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03/19/2019 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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03:35:29 PM Start
03:36:14 PM SB33
04:09:36 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
05:02:05 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 33 ARREST;RELEASE;SENTENCING;PROBATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 33(STA) Out of Committee
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- Alaska Police Standards Council - Jennifer
Winkelman
- Alaska State Personnel Board - Craig Johnson
- Alaska State Commission for Human Rights -
Marcus Sanders
- Alaska State Public Offices Commission -
Suzanne Hancock, James McDermott, Rick Stillie
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 19, 2019                                                                                         
                           3:35 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mike Shower, Chair                                                                                                      
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Lora Reinbold                                                                                                           
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 33                                                                                                              
"An Act  relating to  pretrial release;  relating to  sentencing;                                                               
relating  to  treatment  program   credit  toward  service  of  a                                                               
sentence  of  imprisonment; relating  to  electronic  monitoring;                                                               
amending  Rules  38.2   and  45(d),  Alaska  Rules   of  Criminal                                                               
Procedure; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 33(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                              
Jennifer Winkelman - Juneau                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Alaska State Commission for Human Rights                                                                                      
Suzanne Hancock - Anchorage                                                                                                     
Marcus Sanders - Anchorage                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                              
Jim McDermott - Fairbanks                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Alaska State Personnel Board                                                                                                  
Craig Johnson - Anchorage                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  33                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ARREST;RELEASE;SENTENCING;PROBATION                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
NANCY MEADE, General Counsel                                                                                                    
Administrative Services                                                                                                         
Office of the Administrative Director                                                                                           
Alaska Court System                                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions and provided information                                                               
related to SB 33.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
KACI SCHROEDER, Assistant Attorney General                                                                                      
Criminal Division                                                                                                               
Department of Law                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions and  provided information                                                             
related to SB 33.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER WINKELMAN, Appointee                                                                                                   
Alaska Police Standards Council                                                                                                 
Alaska Department of Public Safety                                                                                              
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the  Alaska Police                                                             
Standards Council.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SUZANNE HANCOCK, Appointee                                                                                                      
Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                                
Alaska Department of Administration                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the  Alaska Public                                                             
Offices Commission.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
VICKIE JO KENNEDY, representing self                                                                                            
Kodiak Island                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Stated  that she  highly  endorses  Suzanne                                                             
Hancock.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MARCUS SANDERS, Appointee                                                                                                       
Alaska State Commission for Human Rights                                                                                        
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as  appointee to the  Alaska State                                                             
Commission for Human Rights.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM MCDERMOTT, Appointee                                                                                                        
Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                                
Alaska Department of Administration                                                                                             
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the  Alaska Public                                                             
Offices Commission.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG JOHNSON, Appointee                                                                                                        
Alaska State Personnel Board                                                                                                    
Division of Personnel and Labor Relations                                                                                       
Alaska Department of Administration                                                                                             
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as  appointee to the  Alaska State                                                             
Personnel Board.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:35:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MIKE  SHOWER  called the  Senate  State  Affairs  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 3:35  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Reinbold,  Coghill, Kawasaki,  Micciche, and                                                               
Chair Shower.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
           SB  33-ARREST;RELEASE;SENTENCING;PROBATION                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:36:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER  announced the consideration  of SENATE BILL  NO. 33                                                               
"An Act  relating to  pretrial release;  relating to  sentencing;                                                               
relating  to  treatment  program   credit  toward  service  of  a                                                               
sentence  of  imprisonment; relating  to  electronic  monitoring;                                                               
amending  Rules  38.2   and  45(d),  Alaska  Rules   of  Criminal                                                               
Procedure; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He advised  that this bill was  last heard last  Thursday 3/14/19                                                               
and public testimony  was heard and is closed.  Written testimony                                                               
may be submitted to senate.state.affairs@akleg.gov  until 6:00 pm                                                               
this evening,  assuming the bill  moves from committee  today. He                                                               
noted  that  there  was  one  amendment   for  the  committee  to                                                               
consider. He noted who was available to answer questions.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:36:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved to  adopt  Amendment  1, work  order  31-                                                               
GS1030\M.1, on behalf of Senator Reinbold as sponsor.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                      31-GS1030\M.1                                                             
                                                           Radford                                                              
                                                           3/15/19                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    OFFERED IN THE SENATE               BY SENATOR REINBOLD                                                                     
          TO:  CSSB 33(STA), Draft Version "M"                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "38.2"                                                                                                       
          Insert "5(a), 38.2,"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "48 [24]"                                                                                                  
          Insert "72 [24]"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "48 [24]"                                                                                                  
          Insert "72 [24]"                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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          Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                    
        "*  Sec. 22.  The  uncodified  law of  the  State  of                                                               
     Alaska is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                                       
