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03/22/2021 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:29:50 PM Start
01:31:37 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
02:00:24 PM SB88
02:03:45 PM SB90
02:45:11 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board - Pamela Cline
Board of Massage Therapists - Julie Endle
Board of Pharmacy - James Henderson, Justin
Ruffridge
Board of Nursing - Mike Wilcher
State Board of Registration for Architects,
Engineers, and Land Surveyors - Robert "Bob" Bell
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+= SB 88 STATE INSUR. CATASTROPHE RESERVE ACCT. TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 88 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ SB 90 ELECTRONIC WILLS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 22, 2021                                                                                         
                           1:29 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Mia Costello, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Roger Holland, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Joshua Revak                                                                                                            
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                            
Pamela Cline                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
Julie Endle                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                             
James Henderson                                                                                                                 
Justin Ruffridge                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Board of Nursing                                                                                                              
Mike Wilcher                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
State Board of Registration for Architects Engineers, and Land                                                                
Surveyors                                                                                                                     
Robert "Bob" Bell                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 88                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the state insurance catastrophe reserve                                                                     
account; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 88 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 90                                                                                                              
"An Act relating  to wills and the probate of  wills; relating to                                                               
the making, witnessing, self-proving,  revocation, and probate of                                                               
wills  by electronic  means; relating  to the  choice of  law for                                                               
execution of  wills; relating to  the certification of  copies of                                                               
wills; relating  to the establishment  of the validity of  a will                                                               
before death; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  88                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: STATE INSUR. CATASTROPHE RESERVE ACCT.                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
02/22/21       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/22/21       (S)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
03/10/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
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03/12/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/12/21       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
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03/22/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  90                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ELECTRONIC WILLS                                                                                                   
SPONSOR(s): MYERS                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
02/22/21       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/22/21       (S)       JUD, L&C                                                                                               
03/03/21       (S)       JUD AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/03/21       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/03/21       (S)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/15/21       (S)       JUD AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/15/21       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/15/21       (S)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/17/21       (S)       JUD AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/17/21       (S)       Moved CSSB 90(JUD) Out of Committee                                                                    
03/17/21       (S)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/19/21       (S)       JUD RPT CS  3DP 2NR SAME TITLE                                                                         
03/19/21       (S)       NR: REINBOLD, SHOWER                                                                                   
03/19/21       (S)       DP: KIEHL, HUGHES, MYERS                                                                               
03/22/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PAMELA CLINE, Appointee                                                                                                         
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                              
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION  STATEMENT: Testified  for reappointment  to the  Alaska                                                             
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE ENDLE, Appointee                                                                                                          
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                     
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified for reappointment to  the Board of                                                             
Massage Therapists.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JAMES HENDERSON, Appointee                                                                                                      
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                               
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified for reappointment to  the Board of                                                             
Pharmacy.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JUSTIN RUFFRIDGE, Appointee                                                                                                     
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                               
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Pharmacy.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL WILCHER, Appointee                                                                                                      
Board of Nursing                                                                                                                
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Testified  as  appointee to  the  Board  of                                                             
Nursing.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT "BOB" BELL, Appointee                                                                                                    
State Board  of Registration for Architects,  Engineers, and Land                                                               
Surveyors                                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified as appointee  to the State Board of                                                             
Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ROBERT MYERS                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 90.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JOSIAH NASH, Staff                                                                                                              
Senator Robert Myers                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented the sectional analysis for SB 90,                                                               
version B.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ABIGAIL O'CONNOR, Attorney                                                                                                      
O'Connor Law LLC                                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Invited testimony in support of SB 90.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDA HULBERT, representing self                                                                                                
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Invited testimony in support of SB 90.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATTHEW BLATTMACHR, Attorney                                                                                                    
Peak Trust Company                                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Invited testimony in support of SB 90.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:29:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MIA COSTELLO called the  Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:29  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Revak,  Gray-Jackson, Holland,  Stevens, and                                                               
Chair Costello.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
She reviewed the agenda.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearing(s)                                                                                                        
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                 
               Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                           
                  Board of Massage Therapists                                                                               
                       Board of Pharmacy                                                                                    
                        Board of Nursing                                                                                    
 State Board of Registration for Architects Engineers, and Land                                                             
