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03/31/2021 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:29:32 PM Start
01:31:00 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
02:08:34 PM SB86
02:37:08 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- Real Estate Appraisers Board
William "Leon" McKean
- Real Estate Commission - Traci Heaton
- Board of Marital & Family Therapy - Kayla Green
- Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives
Rachel Pugh
- Board of Chiropractic Examiners - John Lloyd
- Board of Pharmacy - Richard Holt
- Board of Veterinary Examiners
Rachel Berngartt
- Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council
Renee Weddle Alward
- Occupational Safety & Health Review Board
Vincent Perez, Thomas Trosvig
- Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board
Jody Pfeiffer
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 86 TEMPORARY PERMITS & LICENSES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 86(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 31, 2021                                                                                         
                           1:29 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Roger Holland, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Joshua Revak                                                                                                            
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson (via teleconference)                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                     
William "Leon" McKean - Anchorage                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                        
Traci Heaton - Juneau                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                             
Kayla Green - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives                                                                                      
Rachel Pugh - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                               
John Lloyd - Anchorage                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                             
Richard Holt - Eagle River                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council                                                                                 
Renee Weddle Alward - Homer                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board                                                                                     
Thomas Trosvig - Kodiak                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board                                                                           
Jodi Pfeiffer - Wasilla                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 86                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to occupational licensing; relating to                                                                         
temporary licenses, permits, and certificates; and providing for                                                                
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 86(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  86                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: TEMPORARY PERMITS & LICENSES                                                                                       
SPONSOR(s): LABOR & COMMERCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
02/15/21       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/21       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
02/24/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/24/21       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/24/21       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/26/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/26/21       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/26/21       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
03/31/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM "LEON" MCKEAN, Appointee                                                                                                
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                       
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Certified Real Estate Appraisers.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
TRACI HEATON, Appointee                                                                                                         
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                          
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  as appointee  to the  Real Estate                                                             
Commission.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
KAYLA GREEN, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Marital and Family Therapy                                                                                             
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Eagle River                                                                                                                     
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Marital & Family Therapy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL PUGH, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives                                                                                        
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Eagle River                                                                                                                     
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Certified Direct-Entry Midwives.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JOHN LLOYD, Appointee                                                                                                           
Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                                 
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Chiropractic Examiners.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD HOLT, Appointee                                                                                                         
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                               
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Eagle River, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified for reappointment to  the Board of                                                             
Pharmacy.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
RENEE WEDDLE ALWARD, Appointee                                                                                                  
Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council                                                                                   
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD)                                                                           
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION   STATEMENT:   Testified   for  reappointment   to   the                                                             
Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
THOMAS TROSVIG, Appointee                                                                                                       
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board                                                                                       
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD)                                                                           
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION   STATEMENT:   Testified   for  reappointment   to   the                                                             
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JODI PFEIFFER, Appointee                                                                                                        
State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board                                                                             
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as  appointee to the State Physical                                                             
Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NIELSEN, Chair representing self                                                                                          
