Legislature(2005 - 2006)BUTROVICH 205

03/30/2006 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS


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03:40:11 PM Start
03:40:38 PM HB245
03:52:10 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 245 VETERANS' VEHICLE PLATES/FEES/TAXES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 245(FIN)am Out of Committee
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
     CSHB 245(FIN) AM -VETERANS' VEHICLE PLATES/FEES/TAXES                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:40:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GENE   THERRIAULT  announced  HB   245  to  be   up  for                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BOB LYNN presented HB 245  on behalf of the House Special                                                               
Committee on  Military and Veterans'  Affairs. He  explained that                                                               
the bill would  allow the Department of Motor  Vehicles to issue,                                                               
at no cost, a Congressional Medal  of Honor license plate for one                                                               
non-commercial vehicle. Alaska  does not have any  Medal of Honor                                                               
recipients currently, but  the state needs to be  ready to accord                                                               
this special recognition when the  occasion arises. The bill also                                                               
proposes to  delete the $30  license fee for the  existing Purple                                                               
Heart license plate.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
The director of  the national Purple Heart  Association has asked                                                               
that  the  words  "Purple  Heart"  be  substituted  with  "combat                                                               
veteran"  on  the  license  plate but  the  Department  of  Motor                                                               
Vehicles   (DMV)  has   indicated  that   the  change   could  be                                                               
accomplished by DMV directive.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:42:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR CHARLIE HUGGINS aired the  view that it's "a whacky idea"                                                               
to change  the wording. He then  noted the fiscal note  and asked                                                               
how many people in Alaska have Purple Hearts.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LYNN  clarified  that  the  suggested  change  in                                                               
wording wouldn't be in statute; it  would only be a change on the                                                               
license plate.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THERRIAULT   noted  that  HB  245   doesn't  change  the                                                               
language.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   LYNN  said   that's  true,   but  Representative                                                               
Gruenberg wanted the request on record.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:45:39 PM                                                                                                                    
ED KNOEBEL,  Glennallen, reported  that he sent  a letter  to the                                                               
committee to provide background  information on the Purple Heart.                                                               
[A  copy  may  be found  in  the  bill  file.]  He then  said  he                                                               
participated in the license plate design  and he would like it to                                                               
stay as currently  designed. He explained that the  plate has the                                                               
Purple Heart  located on the  left and the  military organization                                                               
indicated on  the right  with "combat  wound" underneath.  In the                                                               
middle is a  spot for special identifications.  His license plate                                                               
indicates the carrier he was on when he was wounded.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS  complimented Mr. Knoebel  on his work  and asked                                                               
if he had been working with Mr. Gaguzis.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. KNOEBEL  said yes and  reiterated he didn't want  any changes                                                               
made.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DUANE BANNOCK,  Director, Division of Motor  Vehicles, Department                                                               
of Administration (DOA) expressed support for the bill.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THERRIAULT asked  if there  was anything  on the  fiscal                                                               
note that required highlighting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. BANNOCK  said no  and noted the  projected small  decrease in                                                               
revenue.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS asked  how many Purple Hearts  recipients live in                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BANNOCK  responded   he  didn't  know  but   there  are  509                                                               
registered  vehicles  with Purple  Heart  license  plates in  the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. KNOEBEL estimated that there might be twice that number.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THERRIAULT asked for the will of the committee.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS  motioned to report CSHB  245(FIN)am and attached                                                               
fiscal  note(s) from  committee with  individual recommendations.                                                               
There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                    

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