Legislature(2015 - 2016)GRUENBERG 120

04/14/2016 01:00 PM House JUDICIARY

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02:35:26 PM Start
02:35:55 PM SB165
03:07:25 PM Adjourn
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        SB 165-ALCOHOL: BOARD; MINORS; MARIJUANA CHECKS                                                                     
2:35:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LEDOUX announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                               
CS  FOR SENATE  BILL NO.  165(JUD) am,  "An Act  relating to  the                                                               
presence  of minors  in the  licensed premises  of manufacturers,                                                               
wholesalers, and  retailers of  alcoholic beverages;  relating to                                                               
the  Alcoholic Beverage  Control  Board;  relating to  background                                                               
checks for persons applying  to operate marijuana establishments;                                                               
relating  to   the  offense  of  minor   consuming;  relating  to                                                               
revocation of a  driver's license for a  minor consuming offense;                                                               
relating to  the effect of  the revocation of a  driver's license                                                               
for  a  minor consuming  offense  on  a motor  vehicle  liability                                                               
insurance policy;  and amending  Rule 17,  Alaska Rules  of Minor                                                               
Offense Procedure."                                                                                                             
2:36:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHUCK  KOPP,   Staff,  Senator   Peter  Micciche,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  explained  that this  bill  brings  balance to  the                                                               
Alcoholic Beverage  Control Board (ABC Board)  by decriminalizing                                                               
youth  possession  and  consumption  offenses  by  keeping  these                                                               
offenses off of CourtView, if they  are not joined with any other                                                               
criminal  offense.   It puts  proper  accountability measures  in                                                               
place  by opening  up new  horizons and  opportunities for  those                                                               
youth  under 21  years of  age who  make a  mistake consuming  or                                                               
possessing alcohol.   He  offered that  this is  a product  of an                                                               
ongoing   multi-year   review,   which  began   in   2012,   with                                                               
stakeholders  from public  safety,  public health,  law, and  the                                                               
industry coming together to address  Title 4, Alaska alcohol laws                                                               
that  haven't  been  updated  since   1980.    Today,  there  are                                                               
breweries, craft brew beers, brewery  to table, and tastings that                                                               
were not  conceived of when  first drafting Alaska's laws  and in                                                               
many ways the laws are outdated  for the practice of the industry                                                               
today.   Currently, Alaska  has over  8,000 hours  of stakeholder                                                               
work into this  group, and the group is continuing  to review how                                                               
Alaska's laws  relate to  the licensees, the  role of  the board,                                                               
underage  drinking,  and internet  sales,  of  which the  sponsor                                                               
plans  to   bring  forward  in   a  secondary  bill   next  year.                                                               
Currently, he  advised, the board  has three public  members, one                                                               
represents rural Alaska,  with two industry members,  and the key                                                               
features of  this bill  is the five  member ABC  Board structure.                                                               
Under the  proposition of  this bill it  continues to  retain two                                                               
industry  members,  one  public  safety seat,  one  rural  public                                                               
member,  and one  general public  member.   He related  that this                                                               
composition  has the  support of  the  diverse stakeholder  group                                                               
which  includes,  the  Alaska   Cabaret,  Hotel,  Restaurant  and                                                               
Retailers  Association  (Alaska  CHARR),  and the  voice  of  the                                                               
alcohol industry.   The bill  sponsor became involved  to address                                                               
the  under 21  alcohol  status offense  penalties  that burden  a                                                               
youth's  future  ability  to possess  a  driver's  license,  gain                                                               
employment, join the military, or  obtain employment.  He pointed                                                               
out that having an alcohol  offense on their record, because they                                                               
were 20 years of age, can  often stop the above consequences dead                                                               
in their  tracks, and the  science and  data show that  minors do                                                               
worse under this current program, not better.                                                                                   
2:38:55 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  KOPP put  forth that  the stakeholders  of the  group, which                                                               
includes public  safety and prosecutors, identified  the value of                                                               
rehabilitation  over punishment  for young  people who  are still                                                               
developing values and forming their  behavioral patterns, and the                                                               
need to support  success rather than contribute  to barriers that                                                               
promote  failure.   He explained  it  restores the  under age  21                                                               
