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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 104 APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE DIVIDEND FUND TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 104(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 145 VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 124 EXTENDING COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 124 Out of Committee
*+ SB 127 VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                       February 13, 2014                                                                                        
                           9:01 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Fred Dyson, Chair                                                                                                       
Senator Cathy Giessel, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 124                                                                                                             
"An  Act  extending  the  termination  date  of  the  Council  on                                                               
Domestic  Violence  and  Sexual  Assault; and  providing  for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 124 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 104                                                                                                             
"An  Act  relating  to appropriations  from  the  dividend  fund;                                                               
creating  the  criminal  fund; and  providing  for  an  effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 104(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 127                                                                                                             
"An Act  authorizing the commissioner of  administration to enter                                                               
into agreements  with agents to perform  for compensation certain                                                               
transactions  related  to vehicles;  relating  to  the duties  of                                                               
those agents; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 145                                                                                                             
"An  Act  relating  to  the   Teachers'  Retirement  System,  the                                                               
Judicial Retirement System, and  the Public Employees' Retirement                                                               
System   for  qualified   military  service;   relating  to   the                                                               
definition of 'veteran' for purposes  of housing, eligibility for                                                               
veterans' loans, and preferences  in state employment hiring; and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 104                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE DIVIDEND FUND                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) DYSON                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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02/06/14       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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BILL: SB 145                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/29/14       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/29/14       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
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BILL: SB 124                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EXTENDING COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): MEYER                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
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01/22/14       (S)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
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BILL: SB 127                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS                                                                                         
SPONSOR(s): GIESSEL                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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01/22/14       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KEVIN MEYER                                                                                                             
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 124                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE MORTON, Executive Director                                                                                               
State Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault                                                                           
Department of Public Safety (DPS)                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information about the State Council                                                              
on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KRIS CURTIS, Legislative Auditor                                                                                                
Legislative Audit Division                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Reported on the audit of the State Council                                                                
on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
VICKI D'AMICO, Executive Director,                                                                                              
Sitkans Against Family Violence                                                                                                 
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 124.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JOSHUA BANKS, Staff for Senator Dyson,                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 104.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
LESLIE HOUSTON, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                             
Department of Corrections (DOC)                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 104.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
STACY STEINBERG, Chief Assistant Attorney                                                                                       
Collections and Support Section                                                                                                 
Civil Division                                                                                                                  
Department of Law (DOL)                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska,                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Offered to answer questions related to SB                                                                 
104.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
FORREST WOLFE, Staff                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained SB 127 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA CUCULLU, General Manager                                                                                                
Alaska Tags and Titles                                                                                                          
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 127.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
AVES THOMPSON, Executive Director                                                                                               
Alaska Trucking Association                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska,                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 127.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
AMY ERICKSON, Director                                                                                                          
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska,                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 127.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DUANE BANNOCK, Former Director                                                                                                  
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)                                                                                                
Department of Administration                                                                                                    
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 127.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CURTIS THAYER, Commissioner                                                                                                     
Department of Administration                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about SB 145.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
[Due  to technical  difficulties,  the recording  does not  begin                                                               
until 9:01:45.]                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:01:10 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  FRED  DYSON  called  the  Senate  State  Affairs  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 9:01  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were  Senators  Wielechowski, Giessel,  and  Chair  Dyson.                                                               
Senator Coghill arrived shortly thereafter.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
         SB 124-EXTENDING COUNCIL ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:01:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                               
SB 124.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KEVIN  MEYER, Alaska  State Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,                                                               
sponsor  of  SB   124,  explained  that  the   bill  extends  the                                                               
termination date of  the Council on Domestic  Violence and Sexual                                                               