Board of Dental Examiners                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: During the hearing  on SB 86, discussed board                                                             
concerns with similar legislation introduced last session.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS, Director                                                                                                         
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing                                                                   
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions and  provided information                                                             
on SB 86.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
TAMMIE L. PERREAULT, Northwest Regional Liaison                                                                                 
Defense-State Liaison Office                                                                                                    
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense                                                                             
Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Stated support for SB 86.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
1:29:32 PM                                                                                                                  
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:29  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Revak,  Gray-Jackson (via  teleconference),                                                               
Holland, and Chair Costello.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
           Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                        
                     Real Estate Commission                                                                                 
               Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                            
            Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives                                                                        
                Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                             
                       Board of Pharmacy                                                                                    
         Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council                                                                      
           Occupational Safety & Health Review Board                                                                        
      State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:31:00 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   COSTELLO   announced   the  consideration   of   Governor                                                               
Appointees to  Boards and Commissions. She  explained the process                                                               
to the nominees.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked William "Leon"  McKean to introduce himself,                                                               
provide a brief background, and  share his interest in serving on                                                               
the Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:31:23 PM                                                                                                                    
WILLIAM "LEON" MCKEAN, Appointee,  Board of Certified Real Estate                                                               
Appraisers,  Department  of   Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                               
Development,  Anchorage, Alaska,  stated  that he  is a  licensed                                                               
mortgage lender  who has been  in the  industry for more  than 13                                                               
years. He started his career  with Wells Fargo and joined Academy                                                               
Mortgage in  2011. He holds  a Bachelor  of Science degree  and a                                                               
Master of Business Administration degree.  He related that he and                                                               
his family have lived in Alaska  for more than 50 years. For nine                                                               
years he  volunteered on  both the Armed  Services YMCA  Board of                                                               
Directors  and for  the Special  Olympics. He  believes that  his                                                               
education, background,  and professional experience will  bring a                                                               
unique  and well-rounded  perspective to  the board.  He said  he                                                               
wants to  serve on  this board because  he believes  the industry                                                               
will  undergo substantial  change in  the  next 10  years and  he                                                               
would  like to  be  part  of the  process.  He  pointed out  that                                                               
consumers  face  delays  and  higher costs  because  there  is  a                                                               
shortage  of appraisers  and  that this  will  be exacerbated  as                                                               
appraisers  retire  and  depart  and  are  not  replaced  by  new                                                               
appraisers. He said there is need  for a system that supports and                                                               
encourages  the recruiting,  training, and  licensing of  new and                                                               
existing appraisers.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:34:48 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
William  "Leon" McKean  to  the Board  of  Certified Real  Estate                                                               
Appraisers;  finding  none,  she  closed  public  testimony.  She                                                               
expressed appreciation that  he was willing to serve  and for his                                                               
volunteer work. She agreed that he is well-rounded.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Traci Heaton to  introduce herself, provide                                                               
a  brief background,  and share  her interest  in serving  on the                                                               
Real Estate Commission.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:35:40 PM                                                                                                                    
TRACI HEATON,  Appointee, Real  Estate Commission,  Department of                                                               
Commerce,  Community and  Economic  Development, Juneau,  Alaska,                                                               
reported  that she  followed her  father's  example and  selected                                                               
real  estate  as a  career.  She  received her  associate  broker                                                               
license five  years after  entering the  field. Years  later, she                                                               
joined forces with  her marriage and family  counselor husband to                                                               
co-author  a   parenting  book  and  develop   a  company  called                                                               
Accountable Kids. Through this business,  they attended an annual                                                               
Alaska homeschool fair and in  2012 relocated to Juneau. In 2015,                                                               
she  received her  Alaska real  estate  license and  subsequently                                                               
served  five  years  on  the  Southeast  Board  of  Realtors  and                                                               
simultaneously one  year on the  Alaska Association  of Realtors.                                                               
