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03/26/2013 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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01:32:36 PM Start
01:33:19 PM Confirmation Hearings
01:53:29 PM HB26
01:58:52 PM SB65
02:05:21 PM SB4
02:19:57 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Confirmation Hearing of Governor's Appointments TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 26 EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 26 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 65 RETIREMENT PLANS; ROTH IRAS; PROBATE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 65(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 4 MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 26, 2013                                                                                         
                           1:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mike Dunleavy, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Peter Micciche, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Donald Olson                                                                                                            
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                                           
     Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy                                                                               
          Craig Chapman                                                                                                         
          Donovan Rulien II                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alcoholic Beverage Control Board                                                                                       
          Robert (Bobby) Evans                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
     State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and                                                             
     Land Surveyors                                                                                                         
          Eric Eriksen                                                                                                          
          John Kerr                                                                                                             
          Jeffrey Koonce                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Barbers and Hairdressers                                                                                      
          Michael Bolivar                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
     Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                        
          Dr. Edward Barrington                                                                                                 
          Dr. Daniel Holt                                                                                                       
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
     Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                              
          Robyn Chaney                                                                                                          
          Dr. Mary Anne Navitsky                                                                                                
          Dr. Steven Scheller                                                                                                   
          Gail Walden                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
     Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council                                                                          
          Mark Saldi                                                                                                            
          Donald Stiles                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
     Alaska Labor Relations Agency                                                                                          
          Gary Bader                                                                                                            
          Daniel Repasky                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Marital and Family Therapy                                                                                    
          Linda King                                                                                                            
          Kennith McCarty                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     State Medical Board                                                                                                    
          Kevin Luppen                                                                                                          
          Kathleen (Casey) Millar                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives                                                                               
          Sarah Taygan                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Nursing                                                                                                       
          Hannah Espera                                                                                                         
          Thomas Hendrix                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Occupational Safety and Health Review Board                                                                            
          Thomas Trosvig                                                                                                        
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                        
          Dr. Grant Humphreys                                                                                                   
          Immanuel Lewis                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                      
          John Cotter                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board                                                                  
          Dr. Darin Bell                                                                                                        
          Ruth Kostik                                                                                                           
          Valerie Phelps                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                       
          Anne Marie Brainerd                                                                                                   
          Debra Hamilton                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners                                                            
          Dr. Kristi Fuller                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                              
          James Picard                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Real Estate Commission                                                                                                 
          Eric Bushnell                                                                                                         
          Nancy Davis                                                                                                           
          Stacy Risner                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                                        
          Norman Rokeberg                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                                         
          Zachary Paulson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Veterinary Examiners                                                                                          
          DeeDee Jonrowe                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                     
          Stacy Allen                                                                                                           
          Bradley Austin                                                                                                        
          Pamela Cline                                                                                                          
          Jace Digel                                                                                                            
          Sarah Lefebvre                                                                                                        
          Amy Steele                                                                                                            
          Mark Talbert                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission                                                                               
          David Richards                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 26                                                                                                               
"An Act  extending the  termination date of  the Board  of Public                                                               
Accountancy; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 26 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 65                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to property  exemptions for  retirement plans,                                                               
individual  retirement amending  Rule 64,  Alaska Rules  of Civil                                                               
Procedure, and  Rule 301(a), Alaska  Rules of accounts,  and Roth                                                               
IRAs;  relating  to  transfers of  individual  retirement  plans;                                                               
relating  to  Evidence."  the rights  of  judgment  creditors  of                                                               
members of  limited liability companies  and partners  of limited                                                               
liability  partnerships; relating  to the  Uniform Probate  Code,                                                               
