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05/06/2005 08:30 AM JUDICIARY


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+= SB 165 CARD ROOMS & OPERATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 53 CHILDREN IN NEED OF AID/ADOPTION/GUARDIAN TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSSHB 53(JUD) Out of Committee
+= HB 268 OVERTAKING/PASSING STATIONARY VEHICLES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 268(JUD) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                          May 6, 2005                                                                                           
                           8:52 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ralph Seekins, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Charlie Huggins, Vice Chair                                                                                             
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
Senator Gretchen Guess                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 268(JUD)                                                                                                  
"An  Act relating  to overtaking  and passing  certain stationary                                                               
vehicles."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED CSHB 268(JUD) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 165                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to card rooms and card operations."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 53(FIN)                                                                            
"An  Act relating  to child-in-need-of-aid  proceedings; amending                                                               
the construction  of statutes pertaining  to children in  need of                                                               
aid; relating  to guardianships; relating to  the confidentiality                                                               
of  investigations, court  hearings,  court  records, and  public                                                               
agency  records and  information in  child-in-need-of-aid matters                                                               
and  certain  child  protection matters,  to  immunity  regarding                                                               
disclosure  of information  in  child-in-need-of-aid matters  and                                                               
certain  child  protection   matters,  to  proceedings  regarding                                                               
voluntary relinquishment  and termination  of a parent  and child                                                               
relationship,  to eligibility  for permanent  fund dividends  for                                                               
certain children  in the  custody of the  state, and  to juvenile                                                               
delinquency  proceedings   and  placements;   reestablishing  and                                                               
relating  to  a  state  citizens'   review  panel;  amending  the                                                               
obligation  of a  public agency  to  disclose agency  information                                                               
pertaining to a  child in need of aid; relating  to disclosure of                                                               
confidential  or   privileged  information  about   children  and                                                               
families involved with children's  services within the Department                                                               
of Health and  Social Services to officials for review  or use in                                                               
official  capacities;   relating  to  reports  of   harm  and  to                                                               
adoptions  and   foster  care;  relating   to  consent   for  the                                                               
medication of  children in state custody;  prescribing the rights                                                               
of  family members  related to  child-in-  need-of-aid cases  and                                                               
establishing   a  familial   priority  for   adoption;  modifying                                                               
adoption  and placement  procedures in  certain child-in-need-of-                                                               
aid cases; amending Rules 9  and 13, Alaska Adoption Rules, Rules                                                               
3,  17.2, 18,  and  22, Alaska  Child  in Need  of  Aid Rules  of                                                               
Procedure,  and  Rules  14  and   15,  Alaska  Rules  of  Probate                                                               
Procedure; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED SCS CSSSHB 53(JUD) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 268                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: OVERTAKING/PASSING STATIONARY VEHICLES                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) RAMRAS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
04/14/05       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/14/05       (H)       TRA, JUD                                                                                               
04/19/05       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
04/19/05       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
04/19/05       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
04/21/05       (H)       TRA RPT 1DP 3NR                                                                                        
04/21/05       (H)       DP: GATTO;                                                                                             
04/21/05       (H)       NR: SALMON, THOMAS, ELKINS                                                                             
04/25/05       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
04/25/05       (H)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
04/26/05       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
04/26/05       (H)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
04/27/05       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
04/27/05       (H)       Moved CSHB 268(JUD) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/27/05       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
04/28/05       (H)       JUD RPT CS(JUD) 3DP 4NR                                                                                
04/28/05       (H)       DP: GRUENBERG, ANDERSON, MCGUIRE;                                                                      
04/28/05       (H)       NR: KOTT, DAHLSTROM, COGHILL, GARA                                                                     
04/29/05       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
04/29/05       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 268(JUD)                                                                                 
05/01/05       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/01/05       (S)       TRA, JUD                                                                                               
05/03/05       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
05/03/05       (S)       Moved CSHB 268(JUD) Out of Committee                                                                   
05/03/05       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
05/04/05       (S)       TRA RPT 2DP 1NR                                                                                        
05/04/05       (S)       DP: HUGGINS, COWDERY                                                                                   
05/04/05       (S)       NR: THERRIAULT                                                                                         
05/05/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/05/05       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
05/06/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 165                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CARD ROOMS & OPERATIONS                                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) COWDERY                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
04/08/05       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/08/05       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
04/19/05       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
04/19/05       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/19/05       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/21/05       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
04/21/05       (S)       Moved CSSB 165(L&C) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/21/05       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/22/05       (S)       L&C RPT CS 2DP 1NR 2AM SAME TITLE                                                                      
04/22/05       (S)       DP: BUNDE, STEVENS B                                                                                   
04/22/05       (S)       NR: ELLIS                                                                                              
04/22/05       (S)       AM: DAVIS, SEEKINS                                                                                     
04/22/05       (S)       JUD REFERRAL ADDED AFTER L&C                                                                           
04/30/05       (S)       JUD AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/30/05       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
05/02/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/02/05       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
05/03/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/03/05       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
05/05/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/05/05       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/05/05       (S)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
05/06/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 53                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: CHILDREN IN NEED OF AID/ADOPTION/GUARDIAN                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) COGHILL                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
01/10/05       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/7/05                                                                                
01/10/05       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/10/05       (H)       HES, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
03/02/05       (H)       SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE INTRODUCED                                                                          
03/02/05       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/02/05       (H)       HES, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
03/15/05       (H)       HES AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/15/05       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/15/05       (H)       MINUTE(HES)                                                                                            
03/22/05       (H)       HES AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/22/05       (H)       <subcommittee meeting>                                                                                 
03/31/05       (H)       HES AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
03/31/05       (H)       Moved CSHB 53(HES) Out of Committee                                                                    
03/31/05       (H)       MINUTE(HES)                                                                                            
04/04/05       (H)       HES RPT CS(HES) NT 5DP                                                                                 
04/04/05       (H)       DP: ANDERSON, KOHRING, MCGUIRE, SEATON,                                                                
                         WILSON                                                                                                 
04/11/05       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
04/11/05       (H)       <Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 4/12>                                                                     
04/12/05       (H)       JUD AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
04/12/05       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/12/05       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
04/13/05       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
