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05/27/2020 10:00 AM SELECT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE ETHICS

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10:02:09 AM Start
11:23:01 AM Adjourn
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- Public Comment
- Motion to go into Executive Session to Discuss
Matters which by Law Must Remain Confidential
under AS.24.60.160, Uniform Rule 22(b) Regarding
Executive Sessions, and Rules of Procedure
Section 5: Executive Session and Discussion of
Matters, the Immediate Knowledge of Would
Adversely affect the Finances of a Governmental
Unit, and Discussion of Subjects that Tend to
Prejudice the Reputation and Character of a
Person
- Executive Session
- Public Session
- Other Business
                 ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                     
          SELECT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE ETHICS                                                                              
                       MAY 27, 2020                                                                                             
                         10:00 AM                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                Senate Subcommittee Meeting                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
10:02:09 AM                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
Joyce Anderson called the meeting to order on May 27, 2020,                                                                     
at 10:04 a.m. and asked Jerry Anderson to take roll.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Jerry Anderson conducted roll call.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Roll call                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator David Wilson (telephonic)                                                                                               
Senator Tom Begich (telephonic)                                                                                                 
Skip Cook (telephonic)                                                                                                          
Conner Thomas (telephonic)                                                                                                      
Joyce Anderson                                                                                                                  
Deb Fancher (telephonic)                                                                                                        
Lee Holmes (telephonic)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Quorum present.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Others present                                                                                                                  
Jerry Anderson, Administrator (telephonic)                                                                                      
Jacqui Yeagle, Administrative Assistant                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Joyce Anderson asked if there were changes or additions to                                                                      
the agenda. There were no changes.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Tom Begich moved to approve the agenda.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Joyce Anderson asked if there were objections. There were                                                                       
no objections.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The agenda was approved.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2. PUBLIC COMMENT                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson noted  that there  were a  couple of  others                                                                    
online  in addition  to  committee  members. Joyce  Anderson                                                                    
asked if either wished to speak.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Louise  Stutes  said  she  was  a  committee                                                                    
member but she had not heard her name during roll call.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson  responded that  the  meeting  was a  Senate                                                                    
Subcommittee  meeting   and  as   such  required   only  the                                                                    
attendance of the senate and public members.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes  expressed understanding of and                                                                    
appreciation  for the  explanation  and  apologized for  the                                                                    
intrusion.  Joyce  Anderson  assured  Representative  Louise                                                                    
Stutes that it was fine.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson   recognized  Senator  Peter   Micciche  and                                                                    
inquired if he wished to address the subcommittee.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Peter Micciche  responded that  he planned  only to                                                                    
listen to the meeting.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator David Wilson asked to  be recognized. Joyce Anderson                                                                    
consented.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator David  Wilson stated that he  and other subcommittee                                                                    
members were listed  on the complaint and wanted  to know if                                                                    
the other members had concerns that he had a conflict.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson  asked Senator  David  Wilson  to raise  his                                                                    
concern during the executive session.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  David  Wilson  conveyed   his  agreement  to  Joyce                                                                    
Anderson's request.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Joyce Anderson  addressed Senator Peter  Micciche, informing                                                                    
him  that  the subcommittee  would  be  moving to  executive                                                                    
session,  during which  time only  subcommittee members  are                                                                    
allowed to listen.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Peter  Micciche  responded he  had  thought  senate                                                                    
members could listen, and acquiesced.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Tom  Begich asked to  be recognized.  Joyce Anderson                                                                    
consented.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Tom  Begich said  he was  under the  impression that                                                                    
members  of  the senate  were  allowed  to attend  executive                                                                    
session.  Senator  Begich  asked  if  Jerry  Anderson  could                                                                    
comment about the question.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson  directed  Jerry   Anderson  to  respond  to                                                                    
Senator Tom Begich's question.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Jerry Anderson  responded that  prior to  the issuance  of a                                                                    
probable cause  determination the Ethics Committee  Rules of                                                                    
Procedure   limits  attendance   in  executive   session  to                                                                    
committee members.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson added  that the  limitations with  regard to                                                                    
executive  sessions are  covered in  the Rules  of Procedure                                                                    
Section 5  Executive Sessions. Joyce Anderson  further added                                                                    
that  the  meeting  had  been  called  under  AS  24.60.170,                                                                    
Complaints. Advisory opinions requests do allow exceptions.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Tom  Begich   thanked  Joyce   Anderson  for   the                                                                    
clarification.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Joyce Anderson closed public comment.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:07:17 AM                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3. Motion to go  into EXECUTIVE  SESSION to  discuss matters                                                                
   which by law must remain confidential under AS 24.60.160,                                                                    
   Uniform Rule  22(b)  regarding  executive  sessions,  and                                                                    
   Rules of  Procedure  Section  5: Executive  Sessions  and                                                                    
   discussion of matters,  the immediate knowledge  of would                                                                    
   adversely affect the finances of a governmental unit, and                                                                    
   discussion  of  subjects  that  tend   to  prejudice  the                                                                    
   reputation and character of a person.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
Joyce Anderson  read from the  Rules of Procedure  Section 5                                                                    
Executive  Sessions: Attendance  at executive  sessions will                                                                    
be limited to  members of the committee,  legal counsel, and                                                                    
essential Ethics  personnel as determined by  the committee.                                                                    
In addition,  Joyce Anderson read:  In cases  of discussion,                                                                    
investigation, data gathering,  interviews, deliberations or                                                                    
decision  making  on  complaints  prior  to  probable  cause                                                                    
determination,  neither the  subject of  the complaint,  nor                                                                    
any other  legislator not  on the  appropriate subcommittee,                                                                    
shall be allowed in the executive session.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson  then  entertained   a  motion  to  go  into                                                                    
executive  session  to discuss  matters  which  by law  must                                                                    
remain confidential  under AS 24.60.160, Uniform  Rule 22(b)                                                                    
regarding  executive   sessions,  and  Rules   of  Procedure                                                                    
Section 5.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Skip Cook so moved.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson   asked  for   objections.  There   were  no                                                                    
objections.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:08:24 AM                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:22:41 AM                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5. PUBLIC SESSION                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                              
Joyce  Anderson called  the public  segment  of the  meeting                                                                    
back to order at 11:22 a.m.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6. OTHER BUSINESS                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Joyce  Anderson asked  if there  were other  business. There                                                                    
was no other business.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
7. ADJOURN                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Joyce Anderson entertained a motion to adjourn.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Tom Begich moved to adjourn.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Joyce Anderson adjourned the meeting at 11:26 p.m.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:23:01 AM                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
20200527 Ethics Senate SC meeting agenda.pdf JETH 5/27/2020 10:00:00 AM