including  pleadings, orders,  liability, and  notices under  the                                                               
Uniform Probate  Code and  the Alaska  Principal and  Income Act,                                                               
the  appointment of  trust property,  the Alaska  Uniform Prudent                                                               
Investor Act, co-trustees, trust  protectors, and trust advisors;                                                               
relating to the Alaska Principal  and Income Act; relating to the                                                               
Alaska  Uniform   Transfers  to  Minors  Act;   relating  to  the                                                               
disposition of  human remains;  relating to  the tax  on insurers                                                               
for life insurance policies; relating  to insurable interests for                                                               
certain   insurance  policies;   relating   to  restrictions   on                                                               
transfers   of  trust   interests;   relating  to   discretionary                                                               
interests  in  irrevocable  trusts;  relating  to  the  community                                                               
property of married persons; and                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 65(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 4                                                                                                               
"An Act  relating to applying  military education,  training, and                                                               
service   credit   to    occupational   licensing   and   certain                                                               
postsecondary  education  and employment  training  requirements;                                                               
providing  for a  temporary  occupational  license for  qualified                                                               
military service members; and providing for an effective date."                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 26                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY                                                                                 
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HAWKER, THOMPSON                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
01/16/13       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/7/13                                                                                
01/16/13       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/16/13       (H)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
01/28/13       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
01/28/13       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
01/28/13       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
01/30/13       (H)       L&C RPT 7DP                                                                                            
01/30/13       (H)       DP:    CHENAULT,    HERRON,    REINBOLD,                                                               
                         SADDLER, MILLETT, JOSEPHSON, OLSON                                                                     
02/12/13       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
02/12/13       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
02/12/13       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
02/13/13       (H)       FIN RPT 8DP 1NR 1AM                                                                                    
02/13/13       (H)       DP: NEUMAN, COSTELLO, EDGMON, HOLMES,                                                                  
                         MUNOZ, THOMPSON, T.WILSON, STOLTZE                                                                     
02/13/13       (H)       NR: KAWASAKI                                                                                           
02/13/13       (H)       AM: GARA                                                                                               
02/15/13       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/15/13       (H)       VERSION: HB 26                                                                                         
02/19/13       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/19/13       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
02/28/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/28/13       (S)       -- Meeting Postponed to 3/19/13 --                                                                     
03/19/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/19/13       (S)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
03/21/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/21/13       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/21/13       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/26/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 65                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: RETIREMENT PLANS; ROTH IRAS; PROBATE                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) COGHILL                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/27/13       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/27/13       (S)       L&C, JUD                                                                                               
03/21/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/21/13       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/21/13       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/26/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 4                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT                                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) WIELECHOWSKI                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/16/13       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/7/13                                                                                
01/16/13       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/16/13       (S)       STA, L&C, FIN                                                                                          
02/12/13       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/12/13       (S)       Moved CSSB 4(STA) Out of Committee                                                                     
02/12/13       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/13/13       (S)       STA RPT CS  3DP 1NR   SAME TITLE                                                                       
02/13/13       (S)       DP: DYSON, WIELECHOWSKI, GIESSEL                                                                       
02/13/13       (S)       NR: COGHILL                                                                                            
02/28/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/28/13       (S)       -- Meeting Postponed to 3/19/13 --                                                                     
03/19/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/19/13       (S)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
03/26/13       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT EVANS, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board                                                                                          
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION   STATEMENT:   Provided    information   regarding   his                                                             
confirmation hearing.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
NORMAN ROKEBERG, Appointee                                                                                                      
Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)                                                                                           
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION   STATEMENT:   Provided    information   regarding   his                                                             
confirmation hearing.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CECILE ELLIOTT, Staff                                                                                                           
Representative Mike Hawker                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Offered to answer questions related to HB 26                                                              
on behalf of the sponsor.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DON HABEGER, Director                                                                                                           
Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing                                                                  
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to HB 26.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAD HUTCHISON, Staff                                                                                                           
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained version N of SB 65 on behalf of                                                                 
the sponsor.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID SHAFTEL, Attorney                                                                                                         
Shaftel Law Offices                                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Described changes in version N of SB 65.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA KLOSTER, Staff                                                                                                           
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information related to SB 4 on                                                                   
behalf of the sponsor.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MARC SAN SOUCI, Northwest Regional Liaison                                                                                      
