Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 106

02/17/2010 08:00 AM EDUCATION


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08:02:28 AM Start
08:02:39 AM Overview: Alaska Military Youth Academy, Operations and Funding Mechanism
09:07:16 AM HB297
09:17:00 AM HB311
09:38:14 AM HB310
09:44:58 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Overview: Operations and Funding TELECONFERENCED
Mechanism of Alaska Military Youth
Academy
*+ HB 311 STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS; REGULATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ HB 350 PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING: LOCAL CONTRIBUTION TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 02/19/10>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 310 SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION DEBT REIMBURSEMENT TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+= HB 297 POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
               HB 297-POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:07:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON announced  that the next order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL   NO.  297,  "An  Act   establishing  the  governor's                                                               
performance  scholarship program  and  relating  to the  program;                                                               
establishing  the  governor's  performance scholarship  fund  and                                                               
relating  to  the  fund;  relating  to  student  records;  making                                                               
conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:08:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON stated  his intent to have the amendments  to HB 297                                                               
moved before  the committee  and tabled,  in order  to facilitate                                                               
having them  posted on the  committee website for  public access.                                                               
Comments could also  be posted, however, for  purposes of clarity                                                               
he would like to keep the  postings to actual amendments that are                                                               
before  the  committee.   He  acknowledged  that other  committee                                                               
members have amendments  which are still in the  process of being                                                               
drafted, and  stated that  there will be  an opportunity  to have                                                               
them brought in a timely manner for similar action and purpose.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:10:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON offered Amendment  3, labeled 26-GH2771\A.9, Mishel,                                                               
2/16/10, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, lines 3 - 4:                                                                                                       
          Delete "university or college in this state"                                                                          
          Insert "postsecondary institution as described in                                                                     
     AS 14.43.835"                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 6, line 8:                                                                                                            
          Delete "university or college"                                                                                        
          Insert "postsecondary institution"                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Page 7, line 5, following "maximum awards":                                                                                
          Insert "and allowable uses"                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page 7, line 12, following "achievement;":                                                                                 
          Insert "for purposes of this paragraph, a student's                                                                   
     academic achievement must be determined by the student's                                                                   
     high school grade-point average and score on an examination                                                                
     described in AS 14.43.820(b)(3);"                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 7, lines 16 - 18:                                                                                                     
          Delete all material and insert:                                                                                       
               "(3)  subject to (e) of this section, a student                                                                  
     who  qualifies for  a merit-based  academic scholarship  may                                                               
     apply  the  award to  the  costs  of attending  a  qualified                                                               
     career  and   technical  school  program  as   described  in                                                               
     AS 14.43.835(a)(2);"                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 7, lines 27, following "courses":                                                                                     
          Insert ", or for up to two calendar years of                                                                          
     attendance at a qualified career and technical school"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:11:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ objected for discussion.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON stated that the amendment allows a student who has                                                                 
an academic scholarship to apply it to the school of their                                                                      
choice, including vocational training institutions.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON, without further objection, announced Amendment 3                                                                  
was tabled.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:12:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   SEATON   offered    conceptual   Amendment   4,   labeled                                                               
26GH2771\A.1, which read as follows [original punctuation                                                                       
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Amendment to Page 5, line 22 & 23                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          Sec. 14.43.820. Eligibility for an academic                                                                         
     scholarship.                                                                                                             
          (a) Subject to appropriation, the commission                                                                        
     shall award  a merit-based  academic scholarship  to an                                                                    
     applicant who  meets the  eligibility criteria  for the                                                                    
     award under the program.                                                                                                   
          b)  The programmatic standards for eligibility                                                                        
     for  an award  of  a  merit-based academic  scholarship                                                                    
     under the program include the following:                                                                                   
               (1) the four-year core academic curriculum                                                                       
     which  may  include  a   virtual  curriculum  that  the                                                                
     student must  have completed in  high school;  the core                                                                    
     [23] 24  academic curriculum must include                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:12:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ objected for discussion.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON said the amendment provides language to include                                                                    
virtual curriculum.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON, without further objection, announced Amendment 4                                                                  
was tabled.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:13:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON offered Amendment 5, labeled 26-GH2771\A.3, which                                                                  
read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Amendment to Page 23, line 16                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     *Sec. 7. AS 37.14 is  amended by adding new sections to                                                                  
     read:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          Article 8A. Governor's Performance Scholarship                                                                      
