Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

02/09/2018 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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03:21:11 PM Start
03:22:34 PM HB318
03:38:25 PM HB277
04:51:06 PM Presentation: Temporary Specialty Dentistry
05:00:36 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 318 EXTEND: BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
*+ HB 277 BROADBAND INTERNET: NEUTRALITY/REGULATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ Presentation: Temporary Specialty Dentistry TELECONFERENCED
Licenses by Dave Logan DDS, Exec. Dir., AK
Dental Society
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
         HB 318-EXTEND: BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:22:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that the  first order of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 318,  "An Act extending  the termination  date of                                                               
the  Board  of  Social  Work  Examiners;  and  providing  for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:22:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TED  MADSEN, Staff,  Representative Ivy  Spohnholz, presented  HB
318 on  behalf of  Representative Spohnholz,  prime sponsor.   He                                                               
paraphrased  the  sponsor  statement,   which  reads  as  follows                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     House  Bill  318  extends  the  Board  of  Social  Work                                                                    
     Examiners (board)  to June 30, 2026  in accordance with                                                                    
     the  recommendation with  the  Division of  Legislative                                                                    
     Audit.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The  board is  composed of  five members  including two                                                                    
     licensed clinical  social workers, one  licensed master                                                                    
     social  worker,   one  licensed   baccalaureate  social                                                                    
     worker,  and  one  public member  who  has  never  been                                                                    
     licensed  by   the  board.  Further,   Alaska  statutes                                                                    
     mandate that one of the  licensed board members may not                                                                    
     be  an   employee  of  a   federal,  state,   or  local                                                                    
     government,  or  a  nonprofit organization.  The  board                                                                    
     regulates over 775 licensed social  workers as of March                                                                    
     2017.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The  duties of  the board  include issuing  licenses to                                                                    
     qualified    applicants,     establishing    continuing                                                                    
     education  requirements  and  a  code  of  professional                                                                    
     ethics   and   standards,    creating   standards   for                                                                    
     supervisors and  supervision, and  adopting regulations                                                                    
     as necessary.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     The   Division  of   Legislative  Audit   reviewed  the                                                                    
     operations of  the board and  concluded that  the board                                                                    
     is  serving   the  public's  interest   by  effectively                                                                    
     licensing and regulating the profession.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     The board is currently scheduled  to sunset on June 30,                                                                    
     2018 and will have one  year to conclude its operations                                                                    
     unless  the legislature  extends the  termination date.                                                                    
     House  Bill  318  mirrors the  recommendations  of  the                                                                    
     Division   of  Legislative   Audit,  and   extends  the                                                                    
     termination date until                                                                                                     
     June 30, 2026.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:24:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRIS CURTIS,  Legislative Auditor, Legislative Budget  and Audit,                                                               
Legislative  Agencies and  Offices,  presented  the October  2017                                                               
audit  findings.     She  began   by  paraphrasing   from  report                                                               
conclusions  in  "A Sunset  Review  of  the Department  Commerce,                                                               
Community  and   Economic  Development   Board  of   Social  Work                                                               
Examiners (board)"  [included in  committee packet],  which reads                                                               
as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The  audit concluded  that the  board  operated in  the                                                                    
     public's   interest   by  effectively   licensing   and                                                                    
     regulating   social   workers.  Board   meetings   were                                                                    
     conducted in  compliance with law,  investigations were                                                                    
     generally  processed timely,  and the  board issued  or                                                                    
     changed regulations to improve the profession.                                                                             
     In accordance  with AS  08.03.010(c)(21), the  board is                                                                    
     scheduled to  terminate on June 30,  2018. We recommend                                                                    
     that the legislature extend  the board's termination to                                                                    
     June 30, 2026.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURTIS  informed  there  were 783  licenses  for  a  41                                                                    
percent increase since the 2009  sunset audit.  She said the                                                                    
board had a  $95 thousand surplus at the end  of fiscal year                                                                    
2017 (FY 17).                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.    CURTIS    outlined     the    two    recommendations.                                                                    
Recommendation  1 is  that DCBPL's  director should  improve                                                                    
procedures   to  ensure   board-required  documentation   is                                                                    
obtained  prior to  licensure.    She said  1  in 25  tested                                                                    
licenses contained an  error.  Recommendation 2  is that the                                                                    
Office  of  the  Governor's  Boards  and  Commissions  staff                                                                    
should work with the board  to identify potential applicants                                                                    
for  the board's  vacant  clinical  social worker  position.                                                                    
The  position had  been  open for  some  time, and  statutes                                                                    
require that one of the five  board members must be a social                                                                    
worker who  is not  employed by a  federal, state,  or local                                                                    
government    or   a    federally   tax-exempt    non-profit                                                                    
organization.   She added that Boards  and Commissions staff                                                                    
had  communicated that  the stringent  requirements make  it                                                                    
difficult to find qualified applicants.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURTIS presented the audit  responses.  She stated the Office                                                               
of  the  Governor  agrees  with  the  audit  recommendations  and                                                               