04/13/05       (H)       Moved CSSSHB 53(JUD) Out of Committee                                                                  
04/13/05       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
04/15/05       (H)       JUD RPT CS(JUD) NT 5DP 2NR                                                                             
04/15/05       (H)       DP: KOTT, ANDERSON, DAHLSTROM, COGHILL,                                                                
                         MCGUIRE;                                                                                               
04/15/05       (H)       NR: GARA, GRUENBERG                                                                                    
04/21/05       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/21/05       (H)       <Bill Hearing Postponed to 4/22>                                                                       
04/22/05       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/22/05       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/22/05       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/26/05       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/26/05       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/26/05       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/27/05       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/27/05       (H)       Moved CSSSHB 53(FIN) Out of Committee                                                                  
04/27/05       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/29/05       (H)       FIN RPT CS(FIN) NT 4DP 6NR                                                                             
04/29/05       (H)       DP: HAWKER, FOSTER, CROFT, CHENAULT;                                                                   
04/29/05       (H)       NR: JOULE, MOSES, WEYHRAUCH, HOLM,                                                                     
                         KELLY, MEYER                                                                                           
04/29/05       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
04/29/05       (H)       VERSION: CSSSHB 53(FIN)                                                                                
05/01/05       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/01/05       (S)       HES, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
05/02/05       (S)       HES AT 2:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/02/05       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/02/05       (S)       MINUTE(HES)                                                                                            
05/04/05       (S)       HES RPT SCS 4DP 1NR SAME TITLE                                                                         
05/04/05       (S)       DP: DYSON, WILKEN, GREEN, OLSON                                                                        
05/04/05       (S)       NR: ELTON                                                                                              
05/04/05       (S)       HES AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/04/05       (S)       Moved SCS CSSSHB 53(HES) Out of                                                                        
                         Committee                                                                                              
05/04/05       (S)       MINUTE(HES)                                                                                            
05/05/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
05/05/05       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
05/06/05       (S)       JUD AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Representative Jay Ramras                                                                                                       
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Sponsor of HB 268                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Chip Wagoner, Executive Director                                                                                            
Alaska Catholic Conference                                                                                                      
Roman Catholic Church                                                                                                           
Juneau, AK 99801                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in opposition of SB 165                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Ryan Makinster                                                                                                              
Staff to Senator Cowdery                                                                                                        
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions on SB 165                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator John Cowdery                                                                                                            
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Sponsor of SB 165                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Susan Burke, Attorney                                                                                                       
No address provided                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on SB 165                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Rynnieva Moss                                                                                                               
Legislative Aide to Representative John Coghill                                                                                 
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HB 53                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Tammy Sandervall, Acting Deputy Commissioner                                                                                
Office of Children's Services                                                                                                   
Department of Health & Social Services                                                                                          
PO Box 110601                                                                                                                   
Juneau, AK  99801-0601                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on HB 53                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Stacie Kraly, Senior Assistant Attorney General                                                                             
Department of Law                                                                                                               
PO Box 110300                                                                                                                   
Juneau, AK  99811-0300                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on HB 53                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Jan Rutherdale, Assistant Attorney General                                                                                  
Department of Law                                                                                                               
PO Box 110300                                                                                                                   
Juneau, AK  99811-0300                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on HB 53                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Gail Voitlander, Chief Assistant Attorney General                                                                           
Department of Law                                                                                                               
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1031 W 4 Ave Ste 200                                                                                                            
Anchorage, AK 99501                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on HB 53                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  RALPH   SEEKINS  called  the  Senate   Judiciary  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to  order at 8:52:13 AM.  Present were Senators                                                             
Hollis French, Charlie Huggins,  Gene Therriault, Gretchen Guess,                                                               
and Chair Ralph Seekins.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
      CSHB 268(JUD)-OVERTAKING/PASSING STATIONARY VEHICLES                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:52:13 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR RALPH SEEKINS announced HB 268 to be up for consideration.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JAY RAMRAS  introduced  HB 268.  He asserted  tow                                                               
truck drivers  should be offered  the same courtesy  as emergency                                                               
service vehicles.  The public relies  on the tow  truck community                                                               
to serve stranded motorists therefore  providing for safer roads.                                                               
Once a week in America a tow truck driver is killed.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:54:56 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS closed public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HOLLIS  FRENCH asked whether  violation of the  law would                                                               
be a moving violation.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RAMRAS replied  yes unless  someone was  injured,                                                               
which would be a different situation.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR CHARLIE HUGGINS commented  HB 268 could create difficulty                                                               
in traffic flow.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:56:41 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GENE  THERRIAULT moved CSHB 268(JUD)  from committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                 SB 165-CARD ROOMS & OPERATIONS                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:58:38 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR RALPH SEEKINS announced SB 165 to be up for consideration.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.   CHIP   WAGONER,   executive   director,   Alaska   Catholic                                                               
Conference, testified  in opposition. He said  the Roman Catholic                                                               
Church  does not  take  the position  that  gambling is  immoral.                                                               
Games  of chance  become morally  unacceptable when  they deprive                                                               
someone the  ability to  provide for  themselves and  others. The                                                               
games are already legal as  indicated in the Anchorage Daily News                                                               
article dated May 4, 2005. People can gamble in their homes.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:00:36 AM                                                                                                                    
When  money and  commercial  gaming interests  are  added to  the                                                               
equation it causes  the gambling addition to become.  SB 165 will                                                               
not replace  illegal operations, it  will just add to  the crime.                                                               
The Alaska Catholic  Conference opposes SB 165  because they feel                                                               
it  will only  hurt people  and the  state will  not provide  the                                                               
necessary resources to fund  addiction reparation. Child neglect,                                                               
embezzlement, and suicide rates will rise.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Pathological gambling is a psychiatric  disorder. A University of                                                               
Chicago  study found  that the  presence of  a gambling  facility                                                               
within   50  miles   doubles  the   prevalence  of   problem  and                                                               
pathological  gambling.  The  National Research  Council  of  the                                                               
