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03/25/2020 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:32:08 PM Start
01:33:06 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
01:44:08 PM HB232
02:00:41 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Meeting Postponed from 3/24 at 1:30 p.m. --
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Board of Massage Therapists - Kristin Tri
Labor Relations Agency - Patty Burley
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers
- Wendy Lawrence
Real Estate Commission - Samuel Goldman
Board of Professional Counselors - Laura Patin
*+ HB 301 ELECTRICIAN & PLUMBER APPRENTICESHIPS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
+ HB 232 MUNICIPAL TAX CREDITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 232(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 25, 2020                                                                                         
                           1:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Gary Stevens, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello (via teleconference)                                                                                       
Senator Joshua Revak                                                                                                            
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
Kristin Tri - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Labor Relations Agency                                                                                                 
Patty Burley - Bethel                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                     
Wendy Lawrence - Sitka                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                              
Laura Patin - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 232(L&C)                                                                                
"An Act relating to a municipal air quality improvement tax                                                                     
credit; and relating to a municipal energy efficient                                                                            
construction tax credit."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 232(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 301(L&C)                                                                                                  
"An Act relating to certificates of fitness for plumbers and                                                                    
electricians."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 232                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MUNICIPAL TAX CREDITS                                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HOPKINS                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
02/03/20       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/03/20       (H)       ENE, L&C                                                                                               
02/11/20       (H)       ENE AT 10:15 AM CAPITOL 17                                                                             
02/11/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/11/20       (H)       MINUTE(ENE)                                                                                            
02/20/20       (H)       ENE AT 10:15 AM CAPITOL 17                                                                             
02/20/20       (H)       Moved CSHB 232(ENE) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/20/20       (H)       MINUTE(ENE)                                                                                            
02/21/20       (H)       ENE RPT CS(ENE) NT 5DP 1NR                                                                             
02/21/20       (H)       DP:    FIELDS,    LINCOLN,    SPOHNHOLZ,                                                               
                         ZULKOSKY, HOPKINS                                                                                      
02/21/20       (H)       NR: RAUSCHER                                                                                           
02/26/20       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
02/26/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/26/20       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/02/20       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/02/20       (H)       Moved CSHB 232(L&C) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/02/20       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/03/20       (H)       L&C RPT CS(L&C) NT 5DP 2NR                                                                             
03/03/20       (H)       DP: FIELDS, HANNAN, STORY, STUTES,                                                                     
                         SPOHNHOLZ                                                                                              
03/03/20       (H)       NR: GILLIS, RASMUSSEN                                                                                  
03/17/20       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/17/20       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/23/20       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/23/20       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 232(L&C)                                                                                 
03/24/20       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/24/20       (S)       L&C                                                                                                    
03/25/20       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
LAURA PATIN, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                                
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Eagle River, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Professional Counselors.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN TRI, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                     
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Eagle River, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Massage Therapists.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PATTY BURLEY, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alaska Labor Relations Agency                                                                                                   
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD)                                                                           
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Alaska Labor                                                                
Relations Agency.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
WENDY LAWRENCE, Appointee                                                                                                       
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                       
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                    
Certified Real Estate Appraisers.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRIER HOPKINS, Chair                                                                                             
House Labor & Commerce                                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Introduced HB 232, as requested by the                                                                    
Fairbanks North Star Borough.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BRITTANY SMART, Special Assistant                                                                                               
Mayor Bryce Ward                                                                                                                
Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB)                                                                                             
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 232.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
AARON WELTERLEN                                                                                                                 
Alaska State Home Building Association                                                                                          
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 232.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:32:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR CLICK BISHOP called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting to order at 1:32  p.m. Present at call to order                                                               
were  Senators   Costello  (via   teleconference),  Gray-Jackson,                                                               
Revak,  and  Chair Bishop.  Senator  Stevens  joined the  meeting                                                               
shortly thereafter.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:33:06 PM                                                                                                                    
at-ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
                  Board of Massage Therapists                                                                               
                 Alaska Labor Relations Agency                                                                              
                     Real Estate Commission                                                                                 
                Board of Professional Counselors                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
1:33:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  BISHOP  reconvened the  meeting  and  announced the  first                                                               
order of business would be  consideration of governor appointees.                                                               