                           Surveyors                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:31:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   COSTELLO   announced   the  consideration   of   Governor                                                               
Appointees to Boards and Commissions.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She  asked Pamela  Cline to  introduce herself,  provide a  brief                                                               
background, and  explain her  interest in  serving on  the Alaska                                                               
Workers' Compensation Board.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:32:10 PM                                                                                                                    
PAMELA  CLINE,  Appointee,  Alaska Workers'  Compensation  Board,                                                               
Wasilla, Alaska,  stated that she  had served on the  board since                                                               
2012 and  would like  to be reappointed.  She recounted  that she                                                               
started work as a pharmacy tech  in 1994, moved to MatSu Regional                                                               
Medical Center  in 2000,  and into the  Anchorage IBEW  office in                                                               
2012 to represent  hospital and other workers  through the union.                                                               
She said she found it  rewarding to work on worker's compensation                                                               
cases and help injured employees.  She opined that the board does                                                               
a  good job  of looking  at all  sides of  workers' compensation,                                                               
providing necessary  benefits, and  ensuring that  employer costs                                                               
are reasonable.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked how many hospital workers she represents.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. CLINE replied she represents the  340 to 360 members at MatSu                                                               
Regional that are not nursing or supervisor staff.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:10 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony  on the appointment of Pam                                                               
Cline to  the Alaska Workers'  Compensation Board;  finding none,                                                               
she closed public testimony.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked Julie Endle  to introduce herself, provide a                                                               
brief  background, and  explain her  interest in  serving on  the                                                               
Board of Massage Therapists.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:34:43 PM                                                                                                                    
JULIE  ENDLE, Appointee,  Board  of  Massage Therapists,  Palmer,                                                               
Alaska,  stated that  she  had  served on  the  Board of  Massage                                                               
Therapists  since   2019.  She  related  her   background  is  in                                                               
telephony and  retail and  she owns  a vacation  rental business.                                                               
Her interest in  serving on the board is to  help prevent sex and                                                               
human trafficking  through the massage  industry, to  protect the                                                               
public  from   harm,  and  to   promote  the  integrity   of  the                                                               
profession.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO thanked  her for her past service  and interest in                                                               
continuing to serve.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:36:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Julie Endle  to the  Board of  Massage Therapists;  finding none,                                                               
she closed public testimony.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  James  Henderson  to  introduce  himself,                                                               
provide a brief  background, and explain his  interest in serving                                                               
on the Board of Pharmacy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:36:33 PM                                                                                                                    
JAMES HENDERSON, Appointee, Board  of Pharmacy, Soldotna, Alaska,                                                               
stated that he  began his pharmacy career in 1995  and opened his                                                               
own home infusion pharmacy in Soldotna  in 2014. He has served on                                                               
the board for several years and  would like to continue the work.                                                               
He mentioned  work on  the opioid crisis  and COVID-19  issues in                                                               
particular.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked if  he had any  suggestions to  improve the                                                               
process  for  entering  information into  the  prescription  drug                                                               
database.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HENDERSON replied  the process  is  simple as  long as  your                                                               
computer  is set  up  to enter  the data.  He  observed that  the                                                               
process seemed  more onerous for  smaller businesses.  He related                                                               
that he enters data every day and  he did not know if there was a                                                               
way  to improve  the process  because  of the  wide variation  in                                                               
software that is used.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked for an explanation of home infusion.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. HENDERSON  explained that  it is  a process  of administering                                                               
medications through infusion  in a patient's home  rather than in                                                               
a hospital. For example, he might  send a nurse to a private home                                                               
to give a patient an antibiotic infusion.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS thanked  him  for the  explanation  and for  his                                                               
service on the board.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:39:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
James  Henderson to  the  Board of  Pharmacy;  finding none,  she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  Justin Ruffridge  to  introduce  himself,                                                               
provide a brief  background, and explain his  interest in serving                                                               
on the Board of Pharmacy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:40:24 PM                                                                                                                    
JUSTIN  RUFFRIDGE,   Appointee,  Board  of   Pharmacy,  Soldotna,                                                               
Alaska, stated  that he returned  to his hometown of  Soldotna to                                                               
practice after  graduating from Washington State  University with                                                               
a Doctor  of Pharmacy degree. He  has been involved in  a variety                                                               
of   pharmacy   practices  including   dispensing,   compounding,                                                               
ambulatory  care, medication  management services,  vaccinations,                                                               
and COVID-19 testing  and vaccinations. He reported  that he owns                                                               
pharmacies  in Soldotna,  Girdwood,  and Juneau.  He also  taught                                                               
pharmacy at  UA. He related  that he  has served on  the Soldotna                                                               
City Council  for several years  and he looks forward  to serving                                                               
the pharmacy profession as a whole.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO ask  if  the city  council  had addressed  issues                                                               
related to pharmacies and if  there could be any conflict between                                                               
that public service and serving on the Board of Pharmacy.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. RUFFRIDGE  replied he  had served on  the city  council since                                                               
2018 and pharmacy  matters had not come up.  He acknowledged that                                                               
pharmacies have been  in a spotlighted role with  the pandemic by                                                               
offering testing and vaccines.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:43:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Justin  Ruffridge to  the Board  of Pharmacy;  finding none,  she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked  Michael  Wilcher  to  introduce  himself,                                                               
provide a brief  background, and explain his  interest in serving                                                               
on the Board of Nursing.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:44:02 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHAEL  WILCHER,  Appointee,  Board   of  Nursing,  North  Pole,                                                               