Assault  by eight  years to  June 30,  2022. He  said Legislative                                                               
Audit Division conducted an audit  and recommended the eight-year                                                               
extension. The  audit contains several recommendations  which are                                                               
in members' packets.  He opined that the audit  was pretty clean.                                                               
He  noted a  fiscal note  and said  the Council  receives funding                                                               
from many sources; state, federal, and interagency funds.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON referred  to the  recommendations and  asked whether                                                               
the "statutory responsibilities" require statutory changes.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  thought the auditor  would address that  issue. He                                                               
said he did not believe statutory changes were necessary.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON noted  that "reauthorizing an extension"  is a common                                                               
occurrence and requires an audit.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE  MORTON, Executive  Director,  State  Council on  Domestic                                                               
Violence and  Sexual Assault, Department of  Public Safety (DPS),                                                               
Juneau, Alaska,  provided information about the  State Council on                                                               
Domestic  Violence and  Sexual Assault.  She  reported that  this                                                               
past year over 9,300 people  sought services at domestic violence                                                               
and  rape  crisis  centers.  About 75  percent  were  victims  of                                                               
domestic  violence,  20  percent  victims of  sexual  assault,  3                                                               
percent  victims of  stalking, and  13 percent  victims of  other                                                               
violent crimes.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
She said  the Council receives  a federal grant from  the Victims                                                               
of Crime Act (VOCA) for  victims of "other violent crimes." About                                                               
79  percent  of those  who  sought  services  were women  and  17                                                               
percent  were men;  68 percent  were adults  and 28  percent were                                                               
children.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON questioned the percentage totals.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORTON  explained that  there were about  4 percent  of those                                                               
who sought services who did not identify their age or gender.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She continued  to say  that there is  much community  support for                                                               
the  programs. Over  3,000 people  donated over  78,000 hours  of                                                               
service in the past year.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
She related  that another  component of  the Council  is programs                                                               
for the  rehabilitation of  perpetrators -  Batterer Intervention                                                               
Programs. There  were 262 intakes  this past year with  84 people                                                               
completing  the  program.  One  of the  Task  Force  on  Domestic                                                               
Violence and  Sexual Assault's recommendations several  years ago                                                               
was to look at the  efficacy of batter intervention programs. The                                                               
Council  has entered  into  a memorandum  of  agreement with  the                                                               
Department  of  Corrections  in order  to  look  at  regulations,                                                               
revise the, and provide a  broader reach in Batterer Intervention                                                               
Programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:07:40 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  MORTON pointed  out that  the  Council coordinates  programs                                                               
across  the  state, such  as  the  Sexual Assault  Response  Team                                                               
(SART).  Two week-long  trainings are  held for  SART each  year.                                                               
This year  training was also held  in the Mat-Su area,  funded by                                                               
the  legislature. The  Council receives  a  federal grant  called                                                               
Services,   Training,  Officers,   and  Prosecutors   (STOP)  for                                                               
training first responders.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She  discussed  the Alaska  Victimization  Survey.  She said  Dr.                                                               
Andre Rosay conducted  the Survey first in  2010, which confirmed                                                               
that there was  a very high rate  - 58 percent -  of domestic and                                                               
sexual violence in  Alaska. The Study will be  replicated in 2015                                                               
and it is  hoped that prior-year numbers may  show some decrease.                                                               
She  noted  a  dashboard  that   collects  and  posts  data  from                                                               
departments and studies in one place.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:10:08 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON  believed that the  committee will pass the  bill and                                                               
it will  pass both bodies.  He recognized the seriousness  of the                                                               
topic and  complimented Ms. Morton  on her efforts.  He requested                                                               
comments from committee members.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL  voiced  concern  about two  findings  from  the                                                               
audit.  Number  2  has  to  with the  timely  posting  of  public                                                               
notices,  which  is  a  fundamental   role  of  the  Council  and                                                               
important to the public. Number 3  has to do with improving grant                                                               
awards and monitoring policies.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORTON  explained that the  public notice issue  is rectified                                                               
in  a way  that the  Council hopes  provides ample  time for  the                                                               
public to  be aware  of the  meetings. In  February of  each year                                                               
when the Council meets, it will  set the schedule of meetings for                                                               
the next  year, in  advance. Also, the  meeting schedule  will be                                                               
published all at  once on the Council's website.  Two weeks prior                                                               
to the meetings,  the Council will post them on  the state public                                                               
notice website and on the Council's website.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She  indicated  that  there  were   a  series  of  vacancies  and                                                               
turnovers  that interfered  with  grant awards.  Now  there is  a                                                               
solid  staff, and  a  procedure has  been  established where  the                                                               
program coordinators meet  once a quarter, review  the files, and                                                               
complete  a  peer  review  of   each  other's  work  and  on-site                                                               
evaluations. As a last step, she signs off on the grant awards.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked about the first audit item.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MORTON explained  that the  Council is  required to  consult                                                               
with the Department  of Health and Social Services  (DHSS) in the                                                               
development   of  policies   and  procedures   for  health   care                                                               
facilities in responding  to victims of domestic  violence. It is                                                               
the  responsibility of  DHSS to  do the  work. She  reported that                                                               
over the past  few years, before she was  the executive director,                                                               
there had not been a lot of work  done in that area. She said she                                                               
