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02/26/2019 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:33:19 PM Start
01:33:42 PM Confirmation Hearing(s):
02:15:10 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony on All Appointees --
- Public Accountancy - Karen Smith
- Barbers & Hairdressers - Jessica Steele
- Board of Massage Therapists - Julie Endle
- Board of Social Work Examiners -
Geoffry McCormick, Colleen Vague
- Board of Psychologists & Psychological
Associate Examiners - Matthew Dammeyer
- Board of Pharmacy - Leif Holm
- Real Estate Commission - Jamie Matthews,
Peggy Ann McConnochie, Cheryl Markwood, Margaret
Nelson
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                       February 26, 2019                                                                                        
                           1:33 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lora Reinbold, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Mia Costello, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Chris Birch                                                                                                             
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Board of Public Accountancy:                                                                                                  
Karen Smith - Anchorage                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers:                                                                                              
Jessica Steele - Wasilla                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
Julie Endle - Palmer                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Social Work Examiners:                                                                                               
Geoffry McCormick - North Pole                                                                                                  
Colleen Vague - Wasilla                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Real Estate Commission:                                                                                                       
Peggy Ann McConnochie - Juneau                                                                                                  
Cheryl Markwood - Fairbanks                                                                                                     
Jamie Matthews - Glennallen                                                                                                     
Margaret Nelson - Anchorage                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Board of Pharmacy:                                                                                                            
Leif Holm - North Pole                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
KAREN SMITH, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Public Accountancy                                                                                                     
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Public Accountancy.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA STEELE, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers                                                                                                 
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Barbers & Hairdressers.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JULIE ENDLE, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                     
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Massage Therapists.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
GEOFFRY MCCORMICK, Appointee                                                                                                    
Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                                                  
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Social Work Examiners.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COLLEEN VAGUE, Appointee                                                                                                        
Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                                                  
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Social Work Examiners.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JAMIE MATTHEWS, Appointee                                                                                                       
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                          
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Glennallen, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Real Estate                                                                 
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY ANN MCCONNOCHIE, Appointee                                                                                                
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                          
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Real Estate                                                                 
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL MARKWOOD, Appointee                                                                                                      
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                          
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Real Estate                                                                 
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET NELSON, Appointee                                                                                                      
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                          
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Real Estate                                                                 
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
LEIF HOLM, Appointee                                                                                                            
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                               
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Pharmacy.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:33:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  LORA  REINBOLD  called  the   Senate  Labor  and  Commerce                                                             
Standing Committee meeting  to order at 1:33 p.m.  Present at the                                                               
call  to  order  were  Senators  Costello,  Birch,  Gray-Jackson,                                                               
Bishop and Chair Reinbold.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
                  Board of Public Accountancy                                                                               
               Board of Barbers and Hairdressers                                                                            
                  Board of Massage Therapists                                                                               
                 Board of Social Work Examiners                                                                             
                     Real Estate Commission                                                                                 
                       Board of Pharmacy                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:33:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD  announced that the  only order of  business would                                                               
be  the Confirmation  Hearings  for appointees  to  the Board  of                                                               
Public Accountancy,  Board of Barbers and  Hairdressers, Board of                                                               
Massage  Therapists, Board  of Social  Work  Examiners, Board  of                                                               
Pharmacy, and the Real Estate Commission.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:34:37 PM                                                                                                                    
KAREN SMITH, Appointee, Board of  Public Accountancy, Division of                                                               
Corporations,  Business &  Professional Licensing,  Department of                                                               
