Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/12/2017 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+= SCR 5 ALASKA READS DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCR 5 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ HB 86 STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT/OCC. LICENSE RENEWAL TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 135 SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 64 READING PROFICIENCY TASK FORCE; DYSLEXIA TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
            HB 135-SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:25:56 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced the consideration of HB 135.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:26:02 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  DEAN WESTLAK,  Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor                                                               
of HB  135. He  thanked the  committee for  hearing the  bill. He                                                               
said HB  135 aims  to do  two things.  It increases  the original                                                               
time  limit  to  identify  and secure  matching  funds  from  the                                                               
current  three-year window  to  five years.  The  bill will  also                                                               
allow the Commissioner of Education  to grant time extensions for                                                               
an additional  three years if just  cause is shown. It  extends a                                                               
time period  for school  districts to  raise their  percentage of                                                               
shares  for  project  costs appropriated  through  the  Education                                                               
Facilities Maintenance  and Construction Fund  for appropriations                                                               
made under AS 37.05.560.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Currently, school  districts are  required to raise  a percentage                                                               
share match  of the total  cost for projects within  three years.                                                               
However, since  the adoption of  a three-year time  constraint in                                                               
1993, multiple  projects have required  more time to  raise their                                                               
required  share. According  to  DEED the  three-year time  lapse,                                                               
while  appropriate for  most projects,  exceptions do  exist when                                                               
faced  with  extenuating   circumstances.  Previous  and  current                                                               
examples include,  but are  not limited  to, projects  within the                                                               
Northwest  Arctic Borough,  the  Kenai  Peninsula Borough,  Yupik                                                               
School  District, Yukon  Flats School  District,  and the  Hoonah                                                               
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
When the  legislature makes appropriations  for this  program, it                                                               
is the  intent to  see the projects  through to  completion. This                                                               
bill allows fluidity  to account for real world  hurdles that can                                                               
slow projects down or prevent them from happening.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE requested  the  committee's support  for                                                               
the  bill. He  noted they  worked  on it  in the  House where  it                                                               
passed unanimously.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:28:39 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  asked about  Section 1, "except  for in  (d) and                                                               
(g)." He did not find (d) in the bill.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JESSE LOGAN,  Staff, Representative  Dean Westlake,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, answered  questions related to HB  135. He explained                                                               
that (d)  already exists in statute  and (g) is being  added as a                                                               
new subsection.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:30:33 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEGICH explained  that if a district with  full value per                                                               
ADM of  $200,000 or less  can demonstrate  in writing that  it is                                                               
unable  to provide  the  participating share  it  is allowed  the                                                               
exception. The  bill references that  existing exception.  He did                                                               
not know  of any districts that  had an ADM of  $200,000 or less.                                                               
He said it is a clean-up piece.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL said he understood.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:32:00 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE  agreed  it  is a  clean-up  piece.  The                                                               
amendment  changed it  from  a three-year  floor  to a  five-year                                                               
floor,  with the  exception  of the  Commissioner  being able  to                                                               
extend for a three-year period if there is just cause.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES noted  there will  be times  the extension  will be                                                               
needed  and  granted  by  the  Commissioner.  She  asked  if  the                                                               
Commissioner can  make only one  three-year exception and  how it                                                               
has it worked in the past.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:32:43 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. LOGAN  explained that there  has not been an  exception piece                                                               
previously; there  was once case  - the Hoonah  major maintenance                                                               
project  in  2011 -  where  the  Commissioner made  an  executive                                                               
decision to reduce  the matching share by $35,000  when they were                                                               
unable to secure their match within the timeframe allowed.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked which districts this bill is important to.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE said  if they go to  the five-year floor,                                                               
all schools  will be  ok. He  noted the road  in NWASD  is beyond                                                               
their control.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. LOGAN  added that the  Kivalina School and the  Kachemak Selo                                                               
project are up against the deadline.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:34:09 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES asked if they are  aware of other schools that would                                                               
be running into the three-year problem.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE thought there were others.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:34:38 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BEGICH  noted  two other  school  construction  projects                                                               
potentially  affected by  the bill,  one in  the Lower  Kuskokwim                                                               
School District and one in the Yukon Koyukuk School District.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:35:08 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE  thought there  was  also  one from  the                                                               
Interior.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:35:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES held HB 135 in committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:35:41 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SCR 5 - Supporting Document - Best Beginnings Update.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
SCR 5
SCR 5 - Supporting Document - Best Beginnings Report.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
SCR 5
SCR 5 - Supporting Document - reading proficiency vs. poverty.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
SCR 5
HB 86 Sponsor Statement.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 86 Legislation - Ver. A.PDF SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 86 Fiscal Note - EED-ACPE-2-22-17.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 86 Questions Memo HLNC.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 86 Supporting Document - ACPE Loan Default Consequences.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 86 Supporting Document - Letter of Support.PDF SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 86 Supporting Document - NPR States Review.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 86
HB 135 - Legislation - Ver. D.A SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 135 - Ver A 2.27.17.PDF SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 135 Summary of changes - Ver. A to Ver. D.A.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 135 Fiscal Note - HB135-EED-SFF-3-03-17.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 135 Supporting Document- Support Letter NWABSD 2.27.17.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 135 Additional Document- Memo for H-EDU questions.PDF SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 135 Supporting Document- Support Letter NWAB 2.27.17.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 135
HB 64 - Supporting Document - the-dyslexia-dilemma-a-history-of-ignorance-complacency-and-resistance-in-colleges-of-education.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 64
HB 64 - Supporting Document - FINAL emailed 160620_Joint ASD-Assembly Meeting June 10 of 2016.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 64
HB 64 - Supporting Document - IDA Dyslexia Handbook-1.pdf SEDC 4/12/2017 8:00:00 AM
HB 64