Alaska, stated that  he had been a licensed LPN  for 26 years and                                                               
had lived  and worked in  Alaska since  1999. He related  that he                                                               
started  as  a  long-term  care  nurse and  found  his  niche  in                                                               
orthopedics. He  supervised and managed  clinics before  taking a                                                               
position at  the VA clinic in  Fairbanks. He said he  was pleased                                                               
when  he was  asked  to  apply for  this  position  and he  looks                                                               
forward to the service. He noted  that it would not conflict with                                                               
his career as a federal employee.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON  asked what he envisions  his responsibility                                                               
on the board will be, if approved.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. WILCHER  replied he  is inexperienced,  but he  has a  lot of                                                               
contact with  nursing professionals and he  hears their concerns.                                                               
For  example,   it  is  difficult   to  find   information  about                                                               
continuing  education on  the  Board of  Nursing  website and  it                                                               
would  be good  to make  that site  more user  friendly. He  also                                                               
mentioned disciplinary actions as an  area that could use a fresh                                                               
perspective.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON  have if  he  had  been under  disciplinary                                                               
action.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. WILCHER answered yes; it  was related to continuing education                                                               
credits.  He  explained  that  nurses  must  have  30  continuing                                                               
education credits every two years  and they submit proof of those                                                               
at the request of the board.  In 2016, he submitted 42 continuing                                                               
education credits for  review in response to a  random audit. The                                                               
board rejected 20 of those credits  so he was 8 credits short. He                                                               
said there  was no place [on  the website] that he  could look to                                                               
see whether the  20 credits he submitted were  acceptable, but he                                                               
did  find  that  all  states other  than  Alaska  accepted  those                                                               
credits. He said he made up  the credits, paid a $1,200 or $1,500                                                               
fine, and submitted to mandatory  audits for the next two license                                                               
renewals. He said he would like  to make that kind of information                                                               
easier to find on the board's website.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON asked  if a  false statement  violation was                                                               
part of the disciplinary action.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. WILCHER  replied he  did not recall  the terminology  but the                                                               
matter is  in his professional  license record that  is available                                                               
online.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON  asked if  he had ever  attended a  Board of                                                               
Nursing meeting.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. WILCHER answered no.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON asked  if he would be able to  put aside his                                                               
clearly   articulated  personal   opinions  about   the  COVID-19                                                               
vaccine, mask wearing,  and validity of the virus  for the common                                                               
good of all Alaskans.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WILCHER answered  absolutely, and  he received  the COVID-19                                                               
vaccine this morning.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:52:58 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Michael  Wilcher  to the  Board  of  Nursing; finding  none,  she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked Bob  Bell to  introduce himself,  provide a                                                               
brief  background, and  explain his  interest in  serving on  the                                                               
State Board  of Registration for Architects,  Engineers, and Land                                                               
Surveyors.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:53:40 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBERT  "BOB" BELL,  Appointee, State  Board of  Registration for                                                               
Architects,  Engineers, and  Land  Surveyors, Anchorage,  Alaska,                                                               
stated  that  he  was  semi-retired  after  50  years  practicing                                                               
engineering and  land surveying in Alaska  so he has the  time to                                                               
serve  on this  board. He  listed his  past board  and commission                                                               
service  including the  Anchorage  Assembly, the  State Board  of                                                               
Game, and  the Performing  Arts Center Board.  He said  he brings                                                               
experience  in   the  technical,  administrative   and  political                                                               
aspects  of  the  professions  this board  oversees  and  he  has                                                               
enjoyed serving over the past year.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO thanked  him for  his decades  of service  to the                                                               
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS thanked him for his military service.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO   asked  what  challenges  he   sees  facing  the                                                               
professions that this board oversees.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BELL  answered  that continuing  education  is  a  challenge                                                               
because  there   is  no  clearly   approved  site   an  engineer,                                                               
architect, or land  surveyor can go to take courses  and know the                                                               
board will  approve the credits.  The board does not  approve the                                                               
courses  UAA  offers.  The  board tells  licensees  to  read  the                                                               
statute to ensure  a course meets the  statutory requirements but                                                               
the statute  is vague. He opined  that the board should  list the                                                               
courses it will accept that meet the statutory requirements.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO offered  legislative help  to review  the statute                                                               
and provide clarity.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HOLLAND  thanked each of the  appointees that volunteered                                                               
their service.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON expressed  appreciation  for his  community                                                               
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS asked how often this board meets.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. BELL replied it meets for two days each quarter.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS commented  that it  seems that  the board  could                                                               
easily pre-approve  continuing education  courses and  wished him                                                               
luck in working toward a resolution.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  REVAK echoed  his colleagues'  comments and  highlighted                                                               
Mr. Bell's amazing  list of accomplishments. The  thanked all the                                                               
applicants.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:59:20 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO opened  public testimony  on  the appointment  of                                                               
Robert  "Bob"  Bell  to  the  State  Board  of  Registration  for                                                               
Architects,  Engineers, and  Land  Surveyors;  finding none,  she                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:59:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HOLLAND stated that in  accordance with AS 39.05.080, the                                                               
Senate  Labor  and  Commerce   Standing  Committee  reviewed  the                                                               
following  and  recommends the  appointments  be  forwarded to  a                                                               
joint session for consideration:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Alaska Workers' Compensation Board                                                                                            