Commerce,  Community and  Economic Development,  stated that  she                                                               
owns RV Concierge, a business in  the Mat-Su Valley. She has been                                                               
serving on the  board for the last year and  reapplied for a full                                                               
term. She  enjoys serving  on boards and  also sits  on Anchorage                                                               
East Rotary  and her children's  PTA board. As a  business owner,                                                               
she said  she would  bring a different  perspective to  the board                                                               
than a certified  public accountant. She said she  tends to focus                                                               
on profit and loss statements  and regulations. She looks forward                                                               
to  continuing   to  serve  on  the   board  pending  legislative                                                               
approval.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:35:58 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD   opened  public   testimony,  and   after  first                                                               
determining no one wished to  testify, closed public testimony on                                                               
the  confirmation hearing  for Karen  Smith, appointee,  Board of                                                               
Public Accountancy.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:36:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BIRCH welcomed  a  member of  Anchorage  East Rotary  to                                                               
continuing to serve on the Board of Public Accountancy.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:37:08 PM                                                                                                                    
JESSICA  STEELE,  Appointee,  Board of  Barbers  &  Hairdressers,                                                               
Division  of  Corporations,  Business &  Professional  Licensing,                                                               
Department of Commerce, Community  and Economic Development, said                                                               
although she had  never served on a board,  since her appointment                                                               
she has actively worked on the  board. She said she looks forward                                                               
to  serving  on   the  board,  if  confirmed.  She   has  been  a                                                               
hairdresser  for 30  years and  has owned  a Wasilla  hair salon,                                                               
Beehive  Beauty  Shop,  for  21  years.  She  has  also  been  an                                                               
instructor for just over 10 years.  She said that it is important                                                               
for  young people  to have  technical opportunities.  She related                                                               
her  personal experiences  that hairdressing  helped her  achieve                                                               
financial independence. She recognizes  the value this profession                                                               
brings to  individuals who choose  to become hairdressers  and is                                                               
thankful to give back to her profession.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:39:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BIRCH asked  what she  views  as the  downside that  the                                                               
Board  of  Barbers  and  Hairdressers   is  a  board  and  not  a                                                               
commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  STEELE  said  that  she believes  in  regulation  of  safety                                                               
concerns,  especially  when  licensees  touch skin  and  come  in                                                               
contact  with body  fluids. However,  she  knows how  to run  her                                                               
business, so she would also guard against overregulation.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   REINBOLD  opened   public  testimony   and  after   first                                                               
determining no one wished to  testify, closed public testimony on                                                               
the  confirmation hearing  for Jessica  Steele, appointee  to the                                                               
Board of Barbers and Hairdressers.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:40:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD thanked her for  operating a business for 21 years                                                               
in Alaska and for being an instructor for 10 years.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:41:24 PM                                                                                                                    
JULIE ENDLE, Appointee, Board of  Massage Therapists, Division of                                                               
Corporations,  Business &  Professional Licensing,  Department of                                                               
Commerce,  Community and  Economic  Development,  stated she  was                                                               
appointed to  serve as the  public member  of the board,  but she                                                               
has  not previously  served on  a board.  She said  she likes  to                                                               
receive massages  and related her  experiences. She  has received                                                               
some  wonderful,   professional  therapeutic  massages   and  has                                                               
observed  some good  business  practices and  some  less so.  She                                                               
offered her belief  that she can be helpful as  the public member                                                               
and will be an asset to the team of professional licensees.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD   opened  public   testimony,  and   after  first                                                               
determining no one wished to  testify, closed public testimony on                                                               
the confirmation hearing for Julie  Endle, appointee to the Board                                                               
of Massage Therapists.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:43:07 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD thanked her for her willingness to serve.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:44:16 PM                                                                                                                    
GEOFFRY  MCCORMICK, Appointee,  Board of  Social Work  Examiners,                                                               
Division  of  Corporations,  Business &  Professional  Licensing,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic  Development,                                                               
stated he  is a  life-long Alaskan.  He said  his father  came to                                                               
Alaska  in 1964.  He  expressed  an interest  in  serving on  the                                                               
board, which would  allow him to give back to  his profession. He                                                               
said that it  would give him the opportunity  to provide guidance                                                               
on rules and  regulations related to the practice  of social work                                                               
