Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/12/2015 08:00 AM Senate STATE AFFAIRS

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08:03:57 AM Start
08:04:27 AM SB63
08:25:16 AM Confirmation Hearing: Commissioner, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
09:55:21 AM SB4
10:21:13 AM SB24
10:41:32 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Governor's Appointments - Confirmation Hearing: TELECONFERENCED
Col. Laurie Hummel, Commissioner, Department of
Military and Veterans' Affairs
-- Public Testimony --
Moved CSSB 63(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Moved SSSB 4 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
Scheduled but Not Heard
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
         SB 4-FINL. DISCLOSURE: LEGIS AND PUB OFFICIALS                                                                     
9:55:21 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced the consideration of SB 4.                                                                              
SENATOR CATHY  GIESSEL, Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB
4,  explained that  the  bill  changes the  filing  date for  the                                                               
Annual  Public  Official  Financial Disclosure  required  by  the                                                               
Alaska Public Offices  Commission (APOC) from March  15th of each                                                               
year to  May 15th of each  year. It affects all  citizens serving                                                               
on  certain  boards  and  commissions,  municipal  officers,  and                                                               
public officials  such as  legislators. Some  municipalities have                                                               
opted out of this disclosure date.                                                                                              
She pointed  out that  the required  financial documents  must be                                                               
accurate and  are required  by the  IRS. Many  of those  who must                                                               
file own  their own  businesses and do  not have  their financial                                                               
information  ready by  March 15.  She referred  to a  document in                                                               
members'  packets entitled  "APOC Civil  Assessments" that  lists                                                               
possible  assessed penalties  for inaccurate  filings. She  noted                                                               
letters of support for the bill.                                                                                                
9:58:40 AM                                                                                                                    
She said  SB 4 does  not change what  will be disclosed,  it only                                                               
offers   an   opportunity   to  ensure   100   percent   accurate                                                               
VIVIAN  STIVER,  Staff,  Senator   Cathy  Giessel,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, explained changes  in the bill. It  changes the date                                                               
to May 15 and lists who is required to file.                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS asked why it was written as March 15 originally.                                                                
MS. STIVER  understood that  the date was  chosen because  it was                                                               
during  the legislative  session  and a  financial disclosure  is                                                               
required. She pointed out that  legislators must file a financial                                                               
disclosure when they run for state  office and, if elected, or if                                                               
a person  is appointed to a  commission or board, they  must file                                                               
again within 30 days. The requirement  to file was to give voters                                                               
a chance to see a candidate's financial interests.                                                                              
SENATOR HUGGINS  asked if both  he and his  wife have to  file by                                                               
March 15.                                                                                                                       
MS. STRIVER said yes.                                                                                                           
SENATOR HUGGINS asked where the information is stored.                                                                          
MS. STRIVER said  it is stored on  line. She did not  know if the                                                               
public was aware of those documents.                                                                                            
SENATOR HUGGINS  recalled issues in  the past in  the legislature                                                               
and knee-jerk  reactions to  them. He preferred  a date  based on                                                               
the people,  not the legislature.  He said  many may want  to run                                                               
for office, but don't want  to show their financial interests. He                                                               
spoke in support of the bill.                                                                                                   
10:04:35 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTZE  related that the  change was  made to March  15 in                                                               
1998,  as an  amendment. The  original date  was February  15 and                                                               
coincided with APOC disclosure deadlines.                                                                                       
PAUL  DAUPHINAIS,  Executive   Director,  Alaska  Public  Offices                                                               
Commission, offered to answer questions related to SB 4.                                                                        
CHAIR STOLTZE asked for APOC's opinion of the bill.                                                                             
MR.  DAUPHINAIS  said  APOC  is against  changing  the  date  for                                                               
reasons of  transparency, but would  enforce the deadline  as the                                                               
legislature sees fit.                                                                                                           
10:07:11 AM                                                                                                                   
KATHIE  WASSERMAN, Executive  Director, Alaska  Municipal League,                                                               
testified  in support  of SB  4. She  said the  change will  help                                                               
attract people to run for offices.                                                                                              
CHAIR STOLTZE closed public testimony.                                                                                          
10:08:37 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR HUGGINS asked Mr. Dauphinais  about his comment regarding                                                               
MR. DAUPHINAIS clarified that when  APOC took its position on the                                                               
bill  they   were  concerned  about   the  legislature   and  the                                                               
possibility  of a  legislator running  for  office, submitting  a                                                               
financial  disclosure,  and  then  potentially  signing  business                                                               
contracts, and  not having to  file a disclosure  statement until                                                               
after the session was over and voting on issues was in the past.                                                                
SENATOR  HUGGINS noted  that before  legislators  vote they  must                                                               
declare a conflict of interest.                                                                                                 
MR.  DAUPHINAIS  said that  provision  is  under the  Legislative                                                               
Ethics Act, not APOC.                                                                                                           
SENATOR HUGGINS said it is the same thing.                                                                                      
MR. DAUPHINAIS had no response.                                                                                                 
SENATOR  HUGGINS   said  he   is  not   trying  to   get  special                                                               
consideration for  legislators and  is thinking more  about other                                                               
people who are required to file.                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE asked the sponsor  if she has considered separating                                                               
legislators out.                                                                                                                
10:12:10 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  GIESSEL  maintained  that   legislators  face  the  same                                                               
accuracy issues and are subject to the same fines.                                                                              
CHAIR STOLTZE noted a zero fiscal note.                                                                                         
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said  he is concerned with  pushing the date                                                               
back   for  legislators   because   the  public   wants  to   see                                                               
legislators' financial disclosures.  He encouraged separating out                                                               
legislators, even though  it is sometimes a challenge  to get the                                                               
paperwork  done.  Candidates  have  to fill  out  disclosures.  A                                                               
better policy is to keep the date where it is.                                                                                  
CHAIR STOLTZE also had concerns, but  wanted to move the bill. He                                                               
maintained  it  was  a straightforward  change  and  he  supports                                                               
moving the bill out of committee.                                                                                               
SENATOR  COGHILL  said  the difference  between  legislators  and                                                               
others  is  that  there  is   a  higher  level  of  scrutiny  and                                                               
accountably required  of legislators.  He said  he does  not mind                                                               
disclosing his finances and supports the change of dates.                                                                       
10:18:31 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTZE said he does not have conflicts to disclose.                                                                      
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved to  report  SSSB  4 from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations  and attached zero fiscal  note. There                                                               
being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Resume - Laurel Hummel - DMVA.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB4 Support Document - Letter Jon Cook 3-5-15.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 4
SB63 Amendment #1 - By Huggins and Stoltze.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 Support Documents - Letters of Support 3-10-15.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 Supporting Document - Research Data LAM.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 SLAM Floor Plans.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 Fiscal Note EED-LO 3-6-15.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 Fiscal Note DOT-EDC 3-2-15.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
26th Legislature - Citation for Representative Neal Richard Foster.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB63 Senator Murkowski Remarks on US Senate Floor on Richard Foster.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63
SB 4 Letter of Support City of Galena.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 4
SB 4 Letter of Support City of Seward.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 4
SB4 Support Document - APOC Biennial Report AS 39 50 060.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 4
SB24 Sponsor Provided - Legislative Ethics Act Applicability to Interns and Volunteers.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 24
Amendment #1 for SB 63 3/12/2015 - Adopted by SSTA.pdf SSTA 3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 63