Legislature(2013 - 2014)BUTROVICH 205

02/20/2014 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 145 VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 145 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 127 VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 127 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HJR 23 GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HJR 23 Out of Committee
+ HJR 19 BASE F-35 AIRCRAFT AT EIELSON AFB TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 19(MLV) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                       February 20, 2014                                                                                        
                           9:04 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. 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."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 145 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."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 127 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 23                                                                                                   
Proclaiming   March  27,   2014,   as   Good  Friday   Earthquake                                                               
Remembrance Day.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HJR 23 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 19(MLV)                                                                                       
Urging the  Secretary of the  United States Air Force,  the Chief                                                               
of Staff  of the United  States Air  Force, and the  Commander of                                                               
the  Pacific Air  Forces to  base F-35  aircraft assigned  to the                                                               
Pacific Air Forces at Eielson Air Force Base.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHJR 19(MLV) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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                                                                                                    
02/13/14       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/13/14       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/13/14       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/20/14       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 127                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS                                                                                         
SPONSOR(s): GIESSEL                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/22/14       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/22/14       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
02/13/14       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/13/14       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/13/14       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/20/14       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 23                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE DAY                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): MILLETT                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/21/14       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/21/14       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
01/28/14       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
01/28/14       (H)       Moved CSHJR 23(STA) Out of Committee                                                                   
01/28/14       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/04/14       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
02/04/14       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
02/04/14       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/05/14       (H)       STA RPT 7DP                                                                                            
02/05/14       (H)       DP: MILLETT, GATTIS, KELLER, ISAACSON,                                                                 
                         KREISS-TOMKINS, HUGHES, LYNN                                                                           
02/07/14       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/07/14       (H)       VERSION: HJR 23                                                                                        
02/10/14       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/10/14       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
02/20/14       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 19                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: BASE F-35 AIRCRAFT AT EIELSON AFB                                                                                  
SPONSOR(s): ISAACSON                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
01/21/14       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/21/14       (H)       MLV                                                                                                    
02/04/14       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
02/04/14       (H)       Moved CSHJR 19(MLV) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/04/14       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/07/14       (H)       MLV RPT CS(MLV) 7DP                                                                                    
02/07/14       (H)       DP:   GRUENBERG,    HIGGINS,   REINBOLD,                                                               
                         SADDLER, HUGHES, FOSTER, LEDOUX                                                                        
02/10/14       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/10/14       (H)       VERSION: CSHJR 19(MLV)                                                                                 
02/12/14       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/12/14       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
02/20/14       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MIKE BARNHILL, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                              
Alaska Department of Administration                                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of SB 145.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MCHUGH PIERRE, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                              
Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                                                              
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson                                                                                                 
Richardson, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Addressed departmental questions regarding                                                                
SB 145.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MARK SAN SOUCI, Northwest Regional State Liaison                                                                                
Department of Defense State Liaison Office                                                                                      
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense                                                                             
Tacoma, Washington                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Supported Senator Wielechowski's proposed                                                                 
amendment to SB 145.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CARY BOLLING, Sales Marketing Manager                                                                                           
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Announced being available for questions                                                                   
regarding SB 145.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
BOB PAWLOWSKI, representing himself                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 145.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MONICA SOUTHWORTH, Staff                                                                                                        
Senator Wielechowski                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided a proposed amendment overview for                                                                
SB 145.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JON SHERWOOD, Deputy Director                                                                                                   
Division of Senior & Disabilities Services                                                                                      
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Explained how the Division of Senior &                                                                    
Disabilities Services oversees the Medicaid Home and Community                                                                  
Care Waiver program.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
FORREST WOLFE, Staff                                                                                                            
Senator Giessel                                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview for SB 127.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
AMY ERICKSON, Director                                                                                                          
Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV)                                                                                                
Alaska Department of Administration                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Set forth that DMV supports SB 127.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DUANE BANNOCK, representing himself                                                                                             
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Announced being available for questions                                                                   
regarding SB 127.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
JEFF TURNER, Staff                                                                                                              
Representative Millett                                                                                                          
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of HJR 23.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES VOLANTI, representing himself                                                                                           
Olympia, Washington                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports HJR 23.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DOUG ISAACSON                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: HJR 19 sponsor.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
LUKE HOPKINS, Mayor                                                                                                             
Fairbanks North Star Borough                                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports HJR 19.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:04:19 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  FRED  DYSON  called  the  Senate  State  Affairs  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 9:04  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Giessel, Wielechowski,  Coghill, and  Chair                                                               
Dyson.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:04:35 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DYSON  announced   that  there  are  two   bills  and  two                                                               
resolutions before  the committee. He stated  that his intention,                                                               
with  the committee's  approval, is  to move  all four  pieces of                                                               
legislation at today's meeting.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        SB 145-VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON announced the consideration of SB 145.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:05:06 AM                                                                                                                    
