Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/26/2015 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Public Testimony --
+= SJR 15 CALL FOR US COUNTERMAND CONVENTION TELECONFERENCED
Moved SJR 15 Out of Committee
+= SCR 4 US COUNTERMAND CONVENTION DELEGATES TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCR 4 Out of Committee
HB 93 PROBATION AND PAROLE: WORK, TRAVEL ACCOM.
Heard & Held
+= SJR 3 CONST. AM: MEMBERSHIP OF JUDICIAL COUNCIL TELECONFERENCED
Moved SJR 3 Out of Committee 3/24/15
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 35 MARCH 27: GREAT ALASKA EARTHQUAKE DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 35(STA) Out of Committee
<Bill Held Over from 3/24/15>
+= SB 22 MOTOR VEHICLE REG. TAX: COLLECTION COSTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 22 Out of Committee
<Bill Held Over from 3/24/15>
                                                                                                                              
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 26, 2015                                                                                         
                           9:01 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bill Stoltze, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Charlie Huggins                                                                                                         
Senator Lesil McGuire                                                                                                           
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 35(STA)                                                                                 
"An  Act  establishing  March  27 as  Great  Alaska  Good  Friday                                                               
Earthquake Remembrance Day."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 35(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 15                                                                                                  
Making  application  to the  United  States  Congress to  call  a                                                               
convention of  the states to  propose a countermand  amendment to                                                               
the Constitution of  the United States as provided  under art. V,                                                               
Constitution of  the United States;  and urging  the legislatures                                                               
of the other 49 states to make the same application.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SJR 15 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4                                                                                              
Relating to the  duties of delegates selected  by the legislature                                                               
to  attend  a convention  of  the  states  called under  art.  V,                                                               
Constitution  of the  United States,  to  consider a  countermand                                                               
amendment to the Constitution of  the United States; establishing                                                               
as a joint  committee of the legislature  the Delegate Credential                                                               
Committee and relating to the  duties of the committee; providing                                                               
for  an  oath  for  delegates and  alternates  to  a  countermand                                                               
amendment convention;  providing for a chair  and assistant chair                                                               
of the  state's countermand  amendment delegation;  providing for                                                               
the  duties   of  the  chair   and  assistant   chair;  providing                                                               
instructions  for the  selection of  a convention  president; and                                                               
providing  specific language  for  the  countermand amendment  on                                                               
which  the state's  convention delegates  are  authorized by  the                                                               
legislature to vote to approve.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SCR 4 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 22                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the  collection costs for the municipal motor                                                               
vehicle registration tax; and providing for an effective date."                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 22 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 93(STA)                                                                                 
"An  Act  relating  to  the duties  of  probation  officers;  and                                                               
relating to conditions of parole."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3                                                                                                   
Proposing amendments to  the Constitution of the  State of Alaska                                                               
to  increase  the number  of  members  on the  judicial  council;                                                               
relating to  the initial  terms of new  members appointed  to the                                                               
judicial council; and relating to  the confirmation of members of                                                               
the judicial council.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SJR 3 OUT OF COMMITTEE ON 3/24/15                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 35                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: MARCH 27: GREAT ALASKA EARTHQUAKE DAY                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) MILLETT                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
01/21/15       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/15                                                                                
01/21/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/21/15       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
02/05/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
02/05/15       (H)       Moved CSHB 35(STA) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/05/15       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/06/15       (H)       STA RPT CS(STA) NT 6DP                                                                                 
02/06/15       (H)       DP:     TALERICO,    STUTES,     KELLER,                                                               
                         GRUENBERG, KREISS-TOMKINS, LYNN                                                                        
02/20/15       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/20/15       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 35(STA)                                                                                  
02/23/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/23/15       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
03/24/15       (S)       STA AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/24/15       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/26/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 15                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CALL FOR US COUNTERMAND CONVENTION                                                                                 
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STOLTZE                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/13/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/13/15       (S)       STA, JUD                                                                                               
03/17/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/17/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/17/15       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/19/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/19/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/19/15       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/26/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SCR 4                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: US COUNTERMAND CONVENTION DELEGATES                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STOLTZE                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/13/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/13/15       (S)       STA, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
03/17/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/17/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/17/15       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/19/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/19/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/19/15       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/26/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 22                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: MOTOR VEHICLE REG. TAX: COLLECTION COSTS                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) GIESSEL                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
01/21/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/21/15       (S)       CRA, STA, FIN                                                                                          
02/10/15       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/10/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/10/15       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
