Legislature(1997 - 1998)

02/03/1997 09:00 AM HES

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      SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE                     
                        February 3, 1997                                       
                           9:00 a.m.                                           
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Gary Wilken, Chairman                                                 
 Senator Loren Leman, Vice Chairman                                            
 Senator Jerry Ward                                                            
 Senator Johnny Ellis                                                          
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 Senator Lyda Green                                                            
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 24                                                            
 "An Act relating to a requirement that a parent, guardian, or                 
 custodian consent before certain minors receive an abortion;                  
 establishing a judicial bypass procedure by which a minor may                 
 petition a court for authorization to consent to an abortion                  
 without consent of a parent, guardian, or custodian; amending the             
 definition of 'abortion'; and amending Rules 40 and 79, Alaska                
 Rules of Civil Procedure; Rules 204, 210, 212, 213, 508, and 512.5,           
 Alaska Rules of Appellate Procedure; and Rule 9, Alaska                       
 Administrative Rules."                                                        
                                                                               
  - MOVED SB 24 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                               
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 51                                                            
 "An Act giving notice of and approving the entry into, and the                
 issuance of certificates of participation in, a lease-purchase                
 agreement for a centralized public health laboratory facility."               
                                                                               
  - MOVED SB 51 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                               
                                                                               
 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 38                                     
 "An Act relating to anatomical gifts, living wills, and do not                
 resuscitate orders."                                                          
                                                                               
  - MOVED SSSB 38 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                             
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 14                                                            
 "An Act relating to insurance covering an insured who is a victim             
 of domestic violence and requiring certain disclosures by an                  
 insurer."                                                                     
                                                                               
  - WAIVED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                    
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
 SB 24 - See Senate Health, Education & Social Services Committee              
      minutes dated 1/29/96 and 1/31/96.                                       
                                                                               
 SB 51 - See Senate Health, Education & Social Services Committee              
         minutes dated 1/31/97.                                                
                                                                               
 SB 38 - See Senate Health, Education & Social Services Committee              
     minutes dated 1/31/97.                                                    
                                                                               
 SB 14 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 1/28/97 and            
                                                                               
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
  TAPE 97-2, SIDE A                                                            
 Number 001                                                                    
                                                                               
       SB  24 PARENTAL CONSENT BEFORE MINOR'S ABORTION                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN WILKEN  called the Senate Health, Education & Social                
 Services Committee (HES) to order at 9:00 a.m. and introduced  SB 24          
 as the first order of business before the committee.  He also noted           
 that more information about SB 24 had been added to the committee             
 packet.                                                                       
                                                                               
  SENATOR LEMAN  apologized for being absent on Friday, but noted that         
 he was aware of Dr. Nakamura's testimony.  Senator Leman felt that            
 if ever there would be common ground on the abortion issue, it                
 would be in the area of parental consent for minors.  He expressed            
 disappointment with Dr. Nakamura's testimony and the approach of              
 the Administration.  With regards to the change in state law, this            
 bill would provide a judicial bypass thereby making the existing              
 law enforceable.  The U.S. Supreme Court has said that the judicial           
 bypass procedure is necessary with such a law.  Senator Leman                 
 disagreed with those who deny the link between abortion and breast            
 cancer.  In conclusion, Senator Leman emphasized that the prime               
 reason for this legislation is to ensure a strong family unit and             
 that counsel is sought from parents on such issues.                           
                                                                               
  SENATOR LEMAN  moved to report SB 24 out of committee with                   
 individual recommendations and attached fiscal notes.                         
                                                                               
  SENATOR ELLIS  objected.  Senator Ellis did not believe that the             
 main reason for the bill, protecting the health of women age 18 and           
 under, had been proven.  The alleged connection between breast                
 cancer and abortion has not been proven with the material before              
 the committee.  The issue of access and factors unique to Alaska              
 such as high rates of domestic violence, sexual assault,                      
 alcoholism, child abuse, and other things found in dysfunctional              
 families all argue against the passage of this legislation.                   
 Upon a roll call vote, Senators Wilken, Leman, and Ward voted "Yea"           
 and Senator Ellis voted "Nay".  Therefore, SB 24 was reported out             
 of committee.                                                                 
                                                                               
 Number 108                                                                    
                                                                               
          SB  51 APPROVE CENTRALIZED PUBLIC HEALTH LAB                        
                                                                              
  CHAIRMAN WILKEN  introduced  SB 51  as the next order of business            
 before the committee.  He asked if there was any discussion                   
 regarding Friday's presentation.  Hearing none, Chairman Wilken               
 asked for the will of the committee.                                          
                                                                               
  SENATOR LEMAN  moved to report SB 51 out of committee with                   
 individual recommendations and accompanying fiscal notes.  Without            
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
        SB  38 ANATOMICAL GIFTS,LIVING WILLS & DNR ORDER                      
                                                                              
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN WILKEN  introduced  SSSB 38  as the next order of business.         
 He asked if there was discussion on the legislation.                          
                                                                               
  SENATOR ELLIS  thought he supported this legislation, however he was         
 not completely confident that the matter had been fully discussed.            
 What are the remaining committees of referral on this bill?                   
  CHAIRMAN WILKEN  replied, the next and last committee of referral is         
 the Senate Judiciary Committee.                                               
                                                                               
  SENATOR LEMAN  moved to report SSSB 38 out of committee with                 
 individual recommendations and accompanying fiscal notes.  Without            
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
        SB  14 INS:DOMESTIC VIOL. VICTIMS & DISCLOSURES                       
                                                                              
 Number 146                                                                    
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN WILKEN  informed the committee that the committee had been          
 asked to waive the hearing of SB 14 in HES so that the bill would             
 be referred to the final committee of referral, the Senate                    
 Judiciary Committee.  SB 14 was heard in Senate Labor & Commerce              
 and was referred with five "Do Pass" signatures.  Chairman Wilken             
 asked if there was any objection to waiving this bill.  Hearing no            
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
  CHAIRMAN WILKEN  announced that during Wednesday's meeting the               
 committee would hear public testimony on the tobacco tax issue.               
 Today at 9:30 a.m. the Milken Foundation Award Recipients will make           
 a presentation to the Joint House & Senate HES Committees.  There             
 being no further business before the committee, the meeting was               
 adjourned at 9:15 a.m.                                                        
                                                                               

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