Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/28/2017 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:32:31 PM Start
03:33:08 PM Confirmation Hearing: Alaska Police Standards Council
03:36:22 PM SB8
03:41:34 PM HB78
04:00:39 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Review of Governor's Appointee: TELECONFERENCED
Wendi Shackelford, Alaska Police Standards
Council
+= SB 8 PFD CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+= HB 78 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 28, 2017                                                                                         
                           3:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mike Dunleavy, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Alaska Police Standards Council                                                                                          
          Wendi Shackelford                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 8                                                                                                               
"An Act allowing federally recognized tribal governments to                                                                     
receive contributions from permanent fund dividends."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 78                                                                                                               
"An Act establishing the second Monday of October of each year                                                                  
as Indigenous Peoples Day."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 8                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: PFD CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STEVENS                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
01/09/17       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/17                                                                                
01/18/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/17       (S)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
03/23/17       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/23/17       (S)       Bill Hearing Postponed to 3/28/17                                                                      
03/28/17       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 78                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY                                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) WESTLAKE                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
01/25/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/25/17       (H)       CRA                                                                                                    
01/31/17       (H)       CRA AT 8:00 AM BARNES 124                                                                              
01/31/17       (H)       Moved HB 78 Out of Committee                                                                           
01/31/17       (H)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
02/01/17       (H)       CRA RPT 4DP 2NR                                                                                        
02/01/17       (H)       DP: WESTLAKE, DRUMMOND, FANSLER, PARISH                                                                
02/01/17       (H)       NR: TALERICO, RAUSCHER                                                                                 
02/03/17       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/03/17       (H)       VERSION: HB 78                                                                                         
02/06/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/06/17       (S)       CRA, STA                                                                                               
02/21/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/21/17       (S)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
02/23/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/23/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/23/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
02/28/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
02/28/17       (S)       Moved HB 78 Out of Committee                                                                           
02/28/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
03/01/17       (S)       CRA RPT 4DP                                                                                            
03/01/17       (S)       DP: BISHOP, HOFFMAN, GARDNER, MACKINNON                                                                
03/23/17       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/23/17       (S)       Bill Hearing Postponed to 3/28/17                                                                      
03/28/17       (S)       STA AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WENDI SHACKELFORD, Appointee                                                                                                    
Alaska Police Standards Council                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as the public-member appointee to                                                               
the Alaska Police Standards Council.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DOUG LETCH, Staff                                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of SB 8.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARY STEVENS                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 8.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DEAN WESTLAKE                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 78.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH MEDICINE CROW, President/CEO                                                                                          
First Alaskans Institute                                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONSTANCE MUNRO, Advocate                                                                                                       
Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE HOPE, Advocate                                                                                                        
Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ANNE FULLER, Advocate                                                                                                           
Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 10                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
E.J. DAVID, representing self                                                                                                   
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN ARNOLD, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Nome Public Schools                                                                                                             
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
YATIBAEY EVANS, Native Education Director                                                                                       
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 78.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:32:31 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MIKE DUNLEAVY  called the  Senate  State Affairs  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 3:32  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Wilson, Egan, and Chair Dunleavy.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearing: Alaska Police Standards Council                                                                          
                      CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
                Alaska Police Standards Council                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:33:08 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY  announced that  the  committee  would hear  from                                                               
Wendi Shakelford, the governor's  public-member appointee for the                                                               
Alaska Police Standards Council.  He explained that the council's                                                               
mission  is  to  produce  and   maintain  a  highly  trained  and                                                               
positively   motivated    professional,   capable    of   meeting                                                               
contemporary law enforcement standards of performance.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He  detailed that  Ms.  Shackelford was  first  appointed to  the                                                               
council as  a public member on  July 27, 2016 and  reappointed on                                                               
March  1, 2017.  He disclosed  that Ms.  Shackelford's term  will                                                               
expire on March 1, 2021.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:33:49 PM                                                                                                                    
WENDI  SHACKELFORD, Appointee,  Alaska Police  Standards Council,                                                               
Anchorage,  Alaska, provided  her background  information to  the                                                               
committee members as follows:                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     I  am  a  retired  police officer  with  the  Anchorage                                                                    
     Police  Department  where I  served  for  20 years.  My                                                                    
     specialty  during  that  time was  crisis  intervention                                                                    
     with   folks  experiencing   significant  mental-health                                                                    
     issues.  I have  been  pretty involved  in the  ongoing                                                                    
     training of  police officers  during my  20-year career                                                                    
     and now  that I'm retired  I have continued to  do that                                                                    
     sort  of support  work  training  police officers  with                                                                    