and  Commission  Streur  will  be  updating  and  revising  those                                                               
policies and procedures.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:13:17 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  thanked Ms. Morton  for her work.  He asked                                                               
whether  the fiscal  note of  $17.7 million  should be  larger or                                                               
smaller,  due to  the inability  to  measure the  success of  the                                                               
Council. He noted the extension is  for 8 years. He inquired what                                                               
a successful mission would look like in 8 years.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORTON  replied that fundamental  elements of  victim service                                                               
providers is  shelters and rape  crisis centers across  the state                                                               
that provide  safe places  for victims to  go. Keeping  the doors                                                               
open to  those facilities is  important. She said that  last year                                                               
the  legislature  provided  $250,000 for  emerging  programs  for                                                               
training people  who live in  a community without a  shelter, but                                                               
who can provide services to victims  where they live. In 8 years,                                                               
the  goal  is  to  see  more people  trained  as  victim  service                                                               
providers. Other  goals are better coordination  across the state                                                               
in  responding to  the crimes  and  a broader  array of  batterer                                                               
intervention programs.  She added  that it  is not  the Council's                                                               
responsibility to  take on the role  of courts or police,  but it                                                               
can play an integral part in the systems working together.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:16:26 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON  requested more information  about the 16  percent of                                                               
males who were abused.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. MORTON offered to find out.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON commented  on  the number  of  male juvenile  sexual                                                               
assaults. He asked about trends over the years.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MORTON  said   she  has  not  seen  trends   in  victims  or                                                               
perpetrators;  they  continue  to  be   from  all  ages  and  all                                                               
ethnicities. She  noted she  has seen in  communities at  large a                                                               
willingness to  talk about the  problem and  to be willing  to do                                                               
something to stop it.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON agreed  that it  is better  climate for  victims. He                                                               
assumed  the increase  in numbers  might  be a  function of  more                                                               
reporting. He  thought that  Senator Wielechowski's  question was                                                               
skirting the edges of prevention.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:18:50 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. MORTON pointed  out that prevention is part  of the Council's                                                               
responsibility. In  2009 the legislature first  awarded money for                                                               
prevention.  Governor Parnell  increased that  amount each  year.                                                               
She  referred   to  the  Council's  annual   report  which  lists                                                               
prevention activities.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:19:39 AM                                                                                                                    
KRIS  CURTIS, Legislative  Auditor,  Legislative Audit  Division,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska;  reported on  the audit of  the State  Council on                                                               
Domestic  Violence and  Sexual  Assault. The  audit  of May  2013                                                               
concluded that  the Council  is serving  the public  interest and                                                               
its termination  date should be  extended. The report  provides a                                                               
summary  of  the  Council's  organization   and  function  and  a                                                               
description of  their funding sources.  The audit  concluded that                                                               
the  Council is  serving  the public's  interest  by funding  and                                                               
monitoring Alaska  domestic violence and sexual  assault response                                                               
programs  and   prevention  activities.  It  found   the  Council                                                               
effectively  served  as  the   central  coordinator  for  related                                                               
services  throughout  the  state. It  recommended  the  Council's                                                               
termination  date be  extended the  maximum eight  years provided                                                               
for in statute to June 30, 2022.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURTIS  reported  that  the   audit  found  three  areas  of                                                               
operational   improvement;   the   Council  agreed   with   those                                                               
recommendations and  provided corrective  action. She  added that                                                               
there is  information about Council  expenses from FY  09 through                                                               
FY 12 and funding sources in the report.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON thanked Ms. Curtis for  her work. He said he expected                                                               
the bill would pass out of committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
VICKI  D'AMICO,   Executive  Director,  Sitkans   Against  Family                                                               
Violence,  Sitka, Alaska,  testified in  support of  SB 124.  She                                                               
spoke highly  of the Council's technical  assistant, support, and                                                               
help  with   adhering  to   regulations,  grant   reporting,  and                                                               
disbursement  of  funds. She  stressed  the  importance of  being                                                               
supported  by  an agency  that  is  dedicated to  victim  safety,                                                               
abuser accountability, and prevention.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
She shared  that Sitka  is one  of the sites  of the  world pilot                                                               
program  for  prevention.  She  said   she  has  seen  trends  of                                                               
involvement by  younger people in  the services and  less serious                                                               
injuries because victims are leaving their situations earlier.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:24:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON  thanked Ms. D'Amico  for her work. He  closed public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL SENATOR  moved  to report  SB  124, labeled  28-                                                               
LS1235\A,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached  fiscal  note.  There  being no  objection,  the  motion                                                               
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:24:54 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced the committee would stand at ease                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          SB 104-APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE DIVIDEND FUND                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
[Due to technical difficulties, the  audio is not available until                                                               
9:26:24.]                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:25:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON  announced that the  next order of business  would be                                                               
SB 104.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL moved  to  adopt  the proposed  CS  for SB  104,                                                               
labeled  26-LS0847\R,   as  the   working  document   before  the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON said  he would  wait until  his staff  presented the                                                               
changes  in the  bill to  hear if  there were  any objections  to                                                               
