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03/16/2017 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:36:45 PM Start
01:42:54 PM Confirmation Hearings
03:17:42 PM SB64
03:20:06 PM SB71
03:31:34 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Governor's Appointees to State Boards TELECONFERENCED
& Commissions
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers
Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Board of Dental Examiners
Board of Marital & Family Therapy
Board of Massage Therapists
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board
State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
Board
Board of Professional Counselors
Board of Psychologists and Psychological
Associate Examiners
Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission
Workers' Compensation Board
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 71 COMMERCIAL FISHING LOANS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 75 LIMITED TEACHER CERTIFICATES; LANGUAGES TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 64 UNIFORM ENVIRONMENTAL COVENANTS ACT TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 64 Out of Committee
+= SB 79 OPIOIDS;PRESCRIPTIONS;DATABASE;LICENSES TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 16, 2017                                                                                         
                           1:36 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Shelley Hughes, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                  
     Suzanne Dutson - Juneau                                                                                                    
     Dr. Deborah Gideon - Anchorage                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers                                                                                               
     Jennifer Lombardo - Anchorage                                                                                              
     Michelle McMullin - Anchorage                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                               
     Dr. Brian Larson - Soldotna                                                                                                
     Dr. Jonathan Vito - Anchorage                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                             
     Karen Cunningham - Anchorage                                                                                               
     Nicole Jenkins - Palmer                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
     Traci Gilmour - Juneau                                                                                                     
     Jill Motz - Wasilla                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board                                                                                     
     Thomas Trosvig - Kodiak                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATION HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission                                                                                      
     Stephen Hagedorn - Anchorage                                                                                               
     Deirdre Ford - Anchorage                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                              
     Eleanor Vinson - Juneau                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          CONFIRMATION HEARD AND HELD                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                            
     Saleutogi (Togi) Letuligasenoa - Fairbanks                                                                                 
     Linda Murphy - Soldotna                                                                                                    
     Donna Phillips - Girdwood                                                                                                  
     Aaron Plikat - Anchorage                                                                                                   
     Brett Stubbs - Anchorage                                                                                                   
     Rick Traini - Anchorage                                                                                                    
     Lake Williams - Fairbanks                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     CONFIRMATIONS HEARD AND HELD                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 64                                                                                                              
"An  Act  adopting  the   Uniform  Environmental  Covenants  Act;                                                               
relating to environmental real property  covenants and notices of                                                               
activity and use  limitation at contaminated sites  to ensure the                                                               
protection  of  human  health,   safety,  and  welfare,  and  the                                                               
environment; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED  SB 64 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 71                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to limitations  on certain  commercial fishing                                                               
loans  made  by  the  Department   of  Commerce,  Community,  and                                                               
Economic Development."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 79                                                                                                              
"An  Act relating  to the  prescription of  opioids; establishing                                                               
the   Voluntary  Nonopioid   Directive  Act;   relating  to   the                                                               
controlled  substance  prescription  database;  relating  to  the                                                               
practice  of dentistry;  relating  to the  practice of  medicine;                                                               
relating to  the practice of  podiatry; relating to  the practice                                                               
of osteopathy; relating  to the practice of  nursing; relating to                                                               
the  practice   of  optometry;  relating   to  the   practice  of                                                               
veterinary  medicine;  related to  the  duties  of the  Board  of                                                               
Pharmacy; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 75                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating  to  instruction  in  a  language  other  than                                                               
English; and relating to limited teacher certificates."                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  71                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: COMMERCIAL FISHING LOANS                                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STEVENS                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/27/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/27/17       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
03/16/17       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  64                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: UNIFORM ENVIRONMENTAL COVENANTS ACT                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) MICCICHE                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
02/17/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/17/17       (S)       CRA, L&C                                                                                               
02/28/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/28/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/28/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
03/07/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/07/17       (S)       Moved  SB 64 Out of Committee                                                                          
03/07/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
03/08/17       (S)       CRA RPT  2DP 2NR                                                                                       
03/08/17       (S)       DP: BISHOP, HOFFMAN                                                                                    
03/08/17       (S)       NR: MACKINNON, STEDMAN                                                                                 
03/14/17       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/14/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/14/17       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/16/17       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SUZANNE DUTSON, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR. DEBORAH GIDEON, Appointee                                                                                                   
Board of Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER LOMBARDO, Appointee                                                                                                    
Board of Barbers and Hairdressers                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Barbers and Hairdressers.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE MCMULLIN, Appointee                                                                                                    
Board of Barbers and Hairdressers                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Barbers and Hairdressers.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR BRIAN LARSON, Appointee                                                                                                      
Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                                 
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Chiropractic Examiners.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. JONATHAN VITO, Appointee                                                                                                    
Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                                 
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Chiropractic Examiners.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
KAREN CUNNINGHAM, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Martial and Family Therapy                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Martial and Family Therapy.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
NICOLE JENKINS, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Marital and Family Therapy                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Martial and Family Therapy.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
TRACI GILMOUR, Appointee                                                                                                        
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Massage Therapists.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JILL MOTZ, Appointee                                                                                                            
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                     
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  Appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Massage Therapists.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
THOMAS TROSVIG, Appointee                                                                                                       
Occupational Safety and Health Review Board                                                                                     
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as  appointee to  the Occupational                                                             
Safety and Health Review Board.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
STEPHEN HAGEDORN, Appointee                                                                                                     
Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee  to  the  Workers'                                                             
Compensation Appeals Commission.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DEIRDRE FORD, Appointee                                                                                                         
Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee  to  the  Workers'                                                             
Compensation Appeals Commission.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ELEANOR VINSON, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Professional Counselors.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SALEUTOGI (TOGI) LETULIGASENOA, Appointee                                                                                       
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDA MURPHY, Appointee                                                                                                         
Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                                     
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONNA PHILLIPS, Appointee                                                                                                       
Alaska Workers Compensation Board                                                                                               
Girdwood, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AARON PLIKAT, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRETT STUBBS, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK TRAINI, Appointee                                                                                                          
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAKE WILLIAMS, Appointee                                                                                                        
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                              
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as  appointee  to   the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL HANKE, Staff                                                                                                             
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 64.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
TIM LAMKIN, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Introduced SB 71 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARY STEVENS                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 71.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
1:36:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:36  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Gardner, Stevens,  Meyer, Hughes,  and Chair                                                               
Costello.  She and  the other  committee  members introduced  the                                                               
youths from Facing Foster Care in Alaska who were job-shadowing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearings                                                                                                          
                     CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
  Board of Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners                                                                
                Board of Barbers & Hairdressers                                                                               
                Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                               
               Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                              
                  Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                 
           Occupational Safety & Health Review Board                                                                          
            Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission                                                                          
                Board of Professional Counselors                                                                              
               Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:42:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  announced the  first order  of business  would be                                                               
confirmation  hearings  for  governor appointees  to  boards  and                                                               
commissions.  She stated  that the  intent  is to  hear from  the                                                               
appointees, ask questions, and forward  the names in one batch at                                                               
some later date.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked Suzanne  Dutson  of  Juneau to  share  her                                                               
interest   in  serving   on  the   Board  of   Psychologists  and                                                               
Psychological Associate Examiners in the public seat.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:45:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SUZANNE   DUTSON,   Appointee,   Board   of   Psychologists   and                                                               
Psychological Associate  Examiners, Juneau, Alaska,  reviewed her                                                               
educational credentials  and stated she is  interested in serving                                                               
on this  board because it matches  her goal of serving  the state                                                               
using   her  education   and  experience   in  social   services,                                                               
behavioral  health,   and  health   care.  She   appreciates  the                                                               
opportunity to have an impact  and ensuring that there is quality                                                               
and   accountability   in   licensure   for   behavioral   health                                                               
professionals.  She has  attended one  meeting and  was impressed                                                               
with the talented and dedicated members serving on the board.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS said he has heard  complaints that it takes up to                                                               
six months for  the staff for this board  to issue certifications                                                               
and  get  the information  out  to  employers.  He asked  her  to                                                               
comment on what she could do to help this situation.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. DUTSON  said she believes  the problem will be  resolved with                                                               
the new staff that has been hired.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS expressed  optimism that she would  look into the                                                               
timeliness issue.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  reviewed  Ms. Dutson's  impressive  resume  and                                                               
asked what  a doctorate  in management provides  and if  she will                                                               
continue to work in the area of human services.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  DUTSON confirmed  that she  will continue  to work  in human                                                               
services.  She  explained   that  the  organizational  leadership                                                               
doctorate is  an umbrella for  her pre and post  graduate degrees                                                               
that  will make  her  more effective  in  policy development  and                                                               