alcohol status  offenses to  true violations  of law  and removes                                                               
them as criminal  penalties.  It establishes a fine  of $500 that                                                               
may be reduced  by the court to  $50 if, not less  than six month                                                               
after conviction  the person provides  proof of completion  of an                                                               
alcohol  safety action  program or  a community  diversion panel.                                                               
The proof of completion includes  youth courts and tribal circles                                                               
which often  are more  culturally relevant  and provide  far more                                                               
successful  outcomes.    It  provides  that  these  simple  minor                                                               
consuming  violations  will  stay  off of  CourtView,  which  has                                                               
caused many youth  to be denied employment  opportunities, and it                                                               
clarifies  that  youth are  allowed  to  play  and work  on  golf                                                               
courses that  serve alcohol as  long as certain criteria  is met,                                                               
depending on the  age of the minor.  He  explained that this bill                                                               
requires background  checks on marijuana  establishment licensee,                                                               
the same  as is now  required of  alcohol licensees.   He pointed                                                               
out  that the  sponsor is  appreciative of  Alaska CHARR,  Alaska                                                               
Mental  Health   Trust  Authority,  Children's   Trust,  Wellness                                                               
Coalition, Mat-Su Health  Foundation, Providence Hospital, Seward                                                               
Prevention Council,  Recover Alaska, and the  Rasmuson Foundation                                                               
for supporting  this work over  the past  three years.   He noted                                                               
that  the minor  consuming  law revisions  are  supported by  the                                                               
Alaska Peace Officers Association.                                                                                              
2:41:12 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP  then began  his sectional  summary, and  explained that                                                               
Section  1, [AS  04.06.020(a)] is  current law  establishing five                                                               
members appointed  by the governor,  and confirmed by  a majority                                                               
of the  members in  joint session  of the  legislature.   He then                                                               
explained that page  2 shows the new structure of  the board with                                                               
two  industry  members,  one rural  public  member,  one  regular                                                               
public  member,  and  one  public  safety  member.    It  further                                                               
identifies  definitions,  such  as,  how  to  identify  immediate                                                               
family  members, what  is public  health sector,  what is  public                                                               
safety  sector, gives  definitions for  rural areas,  and sets  a                                                               
population limit.                                                                                                               
2:42:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LEDOUX asked how the  composition of the Alcoholic Beverage                                                               
Control  Board (ABC  Board)  under this  bill,  differs from  the                                                               
previous composition of the ABC Board.                                                                                          
MR.  KOPP explained  that, previously,  there  were three  public                                                               
members  with  one  member representing  rural  Alaska,  and  two                                                               
industry  members.    Under  this bill  there  are  two  industry                                                               
members, one rural public member,  one general public member, and                                                               
one public  safety member  which, he pointed  out, adds  a public                                                               
safety designated seat.                                                                                                         
2:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  FOSTER  asked  what area  the  person,  currently                                                               
representing rural Alaska, represents.                                                                                          
MR. KOPP responded  that he does not know, but  offered that when                                                               
the stakeholder group looked at  the population, they designed it                                                               
so rural area would include  a population of 7,000 individuals or                                                               
less,  not  connected  by  road  or  rail.    The  intention,  he                                                               
explained, was to  capture Alaska's largest rural  areas, such as                                                               
Bethel,  recognizing also  that people  sometimes will  move into                                                               
town  to have  a better  opportunity to  help serve  their people                                                               
back home.   The  stakeholders did not  want to  preclude someone                                                               
who may  be a real  leader so they  wrote a requirement  that the                                                               
person  must have  lived there  physically within  the last  five                                                               
years to  qualify as having  rural representation.  That  way, he                                                               
explained, someone  wouldn't be disqualified because  they sought                                                               
a place  of service elsewhere,  and it  also gives the  board and                                                               
the governor discretion  to determine whether they  are still, in                                                               