National  Academy of  Sciences found  that some  of the  greatest                                                               
increases  in the  number of  problem  and pathological  gamblers                                                               
came over periods of expanded gambling opportunities.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:02:27 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. WAGONER continued  the effects of gambling are a  mess as the                                                               
State of  Washington has found.  He quoted from the  Seattle Post                                                               
Intelligencer: "As  legalized gambling  continues its  swift rise                                                               
in Washington, the quiet parallel  growth of problem gambling has                                                               
marched   right   along   with    it,   often   with   disastrous                                                               
consequences." Problem gambling is  an emotional disorder that is                                                               
under the  radar screen because  it is  not as visible  as needle                                                               
marks  and public  intoxication.  According to  the Seattle  Post                                                               
Intelligencer, thousands of lives  in Washington have been ruined                                                               
due to  gambling. There is increased  indebtedness, bankruptcies,                                                               
crime, divorce, and suicide. The  troubles have cost the State of                                                               
Washington millions of dollars a year.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:04:18 AM                                                                                                                    
Experts and gamblers themselves  say gambling addictions are more                                                               
difficult to spot  than alcoholism or drug addiction,  and can be                                                               
more difficult to quit. The  National Council on Problem Gambling                                                               
is not for  or against gambling; their purpose is  to help people                                                               
who  have   gambling  addictions.  However  they   recognize  the                                                               
societal costs are very high.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Bankruptcy lawyers in  Seattle are seeing more  filings caused by                                                               
gambling  troubles. There  has been  a definite  increase in  the                                                               
last 10 years. King County  deputies regularly see the effects of                                                               
gambling  in  the  prosecution of  domestic  violence  and  child                                                               
neglect cases.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:06:10 AM                                                                                                                    
One  reason funding  for gambling  addiction is  hard is  because                                                               
gambling is a  hidden disease. The State of Oregon  has funded 27                                                               
treatment clinics  and hired more  than 50 counselors.  More than                                                               
10,000 people  have entered their state  treatment programs since                                                               
1995, which has cost the state  4.5 million dollars. The State of                                                               
Alaska  does  not  have a  single  gambling  addiction  certified                                                               
counselor. The  economic benefits  of SB 165  will not  even come                                                               
close to  taking care  of the negative  costs associated  with SB                                                               
165. The  National Gambling Impact  Study Commission  report, the                                                               
largest most comprehensive study  performed in the United States,                                                               
determined problem gamblers  cost society $715 dollars  each on a                                                               
yearly basis and pathological gamblers cost society $1,200 each.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:08:02 AM                                                                                                                    
For  those  reasons  the Alaska  Catholic  Conference  urges  the                                                               
committee to  not pass SB  165. It  only hurts people  and Alaska                                                               
cannot afford it.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:08:52 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HOLLIS   FRENCH  commented   his  research   found  that                                                               
electronic  gaming machines  contribute to  problem gambling.  He                                                               
asked Mr.  Wagoner whether he  had specific research  focusing on                                                               
poker playing.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WAGONER agreed  electronic  gaming machines  are called  the                                                               
crack cocaine  of gambling. The  faster the game the  more likely                                                               
it will cause addiction. Everything  that has an immediate payoff                                                               
has addiction potential.  He urged the committee  to have someone                                                               
who deals with gambling disorders  testify on SB 165. However, it                                                               
is known that when gambling  is increased, the disorders are also                                                               
increased.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:12:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR FRENCH asked Mr. Wagoner  whether he would close pull-tab                                                               
shops, given the chance.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. WAGONER asserted he would.  People sit by themselves in pull-                                                               
tab parlors hoping for the big  break. Many are desperate to win.                                                               
It has  a sad effect on  families and kids. Children  are left in                                                               
the parking  lot for hours  while their parents  gamble. Gambling                                                               
games are designed to separate people from their money.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:14:31 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR JOHN  COWDERY asserted people  are currently  gambling in                                                               
illegal establishments.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:17:43 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  WAGONER said  the Roman  Catholic  Church does  not look  at                                                               
gambling as  sinful. It  is the effects  that are  concerning. SB                                                               
165 will open  the door with commercial gaming and  there will be                                                               
more pressure on the Legislature to expand it.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:20:32 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. SUSAN  BURKE, attorney retained  by Perry Green to  look into                                                               
the  implications of  SB  165  as it  relates  to Indian  gaming,                                                               
offered her comments. She looked  at two questions primarily. The                                                               
first was  whether enactment  of SB  165 would  open the  door to                                                               
casino-type class 3 gaming. Her  research shows it would not. The                                                               
second question  was whether the  enactment of SB 165  would open                                                               
the door  to additional kinds  of class  2 gaming beyond  what is                                                               
already authorized under Alaska law.  Her research shows it would                                                               
not.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS   interrupted  to   say  from  a   strictly  legal                                                               
standpoint that would be a logical conclusion.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE  said her main point  is Indian tribes today  under the                                                               
Indian   Gaming  Act,   if  they   fulfill  all   of  the   other                                                               
requirements, could  engage in poker,  cribbage, bridge,  and pan                                                               
card rooms today  under existing law because Alaska  law does not                                                               
explicitly  prohibit non-banking  card games  in any  location in                                                               
the state.  Social card games  in homes are not  prohibited under                                                               
Alaska law;  therefore they would be  the kind of card  game that                                                               
Indian  tribes could  engage in.  There are  a number  of federal                                                               
laws and  regulations an Indian  tribe would have to  comply with                                                               
in order  to get a license.  Equally important, they could  do so                                                               
only on Indian lands the particular tribe has jurisdiction over.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:24:17 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  BURKE  added  Native  claims   settlement  lands  would  not                                                               
qualify. The definition  of "Indian lands" under  the federal act                                                               
is  "lands within  the  limits  of a  reservation"  and the  only                                                               
reservation in Alaska  is Metlakatla. The other  category is "any                                                               
lands the  title to which is  either held in trust  by the United                                                               
States for the benefit of an  Indian tribe or individual, or held                                                               
by an  Indian tribe or  individual subject to restriction  by the                                                               
United States against alienation or sale."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS asked whether someone  could simply plead sovereign                                                               
immunity and thereby protect the land from alienation.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE  responded alienation is  a voluntary thing  and unless                                                               
the federal government has imposed  restrictions on the voluntary                                                               
act, it wouldn't qualify as Indian lands.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:26:26 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS mentioned a California  case where one Indian tribe                                                               
bought land  and claimed  it as official  Indian land  where they                                                               