She is currently an associate  broker and partner at Latitude 58,                                                               
working fulltime as a realtor.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. HEATON said  she is interested in serving on  the Alaska Real                                                               
Estate Commission  to continue learning about  the profession, to                                                               
serve   the   public,   and   to   grow   both   personally   and                                                               
professionally. She  said she  would fill  PeggyAnn McConnochie's                                                               
seat if  confirmed and  she would  strive to  continue PeggyAnn's                                                               
dedication  to real  estate professionals  and protection  of the                                                               
public.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  commented that striving to  fill PeggyAnn's shoes                                                               
is laudable;  she is amazing both  personally and professionally.                                                               
She thanked  Ms. Heaton for  being willing to serve  and bringing                                                               
her talents to the commission.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HOLLAND  thanked her  for  being  willing to  serve  and                                                               
commended her for thinking outside the box to find solutions.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:41:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Traci Heaton  to the  Real Estate  Commission; finding  none, she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Kayla Green  to introduce herself, provide a                                                               
brief background, and share her  interest in serving on the Board                                                               
of Marital and Family Therapy.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:41:40 PM                                                                                                                    
KAYLA  GREEN, Appointee,  Board  of Marital  and Family  Therapy,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic  Development,                                                               
Eagle River, stated  that she is a life-long Alaskan  who holds a                                                               
bachelor's degree  in psychology and  a master's degree  in human                                                               
resources management.  She said she  has worked in  healthcare in                                                               
various positions  and is  currently working  in the  real estate                                                               
field. She  has been serving  on this board  for over a  year and                                                               
she looks forward to continuing  this service and building on the                                                               
progress the board has made over the last year.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:43:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Kayla Green to  the Board of Marital and  Family Therapy; finding                                                               
none, she closed public testimony.  She thanked Ms. Green for her                                                               
service, particularly during COVID-19.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Rachel Pugh  to introduce herself, provide a                                                               
brief background, and share her  interest in serving on the Board                                                               
of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:43:33 PM                                                                                                                    
RACHEL   PUGH,  Appointee,   Board   of  Certified   Direct-Entry                                                               
Midwives,   Department  of   Commerce,  Community   and  Economic                                                               
Development,   Eagle  River,   stated   that  she   has  been   a                                                               
professional  in birth  work since  2009. This  includes being  a                                                               
certified childbirth educator, a  certified birth doula and doula                                                               
trainer, and  a state licensed  and nationally  certified direct-                                                               
entry midwife.  Since 2015, she has  worked in a number  of birth                                                               
centers and currently  she works in her  own home-birth midwifery                                                               
practice. She  advised that  she also travels  to serve  women in                                                               
rural communities  that have no  local midwives. She  stated that                                                               
her  reason for  wanting to  serve on  this board  is to  work to                                                               
ensure that women in Alaska have  all the same birthing rights as                                                               
women  in   the  Lower  48.   She  highlighted  that   the  first                                                               
recommendation of  both the 2016  and the 2020  legislative audit                                                               
of this  board was for  statutory changes to benefit  the public.                                                               
She said the current statutes  and regulations are outdated. They                                                               
severely  limit women's  out-of-hospital  birth  choices and  the                                                               
ability for midwives to practice  according to national standards                                                               
and  skills. She  said the  executive director  and credentialing                                                               
specialist at  the North American  Registry of  Midwives supports                                                               
the proposed  statutory changes to align  with national standards                                                               
and skills. She said she looks  forward to serving and helping to                                                               
reduce board  costs and increasing  public safety to  make Alaska                                                               
one of  the safest states  for midwives  to practice and  moms to                                                               
birth.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  what  it   entails  to  receive  national                                                               
certification as a direct-entry midwife.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  PUGH  explained that  it  is  first  necessary to  become  a                                                               
direct-entry midwife  in the state. Then  additional training and                                                               
education is  required to receive a  midwifery bridge certificate                                                               
to become a nationally certified  professional midwife (CPM). She                                                               
holds both state  and national certificates. She  said being able                                                               
to practice  according to CPM  standards allows more  options for                                                               
moms in Alaska.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:47:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Rachel  Pugh to  the  Board of  Certified Direct-Entry  Midwives;                                                               