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)                                                                                                
Tacoma, Washington                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided supporting information related to                                                                
SB 4.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:32:36 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MIKE  DUNLEAVY  called  the   Senate  Labor  and  Commerce                                                             
Standing Committee meeting  to order at 1:32 p.m.  Present at the                                                               
call to order were Senators Micciche, Ellis, and Chair Dunleavy.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearings                                                                                                          
                     Confirmation Hearings                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
1:33:19 PM                                                                                                                  
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be confirmation  hearings. He  noted that  two of  the appointees                                                               
wanted to testify.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:13 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:34:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY began to read the list of appointees:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy                                                                                 
     Craig Chapman - Soldotna, AK                                                                                               
     Donovan Rulien II - Anchorage, AK                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Alcoholic Beverage Control Board                                                                                         
     Robert (Bobby) Evans - Nome                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He noted Mr. Evans wanted to testify.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT EVANS, Appointee, Alcoholic  Beverage Control (ABC) Board,                                                               
introduced himself.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS asked Mr. Evans what  his goals would be on the ABC                                                               
Board and his ideas on protecting the publics' interest.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:36:28 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. EVANS stated  that in 2009 he retired from  the Department of                                                               
Corrections  after 21  years of  service. He  described his  work                                                               
history and  experience with drug  and alcohol abuse issues.   He                                                               
related his  experience that about  60 percent of the  people who                                                               
went to jail and those that  were remanded were either alcohol or                                                               
drug related. He discussed prevention strategies.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE thanked Mr. Evans for serving on the ABC Board.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:41:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR ELLIS  voiced appreciation  for Mr.  Evans' work  and the                                                               
perspective  he brings.  He expressed  interest  in hearing  more                                                               
about the  specific role  the ABC Board  could play  in substance                                                               
abuse issues.  He also  asked how  to balance  the interest  of a                                                               
community impacted by out of  control addictions with the private                                                               
property rights of an owner of a liquor license or bar.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. EVANS  expressed the belief  that liquor stores  should abide                                                               
by the  rules and be  accountable. He said he  has seen a  lot of                                                               
crime and  abuse of alcohol in  Nome and businesses must  be held                                                               
accountable.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  stated support for  the confirmation of  Mr. Evans                                                               
in the  hope and belief  that he  would support the  following of                                                               
rules.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:46:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY continued  to read the nominees  for the following                                                               
boards:                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers,                                                                   
     and Land Surveyors                                                                                                       
     Eric Eriksen - Juneau, AK                                                                                                  
     John Kerr - Anchorage, AK                                                                                                  
     Jeffrey Koonce - Anchorage, AK                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Barbers and Hairdressers                                                                                        
     Michael Bolivar - Anchorage, AK                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                          
     Dr. Edward Barrington - Anchorage, AK                                                                                      
     Dr. Daniel Holt - Juneau, AK                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                
     Robyn Chaney - Dillingham, AK                                                                                              
     Dr. Mary Anne Navitsky - Sitka, AK                                                                                         
     Dr. Steven Scheller - Fairbanks, AK                                                                                        
     Gail Walden - Wasilla, AK                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council                                                                            
     Mark Saldi - Skagway, AK                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Donald Stiles - Nome, AK                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Labor Relations Agency                                                                                            
     Gary Bader - Anchorage, AK                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Daniel Repasky - Anchorage, AK                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Marital and Family Therapy                                                                                      
     Linda King - Anchorage, AK                                                                                                 
     Kennith McCarty - Eagle River, AK                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     State Medical Board                                                                                                      
     Kevin Luppen - Wasilla, AK                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Kathleen (Casey) Millar - Anchorage, AK                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives                                                                                 
     Sarah Taygan - Chugiak, AK                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Nursing                                                                                                         
     Hannah Espera - Anchorage, AK                                                                                              
     Thomas Hendrix - Eagle River, AK                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Occupational Safety and Health Review Board                                                                              
     Thomas Trosvig - Kodiak, AK                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Examiners in Optometry                                                                                          
     Dr. Grant Humphreys - Anchorage, AK                                                                                        
     Immanuel Lewis - Anchorage, AK                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                        
     John Cotter - Fairbanks, AK                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board                                                                    
     Dr. Darin Bell - Seward, AK                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Ruth Kostik - Juneau, AK                                                                                                   
     Valerie Phelps - Anchorage, AK                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                         
     Anne Marie Brainerd - Fairbanks, AK                                                                                        
     Debra Hamilton - Soldotna, AK                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
       Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate                                                                      
     Examiners                                                                                                                
