Legislature(2021 - 2022)BUTROVICH 205

03/31/2021 01:30 PM JUDICIARY

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01:35:45 PM Start
01:36:16 PM SB65
01:42:13 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
02:38:04 PM SB15
03:06:34 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees TELECONFERENCED
- Sam Cherot, Public Defender
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 15 OPEN MEETINGS ACT; PENALTY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
- Senator Costello
- Amendments, Fiscal Notes
+= SB 65 LIABILITY CONSULTING HEALTH CARE PROVIDER TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 65(JUD) Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
- Senators Kiehl, Begich
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
        SB 65-LIABILITY CONSULTING HEALTH CARE PROVIDER                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:36:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD announced  the consideration  of SB  65, SENATE                                                                 
BILL  NO.  65, "An  Act  relating  to  immunity for  consulting                                                                 
physicians,   podiatrists,    osteopaths,   advanced   practice                                                                 
registered    nurses,     physician    assistants,    dentists,                                                                 
optometrists, and pharmacists."                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
[The  committee  amended CSSB  65(HSS),  Version  I during  the                                                                 
3/12/21 hearing.]                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:37:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL stated  that SB  65 will  provide  immunity from                                                                 
civil suits for medical professionals providing unpaid consults                                                                 
for patients not  under their care. The  liability remains with                                                                 
the health care provider who treats the patient, which has been                                                                 
a long-standing practice, he said.  This bill was prompted by a                                                                 
Minnesota court ruling that  interpreted medical liability that                                                                 
adversely affects  medical professionals consulting  with other                                                                 
medical professionals on patients.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:38:17 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD solicited a motion.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:38:26 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER  moved to report  SB 65, Version  I, as amended,                                                                 
from committee with individual  recommendations and zero fiscal                                                                 
notes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:38:45 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:39:17 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD  reconvened the  meeting. She remarked  that she                                                                 
neglected to take public testimony on the bill.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  REINBOLD   opened  public  testimony   and  after  first                                                                 
determining no  one wished to testify,  closed public testimony                                                                 
on SB 65. She solicited a motion.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:39:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER restated  his motion. He moved  to report SB 65,                                                                 
Version  I,   as  amended,   from  committee   with  individual                                                                 
recommendations and  zero fiscal notes. There  being no further                                                                 
objection, CSSB 65(JUD) was  reported from the Senate Judiciary                                                                 
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:40:01 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
                        Board of Parole                                                                                     
                        Public Defender                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:42:13 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD  reconvened   the  meeting  and  announced  the                                                                 
consideration  of   the  Governor  Appointees   to  Boards  and                                                                 
Commissions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
STEVE  MEYER,   Appointee,  Board  of   Parole,  Department  of                                                                 
Corrections  (DOC), said  he  was originally  appointed to  the                                                                 
Board of Parole in 2016. He  would like to serve because he has                                                                 
an  extensive   law  enforcement  background   in  corrections,                                                                 
probation  and parole.  When he  retired in  2014, a  number of                                                                 
people suggested he apply to serve on the board. He stated that                                                                 
enjoys the work.  Despite his background, he  found that he has                                                                 
learned a  lot about  parole during his  time on the  board. He                                                                 
said he looks forward to  continuing to serve because he thinks                                                                 
he will be an even better board member.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:44:12 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SHOWER asked  if he  has any  convictions,  ethical or                                                                 
other considerations  to disclose that would  cause a conflict,                                                                 
such as any "skeletons in his closet."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MEYER answered no.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:45:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES  noticed that his resume  indicates he published                                                                 
34 magazine  articles. She  asked for  the range of  topics his                                                                 
articles covered.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MEYER, after  clarifying the  question, responded  that he                                                                 
wrote  most of  his articles  between 2010  and  2017,on topics                                                                 
about the outdoors, ranging from firearms, hunting and big game                                                                 
hunting. He said his real passion is writing about hunting with                                                                 
upland and waterfowl bird dogs. He currently writes a bi-weekly                                                                 
outdoor column  for the Anchorage Daily  News covering outdoor-                                                                 
related activities, such as hunting, shooting, and fishing.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:47:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER asked if he had any ideas for improvements.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MEYER responded  that the  state  has tried  a  variety of                                                                 