finding none, she  closed public testimony. She  thanked Ms. Pugh                                                               
for being willing to serve in this capacity.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  John Lloyd to introduce  himself, provide a                                                               
brief background, and share his  interest in serving on the Board                                                               
of Chiropractic Examiners.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:47:54 PM                                                                                                                    
JOHN   LLOYD,  Appointee,   Board   of  Chiropractic   Examiners,                                                               
Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic  Development,                                                               
Anchorage,  Alaska,  stated  that  he has  been  in  chiropractic                                                               
practice for 22 years. He looks  forward to serving on this board                                                               
to help  with the regulations,  ensure the profession  serves the                                                               
public in all areas of the state, and to advance the profession.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:49:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
John Lloyd to the Board  of Chiropractic Examiners; finding none,                                                               
she closed  public testimony. She  thanked him for  being willing                                                               
to serve on this board.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Richard Holt to  introduce himself, provide                                                               
a  brief background,  and share  his interest  in serving  on the                                                               
Board of Pharmacy.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:49:35 PM                                                                                                                    
RICHARD  HOLT,  Appointee,  Board   of  Pharmacy,  Department  of                                                               
Commerce,  Community  and   Economic  Development,  Eagle  River,                                                               
Alaska,  stated  that  he  has been  a  licensed  and  practicing                                                               
pharmacist  for more  than 20  years and  has been  practicing in                                                               
Alaska  since 2011.  He holds  a  Bachelor of  Science degree  in                                                               
pharmacy and a  Doctor of Pharmacy degree as well  as a Master of                                                               
Business Administration degree. He said  he was appointed to this                                                               
board  in  2016  and  is seeking  reappointment  to  continue  to                                                               
advance  the  practice  of  pharmacy   in  Alaska  and  to  serve                                                               
Alaskans.  He   said  the  board   worked  to  ensure   that  the                                                               
regulations met the needs of  both pharmacies and patients during                                                               
the COVID-19 pandemic. This  included many emergency regulations.                                                               
He  recounted his  activities as  a board  member. This  includes                                                               
testifying about  bills affecting the Board  of Pharmacy, helping                                                               
to  write questions  for  the  jurisprudence exam,  collaborating                                                               
with  other   boards  on  mutually  related   topics,  presenting                                                               
continuing  education  to  licensees  on  behalf  of  the  board,                                                               
serving as  vice-chair and chair  of the board,  participating in                                                               
regulatory reviews  to ensure  simplicity and  public protection,                                                               
working with  state investigators,  and collaborating  with other                                                               
boards on the Prescription Monitoring Program.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked  him for his service and  being willing to                                                               
continue. She noted the technical difficulties with the audio.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:52:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Richard Holt to  the Board of Pharmacy; finding  none, she closed                                                               
public testimony.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Renee Weddle  Alward to  introduce herself,                                                               
provide a brief background, and  share her interest in serving on                                                               
the Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:53:16 PM                                                                                                                    
RENEE  WEDDLE ALWARD,  Appointee, Fishermen's  Fund Advisory  and                                                               
Appeals Council,  Department of  Labor and  Workforce Development                                                               
(DOLWD),   Homer,   Alaska,   advised   that   she   is   seeking                                                               
reappointment to this board. She  comes from a fishing family and                                                               
also has  experience in  the family medical  field. She  said she                                                               
would like to  continue to serve on this board  that works in the                                                               
best   interest  of   the  commercial   fishing  fleet   to  keep                                                               
individuals  healthy and  to assist  with  medical expenses  that                                                               
exceed a  fisher's ability to  pay. She  noted the change  in the                                                               
last  five   years  that  increased  the   reimbursement  of  the                                                               
deductible  for protection  and indemnity  (P&I) insurance.  This                                                               
encouraged  vessel  owners  to get  and  maintain  crew  coverage                                                               
because  they  know that  the  fund  can  help them  recover  the                                                               
deductible  from their  carriers.  She  highlighted the  proposed                                                               
regulation change to  extend the date for the  first treatment of                                                               
an injury  on a vessel  from 60 days  to 120 days.  Fishermen who                                                               
don't need treatment immediately could  wait until the end of the                                                               
season. She  expressed appreciation  for the other  board members                                                               
and hope that she would be confirmed for another term.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  her to explain the purpose of  the fund and                                                               
what the board spends the most time doing.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. ALWARD  explained that  a portion of  the fees  collected for                                                               