     mental-health-crisis  intervention  as   well  as  peer                                                                    
     support and self-care.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:33:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL joined the committee meeting.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:34:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY opened and closed public testimony.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DUNLEAVY  read the following statement  regarding committee                                                               
appointment recommendations:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     In  accordance  with  AS 39.05.080,  the  Senate  State                                                                    
     Affairs   Committee   reviewed    the   following   and                                                                    
     recommends  the appointment  be  forwarded  to a  joint                                                                    
     session  for consideration:  Wendi Shackelford  for the                                                                    
     Police  Standards Council.  This  does  not reflect  an                                                                    
     intent by  any of  the members to  vote for  or against                                                                    
     the confirmation  of the individual during  any further                                                                    
     sessions.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:35:38 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          SB 8-PFD CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:36:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY called  the committee back to  order. He announced                                                               
the consideration of SB 8.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:36:41 PM                                                                                                                    
DOUG   LETCH,  Staff,   Senator   Gary   Stevens,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,  explained that  SB 8  is straight-                                                               
forward  legislation which  will allow  the federally  recognized                                                               
tribal governments  in Alaska to  receive contributions  from the                                                               
permanent     fund's     dividends    through     the     popular                                                               
"Pick.Click.Give."  program. He  detailed  that Senator  Stevens'                                                               
office was approached by the  Kodiak tribal organizations for the                                                               
"Pick.Click.Give." idea  a few years ago  and other organizations                                                               
around the  state have  provided additional  support as  well. He                                                               
noted that nobody has testified in opposition to the bill.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
He disclosed that Alaska  has more than 200-federally-recognized-                                                               
tribal   governments  that   provide  a   variety  of   cultural,                                                               
charitable and  social services to their  members and communities                                                               
throughout  the state.  He said  like many  nonprofits, financial                                                               
donations  are  a  key component  to  the  tribal  organizations'                                                               
budgets. He summarized that the  addition of tribal organizations                                                               
to  the  "Pick.Click.Give."  program  will allow  them  the  same                                                               
opportunities   that   Alaska's  charitable   organizations   and                                                               
nonprofits enjoy by being a part of the program.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He  detailed  that SB  8  will  allow  the Alaska  Department  of                                                               
Revenue to  add the  state's federally-recognized  governments to                                                               
the  "Pick.Click.Give." program.  He  noted  that the  federally-                                                               
recognized   governments   will   be  subjected   to   the   same                                                               
"Pick.Click.Give." regulations and the  $250 application fee that                                                               
is currently applied to program  participants. He added that SB 8                                                               
has a  zero-fiscal note  because the program's  cost is  borne by                                                               
the people  that will  take part  in the  program. He  noted that                                                               
since 2009,  "Pick.Click.Give." has  made it easier  for Alaskans                                                               
to  help hundreds  of nonprofits  fulfill their  missions through                                                               
direct contributions  through the permanent fund  dividend (PFD).                                                               
He set forth  that SB 8 will help tribal  entities continue their                                                               
work in a new manner.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL joined the committee meeting.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:39:35 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARY  STEVENS, Alaska State Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,                                                               
sponsor of  SB 8, reiterated that  the bill was submitted  at the                                                               
request of  native corporations to  allow them to  participate in                                                               
the "Pick.Click.Give." program.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON stated  that he has a general  concern or question                                                               
regarding the  bill. He asserted  that he  is fine with  the many                                                               
people that like to give their PFD  to charities and the act is a                                                               
wonderful thing to do. He noted  that depending on how the tribal                                                               
courts are  set up,  he is concerned  with children's  rights. He                                                               
asked  if  there is  a  clause  that  does  not allow  a  child's                                                               
custodian to give the child's PFD to a tribal organization.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. LETCH  replied that he will  get back to Senator  Wilson with                                                               
additional information.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:40:57 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that SB 8  will be held in committee for                                                               
future consideration.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:41:06 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                  HB 78-INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:41:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY called  the committee back to  order and announced                                                               
the consideration of HB 78.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:41:53 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE DEAN  WESTLAKE, Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, sponsor  of HB  78, specified  that the  bill establishes                                                               
the second  Monday of  October each  year as  "Indigenous Peoples                                                               
Day," the day that also  recognizes "Columbus Day." He noted that                                                               
the  bill earlier  addressed by  the committee  pointed out  that                                                               
there are  over 220 tribes in  Alaska and HB 78  recognizes those                                                               
native cultures and their rich  history of working with everyone.                                                               
He  mentioned  that  Governor Walker  has  proclaimed  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day the second Monday of  October over the past two years                                                               
and the intent of the bill is to continue its observance.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:42:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY opened public and invited testimony on HB 78.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:43:23 PM                                                                                                                    
ELIZABETH   MEDICINE   CROW,    President/CEO,   First   Alaskans                                                               
Institute, Anchorage, Alaska, testified in  support of HB 78. She                                                               
thanked  Representative   Westlake  and  Elizabeth   Rexford  for                                                               
putting forward HB  78 in support of Indigenous  Peoples Day. She                                                               
disclosed  that  for  the  past   few  years  there  has  been  a                                                               