MIKE   BARNHILL,  Deputy   Commissioner,  Alaska   Department  of                                                               
Administration,   Juneau,  Alaska,   introduced  the   Governor's                                                               
veteran update  bill. He said the  bill does a handful  of things                                                               
to update  Alaska's laws with  respect to treatment  of veterans.                                                               
He specified that the hiring  preference in the state's personnel                                                               
code  updates  the  definition   of  veteran  to  include  recent                                                               
conflicts  that  followed  the  Vietnam  War;  that  update  also                                                               
applies  to Department  of Commerce  veterans' loans  as well  as                                                               
Alaska Housing  Finance Corporation  access to  housing projects.                                                               
He added that the bill also  updates Alaska pension law to comply                                                               
with the  Heroes Earnings  Assistance Relief  Tax (HEART)  Act of                                                               
2008. He explained that the HEART  Act was enacted by Congress to                                                               
address  active employees  of employers  that participate  in the                                                               
Public  Employee Retirement  System, Teachers  Retirement System,                                                               
or Judicial Retirement System. He  specified that an employee who                                                               
is  called into  service  and killed  while performing  qualified                                                               
military  service  that their  last  day  of employment  will  be                                                               
deemed the  date of death  for purposes of pension  benefits that                                                               
the  survivors  would  receive such  as  accelerated  vesting  or                                                               
insularly life insurance  benefits. He added that  to comply with                                                               
the  HEART  Act,   the  wage  differential  is   defined  as  the                                                               
difference between the wage that  the employee receives in public                                                               
employment versus the  wage that they receive  from the military;                                                               
that  is  the differential  wage  that  will be  construed  under                                                               
federal law  as W-2 wages and  the employer will include  that as                                                               
wages paid to the employee for tax purposes.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:07:55 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI addressed  page  4,  lines 14-18  regarding                                                               
qualifications for  loans. He asked  what would be the  last date                                                               
of Operation Iraqi  Freedom and time periods that  will be listed                                                               
in 5 United States Code (USC) 2108(1).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. BARNHILL  replied that the last  date will be defined  by the                                                               
federal government. He stated that he  did not know when the date                                                               
will be.  He said the federal  statute is a statute  that defines                                                               
veteran  in much  the same  way  that Alaska's  statute does.  He                                                               
explained that  federal laws update  conflicts on a  more regular                                                               
basis and Alaska has not  updated its veteran definition statutes                                                               
since  the Vietnam  War. He  specified that  the federal  statute                                                               
include the  initial Iraqi Conflict from  1990-1992 and Operation                                                               
Iraqi Freedom will be added.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if people deployed  in Afghanistan or                                                               
other parts of the world would be covered.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. BARNHILL specified that the  bill covers all service rendered                                                               
during specific time  periods wherever in the  world that service                                                               
occurs,  examples   would  include   San  Francisco,   Iraq,  and                                                               
Afghanistan.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:09:47 AM                                                                                                                    
MCHUGH   PIERRE,  Deputy   Commissioner,  Alaska   Department  of                                                               
Military  and  Veterans  Affairs (DMVA),  Joint  Base  Elmendorf-                                                               
Richardson,  Richardson,  Alaska,  said   he  had  addressed  the                                                               
service rendered issue  with Mr. Barnhill and  noted working with                                                               
the U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs  that Operation Enduring                                                               
Freedom  (OEF), which  includes Afghanistan,  is included  in the                                                               
definition, but  not specified until  the conflict  is completely                                                               
finished. He  said OEF  is expected to  draw-down by  sometime in                                                               
2015.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if coverage  for service  rendered is                                                               
time or location based.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. PIERRE replied  that coverage is dependent on  a person's job                                                               
title and  what the person  is doing. For example,  an individual                                                               
flying Unmanned Arial  Vehicle (UAV) missions in  Nevada would be                                                               
included as a  combat veteran. He added that  every veteran's DD-                                                               
214 document will have a combat identifier.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL noted  that he  has  a DD-214  document when  he                                                               
separated from the military.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  if the  committee  should  consider  putting                                                               
wording in the bill that  whenever the federal government changes                                                               
their classifications  on a new  conflict that  Alaska's statutes                                                               
would follow that.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:12:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. BARNHILL answered that was  exactly what the bill proposes to                                                               
do by incorporating reference to 5 USC 2108.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if there were  other situations where                                                               
the state would not want to  be bound by the federal government's                                                               
definition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PIERRE  replied that  following  the  federal code  for  the                                                               
definition of combat veteran should  be safe. He advised that the                                                               
state follow the federal code.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  remarked that he usually  is not a fan  of tying                                                               
statutes to  federal code, but  agrees with the  proposal because                                                               
Alaskan veterans will  benefit due to the  state's slower statute                                                               
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:13:47 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON opened the hearing to public testimony.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:14:00 AM                                                                                                                    
MARK SAN  SOUCI, Northwest Regional State  Liaison, Defense State                                                               
Liaison  Office,  Office of  the  Deputy  Assistant Secretary  of                                                               
Defense, Tacoma, Washington, stated  that he will address Senator                                                               
Wielechowski's proposed amendment.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:14:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CARY  BOLLING, Sales  Marketing Manager,  Alaska Housing  Finance                                                               
Corporation,  Anchorage,  Alaska,  said   he  was  available  for                                                               
questioning.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:14:40 AM                                                                                                                    
BOB PAWLOWSKI,  representing himself, Anchorage,  Alaska, pointed                                                               
out  that  he  is  a retired  National  Oceanic  and  Atmospheric                                                               
Administration  (NOAA)  commissioned   officer  and  a  federally                                                               
recognized veteran  with service  connected to injuries.  He read                                                               
the following statement:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     I appreciate your attention to  the importance that our                                                                    
     veterans  bring  to  our  nation   and  our  state  and                                                                    
     revealing  this  bill  as  an  update  to  the  Alaskan                                                                    
     veteran's  laws,  which  appears, listening  to  Deputy                                                                    
     Commissioner Barnhill,  has not been updated  since the                                                                    
     Vietnam   era.  I   ask   you   to  consider   bringing                                                                    
     consistency between  the present U.S.  code definitions                                                                    
     and the Alaska statutes  associated with Veterans Armed                                                                    
     Forces,  Military  Service,   and  Uniformed  Services.                                                                    
     Specifically I am referring to:  Title 10 USC, which is                                                                    
