Legislature(2023 - 2024)DAVIS 106

03/20/2023 08:00 AM House EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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Moved CSHB 9(EDC) Out of Committee
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 69 Out of Committee
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        HB   9-ADD FACULTY MEMBER UNIV BOARD OF REGENTS                                                                     
8:19:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  RUFFRIDGE announced  that  the next  order of  business                                                               
would  be HOUSE  BILL NO.  9, "An  Act relating  to the  Board of                                                               
Regents of the University of Alaska."                                                                                           
8:19:45 AM                                                                                                                    
ASHLEY  CARRICK,  Alaska  State Legislature,  as  prime  sponsor,                                                               
provided a  brief introduction to  HB 9  and said the  bill would                                                               
add  a full-time  tenured  faculty member  to  the University  of                                                               
Alaska Board of Regents.                                                                                                        
8:20:05 AM                                                                                                                    
STUART RELAY, Staff, Representative  Ashley Carrick, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, on  behalf of Representative Carrick,  prime sponsor                                                               
of  HB  9, noted  that  there  is  a  document [included  in  the                                                               
committee packet] that addresses previous questions.                                                                            
8:20:42 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR RUFFRIDGE asked if there  were any comments or questions                                                               
for the bill sponsor, and confirmed there were none.                                                                            
8:20:49 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR ALLARD announced there is a conceptual amendment.                                                                      
8:21:11 AM                                                                                                                    
The committee took an at-ease from 8:21 a.m. to 8:23 a.m.                                                                       
8:23:46 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR ALLARD  moved to adopt  Conceptual Amendment 1 to  HB 9,                                                               
labeled 33-LS0197\A.2, Bergerud, 3/17/23, which read as follows:                                                                
     Page 1, line 13:                                                                                                           
          Delete "faculty member nominees"                                                                                      
          Insert "interested faculty members"                                                                                   
     Page 2, line 9:                                                                                                            
          Delete "nominees"                                                                                                     
          Insert "all interested faculty members compiled                                                                       
     by the University of Alaska and"                                                                                           
     Page 2, lines 11 - 14:                                                                                                     
          Delete "The list must consist of the names of two                                                                     
     faculty members  selected by each of  the three faculty                                                                    
     senates of  the University  of Alaska,  for a  total of                                                                    
     six  nominees,  after  an  election  is  held  by  each                                                                    
     faculty  senate.  Elections  shall be  conducted  under                                                                    
     rules established by the Office of the Governor."                                                                          
     Page 2, lines 25 - 26:                                                                                                     
          Delete "hold elections for nominees and submit                                                                        
     the list of nominees"                                                                                                      
     Insert "submit the list of interested faculty members"                                                                     
8:23:57 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE MCKAY objected for the purpose of discussion.                                                                    
8:24:01 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  ALLARD explained  Conceptual  Amendment  1 opens  equal                                                               
opportunity  for  all.   There  are  individuals affiliated  with                                                               
campuses, and  any of these  individuals from any  location could                                                               
apply to become a faculty board member.                                                                                         
8:24:54 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR RUFFRIDGE  invited comments  or questions  on Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 1.                                                                                                                    
8:25:05 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY addressed  the bill  sponsor and  expressed                                                               
she thought [faculty board membership]  currently was open to all                                                               
8:25:32 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  CARRICK noted  that the  bill is  not limited  to                                                               
faculty senate  members from the  University of  Alaska Anchorage                                                               
(UAA),  the  University  of  Alaska   Fairbanks  (UAF),  and  the                                                               
University  of Alaska  Southeast (UAS);  the faculty  senate just                                                               
makes the selections for the two nominees for the cycle.                                                                        
8:27:30 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR ALLARD reemphasized that  Conceptual Amendment 1 removes                                                               
"nominee" to read "all interested parties."                                                                                     
8:27:55 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  HIMSCHOOT  asked who  is  eligible  to serve  and                                                               
whether  it  is  anyone  employed in  a  professor  position,  or                                                               
tenured only.                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  CARRICK responded  that  the bill  is limited  to                                                               
tenured faculty,  and adjuncts are  not eligible to  be nominees.                                                               
With this amendment she presumed  it would open up potentially to                                                               
all faculty, including adjuncts.                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HIMSCHOOT  questioned how many  tenured professors                                                               
there are in the university system.                                                                                             
REPRESENTATIVE CARRICK  replied there are 490  tenured faculty in                                                               
the University of  Alaska system currently, and  162 are eligible                                                               
for tenure.  She noted  the process of obtaining tenure typically                                                               
takes about a year and it is a vigorous process.                                                                                
8:30:11 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  HIMSCHOOT pointed  out there  are 652  people who                                                               
could  be  interested,  and  asked   what  the  purpose  was  for                                                               
narrowing it down to six.                                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE CARRICK replied that the  value of narrowing it to                                                               
six makes it  a transparent process in  consultation with faculty                                                               
and  still allows  the  governor  the full  purview  to choose  a                                                               
nominee from that list.                                                                                                         
8:31:57 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX  asked if the  faculty senate is open  to any                                                               
tenured faculty members  or if it is open to  all faculty members                                                               
regardless of tenure.                                                                                                           
REPRESENTATIVE CARRICK  replied that her understanding  is if you                                                               
are  teaching at  the University  of  Alaska you  are allowed  to                                                               
participate  in the  faculty  senate  in a  meaningful  way.   In                                                               
response  to  a follow-up  question,  she  explained the  faculty                                                               
senate can  be thought  of as  a parallel  entity to  the student                                                               