Pamela Cline                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Board of Massage Therapists                                                                                                   
Julie Endle                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Board of Pharmacy                                                                                                             
James Henderson                                                                                                                 
Justin Ruffridge                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Board of Nursing                                                                                                              
Mike Wilcher                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
State Board  of Registration for  Architects Engineers,  and Land                                                             
Surveyors                                                                                                                     
Robert "Bob" Bell                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Signing  the   reports  regarding  appointments  to   boards  and                                                               
commissions in  no way reflects  individual members'  approval or                                                               
disapproval  of  the  appointees;   the  nominations  are  merely                                                               
forwarded to the full legislature for confirmation or rejection.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         SB  88-STATE INSUR. CATASTROPHE RESERVE ACCT.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:00:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO announced  the consideration  of SENATE  BILL NO.                                                               
88, "An Act  relating to the state  insurance catastrophe reserve                                                               
account; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
She advised that  the Rules Committee introduced the  bill at the                                                               
request of  the governor  and noted who  was available  to answer                                                               
questions. She said this is  the second hearing and her intention                                                               
is  to  hear  public  testimony  and look  to  the  will  of  the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  read the following  transmittal letter for  SB 88                                                               
into the record to refresh members' recollection of the bill:                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     The  State   of  Alaska,  through   its  self-insurance                                                                    
     program, maintains insurance  coverage to protect state                                                                    
     assets  and   operations,  and  adequate   reserves  to                                                                    
     satisfy  all  foreseeable  claims  or  judgements.  The                                                                    
     State   Insurance  Catastrophe   Reserve  Account   was                                                                    
     established in  1987 to  obtain insurance,  establish a                                                                    
     self-insurance reserve,  and to satisfy  ongoing claims                                                                    
     and judgments. When it  was originally established, the                                                                    
     account  was primarily  intended as  a reserve  against                                                                    
     large   catastrophic  losses.   However,  because   the                                                                    
     reserve balance is capped at  $5,000,000, the State has                                                                    
     been  acquiring  excess  coverage   on  the  market  to                                                                    
     adequately protect against  catastrophic losses. Market                                                                    
     forces  have  changed,   insurance  rates  continue  to                                                                    
     increase, and  it is no  longer cost effective  for the                                                                    
     state  to  purchase  excess  insurance.  The  Reserve's                                                                    
     balance  is   typically  capitalized   through  lapsing                                                                    
     appropriations  at  the  end of  the  fiscal  year.  By                                                                    
     increasing the statutory cap  to $50,000,000 and slowly                                                                    
     increasing  the Reserve  balance, the  State will  once                                                                    
     again  be able  to fully  self-insure against  property                                                                    
     losses.  This change  is estimated  to save  $3 million                                                                    
     the first  year and  up to  $6 million  annually within                                                                    
     four years.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     This  measure  will   provide  the  State  flexibility,                                                                    
     control,  and   cost  savings  in   its  self-insurance                                                                    
     program.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO determined  that the members had  no questions for                                                               
the director of the Division of Risk Management.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:03:00 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  opened public testimony  on SB 88;  finding none,                                                               
she closed public testimony and asked the will of the committee.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:03:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HOLLAND  moved to report  SB 88, work  order 32-GS1689\A,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO found  no  objection  and SB  88  moved from  the                                                               
Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                    SB  90-ELECTRONIC WILLS                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:03:45 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SENATE BILL NO. 90                                                                
"An Act relating  to wills and the probate of  wills; relating to                                                               
the making, witnessing, self-proving,  revocation, and probate of                                                               
wills  by electronic  means; relating  to the  choice of  law for                                                               
execution of  wills; relating to  the certification of  copies of                                                               
wills; relating  to the establishment  of the validity of  a will                                                               
before death; and providing for an effective date."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
[CSSB 90(JUD) was before the committee.]                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:04:23 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:08:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  reconvened the meeting  and asked the  sponsor to                                                               
introduce the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:08:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS, Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, sponsor                                                               
of SB  90 introduced the  legislation paraphrasing  the following                                                               
sponsor statement.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     In Alaska,  all wills except handwritten  wills must be                                                                    
     executed   in-person  with   at  least   two  witnesses                                                                    
     present.  Current state  probate  legislation does  not                                                                    
     account  for  the  remote  signing  and  witnessing  of                                                                    
     wills. This  can make it  difficult for the  elderly or                                                                    
     those with  little resources to plan  their estate. The                                                                    
     COVID-19   pandemic   has   exacerbated   circumstances                                                                    
     surrounding  traditional  estate planning.  The  public                                                                    
     closure  of  the  state's Pioneer  Homes  and  assisted                                                                    
     living  homes  has  isolated many  seniors  from  these                                                                    
     services. Additional  legislation is required  to bring                                                                    
     tools utilized  throughout the pandemic, such  as video                                                                    
     conferencing, to the estate planning process.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     SB 90  aims to fill  the gap in probate  legislation by                                                                    
     allowing  the  electronic  signing  and  witnessing  of                                                                    
     wills. This bill enables individuals  to draft and sign                                                                    
