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05/10/2021 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 192 AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 192 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
*+ SB 137 EXTEND BOARD OF DIRECT-ENTRY MIDWIVES TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 137 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ HB 126 EXTEND BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 05/14/2021>
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
           SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                       
                           May 10, 2021                                                                                         
                            1:30 p.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Joshua Revak, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 192                                                                                                              
"An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska regional                                                                   
economic assistance program; and providing for an effective                                                                     
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 192 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 137                                                                                                             
"An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Certified                                                                
Direct-Entry Midwives; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 137 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 126                                                                                                              
"An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Public                                                                   
Accountancy; and providing for an effective date."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     - RESCHEDULED TO 5/14/21                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 192                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KREISS-TOMKINS                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
04/28/21       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/28/21       (H)       CRA                                                                                                    
05/04/21       (H)       CRA RPT 4DP 3AM                                                                                        
05/04/21       (H)       DP: MCCARTY, DRUMMOND, HANNAN, SCHRAGE                                                                 
05/04/21       (H)       AM: MCCABE, PRAX, PATKOTAK                                                                             
05/04/21       (H)       CRA AT 8:00 AM BARNES 124                                                                              
05/04/21       (H)       Moved HB 192 Out of Committee                                                                          
05/04/21       (H)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
05/06/21       (H)       BEFORE HOUSE IN THIRD READING                                                                          
05/06/21       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
05/06/21       (H)       VERSION: HB 192                                                                                        
05/07/21       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/07/21       (S)       L&C                                                                                                    
05/10/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 137                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: EXTEND BOARD OF DIRECT-ENTRY MIDWIVES                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) KAWASAKI                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
05/05/21       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/05/21       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
05/10/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:30:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:30  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Gray-Jackson, Revak, and Chair Costello.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
           HB 192-AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:30:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO announced  the consideration  of  HOUSE BILL  NO.                                                               
192,  "An  Act  extending  the termination  date  of  the  Alaska                                                               
regional  economic  assistance  program;  and  providing  for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:32:06 PM                                                                                                                    
}RIVER  RAMUGLIA,  Staff  to Re4p.  Kreiss-Tomkins*  In  Room*  {                                                               
reauthorizes   for  an additional  10  years. He  is reading  his                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:32:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS joined the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO sectional of the bill                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:34:40 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. RAMUGLIA discussed the sections of the bill                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO support  the work  of ARDORS.  She asked  for the                                                               
reason that the extension is 10 years.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. RAMUGLIA suggested the experts answer                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:36:28 PM                                                                                                                    
}SHIRLEY  MARQUARDT,  Fairbanks  North Star  Borough*  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska* {   focus  on 10  years.    Important to  understand that                                                               
each is  unique and  each has an  economic driver.  Each develops                                                               
its own The  plans and designs are a road  map. They are required                                                               
by the federal government. Projects  are sometimes long term b To                                                               
provide  a   four  year  plan   She  explained  the   reason  for                                                               
reauthorizing for 10 years rather  than shorter timeframe. If the                                                               
legislature  wishes  to  reshape     it  needs  to  be  with  the                                                               
understanding  that   She strongly  urged      to avoid  regional                                                               
problems                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:41:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS should additional  funds become available are you                                                               
prepared                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARQUARDT answered  yes, but would take time  to put together                                                               
a program that is relevant for the region and                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS thanks and appreciate                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:42:20 PM                                                                                                                    
}ROBERT  VENABLES,  Executive  Director  SE  Conference*  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska* Testified in  support of HB 192.{ They  create long range                                                               
strategies. Are ready to assist  the Governor and the legislature                                                               
with                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He explained that    often 20-30 years in  the future. During the                                                               
last reauthorization there was talk about    The evidence is that                                                               
ARDORS     This administration  is  very engaged  with the  ARDOR                                                               
program, he said. The program is working well.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO   appreciated  that  each  is   region  specific.                                                               
Appreciate the local involvement.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:46:23 PM                                                                                                                    
}TIM  DILLON,  Executive  Director of  Kenai  Peninsula  Economic                                                               
Development  District  (KPEDD)*  Kenai,   Alaska*  {  is  a  non-                                                               
government  resource     Every  grant   comes  with  a   list  of                                                               
deliverables that are less expensive  For example   and leveraged                                                               
it    KPEDD  has a 30  acre facility  that is incubating      and                                                               
areas that do not have an  ARDOR.  $49.6 million Talked about the                                                               
financial resiliency program.  He didn't believe there  is a more                                                               
effective                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:49:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS asked what projects with Alaska CARES                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. DILLON  they worked to let  people know how to  apply for the                                                               
funds.  Commercial  fishermen  usually  do not  have  a  business                                                               
license so  they were not  eligible for the funding.  Also worked                                                               
closely with AIDEA  He cited examples from Homer.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS well done.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  appreciate your commitment. Heard  the same thing                                                               
in Anchorage and                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  listed  the   individuals  available  to  answer                                                               
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:53:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON asked if other ARDORS receive local grants.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  DILLON  we  have  a   $1,000,000  contract  with  the  Kenai                                                               
Peninsula Borough.  It is in a  grant form but has  some required                                                               
deliverables including     and on  May 17  will defend  what they                                                               