fact, connected to that rural area.                                                                                             
2:43:56 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER recalled  that this issue came  up in years                                                               
past,  wherein someone  may have  lived  in Bethel  and moved  to                                                               
Anchorage  and  were  still  serving.     He  opined  under  this                                                               
provision a  person could  still serve, such  that they  may have                                                               
been living  in Anchorage  for four years,  which would  still be                                                               
within the five year period.                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP  pointed out  that the  bill also says  "at the  time of                                                               
appointment or  re-appointment," and if they  are re-appointed it                                                               
could be an issue at that point.                                                                                                
2:44:37 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINs  referred  to the  parameters  set                                                               
aside for  the rural  member and the  definition for  rural being                                                               
7,000  and  not  connected  by  road  or  rail  to  Fairbanks  or                                                               
Anchorage,  and noted  that Bethel's  population was  6,000 in  a                                                               
2010  census, and  6,400  in an  American  Communities Survey  in                                                               
2014.  The  population growth could possibly exceed  7,000 in the                                                               
2020  census and  be, inadvertently,  excluded as  being part  of                                                               
rural Alaska.   He suggested nudging  the number up a  bit and by                                                               
doing  so, he  opined,  it would  not  inadvertently include  any                                                               
other community in the state.                                                                                                   
MR. KOPP replied  that it is difficult to project  as there is an                                                               
overall 1.5  percent state  growth, and he  was unaware  how many                                                               
years it would take to get to  that number, but the law is always                                                               
subject to  change.   In going  through the  Title 4  process and                                                               
speaking with stakeholders  and those from rural  Alaska, he said                                                               
he would  like to  see that recommendation  come up  through that                                                               
process.   He  noted that  if there  was a  concern, the  sponsor                                                               
would definitely  be hearing  from that group  if they  felt they                                                               
were  being left  out,  and he  agreed  that populations  change.                                                               
This  number was  raised from  the previous  number of  6,000, he                                                               
CHAIR LEDOUX  pointed out  that this bill  is a  carefully worked                                                               
out  compromise  with the  various  stakeholder  groups, and  one                                                               
never knows when  one pulls a thread out what  could happen.  She                                                               
then  referred  to  "community"  under the  bill  and  offered  a                                                               
scenario of  a community of  6,500 people,  which is a  city, but                                                               
that city is  in a borough, and she asked  how that works exactly                                                               
because possibly the borough has quite a few more people.                                                                       
MR. KOPP referred to [Section  1, AS 04.06.020(d)(4)(A), page 2],                                                               
line 27, which read:                                                                                                            
               (A) "community" means a city as that term is                                                                     
     defined  in AS  29.71.800, and  an established  village                                                                    
     that  is  located  in  a  borough  or  the  unorganized                                                                    
MR. KOPP  explained that it  is worded  in a manner  to recognize                                                               
that  that is  probably how  those would  happen, such  that they                                                               
would  be from  smaller governmental  units inside  larger units.                                                               
The term community  is broad and recognizes that it  is a city or                                                               
an established village located in  an established village located                                                               
in a  borough or unorganized  borough.   He opined that  the term                                                               
community is  only used when it  is describing what a  rural area                                                               
is ...                                                                                                                          
2:48:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LEDOUX interjected,  used Kodiak as an  example, and opined                                                               
that the  population of Kodiak  is roughly 7,000  people, located                                                               
in the  Kodiak Island  Borough where  there are  smaller villages                                                               
that require  an air flight or  boat.  Although, she  said, there                                                               
is the whole community of  Kodiak which is approximately 10,000 -                                                               
11,000 people  not including  the villages.   The City  of Kodiak                                                               
has roughly 6,500  - 7,000 people, she asked  whether, under this                                                               
definition, Kodiak would fall under rural.                                                                                      