     a  will  on a  computer,  tablet,  or other  electronic                                                                    
     device. Witnesses  can also observe the  execution of a                                                                    
     will through a video and audio  link and do not need to                                                                    
     be    physically    present.    These    reforms    and                                                                    
     modernizations will bring  additional accessibility and                                                                    
     connectivity  to  a state  that  has  many small  rural                                                                    
     communities out of the reach of the road system.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     As Alaska moves towards the  future, so should our will                                                                    
     and probate process                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS  commented on the  potential for fraud  and asked                                                               
for assurance that nobody else could write his will for him.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   MYERS  explained   that   to   maintain  the   existing                                                               
protections, the bill  requires video and audio  contact with the                                                               
attorneys and  notary who  are attesting to  the identity  of the                                                               
testator and  witnesses during  the will  signing. He  noted that                                                               
Alaska probate  law allows  flexibility in  writing the  will but                                                               
has robust protections to allow  the opportunity to challenge the                                                               
execution of the will.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked if other states have similar legislation.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MYERS answered  yes; he  recalled that  about 12  states                                                               
allow this  and another  30 states are  working on  similar model                                                               
legislation from the Uniform Law  Commission. He noted that SB 90                                                               
altered  the model  legislation  slightly  to accommodate  Alaska                                                               
statutes.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  asked for  an  explanation  of the  Uniform  Law                                                               
Commission                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MYERS explained  that it  is a  group of  attorneys from                                                               
across  the  country that  create  draft  legislation to  address                                                               
topics  that  have  widespread and  national  implications.  Will                                                               
writing is one of those  topics. The model legislation is uniform                                                               
to accommodate people  who write their wills  in one jurisdiction                                                               
and subsequently  move to another.  With a uniform law,  the will                                                               
would be valid in both jurisdictions.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  asked if  wills written  in one  jurisdiction are                                                               
not necessarily valid if a person dies in another jurisdiction.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MYERS replied  he did not believe that had  been an issue                                                               
and SB  90 seeks to  ensure that continues  to be the  case going                                                               
forward.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:15:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  him to explain the current  process to file                                                               
a will.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MYERS explained that an  individual would typically go to                                                               
an attorney  who would write  their will; a notary  would witness                                                               
the  signing   by  the  testator   and  their   witnesses  giving                                                               
reasonable assurance that it was  created without duress; and the                                                               
testator would then  file the will at home,  with their attorney,                                                               
or the court.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:16:10 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  REVAK  asked if  the  bill  stems  in part  because  the                                                               
pandemic made  it difficult to  impossible for people  to prepare                                                               
and file their wills.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MYERS replied  attorneys primarily asked him  to file the                                                               
bill because  it had been  so difficult to complete  probate work                                                               
with their clients.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS noted  that  he recently  rewrote  his will  and                                                               
filed  it with  the court  so his  family knows  where it  is. He                                                               
asked for  an explanation  of electronically  filing a  will with                                                               
the court.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MYERS  clarified that the  Court System in Alaska  is not                                                               
set up  to accept  electronic filing,  including wills.  The bill                                                               
does provide that  a will that has been  signed electronically is                                                               
valid  and a  certified copy  may be  filed with  the court.  The                                                               
model  legislation   from  the  Uniform  Law   Commission  allows                                                               
electronic filing with  the court and the original  bill had that                                                               
language.  The  previous  committee   amended  that  language  to                                                               
reflect  that   the  Alaska   Court  System   cannot  accommodate                                                               
electronic filing.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO found no further questions and asked Mr. Nash to                                                                 
walk through the sectional analysis, including the changes the                                                                  
previous committee made.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:19:06 PM                                                                                                                    
JOSIAH NASH, Staff, Senator Robert Myers, Alaska State                                                                          
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, presented the sectional analysis                                                                   
for SB 90, version B.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1.                                                                                                               
     A will  is defined  as a document  that directs  how an                                                                    
     individual's property should  be distributed or managed                                                                    
     after  their  death.  This definition  is  expanded  to                                                                    
     include an electronic will.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2.                                                                                                               
     Electronic  presence   is  defined   as  two   or  more                                                                    
     individuals in multiple  locations with technology that                                                                    
     enables these individuals to  maintain audio and visual                                                                    
     contact and  communicate. This definition  includes the                                                                    
     communication  between individuals  who have  a visual,                                                                    
     hearing,   or  speech   impairment.  Additionally,   an                                                                    
     electronic will  is defined as  a will  with electronic                                                                    
     text and/or  the electronic  signature of  the testator                                                                    
     or a witness.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3.                                                                                                               
     A will disposing of personal  property in any location,                                                                    
     or real property located in  Alaska, made in or outside                                                                    
     of Alaska  by a resident  or non-resident of  the state                                                                    
     where the property is located,  is valid and admissible                                                                    
     to probate in  Alaska if the will is  a record readable                                                                    
     as  text at  the  time  of signing  and  signed by  the                                                                    