adopting version R.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:26:42 AM                                                                                                                    
JOSHUA BANKS, Staff for Senator  Dyson, Alaska State Legislature,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska,  addressed the changes  in SB 104, version  R. He                                                               
said there  were a  few minor changes  after discussion  with the                                                               
Child  Support  Division.  He  said  on page  2,  line  20,  "and                                                               
operating  costs of  the Violent  Crimes  Compensation Board"  is                                                               
added after "victims". This provision is currently taking place.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON clarified  that this change is  putting into statute,                                                               
that which has been the standard practice.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS  explained that on  page 4, line  1, the words  "to the                                                               
crime  victim compensation  fund established  under AS  18.67.162                                                               
for  payments to  crime victims  and for  operating costs  of the                                                               
Violent Crimes Compensation Board" is added.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON added  that  the change  brings  consistency to  the                                                               
wording.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS  said on page  4, line  9 deletes "to  a state-approved                                                               
rehabilitation   program"  and   adds  "to   the  Department   of                                                               
Corrections".                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS said on page 4,  line 20 deletes "the Court System" and                                                               
adds "the Department of Corrections".                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked what line.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS  said line  20. He  highlighted a  new change  found on                                                               
page 4, line  4; after "arrearages" the words "owed  to a child's                                                               
custodian  or guardian  when the  child  to who  a support  order                                                               
applies  is  under  19  years  of  age;  payments  to  a  child's                                                               
custodian  or guardian  for child  support arrearages  under this                                                               
paragraph are  limited to the amount  of the dividend paid  to an                                                               
eligible individual in the previous year;" were added.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:29:59 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON noted  Mr. Banks has worked closely with  each of the                                                               
agencies and the CS reflects  agency suggestions. He stressed the                                                               
importance of  the aforementioned change. He  mentioned the large                                                               
number  of  arrearages on  child  support.  He commented  on  the                                                               
difficulty of  deciding how to  allocate child support  funds. He                                                               
explained that the bill provides  that current and recent victims                                                               
with profound needs  are the priority for where  the money should                                                               
go.  This  change  was  the  recommendation  from  Child  Support                                                               
Services Division.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS  indicated that the  language was suggested  from Child                                                               
Support Services, the  Department of Law, and  the Violent Crimes                                                               
Compensation Board (VCCB).  The language puts limits  on the $100                                                               
million  child  support arrearage.  Only  children  under 19  and                                                               
younger  will  receive  money  from the  Criminal  Fund  for  the                                                               
equivalent of one PFD.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON added that it would be paid annually.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:32:30 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BANKS said  that  another  change is  found  on  page 4,  in                                                               
multiple references in  (b) through (f). The  previous version of                                                               
the  bill talked  about providing  reports  to "the  department",                                                               
meaning  the  Department  of Revenue  (DOR),  and  DOR  providing                                                               
reports to  the legislature as to  how much money should  go from                                                               
the Criminal Fund to the various  agencies. Because that is not a                                                               
job that  DOR typically  does, it  was changed  to the  Office of                                                               
Budget and Management  (OMB). In paragraphs (b), (c),  and (d) it                                                               
states that VVCB,  Child Support Service, and DOC  will report to                                                               
OMB, who will use the reports  to determine how much goes to each                                                               
agency and report to the legislature.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
He said  two changes were missed  during the drafting of  the CS.                                                               
He  proposed conceptual  amendments that  would add,  on page  3,                                                               
line 15, after  "victims;" the words "and operating  costs of the                                                               
Violent Crimes  Compensation Board."  The same language  would be                                                               
added on page 4, line 16, after "compensable claims."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:34:19 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DYSON  indicated  that  his intention  was  to  adopt  the                                                               
committee   substitute  and   then  the   conceptual  amendments,                                                               
depending on the will of the committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He  asked if  there  is an  objection to  the  acceptance of  the                                                               
committee substitute. Seeing none, the  R version of the bill was                                                               
before the committee.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL moved  to adopt the two  conceptual amendments to                                                               
SB 104,  labeled LS-0847\R, on  page 3, line  15, and on  page 4,                                                               
line  16, to  add  "and  operating costs  of  the Violent  Crimes                                                               
Compensation  Board. There  being  no  objection, the  conceptual                                                               
amendments were adopted.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:35:48 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL asked  if there  was  a fiscal  impact from  the                                                               
changes in version R.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS asked if Senator  Coghill was asking whether the change                                                               
from DOR  to OMB  would result  in new  expenses. He  pointed out                                                               
that there was  a $15,000 fiscal note in version  Y, but it would                                                               
change to a zero note under version R.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  questioned  if  the fiscal  note  would  remain  at                                                               
$15,000.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS indicated that it would now be a zero fiscal note.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON  noted that the  bill has a Senate  Finance Committee                                                               
referral next.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  reiterated  his  concern  about  the  financial                                                               
impact.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON  suggested the change  could have an impact  on the                                                               
Department of Corrections (DOC)  because they have been receiving                                                               
roughly $13 million annually and a  large amount of that will now                                                               
go to the victims.  Monies that are left over will  go to DOC. He                                                               