03/17/15       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/17/15       (S)       Moved SB 22 Out of Committee                                                                           
03/17/15       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
03/18/15       (S)       CRA RPT 1DP 3NR                                                                                        
03/18/15       (S)       DP: EGAN                                                                                               
03/18/15       (S)       NR: BISHOP, MACKINNON, STEDMAN                                                                         
03/24/15       (S)       STA AT 8:30 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/24/15       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/26/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 93                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: PROBATION AND PAROLE: WORK, TRAVEL ACCOM.                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TILTON                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
01/30/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/30/15       (H)       STA                                                                                                    
02/17/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
02/17/15       (H)       Moved CSHB 93(STA) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/17/15       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/19/15       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
02/19/15       (H)       Moved CSHB 93(STA) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/19/15       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/20/15       (H)       STA RPT CS(STA) 5DP                                                                                    
02/20/15       (H)       DP: TALERICO, STUTES, KELLER, KREISS-                                                                  
                         TOMKINS, LYNN                                                                                          
02/27/15       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/27/15       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 93(STA)                                                                                  
03/02/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/02/15       (S)       STA, JUD                                                                                               
03/26/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JEFF TURNER, Staff                                                                                                              
Representative Charisse Millet                                                                                                  
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of HB 35.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
STEVE S. MASTERMAN, Director                                                                                                    
Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys                                                                                    
Alaska Department of Resources                                                                                                  
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports HB35.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHUCK VOLANTI, representing himself                                                                                             
Olympia, Washington                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports HB 35.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MIKE COONS, National Director                                                                                                   
Citizen Initiatives                                                                                                             
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SJR 15.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
FORREST WOLFE, Staff                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of SB 22.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
AMY ERICKSON, Director                                                                                                          
Division of Motor Vehicles                                                                                                      
Alaska Department of Administration                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions regarding SB 22.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL MOORE, City Treasurer                                                                                                    
Municipality of Anchorage                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 22.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY TILTON                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 93.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CARRIE BELDEN, Director                                                                                                         
Probation & Parole                                                                                                              
Alaska Department of Corrections                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports HB 93.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SHERRIE DAIGLE, Special Assistant to Commissioner Taylor                                                                        
Alaska Department of Corrections                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Addressed questions regarding HB 93.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:01:11 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BILL STOLTZE called the Senate State Affairs Standing                                                                   
Committee meeting to order at 9:01 a.m. Present at the call to                                                                  
order were Senators Coghill, Huggins, and Chair Stoltze.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB 35-MARCH 27: GREAT ALASKA EARTHQUAKE DAY                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:01:39 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of HB 35. [CSHB                                                                       
35(STA) was before the committee.]                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:01:48 AM                                                                                                                    
JEFF TURNER, Staff, Representative Charisse Millet, Alaska State                                                                
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, introduced HB 35 reading from the                                                                  
following sponsor statement:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     On March  27, 1964, Southcentral Alaska  was torn apart                                                                    
     as many of  you know by a 9.2  magnitude earthquake; it                                                                    
     devastated 50,000 square  miles of Southcentral Alaska,                                                                    
     leveled   entire  communities,   and  trigged   massive                                                                    
     tsunamis that brought even  more devastation to coastal                                                                    
     areas.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     What HB 35  does is recognize a great  disaster and how                                                                    
     it   brought  out   the  best   of   all  Alaskans   by                                                                    
     establishing  March  27  as Great  Alaska  Good  Friday                                                                    
     Earthquake Remembrance Day. The  purpose of the bill is                                                                    
     not to  highlight the quake  necessarily, but  to honor                                                                    
     the thousands of  Alaskans who put the  needs of others                                                                    
     before  their  own  needs:  first  responders,  medical                                                                    
     personnel, the Alaska Army and  Air National Guard, the                                                                    
     U.S. Core of Engineers,  government employees, even ham                                                                    
     radio  operators were  joined by  everyday Alaskans  to                                                                    
     conduct search  and rescue operations,  provide medical                                                                    
     care,  food,  shelter,  and the  restoration  of  vital                                                                    
     infrastructure  and  services;  it was  their  selfless                                                                    
     determination that  saved unknown numbers of  lives and                                                                    
     rebuilt Southcentral  communities before the  return of                                                                    
     winter.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     The 1964 earthquake was also  a watershed moment in the                                                                    
     fields of  geology, earth science,  and more; it  was a                                                                    