commercial fishing licenses and permit  cards is dedicated to the                                                               
fishermen's fund. When a fisher's  injury or illness is validated                                                               
as  fishing related,  they can  be  reimbursed up  to $10,000  of                                                               
their medical  expenses. When a fisher's  medical expenses exceed                                                               
$10,000,  they can  appeal to  the  council for  an extension  of                                                               
benefits. The  council meets  twice a year  to review  cases that                                                               
have been appealed to extend treatment beyond the $10,000 limit.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked for the current balance in the account.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ALWARD said she did not have the total, but it is healthy.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:00:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Renee Weddle Alward to the  Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals                                                               
Council;  finding   none,  she   closed  public   testimony.  She                                                               
expressed appreciation for her passion and her service.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  Thomas   Trosvig  to  introduce  himself,                                                               
provide a brief background, and  share his interest in serving on                                                               
the Occupational Safety & Health Review Board.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:01:07 PM                                                                                                                    
THOMAS TROSVIG,  Appointee, Occupational  Safety &  Health Review                                                               
Board,  Department of  Labor and  Workforce Development  (DOLWD),                                                               
Kodiak,  Alaska,  advised  that  he  has  served  on  this  board                                                               
continuously  for 15  years and  he is  seeking another  term. He                                                               
related that he  served 30 years in  the US Coast Guard  and is a                                                               
trained USCG  Marine casualty investigator and  marine inspector.                                                               
He served 12  years sea duty, mostly in the  Bering Sea, Aleutian                                                               
Islands,  and  the North  Pacific.  His  last assignment  was  as                                                               
commander  of   the  213  foot  Alaska   patrol  vessel,  Yocona,                                                               
homeported in Kodiak. He said  his shoreside specialty was marine                                                               
safety  and  his last  shore  assignment  was as  the  commanding                                                               
officer and captain  of the port in Sault  Sainte Marie Michigan.                                                               
He was also in charge of  ice breaking operations on the northern                                                               
Great Lakes.  He also  holds a 2,000  ton Master  Oceans license.                                                               
After retirement and  for the past 15 years he  has been employed                                                               
as the  safety security officer  for Matson  Navigation container                                                               
shipping  terminal  in Kodiak  where  he  deals daily  with  OSHA                                                               
regulations. He  said he  serves on this  board because  his work                                                               
experience,  knowledge of  OSHA, wealth  of life  experience, and                                                               
common sense  help in the  interpretation of fair  resolutions of                                                               
both  state  and  federal  regulations.  Further,  he  wishes  to                                                               
contribute to the health and safety of the Alaska workforce.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HOLLAND  thanked  him  for his  interest  and  extensive                                                               
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:04:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Thomas Trosvig to the Occupational  Safety & Health Review Board;                                                               
finding  none, she  closed public  testimony. She  echoed Senator                                                               
Holland's comments.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Jody Pfeiffer  to introduce herself, provide                                                               
a  brief background,  and share  her interest  in serving  on the                                                               
State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:05:07 PM                                                                                                                    
JODI PFEIFFER,  Appointee, State Physical Therapy  & Occupational                                                               
Therapy  Board, Department  of Commerce,  Community and  Economic                                                               
Development,  Wasilla, Alaska,  stated  that she  graduated as  a                                                               
physical  therapist assistant  (PTA)  in 1994.  For  the past  27                                                               
years  she  has  worked  in  various  states  and  a  variety  of                                                               
settings,  including  acute  care,  outpatient,  skilled  nursing                                                               
facilities,  long-term care,  school district,  and a  wound care                                                               
clinic. She  has worked in  Alaska since  2006. She holds  both a                                                               
bachelor's degree  and a  master's degree.  She related  that she                                                               
has  served in  various elected  and appointed  positions in  the                                                               
state and  national physical therapy associations.  She currently                                                               
is the  PTA program  director at  UAA. She  said that  serving on                                                               
this board  will provide an  opportunity to serve  her profession                                                               
and the  public and be part  of the regulatory process.  She said                                                               
she  believes her  service will  give  the board  a more  diverse                                                               
perspective on  issues and  more reflective  of the  community it                                                               
serves.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:07:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Jodi  Pfeiffer  to  the State  Physical  Therapy  &  Occupational                                                               
Therapy  Board; finding  none, she  closed public  testimony. She                                                               
thanked  her  for her  passion  and  providing diversity  to  the                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:07:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HOLLAND 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 Certified Real Estate Appraisers                                                                                     