regulatory matters at the state or federal level.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:51:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Ms. Dutson for being willing to serve.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Dr. Deborah  Gideon to share her interest in                                                               
serving  on   the  Board   of  Psychologists   and  Psychological                                                               
Associate Examiners in a psychologist seat.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR.  DEBORAH  GIDEON,  Appointee,   Board  of  Psychologists  and                                                               
Psychological  Associate Examiners,  Anchorage, Alaska,  said she                                                               
is a  clinical psychologist and  neuropsychologist and  she hopes                                                               
her experience  will help  the board. It  is also  an opportunity                                                               
for her to  give back to the state. She  is interested in quality                                                               
of care and providing care to the multiple groups in the state.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  if  her experience  working  on boards  in                                                               
other states  will translate  to this board  and perhaps  make it                                                               
more efficient.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DR.  GIDEON  said she  can't  address  board efficiency  at  this                                                               
point,  but  she  does  have  a  perspective  of  licensure,  the                                                               
qualifications required,  and how  the profession  functions. She                                                               
reiterated that quality of care  is her biggest concern primarily                                                               
because  the  training options  in  the  state are  limited.  Her                                                               
experience  in   other  states  has   given  her   a  perspective                                                               
nationally  about the  standards and  norms are  in the  field of                                                               
psychology. She  hopes to use  that experience to the  benefit of                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS asked  how achieving  licensure in  other states                                                               
compares to achieving licensure in Alaska.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDEON  opined that  the licensure rules  in Alaska  are more                                                               
lenient  than  other  states.  It  is a  challenge  to  make  the                                                               
credentialing  process  more  like   other  states  while  taking                                                               
Alaska's unique challenges and needs into consideration.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  asked if the  licensure process in Alaska  is as                                                               
efficient as other states.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR.  GIDEON said  she believes  that  the timeline  is about  the                                                               
same. It is  always a tedious, time-consuming  process because it                                                               
takes time to ensure that applicants are thoroughly vetted.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO found no further  questions and thanked Dr. Gideon                                                               
for being willing to serve.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:01:10 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Jennifer Lombardo  of Anchorage to share her                                                               
interest in serving  on the Board of Barbers  and Hairdressers in                                                               
the industry licensee seat.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER LOMBARDO, Appointee, Board  of Barbers and Hairdressers,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska,  said she is  a lifelong Alaskan who  has over                                                               
nine years  of experience as  a tattoo artist. She  was nominated                                                               
to fill  an industry  seat and  she looks  forward to  serving in                                                               
this position representing  the voice of tattooers  in the state.                                                               
She  also  has  an  interest in  protecting  the  community  from                                                               
unlicensed tattooers because it can be a high-risk profession.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  asked if  tattoo artist have  to work  a certain                                                               
number of hours to qualify for a license.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. LOMBARDO  said she believes  a tattooer needs just  under 400                                                               
hours  for  licensure.  She  added that  she  and  several  other                                                               
tattooers  believe that  number  is significantly  lower than  it                                                               
should  be. She  would also  like to  work to  modify the  tattoo                                                               
education, so it is more specifically geared to tattooing.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Lombardo for being willing to serve.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Michelle McMullin  of Anchorage to share her                                                               
interest in serving  on the Board of Barbers  and Hairdressers in                                                               
the nail technician seat.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:06:48 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHELLE MCMULLIN, Appointee, Board  of Barbers and Hairdressers,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, said  she has been a nail  technician for more                                                               
than  20 years  and  she  travels out  of  Alaska for  continuing                                                               
education and to learn better  techniques. She hopes to share her                                                               
experience and develop a good industry in Alaska.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER  asked what kind  of formal training  is required                                                               
to become a licensed nail technician.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCMULLIN explained that the  current requirement is 250 hours                                                               
of schooling with multiple hours  focused in different areas such                                                               
as artificial nails.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER asked if the curriculum is set by the board.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCMULLIN answered yes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. McMullin for being willing to serve.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:08:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Dr. Brian  Larson of Soldotna to  share his                                                               
interest in serving  on the Board of Chiropractic  Examiners in a                                                               
chiropractor seat.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DR  BRIAN LARSON,  Appointee,  Board  of Chiropractic  Examiners,                                                               
Soldotna, Alaska,  said he graduated from  chiropractic school in                                                               
2003 and has been working in  the field since. He has volunteered                                                               
significant amounts of  time with school sports  programs and now                                                               
has his  own practice  specializing in  sports injuries.  He also                                                               
discussed the  two careers he had  prior to this career.  He said                                                               
he looks  at this appointment as  an opportunity to give  back to                                                               
the community and state that have provided many opportunities.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  noted that he has  been a Boy Scout  leader since                                                               
1985.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES expressed  appreciation for his pro  bono work and                                                               
willingness to serve on this board.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Dr. Larson for being willing to serve.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  Dr. Jonathan Vito to share  his interest in                                                               
serving   on  the   Board  of   Chiropractic  Examiners   in  the                                                               
chiropractic seat.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:18:04 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. JONATHAN  VITO, Appointee,  Board of  Chiropractic Examiners,                                                               
Soldotna, Alaska, said  he moved to Alaska in  2011 and practices                                                               
chiropractic medicine in  Anchorage. He shared that  he wanted to                                                               