     big part  of what  led to the  creation of  the Federal                                                                    
     Emergency  Management Agency,  also known  as FEMA,  in                                                                    
     1979.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     This  legislation means  communities  and civic  groups                                                                    
     can  hold ceremonies  around the  state to  mark a  day                                                                    
     that  changed state  history and  it  also directs  the                                                                    
     Governor to issue  an annual proclamation commemorating                                                                    
     Great  Alaska Good  Friday  Earthquake Remembrance  Day                                                                    
     and  to  fly  the  state flag  at  half-mast;  it  also                                                                    
     reminds Alaskans  about the importance of  building and                                                                    
     designing  safer  structures,  which a  couple  of  our                                                                    
     invited testifiers  can speak to  today. Representative                                                                    
      Millet respectively asks for the committee's support                                                                      
     for the legislation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:04:35 AM                                                                                                                    
STEVE   S.  MASTERMAN,   Director,  Division   of  Geological   &                                                               
Geophysical Surveys,  Alaska Department of  Resources, Fairbanks,                                                               
Alaska, announced that  the division supports HB 35.  He said the                                                               
Division  of  Geological  &  Geophysical   Surveys  feels  it  is                                                               
important to  remember those people  who gave their lives  in the                                                               
Great Alaska Earthquake  disaster. He added that having  a day on                                                               
the calendar to  remind people of the significance  and danger of                                                               
earthquakes in  Alaska was important  as well. He noted  that the                                                               
Remembrance   Day   calls   attention   to  a   need   to   build                                                               
infrastructures  and  buildings   that  withstand  the  potential                                                               
effects of a future earthquake  as well as designing and planning                                                               
Alaska communities to be resilient to earthquakes and tsunamis.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:06:04 AM                                                                                                                    
CHUCK   VOLANTI,  representing   himself,  Olympia,   Washington,                                                               
recalled the events on the day  of the earthquake in 1964 when on                                                               
duty for  the Alaska National  Guard in Anchorage. He  noted that                                                               
as devastating and ravaging as  the earthquake and tsunamis were,                                                               
the  cornerstone  remains  the  people of  Alaska  and  how  they                                                               
rallied  together without  hesitation.  He said  first-responders                                                               
from  all walks  of life  came  together and  formed the  largest                                                               
humanitarian relief  contingent in  state history.  He summarized                                                               
that what  Alaskans of today enjoy  is because they stand  on the                                                               
shoulders of those  giants of the past;  their selfless sacrifice                                                               
paid honor  to the  future and now  it is up  to Alaskans  to pay                                                               
honor to those of the past.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:06:43 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE joined the committee meeting.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:09:26 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE thanked  Mr. Volanti for his  diligence and efforts                                                               
in helping memorize the event.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:10:17 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE closed public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:10:35 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE moved  to report the CS for HB  35 from committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:10:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  announced that hearing no  objection, CSHB 35(STA)                                                               
moved out of committee.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
           SJR 15-CALL FOR US COUNTERMAND CONVENTION                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:11:20 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  announced the consideration  of SJR 15.  [This was                                                               
the third hearing.]                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:12:03 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI joined the committee meeting.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:12:09 AM                                                                                                                    
MIKE  COONS,  National  Director,  Citizen  Initiatives,  Palmer,                                                               
Alaska, explained that  in 1787, the first  13 state legislatures                                                               
created the federal  government to serve the needs  of the states                                                               
and left for future legislatures  with the sovereign authority to                                                               
modify  the  conduct of  the  government  when it  encroaches  on                                                               
states' and citizens' rights. He  said state legislatures are the                                                               
most powerful  and important government  bodies in  America; they                                                               
are  the  final  arbiters  in   all  constitutional  matters.  He                                                               
summarized  that the  "framers"  left for  future generations  of                                                               
legislators  the   sovereign  authority   to  protect   the  U.S.                                                               
Constitution through  Article V  and not throw  it away  based on                                                               
poor constitutional analysis by anti-Article V groups.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:15:16 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE closed public testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:15:24 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved to  report  SJR  15 from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations with attached zero fiscal note.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:15:36 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced  that hearing no objection,  SJR 15 moved                                                               
out of the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:15:48 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
           SCR 4-US COUNTERMAND CONVENTION DELEGATES                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:16:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of SCR 4. [This was                                                                   
the third hearing.]                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:16:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL specified that SCR 4 deals with the state's                                                                     
delegation to attend a convention of the states.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He moved to report SCR 4 from committee with individual                                                                         
recommendations and the attached zero fiscal note.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:16:33 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that hearing no objection, SCR 4 moved                                                                  
out of the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:16:47 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
         SB 22-MOTOR VEHICLE REG. TAX: COLLECTION COSTS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:17:24 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of SB 22.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:17:43 AM                                                                                                                    