          DIRECT COURT RULE AMENDMENT. Rule 5(a), Alaska                                                                        
     Rules of Criminal Procedure, is amended to read:                                                                           
          (a)  Appearance Before Judicial Officer After                                                                       
     Arrest.                                                                                                                  
               (1)  Except when the person arrested is                                                                          
     issued a  citation for  a class  C felony, misdemeanor,                                                                    
     or  a violation  and  immediately  thereafter released,                                                                    
     the  arrested  person shall  appear  before  a  judicial                                                                   
     officer  without  unnecessary delay  and  in  any  event                                                                   
     within  72  hours   [24  HOURS]  after  arrest,   absent                                                               
     compelling  circumstances,  including weekend  days  and                                                                   
     holidays.                                                                                                                  
               (2)  If                                                                                                          
                    (A)  the judicial officer commits the                                                                       
          arrested person to jail for a purpose other than                                                                      
          to serve a sentence, and                                                                                              
                    (B)  the jail is situated in a                                                                              
          different community from the place where the                                                                          
          judicial officer committed the arrested person to                                                                     
          jail, and                                                                                                             
                    (C)  the arrested person is not                                                                             
          represented by counsel, and                                                                                           
                    (D)  the arrested person has not                                                                            
          previously had a bail review, and                                                                                     
                    (E)  the arrested person has no date,                                                                       
          time and place established for his or her next                                                                        
          court appearance,                                                                                                     
               then the arrested person shall appear before                                                                     
          a judicial officer the next business day                                                                              
                         (i)  in order for bail to be                                                                           
               reviewed, and                                                                                                    
                         (ii)  in order to determine if the                                                                     
               person is represented by counsel, and                                                                            
                         (iii)  in order for the counsel to                                                                     
               be appointed, if appropriate.                                                                                    
               (3)  The responsibility for ensuring that                                                                        
     the arrested  person appears before  a judicial officer                                                                    
     as  specified  in   paragraphs  (1)  and  (2)  of   this                                                                   
     subsection shall be borne equally by                                                                                       
                    (A)  municipal police officers and                                                                          
          municipal jail personnel, and by                                                                                      
                    (B)  state troopers, state jail                                                                             
          personnel, and all other peace officers.                                                                              
               No distinction shall be drawn between cases                                                                      
          in which arrest was made pursuant to a warrant                                                                        
          and cases in which arrest was made without a                                                                          
          warrant.                                                                                                              
               (4)  Whenever the person arrested on a                                                                           
     warrant  appears before  a judicial  officer other  than                                                                   
     the one  who issued the warrant,  the complaint and  any                                                                   
     other statement or  deposition on which the warrant  was                                                                   
     granted must be  furnished to the defendant and must  be                                                                   
     communicated  to the  judicial officer  before whom  the                                                                   
     person arrested appears.                                                                                                   
               (5)  Whenever a person arrested without a                                                                        
     warrant appears before  a judicial officer, a complaint                                                                    
     shall be filed forthwith.                                                                                                  
               (6)  Judicial officers and jail facilities                                                                       
     shall be  available at  all times to  receive bail,  and                                                                   
     each   judicial   officer   individually   shall    have                                                                   
     authority   to  delegate   this  duty   to  the   person                                                                   
     admitting  the  defendant  to jail,  or  to  such  other                                                                   
     person  as shall  in  the determination  of  a judicial                                                                    
     officer be qualified for this purpose."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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          Delete "Sections 22 - 24"                                                                                             
          Insert "Sections 22 - 25"                                                                                             
          Delete "secs. 22 - 24"                                                                                                
          Insert "secs. 22 - 25"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:37:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REINBOLD said  that the amendment modifies  the title and                                                               
changes the  timeline for arraignments  from 24 to 72  hours. She                                                               
offered  that 72  hours  allows the  troopers  time to  interview                                                               
witnesses and  allows more  time for  the victim  who may  be too                                                               
"beat up"  to be  interviewed right  away. She  shared that  both                                                               
troopers and  police officers have  complained to  her repeatedly                                                               
"that the  guys or gals  are getting released  before the  ink is                                                               
dry on the  reports." She said 72 hours allows  more flexibility,                                                               
particularly  in  rural  communities  where  resources  are  less                                                               
available and crime is higher.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:38:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KAWASAKI recalled  that earlier testimony from  the court                                                               
indicated that 48  hours was already the outside  limit and there                                                               
wasn't  any  need  to  extend  beyond  that.  He  questioned  the                                                               
necessity of the amendment.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:39:41 PM                                                                                                                    
NANCY MEADE,  General Council, Administrative Service,  Office of                                                               
the  Administrative  Director, Alaska  Court  System,  Anchorage,                                                               
suggested  it might  be best if  the sponsor  also explained  her                                                               
view.  She confirmed  Senator Kawasaki's  recall  that the  court                                                               
system  schedules arraignments  for court  appearances within  24                                                               
hours. Current  law allows up to  48 hours and that  extension is                                                               
