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02/23/2006 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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Moved CSSB 290(STA) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                       February 23, 2006                                                                                        
                           3:42 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Gene Therriault, Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Charlie Huggins                                                                                                         
Senator Kim Elton                                                                                                               
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas Wagoner, Vice Chair                                                                                              
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
SENATE BILL NO. 290                                                                                                             
"An   Act    relating   to   reimbursement   of    premiums   for                                                               
Servicemembers'  Group  Life Insurance  paid  by  members of  the                                                               
Alaska National  Guard deployed to  a combat zone;  and providing                                                               
for an effective date."                                                                                                         
     MOVED CSSB 290(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
SENATE BILL NO. 274                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to the disposition of surplus firearms by the                                                                  
     HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                             
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: SB 290                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LIFE INSURANCE FOR NATIONAL GUARD                                                                                  
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) HUGGINS                                                                                                  
02/14/06       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/14/06       (S)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
02/14/06       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/14/06       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/14/06       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/23/06       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
BILL: SB 274                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: STATE FIREARM DISPOSAL AND INVENTORY                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DYSON                                                                                                    
02/09/06       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/09/06       (S)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
02/14/06       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/14/06       (S)       <Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 2/23/06>                                                                  
02/23/06       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
Josh Temple, Staff                                                                                                              
Senator Charlie Huggins                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Explained proposed changes to SB 290 for                                                                 
Wes Keller, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced SB 274 for sponsor                                                                            
John Cramer, Director                                                                                                           
Administrative Services Division                                                                                                
Department of Military & Veterans                                                                                               
PO Box 5800                                                                                                                     
Ft. Richardson, AK 99505-0800                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Clarified a previous statement related to                                                                
SB 274                                                                                                                          
Brian Judy                                                                                                                      
National Rifle Association                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 274                                                                           
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
CHAIR GENE THERRIAULT called the Senate State Affairs Standing                                                                
Committee meeting to order at 3:42:44 PM. Present were Senators                                                               
Charlie Huggins, Kim Elton, and Chair Gene Therriault.                                                                          
            SB 290-LIFE INSURANCE FOR NATIONAL GUARD                                                                        
3:42:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GENE THERRIAULT announced SB 290 to be up for                                                                             
consideration. Without objection he moved \F version committee                                                                  
substitute (CS) as  the working document. He asked  Mr. Temple to                                                               
come forward and explain the changes.                                                                                           
3:43:24 PM                                                                                                                    
JOSH TEMPLE,  Staff to Senator  Huggins, addressed  the following                                                               
changes to SB  290: language was added so the  funds would not be                                                               
swept  into the  CBR;  provisions for  complementary hunting  and                                                               
fishing  licenses were  incorporated;  the  retroactive date  was                                                               
changed  to  January   1,  2005;  and  a  two   year  cutoff  was                                                               
established for hunting and fishing licenses.                                                                                   
CHAIR THERRIAULT read  the language on page 2,  lines 7-9 related                                                               
to the complementary license.                                                                                                   
MR. TEMPLE read page 2, lines 9-12.                                                                                             
SENATOR HUGGINS  stated that from a  bookkeeping standpoint, it's                                                               
smart to  establish a  cutoff date for  the reimbursement  and if                                                               
that isn't included in the CS it could be inserted.                                                                             
CHAIR THERRIAULT said  he wouldn't object to him  working on that                                                               
before the bill moved to the Finance Committee.                                                                                 
CHAIR THERRIAULT asked Mr. Cramer to comment on the changes.                                                                    
JOHN CRAMER, Administrative Services  Director for the Department                                                               
of Military & Veterans Affairs  (DMVA), advised that the original                                                               
language would  not prevent the  funds from being swept,  but the                                                               
drafters included language in the CS to clarify that point.                                                                     
CHAIR THERRIAULT called a brief at ease at3:48:10 PM.                                                                         
CHAIR THERRIAULT reconvened the meeting and asked for a motion.                                                                 
3:48:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGGINS motioned  to report  CSSB 290(STA),  \F version,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal notes.                                                                                                                   
CHAIR THERRIAULT  announced that without objection  CSSB 290(STA)                                                               
would move from committee and  that updated fiscal notes from the                                                               
Department of  Military and Veterans  Affairs and  the Department                                                               
of  Fish and  Game  would be  prepared and  passed  along to  the                                                               
Finance Committee.                                                                                                              
          SB 274-STATE FIREARM DISPOSAL AND INVENTORY                                                                       
CHAIR GENE  THERRIAULT announced SB 274  to be the next  order of                                                               
3:49:07 PM                                                                                                                    
WES KELLER,  Staff to Senator  Fred Dyson, explained that  SB 274                                                               
relates to the disposition of  firearms by the state. It requires                                                               
that forfeited,  surplus or recovered and  unclaimed firearms and                                                               
ammunition be sold by auction that is open to the public.                                                                       
He  advised that  the sponsor  would  like to  offer a  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)  at  a subsequent  hearing.  It  would:  include                                                               
recommendations  from  the  Department of  Public  Safety  (DPS);                                                               
limit the  liability of the  department regarding  firearm sales;                                                               
and delete  from version G  all language  in Section 1  after the                                                               
word "dealers"  [line 7] and  insert "any firearm that  cannot be                                                               
legally sold under state and  federal law shall be dismantled for                                                               
sale  of legal  parts or  donated to  a museum  and that  illegal                                                               
parts of firearms shall be destroyed."                                                                                          
3:51:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  THERRIAULT asked  if  DPS would  testify  at a  subsequent                                                               
MR. KELLER said yes and that  Mr. Judy with the NRA was available                                                               
to testify today.                                                                                                               
3:51:27 PM                                                                                                                    
BRIAN  JUDY,  National  Rifle Association  (NRA),  stated  strong                                                               
support  for the  concept of  SB 290.  The NRA  position is  that                                                               
people  who  can  legally  possess firearms  should  be  able  to                                                               
participate in state firearms auctions.                                                                                         
With regard to  the suggested amendment he  informed members that                                                               
the only  firearms that are illegal  are those that have  had the                                                               
serial number  modified in some  way and  the NRA would  like all                                                               
legal firearms to  be available for auction. He  wasn't sure what                                                               
would  constitute  an  unserviceable  firearm,  but  those  would                                                               
certainly have  some value to  a collector  or for parts  so they                                                               
could potentially generate revenue for the state.                                                                               
Finally, the  NRA would  like to  suggest that  local governments                                                               
that are  seizing and retaining  firearms for evidence  and other                                                               
reasons ought  to be required to  sell them at auction  when they                                                               
are no longer needed for evidentiary or other purposes.                                                                         
3:55:05 PM                                                                                                                    
AUSTIN MAHALKEY, Glennallen, stated support for selling firearm                                                                 
parts rather than destroying them.                                                                                              
3:55:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR THERRIAULT announced he would hold SB 274 in committee at                                                                 
the sponsor's request.                                                                                                          
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Therriault adjourned the meeting at 3:56:14 PM.                                                                         

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