FORREST WOLFE, Staff, Senator Cathy Giessel, Alaska State                                                                       
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, read the following sponsor                                                                         
statement:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Since the  inception of the Motor  Vehicle Registration                                                                    
     Tax system  (MVRT) in  1993, the cost  to the  state of                                                                    
     collecting  these taxes  for  municipalities have  been                                                                    
     reduced considerably or the rate  they take off the top                                                                    
     has not. The MVRT program  was created not as a revenue                                                                    
     sharing program, but was intended  in a sense to piggy-                                                                    
     back   on  the   activities  the   state  was   already                                                                    
     conducting   in   order   to   produce   revenues   for                                                                    
     municipalities;  with this  understanding in  mind, the                                                                    
     state  should  only be  collecting  the  added cost  it                                                                    
     incurs from  operating the program, not  sharing in the                                                                    
     added  revenues with  which the  municipalities receive                                                                    
     from their citizens.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     SB 22 proposes to reduce  the amount the state collects                                                                    
     from  8  percent  to  5.5  percent  in  order  to  more                                                                    
     accurately  reflect the  amount of  work and  resources                                                                    
     the  state provides  to  municipalities for  preforming                                                                    
     this service;  this does  not impose  any new  costs or                                                                    
     fees on  the state  or citizens, it  simply reallocates                                                                    
     more of  the collected funds to  the cities themselves.                                                                    
     By  allowing local  governments to  keep more  of their                                                                    
     taxes, this revenue  is kept closer to  the citizens it                                                                    
     was intended  to serve and therefore  serves the people                                                                    
     better.  With revenue  sharing posed  to be  reduced in                                                                    
     these    difficult   fiscal    times,   allowing    the                                                                    
     municipalities  to retain  more of  their own  revenues                                                                    
     makes sense.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:19:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  asked if MVRT  was the municipalities'  only "bite                                                               
at the apple" for some revenues.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE answered that he was not sure.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:20:05 AM                                                                                                                    
AMY ERICKSON,  Director, Division  of Motor  Vehicles, Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska, introduced herself and offered to answer questions.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE pointed out that SB  22 has a fiscal impact for the                                                               
state. He noted  that the Division of Motor  Vehicles (DMV) faces                                                               
deficits  as well  as the  state. He  asked if  Ms. Erickson  had                                                               
comments or concerns on SB 22.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON  answered  that  SB   22  would  not  affect  DMV's                                                               
operations, but the  bill would affect the  state's general fund.                                                               
She  asserted  that  whether  the state  could  afford  to  forgo                                                               
approximately   $500,000  a   year   was  a   question  for   the                                                               
Legislature. She explained that the  MVRT was established in 1978                                                               
and amended  in 1993 to  increase the amount the  state retained.                                                               
She specified that  the state's retention began at  5 percent and                                                               
raised to 8 percent in 1993.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  for  an explanation  as  to how  the                                                               
registration  tax  works  for the  municipalities.  He  asked  to                                                               
confirm that  the bill would  result in  more money going  to the                                                               
municipalities.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE  explained that the state  collect's their registration                                                               
fee as well as fees for 16 other municipalities.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:22:41 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if the  bill lowers  the registration                                                               
fee.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WOLFE  answered no.  He  specified  that  fees will  not  be                                                               
lowered,  but  rather  the  amount   the  state  returns  to  the                                                               
municipalities.   He    said   currently   the    state   charges                                                               
municipalities 8  percent as an administrative  fee. He specified                                                               
that the  bill lowers the  fee to municipalities to  5.5 percent.                                                               
He detailed  that the reduction will  be more in line  with DMV's                                                               
actual administrative costs.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked to  clarify  that  state receives  8                                                               
percent  for managing  the  municipalities' license  registration                                                               
taxes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE answered that the  bill applies to vehicle registration                                                               
taxes, not license registration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:24:20 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked  how the  municipalities  get  their                                                               
money.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE  answered that the  state had separate  agreements with                                                               
each  municipality. He  detailed that  vehicle registration  fees                                                               
were collected for each municipality,  less the state's 8 percent                                                               
fee.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked Ms. Erickson  for an explanation as to                                                               
how the  registration fees go  to the municipalities and  how the                                                               
bill increases money to the municipalities.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:26:01 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. ERICKSON specified as follows:                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     For  example,  in  the Municipality  of  Anchorage,  my                                                                    
     vehicle  is 8  years old  and the  MVRT applied  by the                                                                    
     Municipality  of Anchorage  is $70,  so I  pay my  $100                                                                    
     registration fee  for the  state and  the $70  fee that                                                                    
     goes to  the municipality;  of that  $70, 8  percent is                                                                    
     retained by the  state and the rest is  refunded to the                                                                    
     community. Of the 17 communities,  they each have their                                                                    