     the Armed  Forces' title;  Title 37  USC, which  is pay                                                                    
     and allowances;  and Title 38  USC, which  is Veteran's                                                                    
     Benefits  as they  apply to  the definitions  of active                                                                    
     duty,  military  service,  and  uniformed  services.  I                                                                    
     respect  the  difference  of  combat  veterans,  combat                                                                    
     service, and armed service  versus active duty military                                                                    
     uniformed services  as it pertains  to the  lower parts                                                                    
     of the  statute in  front of you.  I fully  support the                                                                    
     eras  and  the conflict.  I  am  just asking  that  the                                                                    
     veteran's language  be brought consistent  with federal                                                                    
     code.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PAWLOWSKI noted his work  background work as a state employee                                                               
and his inability  to claim to be a service  disabled veteran. He                                                               
called attention to the inconsistencies in statutes.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked Mr.  Pierre  to  comment on  Mr.  Pawlowski's                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:18:51 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. PIERRE  noted that  Mr. Pawlowski has  some valid  points and                                                               
his department  can take a hard  look at all of  the locations of                                                               
"veteran" separate  from what is  a combat veteran and  then what                                                               
is a  veteran in general. He  said he did  not know if SB  145 is                                                               
the  vehicle,  but added  that  he  can address  Mr.  Pawlowski's                                                               
points and provide a recommendation.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked  where SB 145 goes next. He  inquired if SB 145                                                               
had a Senate Finance Committee referral.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI revealed  that SB  145 goes  to the  Senate                                                               
Floor.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON addressed Mr. Pierre  and noted that he thinks Public                                                               
Health  Service  and  NOAA  are not  considered  to  be  military                                                               
veterans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. PIERRE replied that Chair  Dyson's assumption is not entirely                                                               
correct. He  specified that individuals  that separate  from NOAA                                                               
receive  a  DD-214  document that  provides  for  veteran  status                                                               
determination. He  said Mr.  Pawlowski is  an example  of someone                                                               
who is  a service  connected veteran who  the U.S.  Department of                                                               
Veterans Affairs  (VA) says is  a veteran, so the  question where                                                               
we have  some discrepancies  in the  state's programs  that might                                                               
not  require to  be  fixed  through statute  and  could be  fixed                                                               
through regulation that specifies  in personnel hiring to include                                                               
veterans recognized by the VA.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:20:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced that the committee will stand at ease.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:22:15 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON called the committee back to order.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:22:57 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI offered Amendment 1 to the committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON objected for the purposes of discussion.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:23:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MONICA  SOUTHWORTH,  Staff,  Senator Wielechowski,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau,  Alaska,  said  the  amendment  before  the                                                               
committee  deals with  Medicaid  waivers and  the  wait list  for                                                               
military families.  She explained that  the issue arose out  of a                                                               
survey  that   was  done  by   a  national   organization  called                                                               
Specialized  Training of  Military Parents  (STOMP,) which  works                                                               
with  military families  that have  special  needs children.  She                                                               
said  often   times  the  Tricare   Echo  Program,  which   is  a                                                               
supplemental insurance  program to  Tricare Standard  and Tricare                                                               
Prime, does  not always  fulfill all of  the families'  needs and                                                               
requires families  to apply  for a  Medicaid waiver.  She related                                                               
that many comments from the  STOMP survey revolved around respite                                                               
care  not being  enough  and the  only option  for  a family  was                                                               
Medicaid.  She  set forth  situations  where  families apply  for                                                               
Medicaid waivers  and are then  stationed outside of  Alaska. She                                                               
revealed  that  Alaska's average  Medicaid  waiver  wait list  is                                                               
approximately four years  for home and community  based care. She                                                               
said families  are removed  from the waiver  wait list  when they                                                               
leave the state.  She set forth that the  amendment proposes that                                                               
families remain  on the state's  waiting list and  maintain their                                                               
priority as  long as they  intend to  return to Alaska  within 18                                                               
months  of  separation.  She specified  that  services  will  not                                                               
follow families  out of  the state. She  said the  amendment will                                                               
benefit  families  at  Eielson  Air Force  Base  and  Joint  Base                                                               
Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER),  but only if families  return to the                                                               
state. She revealed  that Mr. San Souci is  available for comment                                                               
and noted that allowing service  members to retain their Medicaid                                                               
waiver  priority  is listed  as  a  top  ten  issue for  the  DOD                                                               
Legislative Liaison Office.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:25:34 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  mentioned  that  Amendment 1  has  a  zero                                                               
fiscal  note, does  not  cost anything  to  do, and  specifically                                                               
preserves  a  service  member's  place  on  a  waiting  list.  He                                                               
specified  that service  members will  not lose  their wait  list                                                               
position  as long  as they  intend to  come back  and permanently                                                               
reside in Alaska.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. SAN  SOUCI detailed  that preserving the  place on  a waiting                                                               
list consistently becomes a key  issue for special needs families                                                               
that  move out  of  state and  are required  to  start over  from                                                               
square one. He  specified that in some states the  wait is two to                                                               
eight  years with  service families  that move  to another  state                                                               
having  to start  over. He  explained  that the  thought for  the                                                               
easiest solution is  to just have the legal residence  of a state                                                               
apply  during  active duty  and  stay  in  the queue  for  future                                                               
military coverage.  He specified that  the request is  not asking                                                               
for  a new  entitlement or  to bump  anyone else  off a  list. He                                                               
noted  that   family  dependency  will  be   reevaluated  due  to                                                               
potential medical change. He noted  service wait list legislation                                                               
has passed in other states with zero fiscal notes.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked Mr. Barnhill  for the Administration's position                                                               
on Amendment 1.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BARNHILL   replied  that  the   question  pertains   to  the                                                               
Department of Health and Social Services and DOD priorities.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:28:30 AM                                                                                                                    
JON SHERWOOD, Deputy Director, Division  of Senior & Disabilities                                                               
Services  (DSDS),   Alaska  Department   of  Health   and  Social                                                               
Services, Juneau,  Alaska, said  DSDS oversees the  Medicaid Home                                                               
and Community  Care Waivers (MHCCW).  He explained  that Medicaid                                                               
waivers  are alternatives  to institutional  care that  must meet                                                               
institutional care  standards for  qualification. He  said Alaska                                                               
currently  operates  four  Medicaid waivers.  He  explained  that                                                               
