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04/26/2007 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS


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<Bill Moved Out of Committee 4/24/07>
*+ SB 131 NAMING PACILLO PARKING GARAGE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 131(STA) Out of Committee
+= HB 210 QUALIFICATIONS OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 210 Out of Committee
+= HB 8 J. KEVIN LAMM TRAINING FACILITY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         April 26, 2007                                                                                         
                           9:06 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lesil McGuire, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Gary Stevens, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
Senator Lyda Green                                                                                                              
Senator Con Bunde                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 131                                                                                                             
"An  Act naming  the state  parking garage  being constructed  in                                                               
Anchorage north of  the Robert B. Atwood Building  as the Carolyn                                                               
'Linny' Pacillo Parking Garage."                                                                                                
     MOVED CSSB 131(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 210                                                                                                              
"An Act  relating to  the appointment  and qualifications  of the                                                               
adjutant general."                                                                                                              
     MOVED HB 210 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 8                                                                                                                
"An  Act   naming  the  law  enforcement   training  facility  in                                                               
Fairbanks the J. Kevin Lamm Law Enforcement Training Facility."                                                                 
     HEARD AND HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 109                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating to  the  requirement  for candidates,  groups,                                                               
legislators,  public  officials,  and  other  persons  to  submit                                                               
reports electronically  to the Alaska Public  Offices Commission;                                                               
relating  to disclosures  by legislators,  public members  of the                                                               
Select  Committee on  Legislative Ethics,  legislative directors,                                                               
public  officials,  and  certain  candidates  for  public  office                                                               
concerning  services performed  for  compensation and  concerning                                                               
certain  income, gifts,  and other  financial matters;  requiring                                                               
legislators,   public  members   of  the   Select  Committee   on                                                               
Legislative Ethics, legislative  directors, public officials, and                                                               
municipal  officers to  make certain  financial disclosures  when                                                               
they leave  office; relating to insignificant  ownership interest                                                               
in a  business and to  gifts from  lobbyists for purposes  of the                                                               
Alaska  Executive   Branch  Ethics   Act;  relating   to  certain                                                               
restrictions  on  employment  after  leaving  state  service  for                                                               
purposes  of   the  Alaska  Executive  Branch   Ethics  Act;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
     BILL MOVED OUT OF COMMITTEE 4/24/07                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
BILL: SB 131                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: NAMING PACILLO PARKING GARAGE                                                                                      
SPONSOR(S): SENATOR(S) ELLIS BY REQUEST                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
03/21/07       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/21/07       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
04/26/07       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BELTZ 211                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 210                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: QUALIFICATIONS OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL                                                                             
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S) DAHLSTROM                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
03/21/07       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/21/07       (H)       MLV, STA                                                                                               
03/29/07       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/29/07       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
03/29/07       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
03/30/07       (H)       MLV RPT 4DP 1NR                                                                                        
03/30/07       (H)       DP: FAIRCLOUGH, DAHLSTROM, BUCH, ROSES                                                                 
03/30/07       (H)       NR: KAWASAKI                                                                                           
04/03/07       (H)       STA RPT 7DP                                                                                            
04/03/07       (H)       DP:     JOHNSON,    JOHANSEN,     ROSES,                                                               
                         GRUENBERG, COGHILL, DOLL, LYNN                                                                         
04/03/07       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/03/07       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
04/03/07       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
04/04/07       (H)       ENGROSSED                                                                                              
04/10/07       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
04/10/07       (H)       VERSION: HB 210                                                                                        
04/10/07       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/10/07       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
04/19/07       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BELTZ 211                                                                               
04/19/07       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
04/26/07       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BELTZ 211                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB   8                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: J. KEVIN LAMM TRAINING FACILITY                                                                                    
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S) RAMRAS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
01/16/07       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/5/07                                                                                
01/16/07       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/16/07       (H)       TRA                                                                                                    
02/15/07       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
02/15/07       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/15/07       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
03/06/07       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
03/06/07       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
03/06/07       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
03/07/07       (H)       TRA RPT 1DP 3NR                                                                                        
03/07/07       (H)       DP: FAIRCLOUGH                                                                                         
03/07/07       (H)       NR: DOOGAN, JOHNSON, JOHANSEN                                                                          
03/21/07       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/21/07       (H)       VERSION: HB   8                                                                                        
03/23/07       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/23/07       (S)       TRA, STA                                                                                               
04/10/07       (S)       TRA RPT  2DP 1NR                                                                                       
04/10/07       (S)       DP: KOOKESH, OLSON                                                                                     
04/10/07       (S)       NR: WIELECHOWSKI                                                                                       
04/10/07       (S)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
04/10/07       (S)       Moved HB   8 Out of Committee                                                                          
04/10/07       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