used occasionally  for  such things  as the defendant  is not  in                                                               
shape to appear  in court. She noted the statute  also allows the                                                               
prosecutor up  to 48 hours  to gather  the evidence for  the bail                                                               
hearing. "But the court does schedule them within 24 hours."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER  asked her  to  comment  on the  situation  Senator                                                               
Reinbold  cited about  the victim  being in such  bad shape  they                                                               
were unable to provide information.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEADE  suggested he  ask law enforcement  to comment  on that                                                               
because she didn't have that information.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:41:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL asked if witnesses are called in an arraignment.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEADE replied not usually.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER  asked   if  the  courts  requested   the  proposed                                                               
extension and if the court feels the extension is necessary.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MEADE  clarified  that  the   courts  did  not  request  the                                                               
amendment.  She  noted that  she  previously testified  that  the                                                               
courts schedule arraignments  within 24 hours. The  law allows up                                                               
to 48  hours, but the  court's perspective  is that more  time is                                                               
not needed.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:42:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REINBOLD  clarified that the  amendment is not  about the                                                               
courts; it  is about the troopers  and victims. She  commented on                                                               
pretrial delays  and the  emphasis that the  courts place  on the                                                               
defendant and that the process is not victim oriented.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:43:40 PM                                                                                                                    
KACI SCHROEDER,  Assistant Attorney  General, Criminal  Division,                                                               
Department of Law, Juneau, introduced herself.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:43:57 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHAEL  DUXBURY,  Deputy  Commissioner,   Department  of  Public                                                               
Safety,  Anchorage,  explained  that  rural  Alaska  has  Village                                                               
Police  Officers   (VPOs),  Tribal  Police   Officers(TPOs),  and                                                               
Village Public Safety Officers (VPSOs).  VPSOs have a good amount                                                               
of law enforcement  training whereas the VPOs and  TPOs need help                                                               
and  guidance  from the  Alaska  State  Troopers to  prepare  the                                                               
reports and charging documents in  a format that is acceptable to                                                               
the courts.  He described  the process in  Bethel as  an example.                                                               
When the troopers arrive in the  morning, they are likely to find                                                               
up  to six  reports on  the FAX  machine  from VPOs  and TPOs  in                                                               
outlying areas. Because of the lack  of training, the information                                                               
in these reports  - about probable cause for example,  may not be                                                               
in an acceptable  format for the court. The  troopers contact the                                                               
VPOs or  TPOs to supplement and  clarify the reports  before they                                                               
are  sent to  the court.  This  may take  some  time because  the                                                               
village officers may have gone off  shift. In these circumstances                                                               
the extended timeframe is helpful, he said.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:46:38 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER asked  if he sees a need to extend  the timeframe to                                                               
72 hours.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. DUXBURY offered his personal  opinion that 48 hours is better                                                               
than 24 hours and 72 hours could sometimes be important.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked  if the need for a longer  timeframe is unique                                                               
to Alaska because of geography and weather.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. DUXBURY  replied, "In a place  that is one-fifth the  size of                                                               
the  United  States with  only  13,500  miles  of road,  this  is                                                               
definitely one of our issues."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER asked  the  Department  of Law  to  comment on  the                                                               
timeline.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:47:52 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. SCHROEDER  said 72  hours would  provide more flexibility  in                                                               
the  scenarios that  Mr.  Duxbury  described. The  Department  of                                                               
Law's perspective  is that  it trails the  Court System  and will                                                               
continue to show up whenever there are hearings.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked  if there may be constitutional  or unintended                                                               
consequences associated with extending the timeline to  72 hours.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCHROEDER  replied DOL  did  not  assess the  amendment  for                                                               
constitutional issues,  but would not recommend  extending beyond                                                               
72 hours                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked if the amendment  would increase costs because                                                               
people would potentially stay in jail longer.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. DUXBURY said  he didn't believe this would  generate a fiscal                                                               
note from the troopers.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:50:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REINBOLD said  she sees  a lot of  benefit in  providing                                                               
more flexibility in  the timeline. This could  potentially reduce                                                               
costs  associated  with  travel  and  staffing  on  holidays  and                                                               
weekends and reduce  stress on prosecutors that  she's heard have                                                               
morale issues.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCHROEDER said  it would  be  difficult to  assess any  cost                                                               
savings  because DOL  will continue  to show up  when the  courts                                                               
hold hearings and the court has  said it will continue to arraign                                                               
people  within 24 hours.  She confirmed  that  there is a  fiscal                                                               
impact  associated   with  the   district  attorney   offices  in                                                               
Anchorage  and Fairbanks  staffing  up on  weekends  to help  the                                                               
prosecutor handle the inflow.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:52:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE asked  Ms. Meade why the court  wouldn't want to                                                               
avoid some weekend  work if it reduced costs  somewhat. "Is there                                                               
a reason we feel like we need  to get to an arraignment within 24                                                               
hours?"                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEADE  replied the current  law is 24  hours so that  is what                                                               
the court follows.  She noted that at some point  in the past the                                                               
timeline was  changed to  48 hours, but  the courts  continued to                                                               
arraign  people  within 24  hours.  She described  the  Anchorage                                                               
"jail  court" that's  held on  the weekends.  A judicial  officer                                                               
goes to the Anchorage jail and  starts arraignments at noon. What                                                               
used to take  a couple of hours  can now last until  5:00 pm, she                                                               
said, so it would  not be feasible to wait and  arraign all those                                                               
people  on  Monday.  She  said she  anticipates  the  court  will                                                               
continue  to schedule  arraignments on  the weekends  to keep  up                                                               