     own established  motor vehicle tax,  so it  would range                                                                    
     from $16,  for example, to  $70 for Anchorage  and Mat-                                                                    
     Su.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE summarized that the  bill does not change the fees,                                                               
the change is directed at  the percentage for the transacted cost                                                               
for being the tax collector.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked  if the  municipalities  were  doing                                                               
additional work  for the  registration fees.  He opined  that the                                                               
state  seems  to   be  doing  the  bulk  of  the   work  and  the                                                               
municipalities are completely not involved.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ERICKSON  answered  true.   She  explained  that  the  state                                                               
administers the program for each of the 17 municipalities.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MCGUIRE noted that the  state does a similar program with                                                               
school  district appropriations.  She  added that  administrative                                                               
fees often  can erode  the base  of the  dollars that  people are                                                               
trying to collect for whatever their purposes.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  how the  bill impacts  the Anchorage                                                               
property tax cap.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:29:34 AM                                                                                                                    
DANIEL   MOORE,  City   Treasurer,  Municipality   of  Anchorage,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska,  replied that the  auto registration tax  is a                                                               
payment in lieu  of property tax. He explained  that every dollar                                                               
collected  in auto  registration tax  for the  municipality is  a                                                               
dollar decrease in the amount of  property tax that is needed. He                                                               
said Anchorage increased its rate  schedule in 2012, resulting in                                                               
increased  auto tax  registration revenues  of $5  million to  $6                                                               
million;  that meant  $5 million  to $6  million less  was needed                                                               
from property taxes.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. MOORE detailed that the 8  percent fee, which has not changed                                                               
since  1993,   provides  for   DMV's  administrative   costs.  He                                                               
explained  that   prior  to  the   tax  increase  in   2012,  the                                                               
municipality  paid 45  percent of  DMV's entire  program cost,  a                                                               
percentage  that  matched  Anchorage  having 45  percent  of  the                                                               
state's vehicles.  He revealed that  today the  municipality pays                                                               
59 percent of all MVRT costs,  but Anchorage still has 45 percent                                                               
of the state's  vehicles. He remarked that  Anchorage pays double                                                               
the  amount  for  administration   fees  while  not  getting  any                                                               
additional services.  He asserted that Anchorage's  MVRT increase                                                               
has been a windfall to DMV with an added $500,000 per year.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
He explained  that the  bill corrects  the situation  by lowering                                                               
the  administrative  fee  from  8  percent  to  5.5  percent.  He                                                               
specified  that DMV  would retain  approximately  $1 million,  an                                                               
amount the  division used  to retain, and  the $500,000  would be                                                               
spread  across   the  state;  Anchorage  will   annually  recover                                                               
$300,000 and Mat-Su  will recover $100,000. He said the  16 or 17                                                               
communities will basically receive a  3 percent increase in their                                                               
net revenues from  DMV, resulting in more money  to provide local                                                               
services or to reduce property taxes.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:32:51 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE  asserted  that  previous  testimony  had  clearly                                                               
established that  the state was  overly gouging the  recipient of                                                               
vehicle   title   or   registration.   He   declared   that   his                                                               
constituents' hearts would not be  warmed that the municipalities                                                               
are  getting  the  money  rather  than the  state.  He  asked  if                                                               
consideration was ever given towards  reducing the MVRT by giving                                                               
the money back to the people.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE replied that he had no comment.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  asked if  Mr. Wolfe had  a philosophy  about where                                                               
the money belongs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOLFE replied that he  did not feel comfortable commenting at                                                               
that time.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE asked Mr. Moore to comment.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:34:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. MOORE explained that the  difference between the city and the                                                               
state  is that  Anchorage  has  a tax-cap  set  by charter.  When                                                               
Anchorage gets any type of tax,  by charter the tax must be taken                                                               
into  account within  the municipality's  cap,  the result  means                                                               
less money  is being  charged for property  taxes. He  noted that                                                               
one good  thing about the MVRT  is that a broader  base of people                                                               
are paying than property taxes.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  replied that he  understood the  government aspect                                                               
and how it worked for government.  He noted that he was concerned                                                               
for the people who were paying  the MVRT. He asserted that people                                                               
did not care  which government entity the tax goes  to. He stated                                                               
that  the crux  of the  bill  will be  the fiscal  issue and  the                                                               
referral  to the  Senate Finance  Committee  was appropriate.  He                                                               
inquired if the committee members  had reviewed the bill's fiscal                                                               
note. He confirmed  that there would be a revenue  shift from the                                                               
state  to the  municipalities. He  asked if  there was  any other                                                               
public testimony on SB 22.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:37:08 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  commented  that  he  would  like  to  associate                                                               
himself  with  Chair  Stoltze's remarks  on  the  individuals  in                                                               
Alaska and noted his appreciation.  He conceded that the bill was                                                               
a finance issue.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He moved to report SB 22 from committee with individual                                                                         
recommendations and the attached fiscal note.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:37:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that seeing no objection, SB 22 moved                                                                   