reported that  DOC said  the increase  in the  amount of  the PFD                                                               
will  offset the  loss. He  asked if,  under the  Affordable Care                                                               
Act,  Medicaid  and  Medicare  are  available  for  the  care  of                                                               
inmates.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANKS did not know.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DYSON repeated the question for DOC.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:38:53 AM                                                                                                                    
LESLIE  HOUSTON, Deputy  Commissioner, Department  of Corrections                                                               
(DOC), Juneau, Alaska, answered questions  related to SB 104. She                                                               
said  DOC is  working with  the Department  of Health  and Social                                                               
Services  (DHSS) to  pursue clauses  under the  Affordable Health                                                               
Care  Act  that  may  include   a  small  number  of  the  prison                                                               
population  to be  eligible for  reimbursement for  both Medicaid                                                               
and Medicare.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON voiced  appreciation  for DOC's  cooperation on  the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:40:33 AM                                                                                                                    
STACY  STEINBERG,  Chief   Assistant  Attorney,  Collections  and                                                               
Support  Section,  Civil  Division,   Department  of  Law  (DOL),                                                               
Anchorage,  Alaska; offered  to  answer questions  related to  SB                                                               
104.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON thanked  Ms. Steinberg for her team's  efforts on the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:41:23 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  moved  to report  CSSB  104(STA),  version  28-                                                               
LS0847\R   with  conceptual   amendments,  from   committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  attached  fiscal  notes.  There                                                               
being no  objection, CSSB 104(STA)  was reported from  the Senate                                                               
State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON, sponsor  of SB 104, thanked everyone  for working on                                                               
the bill.  He stated  that this  legislation is  one of  the more                                                               
significant pieces  of legislation  he has contributed.  The bill                                                               
will help many victims of crime.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
               SB 127-VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:42:54 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DYSON announced  that the next item of  business would be                                                               
SB 127.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:43:19 AM                                                                                                                    
FORREST  WOLFE, Staff  for Senator  Cathy  Giessel, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, explained SB  127 on behalf  of the                                                               
sponsor. He  said SB  127 aims  to reduce  the Division  of Motor                                                               
Vehicle's  (DMV)  work,  thereby increasing  its  efficiency  and                                                               
making  customer  lines  shorter  through  the  use  of  Advanced                                                               
Business  Partnerships  (ABPs)   contracted  to  perform  certain                                                               
transactions statutorily mandated to  the DMV. It would outsource                                                               
certain  services to  the private  sector. Currently,  businesses                                                               
that  offer  these  services  are   paying  the  fees  for  these                                                               
transactions.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He said SB  127 allows businesses to  retain administrative costs                                                               
for transactions  they are already conducting.  This is necessary                                                               
in  the interest  of fairness  because private  businesses should                                                               
not be footing the bill for  assisting the state by providing the                                                               
services. By allowing businesses to  retain these costs, there is                                                               
an  increased incentive  for businesses  to provide  the services                                                               
more frequently or to begin offering the services.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
He pointed out  that this is not  a new concept in  Alaska. It is                                                               
already  being  used  by  the  Department of  Fish  and  Game  in                                                               
allowing  private  businesses  to  sell  and  issue  hunting  and                                                               
fishing  licenses. He  continued to  say, in  the face  of budget                                                               
shortfalls,  strategies  like SB  127  are  an effective  way  to                                                               
reduce government  through innovative use of  the private sector.                                                               
He concluded it  is good for the government,  for businesses, and                                                               
for the public. He urged support of SB 127.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:45:32 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI   understood  that  businesses   have  been                                                               
providing this service for many years.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE said that was correct.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI inquired how much the service fee is now.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE said that is left up to the businesses.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  inquired if SB  127 would result in  a loss                                                               
to the state of $1.2 million per year.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE said yes.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI noted  that the bill does not  have a Senate                                                               
Finance Committee referral.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE agreed that it did not.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI summarized  that the  state is  giving $1.2                                                               
million to businesses for doing  work that they have already been                                                               
doing for years.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE  agreed. He added that  it is more of  a fairness issue                                                               
to the private sector.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:46:58 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  pointed  out   that  the  businesses  were                                                               
already charging a  service fee. He maintained that  the state is                                                               
transferring $1.2 million of the  people's money to companies for                                                               
doing  work they  have  been  doing for  years  and were  getting                                                               
nothing in return.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WOLFE indicated  that the  bill  would help  save the  state                                                               
labor costs  at DMV and would  assist the public's not  having to                                                               
wait in line at DMV.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked for evidence of  personnel savings to                                                               
the state in the fiscal note.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE said that is not reflected in the fiscal note.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:48:28 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL explained that approximately  25 percent of DMV's                                                               
work load is performed by  businesses that have been facilitating                                                               
licenses and  footing the administrative cost.  She noted letters                                                               
of support for SB 127.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON noted  that in a diverse state such  as Alaska, there                                                               
are  a  lot of  small  communities  that  might open  a  boutique                                                               
registration  shop  within  another  business  as  a  service  to                                                               