unlike the rest  of the Medicaid program which could  be called a                                                               
pure  entitlement, states  are  allowed to  limit  the number  of                                                               
people  who are  served on  their waivers.  Three of  the state's                                                               
four waivers  do not operate  with waiting lists and  provide for                                                               
immediate eligibility.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHERWOOD  said the  MHCCW  wait  list is  approximately  600                                                               
people at any  given time. He explained that people  on the MHCCW                                                               
wait list  are ranked according to  need-score with approximately                                                               
20 people  per month moved  off of the  wait list. He  noted that                                                               
people who  return to the state  with a high need-score  would be                                                               
ranked high on the registry  list. He asserted that the amendment                                                               
will not have a substantial impact on the wait list.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked if there is a downside to Amendment 1.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHERWOOD replied  that Amendment  1  would minimally  impact                                                               
MHCCW.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:31:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DYSON noted  that the  Permanent  Dividend Fund  addresses                                                               
state residency. He  asked if residency verification  would be an                                                               
issue for DSDS.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD  answered that  he did  not think  so. He  said DSDS                                                               
would  probably give  people the  benefit  of the  doubt if  they                                                               
provided a reasonable  case. He noted that  candidates still have                                                               
to go  through a  thorough application  process to  be determined                                                               
for Medicaid qualification.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL surmised  that  the speed  of the  qualification                                                               
process is slow. He noted his  support for those who want to come                                                               
back to  Alaska. He asked if  Amendment 1 would "tip  the scales"                                                               
in favor of a military family.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD explained that DSDS  draws people based on a numeric                                                               
score and people  with similar scores would be drawn  at the same                                                               
time.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL set  forth that MHCCW is  generally services that                                                               
are the  last best  hope for  families to  help them  survive. He                                                               
asserted that the  state provides some pretty  good services even                                                               
though  the  MHCCW  wait  list   is  long.  He  noted  that  many                                                               
communities are  stepping up. He  asked if Amendment 1  would act                                                               
as a draw or a convenience for military families.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:35:06 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  SHERWOOD  answered that  he  did  not  know. He  noted  that                                                               
multiple  support  services  are available  to  Alaska  residents                                                               
beyond MHCCW.  He noted his concern  that people do not  know how                                                               
the MHCCW  wait list works.  He specified  that the wait  list is                                                               
not time based and people do  not start back at the beginning. He                                                               
noted that  a quarter  of the  people on the  wait list  have the                                                               
lowest possible  score in  terms of ranking  and do  not identify                                                               
for immediate  needs. He  added that  lower ranked  families have                                                               
access to other services.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:37:01 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL expressed  his concern  for individuals  who are                                                               
waiting for the most intensive services.  He said he did not want                                                               
individuals to  think that people  are going  to be moved  in and                                                               
individuals with intensive  needs are going to be  bumped off. He                                                               
specified that the  wait list is based on need.  He said with all                                                               
due respect to  the military, the intent should  be to assimilate                                                               
military  families  and  help  them  everywhere  the  state  can;                                                               
however, there  are individuals with  needs that must  be treated                                                               
as fairly and equitably as possible.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON addressed  Mr. Pierre and asked to  clarify that DMVA                                                               
does not have a position on Amendment 1.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PIERRE  replied that  DMVA  has  done  a tremendous  job  to                                                               
identify all  of the top  ten priorities as  Senator Wielechowski                                                               
has  pointed out.  He asserted  that SB  145 deals  with specific                                                               
cleanup language  and Amendment 1  is not  in line with  what the                                                               
bill  is trying  to accomplish.  He stated  that Amendment  1 has                                                               
good merit and stands on its own, but does align with SB 145.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  Senator Wielechowski  if  Amendment  1  fits                                                               
within the title of SB 145.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:39:18 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI replied that he  thinks Amendment 1 does fit                                                               
within  the bill's  title and  noted its  intent was  proposed as                                                               
sort of  a military omnibus bill.  He noted being careful  not to                                                               
include the intent  from Amendment 1 in a number  of his military                                                               
bills  that have  fiscal notes.  He  stated his  belief that  the                                                               
intent in  SB 145 was to  make Alaska more attractive  for active                                                               
duty  and  veterans to  honor  their  services with  Amendment  1                                                               
addressing the same intent. He  reiterated that Amendment 1 holds                                                               
a spot  as long as  the service  family returns within  17 months                                                               
and avoids an added three years of waiting.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  asked  if   Senator  Wielechowski  had  Legislative                                                               
Legal's analysis on whether Amendment 1 fits under SB 145.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI answered yes and explained as follows:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     It's not a  bill that came from the  House, there's not                                                                    
     a title change  and it fits within the  title. You have                                                                    
     to insert a  provision and that's what we do  on page 1                                                                    
     of  the amendment  to slightly  change the  title, it's                                                                    
     within  the  subject,  so there  is  no  constitutional                                                                    
     issue.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL pointed out that  the Key Coalition of Alaska was                                                               
recently at the Capitol. She  said she had meetings with multiple                                                               
parents talking  about the  wait list and  how heart  breaking it                                                               
was  for them  to persevere  through  the wait  list until  their                                                               
opportunity came  up. She remarked  that while the  amendment may                                                               
have  merit for  the  military folks  and  may not  substantially                                                               
change who moves  up on the wait list, she  shared a concern that                                                               
her desperately  waiting constituents  may perceive  being pushed                                                               
aside by someone else.  She set forth that she will  be a no vote                                                               
on Amendment 1.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:42:25 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  replied that he certainly  respects Senator                                                               
Giessel's opinion.  He pointed  out that  the people  affected by                                                               
his amendment are Alaska residents  who are being required by the                                                               
government to go out of state.  He asserted that his intent is to                                                               
specify  the important  distinction. He  pointed out  legislation                                                               
from last year  that allows the Permanent Dividend  Fund to grant                                                               
exemptions when an  Alaska resident is forced to be  out of state                                                               
by the government. He asserted that  the intent of Amendment 1 is                                                               
similar to what is done with the Permanent Dividend Fund.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  asked to address DSDS  and noted that it  is his                                                               
understanding  that it  is  based on  need and  not  on time.  He                                                               
stated that at this point it is  not a matter of holding a place.                                                               
