Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/14/2017 08:30 AM EDUCATION

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
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+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 86 STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT/OCC. LICENSE RENEWAL TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 86 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 135 SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANT PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 135(EDC) AM Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 64 READING PROFICIENCY TASK FORCE; DYSLEXIA TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HCR 8 KODIAK SEAFOOD & MARINE SCIENCE CENTER TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
        HB 86-STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT/OCC. LICENSE RENEWAL                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:33:08 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS announced  the consideration of HB 86.  He noted it                                                               
was the  second hearing on the  bill and he intended  to move the                                                               
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:33:14 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  MATT CLAMAN,  Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor,                                                               
stated  that HB  86  takes  the authority  away  from the  Alaska                                                               
Commission  on  Postsecondary  Education   (ACPE)  to  block  the                                                               
renewal of occupational licenses as  a consequence of someone who                                                               
is in default on their student loan.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:33:40 AM                                                                                                                    
OWEN PHILLIPS,  Staff, Representative  Matt Claman,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, reviewed  HB 86 on  behalf of the sponsor.  The bill                                                               
will revoke  ACPE's authority to  use nonrenewal  of occupational                                                               
license as  an incentive  to ensure payment  of student  loans in                                                               
instances of  default. Current statute  states that ACPE  has the                                                               
authority to  provide notice to  a licensing authority of  a non-                                                               
renewal  of a  license. If  ACPE posts  such notice,  a licensing                                                               
entity  may  not reduce  that  license  during the  next  renewal                                                               
cycle.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He noted that Ms. Butler from  ACPE stated that this practice was                                                               
not effective in collecting outstanding  loans and that they have                                                               
more success with wage garnishment  and payment plans. Passing HB
86 will allow occupational licensees  to continue to work to earn                                                               
an  income and  pay back  their loans.  He urged  the committee's                                                               
support.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:35:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEVENS understood that ACPE does not object to HB 86.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. PHILLIPS said they support the bill.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  opened and closed  public testimony on HB  86, and                                                               
solicited a motion.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:35:44 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved to report  HB 86, version A, from committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS announced  that seeing objection, HB  86 moved from                                                               
the Senate Education Standing Committee.                                                                                        

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