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03/15/2019 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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03:20:14 PM Start
03:20:46 PM Confirmation Hearing(s):|| Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
03:57:38 PM Adjourn
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+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Commissioner Julie Anderson, Dept. of Commerce,
Community, & Economic Development
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                         
                         March 15, 2019                                                                                         
                           3:20 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Co-Chair                                                                                       
Representative Adam Wool, Co-Chair                                                                                              
Representative Sara Hannan                                                                                                      
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Zack Fields                                                                                                      
Representative Josh Revak                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner, Department of Commerce, Community & Economic                                                                    
Development                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Julie Anderson - Anchorage                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION(S) ADVANCED                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JULIE ANDERSON, Commissioner-Designee                                                                                           
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development                                                                     
(DCCED)                                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified and answered questions during her                                                              
confirmation hearing.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
FRED PARADY, Legislative Liaison                                                                                                
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development                                                                     
(DCCED)                                                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Answered questions during  the confirmation                                                             
hearing for Julie Anderson.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SARA CHAMBERS, Division Director                                                                                                
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing                                                                   
Department  of   Commerce,  Community,  &   Economic  Development                                                               
(DCCED)                                                                                                                         
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Answered questions during  the confirmation                                                             
hearing of Julie Anderson.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO KENNEDY                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Offered comments  on  the confirmation  of                                                             
Julie Anderson.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:20:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
CO-CHAIR  GABRIELLE LEDOUX  called the  House Labor  and Commerce                                                             
Standing   Committee    meeting   to    order   at    3:20   p.m.                                                               
Representatives Stutes, Hannan, Wool,  and LeDoux were present at                                                               
the call to order.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
^CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                                       
^Commissioner,  Department of  Commerce, Community,  and Economic                                                               
Development                                                                                                                     
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
  Commissioner Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                              
                          Development,                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
3:20:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LEDOUX announced  that the only order  of business would                                                               
be  a confirmation  hearing for  Julie  Anderson, the  governor's                                                               
appointment  to  commissioner  of  the  Department  of  Commerce,                                                               
Community, and Economic Development (DCCED).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:21:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE  ANDERSON, Commissioner-Designee,  Department of  Commerce,                                                               
Community,  and  Economic  Development  (DCCED),  read  from  the                                                               
following prepared statement [original punctuation provided]:                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
        Good morning! Madame Chairman and members of the                                                                        
       Committee, my name is Julie Anderson, Commissioner-                                                                      
     Designee for the Department  of Commerce, Community and                                                                    
     Economic Development.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     I  want  to  thank  the  Committee  for  your  time  in                                                                    
     visiting  with me  individually  and  for this  hearing                                                                    
     today.  I  also  want  to express  my  appreciation  to                                                                    
     Governor  Dunleavy for  his confidence  in choosing  me                                                                    
     for this position.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Since  we have  met  individually and  spent time  with                                                                    
     together,  I will  abbreviate my  personal history  and                                                                    
     put just a few details on the record:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     ? I  am of Athabaskan  descent on my father's  side and                                                                    
     my  mother's grandparents  moved to  in Eagle  in 1898,                                                                    
     where she resides today.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
        I grew  up all  over the  Interior, worked  pipeline                                                                    
     construction out of high school, later went to college                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     ? Beyond  my life experiences, my  education includes a                                                                    
     bachelor's  in business  from UAF  and a  master's from                                                                    
     the  Thunderbird School  of Global  Management. I  also                                                                    
     obtained  Certification  as   an  Economic  Development                                                                    
     Professional.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     ?  As  to  my  career,  in the  mid-90's  I  worked  to                                                                    
     implement   the  Community   Development  Quota   (CDQ)                                                                    
     Program.  I also  worked for  Alyeska Pipeline  Service                                                                    
     Company managing  a team  of employees  and contractors                                                                    
     to successfully deliver  contractor management, HSE and                                                                    
     supply  chain   functions,  facilities,   aviation  and                                                                    
