Legislature(2021 - 2022)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

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**
           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.                                                                                   

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