clients.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON opened public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:49:46 AM                                                                                                                    
MELISSA  CUCULLU,  General  Manager,   Alaska  Tags  and  Titles,                                                               
Palmer, Alaska, testified in support  of SB 127. She related that                                                               
her business has four convenient  locations in high traffic areas                                                               
for ease  of service  in Anchorage,  Wasilla, and  Fairbanks. She                                                               
said  she  was  approached  in  the summer  of  2004  to  open  a                                                               
privatized DMV office  in Wasilla to meet a need  the state could                                                               
not.  Between September  of  2004 and  December  of 2013,  agents                                                               
processed  341,000 transactions  generating over  $30 million  in                                                               
state revenue, saving  Alaskans a minimum of 20  years waiting in                                                               
line.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She explained that on a daily  basis, branches receive 100 to 400                                                               
phone calls, the majority of  which pertain to drivers' licenses,                                                               
required documents,  and DMV  hours and  locations. The  calls do                                                               
not correlate to income for the  firm. With the increase in phone                                                               
calls, the firm  needed an upgraded phone system  and a dedicated                                                               
employee  whose  function is  to  answer  customer questions  and                                                               
navigate the state website.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
She concluded that  the bill will assist the  company with credit                                                               
card processing fees, the required  technology and equipment, and                                                               
overhead costs,  allowing for expansion  to better  meet customer                                                               
needs. She thanked  the committee for its  time and consideration                                                               
of SB 127.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:51:52 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked  Ms. Cucullu if she  charges a service                                                               
fee.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. CUCULLU replied  that they charge a service fee  based on the                                                               
transaction; $20 for  a registration renewal, $25  for a transfer                                                               
of title, and $30 for commercial fees.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  assumed that the company  received at least                                                               
a $20-to-$30 service fee for the 300,000 transactions.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. CUCULLU said that was correct.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if  those are  standard rates  and if                                                               
the business is limited by what it can charge.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. CUCULLU  replied that the state  does not dictate fees  to be                                                               
charged. The fees are standard amongst businesses.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI inquired if SB  127 would allow the business                                                               
to collect 15 percent. He asked how much the fees total.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CUCULLU remarked that the  fees are based on the transaction.                                                               
For a duplicate  registration, the fee is $2, a  duplicate tag or                                                               
plate is $5, a registration for  transfer of title would be $115,                                                               
and  a commercial  transaction  is  based on  the  weight of  the                                                               
vehicle.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON said this is eye-opening.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:54:29 AM                                                                                                                    
AVES  THOMPSON, Executive  Director, Alaska  Trucking Association                                                               
(ATA),  Anchorage, Alaska,  testified in  support of  SB 127.  He                                                               
related   his  company's   involvement  as   DMV  partners   that                                                               
facilitate the  handling of DMV transactions.  He maintained that                                                               
in order to  continue to provide that service,  ATA must generate                                                               
more revenue  to maintain and  grow the business. Each  day since                                                               
2006 ATA  has processed transactions  with no  compensation other                                                               
than nominal  service fees. He  said DMV provides  some supplies,                                                               
such as  title, registration forms,  tag and plates. In  order to                                                               
meet  the demands  of DMV  services, ATA  provides personnel  and                                                               
time. Compensation became  an issue when the  business started to                                                               
grow and  more income was needed.  He said ATA has  had to borrow                                                               
money  to  make DMV  payment  schedules,  and  has not  missed  a                                                               
deadline since 2006.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He  related  that   in  2013  ATA  processed   more  than  11,000                                                               
transactions and  generated more  than $1.6  million in  fees and                                                               
local taxes, of  which, $1.1 million in fee revenue  went to DMV.                                                               
He said he would  like to see the commission rate  in line 13, on                                                               
page  1, be  the same  for all  partners and  be memorialized  in                                                               
statute. He  concluded that it is  a matter of fairness  to share                                                               
the revenues with DMV's partners.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:58:20 AM                                                                                                                    
AMY ERICKSON,  Director, Division  of Motor  Vehicles, Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska,  answered  questions related  to  SB  127. She  expressed                                                               
appreciation  for the  sponsor's  desire to  codify the  business                                                               
relationships DMV has  been participating in since  1995 with the                                                               
first  emissions testing  service. That  service acted  as a  DMV                                                               
agent and  provided registration  renewal services. She  spoke of                                                               
DMV's  relationship  with  Alaska   Tags  and  Titles  and  other                                                               
services.  In  early  2000 DMV  opened  its  document  processing                                                               
program to  dealerships, financial institutions, and  stores. The                                                               
partnerships no  longer include  emissions testing  services, but                                                               
allow businesses to administer other  DMV services. She concluded                                                               
that  this legislation  would make  official  DMV's practices  of                                                               
partnering  with  private  business  to  conduct  its  title  and                                                               
registration services  and should positively impact  existing and                                                               
future business partnerships.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   DYSON  asked   Ms.  Erickson   to   respond  to   Senator                                                               
Wielechowski's concern about loss of revenue to DMV.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON responded  that DMV does not have a  position on the                                                               
15 percent  charge. It would mean  a loss of $1.2  million to the                                                               
general fund - to all of  Alaskans. She noted that DMV is receipt                                                               