He asked if a  family that returns to the state  would have to go                                                               
through  the reapplication  process  and would  Amendment 1  help                                                               
them receive their waiver more quickly.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  SHERWOOD replied  that  Amendment 1  will  do nothing  about                                                               
accelerating Medicaid eligibility and  will not materially affect                                                               
an individual's  score. He reiterated that  individuals will have                                                               
to  reapply when  they return  to the  state. He  noted that  the                                                               
reapplication registry process  may be sped up.  He revealed that                                                               
the registry process takes approximately 30 days.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:45:27 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL verified  that individuals  would have  to apply                                                               
for the Medicaid waiver because that  is a state run program with                                                               
federal partnership.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD answered correct. He  explained that waiver services                                                               
are not portable and  do not follow a family if  they move out of                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL commented that Amendment  1 may assist a military                                                               
family to quickly reestablish waiver  eligibility. He said he did                                                               
not see  any great  material benefit from  Amendment 1  and noted                                                               
that eligibility  is qualification-based rather  than time-based.                                                               
He asserted that  verbiage in the amendment that a  place is held                                                               
does  not  help. He  inquired  if  Amendment 1's  timelines  adds                                                               
complexity   for  individuals   who  do   not  fall   within  its                                                               
parameters.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. SHERWOOD answered that DSDS would  have to add some degree of                                                               
verification if  timelines are involved. He  added that Amendment                                                               
1  would  not  give  an  individual  a  particular  qualification                                                               
advantage.  He   said  people  who   did  not  meet   a  timeline                                                               
restriction  would  proceed  through  the  registry  process  and                                                               
essentially compete with others on  the wait list based on score.                                                               
He stated  that Amendment 1  would not have a  detrimental impact                                                               
on people who did not meet its timelines.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:48:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON  announced that  he will  maintain his  objection and                                                               
asked  for a  roll  call vote.  Senators  Wielechowski and  Dyson                                                               
voted  yea; Senators  Giessel and  Coghill  voted nay;  therefore                                                               
Amendment 1 fails.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:48:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced the committee would stand at ease.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:48:35 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON called the committee back to order.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON announced  that Amendment  1 fails  and asked  for a                                                               
motion.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:48:51 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report  SB 145, labeled 28-GS2585\A from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:49:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced  that without objection, SB  145 passes out                                                               
of the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:49:12 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON announced that the committee will stand at ease.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
               SB 127-VEHICLE TRANSACTION AGENTS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:50:20 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DYSON called  the committee  back to  order. He  announced                                                               
that SB 127 will be the next  order of business. He noted that SB                                                               
127 was previously heard.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:50:24 AM                                                                                                                    
FORREST WOLFE, Staff, Senator  Giessel, Alaska State Legislature,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska,  said at  the previous hearing  it may  have come                                                               
across  that  the Division  of  Motor  Vehicles (DMV)  was  being                                                               
unfairly  criticized.  He  set  forth  that  the  intent  was  to                                                               
demonstrate  the volume  of  work  that is  done  by the  private                                                               
sector  though its  partnership with  DMV. He  said DMV  has made                                                               
great strides in the past  two years to increase their efficiency                                                               
through  former   Director  Duane  Bannock's   advanced  business                                                               
partnership program  and current Director Amy  Erickson. He noted                                                               
DMV's use of webcams for viewing  waiting lines as well as a more                                                               
efficient ticket system.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
He called  attention to a  criticism that businesses  are already                                                               
receiving income  from the  state and  why should  the businesses                                                               
receive even more  income from the state in  addition to charging                                                               
fees above  and beyond  what the state  is charging.  He asserted                                                               
that  the issue  is  not  how much  businesses  are charging  for                                                               
transactions and added that fees  charged by businesses should be                                                               
dictated by the  free market. He said the issue  is that there is                                                               
a large volume  of work being done by the  private sector for the                                                               
state  for which  they  are receiving  no  compensation from  the                                                               
state at  this time. He set  forth that SB 127  is about fairness                                                               
and noted similar  programs in other departments  where the state                                                               
directly  compensates  businesses.  He   said  SB  127  addresses                                                               
fairness due to  the work volume done by  businesses that partner                                                               
with DMV.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON  stated that what Mr.  Wolfe said did not  make sense                                                               
to him. He asked if Mr.  Wolfe meant the business surcharge being                                                               
placed on the delivery of service.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WOLFE   replied  that  businesses  are   not  receiving  any                                                               
compensation from the state.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON   asked  to  verify  that   businesses  receive  the                                                               
surcharge that they place on delivery of service.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE answered correct.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:53:22 AM                                                                                                                    
AMY ERICKSON, Director, Division  of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Alaska                                                               
Department of  Administration, Anchorage, Alaska, set  forth that                                                               
DMV  supports making  official its  practices of  partnering with                                                               
private businesses  to conduct  title and  registration services.                                                               
She continued to read the following statement:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     DMV  provides the  business partners  with  all of  the                                                                    
     supplies  needed  to  conduct  title  and  registration                                                                    
     services  including:  license  plates, month  and  year                                                                    
     tabs, forms,  driver manuals, and  handicapped placards                                                                    
     all  free  of  charge.   The  DMV  also  provides  free                                                                    
     training  to process  transactions and  free access  to                                                                    
     all  of the  agents to  access the  DMV data  base. The                                                                    
     business partners  charge a fee  to customers  that are                                                                    
     not regulated  or even disclosed  to DMV and  some even                                                                    
     benefit  from  the supplies  that  are  free at  a  DMV                                                                    
     office,   including  handicap   placards  and   driving                                                                    
     manuals.   While   the   business  partners   make   up                                                                    
     approximately  26   percent  of  DMV   revenues,  these                                                                    
     businesses  do  not  function autonomously.  DMV  staff                                                                    
     touches  each  and  every transaction  conducted  by  a                                                                    
     business  partner  and we  have  a  staff of  seven  to                                                                    
     oversee  and support  their  everyday operations.  Even                                                                    