     testator  and  executed under  the  local  law of  this                                                                    
     state,   the  jurisdiction   where  the   testator  was                                                                    
     physically present  when they  signed the will,  or the                                                                    
     jurisdiction where  the testator  lived, either  at the                                                                    
     time of the execution of the will or at death.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4.                                                                                                               
     Except  as  provided  in  several  instances  in  other                                                                    
     sections of the statutes, a  will must be a record that                                                                    
     is readable as  text at time of signing,  signed by the                                                                    
     testator or signed in their  name by another individual                                                                    
     who is taking direction from  the testator and in their                                                                    
     physical  or  electronic  presence, and  signed  by  at                                                                    
     least  two  individuals  who are  in  the  physical  or                                                                    
     electronic  presence of  the testator  at  the time  of                                                                    
     signing  and  sign  within   a  reasonable  time  after                                                                    
     witnessing the  signing of the  will or  the testator's                                                                    
     acknowledgment of that signature.  A will that does not                                                                    
     comply   with  these   requirements  is   valid  as   a                                                                    
     holographic  will without  any  witnesses if  signature                                                                    
     and   material   portions   are   in   the   testator's                                                                    
     handwriting or readable as text.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. NASH  explained that a  holographic will cannot  be generated                                                               
electronically, but  a copy  in the form  of an  electronic image                                                               
can  be filed  with  the court.  A computer  with  a text  editor                                                               
cannot be used to create a holographic will.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section 5.                                                                                                               
     This  section contains  an oath  for  the testator  and                                                                    
     witnesses  of  a will  to  proclaim  before an  officer                                                                    
     authorized to administer the oath  of laws of the state                                                                    
     where the testator is physically present.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
      This section contains  an oath similar to the oath  in                                                                    
      Sec. 5  but is for use  after the execution of a  will                                                                    
      to retroactively self-prove it.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 2:23:13 PM                                                                                                                   
      Section 7.                                                                                                                
      Except  as   provided  in   another  section  of   the                                                                    
      statutes, a  will is valid  if executed in  compliance                                                                    
      with the  law at  the time of  execution of the  place                                                                    
      where the will  is executed, which is the place  where                                                                    
      the testator  is physically present while signing  the                                                                    
      will,  or the  laws of  the place  where the  testator                                                                    
      abodes at time of death.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
      Section 8.                                                                                                                
      A will or a section of a will  is revoked by executing                                                                    
      another will that overwrites the previous  will, or by                                                                    
      the testator destroying or deleting the  will themself                                                                    
      or with the aid of another individual  acting at their                                                                    
      direction.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. NASH noted that a requirement was added for clear and                                                                       
convincing evidence to be used as the legal standard to prove a                                                                 
testators intent in revoking a will.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
      Section 9.                                                                                                                
      An individual can  make a paper copy of their will  by                                                                    
      taking an oath that copy is true and  accurate. If the                                                                    
      will is self-proving, the copy must  include the self-                                                                    
      proving affidavits.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. NASH noted that the provision in Section 9 was amended in                                                                   
the previous committee to allow a copy of a holographic will, as                                                                
discussed in Section 4.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 10.                                                                                                              
      A petition to the court to determine whether a trust                                                                      
     is valid and enforceable before a settlor's death must                                                                     
     contain:                                                                                                                   
           1.  A statement  that a  copy (may  be electronic                                                                    
           copy) of the will has been filed with the court.                                                                     
           2.  A statement  that the will  is in  writing or                                                                    
           is an electronic will.                                                                                               
           3.  A statement  that the will was  signed by the                                                                    
           testator   or  by   another  individual   at  the                                                                    
           testator's   direction   in   the   physical   or                                                                    
           electronic presence of the testator.                                                                                 
           4.  In the case of a  witnessed will, a statement                                                                    
           that  the  will  was   signed  by  at  least  two                                                                    
           individuals,  each   of  whom  signed   within  a                                                                    
           reasonable  amount of  time after  witnessing the                                                                    
           signing   of    the   will   or    the   testator                                                                    
           acknowledgment of the signature on the will.                                                                         
           5.  In  the   case  of  a  holographic   will,  a                                                                    
           statement   that  the   signature  and   material                                                                    
           portions are  in the testator's handwriting  or a                                                                    
           record readable as text.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. NASH advised that the foregoing was changed to be in                                                                        
electronic form but it cannot be electronically generated.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
           6.  A statement  that the  will is  executed with                                                                    
           the testator's intent.                                                                                               
           7.  A statement  that the testator had  legal and                                                                    
           mental capacity.                                                                                                     
           8.  A statement  that the testator was  free from                                                                    
           undue influence and duress.                                                                                          
           9.  A statement  that the  will was  not executed                                                                    