encouraged the board  to find a legislative fix  to the stringent                                                               
position   requirements;   the   department  agrees   with   both                                                               
recommendations,  but believes  additional supervisory  resources                                                               
are required  to meet standards  for the quality  checks outlined                                                               
in   Recommendation   1;  and   the   board   agrees  with   both                                                               
recommendations.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:27:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH  asked how  many of  the 783  licensees work                                                               
for the state or federal government.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURTIS stated  there had been lengthy  discussion amongst the                                                               
auditors about  how many of  the licensees were  state employees,                                                               
and it had  been determined that not many licensees  work for the                                                               
Office  of Children's  Services (OCS).   The  auditors had  found                                                               
that  most  licensees worked  for  schools,  hospitals, and  non-                                                               
profit organizations.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH asked whether  the distribution of the board                                                               
reflects the licensees' employment.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURTIS answered  the audit  did not  go into  that level  of                                                               
detail.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:30:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DANIELLE LAFON,  Chair, Board of Social  Work Examiners, Division                                                               
of  Corporations, Business  and  Professional Licensing  (DCBPL),                                                               
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development                                                                     
(DCCED), testified in  support of HB 318.  She  said she believes                                                               
the board  serves its purpose  in ensuring the social  workers in                                                               
the state  are receiving necessary education,  passing exams, and                                                               
maintaining licensure  through continuing education.   She stated                                                               
she agrees  with the  audit findings  and added  Recommendation 1                                                               
will  be discussed  at the  next board  meeting in  March [2018].                                                               
She  informed  that  the  clinical   social  worker  position  in                                                               
Recommendation 2 has since been filled.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:31:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH asked whether  the distribution of the board                                                               
membership reflects the type of work the licensees carry out.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. LAFON  answered it  was unknown,  adding that  social workers                                                               
are largely found in non-profit  organizations.  She said she did                                                               
not believe any of the board members were working for the state.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BIRCH stated  he thought it was  peculiar that one                                                               
of the members could not work for the state.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:33:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked what  percentage of the  membership is                                                               
in private practice.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. LAFON answered it was not  clear if he was referring to board                                                               
members or  licensees.  She added  that one of the  board members                                                               
works for a private entity.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL clarified he  was asking about licensees, not                                                               
the board members.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  LAFON answered  the  board does  not  track where  licensees                                                               
work.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:34:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA MORTEN, Licensed Social Worker,  testified in support of HB
318.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:35:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KITO asked  for any  information on  the ability  of state                                                               
employees to participate in licensing boards.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JANEY McCULLOUGH,  Director, Division of  Corporations, Business,                                                               
and  Professional  Licensing  (DCBPL),  Department  of  Commerce,                                                               
Community, and  Economic Development  (DCCED), answered  that all                                                               
boards  have different  requirements  set out  by  statute.   She                                                               
stated  the  division does  not  track  where its  licensees  are                                                               
employed.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  asked whether Ms.  McCullough was aware of  any state                                                               
employees  who  are licensed  professionals  and  are serving  on                                                               
boards.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. McCULLOUGH answered she knew  of state employees who serve on                                                               
boards that are different from  the profession for which they are                                                               
licensed.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:37:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO opened public testimony on HB 318.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:37:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH  WILLIAMS,  National  Association  of  Social  Workers,                                                               
testified  that  the  National   Association  of  Social  Workers                                                               
supports HB 318.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 318 was held over.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB277 Sectional Analysis 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Supporting Document-Dec. 15 Article Business Insider 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Supporting Document-Dec. 15 Article NPR 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Supporting Document-Portugal Payment Package Example 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Supporting Document-Dec. 14 Article Business Insider 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Supporting Document-University of Maryland Survey 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 ver D 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Additional Document-Dec. 13 Article Business Insider 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Additional Document-Jan. 4 FCC Order 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Alaska Delegation Support Letters 2.7.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Fiscal Note DCCED-RCA 2.2.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Sponsor Statement 1.29.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Fiscal Note DOL-ASD 2.2.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB318 Legislative Audit 2.7.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 318
HB318 Sponsor Statement 2.7.2018.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 318
HB318 Version A.PDF HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 318
HB318 Fiscal Note DCCED-CBPL 2.2.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 318
ADS letter to HLAC 1.31.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
Presentation Dentists
Dentist specialty numbers.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
Presentation Dentists
Support letter Board of Dental Examiners.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
Presentation Dentists
ADS letter to Alaska Legislature.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
Presentation Dentists
ADS Sponsor statement.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
Presentation Dentists
HB277 Opposition Letters 2.8.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277
HB277 Supporting Documents-Letters of Support 2.9.18.pdf HL&C 2/9/2018 3:15:00 PM
HB 277