out of the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:37:38 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
        HB 93-PROBATION AND PAROLE: WORK, TRAVEL ACCOM.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:38:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of HB 93. [CSHB                                                                       
93(STA) was before the committee.]                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY TILTON, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau,                                                                  
Alaska, introduced HB 93 speaking to the following sponsor                                                                      
statement:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Before you today,  I bring HB 93 which is  a piece of a                                                                    
     continuing  legislation  on   our  ongoing  reforms  of                                                                    
     Alaska's criminal  justice and corrections  systems. If                                                                    
     I  may,  I would  like  to  thank Senator  Coghill  for                                                                    
     letting me  work with him  last year  on SB 64  and for                                                                    
     allowing me to carry this bill this session.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     As  we all  know, Alaska  has held  one of  the highest                                                                    
     rates of recidivism and the  cost of keeping a prisoner                                                                    
     in jail is  over $150 per day with  the cost continuing                                                                    
     to rise;  it is a  fact with our budget  climate today,                                                                    
     our state cannot afford to  build another prison. HB 93                                                                    
     builds  on the  bipartisan efforts  of the  legislature                                                                    
     that we have started to  move the needle on recidivism.                                                                    
     In 2011,  52 percent  of probationers did  not complete                                                                    
     their  court orders  of release  and  returned back  to                                                                    
     prison; those reforms that we've  been putting in place                                                                    
     has helped to lower that number to 45 percent in 2014.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:40:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE asked Representative Tilton to repeat what                                                                        
percentage of probationers did not complete their orders.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TILTON  replied that  52 percent  in 2011  did not                                                               
complete their  court ordered conditions. She  asserted that some                                                               
of the reforms that the Legislature  has put into place from 2011                                                               
to 2014 has lowered the number to 45 percent.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE commented that probationers are essentially doing                                                                 
their full sentences in installments.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TILTON answered yes. She continued her overview                                                                  
as follows:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Those who  work with probationers, such  as Partners In                                                                    
     Progress, have  identified employment  as being  one of                                                                    
     the  three  largest  components, but  employment  being                                                                    
     number  one,  the  other two  are  housing  and  social                                                                    
     services  to  help  them through  their  transitioning;                                                                    
     but, what we do know  is that few employers are willing                                                                    
     to hire  somebody with  a record, so  we have  a little                                                                    
     challenge there. As a matter  of fact, there is a study                                                                    
     with the Urban Institute  that showed just 12.5 percent                                                                    
     of employers said that they  would definitely accept an                                                                    
     applicant with a criminal record.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     What HB 93  does is it encourages  employment by making                                                                    
     it  clear  to probation  officers  that  when they  are                                                                    
     scheduling  the probation  appointments  that they  use                                                                    
     diligent  effort   to  schedule  around   the  person's                                                                    
     employment,  thereby  allowing  the probationer  to  be                                                                    
     successful in  their employment. This bill  also allows                                                                    
     the probationers reasonable travel  within the state to                                                                    
     work as  long as it is  not in conflict with  the terms                                                                    
     of  the  conditioners  of  their  probation;  it  is  a                                                                    
     building block and another tool in our toolbox.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     By  keeping probationers  employed,  we  give them  the                                                                    
     opportunity  to give  back to  the system,  they reduce                                                                    
     the draw on our health  and social services budget, and                                                                    
     the cost to  our state when a  prisoner recidivates, so                                                                    
     ultimately and  potentially saving a lot  of dollars to                                                                    
     our state.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:42:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE asked for comments from the Alaska Department of                                                                  
Corrections.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:43:42 AM                                                                                                                    
CARRIE BELDEN,  Director, Probation  & Parole,  Alaska Department                                                               
of Corrections, Anchorage, Alaska,  announced that the department                                                               
supports HB 93 and noted that  the department has worked with the                                                               
sponsor on the  bill. She said the department  believes that work                                                               
is  a   very  important  to   keep  the  state's   population  of                                                               
probationers and  paroles on the  straight-and-narrow and  out of                                                               
trouble.  She stated  that the  department thinks  that work  and                                                               
employment is a very vital part of the reentry process.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  stated that  he liked HB  93. He  asked how                                                               
the department  deals with an  issue where parolees  in Anchorage                                                               
or Fairbanks work on the Slope or rural Alaska.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. BELDEN answered that the  department deals with the situation                                                               
Senator  Wielechowski noted  quite often.  She detailed  that the                                                               
department's probation  and parole  officers do  value employment                                                               
and the department tries to  schedule meetings when the person is                                                               
in town.  She said  the department  does telephonic  meetings and                                                               
very much tries to accommodate schedules.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI noted  that Senator Coghill is  doing a good                                                               
bill which seeks to have  more electronic monitoring. He asked if                                                               