2:49:24 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP  opined that  it would  not, because as  a city,  if the                                                               
population was over 7,000, it would not.                                                                                        
CHAIR LEDOUX  extended her scenario  and offered that  Kodiak was                                                               
MR. KOPP answered that it would definitely ...                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE  CLAMAN interrupted  and  said  that according  to                                                               
google it is 6,423.                                                                                                             
CHAIR LEDOUX continued that the  City of Kodiak has 6,423 people,                                                               
and the City of Kodiak is  within the Kodiak Island Borough.  The                                                               
Kodiak  Island Borough,  she opined,  has approximately  11,000 -                                                               
12,000  people,  not  including   the  villages  which  are  only                                                               
accessible by airplane  or boat.  She asked  whether Kodiak would                                                               
qualify as rural under this bill.                                                                                               
2:50:24 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP  opined that  it absolutely would  qualify based  on the                                                               
fact that it is a community  unto itself, and it is identified as                                                               
a city  that is under the  population limits.  He  further opined                                                               
that all  of the  individual cities on  Kodiak Island  would also                                                               
qualify, individually, because they are so small.                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE FOSTER explained  that in an effort to  try to not                                                               
unravel the  thread, he pointed  to [Section 1,  AS 04,06,020(b),                                                               
page 2, lines 3-6], which read:                                                                                                 
               (b) Except as provided in (c) of this                                                                            
     section, at  the time  of appointment  or reappointment                                                                    
     ... one  member of  the board shall  have resided  in a                                                                    
     rural area within the previous five years,                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  FOSTER noted  that, technically,  there could  be                                                               
someone who  lived in a  rural area four  years ago and  still be                                                               
appointed and  represent a rural area.   He explained that  if he                                                               
had written  it he would have  said, "at the time  of appointment                                                               
one member  shall reside in a  rural area," that way  if they are                                                               
no longer in  that rural area and come up  for reappointment they                                                               
would not be eligible for reappointment.                                                                                        
2:51:41 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP replied that the discussion  did come up within the work                                                               
group,  and the  thought  was  that a  person,  a real  community                                                               
leader, moves  out of rural  Alaska for an opportunity  to better                                                               
serve rural interests, they would be disqualified.                                                                              
2:52:14 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP moved to his written sectional summary, as follows                                                                     
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
     Section 2 -  In AS 04.06.030, Terms of  office; chair -                                                                    
     changes "chairman" to "chair".                                                                                             
     Section  3  -  In  AS  04.06.050,  Meetings  -  changes                                                                    
     "chairman" to "chair".                                                                                                     
     Section 4 - Amends  AS 04.16.049(a), relating to access                                                                    
     by  minors to  licensed premises;  adds a  reference to                                                                    
     04.11.110  permitting  access  to club  premises  by  a                                                                    
     person under 21 years of  age if no alcoholic beverages                                                                    
     are  present  or  if  the person  has  an  active  duty                                                                    
     military card; changes  "age of 21 years"  to "21 years                                                                    
     of  age" to  conform  to current  drafting style,  and;                                                                    
     identifies  circumstances  under  which minors  may  be                                                                    
     employed on licensed premises.                                                                                             
     Section 5  - Amends  AS 04.16.049(b), changing  "age of                                                                    
     21 years"  to "21 years  of age" to conform  to current                                                                    
     drafting style.                                                                                                            
     Section   6   -   Amends  AS   04.16.049(c),   allowing                                                                    
     juveniles,  16 &  17 years  of age,  to be  employed on                                                                    
     golf course licensed  premises as long as  they are not                                                                    
     serving alcohol,  have written  consent of  guardian or                                                                    
     parent, and  an exemption granted by  the Department of                                                                    
     Section 7  - Amends  AS 04.16.049(d), to  allow minors,                                                                    