04/19/07       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BELTZ 211                                                                               
04/19/07       (S)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
04/26/07       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BELTZ 211                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
SENATOR DONNY ELLIS                                                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented SB 131 as sponsor.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN PACILLO, Sister                                                                                                           
to Linny Pacillo                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Spoke in favor of SB 131.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANDREA MCCLOUD                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Spoke in favor of SB 131.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE NANCY DAHLSTROM                                                                                                  
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented SB 210 as sponsor.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
McHUGH PIERRE, Director of Communications                                                                                       
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                                                                     
Fort Richardson, Alaska                                                                                                         
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented SB 210.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA COTTING, Staff                                                                                                          
to Representative Jay Ramras, Sponsor                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented HB 8 on behalf of sponsor.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LESIL MCGUIRE  called the  Senate  State Affairs  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to order  at  9:06:32  AM. Senators  McGuire,                                                             
Green, French,  and Stevens  were present at  the call  to order.                                                               
Senator Bunde arrived soon thereafter.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
              SB 131-NAMING PACILLO PARKING GARAGE                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE announced the consideration of SB 131.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   DONNY  ELLIS,   Alaska  State   Legislature,  said   he                                                               
introduced this bill at the request  of the friends and family of                                                               
Carolyn "Linny"  Pacillo. It is  also supported by  the Anchorage                                                               
assembly. He said  that Linny was a positive force  for change in                                                               
Anchorage, and  it is fitting  for a  parking garage to  bear her                                                               
name. She was honored by  the Alaska Legislature with a citation.                                                               
A  parking garage  has not  been  named before,  he noted.  Linny                                                               
represented the  regular folks, and  had blue collar  jobs around                                                               
the state. In  Anchorage she ran a family-owned  gas station with                                                               
the best  prices in  town, which  always had  a sign  promoting a                                                               
charitable activity.  He said the  family was very  much involved                                                               
in helping the  community and people in need.  Her greatest claim                                                               
to  fame was  as  a "parking  fairy". She  and  her sister  often                                                               
dressed as  fairy godmothers and  moved around Anchorage  to talk                                                               
to people  about the parking  authority. The citizens rose  up to                                                               
say the Anchorage Parking Authority  went too far with its heavy-                                                               
handed tactics. The fairies were  the voices of the common folks,                                                               
he added.  Regardless of  what side  a person was  on, he  or she                                                               
could respect the stick-to-it-ness of her activities.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:10:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MCGUIRE said  she was a wonderful woman and  wore many hats                                                               
in the community.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GREEN asked if the name can be shortened.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  said that  could be  considered. Linny  was always                                                               
helping other folks. It was very inspiring.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN PACILLO, Sister  to Linny, said shortening  the garage name                                                               
to Linny Pacillo  is appropriate because she didn't  use the name                                                               
Carolyn. She stated  that Linny was fun, full of  life, and did a                                                               
lot of things  for many people. You never worried  about what she                                                               
was thinking, because  she would let you know.  She helped people                                                               
and stood up  against bureaucracies and big  government. Keep the                                                               
parking authority out of it, she said jokingly.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:13:29 AM                                                                                                                    
ANDREA MCCLOUD, Anchorage, said Alaska  is a unique state where a                                                               
resident can make a difference, and  Linny was such a person. She                                                               
and her sister were the catalyst  for a paradigm shift of parking                                                               
in  Anchorage.  Madison  Avenue  could  envy  their  campaign  to                                                               
transfer  the balance  of power  from an  over-zealous government                                                               
bureaucracy back to the people  where it belongs. Linny wanted to                                                               
rein  in  the parking  authority's  activities  that bordered  on                                                               
harassment,  she stated,  and she  did  it dressed  in tutus  and                                                               
fairy wings. The parking  fairies addressed numerous governmental                                                               
bodies during countless meetings on  policies that had gone awry.                                                               
Linny's  integrity  was  displayed   in  her  many  philanthropic                                                               
activities. She persevered as she  survived the slings and arrows                                                               
pointed  at  her from  the  institutions  as their  actions  were                                                               
scrutinized.  Exercising  her  rights   was  a  model  for  other                                                               
citizens. She endeared herself on  an international level through                                                               
the  National Enquirer,  National Examiner,  the Letterman  show,                                                               
and  the  Mike and  Maddie  show.  Her death  made  international                                                               
media, she noted. Naming the  new parking garage after Linny will                                                               
point to  her as a model  citizen. Anchorage is proud  to produce                                                               
citizens like  Linny. The garage  will remind people that  we are                                                               
all in this together, she concluded.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:16:41 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR FRENCH moved  Amendment 1 to strike the  word Carolyn and                                                               
the parentheses  and apostrophes around  Linny on line 5,  7, and                                                               
8. The title  would be the Linny Pacillo  parking garage. Hearing                                                               
no objection, Amendment 1 carried.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:18:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  said it is  fascinating that a garage  named for                                                               
someone who  believed in civil  disobedience will be  across from                                                               
the Atwood building. The dichotomy is appropriate for Alaska.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELLIS  said he had  the same  thought. It is  typical and                                                               