           fraudulently or mistakenly.                                                                                          
           10. Names   and   addresses  of   the   testator,                                                                    
           testator's    spouse,     testator's    children,                                                                    
           testator's    heirs,   personal    representative                                                                    
           nominated in the will, and the devices of the                                                                        
           will.                                                                                                                
           11. If  minors,   the  ages  of   the  testator's                                                                    
           children, the testator's  heirs, and the devisees                                                                    
           under the will, as  far as known or ascertainable                                                                    
           with reasonable diligence by the petitioner.                                                                         
           12. A statement that the will has not been                                                                           
           revoked of modified.                                                                                                 
           13. A statement that the testator is familiar                                                                        
           with the contents of the will.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:27:37 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STEVENS  asked what  assurance  he  would have  that  an                                                               
electronic will would be available in the future.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MYERS  replied he  understands the  concern but  losing a                                                               
will  is already  an  issue when  it  is on  paper.  He said  the                                                               
previous  committee  primarily   addressed  revocatory  acts  and                                                               
added, "deleting"  to the list of  ways a will could  be revoked.                                                               
The clear and  convincing standard was added to  ensure that when                                                               
a will  is deleted  it is  intentional. To  safeguard a  will the                                                               
recommendation is  to file it in  a safe, with an  attorney, with                                                               
the court or all the foregoing  to protect yourself and heirs, he                                                               
said.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  NASH  continued  the sectional  analysis.  He  advised  that                                                               
Section 10 was amended in  the previous committee to clarify that                                                               
a paper copy  of an electronic will may be  filed with the Alaska                                                               
Court System. It is not set up to accept electronic wills.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Section 11.                                                                                                                
     Applications for informal  probate or appointment shall                                                                    
     be  directed  to  the registrar  and  verified  by  the                                                                    
     applicant to be true  to the applicant's best knowledge                                                                    
     as to the following information:                                                                                           
     1.   Every application  for informal probate of  a will                                                                    
     or   for    informal   appointment   of    a   personal                                                                    
     representative  other  than   a  special  or  successor                                                                    
     representative, must contain the following.                                                                                
     a.   A statement of interest of the applicant.                                                                             
     b.   The name  and age of the  decedent, decedent death                                                                    
     date,  the  judicial district,  and  the  state of  the                                                                    
     decedent's  domicile  at the  time  of  death, and  the                                                                    
     names  and addresses  of the  spouse, children,  heirs,                                                                    
     and   devisees  and   ages  of   any  who   are  minors                                                                    
     ascertainable   with   reasonable  diligence   by   the                                                                    
     applicant.                                                                                                                 
     c.   If decedent  was not  living in  the state  at the                                                                    
     time of death, a statement showing venue.                                                                                  
     d.   A  statement   identifying  the  address   of  any                                                                    
     personal  representative of  the decedent  appointed in                                                                    
     this state of elsewhere  whose appointment has not been                                                                    
     terminated.                                                                                                                
     e.   A statement  indicating whether the  applicant has                                                                    
     received  a  demand  for  notice   of  any  probate  or                                                                    
     appointment  proceeding  concerning the  decedent  that                                                                    
     may have been filed in this state or elsewhere.                                                                            
     f.   A  statement  that  the time  limit  for  informal                                                                    
     probate has  not expired either because  three years or                                                                    
     less have  passed, that  circumstances as  described by                                                                    
     the statutes, authorizing  tardy probate or appointment                                                                    
     have occurred.                                                                                                             
     2.   An  application for  informal  probate  of a  will                                                                    
     must   state  the   following   in   addition  to   the                                                                    
     aforementioned statements:                                                                                                 
     a.   Original of  the decedent's will  or a  paper copy                                                                    
     of  the will  is in  the  possession of  the court,  or                                                                    
     accompanies the  application, or that  an authenticated                                                                    
     copy  or  a  will   probated  in  another  jurisdiction                                                                    
     accompanies the application.                                                                                               
     b.   To   the  best   of  the   applicant's  knowledge,                                                                    
     believes the will to have been validly executed.                                                                           
     c.   After  the exercise  of reasonable  diligence, the                                                                    
     applicant  is unaware  of and  instrument revoking  the                                                                    
     will,  and   that  the  applicant  believes   that  the                                                                    
     instrument that  is the subject  of the  application is                                                                    
     the decedent's will.                                                                                                       
     3.   Application   for   informal  appointment   of   a                                                                    
     personal representative  to administer an  estate under                                                                    
     a will  must describe the  will by date of  signing and                                                                    
     state  the time  and place  of probate  or the  pending                                                                    
     application  or petition  for probate.  Application for                                                                    
     appointment   must   adopt   the  statements   in   the                                                                    
     application or  petition for probate and  sate the name                                                                    
     address  and priority  for  appointment  of the  person                                                                    
     whose appointment is sought.                                                                                               
     4.   An  application  for  informal appointment  of  an                                                                    
     administer in  intestacy must state in  addition to the                                                                    