     18  -  20 years  of  age,  to  be employed  within  the                                                                    
     licensed premises of  a golf course as long  as they do                                                                    
     not  sell,   serve,  deliver,  or   dispense  alcoholic                                                                    
     Section 8 -  Adds a new subsection (g)  to AS 04.16.049                                                                    
     to  permit access  by minors  to golf  courses for  the                                                                    
     purpose of  playing golf.  Adds new  subsections making                                                                    
     unauthorized presence  by a minor on  licensed premises                                                                    
     a violation, punishable  by a fine of  $500, which must                                                                    
     be  charged and  filed  with the  court  as a  separate                                                                    
     case. The fine  may be reduced by a court  to $50 for a                                                                    
     person who has not more  than one previous violation or                                                                    
     to  $250 for  a person  who  has two  or more  previous                                                                    
     violations if  the minor  supplies proof  of completion                                                                    
     of  an alcohol  safety  action program  or a  community                                                                    
     diversion panel.                                                                                                           
     Section 9 -  Repeals and reenacts AS  04.16.050 to make                                                                    
     minor consuming  a violation, punishable  by a  fine of                                                                    
     $500, which  must be charged  and filed with  the court                                                                    
     as a separate case. The fine  may be reduced by a court                                                                    
     to $50 for a person who  has not more than one previous                                                                    
     violation or to  $250 for a person who has  two or more                                                                    
     previous  violations if  the  minor  supplies proof  of                                                                    
     completion  of an  alcohol safety  action program  or a                                                                    
     community diversion panel.                                                                                                 
     Section  10  -  Modifies   the  required  language  for                                                                    
     warning signs on licensed or  designated premises in AS                                                                    
     Section 11 - Adds a  new provision in 04.21.078 barring                                                                    
     the  court   system  from  publishing  on   a  publicly                                                                    
     available  website  the record  of  a  violation of  AS                                                                    
     04.16.049   or  04.16.050,   or  a   similar  municipal                                                                    
     ordinance, if the violation  was charged separately and                                                                    
     was not  joined with another minor  offense or criminal                                                                    
     Section  12  -  Amends  04.21.080(b)  Definitions,  add                                                                    
     definition for "community diversion panel"                                                                                 
     Section 13  - Amends AS 12.62.400(a)  National criminal                                                                    
     history  record checks  for employment,  licensing, and                                                                    
     other   noncriminal    justice   purposes   authorizing                                                                    
     Department  of  Public  Safety  to  obtain  a  criminal                                                                    
     history  record  check  of  a  person  applying  for  a                                                                    
     license  to operate  a marijuana  establishment, as  is                                                                    
     currently required for alcohol beverage licensees.                                                                         
     Section 14  - Amends 17.38.200(a)  requiring applicants                                                                    
     for  registration to  operate marijuana  establishments                                                                    
     to submit to a criminal history record check.                                                                              
     Section  15   -  Amends   AS  21.36.210(a)   Limits  on                                                                    
     cancellation,  to remove  a reference  to AS  21.96.027                                                                    
     due to repeal and reenactment of AS 04.16.050.                                                                             
     Section  16 -  Amends AS  28.15.057(a) Restrictions  on                                                                    
     driver's license issued to person  under 18, to reflect                                                                    
     the repeal and reenactment of AS 04.16.050.                                                                                
2:57:26 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP  explained that a  goal of  the committee was  to remove                                                               
the criminal penalties associated  with non-driving offenses.  If                                                               
a minor  possesses alcohol, and  is in  a vehicle, and  under the                                                               
influence, they are  cited for minor driving  after consuming, or                                                               
DUI,  whatever is  appropriate.   A  minor  consuming charged  by                                                               
itself is never  a driving related offense, and part  of the work                                                               
of the Title 4 group  was working with prosecutors who recognized                                                               
that  Alaska's current  system is  broken  when applying  driving                                                               
penalties  and  driver's   license  revocations  for  non-driving                                                               