He asked  each appointee to  place their name and  affiliation on                                                               
the record,  give a  brief introduction,  and discuss  the reason                                                               
they want  to serve on the  board or commission. He  advised that                                                               
public  testimony  would  be  taken  after  all  appointees  have                                                               
testified and the  names would be forwarded to the  full body for                                                               
consideration.  This  hearing was  not  a  recommendation on  any                                                               
subsequent vote.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:34:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS joined the committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:34:08 PM                                                                                                                    
LAURA  PATIN,   Appointee,  Board  of   Professional  Counselors,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,   Community  and  Economic  Development                                                               
(DCCED),  Eagle River,  Alaska,  stated that  she  is a  licensed                                                               
professional  counselor  and  a   licensed  marriage  and  family                                                               
therapist  (LMFT) who  has been  practicing since  1998. She  has                                                               
lived  and  practiced   in  Alaska  since  2004.   She  said  she                                                               
previously served  on the Board  of Marital & Family  Therapy and                                                               
would  like to  serve  on this  board  as a  means  to serve  her                                                               
community.  She has  served in  her profession  for a  long time,                                                               
including in supervisory roles and as a clinician.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:35:31 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP found no questions and  asked Ms. Tri to provide her                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:35:36 PM                                                                                                                    
KRISTIN TRI,  Appointee, Board of Massage  Therapists, Department                                                               
of Commerce,  Community and  Economic Development  (DCCED), Eagle                                                               
River, Alaska,  stated that  she has been  in practice  since May                                                               
2016.  She  would  like  to  serve  on  the  board  to  help  her                                                               
profession on  a higher level  and help serve the  community. She                                                               
noted  that it  is a  relatively new  board that  is experiencing                                                               
growth.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:36:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  confirmation  hearing for  Ms.  Burley,  appointee to  the                                                               
Labor Relations Agency.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:36:45 PM                                                                                                                    
PATTY   BURLEY,  Appointee,   Alaska   Labor  Relations   Agency,                                                               
Department of Labor and  Workforce Development (DOLWD), Soldotna,                                                               
Alaska,  stated  that  she  was  asked to  submit  her  name  for                                                               
consideration.  She  said  she had  the  privilege  of  appearing                                                               
before the agency  and was impressed with how  a previous member,                                                               
Mr.   Torgerson,  handled   the  case.   She  characterized   the                                                               
interaction between management and labor  as a fine dance. If the                                                               
cases  are  not  handled  appropriately,  it  could  mean  losing                                                               
management, employees, or  the work force. The  agency makes sure                                                               
that even when  a party loses, the workforce is  intact. She said                                                               
that it would be an honor to serve.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:37:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP referred to her  legal employment resume and said he                                                               
likes that  she has urban  and rural  experience. He said  he had                                                               
worked with Mr. Torgerson, who ran  a good shop. He noted she was                                                               
serving in the  management position and asked  for assurance that                                                               
she would treat everyone fairly.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BURLEY  said  she  could and  emphasized  that  fairness  is                                                               
essential.  She  described  employees  as  the  backbone  of  any                                                               
business.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:39:09 PM                                                                                                                    
WENDY  LAWRENCE,  Appointee,  Board   of  Certified  Real  Estate                                                               
Appraisers,  Department  of   Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                               
Development  (DCCED),   Sitka,  Alaska,   said  she   is  seeking                                                               
appointment  to the  board. She  related that  she has  worked in                                                               
real  estate sales,  appraisals, and  property management  for 20                                                               
ytears.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:40:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP indicated that the audio was not clear.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:40:25 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. LAWRENCE said  she started out as an  insurance appraiser and                                                               
moved into  government work  as an  assessor, an  assistant state                                                               
assessor,  and  a  petroleum  property  assistant  assessor.  She                                                               
offered  that  she  has  quite   a  bit  of  experience  in  both                                                               
government and  in private practice.  She said the  profession is                                                               
undergoing a  lot of  change and  she would  like to  provide her                                                               
expertise.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:41:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COSTELLO  mentioned  that  she was  impressed  with  the                                                               
number  of  Alaskans   who  step  up  to  serve   on  boards  and                                                               
commissions. She thanked the appointees  who testified today. She                                                               
observed  that everyone  sounded  passionate  about their  public                                                               
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:42:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP  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 Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
Kristin Tri - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Labor Relations Agency                                                                                                 
Patty Burley - Bethel                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                     
Wendy Lawrence - Sitka                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Professional Counselors                                                                                              
Laura Patin - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:43:10 PM                                                                                                                    
at-ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                  HB 232-MUNICIPAL TAX CREDITS                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:44:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP  announced the  consideration of  CS FOR  HOUSE BILL                                                               
NO.  232(L&C),  "An  Act  relating to  a  municipal  air  quality                                                               
improvement  tax  credit;  and  relating to  a  municipal  energy                                                               