     with DMV  support, they too  make errors that  DMV must                                                                    
     resolve  and  they  are  still  paid  by  the  customer                                                                    
     regardless  of the  mistake or  the  accuracy of  their                                                                    
     transactions. We serve  as a de facto  helpdesk for the                                                                    
     business partners  and spend hours  reviewing documents                                                                    
     and  correcting documents.  Some of  the errors  can be                                                                    
     serious  and time  consuming to  correct.  Some of  the                                                                    
     business partners have even registered  a golf cart and                                                                    
       a dune buggy for highway use which has resulted in                                                                       
     litigation for the DMV.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON said  her previous  statement is  not meant  to say                                                               
that DMV  does not  also make mistakes.  She summarized  that DMV                                                               
supports  the  business  partners  in many  ways.  She  said  the                                                               
business partnerships  are comprised of storefronts  that provide                                                               
the   services,   car    dealerships,   financial   institutions,                                                               
commissioned agents  that serve the smaller  communities, driving                                                               
school  bus  contractors,  tour companies  that  administer  road                                                               
tests,  and  medical  facilities   that  issue  disabled  parking                                                               
permits. She said DMV's original  fiscal note only addressed for-                                                               
profit determined store fronts, but  noted a letter from the auto                                                               
dealers  that the  bill may  also  apply to  car dealerships  and                                                               
financial institutions  that conducts the same  transactions. She                                                               
stated  that the  clarification  would affect  the bill's  fiscal                                                               
note and  DMV will be  submitting a new  fiscal note at  the next                                                               
committee meeting if the bill's implication is clarified.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:56:23 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DYSON asked Ms. Erickson to repeat her last sentence.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON responded  that  DMV  would need  to  submit a  new                                                               
fiscal note  if SB  127 really does  include the  car dealerships                                                               
that  do  their  own  title   and  registration  transactions  in                                                               
addition to  financial institutions.  She explained that  DMV did                                                               
not include  car dealerships and financial  institutions in their                                                               
original fiscal note.  She said the business  partners would also                                                               
benefit  from the  added 15  percent  from proceeds  if they  are                                                               
included in SB 127. She noted that auto dealers support SB 127.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked  at what point DMV realizes  labor savings when                                                               
business partners perform part of the division's work.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON answered that she did  not know and would attempt to                                                               
find out.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON  suggested  basing  the cost  savings  on  how  many                                                               
transactions a DMV employee does in  a day and compare the amount                                                               
of transactions  done by the  business partners to  calculate the                                                               
amount of hours and benefits saved by DMV.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON replied that she would  get back to Chair Dyson with                                                               
the information.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON  noted that a fiscal  note ought to reflect  both the                                                               
revenue DMV  does not  leave and perhaps  at some  point expenses                                                               
that DMV  does not  have to  incur. He asked  if DMV  supports SB                                                               
127.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. ERICKSON  answered that DMV  absolutely supports the  idea of                                                               
putting into  statute the business  contracts. She said  the fees                                                               
the state  pays is really a  policy call that she  cannot comment                                                               
on.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:59:12 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  noted that  the  Department  of Fish  and  Game                                                               
contracts   with  businesses.   She   addressed  DMV's   business                                                               
partnership as a larger reach  with auto dealerships. She pointed                                                               
out that  auto dealerships are considering  dropping extended DMV                                                               
services  due to  their  added personnel  costs.  She noted  that                                                               
personnel  costs are  a  private  business's highest  operational                                                               
liability. She pointed out AS  28.10.431(e) allows DMV to collect                                                               
local  government taxes  for license  plate renewal.  She pointed                                                               
out that the statute allows DMV  to retain 8 percent of the local                                                               
tax fees  as administrative  costs for  tax collection.  She said                                                               
while  DMV  may  be  saying   it  is  inappropriate  for  private                                                               
businesses to  be retaining some  of the motor vehicle  fees, DMV                                                               
is   retaining  money   for  collecting   tax   fees  for   local                                                               
governments.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON noted that the  bill's sponsor has expressed approval                                                               
for  the   committee's  recommendation   for  a   Senate  Finance                                                               
Committee referral.  He remarked  that the Finance  Committee may                                                               
want  the  very kind  of  information  that the  committee  asked                                                               
about.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:01:53 AM                                                                                                                   
DUANE  BANNOCK, representing  himself,  Kenai, Alaska,  announced                                                               
being available to answer questions.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON asked  if anyone would like to speak  to the bill. He                                                               
stated  that  seeing  and  hearing  none,  [public  testimony  is                                                               
closed.]                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:02:12 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON moved SB 127  [labeled 28-LS1263\A] from Senate State                                                               
Affairs  with  individual  recommendations with  attached  fiscal                                                               
note/s. Seeing no objection, [SB 127] moved out of committee.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:03:06 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced that the committee will stand at ease.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         HJR 23-GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE DAY                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:04:05 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced that HJR 23 is before the committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:04:12 AM                                                                                                                   
JEFF   TURNER,  Staff,   Representative  Millett,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,  said  HJR 23  will  mark the  50th                                                               
anniversary of the  Good Friday Earthquake on March  27, 2014. He                                                               
continued to read the following statement:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The 9.2 magnitude quake tore  apart about 50,000 square                                                                    
     miles  of  South  Central  Alaska  and  leveled  entire                                                                    
     communities   and  triggered   massive  tsunamis   that                                                                    
     brought  even more  devastation to  the coastal  areas.                                                                    
     The  purpose  of  HJR  23   is  not  to  highlight  the                                                                    
     earthquake  or  the  destruction,   but  to  honor  the                                                                    
     thousands  of  Alaskans  who put  the  needs  of  other                                                                    
     before  their  own  needs following  the  quake.  First                                                                    
     responders, medical personnel, the  Alaska Army and the                                                                    
     Air National  Guard, the U.S. Army  Corps of Engineers,                                                                    
     and  government  employees   were  joined  by  everyday                                                                    
     Alaskans  to  conduct  search  and  rescue  operations,                                                                    
     provide   medical   care,   food,  shelter,   and   the                                                                    
     restoration  of vital  services and  infrastructure. It                                                                    
     was  their selfless  determination  that saved  unknown                                                                    
     numbers of  lives and rebuilt  Southcentral communities                                                                    