serve on  the board to  help streamline the licensure  process in                                                               
Alaska and  support an online option  for taking the test.  He is                                                               
also interested in introducing  advanced chiropractic concepts to                                                               
the state, which includes limited prescription writing ability.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:19:54 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:20:48 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked  if Life University (where  Dr. Vito received                                                               
his doctorate) is located in New York.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. VITO replied it is near Atlanta Georgia.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  asked  for  an  explanation  of  his  misdemeanor                                                               
conviction in  New York and  if it has  anything to do  with this                                                               
position.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR. VITO replied  it was a DUI offense. He  worked as a bartender                                                               
during his undergraduate years and  had an extra drink during his                                                               
shift and was pulled over while driving home.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked if Life University is accredited.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR.  VITO answered  yes; it  has the  number one  part-four board                                                               
scores for all chiropractic schools in the nation.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked him  to  expand  on the  suggestion  that                                                               
chiropractors should have some prescription privileges.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. VITO  explained that chiropractors  are viewed in  the health                                                               
network   as  primary   care  physicians.   Limited  prescription                                                               
privileges  would  allow  chiropractors  to  prescribe  low  dose                                                               
antibiotics  or   low  dose  pain   medication.  This   would  be                                                               
particularly  helpful in  small communities  that do  not have  a                                                               
wide variety of physicians.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER asked  if  the course  work  at Life  University                                                               
included classes on pharmaceuticals and prescribing.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR. VITO replied  he took three courses  called toxicology, which                                                               
were very similar to the  medication courses that medical doctors                                                               
take.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Dr. Vito for being willing to serve.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:24:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  Karen Cunningham of Anchorage  to share her                                                               
interest in  serving on the  Board of Marital and  Family Therapy                                                               
in the therapist/counselor seat.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KAREN  CUNNINGHAM,   Appointee,  Board  of  Martial   and  Family                                                               
Therapy, Anchorage,  Alaska, said she  is a licensed  marital and                                                               
family therapist. She described  the educational requirements and                                                               
explained that  during the associate period,  clinicians must get                                                               
a minimum  of 1,500  face-to-face client hours.  She said  she is                                                               
interested in  serving on the  board because of the  current work                                                               
the board is doing to  develop statutes and regulations for tele-                                                               
therapy. This  is particularly appropriate for  Alaska because it                                                               
has so many underserved populations.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER asked  if  there is  any  disadvantage to  tele-                                                               
therapy and if sessions that are  not face-to-face will be of the                                                               
same quality.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CUNNINGHAM said  it isn't  ideal but  still worthwhile.  Her                                                               
preference would be  to require the first session  to be face-to-                                                               
face.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  commented on Ms. Cunningham's  humor and thanked                                                               
her for applying.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO noted  her work  with the  Special Olympics.  She                                                               
asked if she  sees any challenges that she would  like to address                                                               
as  a  board  member  such  as access  in  rural  communities  or                                                               
coverage for insurance.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CUNNINGHAM said  she  has  been pleased  with  the way  that                                                               
insurance companies  have embraced  mental health. There  is some                                                               
indication  that  may  not  continue  and  it's  frightening  for                                                               
everyone who  works in mental  health. Job losses will  also have                                                               
huge impacts on families. There will  always be a need for people                                                               
who can work with families  to help with transitions to different                                                               
lifestyles.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  asked if she  can bill insurance and  Medicaid in                                                               
her practice  or if Medicaid  billing requires working  through a                                                               
psychiatrist.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. CUNNINGHAM  replied there are  a lot of requirements  to bill                                                               
through Medicaid,  one of which  is that a psychiatrist  needs to                                                               
be on staff 40 hours per week.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:32:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Cunningham for  being willing to serve. She noted                                                               
that public testimony would remain open on all the nominees.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked Nicole  Jenkins  of  Palmer to  share  her                                                               
interest in  serving on the  Marital and Family Therapy  Board in                                                               
the therapist/counselor seat.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NICOLE  JENKINS, Appointee,  Marital  and  Family Therapy  Board,                                                               
Anchorage,  Alaska,  said  she  moved  to  Alaska  in  2014.  She                                                               
received her master's in marriage  and family therapy in 2009 and                                                               
is  currently pursuing  a doctorate  in clinical  psychology. She                                                               
was drawn  to Alaska because  it seemed that this  profession was                                                               
in its  infancy compared  to California  where she  lived before.                                                               
Her interest in serving on the board  is to see how to ensure the                                                               
viability of the MFT profession  moving forward to meet the needs                                                               
in Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  thanked Ms. Jenkins  for her work in  Palmer. She                                                               
asked how Palmer compares to her life in California.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. JENKINS said  the moment they drove into Palmer  it felt like                                                               
home.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GARDNER  asked  what  role   the  board  might  have  in                                                               
addressing the issue of medical billing for MFT services.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. JENKINS  said she sees  the role as  bringing a voice  to the                                                               
national  board to  show why  MFT services  should be  covered by                                                               
Medicare and Medicaid.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR HUGHES found no  further questions or public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Jenkins for being willing to serve.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:38:33 PM                                                                                                                    
