Legislature(2019 - 2020)DAVIS 106

02/28/2020 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
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+= HB 181 PUBLIC SCHOOLS: MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 181(EDC) Out of Committee
+= HB 155 AK PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP; ELIGIBILITY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 155(EDC) Out of Committee
+= HB 136 PUBLIC SCHOOLS: SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
*+ HB 260 STATE EDUCATION POLICY: EARLY CHILDHOOD TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
              HB 181-PUBLIC SCHOOLS: MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:04:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR      DRUMMOND      announced       that    the    first     order     of   business                                    
would    be   HOUSE     BILL    NO.   181   "An    Act   relating      to   mental     health                                   
education."                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:05:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE        ZULKOSKY      moved    to   adopt    Amendment      1,   labeled     31-                                  
LS1146\A.1, Caouette, 2/18/20, which read as follows:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
       Page 1, line 7, following "organizations":                                                                               
               Insert "and regional tribal health organizations"                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:06:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR     DRUMMOND      objected     for   the   purposes      of  discussion       of  the                                  
proposed amendment.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:06:07     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE         ZULKOSKY      explained      that    the    previous     version      of                                 
HB   181   provided      for   collaboration        with   only    one   regional      tribal                                   
health      organization         -    Southcentral         Foundation        -    and     this                                  
amendment       allows      for    participation         and     consultation        by    any                                  
regional      tribal    health     organization        authorized      under     the   Alaska                                   
Tribal Health Compact.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:07:33     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR       DRUMMOND        removed       her     objection       to     the     proposed                                    
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:07:39     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE          PRAX     objected       in    order     to    ask     whether      the                                  
proposed amendment affects tribal sovereignty.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:08:14     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE         ZULKOSKY      answered       in   detail      that    the    proposed                                    
amendment      has    no   effect     on  the    legal    status     of   any   entity     and                                  
would    serve    to   broaden     the   available     consultants       who   are   already                                    
doing work in the field of mental health.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:08:51     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE          PRAX    asked      whether      this     amendment       should      be                                 
broadened       to   include      other     state     agencies      who    deal    with    the                                  
effects      of    mental     health      issues      such    as    the    Department        of                                 
Corrections or other law enforcement agencies.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:09:34     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR      DRUMMOND     answered      that    HB   181   would     be   instructive       to                                 
DEED    and   the   Alaska    State    Board    of   Education     &   Early    Development                                     
to   develop      standards      for    mental     health     curriculum       and   allowed                                    
that    there    exist    downstream       impacts     of   mental    health     education.                                     
She   expressed       her   hope    that   the    implementation        of   HB   181   would                                   
prevent      individuals        from     contacting        law    enforcement        due     to                                 
mental health issues.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:10:08     AM                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE        PRAX    asked    whether     law   enforcement       agencies     would                                   
be   alerted     to   the   passage     of   HB   181   and   consulted      for    input    on                                 
the development of standards.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:10:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSA      WOODEN,       Program      Coordinator,         Division        of    Behavioral                                     
Health,     Department       of   Health     and   Social     Services      (DHSS),     noted                                   
that    DEED    would     be   the   appropriate       entity     to    answer;     however,                                    
DHSS    is   a  partner     in   consultation        regarding      mental     health     with                                  
DEED.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:11:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE          PRAX     removed      his     objection       to    the     proposed                                    
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:12:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR       DRUMMOND      stated      that,     seeing     no    further      objection,                                     
Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:12:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE        ZULKOSKY      moved    to   adopt    Amendment      2,   labeled     31-                                  
LS1146\A.2 Caouette 2/24/20 which read as follows:                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
       Page 2, following line 18:                                                                                               
               Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                               
          "* Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a                                           
       new section to read:                                                                                                     
               TRANSITION. The state Board of Education and Early Development                                                   
       shall develop the mental health guidelines required by AS 14.30.360(b), as                                               
       amended by sec. 3 of this Act, within two years after the effective date of this                                         
       Act."                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:12:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR     DRUMMOND      objected     for   the   purposes      of  discussion       of  the                                  
proposed amendment.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:12:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE         ZULKOSKY      explained       that    the    proposed      amendment                                     
takes      into     consideration         that     the    standards        for    voluntary                                     
educational       programs     are   out   of   date   and   would    codify     a  deadline                                    
of   two   years    after   the    effective     date    for   DEED   to   accomplish      the                                  
development       of  guidelines       set   out   in  HB   181.     She   also   explained                                     
that     the     proposed        amendment        should      reduce      the     financial                                     
considerations         for   a   contractor      named     in   the   associated       fiscal                                   
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:13:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR       DRUMMOND        removed       her     objection       to     the     proposed                                    
amendment.         There    being     no   further     objection,       Amendment       2  was                                  
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:14:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE         JOHNSON      related     conversations         that    she    has   had                                  
with    teachers      regarding      HB   181,    who    have    alerted     her   to   their                                   
concern       of    an    increased        workload       on    already       overburdened                                      
teachers.         She    added    that     other    concerns       reported      to   her    by                                 
teachers      is   that    they    lack    training      in   mental    health     and    that                                  
implementation         of    HB   181    will    come     at   the    expense      of   other                                   
educational programs.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:15:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE         PRAX    echoed     Representative         Johnson's       experience                                     
of    being     contacted       by    teachers       who    expressed        concern      over                                  