could start  a casino.  The State of  California contested  it on                                                               
the  grounds that  the land  was once  under the  jurisdiction of                                                               
California.  Unless the  state acts  affirmatively to  remove the                                                               
jurisdiction, it remains under the jurisdiction of the state.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH asked the  relationship between Native corporation                                                               
land and Native corporation shares, which are not alienable.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE  replied a person  couldn't conduct a  gaming operation                                                               
on a share of stock.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS answered  Native  corporation land  is not  Indian                                                               
land. It  is subject  to alienation  and can  be sold  or traded.                                                               
Native corporations themselves do not have sovereign immunity.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:29:08 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GENE THERRIAULT said there  was a constant push to expand                                                               
sovereign immunity on Native lands.  The Rural Justice Commission                                                               
is  being steered  toward a  request to  transfer all  the Native                                                               
corporate land into Indian land.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE  said regardless  of where the  Indian lands  laws are,                                                               
Alaska law  is such that  Indian tribes could  implement anything                                                               
in SB 165  today. The tribes would have  to exercise governmental                                                               
powers on  the land itself  and Metlakatla  seems to be  the only                                                               
place where that happens.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS said  he  would disagree  if  her conclusion  were                                                               
tribes in  Alaska today  could operate class  2 gaming  without a                                                               
permit from the state.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE agreed they would have  to go through the Indian Gaming                                                               
Act,  as well  as  get  a permit  and  follow certain  regulatory                                                               
requirements.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:32:26 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  THERRIAULT  speculated  the  Native  organizations  have                                                               
determined  there is  either not  a lot  of money  in the  gaming                                                               
operation  or the  lack of  authorized land  is why  they haven't                                                               
pursued it.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS referred  to two applications that  were denied and                                                               
a third in  Klawock that was granted an  Indian Gaming Regulatory                                                               
Act (IGRA)  permit. It  is not outside  the realm  of possibility                                                               
that IGRA will grant permits.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BURKE  emphasized action  on  SB  165  will not  avoid  IGRA                                                               
issuing permits  and the results  that occur forthwith.  The only                                                               
way the  Legislature could  stop Indian gaming  is to  repeal the                                                               
exemption in Alaska law for social gaming in the home.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:34:52 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS said  the more money that might be  made from state                                                               
authorized gambling; the more motivated  the tribes may be to get                                                               
permits.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE said  proponents of SB 165 must believe  there is money                                                               
in the  operation of card  rooms otherwise they wouldn't  want to                                                               
do it. She does  not know why Indian tribes have  not come to the                                                               
same conclusion.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS agreed the motivator is money and not recreation.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE confirmed that is absolutely correct.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS said  it might be like moving  the capitol, which                                                               
was on the back burner until recently.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE said virtually by introducing  SB 165 the cat is out of                                                               
the bag.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:36:56 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS said  the more  money that  is involved,  the more                                                               
temptation for groups  to persuade the gaming  commission and the                                                               
federal courts  that they  are Indian tribes  for the  purpose of                                                               
IGRA  and that  there  are parcels  of land  in  Alaska that  are                                                               
Indian lands as defined by IGRA.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE emphasized whether SB  165 passes or not, Indian tribes                                                               
could still enter the gaming business under Alaska law.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS agreed  so long  as  they comply  with state  law,                                                               
which means no one takes a rake.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. BURKE disagreed.  She said the only state law  limits have to                                                               
do with maximum wagers, maximum pots, and hours of operation.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THERRIAULT speculated  there isn't  enough money  in the                                                               
game rooms to gain the interest of Indian tribes.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:39:14 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  BURKE disagreed.  She asserted  somebody  must see  it as  a                                                               
viable economic advantage  else they would not be  pushing SB 165                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH commented location would be difficult.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS  wondered the  motivation for  the current  push to                                                               
transfer corporate lands into Indian lands.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COWDERY agreed  location would  be a  deterrent for  the                                                               
tribes. He suggested a local  option where communities could vote                                                               
SB 165 out.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:42:32 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS stated  for  the  record he  is  not  in favor  of                                                               
gambling  and has  no intent  to vote  for SB  165 on  the Senate                                                               
Floor.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:44:08 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. RYAN  MAKINSTER, staff  to Senator  John Cowdery,  offered to                                                               
answer questions.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS suggested a limit to five-dollar wager.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COWDERY  commented  that  informed  players  could  make                                                               
multiple raises in poker.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAKINSTER said Washington State limits the raises to three.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH  noted that  would be $240  maximum out  of pocket                                                               
for any game.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:48:09 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COWDERY said it is rare  for everyone to stay in the game                                                               
until the end.  Generally a table of ten ends  up with maximum of                                                               
three at the end.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS asserted he does not want high stakes gambling.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS asked  how low stakes would  change the structure                                                               
of SB 165.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAKINSTER said the house has no stake in the game.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS interrupted to assert  they do; the higher the pot,                                                               
the bigger the rake.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER said  SB 165  could set  the rake  at two  or four                                                               
dollars.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:50:14 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS said  SB 165  has been  portrayed as  recreational                                                               
gambling and it should be more for fun and not big money.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:52:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS proposed  a limit of a five-dollar wager  and a 15-                                                               
dollar per person pot.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAKINSTER  asserted that rule  would ruin the game  of poker.                                                               
He said limiting wagers would take the zeal out of the game.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS  said each  round  doesn't  always have  to  reach                                                               
maximum.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:54:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS  said  recreational   gambling  should  not  allow                                                               
unlimited pots.  That would be  raising the  risk of making  it a                                                               
fast game.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:56:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS  said illegal enterprises  are not interested  in a                                                               
5-dollar limit because there isn't enough profit.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS wondered why five dollars is too low of a limit.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER said  the 15-dollar  pot is  what is  too low.  It                                                               
would be difficult  to control the pot size  without limiting the                                                               
raises.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:58:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS  referred to  Page 2, lines  24-26, which  allows a                                                               
person to  buy chips  on credit.  He expressed  disagreement with                                                               
running up a tab. He said he is trying to avoid gambling debts.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY  said the establishment  owner has nothing  to do                                                               