VICE  CHAIR HUGHES  asked Traci  Gilmour of  Juneau to  share her                                                               
interest in  serving on  the Board of  Massage Therapists  in the                                                               
licensed massage therapist seat.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TRACI GILMOUR,  Appointee, Board  of Massage  Therapists, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, said  she has  been practicing massage  in Alaska  for 23                                                               
years.  She  worked  with  the   Alaska  coalition  on  the  2014                                                               
legislation to  license massage therapists.  She has been  on the                                                               
board since  its inception  and would like  to continue  the good                                                               
work it is doing.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER read excerpts of  a letter from a constituent who                                                               
questioned increasing the license fee  from $100 to $610 plus new                                                               
tests, fingerprinting,  and other costly requirements.  She asked                                                               
what  she should  say  to him;  he  feels he  can't  stay in  the                                                               
profession because of the additional costs.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. GILMOUR said  the state sets the licensure fee  and the board                                                               
has  requested  reducing it  to  $295  for the  next  application                                                               
period.  "We have  heard the  therapists  and we  are working  to                                                               
reduce our  fees." She noted that  the 16 hours of  education can                                                               
be  done  online,   and  that  the  most   recent  board  minutes                                                               
specifically address the constituent's questions.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO noted that insurance  coverage for massage therapy                                                               
has  traditionally  been difficult  to  get;  she asked  if  more                                                               
people are seeking coverage under different medical codes.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. GILMOUR said  being able to bill insurance  directly has been                                                               
one  of  the  biggest  benefits of  licensure.  Coverage  through                                                               
Medicaid, Medicare, and Alaska Care Retiree is still difficult.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Gilmour for being willing to serve.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  Jill Motz of Wasilla to  share her interest                                                               
in serving  on the  Board of Massage  Therapists in  the licensed                                                               
massage therapist seat.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JILL  MOTZ,  Appointee,  Board of  Massage  Therapists,  Wasilla,                                                               
Alaska, said  she has  been a licensed  massage therapist  for 14                                                               
years.  She reviewed  her career  and noted  that she  moved back                                                               
into private practice in 2014  when licensing came to Alaska. She                                                               
shared that she worked in  various capacities for more than seven                                                               
years to  help bring licensure  to the profession in  Alaska. She                                                               
is  passionate about  it  and  moving to  the  state  board is  a                                                               
logical step to be of service.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Ms. Motz for her interest in serving.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:47:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked Thomas  Trosvig  of  Kodiak to  share  his                                                               
interest in serving on the  Occupational Safety and Health Review                                                               
Board in the public seat.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
THOMAS TROSVIG, Appointee, Occupational  Safety and Health Review                                                               
Board, Kodiak,  Alaska, said  this is  a three-member  board that                                                               
hears OSHA appeal  cases. He reviewed his  professional career in                                                               
the Coast Guard. His shore  based specialty was marine safety and                                                               
marine investigations.  He has  been on the  board for  more than                                                               
ten  years and  has found  the cases  to be  similar to  those he                                                               
handled in the  Coast Guard. "I believe I  have brought expertise                                                               
in general safety  matters and I have enjoyed  using my expertise                                                               
to enhance the safety for the citizens of Alaska."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  thanked Mr.  Trosvig for his  work on  the board                                                               
and for  making a life  in Kodiak after  a stellar career  in the                                                               
Coast Guard.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER said  she can't imagine how anyone  could be more                                                               
qualified for this particular board.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  thanked Captain  Trosvig  for  being willing  to                                                               
serve.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:51:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  Stephen Hagedorn of Anchorage  to share his                                                               
interest  in   serving  on  the  Workers'   Compensation  Appeals                                                               
Commission in the representative of employer seat.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
STEPHEN  HAGEDORN,   Appointee,  Workers'   Compensation  Appeals                                                               
Commission, Anchorage,  Alaska, reviewed his  professional career                                                               
and noted  that he has served  on this board under  six different                                                               
governors. He  related that  he has  had extensive  experience in                                                               
workers'  compensation matters,  but he  is not  an attorney.  He                                                               
described  the service  as an  opportunity  to give  back to  the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Mr. Hagedorn for being willing to serve.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Deirdre  Ford of  Anchorage  to share  her                                                               
interest  in   serving  on  the  Workers'   Compensation  Appeals                                                               
Commission in the commission chair seat.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:54:46 PM                                                                                                                    
DEIRDRE   FORD,   Appointee,    Workers'   Compensation   Appeals                                                               
Commission, Anchorage, Alaska, said she  was asked to come out of                                                               
retirement for this service. She  related that in 1985 she worked                                                               
in Anchorage  as an insurance  defense counsel, primarily  in the                                                               
area  of workers'  compensation.  In 2009  she  became a  hearing                                                               
officer  with  the Alaska  Workers'  Compensation  Board. She  is                                                               
pleased to  be able to give  something back to the  state through                                                               
this service.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES observed  that  she was  the  co-chair of  Alaska                                                               
Sisters in Crime. She asked for an explanation.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. FORD explained that the  national organization called Sisters                                                               
in Crime was  developed in the 1980s to  bring together primarily                                                               
women readers  and writers of  murder mysteries. Alaska  formed a                                                               
chapter  with Dana  Stabenow, Sue  Henry,  Suzan Nightingale  and                                                               
others.  She described  some of  the activities  the organization                                                               