with the work.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE  clarified for  the public  that Senate  Bill 91                                                               
reduced the arraignment  timeline from 48 hours to  24 hours, the                                                               
courts continued to hold arraignment  hearings within 24 hours of                                                               
arrest, the administration's  SB 33 returns to 48  hours, and Mr.                                                               
Duxbury testified that the flexibility  in extending the timeline                                                               
to 72  hours would  be helpful  [in rural  Alaska]. He  asked Mr.                                                               
Duxbury to comment.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:55:33 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. DUXBURY said his intent was  to relay his experience that the                                                               
24  hour timeline  has  been difficult  in  the circumstances  he                                                               
described  and that  48 hours  provided  welcome flexibility  for                                                               
troopers to better support TPOs,  VPOs and VPSOs in the villages.                                                               
He  clarified  that  he  was not  testifying  in  support  of  or                                                               
opposition to  72 hours  because he did  not have  any experience                                                               
with or data for that timeline.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked  what process is followed when  somebody isn't                                                               
arraigned within 24 hours.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. SCHROEDER explained that if  DOL doesn't communicate with the                                                               
court to  get a special dispensation,  the risk is that  the case                                                               
would be dismissed.  She added that DOL does watch  the clock and                                                               
communicates with the court when it's warranted.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:57:22 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KAWASAKI  asked how  the courts,  public safety,  and the                                                               
district attorney's  office would respond to the  proposed change                                                               
to 72 hours.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. DUXBURY  said he  didn't have  enough experience  to say  any                                                               
more than  the fiscal  note would  be indeterminate.  However, it                                                               
would provide  the flexibility to  allow an officer who  has been                                                               
up all night and  working on overtime to go home  for some needed                                                               
rest and go to court after the weekend.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. MEADE said  she did not anticipate any  operational or fiscal                                                               
impact  on the Court  System by  changing the  timeframe from  24                                                               
hours to 48 hours or 72 hours.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  SCHROEDER explained  that the  administration  is asking  to                                                               
change the timeline  to 48 hours to provide time  for such things                                                               
as engaging  in conversations  with the  court about  structuring                                                               
arraignments. The  current law does  not provide  any flexibility                                                               
for such things.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked if there is data  to show that cases have been                                                               
dismissed because time ran out.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:00:10 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MEADE  said she  was not aware  of any  data about  that, but                                                               
Section 3 of  the bill says a person  can be held up  to 96 hours                                                               
if law enforcement or others legitimately need the time.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER  said the  struggle is to  strike the  right balance                                                               
between the rights of the victim and the rights of the accused.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:01:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REINBOLD restated  her reason for offering  the amendment                                                               
had nothing  to do with  the Court System.  Rather, it's  that 24                                                               
hours is  too rushed  to ensure that  the charging  documents are                                                               
prepared  correctly  and  this  puts  the  public  at  risk.  Law                                                               
enforcement  has repeatedly  said they  don't have  time and  she                                                               
believes  that extending  the  timeline to  72  hours would  help                                                               
rural  communities. Some  people in  the Department  of Law  have                                                               
also  acknowledged  that  the extension  would  be  helpful  when                                                               
weather is  a factor.  She opined that  the extension  would save                                                               
money and improve  morale. She said she intended  to withdraw the                                                               
amendment but  wanted the  discussion on  the record.  "We've got                                                               
some serious issues;  we need to become far  more victim-centered                                                               
and not so much defendant-centered," she said.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:04:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REINBOLD withdrew Amendment 1.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL clarified that he  made the motion. He added that                                                               
he  did not  support the  amendment but  appreciated the  sponsor                                                               
clearly articulating  the  benefit of pretrial  services and  the                                                               
risk assessment tool.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:04:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL withdrew Amendment 1, work order 31-GS1030\M.1.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR REINBOLD  clarified that she  did not talk in  support of                                                               
the pretrial risk  assessment tool. She said she  hates that tool                                                               
but does support watching people pretrial.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER found  no further amendments and stated  that the CS                                                               
for SB 33 is before the committee for final discussion.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR REINBOLD stated support for the bill.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER found no further discussion and solicited a motion.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:05:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved to report  SB 33, version M, from committee                                                               
with  individual recommendations,  attached  fiscal note(s),  and                                                               
authorization   for  legislative   legal   to  make   appropriate                                                               
conforming technical changes.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:06:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KAWASAKI objected  to state  that there  is obviously  a                                                               
fiscal  impact to  SB  33. He  said he  highlighted  the lack  of                                                               
determinate fiscal notes  during the last hearing  and he doesn't                                                               
like to move a bill from committee without clarity on the costs.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KAWASAKI removed his objection.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER advised  that  the  judiciary committee  will  look                                                               
closely at the provisions for electronic  monitoring and the risk                                                               
assessment tool.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR REINBOLD  emphasized  that the most  important costs  are                                                               
those to victims, businesses, and society, not the state.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:07:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER  found no further  objection and CSSB  33(STA) moved                                                               
from the Senate State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:07:16 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
                Alaska Police Standards Council                                                                             
                  Alaska State Personnel Board                                                                              
            Alaska State Commission for Human Rights                                                                        
             Alaska State Public Offices Commission                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:09:36 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHOWER reconvened  the  meeting  and announced  the  final                                                               
order   of  business   would  be   consideration  of   governor's                                                               
appointees.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:09:52 PM                                                                                                                    