     before  the   return  of  winter  that   year.  HJR  23                                                                    
     recognizes how  a great disaster  brought out  the best                                                                    
     of all Alaskans  by proclaiming March 27,  2014 as Good                                                                    
     Friday   Earthquake  Remembrance   Day.  Representative                                                                    
     Millett respectively  asks for the  committee's support                                                                    
     for  the  legislation so  it  can  be included  in  the                                                                    
     events marking  the 50th anniversary of  the quake that                                                                    
     will   be  taking   place   in   Anchorage  and   other                                                                    
     communities around Southcentral Alaska.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TURNER pointed  out  letters of  support  from Valdez  Mayor                                                               
David  Cobb and  Anchorage Mayor  Dan Sullivan.  He informed  the                                                               
committee that on  the phone is Mr. Chuck Volanti,  an Alaska Air                                                               
Guard veteran who  brought the idea for HJR  23 to Representative                                                               
Millett. He noted the Mr.  Volanti served at Kulis Airbase during                                                               
the earthquake  and is one  of the individuals honored  under HJR                                                               
23.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:06:20 AM                                                                                                                   
CHARLES VOLANTI, representing himself, Olympia, Washington, read                                                                
the following statement:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     I  wish   to  thank  Representative  Millett   for  her                                                                    
     compassion,     humanitarian    efforts,     and    for                                                                    
     orchestrating  overwhelming  House   support  for  this                                                                    
     resolution  that  honors  Alaska state  history.  Thank                                                                    
     you,  Mr. Chairman  and Senate  committee members,  for                                                                    
     the opportunity to speak on  this tragic and historical                                                                    
     event  that not  only affected  all Alaskans,  but also                                                                    
     carried  death and  destruction far  beyond its  Alaska                                                                    
     boarders.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Today  much is  known  about the  Alaska Earthquake  of                                                                    
     1964, it  is measured  9.2 magnitude strength  and wide                                                                    
     spread  areas  of  death  and  destruction  are  widely                                                                    
     published and  appear across a  variety of  written and                                                                    
     electronic media.  There are thousands of  pictures and                                                                    
     equally countless testimonials, mine  is but one and my                                                                    
     family one of  lucky ones. The best way  to describe my                                                                    
     experience is to  say that most of us know  what a bull                                                                    
     riding contest  looks like, rider  sitting on top  of a                                                                    
     massive jumping,  jolting, and  twisting beast  that is                                                                    
     doing  everything possible  to  dislodge  the rider,  a                                                                    
     rider who is hoping to  last the required 8 seconds, if                                                                    
     you can  imagine that,  then you will  know what  I and                                                                    
     countless thousands  of others  went through not  for 8                                                                    
     seconds, but for almost 4  minutes where seconds seemed                                                                    
     liked  hours.  On  March  27,   1964  I  was  a  flight                                                                    
     dispatcher  at   Kulis  Air  National  Guard   Base  in                                                                    
     Anchorage, a  position that I  held as part of  a small                                                                    
     contingent of  civilian employees,  less than  100, and                                                                    
     an Air National Guardsmen.  That evening I arrived home                                                                    
     from Kulis just about 5:00  p.m. and waited for my wife                                                                    
     and son  to return home.  Suddenly in the  fading light                                                                    
     of day  at 5:36  p.m. all hell  broke loose  and Alaska                                                                    
     was forever  changed. I bolted  for the door  and tried                                                                    
     desperately  to get  out  to reach  the  screams of  my                                                                    
     neighbor and  daughter, but try  as I may there  was no                                                                    
     way  of standing,  so I  sat pinned  to the  floor with                                                                    
     both hands  tightly wrapped around  the entry  way door                                                                    
     knob, waiting  and praying for  the violent  shaking to                                                                    
     end. Finally after what seemed  an eternity it stopped.                                                                    
     I jumped  up, ran  next door,  entered, checked  on the                                                                    
     women, once I saw they  were alright I ran back outside                                                                    
     just in time  to see my wife pulling  into the driveway                                                                    
     with our six month old  son strapped into his car seat.                                                                    
     She said  when the  quake started it  felt like  a flat                                                                    
     tire  and  promptly  pulled  to   the  curb,  but  soon                                                                    
     realized this was  a massive quake and not  a flat tire                                                                    
     and she  watched in  horror as  plate glass  windows of                                                                    
     store  crashed to  the sidewalk  and people  who sprang                                                                    
     out of  the openings  being knocked  to the  ground. We                                                                    
     exchanged  hugs, some  quick  comments,  and went  back                                                                    
     into  our home.  There  was no  structural damage,  but                                                                    
     plenty of disarray,  it took a few minutes  to see that                                                                    
     she  and  our  son  had the  basic  necessities  and  I                                                                    
     immediately turned to  her and said I have  to leave, I                                                                    
     have to  get to  Kulis. She was  visibly shaken,  but a                                                                    
     strong woman  she replied  "go," fully  realizing there                                                                    
     would be  those who  were in desperate  need. I  ran to                                                                    
     the  car  and  sped   towards  Kulis,  jumping  several                                                                    
     divisions in  the road  and all  the time  wondering if                                                                    
     there might be one I  wouldn't be able to overcome, but                                                                    
     god  was  gracious and  within  15  minutes I  made  it                                                                    
     without  mishap.  By now,  Alaska  Air  Guard and  Army                                                                    
     National  Guard  troops  were converging  on  Kulis  in                                                                    
     mass. We immediately  set about doing what  we had long                                                                    
     been trained to  do and that was to  expend all efforts                                                                    
     to   alleviate  and   mitigate   the  suffering   being                                                                    
     experienced by  countless citizens of  Alaska, wherever                                                                    
     that took  us. Anywhere from freeing  two souls trapped                                                                    
     in the  rubble of  a collapsed  Anchorage International                                                                    
     Airport   tower,    to   sending    troops   throughout                                                                    
     neighboring  communities to  recover the  dead, provide                                                                    
     for  the injured,  free those  still trapped,  maintain                                                                    
     civil  order,  and  finally to  forge  efforts  to  put                                                                    
     humanitarian relief flights in to the air.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     That  day, in  the bond  of human  compassion we  stood                                                                    
     shoulder   to   shoulder   with  thousands   of   first                                                                    
     responders, it  was unlike  anything ever  seen before;                                                                    
     they came  from all walks  of life beginning  with your                                                                    
     next  door  neighbor  to those  described  within  this                                                                    
     resolution.  Many  self-sacrificing  people  went  into                                                                    
     unstable,  unknown  circumstances  as  they  sought  to                                                                    