approaches  to address  issues.  For  example, the  legislature                                                                 
passed  Senate  Bill  91,  which  created a  lot  of  pushback,                                                                 
although the  bill contained  a number  of good  provisions. He                                                                 
offered  his  view  that   improving  the  economy  could  help                                                                 
circumvent some issues. He  acknowledged that while some mental                                                                 
health or  substance abuse treatment is  available, some people                                                                 
do not have good access to treatment.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:51:49 PM                                                                                                                    
LEITONI "LEI" TUPOU, Appointee,  Board of Parole, Department of                                                                 
Corrections  (DOC),  Testified as  appointee  to  the Board  of                                                                 
Parole, Kenai,  Alaska, said  he has lived  in Alaska  since he                                                                 
graduated  from  college.  He  previously worked  as  a  parole                                                                 
officer, he  said. He offered his  view that the  board plays a                                                                 
major role in  the criminal justice system.  He believes he has                                                                 
the knowledge to assist the board.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:51:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SHOWER asked  if  he has  any  conflicts, arrests,  or                                                                 
convictions  to  disclose,  if  he  has been  involved  in  any                                                                 
activities that could create an ethical conflict, and if he has                                                                 
reviewed the state ethics policy.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. TUPOU answered  that he reviewed the ethics  act but has no                                                                 
convictions, conflicts  or other  issues that would  create any                                                                 
problems with him serving on the board.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:54:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SAMANTHA  CHEROT, Appointee,  Public Defender,  Public Defender                                                                 
Agency, Department of Administration, Anchorage, Alaska, stated                                                                 
that she is  a lifelong Alaskan. She  graduated from law school                                                                 
in California and  pursued employment law for  a few years. She                                                                 
also trained  employers in  how to  comply with  employment and                                                                 
labor laws. In 2009,  she returned to Alaska, working primarily                                                                 
for the  Department of Law  in the criminal  division, handling                                                                 
felony cases and gaining trial  experience. She next worked for                                                                 
a  law  firm,  Cashion  Gilmore,  LLC, continuing  to  work  in                                                                 
criminal law and  civil litigation. Since 2015,  she has worked                                                                 
for the Public Defender Agency and is committed to her clients.                                                                 
She works  with parents  and children in  Child in Need  of Aid                                                                 
cases when the Office  of Children's Services becomes involved.                                                                 
Her goal is to work  towards family reunification, she said. In                                                                 
addition,  she  works with  clients  who  struggle with  mental                                                                 
health challenges, involuntary commitment and forced medication                                                                 
proceedings. In all  of these cases, she  finds it rewarding to                                                                 
serve clients. She likes to see them achieve stability in their                                                                 
communities,  maintain sobriety  with  substance abuse,  better                                                                 
manage  mental  health  treatment,  secure housing  and  become                                                                 
healthier.  In September  2019, she  was selected  to  serve as                                                                 
public defender. She  was reappointed this year  to continue to                                                                 
serve.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:56:47 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. CHEROT highlighted some  challenges, such as vacancy rates,                                                                 
recruitment and  retention issues. When she  assumed this role,                                                                 
the  agency  had  a  significant  vacancy rate  for  staff  and                                                                 
attorneys.  In  its  13  offices,  some offices  were  at  half                                                                 
capacity. Today,  the agency  has two vacancies  statewide. She                                                                 
acknowledged  that the  agency  continues  to lose  experienced                                                                 
attorneys. Many  new attorneys  just graduated from  law school                                                                 
and  lack experience  to  conduct  complicated felony  criminal                                                                 
trials. During COVID-19, it has been difficult to serve clients                                                                 
and ensure that their  constitutional rights are protected. The                                                                 
court  system suspended  jury trials  for nearly  a  year which                                                                 
resulted in a mounting backlog  of cases. It has been difficult                                                                 
to maintain in-person visits  with clients during COVID-19. The                                                                 
Department of  Corrections (DOC) has expanded  its phone access                                                                 
and held Teams meetings, although many clients remain concerned                                                                 
about confidentiality  of their sensitive  information. The DOC                                                                 
recently  changed its  policies and  allow those  vaccinated to                                                                 
have in-person  visitation, although not all  clients choose to                                                                 
get vaccinated. She and her  staff are committed to the mission                                                                 
