominees:  Peggy Conner Jones, Bruce            
 Johnson, Marsha Van Abel, and Jacquie Whitmore.                               
                                                                               
 SENATOR MILLER moved that those names be passed out of committee              
 with individual recommendations to the full body.  Hearing no                 
 objections, it was so ordered.                                                
                                                                               
 Number 095                                                                    
              SCR 25 ALASKA HOME EDUCATION WEEK                              
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN GREEN introduced  SCR 25  as the next order of business.             
                                                                               
 SENATOR MILLER, Prime Sponsor, explained that SCR 25 would                    
 establish a Home Education Week, October 13-19, 1996.  He pointed             
 out that there are letters of support in the committee packets.               
 This would ask the departments, school districts, and home                    
 educating parents to work together.  The Fairbanks area has been              
 very supportive of home educators.  Senator Miller noted that both            
 of his children had been home educated through the Fairbanks North            
 Star Borough District.                                                        
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN GREEN mentioned that in her district, if all the home                
 schooled children returned to public school, three new buildings              
 would be needed.                                                              
                                                                               
 SENATOR MILLER said that Rick Cross has estimated that about a                
 third of the students in Senator Miller's district are either in              
 home schooling or other private education situations.                         
                                                                               
 SENATOR ELLIS did not have a problem with the resolution.  He                 
 supported the ability for a parent to chooses to home school their            
 children.  Senator Ellis expressed concern with page 2, lines 12              
 and 17; is there currently a problem that the resolution would                
 correct?  SENATOR MILLER clarified that the language attempted to             
 ensure that a problem would not occur.  In Senator Miller's                   
 experience, the school districts have been very helpful in                    
 accommodating home schooling.                                                 
                                                                               
 Number 152                                                                    
                                                                               
 SENATOR MILLER moved that SCR 25 be moved out of committee with               
 individual recommendations and the accompanying zero fiscal note.             
 Hearing no objections, it was so ordered.                                     
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN GREEN informed those on line for the confirmations that              
 the applicants' names had been forwarded to the full body.  She               
 explained that the teleconference line was down when those names              
 were passed out of committee.                                                 
                                                                               
 There being no further business before the committee, the meeting             
 was adjourned at 9:49 a.m.                                                    
                                                                               

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