     crisis management operations.  Following my time there,                                                                    
     I worked for AEA on the Susitna-Watana hydro project.                                                                      
     Having worked both  in DCRA and AEA, and  worked with a                                                                    
     variety of economic development  efforts, I have a good                                                                    
     working knowledge of the  department, its divisions and                                                                    
     programs, with much more to learn.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     I care  deeply about the  future of the state  and look                                                                    
     forward  to  working   with  administration  to  create                                                                    
     economic  opportunity   for  future   generations.  The                                                                    
     Governor   has   assembled  an   outstanding,   diverse                                                                    
     cabinet, and I am honored to be a part of it.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Which brings  me to  my vision  for our  Department. To                                                                    
     create  economic  opportunity requires  bringing  fresh                                                                    
     ideas  and  new  perspectives   to  both  our  role  in                                                                    
     economic development and  in administering the statutes                                                                    
     that the Legislature has given us to implement.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     One of our top goals  is to encourage new investment in                                                                    
     the   state  and   grow   our   economy  by   repealing                                                                    
     unnecessary  regulatory  burdens,   by  not  increasing                                                                    
     taxes,  and   by  creating  stability.  We   intend  to                                                                    
     strengthen  key industries  while  supporting the  free                                                                    
     enterprise system,  building a diverse  economy through                                                                    
     business assistance,  financing, promotion,  and public                                                                    
     policy. At DCCED, we are  working aggressively to break                                                                    
     out  of government  silos and  make sure  our employees                                                                    
     and divisions are pulling together for Alaskans.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     We  are  looking  at opportunities  to  modernize,  use                                                                    
     existing  data  and  work smarter.  An  example  is  an                                                                    
     effort  underway to  link  the  new Community  Database                                                                    
     Online (CDO) in the  Division of Community and Regional                                                                    
     Affairs with  a whole  host of  other data  on business                                                                    
     licensing,  land  ownership,   resources  and  economic                                                                    
     development,   to   help    provide   region   specific                                                                    
     information for those looking to invest in Alaska.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     There is a  presentation on the CDO  in House Community                                                                    
     and Regional Affairs scheduled  for Tuesday, March 26th                                                                    
     at 8:00 AM                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     We are also intensely focused  on jobs and capital   it                                                                    
     takes investment  to generate  jobs, and jobs  are what                                                                    
     generate  healthy people  and  healthy communities.  We                                                                    
     are  taking  a  deep  look at  what  helps  or  hinders                                                                    
     investment that creates jobs,  across everything we do.                                                                    
     We need  to focus  on Alaska's  competitive advantages,                                                                    
     reduce barriers,  and let industry know  that Alaska is                                                                    
     open for business.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     We've already met with dozens  of local venture capital                                                                    
     experts,  business  owners   and  industry  leaders  to                                                                    
     explore ways  in which the  department can  help foster                                                                    
     Alaska's growth.  We are  listening to  suggestions and                                                                    
     seeking their  valuable ideas  to implement  as quickly                                                                    
     as possible.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Additionally, our  Department is  committed to  doing a                                                                    
     better   job  administering   the  statutes   that  the                                                                    
     Legislature has  given us to implement,  we've reviewed                                                                    
     thousands of pages of statutes  and regulations with an                                                                    
     eye to reducing burdens on citizens and businesses                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     We  realize that  a healthy  regulatory environment  is                                                                    
     necessary  for a  strong  economy.  Regulation that  is                                                                    
     reasonable, balanced  and efficient is my  solution. We                                                                    
     must  strike   the  proper  balance   between  economic                                                                    
     development and  public safety  and protection.  We are                                                                    
     actively reviewing  professional licensing requirements                                                                    
     and  the  best  way  to fulfill  our  duty  to  protect                                                                    
     Alaskans while trying to  lighten requirements that are                                                                    
     barriers to growth.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     We  continue  to work  to  find  this kind  of  balance                                                                    
     across  our  programs  and are  critically  looking  at                                                                    
     licensing to  see if  any of  them have  outlived their                                                                    
     usefulness,  and for  ways to  modernize, digitize  and                                                                    
     streamline  to make  licensing easier  to do  here than                                                                    
     anywhere else.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     We are at a point where  it is imperative that we focus                                                                    
     on  our core  services at  the  same time  we grow  the                                                                    
     economy. I am  excited to have the  opportunity to help                                                                    
     improve   how   the  government   encourages   business                                                                    
