Legislature(2021 - 2022)BUTROVICH 205
04/04/2022 03:30 PM Senate RESOURCES
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SB 223-CONFIDENTIALITY OF ANIMAL RECORDS 4:21:05 PM SENATE BILL NO. 223 "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain state records relating to animals; and providing for an effective date." He noted that this was the second hearing and the committee had worked with the sponsor on a committee substitute (CS) to make minor improvements. He solicited a motion. 4:21:16 PM SENATOR STEVENS moved to adopt CSSB 223, work order 32-LS1574\B, as the working document. SENATOR MICCICHE objected for purposes of discussion. 4:21:46 PM SENATOR ROBERT MEYERS, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, sponsor of SB 223, deferred to Ms. Anderson to present the explanation of changes from SB 223 version A to version B. 4:22:00 PM MICHAELLA ANDERSON, Staff, Senator Robert Meyers, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, noted that the CS mirrors the House companion bill that is farther along in the process and has stakeholder support. She presented the following explanation of changes from SB 223 version A to version B for SB 223: [Original punctuation provided.] SB 223 Version A to Version B Explanation of Changes CONFIDENTIALITY OF ANIMAL RECORDS "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain state records relating to animals; and providing for an effective date." Section 1. AS 03.05.084 Confidentiality of certain information; exceptions 1. Removes notwithstanding AS 03.05.010(a)(2) reference regarding duties of commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources requirement to procure and preserve all information pertaining to developing the agricultural industry in the state and disseminate that information to the public. 2. Adds regional health corporations to other agencies that the Department of Environmental Conservation may disclose information to if the department determines there is a health or safety threat to animals or the public and disclosure of information is necessary to address the threat. 3. Clarifies that notwithstanding the confidentiality of certain information established in AS 03.05.084 (a), the Department of Environmental Conservation shall, publicly discloses "records" rather than "information." 4. Removes clause that if the Department of Environmental Conservation discloses information under AS 03.05.084 (b), the Department of Natural Resources shall disclose the information to the public due to redundancy in both departments disclosing information. 5. Adds business in regard to prevention of publicly disclosed records identifying a particular animal, individual or business. 4:23:51 PM SENATOR MICCICHE removed his objection; finding no further objection, SB 223, version B, was adopted and before the committee. 4:24:08 PM SENATOR KIEHL opined that the important distinction between these businesses versus others is that the records they keep are not only business records but also records about people's pets. It was a reason to pass the bill. 4:24:46 PM SENATOR STEVENS moved to report CSSB 223(RES), work order 32- LS1574\B, from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal notes. 4:25:03 PM SENATOR MICCICHE found no objection, and CSSB 223(RES) was reported from the Senate Resources Standing Committee.