appropriate  for  government  to  honor titans  of  industry  and                                                               
politicians by  the naming of  grand government  facilities. This                                                               
is a parking garage-a utilitarian,  basic structure--and it warms                                                               
his  heart to  put  Linny's name  on it  across  from the  Atwood                                                               
building. Folks  of all  stripes can make  a contribution  and be                                                               
recognized, he noted.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BUNDE  said Tip O'Neil  said politics are local,  and the                                                               
Alaska version is politics are local and personal.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:20:27 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR ELLIS said Linny was  not a perfect person, like himself,                                                               
"but we're celebrating the positive  here." He stated that it was                                                               
controversial  to plug  meters for  people. Its  legality can  be                                                               
argued, he stated, but passing  SB 131 would say something unique                                                               
and positive about our state.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE said Linny took  a purposeful step just about every                                                               
day to make  the lives of people better. She  was often effective                                                               
without all  the fanfare. It  is nice  to talk about  people like                                                               
her, not just the people with big titles, she said.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:22:53 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR ELLIS said  the bill honors her qualities.  The name will                                                               
live  on,  and  it will  be  a  chance  to  talk about  what  she                                                               
represented. He doubts it will be a no-ticket zone.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GREEN moved  SB  131, as  amended,  from committee  with                                                               
individual   recommendations  and   accompanying  fiscal   notes.                                                               
Hearing no objections, CSSB 131(STA) passed from committee.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
         HB 210-QUALIFICATIONS OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
9:23:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MCGUIRE announced the consideration of HB 210.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  NANCY DAHLSTROM,  Alaska State  Legislature, said                                                               
HB 210  pertains to  the military and  the National  Guard. There                                                               
has been  restructuring and  increased deployment  with increased                                                               
responsibilities. This  legislation allows  the governor  to give                                                               
preference to a  future adjutant general who has  served at least                                                               
five years in  the Alaska Army or Air National  Guard, and the it                                                               
recommends  increasing  the  federally recognized  general  grade                                                               
from major to  lieutenant general, which would mean  going from a                                                               
2-star to a 3-star for an  officer who has qualifications to gain                                                               
federal recognition in active duty  or in retired status. Changes                                                               
are being made at the federal  level and if Alaska's generals are                                                               
not at an equal level with  the generals of the other states they                                                               
may not be able to accomplish as  many things as they need to. HB                                                               
210  encourages respect  from Alaska's  troops because  they know                                                               
their  leader has  walked in  their  steps. The  governor is  not                                                               
diminished in any way. The administration supports it.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:26:49 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BUNDE  asked if the  current adjutant general  would have                                                               
been qualified had this bill been law.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAHLSTROM said yes.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GREEN asked about others.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
McHUGH PIERRE,  Director, Communications, Department  of Military                                                               
and Veterans Affairs,  said in the past there  have been adjutant                                                               
generals who have  not served in the Alaska  National Guard; they                                                               
have been  active-duty colonels,  but without the  National Guard                                                               
experience the organization didn't benefit as it might have.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  asked how  many other general  ranks are  in the                                                               
Alaska National Guard.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. PIERRE  said there are  four generals in the  Alaska National                                                               
Guard.   There  is   an  assistant   adjutant  general,   who  is                                                               
essentially the  division director of  the Air and  Army National                                                               
Guard.  There  is  a  one-star general  over  space  and  missile                                                               
defense  who  commands  the  Fort  Greely  troops.  There  is  an                                                               
unfilled position of commander of  the 176 in Anchorage. They are                                                               
all brigadier generals, he noted.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:29:14 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  PIERRE said  going from  two-stars to  three-stars lays  the                                                               
foundation  to move  more swiftly  when Washington  D.C. promotes                                                               
the  National Guard  bureau chief  from a  three-star to  a four-                                                               
star. "That  way our state  can fall in  line and make  that easy                                                               
transition  and have  the  respect in  Washington  D.C. that  the                                                               
other adjutant generals have."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked if this will be a little unusual.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PIERRE  said this has  been suggested by the  National Guard.                                                               
When the  bureau chief  moves to four-star,  all of  the adjutant                                                               
generals  who are  in control  of  the national  guards in  every                                                               
state would move  to three-star. The next step is  up to National                                                               
Guard  Bureau,  but   it  will  not  happen   until  the  federal                                                               
government authorizes it.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:30:43 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GREEN  moved  to  report  HB  210  from  committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
             HB   8-J. KEVIN LAMM TRAINING FACILITY                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:31:20 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MCGUIRE announced the consideration of HB 8.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA  COTTING,  Staff  to Representative  Jay  Ramras,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature,  said the law  enforcement firing range  is in                                                               
the path of a new runway. There  will be a new facility, and HB 8                                                               
will name it  after a Fairbanks police officer who  was killed in                                                               
active duty.  He was shot  while he was  being a hero  giving his                                                               
fellow officers a chance to escape.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE announced  she would take HB 8 up  again at a later                                                               
date.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MCGUIRE adjourned the meeting at 9:33 AM.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                

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