to ensure that safe practices are used in the profession.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCCORMICK  said this  appointment  would  also give  him  an                                                               
opportunity  to safeguard  the rights  of all  social workers  by                                                               
bringing  fairness  and   objectivity  into  the  decision-making                                                               
process. He has 20 years of  military experience and a world view                                                               
perspective since he  has traveled throughout the  U.S. and other                                                               
countries. As an African American  male, he also brings diversity                                                               
to the board. He  said he is a disabled veteran  and a new social                                                               
worker. In  closing, he offered  his belief that  his experiences                                                               
give him an enhanced perspective.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:46:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON thanked  him for  his willingness  to serve                                                               
and bring diversity to this field.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:46:27 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COSTELLO echoed  her gratitude  that  so many  wonderful                                                               
talented  Alaskans are  willing to  serve. She  asked whether  he                                                               
thinks there is a lack of social  workers in the state and if so,                                                               
what the board or legislature can do.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCCORMICK  acknowledged a  lack of  social workers  exists in                                                               
the state. He  suggested the state could do  more advertising and                                                               
outreach at  universities and local  schools to help  address the                                                               
issue by highlighting  the profession. He said he  also works for                                                               
the Fairbanks Rescue Mission to  serve the homeless community. He                                                               
said he  has observed a need  for more social workers  in Alaska,                                                               
especially in rural areas.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:48:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD   opened  public   testimony,  and   after  first                                                               
determining no one wished to  testify, closed public testimony on                                                               
the  confirmation hearing  for  Geoffry  McCormick, appointee  to                                                               
Board of Social Work Examiners.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:48:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD said she appreciated that  he is a veteran and has                                                               
earned  so many  medals. She  stated  she is  impressed with  his                                                               
scholarship work and  his training. She thanked him  for his work                                                               
on domestic violence  prevention and other service  to the state.                                                               
She also thanked him for his willingness to serve.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:50:00 PM                                                                                                                    
COLLEEN  VAGUE,  Appointee,  Board   of  Social  Work  Examiners,                                                               
Division  of  Corporations,  Business &  Professional  Licensing,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic  Development,                                                               
stated  she  has earned  a  Master  of Education  and  Counseling                                                               
degree  and a  Bachelor of  Arts  degree in  psychology. She  has                                                               
worked as a high school  teacher, a private school principal, and                                                               
at  the   Department  of  Corrections   (DOC)  as   an  education                                                               
coordinator.  She also  worked  at the  Department  of Labor  and                                                               
Workforce Development  (DOLWD) as  a career guide.  She currently                                                               
works  in a  non-profit organization  for a  childcare assistance                                                               
program. She said she thinks  social work can create a foundation                                                               
for people whose  lives are in distress and help  them connect to                                                               
their  community.  This  might  help people  avoid  some  of  the                                                               
pitfalls that happen to them  in life, she said. She acknowledged                                                               
that is  the reason she is  interested in serving on  this board.                                                               
She also expressed an interest  in staying informed and connected                                                               
to  her own  community.  She  noted that  she  chairs the  Mat-Su                                                               
Planning  Commission. She  expressed an  interest in  achieving a                                                               
statewide perspective as a citizen serving on the board.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:51:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BIRCH  said he  was  intrigued  that  she served  as  an                                                               
education  coordinator at  Department of  Corrections. The  state                                                               
can do  so much  more to rehabilitate  and restore  the community                                                               
engagement of  the prison  population, he said.  He asked  her to                                                               
briefly share her experiences.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. VAGUE answered that her  experience working at the prison was                                                               
very fulfilling.  She said most  prisoners do  not want to  be in                                                               
prison nor do they want to  return to prison after their release,                                                               
but they do  not know how to  do so. She said it  is important to                                                               
recognize  that 95  percent of  prisoners in  the system  will be                                                               
released.  She said  that  if the  state does  not  help them  in                                                               
prison,  they will  continue to  victimize others.  She said  she                                                               
thinks  that the  state needs  significantly more  rehabilitation                                                               
and other programs in the prison system to help stop recidivism.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BIRCH thanked her for her public service.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:53:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COSTELLO asked what can be  done about the lack of social                                                               