intend to do                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON works that way in Anchorage.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:56:09 PM                                                                                                                    
}ROBERT  VENABLES,  Executive  Director  SE  Conference*  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska* { answered her question                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:56:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE joined the committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked Ms. Marquardt to respond                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. MARQUARDT  said SWAMSI is  membership organization  and raise                                                               
half from  those fees. The  other portion  is a $75,000  EDAWe do                                                               
not take grants                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO advised  that  Wednesday  these individuals  will                                                               
present to the committee.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:58:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on HB 192.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:58:51 PM                                                                                                                    
}BRITANY  Special Assistant  SMART, Fairbanks  Northstar Borough*                                                               
Fairbanks,  Alaska*  { each  is  separate.  Borough has  economic                                                               
development  powers  and  provide  grants  to  other    Requested                                                               
support for passing the bill.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:00:05 PM                                                                                                                    
}KRISTINE  CARPENTER, Prince  William Sound  Economic Development                                                               
District*  Cordova,  Alaska* Testified  in  support  of HB  192.{                                                               
Provided examples of what they  did with CARES funding. Contacted                                                               
over  600 businesses.  300  received over  $     Work to  develop                                                               
partnerships to do projects that could not do alone. The                                                                        
Working on regional  solutions for ferry service.  Working on the                                                               
outdoor    We're the data  keepers for the region.  Responding to                                                               
Senator Gray-Jackson, she said they    but each ARDOR is required                                                               
to raise   to leverage                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
}KRISTINE  CARPENTER, Prince  William Sound  Economic Development                                                               
District* Cordova, Alaska* {                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO                                                                                                                  
2:03:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO closed public testim                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:04:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REVAK  moved to report  HB 192, work from  committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, was reported from the .                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  found no objection  and HB 192 was  reported from                                                               
the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
           SB 137-EXTEND BOARD OF DIRECT-ENTRY MIDWIVES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:04:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO announced  the consideration  of SENATE  BILL NO.                                                               
137,  "An Act  extending the  termination  date of  the Board  of                                                               
Certified Direct-Entry  Midwives; and providing for  an effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:05:12 PM                                                                                                                    
}JOE  HAYES,  Staff  to  Senator  Scott  Kawasaki*  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature*  Juneau,  Alaska.{  introduced SB  137  reading  the                                                               
sponsor statement.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:06:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS why only a two year extension.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:07:25 PM                                                                                                                    
}BETHEL   BELISLE,  Chair*   Board   of  Direct-Entry   Midwives*                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska* { found three areas  for the board to work on.                                                               
The first was    Process should  be final in a  month. The second                                                               
area of  concern was the time  for an investigation and  what the                                                               
department was  doing. The last was    wanted to  bring standards                                                               
to national standards  and deferred due to cost.  Working in that                                                               
direction.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS appreciate  the  explanation. He  asked to  hear                                                               
from the department on the time for an investigation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:10:48 PM                                                                                                                    
}KRIS CURTIS,  Legislative Auditor*  Seattle, Alaska* {  two year                                                               
extension  is  in response  to  issue  found but  cannot  provide                                                               
details due to it being  confidential. Believe it is important to                                                               
provide more oversight.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS appreciate the explanation.  Longer if all issues                                                               
resolved.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURTIS hope so but recommend based on the audit findings.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS satisfied with the explanation.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:13:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked who pays for the sunset review.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURTIS  replied  it  is  part of  her  budget  Next  is  the                                                               
performance audit. No spe                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO two year extension  adequate to resolve the issues                                                               
or would one year be preferable.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURTIS  lowest can  only be  two year  extension because   It                                                               
will be an audit next year.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:15:12 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE is it serious or outstanding board issue.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURTIS replied it is very serious in her opinion.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:15:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE could also repeal                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS.  CURTIS yes  you could  not extend  then one-year  wind down.                                                               
Believe  providing oversight  next year  is the  most appropriate                                                               
way to go forward.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MICCICHE okay                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked about the time investigations take                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. CURTIS  said lots of  things can affect an  investigation. We                                                               
look  at  unjustified  inactivity.   Part  of  the  investigation                                                               
criteria is to look                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:18:18 PM                                                                                                                    
}SARA  CHAMBERS,  Director  of   the  Division  of  Corporations,                                                               
Businesses, and Professional Licensing*  Juneau, Alaska* { uptick                                                               
in volume and  complexity of investigations and  resources do not                                                               
always keep  up. We  need additional  resources to  meet internal                                                               
reporting  goals. State  auditors     and  we  have fallen  short                                                               
because of resource  needs. The division has been  working to add                                                               
a  third  senior  investigator,  incorporated  accountability  in                                                               
investigator   , and additional flexibility.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:21:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on SB 137                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:21:19 PM                                                                                                                    
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2:21:22 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:21:42 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO reconvened                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:21:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REVAK moved to report SB 137, work from committee with                                                                  
individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO found no objection and SB 137 was reported from                                                                  
Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:22:45 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Costello adjourned the meeting at 2:22 p.m.                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 137 Sponsor Statement 5.10.21.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137
SB 137 Fiscal Note 2360.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137
SB 137 Supporting Document - DCCED Board of Midwives Sunset Review.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137
SB 137 Supporting Document - Midwifery in AK.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137