supported.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:00:58 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  if there  are parameters  related to                                                               
business partner service fees and  what the general range of fees                                                               
is.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON replied  that DMV  puts no  guidelines on  the fees                                                               
businesses can  charge. She said she  did request a list  of fees                                                               
each of  the for-profit partners' charges.  She said transactions                                                               
for registration  fees range  from $12  to $20,  plus $20  to the                                                               
state for registration.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked  about a chart that  shows DMV revenue                                                               
sources from  1997 to 2007. He  pointed out that 57.8  percent of                                                               
the revenue was  generated from DMV offices in  1997. That number                                                               
peaked at  61 percent and then  dropped to 45.8 percent  in 2007.                                                               
In that  same period  of time, the  business partners'  source of                                                               
revenue  increased   from  10.8  percent  to   28.3  percent.  He                                                               
suggested that  more people are  going to the  business partners.                                                               
He  concluded  that  those  companies  do  not  need  a  monetary                                                               
incentive to provide  DMV services because they  are making money                                                               
from service fees.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON commented that the  document was not provided by DMV                                                               
and she could not speak to it.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:03:36 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR GIESSEL  indicated it  is noteworthy  that the  public is                                                               
choosing  the  more convenient  location  being  provided by  the                                                               
public sector.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON asked  if the  public  is aware  of the  comparative                                                               
prices  when weighing  convenience  against a  higher  cost at  a                                                               
business provider.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL speculated that the  cost is on the renewal form,                                                               
yet the public is choosing to go to the small businesses.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:04:45 AM                                                                                                                   
DUANE  BANNOCK, Former  Director,  Department  of Motor  Vehicles                                                               
(DMV), Department of Administration,  Kenai, Alaska; testified in                                                               
support of SB  127. He stated that  the goal of DMV,  at the time                                                               
he was  director, was to decrease  the amount of time  the public                                                               
spent in line  at DMV. He said  a solution was to  expand the DMV                                                               
business partnership  program. He  referred to the  chart, saying                                                               
Senator  Wielechowski  is  correct  that in  2007,  there  was  a                                                               
decrease of  revenue in DMV  offices and an increase  in business                                                               
partner revenue.  He opined  that the  program was  doing exactly                                                               
what it was designed to do.  He shared a personal story about his                                                               
use of a business partner. He  testified in support of SB 127 and                                                               
said the concept is not new.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:07:15 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON set aside SB 127 temporarily.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        SB 145-VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:08:00 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced the consideration of SB 145.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CURTIS  THAYER,   Commissioner,  Department   of  Administration,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska, presented information  about SB 145. He explained                                                               
that there  are over 75,000  veterans and 25,000  active military                                                               
with their  families in  Alaska. The bill  was introduced  by the                                                               
Governor  to rectify  three main  provisions  in statute.  First,                                                               
there is  a hiring preference  for veterans, which the  state has                                                               
not  revised since  the  Vietnam  War. SB  145  would bring  this                                                               
provision up to date and in line with federal definitions.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He said the  second revision concerns Alaska  Housing Finance. It                                                               
allows the  federal definition of  a veteran  to also be  used by                                                               
the  state  for  the  Alaska   Housing  Program  and  for  future                                                               
federally funded veteran programs.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Thirdly, the state is not  in compliance with the Heroes Earnings                                                               
Assistance  and Relief  Tax (HEART)  Act, passed  by Congress  in                                                               
2008. The  bill would provide benefits  to the family of  a state                                                               
employee in the reserves, who is  called up to active duty and is                                                               
killed.  The family  would receive  state  benefits the  employee                                                               
would have  received if  they had  remained employed.  He pointed                                                               
out  that the  state is  out of  compliance on  these issues  and                                                               
there is an audit coming in 2015.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  THAYER  noted  a   zero  fiscal  note  because  the                                                               
aforementioned situation has  never occurred. He called  SB 145 a                                                               
"clean up bill."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  Commissioner  Thayer  if  he  knows  of  any                                                               
opposition to the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER THAYER answered no.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:11:52 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced the committee would stand at ease.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON [held SB 145 in committee.]                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
               SB 127-VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
[Due  to technical  difficulties,  the recording  began again  at                                                               
10:14.]                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  returned  to  SB   127  and  public  testimony.  He                                                               
described his positive experiences with DMV.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:14:32 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON  suspected DMV business  partners gain  business from                                                               
DMV-related traffic.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL asked  if DMV  has a  good working  relationship                                                               
with the vendors.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON said it was a cordial relationship.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:16:18 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:16:30 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR COGHILL  brought up  the delta  to the  cash flow  of the                                                               
state. He inquired  about the value of this  service to Alaskans,                                                               
aside from convenience.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL noted that letters  of support for SB 127 provide                                                               
evidence  of a  qualitative benefit,  rather than  a quantitative                                                               
benefit.  A variety  of users,  such as  cab companies,  trucking                                                               
organizations,  and others,  appreciate the  convenience and  use                                                               