William "Leon" McKean - Anchorage                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Real Estate Commission                                                                                                        
Traci Heaton - Juneau                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Marital & Family Therapy                                                                                             
Kayla Green - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives                                                                                      
Rachel Pugh - Eagle River                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Board of Chiropractic Examiners                                                                                               
John Lloyd - Anchorage                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                             
Richard Holt - Eagle River                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Fishermen's Fund Advisory and Appeals Council                                                                                 
Renee Weddle Alward - Homer                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Occupational Safety & Health Review Board                                                                                     
Thomas Trosvig - Kodiak                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
State Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Board                                                                           
Jodi Pfeiffer - Wasilla                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  thanked Senator Holland and  Senator Gray-Jackson                                                               
who was listening online.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
              SB  86-TEMPORARY PERMITS & LICENSES                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:08:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration  of SENATE BILL NO. 86                                                               
"An  Act   relating  to   occupational  licensing;   relating  to                                                               
temporary licenses, permits, and  certificates; and providing for                                                               
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
She listed the individuals available to answer questions.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO solicited a motion to adopt Amendment 1.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:09:26 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HOLLAND moved Amendment 1, work order 32-LS0531\B.1.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                 32-LS0531\B.1                                                                  
                                                       Fisher                                                                   
                                                      3/31/21                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                                                                                                      
          TO: CSSB 86(L&C), Draft Version "B"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 4, following "10":                                                                                            
          Insert "business"                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:09:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REVAK objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  explained  that the  Division  of  Corporations,                                                               
Business, and Professional Licensing  requested the amendment. On                                                               
page 2, line 4 it adds  the word "business" after the number "10"                                                               
to  clarify that  the division  would provide  a military  spouse                                                               
with a  temporary license 10  business days after receipt  of the                                                               
application.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:10:20 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REVAK removed his objection.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  found no  further objection  and Amendment  1 was                                                               
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:10:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on SB 86.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:10:45 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. DAVID  NIELSEN, Chair, Board of  Dental Examiners, Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska, stated that  the board had not discussed SB  86 so he was                                                               
not  relaying  the  Board's official  position.  However,  it  is                                                               
similar to a  temporary license bill that was part  of an omnibus                                                               
bill  last session  that  the board  raised  concerns about.  The                                                               
first concern was  that the term "other  jurisdiction" in Section                                                               
1 was too  general. At least for the field  of dentistry, he said                                                               
it would need to specify  jurisdictions within the US. This would                                                               
make  it clear  that  licensees from  other  countries would  not                                                               
qualify for a  temporary license under that  provision. The board                                                               
also felt  it was important that  the board had control  over the                                                               
boxes  the  department  had  to  check  when  it  was  issuing  a                                                               
temporary permit.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
He said  he believes  the bottleneck  in issuing  timely licenses                                                               
and  permits relates  directly  to the  fact  that the  licensing                                                               
examiner  has an  overwhelming  workload. He  noted  that he  was                                                               
working with  the fifth licensing examiner  since his appointment                                                               
to  the board  and that  has not  helped with  expediency. Adding                                                               
this temporary license might add to the workload, he said.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR.  NIELSEN stated  support  for the  concept  of the  temporary                                                               
license  option  as  long  as  the board  had  control  over  the                                                               
qualifications  for who  receives the  temporary license  and the                                                               
power to revoke  the license if something was  uncovered that was                                                               
disqualifying.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:14:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  said she shares  the concern about  the workload,                                                               
and  it  was  her  intention  to  add  three  positions  and  the                                                               
budgetary increase  so the  department would  be able  to fulfill                                                               
the requirements  of the bill.  The Finance Committee  would look                                                               