workers in the state and what the legislature can do to help.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VAGUE said  that  the social  workers'  profession could  be                                                               
elevated to a  profession that is respected. She  said she thinks                                                               
many people view  social workers as those who work  in the Office                                                               
of Children's  Services and take  away their kids. She  said that                                                               
the profession  serves a  much larger role  in the  community and                                                               
can help families  in distress. She suggested  that colleges need                                                               
to advertise  the profession of  social work as a  necessary one,                                                               
much like  psychologists or other  professionals who are  held in                                                               
high regard.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COSTELLO said  the Senate  Education Standing  Committee                                                               
learned that research is being  done by the University of Alaska,                                                               
Fairbanks related  to suicide prevention.  She asked  whether Ms.                                                               
Vague was familiar  with that research, and if not,  if she would                                                               
be willing to find out more about it.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS.  VAGUE  said  she  had   not  specifically  heard  about  the                                                               
research. However, she did her  thesis on suicide prevention, she                                                               
said. She  said that  society ignores  suicide until  it happens.                                                               
She expressed an interest in  finding out more about the research                                                               
and what can be done to prevent suicides in Alaska.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:55:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD   opened  public   testimony,  and   after  first                                                               
determining no one wished to  testify, closed public testimony on                                                               
the confirmation  hearing for Colleen  Vague, appointee  to Board                                                               
of Social Work Examiners.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:56:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD  remarked on Ms.  Vague's amazing  credentials and                                                               
experience. She thanked her for her willingness to serve.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:57:19 PM                                                                                                                    
PEGGY  ANN   MCCONNOCHIE,  Appointee,  Real   Estate  Commission,                                                               
Division  of  Corporations,  Business &  Professional  Licensing,                                                               
Department of Commerce, Community  and Economic Development, said                                                               
that  she has  been licensed  since 1980.  She is  a real  estate                                                               
broker  and she  owns a  real estate  company in  Juneau. She  is                                                               
being reappointed  to serve  on the  Real Estate  Commission. She                                                               
characterized the  commission's work  as important  and difficult                                                               
since  the  commission  reviews  statutes  and  regulations  that                                                               
govern  the entire  state. Sometimes  the board  has to  consider                                                               
potential wrongs that  have occurred in the industry  and it must                                                               
provide  information  to  investigators to  resolve  cases.  Real                                                               
estate licensing touches consumers  in communities throughout the                                                               
state, she said. She offered  her belief that the commission must                                                               
ensure that  real estate licensees do  a good job and  do no harm                                                               
to the consumers.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:58:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COSTELLO thanked  Ms. McConnochie  for her  service. She                                                               
pointed  out  her  wide-ranging skill  set  and  accomplishments,                                                               
including helping  re-write the real  estate exam in  Alaska. She                                                               
said the state is lucky to have her serving in this capacity.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:59:31 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD   opened  public   testimony,  and   after  first                                                               
determining no one wished to  testify, closed public testimony on                                                               
the confirmation hearing for Peggy  Ann McConnochie, appointee to                                                               
the Real Estate Commission.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:59:45 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BIRCH  remarked that  innovation has  changed industries.                                                               
He asked  what she  views as  ways to  embrace technology  in her                                                               
field.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCCONNOCHIE responded  that Alaska is lucky  because some lag                                                               
time exists related to the profession  in the Lower 48, so Alaska                                                               
can  take advantage  of what  other  states have  done and  avoid                                                               
pitfalls.  She  agreed "Zillow"  and  other  entities outside  of                                                               
Alaska often attempt  to do business in  Alaska without obtaining                                                               
licensure.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:01:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD commended her local  and national involvement. She                                                               
thanked her for her willingness to serve.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:02:23 PM                                                                                                                    
CHERYL MARKWOOD,  Appointee, Real Estate Commission,  Division of                                                               
Corporations,  Business &  Professional Licensing,  Department of                                                               
Commerce, Community  and Economic  Development, stated  that this                                                               
is her first appointment to a  board or commission. She said that                                                               
she has been a licensed real  estate broker in Alaska since 2010.                                                               
She became an associate broker in  2014, and a real estate broker                                                               
in  2015. She  opened  her own  business,  Markwood Realty,  that                                                               
