Legislature(2021 - 2022)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/22/2021 09:00 AM FINANCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 19 EXTEND SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICE AGENCY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 32 COLLEGE CREDIT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
-- Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 36 U OF A REGENTS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
-- Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
SENATE BILL NO. 19                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the special education service                                                                            
     agency; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:34:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Bishop  recounted  that the  committee  had  heard                                                                    
public testimony on the bill March 2, 2021.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:34:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens, Sponsor, relayed  that the bill had to                                                                    
do with  the Special Education Service  Agency (SESA), which                                                                    
was  valuable  to  the  students of  the  state  and  needed                                                                    
funding stabilization.  He said that  the next 8  years held                                                                    
some difficulties due to the cost of business.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:35:30 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:35:46 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman MOVED  to ADOPT  Amendment 1,  32-LS020\B.3                                                                    
(Fisher, 3/8/21), (copy on file).                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Bishop OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:36:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ERIN   SHINE,  STAFF,   SENATOR   CLICK  BISHOP,   addressed                                                                    
Amendment 1.  She explained that the  amendment would change                                                                    
the formula  for funding  the agency.  She said  the current                                                                    
formula was  set at $18.65  times the state  student average                                                                    
daily membership  (ADM), the amendment would  update that to                                                                    
$23.13 per ADM.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine referenced  a document that showed a  graph of the                                                                    
Special  Education   Services  Agency  Fund   Balance  being                                                                    
modelled on  a graph  (copy on file).  The sunset  review of                                                                    
SESA had revealed that the  statutory funding level had been                                                                    
flat since 2013; however, during  that period there had been                                                                    
a 63  percent increase  in their  caseload. She  shared that                                                                    
the  executive director  for SESA  had  provided an  updated                                                                    
projection for  SESAs funding level,  which showed  that, at                                                                    
current  levels,  funding  for   the  agency  would  not  be                                                                    
sufficient after 2025.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine continued to address  the amendment. She explained                                                                    
that  relayed  that  the amendment  sought  to  address  the                                                                    
forthcoming budget  shortfall for the agency;  the estimated                                                                    
cost increase,  based on the  ADM is $577,000 per  year. She                                                                    
noted  Page  1,  line  8  of  the  amendment  reflected  the                                                                    
proposed  monetary  change.  She also  cited  the  effective                                                                    
dates for the  bill   one for the sunset  of SESA, effective                                                                    
June 30, 2021; although the  funding increase could begin at                                                                    
the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, 2021.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:38:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski  asked about  the fiscal impact  of the                                                                    
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms.   Shine    responded   that   the    numbers   projected                                                                    
approximately $577,000 per year.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:39:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof  asked for verification that  version A of                                                                    
the bill version extended the sunset date to 2028.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine  replied that  the amendment was  to version  b of                                                                    
the bill and would extend the sunset date to 2029.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:39:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked whether the  sponsor was in favor of the                                                                    
amendment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Shine said that she  had worked with the sponsors  staff                                                                    
to craft the amendment.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:40:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stevens  spoke  to  Amendment  1.  He  thought  the                                                                    
amendment was marvelous and offered his full support.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Bishop  WITHDREW  his objection.  There  being  NO                                                                    
further  OBJECTION,  it  was so  ordered.  Amendment  1  was                                                                    
ADOPTED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB  19  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Bishop shared  that the  agenda for  the following                                                                    
day included  a report on  the Alaska Marine  Highway System                                                                    
(AMHS).                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 36 UA-Accreditation_Research_Existing UA Accred Summary_21Feb2019.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 36
SB 36 UA-Accreditation_SponsorStatement.pdf SEDC 3/8/2021 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 36
SB 36 Explaination of Changes in version B.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 36
SB 36 UA-Accreditation_Sectional_Version B.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 36
SB 32 MiddleColeges_Research_Early and Middle Colleges Offer High School Alternative.pdf SEDC 3/8/2021 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColeges_Research_Early-College-Linked-to-Success_06Feb2019.pdf SEDC 3/8/2021 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB032_MiddleColeges_Research_The Benefits of Starting College Early_WSJ_10Feb2019.pdf SEDC 3/8/2021 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColleges_Sectional_Version A.pdf SEDC 3/8/2021 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColleges_Sponsor-Statement_20Jan2021.pdf SEDC 3/8/2021 9:00:00 AM
SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColleges_UAF FNSB Middle College MOU.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColleges_UAF Ecampus Middle College - MOU Template.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColleges_AMCS 2018-2020 MOA Final.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 32 MiddleColleges_UAA MSBSD Middle College MOU.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 32
SB 19 Amendment 1 3.8.2021.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 19
SB 19 Amendment 1 Backup - SESA FY13-FY29 Fund Balance Scenarios.pdf SFIN 3/22/2021 9:00:00 AM
SB 19