     Dr. Kristi Fuller - Anchorage, AK                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                
     James Picard - Anchorage, AK                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Real Estate Commission                                                                                                   
     Eric Bushnell - Wasilla, AK                                                                                                
     Nancy Davis - Sitka, AK                                                                                                    
     Stacy Risner - Fairbanks, AK                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Regulatory Commission of Alaska                                                                                          
     Norman Rokeberg - Anchorage, AK                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He noted the arrival of Senator Olson.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:48:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY asked Mr. Rokeberg if he wanted to testify.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS thanked Mr. Rokeberg  for his willingness to serve.                                                               
He   requested  his   guiding  philosophy   and  goals   for  the                                                               
commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
NORMAN  ROKEBERG,  Appointee,  Regulatory  Commission  of  Alaska                                                               
(RCA),  said  his primary  goal  was  to contribute  through  his                                                               
experience  in  both  the  private and  public  sectors  and  his                                                               
conduct and  reputation as  a lifelong  Alaskan. He  related that                                                               
the  purpose of  regulation is  to align  the private  and public                                                               
utility sectors with  the public interest, and that  would be his                                                               
on-going guide.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:51:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY continued to read the list of appointees.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Social Work Examiners, AK                                                                                     
     Zachary Paulson - Palmer, AK                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Board of Veterinary Examiners                                                                                            
     DeeDee Jonrowe - Willow, AK                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                       
     Stacy Allen - Palmer, AK                                                                                                   
     Bradley Austin - Auke Bay, AK                                                                                              
     Pamela Cline - Anchorage, AK                                                                                               
     Jace Digel - Anchorage, AK                                                                                                 
     Sarah Lefebvre - Fairbanks, AK                                                                                             
     Amy Steele - Anchorage, AK                                                                                                 
     Mark Talbert - Wasilla, AK                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission                                                                                 
     David Richards - Eagle River, AK                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE moved  to forward  the foregoing  names of  the                                                               
appointees  to the  full body  for consideration.  He issued  the                                                               
reminder that this  motion does not reflect intent by  any of the                                                               
members  to  vote   for  or  against  the   confirmation  of  the                                                               
individuals during any further session.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that without  objection, the names would                                                               
be forwarded to the full body for consideration.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:52:19 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
            HB 26-EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:53:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY announced  the consideration  of HB  26, "An  Act                                                               
extending   the  termination   date  of   the  Board   of  Public                                                               
Accountancy and providing  for an effective date."  He noted this                                                               
was the second hearing of the bill.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CECILE ELLIOTT, Staff, Representative  Mike Hawker, sponsor of HB                                                               
26, offered to answer questions related to HB 26.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE asked  if  the fiscal  note  reflects the  same                                                               
annual costs as it would if it were a three-year extension.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ELLIOT explained  that the costs of the board  are covered by                                                               
licensing fees,  which can fluctuate  depending on the  number of                                                               
investigations  done. She  deferred  further  explanation to  Mr.                                                               
Habeger.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DON HABEGER,  Director, Division  of Corporations,  Business, and                                                               
Professional  Licensing, Department  of  Commerce, Community  and                                                               
Economic   Development   (DCCED),  Juneau,   Alaska,   introduced                                                               
himself.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE restated the question.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. HABEGER  agreed that the  estimated costs were the  same each                                                               
year. He  added that the department  has the ability to  set fees                                                               
to recoup costs as they  fluctuate. Labor costs, for example, may                                                               
increase. The  fiscal note was  determined by taking  an average,                                                               
based on the last two years of expenses.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:56:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY closed public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:56:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE moved  to report  HB  26, labeled  28-LS0154\A,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that without  objection HB 26 moved from                                                               
the  Senate  Labor  and   Commerce  Standing  Committee  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:56:57 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
           SB 65-RETIREMENT PLANS; ROTH IRAS; PROBATE                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:58:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY   reconvened  the   meeting  and   announced  the                                                               
consideration  of SB  65,  a bill  sponsored  by Senator  Coghill                                                               
which  deals with  retirement plans,  Roth IRAs  and probate.  He                                                               
said this  was the second hearing  and his intention was  to move                                                               
the  bill from  committee. He  requested  a motion  to adopt  the                                                               
committee substitute (CS).                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
SENATOR MICCICHE  moved to adopt  the CS  for SB 65,  labeled 28-                                                               
LS0473\N, as the working document.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
1:59:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAD HUTCHISON,  Staff, Senator John Coghill,  sponsor, explained                                                               
that the CS eliminates the previous Section 38.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAVID SHAFTEL, Attorney, Shaftel  Law Offices, Anchorage, Alaska,                                                               
described  the  changes in  version  N.  He explained  that  upon                                                               
review  of  the companion  House  version  of  the bill,  it  was                                                               
determined that Section  38 was unnecessary. One  other change, a                                                               
typographical error in the original bill, was corrected.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:01:25 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  asked if the entire  insurable interest section                                                               
was removed.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHAFTEL replied that the original  SB 65 added the phrase "or                                                               
