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03/29/2019 01:30 PM JUDICIARY

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01:30:30 PM Start
01:30:55 PM Confirmation Hearing
01:36:44 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Appointee: TELECONFERENCED
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics -
H. Conner Thomas
+= SJR 6 CONST AM:APPROP. LIMIT; RESERVE FUND TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE JUDICIARY STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 29, 2019                                                                                         
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Shelley Hughes, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Lora Reinbold, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Mike Shower                                                                                                             
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Jesse Kiehl                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING:                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics                                                                                        
H. Conner Thomas - Nome                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                                   
Proposing amendments to  the Constitution of the  State of Alaska                                                               
relating  to  an  appropriation  limit; relating  to  the  budget                                                               
reserve  fund  and establishing  the  savings  reserve fund;  and                                                               
relating to the permanent fund.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
H. CONNER THOMAS, Appointee                                                                                                     
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics                                                                                          
Nome, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee to the Select                                                                      
Committee on Legislative Ethics.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:30:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  SHELLEY  HUGHES  called   the  Senate  Judiciary  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:30  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Reinbold, Micciche, Shower,  Kiehl and Chair                                                               
Hughes.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                                           
                      CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                  
             Select Committee on Legislative Ethics                                                                         
                                                                                                                              
1:30:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                               
a confirmation  hearing for  H. Conner  Thomas, appointee  to the                                                               
Select Committee  on Legislative Ethics.  She said Mr.  Thomas is                                                               
being reappointed as the public member.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES  reviewed  the  ethics  committee  composition  and                                                               
mission.   The  Select   Committee  on   Legislative  Ethics   is                                                               
responsible for:                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
   • Helping people understand and comply with the Alaska                                                                       
     Legislative Ethics Act                                                                                                     
   • Issuing formal advisory opinions interpreting the Ethics                                                                   
     Act                                                                                                                        
   • Considering complaints alleging violations of the Act                                                                      
   • Maintaining public files of disclosure statements.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
She  said  that  the  Ethics  Committee  has  nine  members:  two                                                               
senators, two  representatives and  five public members.  For the                                                               
purpose of  considering most complaints, the  Ethics Committee is                                                               
divided into a House Subcommittee  and a Senate Subcommittee. Mr.                                                               
Thomas is being  reappointed as a public member  to the committee                                                               
and he has held that position since 1999.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:32:35 PM                                                                                                                    
H.  CONNER THOMAS,  Appointee,  Select  Committee on  Legislative                                                               
Ethics, Nome, stated that he has  resided in Nome for the last 40                                                               
years,  where he  practices  law.  He has  served  on the  Select                                                               
Committee on Legislative Ethics since  1999. He said that serving                                                               
on the  committee provides an  important public service.  He said                                                               
he was willing to serve another term, if reappointed.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:33:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES thanked him for serving for 20 years.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER asked for further  clarification on his service at                                                               
the U.S. Department of the Interior.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THOMAS  said  he  initially   came  to  Alaska  as  a  VISTA                                                               
[AmeriCorps VISTA]  volunteer and after serving  approximately 18                                                               
months  he left  the state.  He was  living with  his parents  in                                                               
Annapolis, Maryland. He  was anxious to return to  Alaska and the                                                               
Bureau  of Land  Management (BLM)  was hiring.  He got  a job  in                                                               
Anchorage with  the Department  of Interior.  He then  decided to                                                               
practice law and worked for Alaska Legal Services.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:35:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES opened public testimony  and after first determining                                                               
no  one  wished  to  testify,  closed  public  testimony  on  the                                                               
confirmation  hearing  for  Conner Thomas,  Select  Committee  on                                                               
Legislative Ethics.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:36:03 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  stated that  in accordance  with AS  39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate Judiciary  Standing Committee  reviewed the  following and                                                               
recommends the appointments  be forwarded to a  joint session for                                                               
consideration:                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Select Committee on Legislative Ethics:                                                                                       
H. Conner Thomas - Nome                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Signing  the   reports  regarding  appointments  to   boards  and                                                               
commissions in  no way reflects  individual members'  approval or                                                               
disapproval  of  the  appointees;   the  nominations  are  merely                                                               
forwarded to the full legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:36:44 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Hughes  adjourned the  Senate Judiciary  Standing Committee                                                               
meeting at 1:36 p.m.                                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Conner Thomas resume.pdf SJUD 3/29/2019 1:30:00 PM