with credit. Credit happens between players.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  FRENCH  asked  whether they  were  talking  about  using                                                               
credit cards to buy chips.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS clarified it was in-house credit.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:01:48 AM                                                                                                                   
MR.  MAKINSTER pointed  out some  states disallow  buying at  the                                                               
table. A person  has to physically leave a table  in order to buy                                                               
more chips.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS said he would like to address that in SB 165.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:02:54 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  HUGGINS commented  he has  noticed ornate  items in  Las                                                               
Vegas pawnshops.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:04:27 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  SEEKINS  expressed  interest  in a  requirement  that  all                                                               
employees would  need a license  and they could not  be convicted                                                               
felons.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  FRENCH  referenced  the provision  for  an  occupational                                                               
licensing but stated it wasn't clear to whom that applied.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS  said he would require  it to be every  employee of                                                               
the facility, including the janitor.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:07:02 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  HUGGINS  asked Mr.  Makinster  to  clarify the  training                                                               
involved.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER  said  if legislation  required  employees  to  be                                                               
licensed,  the  provision  allows  a  place  to  train  certified                                                               
dealers.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   COWDERY   asked   Chair    Seekins   whether   it   was                                                               
constitutional to require a janitor to be licensed.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS answered  yes. He said that pull-tabs  are close to                                                               
being  strong-arm  operations. He  is  not  interested in  having                                                               
reconstituted felons be dealers.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:11:09 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  GUESS   noted  the  language   on  Page  10,   line  24;                                                               
"character,  reputation, experience"  are  subjective words.  She                                                               
expressed concern over equal opportunity.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAKINSTER agreed it was a gray area.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS said  the Charitable Gaming Act is  limited to non-                                                               
profit corporations that are resident  to the State of Alaska. He                                                               
said he intends  to ask legislative legal whether  they can place                                                               
the same restriction on SB 165.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:13:44 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR COWDERY countered residence is a sticky issue.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS  noted Page 14,  lines 4-5; opens  up opportunities                                                               
for discrimination. She questioned  who would judge the character                                                               
of another and whether that could be done fairly.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS  asked whether  employees  and  owners would  be                                                               
prohibited from gambling in the establishment where they work.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER answered  it is  not prohibited  in SB  165. Other                                                               
states  do   not  allow   employees  to   gamble  in   their  own                                                               
establishment and card  room owners are typically  not allowed to                                                               
gamble in the state.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:16:46 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR FRENCH said the bulk  of concern from his constituents is                                                               
they are  not opposed to card  rooms but they are  concerned with                                                               
how  the  licenses would  be  issued.  He asked  Senator  Cowdery                                                               
whether he would be opposed to a public comment period.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY agreed that would be proper.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS  pointed to a  KTUU survey, which showed  more than                                                               
60 percent of the people polled are against card rooms.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GUESS said  her primary  concerns  are when  legislation                                                               
uses  words like  "character and  reputation" in  regards to  who                                                               
gets  licenses and  jobs.  It  is unclear  who  decides who  gets                                                               
licensed and who decides the character of another.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS asked  Mr.  Makinster whether  SB  165 requires  a                                                               
local election prior to authorizing card room in a community.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAKINSTER  answered the only  election is  for municipalities                                                               
under  30,000. The  sponsor is  willing  to broaden  that to  all                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH clarified it would be a positive opt-in election.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:20:28 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  GUESS suggested  there  was  additional language  coming                                                               
from the House.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:22:19 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR GUESS  asked whether the class  C felony of "cheats  at a                                                               
card game" is being defined on Page 19, lines 16-19.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER   responded  the  verbiage  has   to  be  somewhat                                                               
ambiguous because  cheaters tend to  stay ahead of the  game. The                                                               
definition  points  to  several  devices and  instances  where  a                                                               
person could be assumed to be cheating.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:24:02 AM                                                                                                                   
MR. MAKINSTER added the courts  would be tasked with deciding the                                                               
felony charge.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS  asked whether there is  a lot of cheating  in non-                                                               
banking games, such as rummy, cribbage and bridge.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER  responded the  majority  of  cheating is  someone                                                               
trying to beat the house using by using card counters.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS referred to Page  3, line 13; selecting "applicants                                                               
that  promote  the  most   economic  development"  and  expressed                                                               
concern over the ambiguous definition.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:27:08 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR SEEKINS  offered someone  willing to  build a  new building                                                               
rather  than  putting  the  business in  a  used  building  would                                                               
fulfill that function.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS said she wants to  ensure an even playing field and                                                               
that all Alaskans have a shot at the business.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS held SB 165 in committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    CSSSHB 53(FIN)-CHILDREN IN NEED OF AID/ADOPTION/GUARDIAN                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:29:09 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR RALPH    SEEKINS   announced   HB   53   to   be   up   for                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RYNNIEVA  MOSS,  legislative  aide  to  Representative  John                                                               
Coghill, introduced  HB 53, which  consolidates 3  current bills,                                                               
SB  83,  SB  84  and  HB 17,  along  with  items  anticipated  in                                                               
prospective legislation.  Representative Coghill met with  all of                                                               
the previously  mentioned bill sponsors  and took on  the project                                                               
of  consolidating the  bills  so as  to be  sure  to capture  the                                                               
desired end product.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:30:48 AM                                                                                                                   
The  Department  of  Health  and   Social  Services  (DHSS),  the                                                               
Department of  Law (DOL),  the public  defender's office  and the                                                               
Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) have  all worked closely on HB 53                                                               
to ensure it is good for  children and families. HB 53 eliminates                                                               
language  in AS  47.10.960,  which  said there  was  no duty  for                                                               
standard of care for children in state custody.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB  53   strengthens  families  by  giving   them  priority  over                                                               
placement  and  adoption  and  a  special  priority  over  family                                                               
members  who  have raised  the  child  more  than 12  months.  It                                                               
establishes  a   priority  list   and  requires  the   Office  of                                                               
Children's Services  (OCS) to do  everything possible  to provide                                                               
visitation for  the children and  the parents and to  reunify the                                                               
family.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:33:10 AM                                                                                                                   
HB 53 establishes poverty is not  a reason to deny placement with                                                               
relatives.  Parental rights  cannot be  terminated solely  on the                                                               