at that addition in more detail.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO asked  Ms.  Chambers to  talk  about whether  the                                                               
applicants would  go through the  different licensure  boards and                                                               
whether  the boards  would control  which  applicants received  a                                                               
license.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:16:16 PM                                                                                                                    
SARA CHAMBERS,  Director, Division of Corporations,  Business and                                                               
Professional  Licensing, Department  of  Commerce, Community  and                                                               
Economic  Development (DCCED),  Juneau, Alaska,  speaking to  the                                                               
issue of  board control,  said the  bill places  the streamlining                                                               
requirement and mandated timeline for  issuing the license on the                                                               
department's shoulders.  The division's  intent would be  to work                                                               
with each  of the boards  to ensure that the  regulations address                                                               
appropriate  side-rails  and   interpretations.  For  example,  a                                                               
licensure requirement for  Alaska engineers is to  take an Arctic                                                               
engineering course. To prevent a  significant delay in licensure,                                                               
the division  could issue  the temporary  license with  the side-                                                               
rail that the individual could  not build structures in Fairbanks                                                               
and   north  until   they  had   fulfilled  that   Arctic  course                                                               
requirement.  They  would not  qualify  for  a permanent  license                                                               
until  they met  that  requirement. She  acknowledged that  while                                                               
that  was her  intent,  it  was not  mandated.  It  was a  policy                                                               
decision the division was willing  to work on with the committee,                                                               
she said.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO highlighted that the  bill takes effect January 1,                                                               
2022  and asked  if the  division could  work with  the licensure                                                               
boards  to  draft the  regulations  so  a  board that  wanted  to                                                               
address  a particular  issue through  regulation would  have that                                                               
opportunity. She asked  Ms. Chambers if she was  willing to state                                                               
publicly that she would work with the boards.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS confirmed that her  intent was to work directly with                                                               
the boards  to develop regulations  that comply with  the statute                                                               
while maintaining  public safety.  She said this  is particularly                                                               
important in  the areas  where Alaska is  a little  different and                                                               
has requirements that other states do not have.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked if  the regulations  would address  all the                                                               
boards  or  if  some  regulations would  be  unique  to  specific                                                               
boards.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:19:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. CHAMBERS replied,  the department will have  the authority to                                                               
issue the license and they  will develop the regulations, but the                                                               
intention  is  to  work  with  the  individual  boards  on  those                                                               
regulations. She added, "Whether  it's written to cover everybody                                                               
or written  specifically, we're going  to have  to find a  way to                                                               
put some reasonable  limitations of practice that  speak to those                                                               
unusual,  carveout   sort  of   circumstances  like   the  Arctic                                                               
engineering example."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   COSTELLO   referenced   Dr.   Nielsen's   concern   about                                                               
jurisdiction and  asked if  she reads  to bill  to mean  that the                                                               
jurisdiction is within the US.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:21:28 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  CHAMBERS  replied  she  agrees with  Dr.  Nielsen  that  the                                                               
language  in  the bill  could  be  interpreted  to apply  to  any                                                               
jurisdiction.  Nothing in  the bill  requires the  license to  be                                                               
substantially  equivalent  to  an   Alaska  license  and  if  the                                                               
department  were   to  deny  a  temporary   license  because  the                                                               
individual held a foreign license,  the case could be appealed to                                                               
the Office of Administrative Hearings.  If the intent is to limit                                                               
the jurisdiction to the US,  an amendment would clarify that, she                                                               
said.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked her to restate the suggested language.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.   CHAMBERS  replied   the  department   requested  the   term                                                               
"substantial  equivalency"   for  the   similar  proposal   in  a                                                               
governor's bill last  year. She noted that  foreign standards can                                                               
vary widely  from American  standards and  may not  stipulate the                                                               
education was  conducted in English.  Absent the  suggested term,                                                               
she  said  she agrees  with  Dr.  Nielsen  that the  bill  should                                                               
clarify it is talking about a jurisdiction within the US.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   COSTELLO   highlighted   that  certain   boards   oversee                                                               
professions, such  as dentistry or medicine,  where the potential                                                               
risk to  the public is much  greater than others if  the licensee                                                               
isn't adequately trained. She asked  Ms. Chambers if she believes                                                               
that temporary licenses should be  available for every profession                                                               