     render aid  and assistance to those  in desperate need.                                                                    
     Tragically,  some would  pay  the  ultimate price.  The                                                                    
     quakes and tsunamis,  though ravaging, destructive, and                                                                    
     deadly  as they  were, is  not the  main focus  of this                                                                    
     event. The  cornerstone to this day  remains the people                                                                    
     of Alaska,  their strong  will of  resilience, resolve,                                                                    
     tenacity, and their  unabated selfless sacrifice became                                                                    
     their  legacy, that  is what  we  should never  forget,                                                                    
     never take  for granted,  and always  remember. However                                                                    
     massive and tragic  as this event was,  there remains a                                                                    
     common  thread   that  was   even  stronger   and  more                                                                    
     pervasive  than all  of that  and it  was the  enduring                                                                    
     spirit  that  was found  embedded  within  the milk  of                                                                    
     human kindness. On  March 27, 2014 at 5:36  p.m., in an                                                                    
     act of  honor and  tribute, church bells  across Alaska                                                                    
     will toll  in memorial for  all we have spoken  of here                                                                    
     today.  Ladies  and  gentlemen   of  the  Senate,  your                                                                    
     support  of this  resolution and  its ultimate  passage                                                                    
     will  ensure   its  rightful  place  in   Alaska  state                                                                    
     history. I close by saying  that I dedicate all efforts                                                                    
     I have  thus far expended  to those who  have perished,                                                                    
     those  who suffered  great loss,  to the  thousands who                                                                    
     selflessly served,  and to those who  paid the ultimate                                                                    
     sacrifice and are mentioned  within this resolution and                                                                    
     the families that the left behind.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:11:16 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON commended Mr. Volanti  for his service. He noted that                                                               
an international  earth quake symposium  will occur  in Anchorage                                                               
with 1,000 experts attending the spring  of 2014. He asked if Mr.                                                               
Volanti  served  with Major  Herb  Bedrow  in the  Anchorage  Air                                                               
Guard.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  VOLANTI answered  yes and  noted a  letter addressed  to him                                                               
from his wife following his passing.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DYSON  noted that  Major Herb Bedrow  perished [in  a C-123                                                               
that went  down] near Cape Romanzof  [on the Bering Sea  Coast in                                                               
1965.]                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. VOLANTI answered yes.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:14:26 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON  announced that HJR  23 will be  set aside for  a few                                                               
minutes until the committee has a quorum.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          HJR 19-BASE F-35 AIRCRAFT AT EIELSON OR JBER                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:14:37 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced that HJR 19 is before the committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:14:42 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE DOUG  ISAACSON, Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, said he  appreciated having the opportunity  to bring HJR                                                               
19 before  the committee. He said  HJR 19 is very  similar to one                                                               
that the Senate had already passed out with unanimous support.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ISAACSON  set  forth  that   HJR  19  is  a  very                                                               
important bill  to Alaska's economy  and security. He  noted that                                                               
HJR 19  is identical to  SJR 14  and had minimal  amendments that                                                               
did not change the purpose of  the resolution. He noted that page                                                               
3,  line 13,  "and  all bases  in Alaska"  was  added. He  called                                                               
attention  to page  3,  line 14,  "on all  bases  in Alaska"  was                                                               
added. He  pointed out  the inclusion  on page  3, line  21; that                                                               
copies are to be sent to  Lieutenant General Russell J. Handy. He                                                               
reiterated the  Senate unanimously passed  SJR 14, but  noted the                                                               
addition of two  items that addresses the closure  of Flint Hills                                                               
Refinery  and  support  from the  Greater  Fairbanks  Chamber  of                                                               
Commerce.  He explained  that the  Flint  Hills Refinery  closure                                                               
will not  affect the military  jet fuel supply. He  detailed that                                                               
Petro  Star has  the contract  for military  jet fuels.  He noted                                                               
that  encouragement  has been  given  to  Petro  Star to  have  a                                                               
railroad  spur that  can  go  to JBER  to  supply  jet fuels  and                                                               
mitigate some of the negative results from Flint Hills' closure.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DYSON   commented  that  Representative  Isaacson   has  a                                                               
significant group of supporters.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:17:09 AM                                                                                                                   
LUKE  HOPKINS, Mayor,  Fairbanks North  Star Borough,  Fairbanks,                                                               
Alaska,  remarked  that  he  is   on  the  record  from  previous                                                               
testimony in support of HJR 19.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:17:34 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON stated that the Chair  will entertain a motion on HJR                                                               
19.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:18:05 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  GIESSEL moved  to report  committee substitute  (CS) for                                                               
HJR  19,  labeled  28-LS1051\C  from  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and attached zero fiscal note.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:18:20 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  DYSON  announced  that without  objection,  CSHJR  19(MLV)                                                               
passes out of committee.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:18:29 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced that the committee will stand at ease.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:18:37 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON called the committee back to order.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         HJR 23-GOOD FRIDAY EARTHQUAKE REMEMBRANCE DAY                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:19:01 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON returned attention to HJR 23 and announced that the                                                                 
Chair will entertain a motion on HJR 23.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:19:01 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR GIESSEL moved to report HJR 23, labeled 28-LS1038\C from                                                                
committee with individual recommendations and attached zero                                                                     
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:19:13 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DYSON announced that without objection, HJR 23 passes out                                                                 
of the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:19:26 AM                                                                                                                   
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Dyson adjourned the Senate State Affairs Standing                                                                         
Committee at 10:19 a.m.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 145 - Hearing Request.pdf 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
SB0145A.pdf 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-Buck Consultants.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 Amendment - Wielechowski.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 145
SB 127 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 2/13/2014 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
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 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 Ver A.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 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 Sectional Analysis Ver U.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Ver U.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Talking Points in Response to First Hearing Questions.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - Express Title Tag Support Letter.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
SB 127 Support Documents - AK Statute 28 10 431(e) Re Municipal Tax Collection.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
SB 127
HJR23-Legislation - Version 28-LS1038C.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR23-Fiscal Note-LAA php.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Letter of Support-Volanti.docx SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Letter of Support-Mayor Dan Sullivan.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR 23-Letter of Support-ASHSC.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 23
HJR19 Legislation 28LS1051C.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Legislation 28LS1051N.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 CS Changes Amendments (3).pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR19 Supporting Carlisle.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR 19 Supporting Luke AFB.pdf SSTA 2/20/2014 9:00:00 AM
HJR 19