implementation of HB 181 due to increased workload.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:15:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR      STORY    expressed      concern     that   the    effects     of  HB   181,    if                                 
passed,       would     result      in     an    unfunded       mandate,       though      she                                  
acknowledged         that     mental      health       is    already       burdensome        on                                 
students,       teachers,      and    schools.         She   expressed       concern      also                                  
that     DEED     would      be    burdened       to    assist       districts       in    the                                  
development       of  mental     health    curricula;       however,     she   opined     that                                  
the    extent     of   existing     mental     health     issues     among     students      is                                 
already akin to an unfunded mandate.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:17:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR     STORY    asked     whether     the   fiscal    note    HB181-EED-SSA-2-14-                                         
20   would    allocate      resources      to   DEED,     or   if   the   funds    would     be                                 
used to hire much-needed counselors.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:17:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE         CLAMAN      answered       that    the    fiscal      note     is   not                                  
associated      with    hiring    counselors       in  any   schools     and   is   directed                                    
to   hire   one   contractor      to   assist    in   development       of  the   standards                                     
and   stakeholder        engagement,       including      travel     costs.       He   stated                                   
that,    as   prime    sponsor,      the   fiscal    note    was   unexpected       and   gave                                  
him   pause     to   consider     whether      a  consultant       and   travel     expenses                                    
were    genuinely      necessary      for   the   implementation         of   the   proposed                                    
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:19:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR      STORY     followed      up   by    further     expressing        her   concern                                    
that    counselors       would    be   required      to  aid    in   the   implementation                                       
of    the    guidelines       and,     while     she    had     considered       adding      an                                 
amendment      to   include     incremental       funding     to   provide      counselors,                                     
she   elected      to   not   in   the   interest      of   keeping     HB   181   on   track                                   
for    passage.          She    stated      her     support      for    updating       health                                   
standards      and   to   include     mental     health     as   a  part    of   the   health                                   
curriculum.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:20:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE          ZULKOSKY      stated      her    support       of    the    proposed                                    
legislation        especially        considering        the    framework        for    health                                   
standards      was    last    updated     in    excess     of   20   years    prior.       She                                  
reiterated       her    concern      regarding      the    validity      of    a  wholesale                                     
update     to   the    standards      as   required      in    order    to   implement       HB
181.     She   requested      that    the   committee      to   keep   in   mind    that   the                                  
health     education       standards      remain     voluntary      as    proposed      in   HB
181.      She    recalled      prior    public     testimony      from    students      which                                   
she    suggested      demonstrated         a  widespread       need     for    students      to                                 
advocate      for   themselves       and    their    peers     and   stated     her    belief                                   
that    HB   181   would    be   an   appropriate       vehicle     to   address     some    of                                 
the   serious      mental    health     issues     students      in  Alaska     face.      She                                  
encouraged the passage of HB 181.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:23:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE        PRAX    asked    what   the   ramifications        would    be   should                                   
HB 181 be held in committee until the next meeting.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:23:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR      DRUMMOND     expressed       her   intention      to   move    the   bill    out                                  
of   the   House     Education      Standing      Committee,       and   following      that,                                   
HB   181   would     be   taken    into    consideration         by   the   House    Finance                                    
Committee,       where     it    would     undergo      additional       scrutiny.         She                                  
commented       that    are    challenges       when    considering       multiple      bills                                   
currently      proposed      by   the   legislature        that    will    affect    funding                                    
of education in Alaska.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR      DRUMMOND      asked    Representative         Claman    if   HB   181    passed                                   
as   amended    whether     DEED    would    have   two   years    to   submit    standards                                     
to districts for their voluntary implementation.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:24:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE        CLAMAN     stated     that   DEED    and   its   board     would    have                                  
up   to  two   years    to   complete     the   development       of  the   standards      and                                  
could - at its own discretion - complete the work sooner.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:25:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR       STORY     moved     to    report      HB    181    as    amended      out     of                                 
committee      with     individual       recommendations         and   the    accompanying                                      
fiscal notes.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:25:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE           JOHNSON        objected,         restating         her      earlier                                    
reservation of increased burdens for teachers and districts.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:26:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
A  roll    call    vote   was    taken.      Representatives         Zulkosky,      Hopkins,                                    
Story,     and   Drummond      voted    in   favor    of   moving    HB   181    as  amended                                    
out    of    committee.           Representatives          Prax     and    Johnson      voted                                   
against     it.      Therefore,       CSHB    181(EDC)     was    reported      out   of   the                                  
House Education Standing Committee by a vote of 4-2.                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 181 Supporting Document - Additional Letters Received by 2.27.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 181
HB 181 EDC Amendments 1 and 2.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 181
HB 155 Am 2.24.20.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB 136 Complete Committee Packet.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 Bill Research 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 Sponsor Statement 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 Fiscal Note EED SSA 1.19.20.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 U - Committee Substitute 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 Ver. M.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 260 Complete Committee Packet 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 260
HB 260 Sponsor Statement 2.24.20.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 260
HB 260 Fiscal Note EED ELC 2.21.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 260
HB 260 Supporting Document HSS ACEs 2.26.20.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 260
HB 260 Version A.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 260
HB 136 Brackett,MA(2014)Transforming_Students_Lives 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 Additional Documents JSD K-8 SEL Curriculum el-g8-scope-sequence-ss 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 AK Education Challenge 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 CASEL-Competencies 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 HEDC_Presentation_K-12 Investing in Effective Measures_MarkFoster_24April2019 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 OECD Social and Emotional Skills - Well-being, connectedness and success 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 SOA Early Learning Guidelines 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING SKILLS FOR LIFE AND WORK 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 136 Transforming-Schools-A-Framework-for-Trauma-Engaged-Practice-Final 2.28.2020.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
CSHB 136 Support Letter AASB.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 136
HB 155 Amendment Description.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB 155 APS Checklist with Am#1 2.27.20.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB 260 Support Letter Alaska Childrens Trust 2.27.20.pdf HEDC 2/28/2020 8:00:00 AM
HB 260