JENNIFER WINKELMAN,  Appointee, Alaska Police  Standards Council,                                                               
Alaska Department  of Public Safety,  Juneau, stated that  she is                                                               
the director  of the  Division of  Probation &  Parole, with  the                                                               
Department  of Corrections.  She  related that  she  is a  fourth                                                               
generation Alaskan who was born and  raised in Fairbanks. She and                                                               
her  family  moved to  Juneau  when  she  was promoted  to  chief                                                               
probation  officer for the  Department of  Corrections (DOC)  for                                                               
Region  2,  which  is Fairbanks  and  north  and  Southeast.  She                                                               
reported that she  has a degree in justice  and paralegal studies                                                               
from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  She has worked for DOC                                                               
for 18 years in both the institution  and the field in electronic                                                               
monitoring. She was appointed as  director in December by the new                                                               
administration.  She  said  her   husband  also  worked  for  DOC                                                               
throughout his career  and is now retired. Their  two sons attend                                                               
school in Juneau.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
She shared  her response to two  questions in an  earlier hearing                                                               
about why she wants  to serve in this position  and the value she                                                               
would bring the council. She offered  her belief that the council                                                               
is important in maintaining professionalism  and integrity within                                                               
the   law   enforcement  community   and   that   professionalism                                                               
correlates to public safety. She  said she once heard an educator                                                               
say that  a primary factor in  job satisfaction is how  one's job                                                               
affects  the  wellbeing  of  others and  she's  found  that  very                                                               
relevant  in her corrections  career.  She said  she is eager  to                                                               
affect that in a larger way in  her new position. She views it as                                                               
an  honor to  have been  asked to  serve  on the  council and  an                                                               
opportunity to work  with other law enforcement  professionals in                                                               
a  position  that  is  a  little  outside  her  comfort  zone  in                                                               
corrections.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS  WINKELMAN offered  her belief  that  to successfully  promote                                                               
public safety,  agencies  cannot operate  in silos and  community                                                               
involvement is important. Noting  the difficulty with recruitment                                                               
and retention  across all  law enforcement  agencies, she  opined                                                               
that serving  on the council  will provide opportunities  to look                                                               
at  new ways  to attract  and maintain  highly trained  officers.                                                               
Serving  on  the council  will  also  provide an  opportunity  to                                                               
address  cases of  misconduct  in  a way  that  will restore  the                                                               
public's  faith in  law enforcement.  "I believe  in the work  of                                                               
peace officers but  I believe it is very imperative  that we have                                                               
a check and balance in place," she said.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS WINKELMAN shared  that the value she brings to  the council is                                                               
the corrections  viewpoint and a  broad perspective of  the state                                                               
since she has  worked in supervisory positions  from Utqiagvik to                                                               
Ketchikan. This  experience has given her exposure  and knowledge                                                               
of the "strengths  and struggles" of the available  resources and                                                               
the  unique nature  of the  cases the  law enforcement  community                                                               
deals with.  She said she believes  that APSC agencies  must work                                                               
together  day-to-day  assisting  in  the  field  because  of  the                                                               
limited presence  law enforcement  has in  some communities.  She                                                               
related another value  she brings is as a  natural problem solver                                                               
who  likes to  work as  a team.  "I  look forward  to sharing  my                                                               
networking  and  communication  talent   with  the  council"  and                                                               
expanding APSC relationships.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS WINKELMAN said she has reviewed  the mission and core services                                                               
of  the  council  and  she  believes   that  her  experience  and                                                               
abilities will be an asset.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:15:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER  asked if she supports  strengthening constitutional                                                               
training  about  the rights  that  law  enforcement is  hired  to                                                               
protect, including continuing education.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. WINKELMAN  said absolutely  yes. Throughout the  confirmation                                                               
hearing process  she has  listed the  questions she's  been asked                                                               
about training and will take those to the council.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER  asked her to briefly  discuss the top two  or three                                                               
issues and potential solutions she has identified.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WINKELMAN  listed training  as  an  issue  and her  goal  to                                                               
network within  communities  to take advantage  of all  available                                                               
resources.  This could  be  something as  simple  as holding  CPR                                                               
classes with  the fire department,  she said. She  said retention                                                               
is next. There isn't a real problem  with recruitment but keeping                                                               
those  folks   highly  trained   and  in   the  career   is  more                                                               
challenging.  It's a  noble profession  and should  be viewed  as                                                               
such.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:18:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL thanked  Ms. Winkelman for being  willing to take                                                               
the job and  asked if this responsibility will  conflict with her                                                               
responsibilities as the  director of the Division  of Probation &                                                               
Parole.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. WINKELMAN answered  she didn't think so. Rather,  bringing in                                                               
the  corrections  perspective  will   enhance  the  council.  She                                                               
assured the members  that if one of her staff  was brought before                                                               
the board, she would recuse herself.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL asked if she had attended a board meeting.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. WINKELMAN answered yes.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  asked if new  members receive an  explanation of                                                               
the council's process and how they adjudicate.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. WINKELMAN  answered yes; prior  to the first meeting  the new                                                               
members met with the executive director  for a walkthrough of the                                                               
process.  A  long-time member  of  the  council also  shared  the                                                               
process with her.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  said he  initially perceived  a conflict  but he                                                               
hopes not.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked Senator Micciche to respond to the concern.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:21:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE read the following:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The  council consists  of 13 members:  11 appointed  by                                                                    