immediately after the contract was  made," to AS 21.42.020(a) but                                                               
upon review it was decided that it was unnecessary.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  withdrew his objection  and version N  was before                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE asked if the  bill was referred to the Judiciary                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  said  yes.  Finding   no  further  questions  or                                                               
comments, he solicited a motion.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE moved  to  report  CS for  SB  65, labeled  28-                                                               
LS0473\N,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal notes.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY announced  that  without  objection CSSB  65(L&C)                                                               
moved from Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:03:37 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                 SB 4-MILITARY TRAINING CREDIT                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:05:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  reconvened the meeting  and noted the  arrival of                                                               
Senator Stedman.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be  SB  4.  "An  Act relating  to  applying  military  education,                                                               
training,  and  service  credit  to  occupational  licensing  and                                                               
certain   postsecondary   education   and   employment   training                                                               
requirements; providing for a  temporary occupational license for                                                               
qualified  military   service  members;  and  providing   for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:06:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BILL  WIELECHOWSKI, sponsor of  SB 4, explained  that the                                                               
bill directs  state boards to accept  relevant military education                                                               
training and service as equivalent  to some or all qualifications                                                               
for applying  for licenses or  certificates. It also  directs the                                                               
University of  Alaska and the Alaska  Commission on Postsecondary                                                               
Education  to   implement  policies  and  procedures   to  accept                                                               
relevant  military  education  as   credit  toward  a  degree  or                                                               
technical certificate.  The bill  is an effort  to stem  the high                                                               
unemployment rates  for veterans. This is  particularly important                                                               
for Alaska because  it has the highest percentage  of veterans in                                                               
the  country.  He related  that  a  number  of states  have  this                                                               
legislation  and  it's  the  number one  priority  for  the  U.S.                                                               
Department of Defense.  He noted that he  introduced an identical                                                               
bill last year.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:08:22 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE asked what happened to the bill last year.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   WIELECHOWSKI  explained   that  companion   bills  were                                                               
introduced in the House and Senate  and the House bill became the                                                               
vehicle, but it died on the last night of the session.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY asked if this bill was identical.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA KLOSTER, Staff, Senator Bill  Wielechowski, said this bill                                                               
is  substantially the  same, but  the previous  committee removed                                                               
language that allowed a temporary  license to be extended for 180                                                               
days.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:09:45 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON asked why the 180-day provision was removed.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER said  a member of that committee  was concerned about                                                               
such an  extension for  the medical profession.  It was  a policy                                                               
call and the sponsor accepted the change.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MARC SAN  SOUCI, Northwest Regional  Liaison, U.S.  Department of                                                               
Defense (DOD),  Tacoma, Washington, provided  information related                                                               
to  SB 4.  He  highlighted  that 28  states  have passed  similar                                                               
legislation granting  veterans credit toward  either occupational                                                               
licensing and/or academic credit.  He emphasized that the request                                                               
is not  for direct licensure if  it is not equivalent.  It's only                                                               
credit where  credit is due. He  pointed out that the  public has                                                               
already paid for veterans' training by paying taxes.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. SAN  SOUCI reported that  the Department of  Defense recently                                                               
released a new Joint Service  Transcript (JST) that is generic to                                                               
all branches  of the military. The  goal is to make  it easier to                                                               
evaluate  course descriptions  and training  among the  different                                                               
branches.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:14:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON asked how the military grades its students.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. SAN  SOUCI said  it varies  based on the  length and  type of                                                               
program, and  sometimes there is  variation between  the branches                                                               
of the  service. The  new JST  is intended to  make it  easier to                                                               
evaluate the courses for credit.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR OLSON asked what categories  of training besides medicine                                                               
are available and have benefitted by these training credits.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. SAN  SOUCI said  many job  categories have  benefitted, among                                                               
these are cosmetology and engineering.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR OLSON asked about firefighters and pilots.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SAN  SOUCI  responded  that   licenses  that  are  federally                                                               
regulated,   such  as   for  pilots   and  aircraft   maintenance                                                               
technicians,  probably wouldn't  be  included,  but licenses  for                                                               
firefighters,    engineering   technicians,    landscapers,   and                                                               
surveyors would be.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:17:57 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE  asked if  the $137,600 fiscal  note was  a "one                                                               
timer" for  travel costs for  the various occupational  boards to                                                               
get  together,  plus  $30,000  for  staff  costs  for  regulation                                                               
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said yes. He  explained that the Senate Bill                                                               
last year  had a delayed  effective date and that  eliminated the                                                               
fiscal note. The  House bill had an immediate  effective date and                                                               
it had  a fiscal impact.  Senator Huggins preferred  an immediate                                                               
effective date, and that's what SB 4 has; thus, the fiscal note.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:19:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  stated he would hold  SB 4 in committee  and take                                                               
public testimony at the next hearing.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:19:57 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Dunleavy adjourned the Senate  Labor and Commerce Committee                                                               
at 2:19 p.m.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

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