     development  and delivers  high  quality services  more                                                                    
     efficiently to Alaska's citizens and businesses.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     As  I  said  in  my  opening,  my  background  includes                                                                    
     fifteen  years with  Alyeska Pipeline,  running my  own                                                                    
     business,  time  working  on the  Susitna-Watana  Hydro                                                                    
     Project, and  working to get  the CDQ program  in place                                                                    
     for  communities   in  Western  Alaska.  I   know  what                                                                    
     Alaskans can do when they put their mind to it.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Let me  close with this:  we all share those  visuals                                                                      
     the  world's  fascination  with Alaska,  our  wild  and                                                                    
     scenic  brand, our  unparalleled beauty,  our extensive                                                                    
     coastline, our  vast stores  of natural  resources, our                                                                    
     fish,  our native  cultures and  corporations, and  our                                                                    
     center  in  trans-pacific  trade. Our  airport  is  the                                                                    
     fourth busiest  cargo hub  in the  world, our  place as                                                                    
     America's entry  in the arctic,  our robust  public and                                                                    
     private  corporations, and  our  millions  of acres  of                                                                    
     land.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Visualize  all  that,  and then  our  people,  and  ask                                                                    
     yourself  what is  holding  us back.  It  is truly  our                                                                    
      ability to visualize and build a better future, for                                                                       
       ourselves, our kids, and our grandkids. I believe                                                                        
     Alaskan are up to the challenge!                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     I  am looking  forward  to helping  in  this effort  to                                                                    
     provide  efficient   services  to  the   residents  and                                                                    
     businesses  in  the state  and  doing  what we  can  to                                                                    
     improve our economy for future generations.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Thank you for your time today.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:28:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  thanked Commissioner  Anderson for calling  in and                                                               
asked if professions,  in general, were over-licensed  and if the                                                               
licensing trend had gone too far.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  ANDERSON  agreed,  and  explained  that  DCCED  was                                                               
looking into  improving licensing  requirements and  figuring out                                                               
ways to streamline different boards  and commissions, adding that                                                               
the department  was also developing a  comprehensive professional                                                               
licensing reform bill that would  streamline the process and make                                                               
it  easier to  get licenses,  as well  as looking  at professions                                                               
that might not require licenses.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL addressed the  governor's statements on eliminating                                                               
both  the Marijuana  Control Board  (MCB), Alcohol  and Marijuana                                                               
Control  Office, DCCED,  and the  Alcohol Beverage  Control Board                                                               
(ABC Board),  Alcohol and  Marijuana Control  Office, DCCED.   He                                                               
asked if Commissioner Anderson was in support of this idea.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON offered  her belief that the  intent was to                                                               
merge those  boards into the  Division of  Corporations, Business                                                               
and Professional Licensing (the  division), and have them operate                                                               
like other  boards within the state.   She noted that  the boards                                                               
would  still have  participation  while  being administered  more                                                               
efficiently  through  the division  as  opposed  to a  standalone                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL  surmised that the MCB  and ABC Board would  not be                                                               
eliminated, but their oversight would  be like other boards under                                                               
the division.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON affirmed that.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:30:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LEDOUX asked  which boards  were  currently within  the                                                               
division.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON shared that  there are 21 different boards,                                                               
including the  Board of Pharmacy,  the Board of Nursing,  the Big                                                               
Game Commercial Services  Board, and others.  She  noted that the                                                               
list was quite diverse.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LEDOUX  sought  clarification  as  to  how  boards  are                                                               
organized within DCCED.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON offered her  understanding that the MCB and                                                               
ABC Board  were the  only two boards  within her  department that                                                               
were outside the division.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:31:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL,  in response  to Commissioner  Anderson, clarified                                                               
that both the MCB and ABC  Board were within DCCED; however, they                                                               
have  their   own  director  and   limited  oversight   from  the                                                               
department.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LEDOUX asked  if the  MCB and  ABC Board  are the  only                                                               
boards that have their own executive director.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON reiterated that the  MCB and ABC Board were                                                               
the  only two  boards within  DCCED but  outside the  Division of                                                               
Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:32:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES asked  if DCCED were to absorb  the MCB and                                                               
ABC  Board,  would  the  department  assume  enforcement  of  the                                                               
businesses as well.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON acknowledged that if  the MCB and ABC Board                                                               
were  merged into  the division  they would  be managed  like the                                                               