the department has  an issue with electronic  monitoring in rural                                                               
communities or on the Slope.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:29 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. BELDEN  replied that the  department can and  does monitoring                                                               
in the areas that Senator Wielechowski noted.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL asked  if the word "diligent" was used  as a term                                                               
of art  in the phrase,  "Diligent efforts to secure  and maintain                                                               
steady employment." He  asked if "active efforts"  should be used                                                               
rather  than "diligent  efforts." He  opined that  "diligent" has                                                               
more flexibility, but also could be very subjective.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TILTON replied  that Senator  Coghill's reference                                                               
in the  use of the word  "diligent" had been the  first time. She                                                               
remarked that  consideration in the  use of "diligent"  should be                                                               
discussed with the department.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  noted that "diligent"  must mean something  due to                                                               
its use in the sponsor statement.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:47:52 AM                                                                                                                    
SHERRIE DAIGLE, Special Assistant  to Commissioner Taylor, Alaska                                                               
Department of  Corrections, commented  that the use  of "diligent                                                               
efforts"  probably  comes  from   the  diligent  efforts  of  the                                                               
probation   officers  who   are  constantly   working  with   the                                                               
probationers  to help  and assist  them in  obtaining employment.                                                               
She commented  that she did  not know  why the word  "active" was                                                               
not used. She  added that the department would review  the use of                                                               
"diligent efforts" in the bill.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL commented  that  accountability and  flexibility                                                               
are big things to parole  officers. He reiterated that "diligent"                                                               
was very subjective compared to "active."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked what  happens when a probation officer                                                               
believes  that a  probationer is  "gaming the  system." He  noted                                                               
that the  bill places  requirements on  a probation  officer that                                                               
they "shall permit" each probationer travel.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. DAIGLE answered that the  probation officers are very keen to                                                               
some  of the  tactics that  some people  use. She  specified that                                                               
most  people  on  probation  are   going  to  comply  by  seeking                                                               
employment and going through the  right avenues to stay employed.                                                               
She  said probation  officers  closely  monitor individuals  that                                                               
Senator Wielechowski was referencing.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  stated  that  because the  bill  does  say                                                               
"Shall permit  each probationer  to travel in  the state  to make                                                               
different efforts,"  there could  be a  situation where  a parole                                                               
officer does not allow travel  and the probationer challenges the                                                               
decision by saying  the law says he  or she can go.  He asked who                                                               
solves the situation that he previously noted.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:50:20 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. DAIGLE answered that the  department does not know. She noted                                                               
that  the department  has  had discussion  on  the scenario  that                                                               
Senator Wielechowski described, but the department was not sure.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked how the  bill should be fixed to avoid                                                               
the situation he previously described.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE   asked  if  the  scenario   Senator  Wielechowski                                                               
described has never been litigated.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  guaranteed that  the scenario  he described                                                               
would occur if the current bill passes.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL pointed  out that  Section 2  in the  bill talks                                                               
about what  the parolee is  responsible to  do. He said  the bill                                                               
falls  into the  category of  why the  government does  that; for                                                               
example,  the parole  officer sometimes  is more  concerned about                                                               
what  they are  doing  than what  the parolee  is  doing and  the                                                               
scenario  Senator Wielechowski  described is  an assertion  where                                                               
the  parolee  must be  accommodated  if  work  is the  issue.  He                                                               
conceded that consideration must also  be given to the "gaming of                                                               
the system." He said he is open to further discussions.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TILTON concurred  with Senator  Coghill that  the                                                               
parolee would have to be accommodated.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE stated that he  understood probation and parole. He                                                               
asked  if probation  and parole  was  entirely an  administrative                                                               
procedure within  the parole board  or does  it get kicked  up to                                                               
the courts.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. DAIGLE  answered that  courts are  involved in  probation and                                                               
parole.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:53:20 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. BELDEN  detailed that  a parolee or  the probationer  and the                                                               
probation  officer would  sit down  and have  their office  visit                                                               
where  work schedules  are discussed.  She  asserted that  parole                                                               
officers try  and be  fair about work  schedules because  they do                                                               
want them employed.  She specified that courts  and parole boards                                                               
come  into play  when there  are  violations. She  said when  the                                                               
parole officer has  tried to work with  probationers and parolees                                                               
informally, but the violations are  too big or the parole officer                                                               
is just  not getting  anywhere with  the probationer  or parolee,                                                               
the probation  officer will file  a petition to  revoke probation                                                               
or parole violation  and bring the probationer  or parolee before                                                               
the court or before the board.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:54:50 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE asked what is  the condition for the consumption of                                                               
alcohol and if the condition has been tested in the courts.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  BELDEN answered  that  no  alcohol to  excess  is a  general                                                               
condition  that  all of  the  probationer  or parolees  get.  She                                                               