     the  governor   as  follows:  4   chief  administrative                                                                    
     officers or chiefs of police  of local governments; the                                                                    
     commissioner  of  public  safety  or  a  designee;  the                                                                    
     commissioner of  corrections or a designee;  2 persons,                                                                    
     each of who  has been certified for 5 years  or more by                                                                    
     the council under  this chapter, one of whom  serves as                                                                    
     a police officer and one of  whom serves as a probation                                                                    
     officer,   parole   officer,   municipal   correctional                                                                    
     officer,  or   correctional  officer;   1  correctional                                                                    
     administrative officer who is  employed at the level of                                                                    
     deputy  director  or  higher;  and, 4  members  of  the                                                                    
     public at  large with at  least 2 from  the communities                                                                    
     of 2,500 population or less.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL said he appreciates that.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:22:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KAWASAKI stated that he and  Ms. Winkelman went to school                                                               
together and she's an excellent role model for the position.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  WINKELMAN shared  that in  the  House confirmation  hearing,                                                               
everybody had a connection.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:22:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER thanked  Ms. Winkelman and asked Suzanne  Hancock to                                                               
tell  the committee  why  she is  interested  in  serving on  the                                                               
Alaska Public Offices Commission.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:23:16 PM                                                                                                                    
SUZANNE  HANCOCK,  Appointee, Alaska  Public  Offices  Commission                                                               
(APOC), Alaska  Department of  Administration, Anchorage,  stated                                                               
that she  has been appointed to  the at-large seat for  APOC. She                                                               
related that  she lived in  Kodiak for  many years and  served on                                                               
the  school board  and borough  assembly.  She first  encountered                                                               
APOC as a candidate  for elective office and  that and subsequent                                                               
encounters were  pleasant. She believes that familiarity  will be                                                               
helpful on the  commission. She recounted her  work experience as                                                               
a reporter  and a legal  secretary and  said she looks  at issues                                                               
from that  perspective. She opined  that APOC plays  an important                                                               
watchdog role  to ensure  that citizens  feel that government  is                                                               
fair, follows the rules, and treats everyone equally.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:25:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REINBOLD thanked  her for  being willing  to serve.  She                                                               
asked what she  believes should happen when people  call to raise                                                               
a  red flag  on an  issue, but  don't want  to take  the step  of                                                               
filing a complaint.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. HANCOCK responded  that her approach would be  to explain how                                                               
the commission works  and encourage the person to  use the system                                                               
because  it's  there  for  a reason.  However,  if  there  was  a                                                               
compelling  reason  for  the  person not  to  report,  she  might                                                               
suggest  they look  for a third  party to  bring the  information                                                               
forward. She acknowledged that her  response might vary depending                                                               
on the particulars of the case.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR REINBOLD  said it's a huge  step to file a  complaint and                                                               
she believes that if APOC receives  repeated phone calls about an                                                               
issue it  is very important that  they follow up. She  added that                                                               
she likes  that Ms.  Hancock would  encourage  people to use  the                                                               
system. She  wished Ms. Hancock  well and thanked  the commission                                                               
members for their work.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:27:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KAWASAKI   asked  Ms.  Hancock   if  she  has   a  party                                                               
affiliation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HANCOCK  replied she  is  a  registered Republican  but  she                                                               
generally votes  for the  candidate, not  the party.  She doesn't                                                               
believe she  would favor  one party  over another; her  decisions                                                               
would be based on the information presented.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KAWASAKI observed that she  donated to both major parties                                                               
in the  past. He  pointed out  that APOC  members are  prohibited                                                               
from being an officer of a political  party, committee, or group;                                                               
they cannot make political donations  in support of or opposition                                                               
to a  candidate or proposition; they  may not participate  in any                                                               
way in an  election or campaign;  and they may not donate  to any                                                               
political  party.  He   asked  if  she  could   adhere  to  those                                                               
restrictions.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. HANCOCK  quipped that  she'll save  a lot  of money  if she's                                                               
confirmed  to serve  on the commission.  She added  that she  has                                                               
enjoyed  volunteering on  campaigns in  the past  but she's  very                                                               
much looking forward  to serving on the commission  and that will                                                               
outstrip any possible  gain she would receive  from continuing to                                                               
volunteer or as a contributor.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:29:35 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MICCICHE  reminded  everyone   that  this  is  a  fairly                                                               
political board.  He read the  following description of  the APOC                                                               
board:                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     The  commission  consists  of 5  members  appointed  by                                                                    
     Governor:  2 from  each of  the  two political  parties                                                                    
     whose  candidate for Governor  received highest  number                                                                    
     of votes in the most recent  preceding general election                                                                    
     at which  a Governor  was elected  (the two  appointees                                                                    
     from each of  these two parties shall be  chosen from a                                                                    
     list  of four  names  to be  submitted  by the  central                                                                    
     committee  of  each  party);   1  member  nominated  by                                                                    
     majority  vote  of  the   members  of  the  Commission.                                                                    
     Members elect  the chair  of the commission.  Vacancies                                                                    
     are filled within 30 days.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He  asked if  she would  be willing  to  look at  a process  that                                                               
doesn't  depend   so  heavily  on  citizen   reporting  suspected                                                               
campaign violations.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. HANCOCK  said it seems that  there should be a  mechanism for                                                               
staff to look into blatant violations.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MICCICHE  responded that  he  believes  it's a  gap  but                                                               
commission staff is probably already  overloaded looking at those                                                               
types of  things. He suggested it  might be worth looking  at and                                                               