basis they  have not  received treatment required  by OCS.  HB 53                                                               
encourages  OCS  to train  foster  parents  to mentor  biological                                                               
parents.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:34:26 AM                                                                                                                   
HB  53  amends  the  definition of  major  medical  treatment  to                                                               
include  medication  that is  used  for  diagnosed mental  health                                                               
disorders. HB  53 creates transparency  of the process.  It opens                                                               
hearings to  the public, while  containing sideboards  that would                                                               
allow a judge  to close the hearings. It  establishes a grievance                                                               
process for  when parents disagree  with what the state  is doing                                                               
with  their  child  and  also  establishes  a  review  panel.  It                                                               
provides  that OCS  could  disclose  confidential information  in                                                               
certain  circumstances. When  parents have  disclosed information                                                               
OCS has a right to explain their part of it.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:36:30 AM                                                                                                                   
HB 53 encourages  the use of child advocacy  centers. It requires                                                               
mandatory videotaping  of suspected  victims of sexual  abuse. It                                                               
defines  child  advocacy  centers and  establishes  criteria  for                                                               
schools  to follow  when children  are to  be interviewed.  HB 53                                                               
requires OCS  to report back  to voluntary reporters in  20 days.                                                               
It  requires  OCS  to  work  with  legislative  offices  and  the                                                               
ombudsman's office and to continue  to participate after parental                                                               
rights have been terminated.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:37:54 AM                                                                                                                   
In  conclusion,  HB  53  goes   a  long  way  in  protecting  and                                                               
preserving families  in Alaska and making  government accountable                                                               
while children are  in state custody. Dealing with  OCS should be                                                               
a good  process and  transparent so that  everyone knows  what is                                                               
going on in the case.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seekins recessed the meeting at 10:39:06 AM.                                                                            
Chair Seekins reconvened the meeting at 3:58:54 PM.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS MOSS offered to answer questions.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  TAMMY  SANDERVALL,  acting deputy  commissioner,  Office  of                                                               
Children's Services (OCS), reiterated  earlier testimony from Ms.                                                               
Moss regarding all of the  different departments working together                                                               
on HB 53 to make it good legislation.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH  referred to  Page 21, lines  22-23 and  asked Ms.                                                               
Sandervall to comment on inadequate or crowded housing.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:01:33 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SANDERVALL  answered there are  times when OCS enters  a home                                                               
that  appears too  crowded  but if  the family  can  show a  safe                                                               
environment, the child  would not be removed  based on inadequate                                                               
housing alone. Further factors should be considered.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS said  Senator Guess had a question  but had stepped                                                               
out of the room.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS knew the question and  offered to answer it. She said SB                                                               
83  and  SB  84  incurred  amendments  in  the  Senate  Judiciary                                                               
Standing  Committee  and  Senator Guess  wondered  whether  those                                                               
amendments were incorporated  into HB 53. She  reported they were                                                               
except for  the amendment, which  added language saying  only the                                                               
commissioner  or  the   commissioner's  designee  could  disclose                                                               
confidential   information   to   the  public.   She   said   the                                                               
commissioner  of the  Department  of Health  and Social  Services                                                               
(DHSS) should  not be making  policy calls for the  Department of                                                               
Administration  (DOA). She  suggested  changing  the language  to                                                               
include the commissioner of the DOA.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:06:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GUESS asked  the reason  the DOA  would be  discussing a                                                               
report of harm.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS  answered the  Office of Public  Advocacy (OPA)  and the                                                               
public  defender's   office  represent   parents  and   OPA  also                                                               
represents children.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS asked whether the  language is different than in SB                                                               
83 and SB 84 in that the DOA is added to Section 27 (k).                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS responded yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:09:49 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. STACEY  KRALY, senior assistant attorney  general, Department                                                               
of  Law (DOL),  advised the  committee the  Office of  Children's                                                               
Services investigates reports of harm.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS  asked the reason the  Department of Administration                                                               
(DOA) would disclose any information regarding reports of harm.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. JAN RUTHERDALE, assistant attorney  general, DOL, advised the                                                               
DOA was added because they requested to be.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:10:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS said  the intent  on  the disclosure  side was  to                                                               
protect a department from unrighteous accusation.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.   KRALY  advised   Section  27   Paragraph  (2)   contains  a                                                               
circumstance where  the DOA would  be involved. The  inclusion of                                                               
the DOA was in  response to a request made by  OPA and the public                                                               
defender agency who are queried by  the press and want to be able                                                               
to respond.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:13:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS aired  the provision allows for a  low level person                                                               
to  disclose  sensitive information.  It  is  the intent  of  the                                                               
committee to exclude that.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. RUTHERDALE  advised it wouldn't  be a low level  employee; it                                                               
would  be someone  from  the central  office  involved in  public                                                               
relations.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS pointed out that  wasn't identified in the bill. He                                                               
advised Ms. Rutherdale the committee  previously restricted it to                                                               
either the commissioner or the  commissioner's designee. He asked                                                               
whether there would be any objection  from the sponsor or the DOL                                                               
to restate  on Page 18 that  it would be either  the commissioner                                                               
of the DOA or the commissioner  of the DHSS or the commissioner's                                                               
designee.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH agreed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:17:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS moved Amendment 1.                                                                                                
     Page 17 line 24 delete "Department of Health and Social                                                                    
Services  and  the  Department   of  Administration"  and  insert                                                               
"commissioner of the Department of  Health and Social Services or                                                               
the  commissioner's   designee;  or   the  commissioner   of  the                                                               
Department of  Administration or  the commissioner's  designee as                                                               
appropriate.                                                                                                                    
Hearing no objections, the motion carried.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH proposed Amendment 2.                                                                                            
     Page 18, Paragraphs (1) and (2) delete the word "may",                                                                     
insert "shall" in its place.                                                                                                    
Hearing no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:19:26 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR FRENCH proposed Amendment 3.  He voiced approval from the                                                               
sponsor of HB 53.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                      24-LS0251\O.1                                                             
                                                           Mischel                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                      A M E N D M E N T 3                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                         BY SENATOR FRENCH                                                                 
     TO:  SCS CSSSHB 53(HES)                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Page 2, line 7, following "Probate Procedure;":                                                                               