offenses.  He remarked that these  offense can cause kids to drop                                                               
out of  college, drop out of  school, and it is  destabilizing in                                                               
their life  when those  social institutions  are taken  away from                                                               
them when their driver's license is attached.                                                                                   
2:58:32 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP continued,                                                                                                             
     Section 17  - Amends  AS 28.15.191(a) Court  and parole                                                                    
     board reports  to department removes  court requirement                                                                    
     to  forward  to  DMV  a record  of  a  minor  consuming                                                                    
     alcohol violation conviction within five working days.                                                                     
     Section 18  - Amends AS 28.15.211(g)  removes reference                                                                    
     to DMV not  issuing or reissuing a  driver's license to                                                                    
     a  person  whose license  was  revoked  for an  offense                                                                    
     under 04.16.050.                                                                                                           
     Section 19 - Amends the  uncodified law of the State of                                                                    
     Alaska, adding a new section  describing a Direct Court                                                                    
     Rule  Amendment to  Rule 17(a),  Alaska Rules  of Minor                                                                    
     Offense  Procedure, providing  an exception  to when  a                                                                    
     prosecutor  may join  a minor  offense  with a  related                                                                    
     criminal offense.                                                                                                          
2:59:09 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. KOPP  explained that  the general rule  is that  a prosecutor                                                               
may join  a minor  offense violation with  a criminal  offense at                                                               
the time a  person is charged.  Although, with  this direct court                                                               
rule  amendment, a  prosecutor  may not  join  a minor  consuming                                                               
alcohol  offense with  another  related  criminal offense,  which                                                               
keeps it off CourtView.                                                                                                         
MR. KOPP continued,                                                                                                             
     Section 20 - Amends the  uncodified law of the State of                                                                    
     Alaska, adding a new subsection  (g) to Rule 17, Alaska                                                                    
     Rules  of Minor  Offense  Procedure,  providing that  a                                                                    
     prosecutor  may   not  join  a  minor   offense  for  a                                                                    
     violation  of  AS04.16.049  or   AS  04.16.050  with  a                                                                    
     related criminal offense.                                                                                                  
     Section 21 -  Repeals various sections that  have to do                                                                    
     with  denial, cancelation  or non-renewal  of insurance                                                                    
     for minor  consuming violations, court revocation  of a                                                                    
     driver's  license  for  minor  consuming  alcohol,  and                                                                    
     Health  & Social  Services agreements  under Delinquent                                                                    
     Minor  rules to  revoke  a driver's  license for  minor                                                                    
     consuming alcohol offenses.                                                                                                
     Section 22 - Applicability provisions.                                                                                     
     Section   23  -   Transition  provisions   relating  to                                                                    
     membership on the ABC Board.                                                                                               
3:00:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR LEDOUX advised the committee  of the witnesses available to                                                               
testify and asked the committee  whether it had any questions for                                                               
those   people,  hearing   none,  Chair   LeDoux  opened   public                                                               
3:01:16 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBIN   MINARD,   Director,   Public   Affairs,   Mat-Su   Health                                                               
Foundation, explained  that the  Mat-Su Health  Foundation shares                                                               
ownership in the  Matsu Medical Center, and invests  its share of                                                               
the hospital's  profits back  into the  community to  improve the                                                               
health status  of local residents.   She related that  the Mat-Su                                                               
Health Foundation  conducted a community health  needs assessment                                                               
in 2013,  which included  data analysis,  public polling,  and 24                                                               
community  forums.    Consistently,   she  offered,  alcohol  and                                                               
substances abuse  were rated  as the number  one health  issue in                                                               
Mat-Su.   Within  follow-up research,  the local  police captains                                                               
advised  that  the  number one  substance  problem  was  alcohol,                                                               
alcohol,  alcohol.   She said  that the  Foundation supports  the                                                               
Mat-Su Substance  Abuse Prevention Coalition which  uses what are                                                               