has undertaken.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked what the acronym AIRRES stands for.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. FORD  said she  resigned from  that board in  2012; it  is an                                                               
organization that  provides people  to read newspapers  and books                                                               
over the radio to blind and visually impaired people.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Ford for being willing to serve.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked Eleanor  Vinson  of  Juneau to  share  her                                                               
interest in  serving on the  Board of Professional  Counselors in                                                               
the public seat.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:00:20 PM                                                                                                                    
ELEANOR  VINSON,  Appointee,  Board of  Professional  Counselors,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska,  said she  does not have  a degree  in counseling                                                               
but she  has lived in Valdez,  Barrow, and Juneau since  she came                                                               
to  Alaska in  1977 so  she has  an understanding  of the  unique                                                               
areas of the state, which should  be helpful. She has also worked                                                               
as a  staff member  for a  number of  boards, so  she has  a good                                                               
perspective of what it takes to be a good board member.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Ms. Vinson for being willing to serve.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:01:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   COSTELLO  asked   Saleutogi   (Togi)  Letuiligasenoa   of                                                               
Fairbanks  to  share  his  interest  in  serving  on  the  Alaska                                                               
Workers' Compensation Board in an industry seat.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SALEUTOGI  (TOGI)   LETULIGASENOA,  Appointee,   Alaska  Workers'                                                               
Compensation  Board,  Fairbanks, Alaska,  said  he  was born  and                                                               
raised in Fairbanks  and is currently the  director of operations                                                               
for  a   civil  construction  company   that  focuses   on  rural                                                               
construction. The  company also has an  equipment rental division                                                               
that provides oil  field service and support; a  rock quarry; and                                                               
a  marine department.  He said  his  interest in  serving on  the                                                               
board is  to bring some  of the  knowledge from working  in these                                                               
multiple fields  to the board.  It is a way  to give back  to the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Mr. Letuligasenoa for being willing to serve.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked Linda  Murphy  to  share her  interest  in                                                               
serving on the Workers' Compensation Board in an industry seat.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LINDA MURPHY,  Appointee, Workers' Compensation  Board, Soldotna,                                                               
Alaska, said  she has  lived in  Alaska since  1972 and  has both                                                               
public and private sector experience.  She was the city clerk and                                                               
personnel director in  Seward for about 16  years. Thereafter she                                                               
moved  to Soldotna  and  served as  the  Kenai Peninsula  Borough                                                               
clerk  until 2005  when  she retired.  Since  retirement she  has                                                               
served  on  the borough  planning  commission  and the  assembly.                                                               
Currently she  is on the city  council serving as vice  mayor and                                                               
runs the  business end  of the construction  company she  and her                                                               
husband  own.  She  said  the   foregoing  experience  makes  her                                                               
uniquely qualified to serve on the Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS remarked  that Ms.  Murphy has  been a  valuable                                                               
asset to communities and he appreciates  the work she has done on                                                               
the Alaska  Municipal League Board  of Directors. He  thanked Ms.                                                               
Murphy for applying to serve on the board.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  found no further  questions, comments,  or public                                                               
testimony and thanked Ms. Murphy for being willing to serve.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Donna Phillips  of Girdwood  to share  her                                                               
interest in serving on the  Alaska Workers' Compensation Board in                                                               
a labor seat.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DONNA  PHILLIPS, Appointee,  Alaska  Workers Compensation  Board,                                                               
Appointee,  Girdwood,  Alaska, said  she  has  been a  registered                                                               
nurse for  38 years.  She currently works  in the  intensive care                                                               
unit  in an  Anchorage hospital  and is  the labor  chair of  the                                                               
Alaska  Nurses Association.  She  also served  on the  hospital's                                                               
state-patient  handling committee  and as  the health  and safety                                                               
officer. She  has served  one term  on the  Workers' Compensation                                                               
Board  and enjoyed  being able  to use  her expertise  in hearing                                                               
cases of injured workers.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER greeted Ms. Phillips and extended her thanks.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no further  questions or  public testimony                                                               
and thanked Ms. Phillips for being willing to serve.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Aaron  Plikat of  Anchorage  to share  his                                                               
interest in serving on the  Alaska Workers' Compensation Board in                                                               
a labor seat.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:08:48 PM                                                                                                                    
AARON  PLIKAT,  Appointee,  Alaska Workers'  Compensation  Board,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, said  he is a plumber and  pipefitter by trade                                                               
and has  been a  member of  the local union  since 1997.  For the                                                               
last ten years  he has served as the union  business agent and is                                                               
the  current president  of the  Building and  Construction Trades                                                               
Council for Southcentral Alaska. He  also serves on several labor                                                               
management  boards  and  is  currently the  chair  of  the  local                                                               
apprenticeship  training  trust.  He  said he  looks  forward  to                                                               
serving on the board.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Mr.  Plikat for being  willing to serve.  She highlighted                                                               
that  the  committee  members  are  reviewing  the  comprehensive                                                               
packet on all  the appointees as they listen  to their testimony.                                                               
Most of the resumes are very impressive.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked Brett  Stubbs  to  share his  interest  in                                                               
serving  on   the  Alaska  Workers'  Compensation   Board  in  an                                                               
[industry] seat.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:10:17 PM                                                                                                                    
BRETT  STUBBS,  Appointee,  Alaska Workers'  Compensation  Board,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska, said he has  been in the construction industry                                                               
for  about  20 years.  He  started  in residential  construction,                                                               
moved to  commercial construction,  and then joined  the painters                                                               