     Insert "relating to the admissibility into evidence of the                                                               
prior recorded statement of a crime victim less than 16 years of                                                              
age; and amending Rule 801, Alaska Rules of Evidence."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Page 30, following line 29:                                                                                                     
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
   "* Sec. 59.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is                                                                
amended by adding a new section to read:                                                                                        
          DIRECT  COURT  RULE  AMENDMENT.   Rule  801(d),  Alaska                                                               
     Rules of Evidence, is amended by adding a new paragraph to                                                                 
     read:                                                                                                                      
               (3)  Recorded Statement by Child Victims of                                                                      
     Crime.  The statement is a recorded statement by the victim                                                                
     of a crime who is less than 16 years of age and                                                                            
                    (A)    the  recording  was  made  before  the                                                               
          proceeding;                                                                                                           
                    (B)    the  victim is  available  for  cross-                                                               
          examination;                                                                                                          
                    (C)     the   prosecutor  and   any  attorney                                                               
          representing the  defendant were  not present  when the                                                               
          statement was taken;                                                                                                  
                    (D)   the recording is on  videotape or other                                                               
          format  that   records  both   the  visual   and  aural                                                               
          components of the statement;                                                                                          
                    (E)   each  person  who  participated in  the                                                               
          taking   of  the   statement  is   identified  on   the                                                               
          recording;                                                                                                            
                    (F)  the  taking of the statement  as a whole                                                               
          was  conducted  in  a manner  that  would  avoid  undue                                                               
          influence of the victim;                                                                                              
                    (G)     the  defense  has  been   provided  a                                                               
          reasonable  opportunity to  view  the recording  before                                                               
          the proceeding; and                                                                                                   
                    (H)   the  court  has had  an opportunity  to                                                               
          view   the  recording   and   determine   that  it   is                                                               
          sufficiently  reliable  and  trustworthy and  that  the                                                               
          interests of  justice are best served  by admitting the                                                               
          recording into evidence."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Page 32, line 28:                                                                                                               
     Delete "sec. 59(d)"                                                                                                        
     Insert "sec. 60(d)"                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Page 33, line 7:                                                                                                                
     Delete "60"                                                                                                                
     Insert "61"                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Page 33, line 20:                                                                                                               
     Delete "sec. 59(a)"                                                                                                        
     Insert "sec. 60(a)"                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Page 33, line 23:                                                                                                               
     Delete: "sec. 64"                                                                                                          
     Insert "sec. 65"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Page 33, line 26:                                                                                                               
     Delete "sec. 65"                                                                                                           
     Insert "sec. 66"                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS objected for the purpose of discussion.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:21:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  FRENCH  advised  the amendment  would  allow  videotaped                                                               
statements made  by a  victim at  a child  advocacy center  to be                                                               
admissible in court.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS   removed  his   objection.  Hearing   no  further                                                               
objections, Amendment 3 was unanimously adopted.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THERRIAULT asked  to have  the  immunity from  liability                                                               
restructure explained to him.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:26:27 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  GAIL  VOITLANDER,  chief assistant  attorney  general,  DOL,                                                               
could not answer  the question, as she did not  have the previous                                                               
bill form.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEEKINS  said his  analysis  is  the word  "improper"  was                                                               
removed  and changed  the words  "failure to  disclose" to  "non-                                                               
disclosure", making it a more  concise restatement without having                                                               
to add another section.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. VOITLANDER  said the  exception is  when a  situation implies                                                               
that disclosure or non-disclosure is improper.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:30:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GUESS  asked  Ms.  Moss  to  talk  about  "adult  family                                                               
member". She asked where the other parent and step parents rank.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS deferred the question to Ms. Rutherdale.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. RUTHERDALE responded  the reason parent and  guardian are not                                                               
included as a family member is  those are the people the child is                                                               
being removed from.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:33:35 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GUESS  asked the reason  the other  parent is not  on the                                                               
list.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS asked the reason  for including the siblings' legal                                                               
guardian but not the child's legal guardian.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. RUTHERDALE responded because the  legal guardian is already a                                                               
party   to   the   proceedings.  The   preference   section   [AS                                                               
47.14.100(e)]  is  modeled after  the  Indian  Child Welfare  Act                                                               
(ICWA).  Under  the  jurisdiction  scheme  of  AS  47.10.011,  it                                                               
assumes the other parent is considered.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:36:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GUESS expressed concern with  Page 20 line 22, which puts                                                               
into statute a following order of preference.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RUTHERDALE  relayed the  judge  always  considers the  other                                                               
parent before the order of preferences.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MOSS  added Page  8  line  3  refers  to the  other  parents                                                               
initially.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GUESS asked  whether HB  53  includes stepsiblings.  She                                                               
continued to express concern that  the best interest of the child                                                               
might be lost.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  RUTHERDALE  responded  an  option  could  be  to  amend  the                                                               
statutes.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:40:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS  asked whether the  sibling's legal  guardian would                                                               
include a stepparent.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. KRALY responded that it could.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:41:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GUESS referred  to Page  11 line  7 and  stated for  the                                                               
record  the country  is over-medicating  children. She  expressed                                                               
worry  about a  legal guardian  deciding the  child should  be on                                                               
medication  with the  parent objecting.  She asked  Ms. Kraly  to                                                               
explain the reason for addressing the situation in the bill.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KRALY  said the impetus  was a discussion between  DHSS, OCS,                                                               
and the  DOL about  what actually  constitutes major  medical. AS                                                               
47.10.084  is a  provision, which  says the  residual rights  and                                                               
responsibilities  of a  parent  include but  are  not limited  to                                                               
consent for major medical treatment.  HB 53 clarifies that if the                                                               
parent is  available they will  be involved  but if they  are not                                                               
available it leaves an option.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:44:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GUESS asked  the difference  between current  procedures                                                               