private vendors a lot.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL agreed  that DMV has improved  the convenience of                                                               
their services, but there are  still many in-person requirements.                                                               
In Fairbanks, the DMV office is  18 miles away, whereas, a vendor                                                               
is  only 6  miles away.  He agreed  with Chair  Dyson that  it is                                                               
about serving Alaskans better. He spoke in support of the bill.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON  said snowmobile dealers allow  registration. Dealers                                                               
largely provide for a service that is related to their business.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:19:10 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved to  report  SB  127 from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached fiscal notes.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  agreed  that vendors  are  convenient  for                                                               
consumers.  He voiced  concern that  the  businesses are  already                                                               
getting money  for transactions and  should not be paid  more. He                                                               
did not think  it was fiscally prudent for the  state to pay $1.2                                                               
million to  businesses for  DMV services.  He suggested  that the                                                               
bill have  a Senate Finance  Committee referral. He said  he will                                                               
vote "do not pass" on SB 127, as it is currently written.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  countered that the bill  provides an opportunity                                                               
to  reduce the  size  of government  and  encourages the  private                                                               
sector to take on more  pieces of government; it provides revenue                                                               
to and convenience for, the community.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON shared  some of  Senator Wielechowski's  concern. He                                                               
opined that  businesses will not  raise fees due  to competition,                                                               
so they  are asking  for a  cut from  DMV to  subsidize business,                                                               
instead. He noted  that several businesses reported on  a need to                                                               
upgrade their  equipment and technology  in order to  continue to                                                               
provide services.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:22:19 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  GIESSEL  remarked   that  it  is  a   quality  issue  of                                                               
convenience. The public is willing to  pay a few more dollars for                                                               
the convenience. She opined that the  loss of $1.2 million to DMV                                                               
has actually been  a gain to DMV all this  time because companies                                                               
have been providing the service all along.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked Ms. Erickson if DMV endorses SB 127.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON  replied that  DMV  is  neutral  on the  bill.  She                                                               
appreciated that  it would  codify what DMV  is already  doing in                                                               
practice.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked  if the administration is  comfortable with the                                                               
net loss to the general fund.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON said  she has  not had  any conversations  with the                                                               
Department of Revenue or the commissioner about that.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  Ms. Erickson  if she  stated SB  127                                                               
would codify what DMV does in practice.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON said agreements are  in place with business partners                                                               
and the bill would make them official.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked if DMV  is compensating businesses for                                                               
15 percent of the proceeds now.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON said DMV does not currently compensate businesses.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:25:20 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON asked  if the fees businesses charge  for service are                                                               
currently codified.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON said  fees  are not  codified.  She apologized  for                                                               
making the previous blanket statement.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI summarized  that, currently,  companies are                                                               
allowed  to  charge  a  service  fee. The  bill  allows  that  to                                                               
continue,  plus  companies will  be  allowed  15 percent  of  the                                                               
proceeds.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON agreed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:26:22 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced that the committee would stand at ease.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:27:30 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR COGHILL withdrew the motion to report SB 127 out of                                                                     
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON announced that SB 127 would be held in committee.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:27:55 AM                                                                                                                   
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Dyson adjourned the Senate State Affairs Standing                                                                         
Committee at 10:27 a.m.                                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 124 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 124
SB 124A.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 124
SB124-DPS-CDVSA-02-07-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 124
SB 124 DPS Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Audit 2013 (2).pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 124
CS SB 104(STA) Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
CSSB 104 (STA).pdf SSTA 2/6/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
CS SB 104(STA) Section Analysis.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB104CS(STA)-DOA-VCCB-02-07-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB104CS(STA)-LAW-CIV-02-07-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB104CS-DOR-PFD-02-10-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB104-DOR-CSSD-02-01-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB104-DOA-DOF-01-13-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB104-DOC-OC-01-21-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
Leg. Research - Restitution.pdf SSTA 2/6/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 104
SB0145A.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB 145 - VeteransBill_Sectional.docx SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DCCED-DED-01-17-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOA-DOP-01-20-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOA-DRB-01-20-14 (2).pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOA-DRB-01-20-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-DOR-AHFC-1-21-14.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-Supporting Document-DOA Talking Points.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB145-Supporting Document-Buck Consultants.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB 127 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Ver A.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB127-DOA-DMV-02-07-2014.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Alaska Auto Dealers Association Support Letter (2).pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Alaska Transportation Unlimited Support Email.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Alaska Transportation Unlimited Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Carlile Transportation Systems Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - DMV Revenue Sources.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Duane Bannock Email.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Golden North Van Lines Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Kenworth Alaska Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Mike Moeller Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - MV Transportation Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Totem Ocean Trailer Express Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - TrailerCraft Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents -Jeremy Miller Carlile Transportation Systems Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Alaska Tags and Titles Revenue and Transactions by Fiscal year.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Scott Hicks Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Alaska Tags and Titles Overall Revenue and Transactions.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127