of the public defender agency.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:02:19 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS asked  for the percentage of  criminal cases that                                                                 
opt for plea bargains.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT answered that it was a large majority of the cases.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MYERS  asked if justice  is served in  the plea bargain                                                                 
process.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHEROT answered  that clients  exercise  their fundamental                                                                 
rights to decide whether their cases go to trial.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MYERS related  his  understanding that  90 percent  of                                                                 
cases nationwide resolved  through plea bargaining, which seems                                                                 
high.  He acknowledged  that part  of  this is  due  to limited                                                                 
resources to take cases to  trial. He asked whether the culture                                                                 
within the  Department of  Law and  the Public  Defender Agency                                                                 
also plays a role.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHEROT explained  that the  Public Defender  Agency trains                                                                 
attorneys  to  prepare for  trial.  Whether  to  accept a  plea                                                                 
bargain  is  an  imperative  right of  clients.  She  expressed                                                                 
concern  that during  COVID-19 some  indigent clients  may feel                                                                 
pressured to accept a plea agreement.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:04:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD thanked her for  working on behalf of clients to                                                                 
gain access to attorneys and visitors. She asked if any clients                                                                 
were released due to COVID-19.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT answered not to her knowledge.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REINBOLD advocated  for the right to  a speedy trial. She                                                                 
asked how  COVID-19 has  impacted those  in pretrial or  in the                                                                 
system.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT  agreed that clients  have a fundamental  right to a                                                                 
jury trial. She hopes to see the resumption of trials soon. She                                                                 
offered her  view that the  courts will start  with misdemeanor                                                                 
trials first.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REINBOLD  said mandates  for vaccines are  troubling. She                                                                 
related  her  experiences  with  Hiland  Mountain  Correctional                                                                 
Facility. She asked her to keep the legislature informed on any                                                                 
issues.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:10:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL acknowledged that speedy trials are important. He                                                                 
asked  for the  impact  to  the public  defender  agency if  an                                                                 
additional 15 to 20 percent of clients pushed for trials.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT responded that a  15 percent increase in jury trials                                                                 
would  have a  tremendous  impact on  the  agency workload  and                                                                 
costs.   She   stated   that    attorneys   are   involved   in                                                                 
investigations,   review    of   discovery,   the    right   to                                                                 
confrontation, and  preparing for trial. She  said the attorney                                                                 
workloads are  significant. Often attorneys are  in the process                                                                 
of preparing for multiple trials, she said.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:13:27 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER asked if she has reviewed the ethics act, if she                                                                 
has any  convictions or  other ethical or  other issues  in her                                                                 
background that would cause a  conflict, such as any "skeletons                                                                 
in her closet."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT answered that she  has reviewed the ethics laws, the                                                                 
rules of professional conduct, and does not have any "skeletons                                                                 
in her closet."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:14:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL asked for a sense of the attorney caseloads.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHEROT  stated that  she  reviewed  the National  Advisory                                                                 
Commission Standards, which  are out of date  and other studies                                                                 
suggest  that   caseloads  should   be  lower.   Those  studies                                                                 
recommended  that  attorneys  should  not have  more  than  150                                                                 
felonies and  400 misdemeanor  cases annually. She  agreed that                                                                 
caseloads are  problematic. She  has contracted out  some cases                                                                 
using non-salaried  attorneys at a  lower rate to  provide some                                                                 
relief.  She  related  that   the  current  cases  assigned  to                                                                 
attorneys per  year were likely  fine, but carryover  cases put                                                                 
them at the  highest maximum caseload. Further,  Covid-19 and a                                                                 
lack  of  jury  trials  have impacted  overall  caseloads.  She                                                                 
offered  to  monitor  attorney workloads  and  seek  additional                                                                 
funding, if necessary.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:16:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGHES turned to  vacancies, recruitment and retention.                                                                 
She asked if  she has any particular strategies  to address the                                                                 
issue. She  asked for the agency  vacancy rate at  the time she                                                                 
was hired. She wondered if  her strategies could be used in the                                                                 
prosecutor's office.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT responded that the  agency had an 18 percent vacancy                                                                 