and the proposition of Section 17.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. KRALY advised Section 17 was  drafted by the DOL in an effort                                                               
to codify current practice.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS asked how HB 53 interacts with ICWA.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. RUTHERDALE advised ICWA always  trumps state law. HB 53 would                                                               
mainly apply to non-Native children.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:47:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS  noted HB 53  was written as  if any child  was the                                                               
topic of discussion and wasn't written to exclude anyone.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:49:00 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GUESS  asked whether  the  department  would ensure  the                                                               
child attends  the same school and  stays in the same  area after                                                               
being taken from the home.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SANDERVALL   agreed  that  is  the   current  practice.  The                                                               
department tries to  keep the child in as  many familiar settings                                                               
as possible.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS noted a good  social worker generally tries to keep                                                               
the child in close proximity to familiar surroundings.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:53:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GUESS  asked what HB 53  does to ensure the  children get                                                               
into permanent homes.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS said  Representative Coghill feels HB 53  makes sure the                                                               
child is  in good care  but does  not endanger making  the family                                                               
whole again.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:57:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GUESS asked the recourse if treatment is not funded.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS  advised the House  Health and Social  Services Standing                                                               
Committee increased  funding for  training of social  workers and                                                               
for treatment.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS asked how HB 53 deals with foster care.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MOSS  responded OCS  trains  foster  parents for  mentoring.                                                               
Section 14, subsection (u) addresses that.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GUESS  asked whether the  bill slows down the  process of                                                               
getting kids into permanent placement.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MOSS said  it does not but it places  emphasis on looking for                                                               
ways to fix the family as a whole.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:03:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GUESS addressed  the issue  of reimbursement  for foster                                                               
parents and  the lag time  for repayment. She  suggested measures                                                               
be taken to try and fix the issue.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:04:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGGINS moved  SCS CSSSHB  53(JUD)  from committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Chair Seekins announced a short recess at 5:06:10 PM.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                 SB 165-CARD ROOMS & OPERATIONS                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:21:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR RALPH SEEKINS announced SB  165 to be up for consideration.                                                               
He referred Page  5 lines 13-23 and noted the  bill was excluding                                                               
any  applicant that  has a  pending registration  filed with  the                                                               
United States  Security and Exchange  Commission (SEC).  He asked                                                               
Mr. Makinster whether  there were any corporations  in Alaska who                                                               
meet that requirement.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. RYAN MAKINSTER, staff to Senator John Cowdery, did not know.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS speculated it would be a major sized corporation.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER countered  not necessarily.  A  person could  have                                                               
other holdings.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:23:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HOLLIS FRENCH  asked what  it  means to  have a  pending                                                               
registration filed with the SEC.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER advised  the language  was  added to  the bill  by                                                               
legislative  legal. When  a  company  files to  be  on the  stock                                                               
exchange there  is a period  where the  company has to  be silent                                                               
about certain information  because it may affect  the stock price                                                               
on opening day.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  FRENCH asked  the  type of  information  the company  is                                                               
allowed to withhold.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER   answered  information  regarding   the  specific                                                               
company. He said  it doesn't preclude them from  giving out other                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS disagreed.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:26:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS said  they  would  have to  provide  names of  all                                                               
persons holding 20  percent interest but would not  be subject to                                                               
the scrutiny  any other  applicant would be.  He said  it appears                                                               
the  wealthiest person  would  not be  required  to provide  much                                                               
information including the state they are registered in.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:29:02 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MAKINSTER said  a company that has a filing  pending with the                                                               
SEC is in an information black out period.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS asserted  at that point he would  not be interested                                                               
in them being an applicant.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH concurred.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR JOHN COWDERY concurred.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:31:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS moved Amendment 1                                                                                                 
     Page 5, line 15, after the word registration delete the                                                                    
comma,  insert semi-colon.  Delete the  rest of  sub-subparagraph                                                               
(i) and delete sub-subparagraph (ii).                                                                                           
Hearing no objections, the motion carried.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH moved Amendment 2.                                                                                               
     Page 5, line 28, after the word "indicted", insert the word                                                                
"charged."                                                                                                                      
Hearing no objections, the motion carried.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH moved Amendment 3.                                                                                               
     Page 10, following line 20:                                                                                                
          Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                      
               "(h) Before issuing a license, the department                                                                    
     shall provide notice to the public of the identity of the                                                                  
     applicant and the location of the proposed card room and                                                                   
     allow at least 30 days for public comment."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS objected for explanation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR FRENCH  advised the amendment  was like a  liquor license                                                               
or  a zoning  change. It  gives  the citizens  an opportunity  to                                                               
weigh in.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:35:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SEEKINS   removed  his   objection.  Hearing   no  others,                                                               
Amendment 3 was unanimously adopted.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS  recessed the meeting to  the call of the  Chair at                                                               
5:35:59 PM.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS reconvened  the meeting at 7:36:10  PM. He referred                                                             
to  the  State  of  Washington's  administrative  code  regarding                                                               
limits on wagers and read through the information.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:37:54 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MAKINSTER commented  SB 165  gives  the DOR  the ability  to                                                               
regulate wagers.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS asked Mr. Makinster  whether the information in the                                                               
State of Washington administrative code is a standard.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MAKINSTER advised  it was  the same  between Washington  and                                                               
Oregon.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:41:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS noted the ante could be $25 and any additional                                                                    
wager could only be $25 with a maximum of three additional                                                                      
rounds.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. MAKINSTER said correct.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY commented it would be rare in a game for all                                                                    
people to be in until the end.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
7:45:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SEEKINS advised the committee they would be tasked with                                                                   
setting a maximum wager.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS held SB 165 in committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:47:59 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Seekins adjourned the meeting at 7:48:56 PM.                                                                            

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