     Fund.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          Sec. 37.14.750. Governor's performance                                                                              
     scholarship  fund   established.  (a)   The  governor's                                                                  
     performance scholarship  fund is established as  a fund                                                                    
     of the state.  The fund consists of                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
               (1) appropriations to the fund;                                                                                  
               (2) donations to the fund; and                                                                                   
               (3) income earned on investments of fund                                                                         
     assests.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          (b) The commissioner of revenue shall manage the                                                                      
     fund with  the goal  that the  purchasing power  of the                                                                    
     fund  will not  diminish  over time  without regard  to                                                                    
     additional contributions that may  be made to the fund.                                                                    
     The commissioner  shall invest  the assets of  the fund                                                                    
     in a  manner likely  to yield at  least a  five percent                                                                    
     real rate of return over time.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          (c) donations to the fund from private sources                                                                    
     shall  be considered  for the  education tax  credit as                                                                
     per AS 43.20.014                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          [(c)](d) Nothing in this section crates a                                                                         
     dedicated fund.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:13:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ objected for discussion.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON explained that the amendment inserts language to                                                                   
allow private donations to be considered for the education tax                                                                  
credit.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON, without objection, announced Amendment 5 was                                                                      
tabled.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:14:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON offered Amendment 6, labeled 26-GH2771\A.4, which                                                                  
read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Amendment to Page 10, line 23                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          Sec. 14.43.850. Report to the legislature. (a) To                                                                   
     the  extent   permitted  under  law,   the  department,                                                                    
     commission,   University  of   Alaska,  Department   of                                                                    
     Revenue,   and  Department   of  Labor   and  Workforce                                                                    
     Development  shall  share  data  necessary  to  prepare                                                                    
     public  reports  regarding the  governor's  performance                                                                    
     scholarship program.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          (b) No more than 10 days after the start of each                                                                      
     year's    legislative    session,    the    department,                                                                    
     commission,   University  of   Alaska,  Department   of                                                                    
     Revenue,   and  Department   of  Labor   and  Workforce                                                                    
     Development  shall  present  an annual  report  to  the                                                                    
     public,  the governor,  and the  legislature containing                                                                    
     information   of   public    interest   regarding   the                                                                    
     governor's performance scholarship program, including                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
          (1) the number of applicants and number and types                                                                     
     of scholarships awarded;                                                                                                   
          (2) dollar amount of scholarships awarded in past                                                                     
     years and  expected dollar amounts  for the  next year;                                                                    
     and                                                                                                                        
          (3) data and trends in the data regarding the                                                                         
     goals identified in AS 14.43.810.                                                                                          
          (4) data shall be included and available via a                                                                    
     specific  web page  linkable on  the State  of Alaska's                                                                
     home page                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MUNOZ objected for discussion.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON indicated  that the  amendment inserts  language to                                                               
have  scholarship data  available on  a  web page  linked to  the                                                               
State of Alaska's home page.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON,  without further  objection, announced  Amendment 6                                                               
was tabled.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:14:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON moved conceptual  Amendment 7, labeled as a                                                               
memo From:  Adam Berg,  Sent: Wednesday,  February 17,  2010 7:19                                                               
AM, To: Louie Flora, which read [original punctuation provided]:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, following line 16,                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
      Add: "(9) increasing participation from Alaska high                                                                       
     school students in Alaska post-secondary institutions.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEATON objected for discussion.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EDGMON said  the intent  of the  amendment is  to                                                               
state in statute  that part of the objectives of  the GPS program                                                               
is  to   direct  Alaskan  students  to   Alaskan  post  secondary                                                               
institutions.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON, without  further  objection, announced  Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 3 was tabled.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:15:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON  stated  that  an  additional  amendment  is  being                                                               
drafted to  provide language ensuring that  a rigorous curriculum                                                               
will be available in every school in Alaska.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:16:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SEATON announced  that HB  297 would  be held  for further                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Sponsor Statement HB 310.docx HEDC 1/29/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 310
flow chart.docx HEDC 1/29/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 310
authorized projects for school debt bond reimbursment.pdf HEDC 1/29/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 310
4AAC 31 020.pdf HEDC 1/29/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 310
14 07 020.pdf HEDC 1/29/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 310
DMVA_AnnualReport.pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 311 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 311
HB 311 Fiscal Note.pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 311
AMYA overview.pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB317-EED-ACYA-2-5-10 (2).pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 317
Amendments 3 through 7.pdf HEDC 2/17/2010 8:00:00 AM
HEDC 3/1/2010 8:00:00 AM
HB 297