specializes  in  property  management,  more  specifically  condo                                                               
associations  and   large-scale  properties.  She   believes  her                                                               
experience in this specialized field will  be a great fit and she                                                               
will  be  an asset  to  the  commission.  She  said that  she  is                                                               
hardworking,  honest, and  has  the ability  to  devote the  time                                                               
required in service to this position.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She said  that she is very  proud of her industry  and recognizes                                                               
the economic  value that the  real estate industry brings  to the                                                               
communities throughout  Alaska. The motto  in her office  is that                                                               
"Everyone should love  where they live." She  suggested that this                                                               
philosophy will serve  her well as she works to  help to preserve                                                               
the  integrity of  this industry.  She said  that it  is a  great                                                               
honor and privilege  to serve on the Real  Estate Commission. She                                                               
promised to dedicate herself to the work, if confirmed.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:04:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP thanked her for  her willingness to serve. He said                                                               
he thought she would be an asset to the commission.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:04:36 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD opened public testimony,  and after determining no                                                               
one   wished  to   testify,  closed   public  testimony   on  the                                                               
confirmation hearing  for Cheryl Markwood, appointee  to the Real                                                               
Estate Commission.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:05:15 PM                                                                                                                    
JAMIE MATTHEWS,  Appointee, Real  Estate Commission,  Division of                                                               
Corporations,  Business &  Professional Licensing,  Department of                                                               
Commerce, Community and Economic  Development, said that she grew                                                               
up  in   Cordova,  graduated  from   the  University   of  Alaska                                                               
Fairbanks, and  has lived in the  Copper Basin area for  about 14                                                               
years.  She  related  she has  a  diverse  background,  primarily                                                               
related to  the local electric  utility, Copper  Valley Electric.                                                               
However, she is  also president of the school board.  She had not                                                               
contemplated  applying for  this  commission, but  when asked  to                                                               
serve,  she  decided  it  would  be  a  good  way  to  serve  her                                                               
community. She said there is not  a licensed real estate agent in                                                               
her   area.  She   offered  her   belief  that   life  is   about                                                               
relationships and this  will expand her network.  She would bring                                                               
her  strong  financial  background, a  general  familiarity  with                                                               
regulations, and  a common-sense  perspective to  the commission.                                                               
She said she will serve on the  public seat and she is excited to                                                               
learn more about the Real Estate Commission.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:06:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD opened public testimony,  and after determining no                                                               
one   wished  to   testify,  closed   public  testimony   on  the                                                               
confirmation hearing  for Jamie  Matthews, appointee to  the Real                                                               
Estate Commission.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:07:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD said she appreciated her willingness to serve.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.MATTHEWS said she especially  appreciates her senator, Senator                                                               
Bishop.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:08:01 PM                                                                                                                    
MARGARET NELSON,  Appointee, Real Estate Commission,  Division of                                                               
Corporations,  Business &  Professional Licensing,  Department of                                                               
Commerce, Community and Economic  Development, stated that she is                                                               
the broker and owner of Denali  Real Estate. She has never served                                                               
on  any board  or commission  but is  interested in  a number  of                                                               
issues  the  real estate  community  currently  faces related  to                                                               
associations,  association management,  and property  management.                                                               
She said  she thinks this is  an area that needs  some attention.                                                               
She would like  to bring her perspective and  expertise to assist                                                               
the state  as it moves  forward on  those issues. In  response to                                                               
Chair  Reinbold, she  answered that  she currently  lives in  the                                                               
Stuckagain Heights area.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:09:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COSTELLO  remarked that  even though  Ms. Nelson  has not                                                               
served  on a  state board  she has  substantial service  on local                                                               
boards.  She thanked  her for  her  interest in  serving in  this                                                               
capacity.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:10:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD opened public testimony,  and after determining no                                                               
one   wished  to   testify,  closed   public  testimony   on  the                                                               
confirmation hearing  for Margaret Nelson, appointee  to the Real                                                               
Estate Commission.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:10:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BIRCH  thanked her  for  her  willingness to  serve.  He                                                               
recalled when  she worked  as a reporter  at the  Fairbanks Daily                                                               