called environmental  strategies to  reduce underage  drinking in                                                               
the  community, and  environment  strategy is  one  in which  the                                                               
environment  is  changed  that   influences  behavior.    Classic                                                               
environmental strategies,  include: alcohol taxes,  policies that                                                               
restrict  the  density  of alcohol  outlets,  and  policies  that                                                               
ensure  swift  and  uniform  enforcement.     The  Mat-Su  Health                                                               
Foundation  is also  a funding  partner of  Recover Alaska  which                                                               
aims to reduce the harm  caused by alcohol throughout Alaska, and                                                               
it supports  these environmental  strategies.  The  Mat-Su Health                                                               
Foundation supports  this legislation because it  enables swifter                                                               
and more uniform  enforcement which sends a  much clearer message                                                               
to  youth, it  provides an  incentive through  fine reduction  to                                                               
attend an  alcohol education program, and  it de-criminalizes the                                                               
action  so  no  one  mistake   can  follow  youth  through  their                                                               
permanent  record.    Swift  and  uniform  enforcement  decreases                                                               
underage drinking, and  this has been an  important strategy that                                                               
has worked  in many  other states.   Alcohol  does bring  in some                                                               
revenue, but  it also comes  with enormous costs  associated with                                                               
its  use  from  crime,  to violence,  to  preventable  death  and                                                               
injury.    She  advised  that the  Mat-Su  Health  Foundation  is                                                               
pleased that the legislation adds  a public safety representative                                                               
to the ABC Board,  and she urged the committee to  pass SB 165 to                                                               
recover Alaska.                                                                                                                 
3:03:39 PM                                                                                                                    
DALE FOX,  President/CEO, Alaska  Cabaret, Hotel,  Restaurant and                                                               
Retailers Association  (CHARR), said  the Alaska  Cabaret, Hotel,                                                               
Restaurant and Retailers Association  (CHARR) supports SB 165 due                                                               
to compromises made  in the other body last week.   This bill now                                                               
represents  a  number of  major  improvements  for the  State  of                                                               
Alaska, including: a  balanced ABC Board; a new  attempt to fight                                                               
underage drinking with sure and  swift punishment; provides fixes                                                               
to  golf  courses  so  those  under 21  can  golf;  and  provides                                                               
marijuana  background   checks.    In  response   to  a  question                                                               
Representative Foster asked,  he advised that Bobby  Evans is the                                                               
rural member  serving on  the ABC  Board at this  time.   He then                                                               
encouraged the members to pass the  bill so it has an opportunity                                                               
to become law this year.                                                                                                        
CHAIR  LEDOUX,  after  ascertaining  no  one  further  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony.                                                                                               
3:05:51 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE LYNN  moved to  report HCS  CSSB 165,  Version 29-                                                               
LS1384\E, out  of committee  with individual  recommendations and                                                               
the accompanying  fiscal notes.   There  being no  objection, HCS                                                               
CSSB 165(L&C) from the House Judiciary Standing Committee.                                                                      
CHAIR  LEDOUX commented  that this  is one  of the  most valuable                                                               
bills  this session,  because  as someone  who  once had  teenage                                                               
children, she  was always  perplexed by some  of the  insanity in                                                               
Alaska's alcohol  regulations relating to minors,  and this fixes                                                               
a lot.                                                                                                                          
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN  noted that  the legislation  is consistent                                                               
with the committee's efforts toward  criminal justice reform, and                                                               
this addresses those efforts at a minor level.                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 165 - Sponsor Statement.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - HCS ver E (L&C).pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Sectional Analysis - HCS ver E (L&C).pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Summary of Changes - ver H.A to HCS CSSB 165 ver E.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - CS ver H.A (JUD).pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Summary of Changes - ver A to ver H.A.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Supporting Documents- 1 page summary.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Supporting Documents - Presentation 04-08-16.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Supporting Documents -Letters of Support.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Fiscal Note-ACS-TRC-03-28-16.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Fiscal Note-DCCED-AMCO-03-18-16.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165
SB 165 - Fiscal Note-DHHS-PS-03-18-16.pdf HJUD 4/14/2016 1:00:00 PM
SB 165