detailed that the no alcohol  consumption means zero tolerance is                                                               
a  case-by-case  basis  and  that  depends  on  the  individual's                                                               
history and crime that is specific to them.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  noted that marijuana  is supposed to  be regulated                                                               
like alcohol.  He asked if  there should be parole  conditions on                                                               
marijuana.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. BELDEN  replied that if  the parole  board or court  does not                                                               
want  a probationer  or  parolee to  ingest  marijuana, then  the                                                               
parole board or  court can put a specific condition  on that says                                                               
no marijuana consumption.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE asked  even under the new  paradigm where marijuana                                                               
is legal.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. BELDEN answered  that just like alcohol is legal  for most, a                                                               
prohibition condition  can be placed  on an individual.  She said                                                               
marijuana would  be legal for most,  but a parole board  or court                                                               
can invoke a marijuana prohibition if they chose.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI noted two scenarios as follows:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Number  one,  a probation  officer  says  "No, I  don't                                                                    
     think  you   should  go  to   travel,"  and   then  the                                                                    
     probationer gets an attorney and  they go to court, and                                                                    
     the attorney says "Well, the  law says you shall permit                                                                    
     them." So  explain what is  likely to happen  and maybe                                                                    
     we  need  Legislative Legal  Services  to  come in  and                                                                    
     weigh in on  this, explain what is likely  to happen in                                                                    
     that situation.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The other  situation is  the person  goes and  then the                                                                    
     probation officer  wants to get  them back and  then it                                                                    
     goes before a judge as  well, maybe just talk about how                                                                    
     the courts you expect would deal with that situation.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:57:13 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.   BELDEN  replied   that   the   department  shared   Senator                                                               
Wielechowski's concern. She  said by placing "shall"  in the bill                                                               
removes  the discretion  of the  parole  officer and  Legislative                                                               
Legal Services may  indicate how big the issue was.  She said the                                                               
department will try to work things  out internally to get a happy                                                               
middle,  but a  worst case  scenario could  occur where  a person                                                               
ends up before the court or parole board.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL   stated  that   the  parole  board   still  has                                                               
significant leeway by setting other  conditions. He said the bill                                                               
orders travel to  be taken into account, but  consistency is also                                                               
mandated.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TILTON specified that,  "When not in conflict with                                                               
the  other terms  and concerns  of their  probation" was  clearly                                                               
stated  in the  bill. She  noted that  previous discussions  with                                                               
Legislative Legal Services occurred  in a previous committee that                                                               
tried to address other verbiage,  but there was not another work-                                                               
around. She  said the decision was  to go ahead with  the bill as                                                               
it was  with the understanding that  the bill is not  in conflict                                                               
with conditions of probation terms.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:59:34 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE asked if probation  should be viewed as a qualified                                                               
privilege or a right.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TILTON answered  that probation  was a  qualified                                                               
privilege.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  DAIGLE  answered  that  the   department  would  agree  that                                                               
probations was a qualified privilege.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE   stated  that   he  understood   the  reformation                                                               
provision in the  state's constitution as well.  He remarked that                                                               
he just  wanted to  make sure  in the  zeal to  try to  empty the                                                               
state's prisons that the "wrong ones" were not let out.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked if the  bill has a Judiciary Committee                                                               
referral.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE answered yes.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TILTON confirmed  that the bill does  has a Senate                                                               
Judiciary Committee referral.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  commented that having two  committee referrals for                                                               
the bill  was advantageous in order  to address a few  issues. He                                                               
opined that  HB 93  looks more  right for  passing than  the bill                                                               
that was just dropped.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:01:24 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTZE  announced that  HB 93 would  be held  in committee                                                               
with a sincere intent to readdress  it as quickly as possible. He                                                               
added that the  committee would like to  have Commissioner Taylor                                                               
of the Department of Corrections on  the record as well. He noted                                                               
that Commission  Taylor began his  career in probation  and added                                                               
that the committee would deprive itself  of a strong voice with a                                                               
lot  of  authority  if  the  commissioner  did  not  address  the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  DAIGLE   replied  that  the  department   would  make  Chair                                                               
Stoltze's request happen.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:02:26 AM                                                                                                                   
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Stoltze adjourned the Senate State Affairs Standing                                                                       
Committee hearing at 10:02 a.m.                                                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB93 Explanation of Changes.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 93
HB93 Sectional Analysis (sponsor).pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 93
HB93 Sponsor Statement for SSTA.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 93
HB93 Support Document - Email Kyle Brown 2-3-15.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 93
SJR15 Opposition Document - Email Terry Russell 3-18-15.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR15 Support Document - Email Mike Coons 3-26-15.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SJR15 Support Document - Fax Stuart Thompson 3-25-15.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 15
SCR4 Support Document - Email Mike Coons 3-25-15.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
SCR 4
HB35 Support Document - Prepared Testimony Chuck Volanti 3-26-15.pdf SSTA 3/26/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 35