union  in  2003.  He  served  as  president  of  that  union  and                                                               
eventually became an  estimator. As management, he  served as the                                                               
chair of the  apprenticeship and training trust fund  and a board                                                               
member of  the local  painters' union  retirement trust  fund. He                                                               
said he believes his experience would be an asset to the board.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Mr. Stubbs for being willing to serve.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  Rick  Traini to  share  his  interest  in                                                               
serving  on the  Alaska Workers'  Compensation Board  in a  labor                                                               
seat.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:12:54 PM                                                                                                                    
RICK  TRAINI,  Appointee,  Alaska  Workers'  Compensation  Board,                                                               
Anchorage,  Alaska, said  he  worked at  UPS for  16  years in  a                                                               
variety of  positions and  now he works  for the  local teamsters                                                               
union as  the negotiations  coordinator. He  has been  serving on                                                               
this board since 2011.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Mr. Traini for being willing to continue to serve.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Lake  Williams to  share  his interest  in                                                               
serving  on the  Alaska Workers'  Compensation Board  in a  labor                                                               
seat.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
LAKE  WILLIAMS, Appointee,  Alaska  Workers' Compensation  Board,                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska, said  he was born and raised  in Fairbanks and                                                               
has lived  in Alaska fulltime  except when  he went to  school to                                                               
get a  degree in business  administration from the  University of                                                               
Iowa. While  going to school  he joined the  operating engineers'                                                               
apprenticeship program. He  worked in the field 10  years and has                                                               
been in the  office for 11 years. He listed  his current and past                                                               
affiliations. He  was first  appointed to the  board in  2014 and                                                               
has  enjoyed serving.  He shared  his  belief that  institutional                                                               
knowledge  is  beneficial.  He appreciates  both  the  labor  and                                                               
industry board members and has enjoyed the experience.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  found  no  questions  or  public  testimony  and                                                               
thanked Mr. Williams for being willing to serve.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:16:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked all the  appointees and stated that action                                                               
would  be taken  on  all the  nominations at  a  later date.  She                                                               
highlighted the  importance of the commitment  and involvement of                                                               
Alaskans  who serve  on boards  and commissions  uncompensated to                                                               
further their professions and make the state work more smoothly.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
           SB  64-UNIFORM ENVIRONMENTAL COVENANTS ACT                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:17:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced  the consideration of SB  64. She stated                                                               
that this is  the second hearing and public  testimony is closed;                                                               
the  intent  is  to  answer  questions and  move  the  bill  from                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  asked if  the  sponsor  expects to  get  letters                                                               
stating support or opposition to the legislation.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:18:52 PM                                                                                                                    
RACHEL  HANKE,  Staff,  Senator   Peter  Micciche,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  said the  sponsor's office  is soliciting  comments                                                               
but at this  point they have only heard opposition  from the U.S.                                                               
Department of Defense.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  noted  the individuals  who  were  available  to                                                               
answer  questions. Finding  no questions  or comments,  she asked                                                               
for a motion.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:19:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES  moved  to  report  SB  64  from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  announced  that  without  objection,  SB  64  is                                                               
reported from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                SB  71-COMMERCIAL FISHING LOANS                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:20:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SB 71 and noted                                                                   
that this was the first hearing.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:20:43 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:21:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened the meeting and asked Mr. Lamkin to                                                                   
introduce the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:21:20 PM                                                                                                                    
TIM LAMKIN, Staff, Senator Gary Stevens, Alaska State                                                                           
Legislature, introduced SB 71 speaking to the following sponsor                                                                 
statement:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Senate  Bill  71 raises  the  maximum  balance of  sub-                                                                    
     category loans an Alaskan resident  may borrow from the                                                                    
     state  to   support  their  activities   in  commercial                                                                    
     fishing in Alaska.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     The  total balance  allowed to  be borrowed  remains at                                                                    
     $400,000, but  the bill allows borrowers  more flexible                                                                    
     options  to reach  the $400,000  capped balance  within                                                                    
     the   various  loan   sub-categories  for   which  they                                                                    
     qualify.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     To clarify  the effect  of this bill,  we must  look to                                                                    
     the loan categories described in  a previous section of                                                                    
     Alaska  law, AS  16.10.310(a)(1)(a) through  (a)(1)(f).                                                                    
     The changes are summarized as follows:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Subsection A  loans are  intended for  more experienced                                                                    
     fishermen  who hold  current  crewmember or  commercial                                                                    
     fishing  permits,  and  who   wish  to  purchase  entry                                                                    
     permits, upgrade  existing vessels  or gear  to improve                                                                    
     seafood   product   quality,   or   to   improve   fuel                                                                    
     efficiency. The  current Subsection  A loan  balance is                                                                    
     capped  at  $300,000.  This bill  raises  that  cap  to                                                                    
     $400,000.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES observed that, should the bill pass, fewer people                                                                
will be able to get a loan.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. LAMKIN replied there is plenty of money to go around.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He continued to review the sponsor statement.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Subsection   B  loans   are  intended   for  repairing,                                                                    