stated support for moving her appointment forward.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  REINBOLD  asked  for  help   clarifying  the  difference                                                               
between something that is not ethical  and an APOC violation once                                                               
the legislature is  in session. She also stressed the  need for a                                                               
mechanism for anonymous reporting.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. HANCOCK said  she believes in transparency  and that includes                                                               
a face and  a name behind a complaint. However,  Senator Reinbold                                                               
brought up  good points and  the commission  may be able  to look                                                               
into the reporting  issue. She said she's sure  that improvements                                                               
could be  made to clarify the  gray area between what  is ethical                                                               
and what is an APOC violation.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  thanked Ms. Hancock  for being willing  to serve                                                               
and  cautioned the  members against  asking APOC  to make  policy                                                               
calls.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE clarified that the  committee was asking APOC to                                                               
exercise its existing authority in a more effective way.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COGHILL  commented  that  it might  be  instructive  for                                                               
nominees who have yet to testify.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER  opened  public  testimony  on  the  nomination  of                                                               
Suzanne Hancock to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:37:57 PM                                                                                                                    
VICKIE JO KENNEDY, representing  self, Kodiak Island, stated that                                                               
she highly endorses Suzanne Hancock.  She was an astute reporter,                                                               
she was  good for  Kodiak when  she served  on the assembly,  and                                                               
she'll serve well on APOC.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:38:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER  closed public  testimony on  Ms. Hancock.  He noted                                                               
that the next appointee was Jim McDermott.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:39:29 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:40:12 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER reconvened  the meeting and asked  Marcus Sanders to                                                               
tell  the  committee why  he  is  interested  in serving  on  the                                                               
[Alaska State Commission for Human Rights.]                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:40:32 PM                                                                                                                    
MARCUS  SANDERS, appointee,  Alaska  State  Commission for  Human                                                               
Rights,  Anchorage, stated  that  he is  a  lifelong Alaskan.  He                                                               
reviewed his  extensive public service  history and  related that                                                               
he was recently sworn in as a  second lieutenant and chaplain for                                                               
the  Alaska State  Defense  Force.  He reviewed  his  educational                                                               
accomplishments  and noted  that  he is  in  graduate school.  He                                                               
believes he would  be an asset to this commission  because he has                                                               
a  heart  to represent  the  people  as  well as  the  integrity,                                                               
honesty, and capacity to lead by example.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:43:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KAWASAKI thanked  him  for being  willing  to serve.  He                                                               
noted  that  two years  ago  the  commission  voted to  have  the                                                               
legislature  look  into  a statewide  nondiscrimination  law.  He                                                               
asked his opinion of the commission's action.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. SANDERS said he supports the  nondiscrimination law. He asked                                                               
if he had a particular incident in mind.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KAWASAKI clarified  that he was asking if  he approved or                                                               
disapproved  of  the  commission stating  support  for  statewide                                                               
protections for  LGBTQ Alaskans. Since then legislation  has been                                                               
introduced based on the commission's recommendation.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. SANDERS replied, "I did support that act."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER asked  if  he supports  the  bill Senator  Kawasaki                                                               
referenced.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. SANDERS  replied, "I would  like to  be more specific  on the                                                               
bill."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:44:57 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REINBOLD thanked  him for  being willing  to serve.  She                                                               
offered  her   opinion  that  there   is  no  need   for  special                                                               
designations  because everyone  is  equally  protected under  the                                                               
constitution.  She congratulated  him  on his  recent degree  and                                                               
noted that  she attended his  graduation. She stated  support for                                                               
his nomination.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER  congratulated him  on his  commission and  the time                                                               
he's spent  as a  minister. He said  he appreciates  Mr. Sanders'                                                               
heart and willingness to serve.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He found no one  who wished to comment on the  appointment of Mr.                                                               
Sanders and closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:46:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR SHOWER asked Mr. McDermott to put himself on the record.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
JIM  MCDERMOTT,  Appointee,  Alaska  Public  Offices  Commission,                                                               
Alaska Department of Administration,  Fairbanks, said he had been                                                               
an  APOC  commissioner  since  the  end  of  August  and  has  an                                                               
opportunity  to assess  what the  commission does.  It's been  an                                                               
enjoyable process. He noted the committee had his resume.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER asked if he'd heard  and could address the questions                                                               
the committee asked Ms. Hancock.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCDERMOTT  said the question  he found interesting  was about                                                               
anonymous  reporting. He  understands  the  reasoning. He  talked                                                               
about  the  federal  whistleblower  process  and  said  something                                                               
similar for  the state would  need to be  done in  regulation and                                                               
the policies would come from the legislature.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KAWASAKI  he noted  that Section 15  of the  APOC statute                                                               
says the governor shall appoint two  members from each of the two                                                               
political  parties  whose  candidate for  governor  received  the                                                               
highest  number of  votes in  the most  recent preceding  general                                                               
election. It also says the two appointees  from each of those two                                                               
parties shall be selected from a  list of four names submitted by                                                               
the central committee of each party.  He asked if he went through                                                               
that process.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCDERMOTT  replied   he  went  through  the   process  as  a                                                               
Libertarian.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  KAWASAKI  said  another  prohibition  is  that  an  APOC                                                               
commissioner  may not  be  an officer  of  a  political party,  a                                                               
political committee,  or group.  They may not  make contributions                                                               
or participate in  any way in an election  campaign or contribute                                                               
to a political party.  He asked if that is something  he could do                                                               
in the future as a member of APOC.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MCDERMOTT   answered  yes.   He  shared  an   experience  of                                                               