government.   One can participate in  student government meetings                                                               
but in  order to be  student senator at  one of the  campuses you                                                               
have to run and be elected by the student body/your peers.                                                                      
8:33:57 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE STORY asked what is looked for in a nominee.                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  CARRICK  replied  a   major  component  would  be                                                               
looking for people  with time and energy to commit;  being on the                                                               
Board of Regents is a "very hefty commitment."                                                                                  
8:36:03 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  ALLARD offered  closing comments  and wanted  to stress                                                               
that the  body and the  public knows that removing  "nominee" and                                                               
inserting "interested faculty" opens it to all Alaskans.                                                                        
8:37:19 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  MCKAY  removed his  objection  to  the motion  to                                                               
adopt Conceptual Amendment 1.                                                                                                   
8:37:30 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  objected.   She expressed  appreciation for                                                               
the sentiment  of the  amendment maker,  in making  sure everyone                                                               
can take part;  however, she commented that it  is important that                                                               
peers have looked at the nominees.                                                                                              
8:38:49 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE PRAX  noted there are currently  Alaskans upset by                                                               
a  provision in  the constitution  that gives  a non-governmental                                                               
organization preferred dominance in  selecting judges.  He agreed                                                               
with the amendment - as it  is currently written - to have things                                                               
"more open."                                                                                                                    
8:40:21 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  HIMSCHOOT made  a comparison  on the  process she                                                               
went  through to  sit on  the legislature  in having  to convince                                                               
people she would advocate for them.   She said she likes the idea                                                               
that people  are vetted and  selected as nominees by  the faculty                                                               
senate.  She  stated that she liked the spirit  of the amendment,                                                               
but does not support it.                                                                                                        
8:41:05 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  ALLARD  reiterated that  under  HB  9, the  process  is                                                               
defined as an election to be held; it is not a selection.                                                                       
8:41:21 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  MCCORMICK expressed  appreciation  of the  bill's                                                               
inclusion of as  many people as possible and  brought up possible                                                               
residency requirements.                                                                                                         
8:42:02 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  RUFFRIDGE  directed  a  question to  the  bill  sponsor                                                               
whether  it is  accurate to  state  that the  current process  to                                                               
become a Board  of Regents member is to apply,  and, if selected,                                                               
go through the confirmation process.                                                                                            
REPRESENTATIVE  CARRICK replied  that  currently,  on the  8-year                                                               
term  serving regents,  a conversation  takes  place between  the                                                               
Office of  Boards and  Commissions, the  Office of  the Governor,                                                               
and  interested  individuals.    Generally,  she  explained,  the                                                               
Office of  Boards and Commissions  will work with  the interested                                                               
individuals,  and  the  governor will  choose  those  individuals                                                               
directly for the legislature to confirm.                                                                                        
8:43:14 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR ALLARD offered clarity that  the bill, as written, would                                                               
limit  who the  governor gets  to  pick instead  of the  governor                                                               
getting to pick amongst all who would be qualified.                                                                             
8:43:39 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE STORY  directed her  comment to  the maker  of the                                                               
amendment, and asked  what the faculty thinks  about the proposed                                                               
CO-CHAIR ALLARD replied that she  had spoken to different faculty                                                               
members  and  Board  of  Regents members,  and  they  wanted  the                                                               
opportunity to  be open  to all Alaskans  from any  community and                                                               
not limited to just six nominees through an election process.                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  CARRICK  expanded  on Co-Chair  Allard's  comment                                                               
that this amendment  opens up to all interested faculty  in a way                                                               
that is more "broad," and  noted that through the current process                                                               
outlined in  the proposed legislation, faculty  from rural Alaska                                                               
are able  to become a  faculty regent; it  is not limited  to the                                                               
three main campuses.                                                                                                            
8:45:13 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY  maintained  her  objection  to  Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 1.                                                                                                                    
8:45:16 AM                                                                                                                    
A  roll  call  vote  was taken.    Representatives  McKay,  Prax,                                                               
Allard, and Ruffridge  voted in favor of  Conceptual Amendment 1.                                                               
Representatives  Story, Himschoot,  and  McCormick voted  against                                                               
it.  Therefore,  Conceptual Amendment 1 was adopted by  a vote of                                                               
8:46:21 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  ALLARD  moved  to  report  HB 9,  as  amended,  out  of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes, and  to authorize  Legislative  Legal Services  to                                                               
make conforming  and technical changes,  as needed.   There being                                                               
no  objection,  CSHB  9(EDC)  was   reported  out  of  the  House                                                               
Education Standing Committee.                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 9 2023.02.01.Support.Faculty.Alliance.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 9 Fiscal Note.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 9 2023.02.03 Support.UNAC.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 9.House Education Questions and Answers 02.22.2023.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 9.Sectional.Analysis.Version.A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 9.Sponsor.Statement.Version.A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 9.Version.A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 9
HB 10 Support.ASUAF 2023.02.17.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 10
HB 10 Support.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 10
HB 10 Support.UA Cost Transparency Update 2023.01.31.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 10
HB 10.Sectional.Analysis.Veresion.A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 10
HB 10.Sponsor.Statement.Version.A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 10
HB 10.Version.A.PDF HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 10
HB 69 Fiscal Note 2.24.23.pdf HCRA 4/4/2023 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 sectional analysis 3.16.23 Ver A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 sponsor statement 3.16.23 Ver A.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 Tanana City Mayor letter.pdf HCRA 4/4/2023 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 Tanana City Resolution.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 Tanana City School District approached YKSD Superintendent and School Board requesting to join Yukon Koyukuk School District.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
HB 69 Tanana Resolution_23-4_Join YKSD.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM
HB 69
A.2 amendment.pdf HEDC 3/20/2023 8:00:00 AM