grassroots  effort  around the  state  to  recognize the  amazing                                                               
contributions   of  Alaska's   diverse  indigenous   people.  She                                                               
disclosed  that both  the governor  of  Alaska and  the mayor  of                                                               
Anchorage have  recognized Indigenous  Peoples Day over  the past                                                               
several  years and  noted that  the  proclamations occurred  with                                                               
great fanfare  at the First  Alaskans Institute Elders  and Youth                                                               
Conference. She set  forth that HB 78 is  incredibly important as                                                               
a  way  for  people  to  feel a  connection  between  Alaska  and                                                               
Alaska's native people.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:46:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CONSTANCE  MUNRO,  Advocate,  Alaska Native  Sisterhood  Camp  2,                                                               
Juneau, Alaska,  testified in support  of HB  78. She said  HB 78                                                               
will  recognize  the  thousands  of  years  of  native  Alaskans'                                                               
culture,  history and  contributions that  they gave  to all  the                                                               
people.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:50:15 PM                                                                                                                    
KATHERINE  HOPE,  Advocate,  Alaska  Native  Sisterhood  Camp  2,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska,  testified  in  support of  HB  78.  She  shared                                                               
stories  of her  Tlingit  heritage and  noted  their emphasis  in                                                               
treating people equally.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:52:19 PM                                                                                                                    
ANNE FULLER, Advocate, Alaska Native  Sisterhood - Glacier Valley                                                               
Camp 70, Juneau, Alaska, testified in  support of HB 78. She said                                                               
through  history  the original  people  of  Alaska have  welcomed                                                               
newcomers and  HB 78  offers the state  and current  residents an                                                               
opportunity to honor native Alaskan people.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:53:01 PM                                                                                                                    
E.J. DAVID,  representing self,  Anchorage, Alaska,  testified in                                                               
support of HB 78. He  asserted that Indigenous Peoples Day should                                                               
have been done  a long time ago out of  respect to the indigenous                                                               
peoples of Alaska.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:55:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SHAWN ARNOLD, Superintendent, Nome  Public Schools, Nome, Alaska,                                                               
testified  in support  of HB  78.  He set  forth that  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day recognizes and celebrates  the heritage of indigenous                                                               
peoples  throughout  the Americas  as  well  as the  history  and                                                               
contribution of  Alaska natives. He asserted  that recognition of                                                               
Indigenous Peoples Day  is a matter of respect.  He remarked that                                                               
recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in  October of 2015 made sense                                                               
to  the  Nome Public  Schools  because  over  80 percent  of  its                                                               
students are  of Alaska  native heritage.  He disclosed  that the                                                               
Nome Public Schools  was the second school  district to recognize                                                               
Indigenous Peoples  Day after Fairbanks. He  opined that changing                                                               
the  second Monday  in October  from Columbus  Day to  Indigenous                                                               
Peoples Day  would better reflect  the state's communities  and a                                                               
true,  accurate  account  of the  history  of  indigenous  people                                                               
beginning  long  before  Christopher Columbus  sailed,  which  is                                                               
necessary to  set the historical  record straight and  to respect                                                               
the  traditional cultures  and languages  of Alaska's  indigenous                                                               
people.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:57:32 PM                                                                                                                    
YATIBAEY  EVANS,  Alaska  Native  Education  Director,  Fairbanks                                                               
North Star Borough School  District, Fairbanks, Alaska, testified                                                               
in support  of HB  78. She disclosed  that an  Indigenous Peoples                                                               
Day resolution  was first passed  in 2015 by the  Fairbanks North                                                               
Star  Borough School  District.  She said  the school  district's                                                               
resolution  began  its  process  through  a  group  of  concerned                                                               
Alaskan-native parents  that recognized  a need for  students and                                                               
the community to  have a positive attribute to look  up to and to                                                               
see all  the contributions  of the  people that  represent Alaska                                                               
over thousands of  years. She set forth  that Alaska's indigenous                                                               
people  have  contributed  to  the  state's  culture,  structure,                                                               
economy,  and society.  She asserted  that  by acknowledging  the                                                               
indigenous  people,  Alaska  will create  a  positive  precedence                                                               
which will  further enhance  multi-cultural connections  and help                                                               
propel the state's communities forward.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:59:18 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that invited  testimony is concluded for                                                               
the day. He asked Representative  Westlake if HB 78 would replace                                                               
Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE  answered  that Indigenous  Peoples  Day                                                               
would be  inclusive of  Columbus Day.  He asserted  that Alaska's                                                               
native  people have  never been  exclusive,  and their  tradition                                                               
will proudly continue.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY thanked  Representative Westlake  and noted  that                                                               
his previous  comment essentially  says there  is room  enough on                                                               
the specified day in October for indigenous people.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE asserted that there  is room, "For all of                                                               
us."                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:00:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY held HB 78 in committee for future consideration.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:00:39 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Dunleavy  adjourned the Senate  State Affairs  Committee at                                                               
4:00 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 8 - Version A.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Support Letter Woody Island Tribal Council.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Support Letter Native Village of Afognak.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
SB 8 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
HB 78 - Version A.PDF SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.26.17 - Burkowitz.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.25.17 - R.Worl.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letter 2.17.2016 - AFN.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Supporting Document-Support Letter 1.31.2016 - Doyon.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Fiscal Note CRA 1.31.17.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
SB 8 - DOR Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 8
HB 78 - Support Letter Alaska Regional Coalition.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB 78 - Mat-Su Resolution of Support.pdf SSTA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78