rate when she joined 18 months ago. Currently, two attorney and                                                                 
a few staff vacancies probably  bring the vacancy rate to below                                                                 
5 percent or less. She offered to research this and report back                                                                 
to the committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
She said she addressed vacancies  by expanding the scope of the                                                                 
search  to law  schools.  Further, she  accelerated the  hiring                                                                 
timeline,  determined the  best time  to hire  lawyers  was the                                                                 
summer after graduation and  hired non-permanent attorneys at a                                                                 
lower salary rate when vacancies arose. In addition, she worked                                                                 
to refine the training and mentoring program, she said.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES asked how long she has served in this position.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHEROT answered she was appointed in September 2019, having                                                                 
served in her current position for 18 months.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:20:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD asked  for an  update by  the  next legislative                                                                 
session on plea  bargaining, any laws or  regulations that were                                                                 
suspended  due  to  COVID-19   that  has  impacted  defendants,                                                                 
including clients in mental  health institutions that could not                                                                 
meet with an attorney. She asked  if she took an oath to uphold                                                                 
the Alaska Constitution.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHEROT answered  that she  took  an oath  through  the Bar                                                                 
Association rules  to uphold  the U.S. Constitution  and Alaska                                                                 
Constitution.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:21:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD  asked for  the vaccine policy  regarding client                                                                 
visitation, an update on cases and caseloads, including clients                                                                 
agree to plea bargaining.  She expressed an interest in knowing                                                                 
which locations in the state  has difficulty holding trials and                                                                 
areas with the most felonies. She asked her to provide feedback                                                                 
on  treatment programs.  She highlighted  her goal  is  to help                                                                 
defendants become responsible citizens  so she would like to be                                                                 
certain opportunities are available.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:22:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD  turned  to pretrial  services.  She  expressed                                                                 
concern that defendants  often seek to delay  trials. She asked                                                                 
for  ways the  Public  Defender Agency  could  help shrink  the                                                                 
pretrial  time.  She  suggested  that  a bill  was  before  the                                                                 
legislature related to computer access.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CHEROT  responded that  computer  access  is critical  for                                                                 
reentry and rehabilitation since it provides clients in custody                                                                 
a means to complete Medicaid or other applications.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:22:43 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD  encouraged her  to  not  to  forget about  the                                                                 
victims and the importance of public safety and justice.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:25:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD opened  public  testimony  on the  confirmation                                                                 
hearing  for Steve  Meyer,  Leitoni "Lei"  Tupou, and  Samantha                                                                 
Cherot.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:25:56 PM                                                                                                                    
JEFF  LANDFIELD, Editor-in-Chief,  Alaska  Landmine, Anchorage,                                                                 
Alaska, said  he has a  website called the  Alaska Landmine. He                                                                 
said this  committee has consistently  not noticed confirmation                                                                 
hearings, including hearings for appointees to the Parole Board                                                                 
and  the Commission  on  Judicial Conduct.  He highlighted  the                                                                 
effect of not identifying specific boards or appointees is that                                                                 
the  public  is not  aware  of  the  hearing  so people  cannot                                                                 
testify. He  said he  often receives emails  about the  lack of                                                                 
adequate  public noticing.  In response  to Chair  Reinbold, he                                                                 
pointed out the committee  held confirmations on two members of                                                                 
the Board  of Parole  today. However, the  Board of  Parole and                                                                 
appointees Steve Meyer - Kenai and Leitoni "Lei" Tupou - Juneau                                                                 
were  not listed  on  the legislative  Bill  Action and  Status                                                                 
Inquiry  System  (BASIS)  meeting  schedule.  This  means  that                                                                 
adequate public notice was not given.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:26:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CARRIE  JOKIEL, representing  self,  Anchorage, Alaska,  stated                                                                 
that she  has known  Ms. Cherot for  over 20 years.  Ms. Cherot                                                                 
served on the YWCA board from 2011 to 2018. The YWCA mission is                                                                 
to  eliminate racism  and empower  women. In  2016,  Ms. Cherot                                                                 
joined  the  board, quickly  demonstrated  her  skills and  was                                                                 
elected president two  years later. Ms. Cherot  was diligent in                                                                 
recruiting  and vetting  candidates for  a new  chief executive                                                                 
officer that  ultimately led  to a strong  hire. She  worked to                                                                 