efficient construction tax credit."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:44:39 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE GRIER HOPKINS, Chair, House Labor & Commerce,                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, introduced HB 232                                                                     
paraphrasing the sponsor statement.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Introduced at  the request of the  Fairbanks North Star                                                                    
     Borough,  HB  232  gives municipalities  new  tools  to                                                                    
     address   challenges  facing   their  communities   and                                                                    
     stimulate   local  economies.   HB  232   allows  local                                                                    
     governments  to offer  municipal tax  credits for  home                                                                    
     and   business   owners    who   invest   in   property                                                                    
     improvements   which   result   in   increased   energy                                                                    
     efficiency  or improve  local  air  quality. This  bill                                                                    
     does  not mandate  any action  by  municipalities    it                                                                    
     offers   local  governments   additional  avenues   for                                                                    
     addressing local challenges  and priorities and creates                                                                    
     partnerships  with local  businesses  to stimulate  and                                                                    
     diversify local economies.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Relying  on  the adage  that  local  problems are  best                                                                    
     solved   through  local   solutions,   HB  232   allows                                                                    
     municipal  tax  credits  to  be  targeted  towards  new                                                                    
     construction   that    results   in    overall   energy                                                                    
     efficiency.     Additionally,    the     bill    allows                                                                    
     municipalities  facing chronic  air  quality issues  to                                                                    
     offer tax credits to businesses  and residents who make                                                                    
     investments that  will result  in a reduction  in PM2.5                                                                    
     pollution.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     It  is  the hope  of  the  sponsor and  the  requesting                                                                    
     municipality  that  these  tools will  result  in  more                                                                    
     Interior  Alaskans  choosing   to  convert  their  home                                                                    
     heating systems  and connect to the  expanding Interior                                                                    
     Gas  Utility,  thereby  maximizing the  return  on  the                                                                    
     state's  investment   in  the  system.   An  additional                                                                    
     benefit of  this legislation  will be  streamlining the                                                                    
     efforts  of the  Fairbanks North  Star Borough  and the                                                                    
     Department of Environmental  Conservation on to improve                                                                    
     air quality in Interior Alaska.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The   bill   allows    for   maximum   flexibility   by                                                                    
     municipalities  who  choose  to  offer  these  credits,                                                                    
     avoiding a  "top down" approach  to local  issues. This                                                                    
     simple  "no harm"  bill  will  foster new  partnerships                                                                    
     with  local  contractors,  businesses  and  homeowners.                                                                    
     Unleashing  local creativity  is critically  important,                                                                    
     allowing  local governments  to  harness  the power  of                                                                    
     private  enterprise and  address  local challenges  and                                                                    
     priorities where most effective and appropriate.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
He advised that the bill has a zero fiscal note.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:46:59 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS said  HB  232 is  necessary because  some                                                               
classes  of  municipalities  cannot   put  forward  property  tax                                                               
credits unless they  have statutory authority to do  so. He would                                                               
like all municipalities to have this  option. He said the bill is                                                               
supported  by  the Alaska  Municipal  League,  the Alaska  Miners                                                               
Association,  the  Alaska  State  Homebuilders  Association,  the                                                               
Usibelli  Coal  Mine, Aurora  Energy,  the  Fairbanks North  Star                                                               
Borough, the Interior  Gas Utility, and the  Cold Climate Housing                                                               
Research Center.  He said that the  bill was a good  idea when it                                                               
was initially  introduced, but  it is  even more  important today                                                               
with the current economic situation.  He said he envisioned local                                                               
government would work to implement  tax credits to help put small                                                               
construction businesses  back to  work as  this crisis  begins to                                                               
pass. People  can order almost  anything online, but  they cannot                                                               
order an electrician  from Amazon or a local  contractor on eBay.                                                               
These   tax  credits   will  provide   another  tool   for  local                                                               
governments to use to incentivize  Alaskans to keep their dollars                                                               
local and help  small businesses and homeowners.  This tax credit                                                               
would be  available for commercial and  residential construction.                                                               
New buildings  with lower costs,  structured in ways that  do not                                                               
impact the  revenue streams of  cash strapped  municipalities. It                                                               
will help  banks keep  money moving,  help new  construction, and                                                               
provide improvements that  do not cost the  state or municipality                                                               
any money.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:49:14 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE   HOPKINS   delivered  the   following   sectional                                                               
analysis for HB 232:                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1:  Amends 29.45 to  reinstate the  Air Quality                                                                    
     Improvement Tax  Credit which  sunsetted in  2016. This                                                                    
     section applies  only to  local governments  with areas                                                                    
     failing   to  meet   federal  or   state  air   quality                                                                    
     standards.  Improvements must  have  been  made in  the                                                                    
     preceding   tax  year.   The   municipality  shall   be                                                                    
     responsible    for    developing    and    implementing                                                                    
     eligibility standards and other criteria.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:49:42 PM                                                                                                                    
     Section 2: Amends 29.45 to  create the Energy Efficient                                                                    
     New  Construction Tax  Credit, allowing  municipalities                                                                    