or if some should be exempted from this or similar legislation.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHAMBERS  advised  that  many states  have  looked  at  that                                                               
question and  found no substantial difference  between dentistry,                                                               
medicine, or nursing  across all US jurisdictions.  She said most                                                               
of the backlog in licensure is  in those fields but having a tool                                                               
like this bill  offers would be helpful for  all professions. She                                                               
clarified  that she  would not  give the  same endorsement  for a                                                               
permanent license that  could be renewed but a  lot of safeguards                                                               
are  built  into the  process  to  allow temporary,  nonrenewable                                                               
licenses as a reasonable pathway for all licenses.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Ms. Perreault  if she had  public testimony                                                               
to offer on SB 86.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:26:58 PM                                                                                                                    
TAMMIE  L. PERREAULT,  Northwest Regional  Liaison, Defense-State                                                               
Liaison  Office,  Office of  the  Deputy  Assistant Secretary  of                                                               
Defense, Joint Base  Lewis McCord, Washington, stated  that SB 86                                                               
is  a  great opportunity  for  military  spouses and  her  office                                                               
appreciates  the  work  that  the  department  has  done  on  the                                                               
legislation.  She  said  16  states have  enacted  this  type  of                                                               
legislation and  people are realizing  that for  most professions                                                               
the requirements are very similar  from one state to another. She                                                               
said  that  is why  the  Council  of  State Governments  and  the                                                               
National  Council  of State  Legislatures  have  been working  to                                                               
support  this type  of licensure  reform. She  reiterated support                                                               
for SB 86.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:28:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO closed public testimony on SB 86.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:28:50 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:31:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO reconvened  the  meeting and  explained that  the                                                               
offline discussion  was about conceptually  amending the  bill to                                                               
reflect that  the jurisdiction where  someone is  licensed should                                                               
be substantially equivalent to Alaska licensure requirements.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:32:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HOLLAND moved conceptual  Amendment 2 to add "substantial                                                               
equivalency" in  Section 1,  page 1, line  8, following  the word                                                               
"jurisdiction"  with  the  understanding that  Legislative  Legal                                                               
Services has authority to make technical changes.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO objected for questions or comments.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR REVAK said he appreciates  the committee's effort on this                                                               
bill  because  licensure   is  a  big  issue   for  the  military                                                               
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:33:43 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO   removed  her  objection;  finding   no  further                                                               
objection, conceptual Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO solicited the will of the committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:34:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HOLLAND moved to report the  CS for SB 86, work order 32-                                                               
LS0531\B   as    amended,   from   committee    with   individual                                                               
recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO found no objection  and CSSB 86(L&C), was reported                                                               
from the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  thanked  Dr.   Nielson  for  his  testimony  and                                                               
Director Chambers  for stating her  willingness to work  with the                                                               
boards  to  draft  regulations that  accommodate  the  particular                                                               
boards. She  noted that the bill  would pick up a  fiscal note to                                                               
reflect the  new positions. She  further mentioned that  the bill                                                               
came out of the governor's disaster declaration.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:37:08 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Costello  adjourned the Senate Labor  and Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 2:37 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SLAC GOV Appointee Leon McKean Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE REA LEON MCKEAN
SLAC GOV Appointee Leon McKean Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE REA LEON MCKEAN
SLAC GOV Appointee Traci Heaton Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE REC TRACI HEATON
SLAC GOV Appointee Kayla Green Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE MFT KAYLA GREEN
SLAC GOV Appointee Kayla Green Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE MFT KAYLA GREEN
SLAC GOV Appointee Rachel Pugh Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE CDEM RACHEL PUGH
SLAC GOV Appointee Rachel Pugh Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE CDEM RACHEL PUGH
SLAC GOV Appointee John Lloyd Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE CE JOHN LLOYD
SLAC GOV Appointee John Lloyd Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE CE JOHN LLOYD
SLAC GOV Appointee Richard Holt Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BP RICHARD HOLT
SLAC GOV Appointee Richard Holt Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BP RICHARD HOLT
SLAC GOV Appointee Rachel Berngartt Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE VE RACHEL BERNGARTT
SLAC GOV Appointee Renee Alward Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE FFAAC RENEE ALWARD
SLAC GOV Appointee Renee Alward Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE FFAAC RENEE ALWARD
SLAC GOV Appointee Vincent Perez Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE OSHR VINCENT PEREZ
SLAC GOV Appointee Thomas Trosvig Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE OSHR THOMAS TROSVIG
SLAC GOV Appointee Jodi Pfeiffer Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE PTOT JODI PFEIFFER
SB 86 Support Letters Armed Services YMCA.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 86
SB 86 Letter from AK Professional Design Council.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 86
CSSB 86 Version B Amendment 1.pdf SL&C 3/31/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 86