other  boards.   She  added  that  there  would be  an  executive                                                               
assistant  there to  work with  them,  as well  as support  staff                                                               
which included enforcement officers.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:33:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  inquired as  to the "investigatory  and, I                                                               
guess, judiciary-in-nature  differences" between the  alcohol and                                                               
marijuana boards and,  for example, the Board  of Pharmacy, where                                                               
"one  looks exclusively  at just  the  professional standards  of                                                               
licensure  and   the  other  has  a   broader  investigatory  and                                                               
potentially judiciary  penalty authority versus 'I  just have the                                                               
authority to sanction.'"  She asked if this was true.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON deferred to Fred Parady.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:35:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRED  PARADY,   Legislative  Liaison,  Department   of  Commerce,                                                               
Community, and Economic Development  (DCCED), explained that Sara                                                               
Chambers was the "subject matter  expert" and would be calling in                                                               
momentarily to answer Representative Hannan's question.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:35:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 3:36 p.m. to 3:38 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:38:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LEDOUX asked if Representative  Hannan would restate her                                                               
question.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  inquired as to the  difference between how                                                               
the MCB or ABC Board functioned compared to the 21 other boards.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SARA  CHAMBERS,  Division  Director,  Division  of  Corporations,                                                               
Business  and  Professional  Licensing, Department  of  Commerce,                                                               
Community   &   Economic   Development   (DCCED),   offered   her                                                               
understanding  that  if any  of  the  boards were  dissolved  the                                                               
licensing functions  would fall  exclusively under  DCCED, giving                                                               
the  commissioner  the ability  to  control  the regulations  "as                                                               
authorized  under  statute."   She  added  that the  commissioner                                                               
would  essentially have  the same  level of  governance that  the                                                               
boards currently have.  She concluded  by pointing out that 22 of                                                               
the licensing  programs that don't  have boards function  in that                                                               
way.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:40:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. PARADY stated  that the question was not  whether the alcohol                                                               
and marijuana boards should be dissolved,  it was how best to fit                                                               
them within the  department's mission and whether  they should be                                                               
moved   into  the   Division   of   Corporations,  Business   and                                                               
Professional  Licensing  where  there  are  43  programs  and  21                                                               
boards, with 6 of them having  an executive director in their own                                                               
right.  He noted that if  they were merged into the division, the                                                               
regulatory function  of the  boards would  be retained  and there                                                               
would be more "direct accountability of them and for them."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:42:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN  asked  Ms.  Chambers to  describe  the  6                                                               
boards  [with executive  directors] that  currently exist  within                                                               
the division and how they function differently than the MCB.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS explained  that, currently, the 6  boards within the                                                               
division that  have an executive administrator  function the same                                                               
way  as  the  remainder  of   the  boards,  but  with  additional                                                               
administrative  assistance  in  order  to function  at  a  higher                                                               
policy level.   She noted that the  executive administrators have                                                               
no additional  authority among the  6 boards, which  is different                                                               
than  the MCB  because their  executive director,  who is  also a                                                               
division director, Erika McConnell, has greater authority.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:44:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STUTES questioned  whether Erika  McConnell would                                                               
be merged along  with the MCB and ABC Board  if the division were                                                               
to absorb them, or if her position would no longer be needed.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  stated that  the intent was  to keep  her position,                                                               
adding  that she  would report  to the  department's commissioner                                                               
instead of the two different boards.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES inquired  as to the benefit  of merging the                                                               
ABC Board and MCB into the division.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHAMBERS  opined that  it would  align the  administration of                                                               
the MCB and ABC Board with  the other boards within the division.                                                               
She added  that it  would also  give them  more insight  into any                                                               
regulation  changes  they  make.    Currently,  the  division  is                                                               
courtesy  copied  on any  proposed  changes,  she said,  but  "it                                                               
doesn't come  through the department."   She pointed out  that it                                                               
would  also  allow  more  consistent   management  and  give  the                                                               
department more control.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:45:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. PARADY pointed out that  the ideas being considered were part                                                               
of an ongoing  discussion that would come  before the legislature                                                               
in due time.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  LEDOUX   questioned  the  advantages  of   merging  the                                                               
executive  director  into the  department.    She asked  why  fix                                                               
something that wasn't broken.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARADY  explained  that  the  marijuana  initiative  [Alaska                                                               
Marijuana Legalization,  Ballot Measure 2 (2014)]  added a second                                                               