explaining  to a  friend that  he was  a member  of APOC and  was                                                               
prohibited from getting involved in elections.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SHOWER  found  no  one  who   wished  to  comment  on  the                                                               
appointment  of  Mr.  McDermott  to  the  Alaska  Public  Offices                                                               
Commission and closed public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:52:27 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHOWER asked  Mr. Johnson  to  tell the  committee why  he                                                               
wants to serve on the Alaska State Personnel Board.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG JOHNSON, Appointee, Alaska  State Personnel Board, Division                                                               
of   Personnel  and   Labor  Relations,   Alaska  Department   of                                                               
Administration,  Anchorage,  said he  recently  retired from  the                                                               
legislature and wants  to stay involved in government  and public                                                               
service. He  was honored to be  asked to serve. He  recounted his                                                               
legislative  experience and  opined that serving  as House  Rules                                                               
chair  provided   a  foundation   for  understanding   rules  and                                                               
personnel issues. He  also served on the Ethics  Committee and is                                                               
in  the process  of honing  his knowledge  of the  administrative                                                               
ethics laws.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:53:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  thanked Mr. Johnson  and asked if  he'd attended                                                               
meetings on the ethics issue.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON replied he has attended  one meeting that addressed a                                                               
position reclassification  and discussed the ethics  reports from                                                               
the departments, among other matters.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  asked his perspective  of the rules  and process                                                               
of the board and the help the staff provides.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON  said he found  the staff  to be very  supportive and                                                               
legal  counsel  is  available. Each  department  also  has  legal                                                               
counsel    so    legal   expertise    is    readily    available.                                                               
Reclassification is  fairly straightforward  and working  in that                                                               
area was an enjoyable experience.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:55:53 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REINBOLD asked if this is a three-member board.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON answered yes.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR REINBOLD described the board  as "super, super important"                                                               
and said one person  can make a huge impact. She  thanked him for                                                               
being willing to serve.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:57:04 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KAWASAKI  noted that when  Mr. Johnson was  a legislator,                                                               
he co-sponsored  a resolution  dealing with  an amendment  to the                                                               
constitution  relating  to  marriage.   It  was  in  response  to                                                               
benefits  extended to  state employees  who were  not allowed  to                                                               
marry but  were domestic partners.  He asked if he  would support                                                               
extending those benefits today and in the future.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON  replied he  would not  support that.  Then it  was a                                                               
financial decision and now it's an academic argument.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  REINBOLD said  she went  before the  Personnel Board  on                                                               
this matter because providing benefits  to additional couples had                                                               
a financial impact for the state.  She pointed out that the state                                                               
constitution clearly defines marriage  as between one man and one                                                               
woman and  she swore to  defend that constitution.  "I appreciate                                                               
your stance Craig and I stand with you."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:59:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHOWER  found  no  one  who   wished  to  comment  on  the                                                               
appointment of  Mr. Johnson to  the Alaska State  Personnel Board                                                               
and closed public testimony.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON concluded  his comments saying it is the  duty of all                                                               
board members to understand the  laws, rules, and regulations and                                                               
administer  them   within  the   guidelines  set  forth   by  the                                                               
legislature  as the  policy  makers. His  commitment  is to  live                                                               
within those laws.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SHOWER  stated that  in accordance  with AS 39.05.080,  the                                                               
Senate State  Affairs Standing  Committee reviewed  the following                                                               
and recommends the  appointments be forwarded to  a joint session                                                               
for consideration:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                              
Jennifer Winkelman - Juneau                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Alaska State Commission for Human Rights                                                                                      
Suzanne Hancock - Anchorage                                                                                                     
Marcus Sanders - Anchorage                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Public Offices Commission                                                                                              
Jim McDermott - Fairbanks                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Alaska State Personnel Board                                                                                                  
Craig Johnson - Anchorage                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Signing  the   reports  regarding  appointments  to   boards  and                                                               
commissions in  no way reflects  individual members'  approval or                                                               
disapproval  of  the  appointees;   the  nominations  are  merely                                                               
forwarded to the full legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:02:05 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before the  committee,                                                               
Chair  Shower   adjourned  the  Senate  State   Affairs  Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 5:02 pm.                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SSTA OFFICIAL AGENDA MEMO.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
agenda
Gov. Appointee, Police Standards Council - Jennifer Winkelman - resume.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
Jennifer Winkelman - Resume
SB 33 Transmittal Letter.pdf SSTA 2/21/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/12/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/14/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
M.pdf SSTA 3/14/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
CS for SB 33 Ver. M
SB 33
SB 33 - Pretrial Highilghts.pdf SSTA 2/21/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/12/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/14/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - Pretrial Sectional.pdf SSTA 2/21/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/12/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/14/2019 3:30:00 PM
SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 Leg. Legal Accompanying CS Memo.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - Dept. of Law Memo.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - FN #1 - DOL.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - FN #2 - DPS.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - FN #3 - DOA-Public Advocacy.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - FN #4 - DOA-Public Defender Agency.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - FN #5 - DOC-Pre-Trial Services.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - FN #6 - DOC-Instution Director Office.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 - REVISED FN - Court System.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
SB 33 Amendment #1 - Sen Reinbold.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
SB 33
Gov. Appointee, Personnel Board - Johnson -resume.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
craig johnson resume
Gov. Appointee, Human Rights Commission - Sanders -resume.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
MArcus sanders resume
Gov. Appointee, APOC-Hancock -resume.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
Suzanne Hancock Resume
Gov. Appointee, APOC-McDermott -resume.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
James McDermott Resume
Gov. Appointee, APOC-Stillie -resume.pdf SSTA 3/19/2019 3:30:00 PM
Rick Stillie Resume