News Miner.  He offered his belief  that she will be  a wonderful                                                               
addition to the body.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:11:26 PM                                                                                                                    
LEIF   HOLM,   Appointee,   Board  of   Pharmacy,   Division   of                                                               
Corporations,  Business &  Professional Licensing,  Department of                                                               
Commerce,  Community and  Economic Development  said that  he has                                                               
been  involved in  pharmacy  for  his entire  life.  He said  his                                                               
father  was  a pharmacy  owner,  so  he  has always  been  around                                                               
pharmacies. He has  served on the board for four  years and hopes                                                               
to be reappointed to continue  work on compounding pharmacies and                                                               
expanded  pharmacy   technician  regulations.   He  characterized                                                               
serving on the  board as interesting and important  work. He said                                                               
that he would  offer his voice as an  independent and compounding                                                               
pharmacist.  [The  U.S.  Pharmacopeia Convention  (USP)  formally                                                               
defines  compounding  as  "the preparation,  mixing,  assembling,                                                               
altering,  packaging,  and  labeling  of  a  drug,  drug-delivery                                                               
device, or  device in accordance  with a  licensed practitioner's                                                               
prescription,  medication  order,  or  initiative  based  on  the                                                               
practitioner/patient/  pharmacist/compounder relationship  in the                                                               
course of  professional practice."  A compounding  pharmacist can                                                               
create  an exact  preparation, customize  strength or  dosage, or                                                               
reformulate the  drug to exclude a  nonessential ingredient, such                                                               
as lactose, gluten, or a dye.]                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:12:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD opened public testimony,  and after determining no                                                               
one   wished  to   testify,  closed   public  testimony   on  the                                                               
confirmation hearing  for Leif  Holm, appointee  to the  Board of                                                               
Pharmacy.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:12:43 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP  extended his  gratitude. He  said that  the state                                                               
needs people with his experience to  serve on the board to ensure                                                               
all Alaskans are  treated fairly. He said, "You're  the right man                                                               
for the job."                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:13:20 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD  said  she  was   district  business  manager  in                                                               
pharmaceutical sales and  management in Alaska, so  she called on                                                               
many pharmacies.  She said that compounding  is very interesting.                                                               
She thanked him for his willingness to serve.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:14:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD stated  that in accordance with  AS 39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate  Labor  and  Commerce   Standing  Committee  reviewed  the                                                               
following  and  recommends the  appointments  be  forwarded to  a                                                               
joint session for consideration:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Board of Public Accountancy:                                                                                                  
Karen Smith - Anchorage                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Board of Barbers & Hairdressers:                                                                                              
Jessica Steele - Wasilla                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
Julie Endle - Palmer                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Board of Social Work Examiners:                                                                                               
Geoffry McCormick - North Pole                                                                                                  
Colleen Vague - Wasilla                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Board of Pharmacy:                                                                                                            
Leif Holm - North Pole                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Real Estate Commission:                                                                                                       
Jamie Matthews - Glennallen                                                                                                     
Peggy Ann McConnochie - Juneau                                                                                                  
Cheryl Markwood - Fairbanks                                                                                                     
Margaret Nelson - Anchorage                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:14:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD   reminded  members  that  signing   the  reports                                                               
regarding  appointments  to  boards  and commissions  in  no  way                                                               
reflects  individual  members'  approval or  disapproval  of  the                                                               
appointees;  the nominations  are  merely forwarded  to the  full                                                               
legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:14:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD reviewed the upcoming committee meeting schedule.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:15:10 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Reinbold  adjourned the Senate Labor  and Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 2:15 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
L&C Public Accountancy Resume - Smith.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Barbers and Hairdressers Resume - Steele.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Massage Therapy Resume - Endle.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Social Work Resume - McCormick.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Social Work Resume - Vague.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Psychologists and Psychological Associate Examiners Resume - Dammeyer.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Pharmacy Resume - Holm.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Real Estate Commission Resume - Matthews.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Real Estate Commission Resume - McConnochie.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Real Estate Commission Resume - Markwood.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions
L&C Real Estate Commission Resume - Nelson.pdf SL&C 2/26/2019 1:30:00 PM
Governor's Appointees to Boards and Commissions