     across  the  state to  offer  property  tax credits  to                                                                    
     offset the  cost of  new energy  efficient construction                                                                    
     in  the  prior  tax year.  Municipalities  choosing  to                                                                    
     participate  in this  tax credit  shall be  responsible                                                                    
     for developing  and implementing  eligibility standards                                                                    
     and other criteria.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:50:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  questioned the  necessity of  the bill.  He said                                                               
this  is   about  local   property  taxes   and  it   seems  that                                                               
municipalities  would have  the right  to use  property taxes  to                                                               
offer tax credits if that was  their desire. He asked if that was                                                               
incorrect.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  explained that  the Fairbanks  North Star                                                               
Borough  does  not have  the  authority  to implement  these  tax                                                               
credits. First  class and  home rule  cities have  the authority,                                                               
but  second  class  boroughs  do not  have  that  authority.  The                                                               
authority  must  be  in  statute for  the  Fairbanks  North  Star                                                               
Borough to  implement the  tax credits. It  would be  helpful for                                                               
the local Interior gas utility this spring, he said.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS summarized the answer.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:51:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REVAK   said  he  liked   that  the   bill  incentivizes                                                               
businesses, does  not cost  the state  anything, and  assists the                                                               
Interior energy issue.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:52:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON thanked him for bringing this forward.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:52:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP opened public testimony on HB 232.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:52:51 PM                                                                                                                    
BRITTANY SMART,  Special Assistant,  Mayor Bryce  Ward, Fairbanks                                                               
North Star Borough (FNSB), Fairbanks,  Alaska, stated that HB 232                                                               
will give the  FNSB the authority to establish  programs to issue                                                               
tax  credits.  It  will  incentivize   the  community,  help  the                                                               
construction  industry   be  more  energy  efficient,   and  help                                                               
projects that address air quality in the community.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:53:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  BISHOP  asked  if  the  borough  assembly  would  have  to                                                               
implement the credit, should this bill become law.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. SMART  answered yes;  the assembly  would ultimately  need to                                                               
authorize the tax credit program.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:54:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS asked if the  borough could essentially provide a                                                               
tax credit by making an exception to who it taxed.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. SMART replied  she believes that the authority  to decide who                                                               
to tax  is limited in  scope, so  this legislation is  needed for                                                               
the borough to implement the tax credit program it is proposing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:55:21 PM                                                                                                                    
AARON WELTERLEN,  Alaska State Home Building  Association (ASHA),                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska, stated that both  ASHA and the Interior Alaska                                                               
Building  Association  fully  support   HB  232.  appreciate  the                                                               
committee hearing this bill. It  can incentivize construction and                                                               
provide  opportunities for  certain  projects to  be built.  This                                                               
legislation at  this uncertain time  provides hope for  a quicker                                                               
recovery.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:56:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP  noted the conversations  they'd had since  the 2008                                                               
recession on  lending to  builders and suggested  he look  into a                                                               
bill on that point that is awaiting House concurrence.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WELTERLEN answered  that the  association was  following the                                                               
bill and  was interested  in what  it could do  to promote  a ust                                                               
housing market.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:58:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP  said he  reviewed the letters  of support  and they                                                               
represent  a  great  cross  section of  the  Interior.  He  asked                                                               
Representative Hopkins  if there had been  any negative testimony                                                               
on the bill.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS  replied there  was initial  concern about                                                               
mandating action,  but the  bill would  only provide  the option.                                                               
Thus far  there has been no  opposition, he said. He  noted there                                                               
was  also interest  from  various Chambers  of  Commerce and  the                                                               
hospitality industry association.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:59:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP  summarized that  the bill  provides an  option, 2nd                                                               
class  boroughs need  this  authority to  take  advantage of  the                                                               
option, and the package must be passed by the assembly.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HOPKINS agreed with the summary.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BISHOP  added that there is  no fiscal impact to  the state                                                               
treasury.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:00:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP solicited a motion.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:00:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS moved  to report HB 232,  work order 31-LS1355\E,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BISHOP  found no objection  and CSHB 232(L&C)  was reported                                                               
from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:00:41 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair  Bishop adjourned  the Senate  Labor and  Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 2:00 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 301 Draft L&C CS ver. O.pdf SL&C 3/24/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/26/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 301
HB 301 Public Comment received 03-24-20.pdf SL&C 3/24/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/26/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 301
HB 232 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 232
HB 232 Sectional Analysis ver. E.pdf SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 232
HB 232 Testimony Received by 3-25-2020.pdf SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 232
L&C Massage Theraspists Tri #6.pdf SL&C 3/24/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
Confirmations
L&C Real Estate Appraisers Lawrence #1.pdf SL&C 3/24/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
Confirmations
L&C Professional Counselors Patin #2.pdf SL&C 3/24/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
Confirmations
L&C Labor Relations Agency Burley #6.pdf SL&C 3/24/2020 1:30:00 PM
SL&C 3/25/2020 1:30:00 PM
Confirmations