     upgrading,  or  purchasing  vessels, and  buying  entry                                                                    
     permits.  Applicants   must  have  been   denied  other                                                                    
     financing  options  and  demonstrate a  local  economic                                                                    
     dependence on commercial  fishing for their livelihood.                                                                    
     Subsection  B loan  balances  are  currently capped  at                                                                    
     $200,000 for  buying permits or gear,  and $100,000 for                                                                    
     vessel  purchase,  repair,  etc.  This  bill  caps  all                                                                    
     Subsection B loans to $200,000.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Subsection C  loans are intended  for those  wishing to                                                                    
     buy  Individual Fishing  Quotas (IFQs)  for halibut  or                                                                    
     sablefish.  Applicants  must  have  been  denied  other                                                                    
     financing  options.  Subsection  C  loan  balances  are                                                                    
     currently capped  at $300,000. SB 71  raises Subsection                                                                    
     C loans maximum to $400,000.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Subsection  F loans  are for  Alaska residents  wishing                                                                    
     upgrade existing  tender vessels  and gear in  order to                                                                    
     improve  the   quality  of  Alaska   seafood  products.                                                                    
     Section F  loans are currently  capped at  $300,000. SB                                                                    
     71 raises Subsection F loans maximum to $400,000.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     To  reiterate,  currently  the  most  any  Alaskan  can                                                                    
     borrow from the Alaska  Commercial Fishing Loan Fund is                                                                    
     $400,000.  SB  71  does not  change  that  policy,  but                                                                    
     rather  only  changes  how  a   person  may  reach  the                                                                    
     $400,000 cap. It allows Alaskans  to borrow more for an                                                                    
     individual permit,  engine, boat, gear, IFQ,  etc., but                                                                    
     still never more than $400,000 total.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     It is  the policy  of the state,  under AS  16.10.300 -                                                                    
     16.10.370,  to   promote  the  rehabilitation   of  the                                                                    
     state's fisheries,  the development of  a predominantly                                                                    
     resident  fishery,  and  the continued  maintenance  of                                                                    
     commercial  fishing  gear  and vessels  throughout  the                                                                    
     state by means of  long-term low interest loans. Senate                                                                    
     Bill 71  is an effort  to modernize that  policy. Thank                                                                    
     you for your consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:30:46 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS, speaking as the sponsor of SB 71, related that                                                                 
this is part of the long-term solution to help young Alaskans                                                                   
get into  the fishing industry.  Right now, it is  very difficult                                                               
because the  cost of boats  and permits are  astronomically high.                                                               
Mr. Lamkin  made it very  clear that the  cap is not  raised; "it                                                               
just spreads it around a little bit differently."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked Mr. Lamkin and Senator Stevens and held                                                                  
SB 71 in committee for further consideration.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:31:34 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Costello adjourned the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                                 
Committee meeting at 3:31 p.m.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 71 - Fiscal Note DCCED.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 71- Support Letter - UFA.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 75 - Fiscal Note DEED.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 75
SB 75 - Supporting Document - ASD Resolution.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 75
SB 75 - Supporting Background - Salt Lake City Tribune Article.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 75
Barbers & Hairdressers - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Barbers & Hairdressers - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Barbers & Hairdressers Resume - Lombardo.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Barbers & Hairdressers Resume - McMullin.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Barbers & Hairdressers Resume - Shell.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Chiropractic Examiners - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Chiropractic Examiners - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Chiropractic Examiners Resume - Larson.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Chiropractic Examiners Resume - Vito.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Dental Examiners - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Dental Examiners - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Dental Examiners Resume - Moriarty.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Dental Examiners Resume - Scheller.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Dental Examiners Resume - Walden.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Marital & Family Therapy - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Marital & Family Therapy - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Marital & Family Therapy Resume - Cunningham.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Marital & Family Therapy Resume - Jenkins.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Massage Therapists - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Massage Therapists - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Massage Therapists Resume - Gilmour.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Massage Therapists Resume - Motz.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board Resume - Trosvig.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Resume - Bingham.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Resume - Carlson.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Resume - Stassel.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Professional Counselors - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Professional Counselors - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Professional Counselors Resume - Brainerd.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Professional Counselors Resume - Hamilton.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Professional Counselors Resume - Henderson.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Professional Counselors Resume - Vinson.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Psychologists & Psychological Associate Examiners - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Psychologists & Psychological Associate Examiners - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Psychologists & Psychological Associate Examiners Resume - Dutson.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Psychologists & Psychological Associate Examiners Resume - Gideon.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Appeals Commission - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Appeals Commission - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Appeals Commission Resume - Ford.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Appeals Commission Resume - Hagedorn.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board - Fact Sheet.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board - Roster.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Letuligasenoa.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Murphy.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Phillips.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Plikat.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Stubbs.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Traini 2.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Traini.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Weaver.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
Workers Compensation Board Resume - Williams.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71 - Alaska Bankers Assoc. Letter.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 71 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 71 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 71 - Support Letter - Julie Decker.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 71 - Support Letter - SEAFA.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 71
SB 71 - Support Letter - Southeast Alaska Gillnetters.pdf SL&C 3/16/2017 1:30:00 PM
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