     statements required by section one as aforementioned.                                                                      
     a.   After  reasonable  diligence,   the  applicant  is                                                                    
     unaware  of   any  unrevoked   testamentary  instrument                                                                    
     relating  to  property having  a  situs  in this  state                                                                    
     under statutes,  or statement  why any  such instrument                                                                    
     of  which  the applicant  may  be  aware is  not  being                                                                    
     probated.                                                                                                                  
     b.   Priority  of  the   person  whose  appointment  is                                                                    
     sought and the names of  any other persons having prior                                                                    
     or equal right to the appointment.                                                                                         
     5.   Application   for   appointment  of   a   personal                                                                    
     representative  to  succeed a  personal  representative                                                                    
     appointed under  a different testacy status  must refer                                                                    
     to  the order  in the  most recent  testacy proceeding.                                                                    
     The application must state the  name and address of the                                                                    
     person whose  appointment is sought  and of  the person                                                                    
     whose   appointment   will   be   terminated   if   the                                                                    
     application  is granted  and describe  the priority  of                                                                    
     the applicant.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:35:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO turned to invited testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:35:03 PM                                                                                                                    
ABIGAIL O'CONNOR, Attorney, O'Connor  Law LLC, Anchorage, Alaska,                                                               
stated that she practices solely in  the area of trust and estate                                                               
law and was  one in the group of Alaska  trust and estate lawyers                                                               
who  drafted  this legislation.  It  is  based primarily  on  the                                                               
Uniform  Law Commission  model legislation  with some  adjustment                                                               
specific to Alaska.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  O'CONNOR  addressed  the   questions  the  committee  posed.                                                               
Responding to  Senator Steven's question about  the potential for                                                               
fraud, she said  the sad reality is that fraud  with wills cannot                                                               
be  prevented. The  issue is  handled  by remedy  and those  will                                                               
continue.  With regard  to  filing an  electronic  will with  the                                                               
court, she said the bill has  a new section for the certification                                                               
of a  copy of an  electronic will  and that certified  paper copy                                                               
can  be filed  with  the  court. Regarding  the  concern about  a                                                               
deleted or  destroyed will,  she said that  is already  a problem                                                               
and it  is the individual's responsibility  to adequately protect                                                               
and store their wills. She said  she counsels her clients to file                                                               
the will with the court, store it  in a safe deposit box, or keep                                                               
it in a fireproof safe.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
In  response  to Senator  Costello's  question,  she said  states                                                               
generally accept  valid wills  from other  states, but  there are                                                               
exceptions.   Florida,  for   example,   does   not  accept   any                                                               
handwritten  wills, even  if  they are  deemed  valid in  another                                                               
state.  To the  question of  filing an  electronic will  with the                                                               
court, she  said that can be  done by filing a  certified [paper]                                                               
copy of the electronic will.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
In  response  to Senator  Revak's  question,  she confirmed  that                                                               
there were  difficulties for people  trying to sign  wills during                                                               
the  pandemic.  Some  people  were unable  to  sign  their  wills                                                               
altogether.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:40:52 PM                                                                                                                    
MS.  O'CONNOR said  she supports  SB  90, but  believes that  the                                                               
language  added with  the amendments  in  the previous  committee                                                               
could be improved.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  her to provide her  testimony and responses                                                               
to the questions in writing.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:41:29 PM                                                                                                                    
LINDA HULBERT, representing self,  Fairbanks, Alaska, stated that                                                               
she  has been  an  insurance and  financial  professional for  30                                                               
years and the industry has  transitioned from paper to electronic                                                               
documents  in  the last  year  Companies  are  able to  write  an                                                               
application,  underwrite an  application,  and  deliver a  policy                                                               
electronically.  Her  clients  want   personal  service  and  the                                                               
efficiency of electronic documents. She  said she supports SB 90;                                                               
"The need for electronic wills is substantial."                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  encouraged  her   to  submit  her  testimony  in                                                               
writing.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:43:27 PM                                                                                                                    
MATTHEW  BLATTMACHR,  Attorney,  Peak Trust  Company,  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska, stated that  his company practices in the  area of estate                                                               
planning. He  agreed with previous  testimony that the  nation is                                                               
moving in the direction of  electronic documents. SB 90 would add                                                               
clarity  to the  statutes as  to what  is allowed  and how  it is                                                               
allowed. Rural  communities in particular would  be benefited, as                                                               
would  anybody  who is  affected  by  the COVID-19  pandemic.  He                                                               
voiced support for SB 90.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO encouraged him to  submit his written testimony to                                                               
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:44:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO  opened public testimony  on SB 90;  finding none,                                                               
she closed public testimony.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:44:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO held SB 90 in committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:45:11 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Costello adjourned the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                                 
Committee meeting at 2:45 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SLAC GOV Appointee James Henderson Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BP JAMES HENDERSON
SLAC GOV Appointee Justin Ruffridge Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BP jUSTIN RUFFRIDGE
SLAC GOV Appointee Justin Ruffridge Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BP JUSTIN RUFFRIDGE
SLAC GOV Appointee Julie Endle Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BMT JULIE ENDLE
SLAC GOV Appointee Michael Wilcher Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE BN MICHAEL WILCHER
SLAC GOV Appointee Pamela Cline Board Application Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE AWCB PAMELA CLINE
SLAC GOV Appointee Robert Bell Resume Redacted.pdf SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SLAC GOV APPOINTEE AELS ROBERT BELL
CSSB 90 Version G.PDF SL&C 3/22/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 90