foster an enthusiastic group of  board members. She had to make                                                                 
tough decisions but led the  board in fiscally viable ways. She                                                                 
described Ms. Cherot as strong, practical, and fair.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:28:42 PM                                                                                                                    
BEN MUSE, Attorney, representing self, Anchorage, Alaska, spoke                                                                 
in support of  Ms. Cherot. He stated that he  has worked for 10                                                                 
years as  an attorney  8 of which  were in the  Public Defender                                                                 
Agency. He worked  until recently as deputy  director under Ms.                                                                 
Cherot but now works as an assistant federal public defender.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He  characterized  Ms.  Cherot  as an  exceptional  leader.  He                                                                 
emphasized  that  when  Ms.  Cherot  was  appointed  as  public                                                                 
defender, the agency vacancy rate  was crippling and morale was                                                                 
abysmally  low.  Under  Ms. Cherot,  morale  improved  greatly,                                                                 
attorneys  got caseload  relief and  clients  benefited. During                                                                 
COVID-19,  Ms.  Cherot strongly  advocated  for  the rights  of                                                                 
clients  who  had  their constitutional  rights  suspended.  He                                                                 
described her  as a smart  and gifted lawyer,  diligent worker,                                                                 
and a  dedicated public defender.  She has a  great temperament                                                                 
and exercises impeccable judgment. She is fair and cares deeply                                                                 
about her  staff, clients and  the agency's mission.  She works                                                                 
with other stakeholders  to try to find  solutions for systemic                                                                 
problems. He  offered his view  that she is  the most qualified                                                                 
and the person best suited to serve as public defender.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:31:05 PM                                                                                                                    
JEFF ROBINSON, Attorney,  representing self, Anchorage, Alaska,                                                                 
highlighted  ongoing litigation  to  compel  the Department  of                                                                 
Corrections  (DOC) to  open up  visitation between  lawyers and                                                                 
clients.  He said  that the  goal  is to  provide  clients with                                                                 
access to their attorneys, whether they are vaccinated or not.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He provided his background, that he previously served for eight                                                                 
years as  a public  defender but  is now a  partner with  a law                                                                 
firm, Ashburn and  Mason, working on civil  litigation and some                                                                 
criminal defense matters.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ROBINSON  described  Ms. Cherot  as  diligent,  organized,                                                                 
committed and ethical. He said she is a committed family person                                                                 
and community board  member. He said he  recommends her without                                                                 
any reservations.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:33:19 PM                                                                                                                    
MIKE  COREY, Attorney,  representing  self, Anchorage,  Alaska,                                                                 
stated he is a former superior court judge who served for three                                                                 
years.  While he awaited an opportunity to testify on SB 15, he                                                                 
heard  a number  of  issues  raised in  areas  in  which he  is                                                                 
knowledgeable.  During his  tenure  as a  judge,  he found  the                                                                 
criminal justice system was not scaled to address the problems.                                                                 
He recalled  the earlier  discussion suggesting more  trials be                                                                 
held. However, he  noted that the criminal  justice system does                                                                 
not have the manpower to  hold more than four in-custody trials                                                                 
at one time. He said  the committee touched on many issues, not                                                                 
the least of which is  that victims wait for closure during the                                                                 
pretrial period. He offered his  willingness to come before the                                                                 
committee to provide his insights.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
He  said he  did not  see any  reason not  to  confirm Samantha                                                                 
Cherot as the public defender.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:35:10 PM                                                                                                                    
HAIR REINBOLD  advised him she  will hold a  meeting during the                                                                 
legislative  interim  and   the  committee  would  welcome  his                                                                 
participation.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:36:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD closed  public  testimony  on the  confirmation                                                                 
hearings  for Steve  Meyer,  Leitoni "Lei"  Tupou and  Samantha                                                                 
Cherot.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:36:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SHOWER 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:                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Board of Parole                                                                                                               
Steve Meyer - Kenai                                                                                                             
Leitoni "Lei" Tupou - Juneau                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Public Defender                                                                                                               
Samantha Cherot                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
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.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:36:47 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

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