board, the MCB, to the ABC Board.   This made the director of the                                                               
ABC Board accountable  for two boards instead of  just one, which                                                               
has "become  complicated in  some ways."   He  added that  he was                                                               
unsure what the solution was.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LEDOUX  asked if adding the  MCB to the ABC  Board was a                                                               
decision made by the legislature.   She wondered if it would make                                                               
sense to  create an entirely new  board for the MCB  and let both                                                               
boards continue to function the same  way they do now, instead of                                                               
merging them into the division.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. PARADY stated that it would  be up to the legislature to make                                                               
that policy call.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:48:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STUTES failed to see  uniformity among boards as a                                                               
good reason  to merge all of  them together.  She  explained that                                                               
the ABC  Board, for example, was  more specified and had  its own                                                               
section  of   statute.    She   added  that,  unless   they  were                                                               
downsizing, merging seemed like a moot point.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PARADY countered  that, from  the department's  perspective,                                                               
there are great  similarities across the boards  because each one                                                               
has sections  of statute that  apply to  them.  He  further noted                                                               
that "as we  look at any range of issues  - board training, board                                                               
travel,  board support  - we  have  a home  for that.   So,  it's                                                               
possible there are efficiencies."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:49:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  ANDERSON,  in  response to  Representative  Stutes,                                                               
remarked that  the intent was  not to merge them,  but separately                                                               
include them within the division.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:50:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  WOOL   applauded  Commissioner   Anderson's  sentiments                                                               
regarding her intent  to streamline processes and  make it easier                                                               
to do  business and  less bureaucratic.   He expressed  hope that                                                               
her  efforts  would  be  successful while  still  being  able  to                                                               
"maintain law and order."                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:51:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HANNAN  addressed agriculture in  Alaska, pointing                                                               
out  that  it  primarily  consists  of  small  businesses.    She                                                               
expressed  concern  that  the  current  structure  of  regulatory                                                               
oversight did not support business  growth, particularly with the                                                               
Department of  Environmental Conservation (DEC)  regulating dairy                                                               
inspections  and  the  Department   of  Natural  Resources  (DNR)                                                               
providing  phytosanitary  inspections   for  flowers  and  potato                                                               
seeds.  She inquired as  to how Commissioner Anderson's vision of                                                               
streamlining business  development could help  revive agriculture                                                               
in  the state  and  generate  more than  a  modicum of  potential                                                               
growth for that sector of the economy.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER ANDERSON  acknowledged that  she had given  "quite a                                                               
bit" of thought to that and  received a fair amount of input from                                                               
legislators  and  businesses.    Her   goal,  she  said,  was  to                                                               
"understand what  the current  state is,  see where  the barriers                                                               
are expanding  our current agricultural  efforts, and  then where                                                               
are  there new  opportunities to  bring in  new industries  - new                                                               
agricultural industries  into the  state."  Alaska's  "rich land"                                                               
also provided  opportunity to use  new technology to  improve the                                                               
state's [crop] yield.  Commissioner  Anderson concluded by saying                                                               
that she would be working across  departments with DEC and DNR to                                                               
help facilitate the industry.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LEDOUX opened public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:54:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI  JO  KENNEDY,  in   reference  to  Commissioner  Anderson's                                                               
resume, asked  for clarification as  to which Alyeska  she worked                                                               
for.   She  stated that  she was  leery of  economic development,                                                               
adding that  there were "enough boards  in this house to  build a                                                               
lodge."   She opined  that "we  need to get  rid of  some boards"                                                               
rather than creating more.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LEDOUX, in  response to Ms. Kennedy,  clarified that the                                                               
Alyeska referenced  in Commissioner Anderson's resume  is Alyeska                                                               
Pipeline Service Company.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LEDOUX closed public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:56:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR WOOL made a motion  to advance the confirmation of Julie                                                               
Anderson,  commissioner-designee to  the Department  of Commerce,                                                               
Community  &  Economic  Development,  to the  joint  session  for                                                               
consideration.   He  reminded members  that  signing the  reports                                                               
regarding  appointments in  no way  reflects individual  members'                                                               
approval  or   disapproval  of  the  appointees,   and  that  the                                                               
nominations  are merely  forwarded  to the  full legislature  for                                                               
confirmation or rejection.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-CHAIR  LEDOUX  announced  that  Commissioner  Anderson's  name                                                               
would be forwarded to the joint session.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:57:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Labor and  Commerce Standing Committee  meeting was  adjourned at                                                               
[3:57] p.m.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Julie Anderson Resume.pdf HL&C 3/15/2019 3:15:00 PM